Escaped Lunatic – D’Arcy Harcourt

On this day …….. 12th of August 1903 On this day in 1903, a fifty pounds reward was given for information regarding the where abouts of D’Arcy Harcourt, who escaped from Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum Melbourne, on the 19th of May 1902. It was believe the Harcourt caught a steamer to Sydney.  


On this day …….. 12th of August 1848 On this day in 1848, a plot of a rather serious nature was discovered in the Melbourne gaol, and had it not been providentially disclosed, the most serious consequences might have occurred. It appeared that on that morning, Harris the executioner, entered the treadmill yard to prepare […]

Convict Transferred from Sydney to Geelong

On This Day ……. 12th of August 1865 The convict Ethridge, who was remanded from Sydney to Geelong, charged with embezzling money from the Bank of New South Wales, in Geelong. He arrived in Melbourne by the steamer Alexandra, and after spending a few hours in the watch house was forwarded on to his destination […]

Murder of Rachel Betts

ON THIS DAY…… 12th August 2009   Rachael Betts was a 27 year old childcare worker who, like many women, began a relationship with the wrong man.  But she would not have expected the relationship would end with her being murdered and dismembered and dumped in Westernport Bay. Rachael would be identified when a leg washed […]

Child’s Body Found at Port Melbourne

On This Day – August 12, 1895 The body of a little boy about two years old was found sunk in the lagoon dock at Port Melbourne on August 12. A piece of road metal 16lb. in weight was tied in the child’s apron, and strung round the body with tape. The police have discovered that […]

Woman’s Death From Burns

On this day …….. 12th of August 1930 While toast was being made in the kitchen of the Britannia Hotel, in Swanston street, Melbourne on the morning of August 12th, 1930, by Ellen Alice Rodgers, her clothing caught fire. Miss Rodgers, a waitress, aged 24 years, of Carnarvon street, Brunswick, died from burns and shock […]