Two Convicts Escaped from Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 30th September 1865 An escape was made by two prisoners from the gaol, named William Henry Thompson and Thomas Reynolds. The former was undergoing a sentence of three years for stealing in the Queen’s Head Hotel, and had been in confinement about fourteen months ; the latter was also undergoing a similar […]

Murder of a Boy

On This Day – September 30, 1913 The adjourned inquiry into the death of the boy John Adam Anderson, whose decapitated body was found in a paddock at Wharparilla on September 3o, was concluded at Echuca to-day. David Clarence Freeman, aged 14 years, who is charged with having murdered Anderson, was present in custody. He […]

Notorious Bushranger Escape Kilmore Gaol

On this day …….. 30th September 1864 Escape of a Notorious Bushranger. A notorious bushranger was arrested near Seymour and charged with horse-stealing. On being brought before the Kilmore bench he gave the name of Lowry, but he was known to the police under the aliases of ‘Cook and Davis, and was suspected of several […]

Strange scenes at Victoria Dock – Melbourne

On this day …….. 30th September 1939 Strange scenes were witnessed at Victoria Dock, when interstate buyers were so eager to secure pedigreed stud sheep that reached Melbourne from oversea that they wanted an auction sale on the wharf. This effort failed, but a sale was held in the city half an hour after the […]

Two Convicts Escaped from Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 30th September 1865 An escape was made by two prisoners from the gaol, named William Henry Thompson and Thomas Reynolds. The former was undergoing a sentence of three years for stealing in the Queen’s Head Hotel, and had been in confinement about fourteen months ; the latter was also undergoing a similar […]

The Holey Dollar was circulated in NSW to combat currency shortages

On this day …….. 30th September 1813 The coins “holey dollar” and “dump” were created by punching the centre out of Spanish dollars. The external circle was the “holey dollar” and the punched-out inner circle was the “dump”. They were only ever used in New South Wales, Australia, and on Prince Edward Island, Canada. In […]

Sad Domestic Tragedy

On This Day – September 30, 1906 At the Moe (Vic.) court house, before Mr. C. A. Creswell, P.M., the adjourned inquest on the bodies of Sophia Lumsden Mansfield, aged two years and a half, and Janet Cook Mansfield, aged 14 months, who were murdered by their mother, Agnes Mansfield, at Narracan East, on Sunday, […]

Strange Hoax – Funeral Party Waits

On This Day – September 30, 1931 The Burwood police are investigating a story told them by an undertaker concerning elaborate arrangements made with him for a funeral on Tuesday. A woman who is believed to have no family, died in a private hospital at Burwood, and a man, whom the undertaker understood to be […]

Lizzie Splatt and Her Infant

ON THIS DAY…… 29th September 1888 The Police Court building in Geelong was well crowded with an eager throng of people eager hear the occasion of the initial proceedings taken by the police against a young woman named Lizzie Splatt, who was charged with having murdered her illegitimate male child. It was stated that in […]

Murder of a Paramour

ON THIS DAY – September 29, 1900 Edward Harrison, accused of murdering his paramour, Sarah Ann Johnson, at King- street, East Brunswick, on Saturday evening last, by cutting her throat, was before Messrs. J Manning and Stranks, J.P.’s at the local court yesterday. Sergeant Muldarry asked for a remand for a week. The prisoner did […]

An amazing air accident

On this day …….. 29th September 1940 On 29 September 1940, a mid-air collision occurred over Brocklesby, New South Wales, Australia. The accident was unusual in that the aircraft involved, two Avro Ansons of No. 2 Service Flying Training School RAAF, remained locked together after colliding, and then landed safely. The collision stopped the engines […]

Ten Pounds Reward – Collingwood Stockade Escape

On this day …….. 29th September 1853 Government Gazette this reward is offered for the apprehension of a prisoner of the Crown, who affected his escape from the Collingwood Stockade, on the morning of the 29th Sept. Personal description -Name, Thomas Quinn, ship to the Colony, Cadet, offence, robbery, age, twenty three years, height, five […]