Murder by Youths

ON THIS DAY…… 16th August 1946 John William Yuille, 17, waiter, of Richmond, and Robert Kennedy, 16, messenger, of Collingwood, were charged yesterday with the murder of Duncan Campbell, in Coventry Street, St. Kilda, last night. Campbell was found shot through the heart. Yuille was remanded to appear In the City Court on August 23, […]

Search for the missing explorers Burke and Wills

On this day …….. 16th of August 1861 South Australian John McKinlay departs Adelaide to search for the missing Burke and Wills expedition. The Burke and Wills expedition was supposed to mark the state of Victoria’s greatest triumph: Victoria hoped to be the first state to mount an expedition to cross the continent from south […]

Extra Time in Gaol – John Martin

On This Day ……. 16th of August 1887 Sentence of three months’ imprisonment was given to a man named John Martin, an inmate of the Geelong gaol, who had just completed his term, but was unable, through illness, to leave the institution. Mr Pinniger, the governor of the Gaol stated that Martin was suffering from […]

Silk Miller Murders

On This Day – August 16, 1998 At around 12.20am on Sunday 16th August 1998, in Cochranes Road, Moorabbin whilst working on an operation investigating armed robberies in the south-eastern suburbs, Sergeant Silk and his partner, Senior Constable Rodney Miller, were gunned down and killed. In one of the largest investigations in police history, the […]