MELBOURNE’S ONLY SNOWSTORM

On This Day – 31st August 1849 Such a phenomenon has been witnessed on several occasions, even in the heart of our great city. But only once and once only, has Melbourne had a snowstorm to equal the great old city’s of Europe. On the morning of the 31st of August 1849, the mercury dropped […]

Murder in Snake Valley

ON THIS DAY…… 31st August 1855 On Tuesday the 16th October 1855 John McCabe was found guilty of the wilful murder of Lewis Walker at Snake Valley. Lewis who was once an officer in the army had come to the diggings where he made a considerable sum of money, until the mine he was working […]

Jason Carson died at Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 31st of August 1920 Jason Carson, a laborer, aged 75 years, died at 3am on this day in 1920, at the Geelong Gaol. He was convicted at Ballarat on August 24th for being idle and disorderly, and was sentenced to six mouths’ imprisonment at the Geelong Gaol. He was received here […]

Charge of Murder Withdrawn

ON THIS DAY…… 31st August 1903 The charge of murder preferred by the police against Henry Stevens, in connection with the death of Elizabeth Johnstone, at Ballarat on August 31, has been withdrawn. The charge of murder preferred by the police against Henry Stevens, a collector of marine stores in connection with the death of Elizabeth Johnstone, at Steinfeld street, […]

Murder of Constable Delaney

ON THIS DAY…… 30th August 1923   Frederick Smith was sentenced to 15 years gaol with a private whipping of 10 lashes with the birch for the shooting of Constable Delaney. The funeral procession for Constable Delaney through the streets of Swan Hill in 1923. He was later buried in the Greta Cemetery. Early on […]

Skeleton at Bendigo

ON THIS DAY…… 30th August 1898 An enquiry was opened, on the 30th August 1898 at Bendigo into a mystery attached to the finding of the skeleton of a man under an old blue blanket at Five-mile Creek. A patient at Bendigo Hospital said he knew two mates at Five mile Creek. They had a […]

Attempt to Break into the Geelong gaol

On This Day ……. 30th of August 1894 An attempt to break into the Geelong gaol was frustrated, and a man named John Richardson arrested inside the gaol wall. He got over with a ladder, which broke on the inside, and the noise attracted the warders. The man had a confederate, who escaped, but the […]

SKELETON FOUND IN THE BUSH

On this day …….. 30th of August 1952 On the 30th of August 1954 Dr. K. Bowden, pathologist, and his deputy Mr McLeod traveled to Beechworth to examine a skeleton found in the bush. Police believe the skeleton which had been scattered by wild animals was a female patient by the name Frances Eileen Debson […]

Australian Titanic Survivor

On this day …….. 30th of August 1938 Evelyn Marsden, was born on the 15th of October 1883, at Stockyard Creek about 80 km north of Adelaide, in South Australia. As a youth, she learned to row a boat against the tides and currents of the Murray River while visiting a farm at Murray Bridge, […]

Murder in Chinatown

ON THIS DAY…… 30th August 1884 Ah Goon had come to Australia in the 1850s to make his fortune on the Victorian goldfields, like many of his fellow Chinamen. However Ah Goon worked out quickly that he could make more money in selling supply’s here in Melbourne, to the Chinese leaving for the Goldfields. On […]

Gilbert, the Tassie tabby

On this day …….. 30th of August 1835 The first cat to arrive in what would become the state of Victoria arrived on this day in 1835 on board the Enterprize. Enterprize set sail on her historic voyage from Launceston on July 21, 1835, stopping at George Town in northern Tasmania before arriving at the […]

The Death of Caroline Bruce

ON THIS DAY…… 29th August 1869 Mr. Zincke, a solicitor practising at Beechworth, defended a man named Dunstan in an affiliation case brought before the local police court. The plaintiff, Caroline Bruce who is described as a fat, bloated woman of easy virtue, was subjected to a severe cross examination by the learned gentleman as […]