Religious Revival Crusade

On this day …….. 11th of August 1960 Following a religious revival crusade in Sydney in August 1960, a man who lost his wallet had his drivers licence returned in the mail along with a religious tract, but not his wallet or the money it contained.  

Death of Female Convict at Geelong Gaol – Eliza Rogers

On This Day ……. 11th of August 1885 On this day a magisterial enquiry was held at the Geelong gaol, by Mr Pardey, J.P., on the body of an aged woman named Eliza Rogers, who died there in the morning, The evidence showed that the deceased had been sent to the gaol by the Geelong […]

New South Wales is constituted a Crown Colony

On this day …….. 11th of August 1824 A Crown Colony is a British colony, controlled by the British Crown and represented by a Governor, yet a distinct and separate settlement. The British Governor oversaw consultative councils composed mostly of the governor’s nominees who, in turn, delegated powers of local government to local authorities. Whilst […]

Mistaken Identity

ON THIS DAY…… 11th August 1862 Senior Constable Book and his assistants have been were brought before the Kilmore Court, for the wilful murder of Mr Cosgrove, shot at Yea on this day in 1862.  The police believed he was the notorious bushranger Gardiner. He wasn’t ………

Execution of Rapist

ON THIS DAY…… 11th August 1873   A shocking outrage was committed by the American black named James Wallace, at Mount Beckwith, on Friday last. Mrs Mary Cook, the wife of a contractor and farmer well known throughout the Talbot district, was at home with her three children on the morning of the 4th instant. […]

Sound Mind

ON THIS DAY…… 11th August 1884 A petition having been prepared for presentation to His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, praying for a reprieve on the ground of insanity in the case of the prisoner James Hawthorne, who was convicted of the murder of his brother at Brighton and sentenced to death.  It was decided […]