Served in the Mexican war of 1846-47

On This Day ……. 18th of August 1853 On this 1853, Goldman was arrested in the Plenty Ranges. He had probably been able to lose himself among the crowds of miners working on the goldfields, and had thus escaped detection until chance brought him within the ken of a former comrade, who remembered him, and […]

Centenarian death

On this day …….. 18th of August 1903 A centenarian, Charles Phavazzon, died at Wellington NSW, aged 101. Phavazzon was born in 1802.  

Murder at Lovers Lane

ON THIS DAY …….18th August 1980 Thomas Cooper and his girlfriend were sitting in his parked car in a well-known “lovers lane” at Ricketts Point, Beaumaris, shortly after 7pm, on this day in 1980, when a man smashed the side window.  Mr Cooper was shot three times as he frantically tried to turn his car […]

Convict to be sent to New South Wales

On this day …….. 18th of August 1786 The decision is made in England to colonise New South Wales with convicts from Britain’s overcrowded gaols. Conditions in England in the 18th century were tough: the industrial revolution had removed many people’s opportunities to earn an honest wage as simpler tasks were replaced by machine labour. […]

Mother and Daughter Murdered

ON THIS DAY …….18th August 2001 On 18 August 2001, at approximately 3am, Lloyd Crosbie sat awake watching a movie. His girlfriend Melissa Maahs lay sleeping beside him in the couple’s bed. Without warning, Crosbie removed a skinning knife from a scabbard and proceeded to stab his girlfriend three times to the head while she […]

Mont Park Escape Lunatic

On this day …….. 18th of August 1939 Whittlesea Council – MENTAL PATIENTS – Closer Supervision Urged At the monthly meeting of the Whittlesea Shire Council a letter was received from Mr. H. O. White, M.L.A., enclosing a copy of a letter from the Chief Secretary (Mr Bailey) following representations made by Mr. White on […]