Death at Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 2nd of August 1887 An aged inmate of the Geelong gaol named John Lynch, died at about 7:30pm on this day in 1887, in the hospital attached to that institution. An enquiry will be held upon the remains at 9 o’clock in the morning, before Mr Pardey, J.P.  

Gerry Gee’s little secret – Ron Blaskett

Gerry Gee would only talk if he is positioned on the ventriloquist’s Ron Blaskett right hand. Ron, who describes himself as the `straight man’, said: “It seems my brain just can’t carry on a conversation with Gerry if he’s on my left hand. It’s not a problem with the likes of Adolphus, only Gerry.” Ventriloquism, […]

Man Set Himself on Fire

On this day …….. 2nd of August 1941 Isodore Skarvelis, a Greek seamen in Adelaide, had sore chest, so he rubbed it with methylated spirits. He them struck a match to light a cigarette and set himself on fire. He ended up in hospital with severe burns.  

Died at the Prison of the Ill in Geelong

On This Day ……. 2nd of August 1875 A prisoner named George Buckley, undergoing a sentence of 12 months for vagrancy, and who was transferred from the Melbourne Gaol in April last died at the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1875 from phthisis. An inquest was held, and a verdict returned in accordance with […]

Murder of Irene Tuckerman

ON THIS DAY…….2nd August 1924 The inquest into the death of Irene Tuckerman, who was found murdered at Caulfield on this day in 1924, was opened on September 17. Mr. Elsbury, for the Crown, said that suspicion rested in two-quarters, but it had been deemed advisable simply to bring the suspected persons before the Court, […]

Buried Alive For Three Days

On this day …….. 2nd of August 1997 After three days Stuart Diver is pulled alive from the rubble of the collapsed Thredbo resorts. For three days after the collapse of the Alpine Way in Australia’s high country in 1997 (see July 30), Stuart Diver, 27, lay trapped between two concrete slabs, under mud, rubble […]

Captain Thunderbolt – Frederick Ward Bushranger

Despite dubbing himself with a title more fitting for a comic book hero than an Australian bushranger, ‘Captain Thunderbolt’ Frederick Ward recruited children for armed holdups and shootouts with police. Originally a drover from Paterson River, New South Wales, Ward was charged with horse thievery and sent to Cockatoo Island, Sydney harbour in August 1856 […]

Assault by Lilley

ON THIS DAY……. 2nd August 1949 In the Ballarat Supreme Court, John Lilley, former licensee of the Commercial Hotel, Hopetoun, denied having kicked his wife in the head when he assaulted her at the hotel on this day in 1949, but admitted having struck her in the face and kicked her in the buttocks.  Lilley […]

Child Found Dead

ON THIS DAY…….2nd August 1904 An inquest was held at the Morgue yesterday morning concerning the death of a newly born male child whose body was found on August 2 on a vacant allotment near Howe crescent, South Melbourne. The child is fully developed and had been killed by being strangled with a piece of […]

Killed by Buffalo – Australia

The town of Nhulunbuy lies in a remote corner of the Northern Territory and is surrounded by bush land where wild buffaloes roam free. In May 2005 a 46 year old man was killed on the town’s outskirts by a wild buffalo when he went for a walk to check the water supply line to […]

Gun used at Ned Kelly’s last stand sold at auction

A gun belonging to the brother of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly and used in the gang’s infamous last stand against police fetched to $125,000 when it was auctioned on the 21st of November 2012. The East India Company cavalry pistol, which belonged to Kelly’s younger brother Dan and has his name and the year […]