Convicts Arrive by Train

On This Day ……. 19th of July 1910 Five prisoners were brought from Melbourne by the midday train on this day in 1910, to complete their term of imprisonment at the Geelong gaol. Most of them were of the harmless feeble class usually housed at the local establishment.” Signs of mental weakness have been developed […]


ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1913 A young domestic servant named Ellen Muston, was charged in the Criminal Court yesterday before Mr Justice Cussen with the wilful murder of her female child at Brighton on July 19. The Crown prosecutor (Mr Womarski, KC) conducted the case against the accused, who pleaded not guilty, and […]

Coughed up a baby snake

While eating a lollipop in the early 1900’s, an Adelaide schoolgirl felt a tickling in her throat, coughed and bought up a small snake. A doctor worked out that while eating watercress several weeks earlier, she had swallowed an egg which had miraculously developed.  

Six Pack Max

The fastest beer drinker in Australia was a tittle won by a carpenter, Max van Dennesse of Frankston in Victoria who guzzled six cans in 1 min 2.34 sec, beating an earlier record by 28 seconds.  

Murder of Catherine Dorman

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1933 Evidence at Inquest A coronial inquiry into the death of Catherine Dorman, 24, a machinist, in a boarding house at Windsor on July 19 was commenced by Dr Paull, of the Alfred Hospital, said that the girl did not die until July 26. During the time in hospital […]

Inquest left Coates Murder Unsolved

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1947 DESPITE an intensive investigation, no evidence had been found to establish responsibility for the shooting of James Coates, 46, on July 19, Detective W. W. Mooney said yesterday at an inquest into Coates’ death. Coates was found dead on a vacant allotment at the corner of Punt rd and […]

Murdered Melbourne Gangster stole from the Swedish Royal Family

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1947 Melbourne Gangster James Coates who scammed £40,000 from an Australian grazier, £19,000 from an Austrian nobleman, £15,000 from the son of the Sweden’s King, and from an Indian prince, he stole £80,000 was murdered. The weeks before Coates murder he had received anonymous phone calls, first calling him […]

Death for Murder of Sister

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1948 John William McRae, 19, was sentenced to death in the Sale Supreme Court today for the murder of his sister, Hazel Mary McRae, Bairnsdale beauty queen, on July 19. The jury returned a verdict of guilty after a retirement lasting exactly an hour. Some of the large crowd, […]

Prime Minister Car Accident

On this day …….. 19th of July 1911 Sir George Reid, High Commissioner for, Australia, (4th Prime Minister of Australia) and members of his family, had a sensational experience this afternoon. As a result of a motor car collision Sir George sustained painful injuries, and his son aid daughter are suffering from shock. Sir George […]


ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1890 The inquest touching the death of Donald McDonald, the murdered fisherman, near Tyntynder, was resumed on Monday morning. A number of witnesses were examined, the most important being John M’Donald and Joseph Wells. The former gave evidence respecting the ill-feeling that existed between himself and the deceased. He […]

Williams Committed for Murder

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1904 The Coroner, Mr. Cole, concluded the inquest to-day concerning the death of Mrs. Mary Amelia Veitch, at Clifton Hill, on July 19. James Williams, the young man who was arrested on a charge of murder, was present in custody. He displayed hardly any interest in the proceedings. The […]

Blind mans honour

A blind man in a Brisbane Asylum never missed an inmates funeral in the 30 years he was there between 1890 and 1920. He took his stand 200 yards from the morgue and when the hearse passed he, fell in behind for the mile walk to the cemetery. After listening to the service, he made […]