On This Day – 31st August 1849 Such a phenomenon has been witnessed on several occasions, even in the heart of our great city. But only once and once only, has Melbourne had a snowstorm to equal the great old city’s of Europe. On the morning of the 31st of August 1849, the mercury dropped […]

Murder in Snake Valley

ON THIS DAY…… 31st August 1855 On Tuesday the 16th October 1855 John McCabe was found guilty of the wilful murder of Lewis Walker at Snake Valley. Lewis who was once an officer in the army had come to the diggings where he made a considerable sum of money, until the mine he was working […]

Jason Carson died at Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 31st of August 1920 Jason Carson, a laborer, aged 75 years, died at 3am on this day in 1920, at the Geelong Gaol. He was convicted at Ballarat on August 24th for being idle and disorderly, and was sentenced to six mouths’ imprisonment at the Geelong Gaol. He was received here […]

Charge of Murder Withdrawn

ON THIS DAY…… 31st August 1903 The charge of murder preferred by the police against Henry Stevens, in connection with the death of Elizabeth Johnstone, at Ballarat on August 31, has been withdrawn. The charge of murder preferred by the police against Henry Stevens, a collector of marine stores in connection with the death of Elizabeth Johnstone, at Steinfeld street, […]