The Hoddle Street Massacre

ON THIS DAY …….9th August 1987 The Hoddle Street massacre was a mass shooting that occurred on the evening of Sunday, 9 August 1987, in Hoddle Street, Clifton Hill, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, in Australia. The shootings resulted in the deaths of seven people, and serious injury to 19 others. After a police chase […]

Sunbury Asylum Escapee – Bairnsdale Police Court

On this day …….. 9th of August 1916 A man named Llewellyn Williams was presented at the Bairnsdale Police Court on the 9th of August 1916, on a charge of stealing an overcoat belonging to Mr T. Mathieson, of Service street. During the previous afternoon Mr Mathieson left an overcoat in his motor launch, which […]

Hoddle St mass murder Julian Knight abuse compensation

HODDLE St killer Julian Knight is in line for a government payout for alleged abuse while serving as an Army cadet. Knight, who infamously killed seven and wounded 19 people on this day in 1987 shooting rampage, wants the Department of Defence to pay him compensation for alleged abuse while a cadet. His bid was […]

Largest pipe organ in the world

On this day …….. 9th of August 1890 The Grand Organ in the Sydney Town Hall was built by William Hill and Son in London. It was shipped to Sydney and installed in 1890. Having approximately 8,700 pipes, it was the largest organ in the world at the time, and is still the largest ever […]

Australian Prime Minister recipe – Paul Keating

Avocado soup Ingredients 3 avocadoes 8gm curry powder 300ml double cream 900ml stock 15ml lemon juice Cayenne Pepper Chopped parsley Salt Black pepper, ground Method Peal and Chop the avocados in to 1/4. Place avocados, curry powser, salt, pepper and double cream in to a blender and mix to a smooth past. Combine the stock, […]

The EK marked gun – Ned Kelly

The remains of an 1866 vintage Winchester rifle found in a mine shaft at Beechworth Vic. during the 1940’s comes to light. private collection Perhaps historically important, but more likely a curio, the remains of a gun block and barrel together with three other antique guns were discovered in a mine shaft back in the […]

The Events of Hoddle Street

ON THIS DAY ………. 9th August 1987 Hoddle Street is where the majority of the shootings took place. The first car that Knight opened fire on contained a married couple, Con and Rita Vitkos. Rita received minor wounds and her husband drove on before stopping at a Mobil service station about 150 metres further south […]

Richmond Shooting Tragedy

On This Day – August 9, 1907 The adjourned inquest in connection with the death of John Colin Cunningham, engine-driver, 34 years of age, who was shot at Richmond on the night of 9th August, was continued at the Morgue on 22nd August before City Coroner, Mr Candler. William Lewis, the young man who is alleged to have […]

Incredible Win

On this day …….. 9th of August 1892 Mr F. Brewer was riding Coronet in the Hunter’s steeplechase at Epsom racecourse at Mordialloc, Victoria on this day in 1892 when the horse fell six furlongs from home. Brewer was thrown some distance, but he picked himself up, caught the horse and remounted. The reins and […]

Michael Sullivan

On This Day ……. 9th of August 1887 Three months ago an aged man named Michael Sullivan was arrested in the Colac district upon a charge of vagrancy, and was imprisonment in the Geelong gaol. Since then his health has failed, and on this day in 1887, when his term expired, he was unable to […]