Murder of Ginger Tommy

ON THIS DAY…… 21st August 1918 Roma Smith or as she was know on the street Ginger Tommy. Smith was described as a prostitute “of the lowest type”. Like many women of the day, prostitution was the only way to make ends meet. Smith was murdered in her house in Cumberland Place in Carlton.  She […]

Mont Park Escape – Lallen Pritchaid

On this day …….. 21st of August 1926 Lallen Pritchaid, aged 50 years, escaped from Mont Park Hospital, Melbourne at 10am on The 21st of August 1926. She is 5ft. 6in. in height, with grey “bobbed” hair, and no teeth. She was wearing a dark coloured dress and a pinafore, and had no hat.  

Lunatic walks out the front gate

On this day …….. 21st of August 1869 John Darly was committed on the 3rd of October 1868. Darly managed to escaped on the 18th of November 1868, by walking out the front gate of the Asylum and down the hill into Beechworth, Victoria. Darly was recaptured and brought back to the asylum on the […]

Bail on Murder Charge

On This Day – August 21, 1925 William Farrell, aged 20 years farm labourer of Terang. who was committed for trial on a charge of murder at the Geelong Supreme Court applied to Mr Justice Cussen jestcrdav for bail. Mr T C Brennan instructed by Messrs Doyle and Kerr said that Farrell lud been refused bail in the lower court […]

Ah Cheong the Chinese cook – Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 21st of August 1883 Ah Cheong, the Chinese cook who assaulted Mr Anderson, the second officer of the pilot schooner Mavis, on this day in 1883, was remanded for eight days to the Geelong gaol. Mr Anderson is progressing favourably, and was sent to the Geelong Hospital by this evenings train. […]

Hobart Town

On this day …….. 21st of August 1842 Hobart Town, the main settlement in Van Diemen’s Land, is proclaimed a city. Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania, Australia, and is the second oldest city in Australia, with Sydney being the oldest. It is Australia’s twelfth largest city. Hobart also serves as the home port […]

Australian 1 cent and 2 cent coins withdrawn from circulation

On this day …….. 21st of August 1990 Decimal currency was first introduced in Australia on 14 February 1966. Replacing pounds, shillings and pence, the new currency was made up of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent coins, and paper banknotes of $1, $2, $10 and $20 denominations, followed by the introduction of […]