Lost Family Saving at the 1887 Melbourne Cup

Joseph Lyon the 10th Prime Minister of Australia, father lost the family savings at the 1887 Melbourne Cup. Lyon at the age of 9 was forced to leave school and find work.

Voice returns after 7 years

Ellen Matthews of Collingwood, Victoria, Australia lost the uses of her voice in an accident – recovered it 7 1/2 years later. Strangely she began speaking with a Scottish accent.

A Walking Gaol – New Zealand

A drunken gang of seamen were locked in the tiny colonial gaol at Lyttleton, New Zealand, but a few hours latter the gaoler, visiting the town centre, saw the prison walking down the street. The crew had punched holes in the floor for their legs, picked up the whole building and were making for their […]

Australia TV personality kidnapped

Happy 50th Birthday Play School In 1973 Little Ted from Play School disappeared from set and was last seen on his way to Hong Kong in the arms of an ex-production assistant. Sad to say for Big Ted, Humpty and Jemima he has never been found. For Little Ted a new stand in was found […]

Winning Tender

On This Day ……. 18th of July 1860 A. Amos and Co. won the tender to make additional fencing to the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1860, for £59 19s.  

Death of Annie Treagar

ON THIS DAY – July 18, 1927 WOMAN COMMITTED FOR TRIAL From the effects of an illegal operation, Annie Florence Treagar, aged 21 years, of Paisley street, Footscray, died at the Women’s Hospital on July 18. The city coroner (Mr. D. Berriman, P.M.) held an inquest. It was alleged that Miss Treager went to a […]

Arrival of Convicts

On This Day ……. 18th of July 1913 Two prisoners were transferred from Pentridge to the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1913.  

Train Crash at Richmond Railway Station

On this day …… 18th July 1910 steam engine No. 494 with passenger carriages attached ran into the back of another passenger train at the platform.

First Melbourne-Sydney Airmail

On this day …….. 18th of July 1914 The newspaper celebrated the first airmail flight from Melbourne Showgrounds to Moore Park, Sydney, on this day in 1914. The pilot carried 1785 postcards weighing in at 20kg.  

Man Found with Tongue Frozen to Pipe

On this day …….. 18th of July 1936 William Cunningham of Paddington, Brisbane was found with his tongue frozen against a pipe at the Mountain Milk Company’s freezing works at Dayboro, Queensland, on the 18th of July 1936. The 20 year old was released from the pipe after water was poured on his tongue.  


ON THIS DAY – July 18, 1859 Yesterday morning at ten o’clock was the time fixed for the execution of Chew-a-Key, the Chinaman convicted of the murder of the late Mr. M’Elligott, at Ironbark Gully, Bendigo, On Sunday evening however, he contrived to evade the sentence of the law by committing suicide. He was last […]

Centenarian’s Death

On this day …….. 18th of July 1931 Within a few days of his 101st birthday, Mr. Philip Thorley has died at Stanley, near Beechworth, in North East Victoria. He was born at Richmond, New South Wales, on July the 18th, 1830. His descendants include great and great-great grandchildren, which number more than 150.