Committed twice – Beechworth

On this day …….. 1st September 1877 Martin Delaney was committed to Mayday Hills Asylum, Beechworth, North East Victoria, on the 1st of September 1877. Delaney had previsly been committed to the asylum on the 10th of November 1875, but was released as cured in December of that year. Delaney owned his own house which […]

Australia’s longest lived parrot dies

On this day …….. 1st September 1936 Cocky Bennett the sulphur-crested cockatoo died in Sydney in 1916 aged 120 — possibly making him Australia’s longest lived parrot (although his precise age varies from source to source). The legendarily raucous bird spent the first 78 years of his life sailing the South Sea Islands with his […]

Attempted Escape Geelong Gaol

On this day …….. 1st September 1928 James McMahon, aged 33 years, a prisoner who was serving a sentence of seven years for an offence against a girl in Essendon, Victoria, McMahon was first placed in Pentridge, but after a unsuccessful attempt to escape he was transferred to Geelong Gaol. On the 1st of September […]

Bat Attack

New Farm resident Carolyn Martin was hanging out a towel on her balcony in September 2011 when three flying foxes attacked her. One bat wrapped itself around an ankle and the other two flew around her face. She said that one bat scratched her foot and another spat in her face. Bats, or flying foxes […]

Elephant bolt with lion cage – Melbourne

On this day …….. 1st September 1894 A panic occurred in Bourke street, Melbourne on the 1st of September 1894, owing to the elephants drawing the lions cage in Fillis Circus procession taking fright. The animals bolted down the street at a great pace, dragging the roaring lions after them, and finally came to a […]

World’s largest performing elephant

On this day …….. 1st September 1936 Claimed to be the world’s largest performing elephant, Cissie, owned by Ashton Brothers travelling circus, nearly ended her career at Buninyong on the morning of the 1st of September 1936. The elephant was entering the circus allotment behind a line of 45 horses, when she fell through a […]

Infant Murder

ON THIS DAY…… 1st September 1885 A young woman named Martha Jane Heffer, in the employ of Mr. H. M. Sutherland, of the Commercial Bank, Dandenong, was arrested on a charge of having wilfully murdered her female infant, whose body was found in the Dandenong Creek on this day in 1885. While being escorted to […]

Murder Suspected by Police

On This Day – September 1, 1938 Detectives now believe Gunner John Hulston (18), who disappeared on September 1, and whose body was found in the sea yesterday, was murdered. Medical examination of the body revealed that death was due to a revolver shot wound in the chest. The bullet has been recovered, and will be subjected […]

Murder Inquest

On This Day – September 1, 1938 The city coroner (Mr. Tingate, P.M.) will conduct an inquest to-day into the murder of Mr. Frederick William Sherry, who was shot in a payroll hold-up at Clifton Hill on September 1. Forty-three witnesses, including eight detectives and many eye-witnesses of the crime, will give evidence. Selwyn Wallace, […]

Sunbury Asylum Escapee

On this day …….. 1st September 1895   A patient named John Moloney made his escape from the Sunbury Lunatic Asylum, Victoria, on the 1st of Sept 1895, but owing to the promptness displayed by the authorities he was captured at the Plumpton, Diggers Rest, within two house of the time of his escape.