Murder in Punch Lane

ON THIS DAY…… 20th August 1872 Margaret had only been in the colony for three years and was lucky to be alive herself. The boat that she had travelled on from Ireland sank on its arrival in Geelong. On the night of the murder, Margaret had an argument with Mary O’Rourke, saying that if you […]

Died from Exhaustion Upon Exposure at Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 20th of August 1887 On this day in 1887 a prisoner named John Delaney, aged 57 years, died from exhaustion, consequent upon exposure. At the formal enquiry held during the afternoon it was stated that he was admitted to the gaol on the 27th of July., having been picked up in […]

Survives Two Ship Wrecks

On this day …….. 20th of August 1857 Irishman James Johnson the sole survivor of the Dunbar which was wrecked near the entrance to Sydney Harbour on 20th August 1857 with the loss of 121 lives. Nine years later, help by two other men, Johnson was responsible for rescuing the sole survivor of the Cawarra […]

Horrible Murder at Pakenham

On This Day – August 20, 1889 A horribleĀ murder was perpetrated at Pakenham on Wednesday the Age says. The victim was about 25 years of ago, whose identity has not yet been fully established, but there is reason to suppose that he is one Robert Fry, a resident in that locality. The murderer is supposed […]

Thomas Creely

On This Day ……. 20th of August 1866 On this day in 1866, Thomas Creely, was sentenced to thirty months’ imprisonment in Geelong gaol, for fraudulently uttering a forged cheque.  

121 people die when the ship, the ‘Dunbar’, runs aground at The Gap, Sydney

On this day …….. 20th of August 1857 The Dunbar was a first class sailing vessel, and, at 1,320 tonnes, was the largest of the time to be built at Sunderland shipyards in England. The vessel left Plymouth on 31 May 1857, carrying 63 passengers and 59 crew. On the night of 20 August 1857, […]

Horrible Murder at Pakenham

On This Day – August 20, 1889 A horribleĀ murder was perpetrated at Pakenham on Wednesday the Age says. The victim was about 25 years of ago, whose identity has not yet been fully established, but there is reason to suppose that he is one Robert Fry, a resident in that locality. The murderer is supposed […]

Mont Park Escape – Sydney Cockle

On this day …….. 20th of August 1926 The police were been notified that two patients, a man and a woman had escaped from the Mont Park Hospital for Insane, Melbourne. About 3:30 on the afternoon of the 20th of August 1926, Sydney Cockle, aged 30 years, escaped from the hospital. He was as later […]

OLD OFFENDER – Elizabeth Wills

On This Day ……. 20th of August 1880 Elizabeth Wills, who has several times recently been fined for drunkenness, and was sent to the Geelong gaol for one month on this day in 1880.  

Smoking Horse

On this day …….. 20th of August 1907 Arthur Edward Evans, employed at the Ramonue meatworks, in the Grafton NSW, was killed by lightning on this day in 1907. His body was found in a paddock next to the horse he had been riding, which was was badly burned and still smoking.