Sydney Gazette

On this day …….. 17th of August 1835 The Sydney Gazette of the 17th of August 1835 welcome: stock with comfortable accommodation for five couples of ladies and gentlemen who cannot pay the usual fines for indulging at the shrine of Bacchus have been erected at the corner of Bathurst st. They are accompanied by […]

Transferred from Pentridge to Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 17th of August 1910 Three prisoners from Pentridge were received at the Geelong gaol on this day in 1910. The behaviour of the prisoners in the gaol has been remarkably good lately, and the visiting magistrate has had no cases brought under his notice.  

Death of “Tom the Singer”

ON THIS DAY …….17th August 1958 Four young married men were found guilty of unlawfully killing a man they enticed to a vacant allotment to rob him, on this day in 1958.  The Criminal Court jury convicted them of the manslaughter of Geoffrey Moon, 41, who was known as “Tom the Singer.”  The prisoners were […]


On This Day – August 17, 1943 Manslaughter Charge After hearing evidence yesterday, the Coroner, Mr. Tingate, found that Keith Henry Dodd, 37 years, Dalgety-street, St. Kilda, died from injuries received when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a military truck driven by Sydney William Ross Narramore, of 140th A.G.T. Company. Evidence disclosed […]


On this day …….. 17th of August 1937 Members of Perry Bros.’ Circus have operated’ on one of the elephants nine year-old Topsy, who was imported from India at the age of about four years for a poisoned foot, since the circus arrived in Brisbane. Although she is still hobbling about with half a sack […]