Stealing a Butcher’s Knife – Richard Ryan

On This Day ……. 14th of August 1902 Richard Ryan was was to gaol for one month by the Coburg Court for stealing a butcher’s knife. Ryan had only bean, discharged from the Geelong gaol four days earlier, after serving a sentence of 12 months. He only enjoyed liberty for a few hours when he […]

Escape from Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 14th of August 1869 The Advertiser reports that a prisoner named John McHenry, who at the last sittings of the General Sessions was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment for stealing saddles, made his escape from the Geelong Gaol, in a manner which leads to the presumption that he received assistance from […]

CENTENARIAN CHARGED – 101 years of age

On this day …….. 14th of August 1912 Charles Lyons, who was charged with drunkenness at the Colllngwood police court on this day in 1912. Lyons stated that he was 101 years of age.  

Lost Coin

On this day …….. 14th of August 1949 Albert Stevens left home on his scooter on the afternoon of the 14th of August 1949 to buy a threepenny ice cream. The six year old had not gone far from his home in Hoddle st, Abbotsford, when he fell and the coin got stuck up his […]

Clifton Hill Murder Suicide

ON THIS DAY…… 14th August 1941   A case of Murder and Suicide.  On this day in 1941 the police discovered in a house in Clifton Hill, the bodies of a man and a woman believed to be Mr. and Mrs. Healey. They had been there for some time.    

Last Known Officially Sanctioned Massacre of Indigenous Australians

On This Day ….. 14th August 1928 The Coniston massacre, which took place from 14 August to 18 October 1928 near the Coniston cattle station in Northern Territory, Australia, was the last known officially sanctioned massacre of Indigenous Australians and one of the last events of the Australian Frontier Wars. People of the Warlpiri, Anmatyerre […]

Centenarian’s Death

On this day …….. 14th of August 1920 The oldest inhabitant of the west, Mr. Thomas Slack, has died at his residence at Dalston, NSW. He had resided in that district for over 50 years, and was just 100 years old a few days before his death. Mr. Slack was an Englishman by birth, but […]

Last Aboriginal Massacre in Australia – in living memory

72 years ago Nazi Germany was massacring European Jews, but only 17 years before that (1928) was the last recorded aboriginal massacre in Australia. The massacre occurred in revenge for the death of dingo hunter Frederick Brooks, killed by Aboriginal people in August 1928 at a place now known as Yukurru, Western Australia.  


ON THIS DAY – August 14, 1931 Coroner’s Finding. Details of the domestic tragedy at West Footscray on August 14, when Sarah McDonnell, 33, was found murdered, and Alexander Webster, 39, was found with his head blown off, were related at the inquest to-day The Coroner found Webster murdered McDonnell, and then committed suicide. Webster […]