An Official Visit

On This Day ……. 26th of July Mr. G. Read Murphy, P.M., paid an official visit to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1911. Amongst the generally orderly lot of old and infirm prisoners there he found few complaints of any moment, and no cases, of insubordination were brought under his notice.  

Sunbury Lunatic Asylum Escape

On This Day ….. 26th of July 1898 A woman named Ellis, who has been an inmate of the Lunatic Asylum at Sunbury, Victoria, for a few years, escaped from the institution, and walked to her former residence, situated between Campbell’s Creek and Fryerstown. She was found there by the police, and sent back to […]

Snow on the Murray River

On this day …….. 26th of July 1882 This day in 1882 saw Yarrawonga covered with snow. When Mr Gourlay brought his Cobb and Co coach into town from Benalla, he had to runa gauntlet of snowballs, pelted by the young of the town. The snowfall, by the time it had finished, covered much of […]

Escaped Lunatic Never Found

On This Day ….. 26th of June 1868 Mary Ann Hall was transferred from Yarra Bend Asylum in Melbourne on the 28th of June 1868 to the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum. On the 26th of July 1876, Hall escaped and was never found. Hall was believed to have crossed the boarder into the colony of New […]

Execution of Richard Rowley

EXECUTED THIS DAY – July 26, 1859   Richard Rowley, who was sentenced to death at the Supreme Court on the 18th instant, for a violent and premeditated assault, with intent to murder, committed by him on Denis Kilmartin, one of the overseers at the Pentridge Stockade, on the 25th of June, suffered the extreme […]

7 Things We Didn’t Know About Ned Kelly

No one knows when Ned Kelly was born: True. What we do know is that Ned was the third of 12 children born to Ellen Kelly (from three different fathers). There is no clear evidence of his actual birth, but it was most likely 1854 or 1855, near Beveridge north of Melbourne, meaning he was […]

19 year old convict escapes gaol

On This Day ….. 26th July 1955 Léonard Wigley, 19, who escaped from the Langi Kal Kal training centre, in central Victoria on this day in 1955, was recaptured in the afternoon at Learmonth by Constable O’Halloran. He appear in Ballarat City Court on a charge of having escaped from legal custody.  

Accused Man’s Defence

ON THIS DAY – July 26, 1943 Giving evidence in his defence on a charge of murdering Pearl Oliver at Fitzroy on July 26, Harold Nugent, truck-driver, said in the Criminal Court today that he did not shoot the girl and did not have a weapon of any sort in his possession. Nugent said he […]

Police Use Pepper Spray on Rogue Kangaroo

On this day …….. 26th of July 2011 Two Australian police officers in Canberra, used pepper spray to fight off a rogue kangaroo that had attacked an elderly woman in her backyard in an Outback town, on this day in 2011. The 94-year-old victim, Phyllis Johnson, was taken to a hospital for treatment for cuts […]

8 days a week – Prime Minister

Francis Forde was the 15th Prime Minister of Australia  holds the records for the shortest term as Prime Minister for a mere 8 days.

Verdict of Murder

ON THIS DAY – July 26, 1933   At the inquest into the death of Katherine Dorman, 24, machinist, on July 26, following an attack and injuries inflicted with an iron pipe while in her bedroom at Windsor the Coroner found John Boles murdered her and ordered a warrant for his arrest after hearing the […]

Emu Attacks – New Zealand

An Australian emu escaped from a farm in the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand’s South Island in November 2010. The local cop was called and when he arrived on the scene he saw the emu chasing a group of kids down the street in Ocean Bay. With the help of a few locals the emu […]