Recommendation of Mercy

ON THIS DAY…… 25th August 1944 A verdict of guilty of murder with a recommendation to mercy was returned against William Phibbs, 47 Ormond Street, Kensington by the jury in the Melbourne Criminal Court on this day in 1944. He was convicted of the murder of Mrs. Nellie Shears at her Kensington home on July […]

Escaped Lunatic – Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum

On this day …….. 25th of August 1896 Two lunatics have escaped from the infamous Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum in Melbourne on the 25th August 1896. This institution built on the Bend of the Yarra River coined the saying…….. “Your going around the Bend”.  

Landlady’s Discovery

ON THIS DAY…… 25th August 1902 On August 25th, 1902, the landlady of this residence, Goldar Mantel, entered the room of one of the residents, Rachael Samuel. Rachael was a young woman of “respectable parentage” who for whatever reason had been abandoned by her parents five years previously and was earning a living as a […]

Long Bay Gaol in Sydney is opened

On this day …….. 25th of August 1909 Long Bay Correctional Centre is located at Malabar, about 12 kilometres south of Sydney, New South Wales. It is Australia’s only prison to have been planned from the start with separate prisons for men and women. It was also the first prison in New South Wales to […]

Attempted murder of Constable Vizard

On This Day ……. 25th of August 1889 John Hassett was tried along with Francis De La Veillies for attempted murder of Constable Vizard on the 25th of August 1889. The two men had been having an altercation near the intersection of Lygon Street and Queensberry Street in Carlton, when Constable Vizard asked them to […]