Die still contested the 1961 election

Earle Christmas Page the 11th Prime Minister of Australia was one of the first Australians to own a car. Serving as Prime minister for only 20 days, he refused to retire at 81, and dying from lung cancer, still contested the 1961 election

Alice Mitchell – Was She Australia’s Worst Serial Killer

Nurse Alice Mitchell from Western Australia was charged with the unlawfully killing of Ethel Booth in 1907. Mitchell become Perth’s notorious baby-farmer, and possible Australia worst Serial Killer with police believing that she killed 37 babies. Alice Mitchell, a nurse and midwife, had been registered since 1903 with the Perth Local Board of Health to […]

Ararat Lunatc Asylum’s little Houdini

10TH ESCAPE FAILS On This Day ….. 24th July 1954 A 16 year old “Houdini” managed to escape from Aradale Mental Hospital, on 24th of July 1954, by scaling a 20ft wall. This was his 10th time he has escaped from mental and other institutions in the last three years. The boy, who travelled 128 […]

Escaped Lunatic – James Benson

On This Day …… 24th July 1858 James Benson, a lunatic who escaped from Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum on the morning of the 24th of July. Description: 30 years of age, 5 feet 4 or 5 inches high, dark complexion, large moustache, a tailor, stupid looking, an Englishman. Wore a deep blue pea jacket, cord […]

The “Talking Clock” Service is Introduced

On this day …….. 24th of July 1936 The world’s first ever “talking clock”, whereby people could ring a telephone number to find out what the time was, commenced operations in Paris in 1933. Australia received its first talking clock on the 24th of July 1936 in Sydney, serviced from the General Post Office. Previously, […]

John Williams

On This Day ……. 24th of July 1910 John Williams, an elderly man, received on transfer in December last from the Ballarat Gaol, died in the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1910. On the 12th instant he had a series of paralytic fits which deprived him of speech, and pleurisy after wards developed. Dr. […]

The Lancefield Murder – July 24

ON THIS DAY – July 24, 1884 The adjourned inquest on the body of Peter M’Ansh who was found shot dead near the Boundary-road Hotel, Lancefield on July 24 was resumed yesterday. William O’Brien, who is charged with the murder, was present in custody today. Jeremiah O’Brien, his son, in custody as an accessory, was […]