Daring robbery Mistletoe Hotel – Melbourne

On the night of the 11th of September 1879, a daring robbery was committed at the Mistletoe Hotel, Mackenzie-street, Melbourne, belonging to Mr. Charles Wright, who also conducts the Colosseum Hotel. Wright was away at the Colosseum, leaving his bed-room at the Misletoe locked up. During the evening the barmaid heard a noise in the […]

Charged With Stealing Cloths

ON THIS DAY…… 11th September 1907 At the Colac Police Court on this day in 1907, Edgar Marchant Cust was charged with stealing a suit of clothes, the property of Charles Tyzack, an over coat, the property of Harry Gamble, and a brief bag, the property of John Donegan. He was sentenced to Geelong Gaol. […]

Kew Asylum lunatic escapee

On this day …….. 11th September 1896 A lunatic named Coghlan escaped from the Kew Asylum on 11th of September 1896. At about 10.30 a.m. Constable W. Whiddett, who was witching near the bridge on the Flemington road, saw a man approaching shouting and gesticulating. Whiddett in a moment concluded that the man was the […]

Horse and buggy Accident – 6th Prime Minister of Australia

On this day …….. 11th September 1909 Mr. Joseph Cook, Minister for Defence, later 6th Prime Minister of Australia, left Melbourne for his rural retreat at Baulkham Hills on this day on 1909. In the afternoon, he left for Glenorie, 14 miles distant, to be present at the annual show there, and to meet his […]

Mysterious Murder of Coy Sing

ON THIS DAY…… 11th September 1885   An inquest at Stawell on the body of a Chinaman named Coy Sing, who was found dead on this day in 1885, in his hut.  Evidence pointed to a case of mysterious murder. A Chinese witness named James Quam Cheong stated that the deceased complained of being unwell, […]

First Prime Ministerial funeral – London

On this day …….. 11th September 1916 When Sir George Reid, 4th Australian Prime Minister, died in London on 12th of September 1916, the Australian government was faced for the first time with the need to arrange an appropriate funeral ceremony for a former prime minister. The funeral procession set out from Australia House in […]

Circus lion escaped into audience – Sydney

On this day …….. 11th September 1950 A lion escaped and jumped among the audience during an act at Bullen Brother Circus in Sydney on this night in 1950. Some of the audience began to panic, but the lion had left the tent before they recovered from their surprise. The lion was sitting on a […]

Hampton Murder Charge

On This Day – September 11, 1951 William Henry McPhillips, 28, of Hampton, carpenter, was charged with murder at Brighton today after a man had died at Alfred Hospital from a gunshot wound in the stomach. The dead man was William Walpole, 48, also of Hampton. McPhillips appeared before a justice of the peace at […]

Bushranger Captain Thunderbolt escapes from Cockatoo Island gaol

On this day …….. 11th September 1863 Bushranger Captain Thunderbolt was born Frederick Ward at Wilberforce near Windsor, NSW, in 1836. As an excellent horseman, his specialty was horse stealing. For this, he was sentenced in 1856 to ten years on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. On 1 July 1860, Ward was released on a […]