The Death of Caroline Bruce

ON THIS DAY…… 29th August 1869 Mr. Zincke, a solicitor practising at Beechworth, defended a man named Dunstan in an affiliation case brought before the local police court. The plaintiff, Caroline Bruce who is described as a fat, bloated woman of easy virtue, was subjected to a severe cross examination by the learned gentleman as […]

Flying horse and cart

On this day …….. 29th of August 1885 While out for a drive in a horse and cart, a man and woman survived an extraordinary accident on this day in 1885. As they were nearing the western gates of Governor’s Domain at Parramatta, New South Wales, when a dog ran out and bit their horse. […]

Attempted Double Murder and Suicide

On This Day – August 29, 1880 An attempted double murder and suicide occurred at Echuca East on August 29 amongst the residents of the Chinese quarter, which created some sensation. The cause of the affair was a woman. A Chinaman named Georgo Cooey Foo, a well-known dangerous character, who has already served a sentence in Delinquin gaol […]

Death of Richard Bailey – Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 29th of August 1882 A magisterial enquiry was hold at the Geelong gaol on this day in 1882, by Mr Heron, P.M., on the body of a prisoner named Richard Bailey, aged 51 years, who died in the gaol hospital. Mr P. Dwyer, governor of the gaol, gave evidence that the […]

Death at the Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 29th of August 1882 A magisterial inquiry was held at the Geelong gaol on this day in 1882 on the body of a prisoner 51 years of age, who was received from Melbourne on the 9th February last under sentence of 12 months’ for vagrancy. Burley died at 1pm. The police […]

Prime Minister for a month – Arthur Fadden

On this day …….. 29th of August 1941 Arthur Fadden, the second of five men who served as Australian Prime Minister during World War II, is sworn into office. At the time that World War II began, Australia’s Prime Minister was Robert Menzies. It was Menzies who made the announcement in September 1939 that Australia […]