Airman on Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – October 22, 1947   An R.A.A.F sergeant. Ronald Joseph Cox (21), of East Sale, was charged at Sale yesterday with unlawfully killing at Lake King on October 22, Olive Mabel Gee, Anne Mason and Herbert Salton. Detective B. Long said Cox was the pilot of an R.A.A.F. crash launch on Lake […]

Army Detention Barracks

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1877 The Geelong Gaol was re-proclaimed as a gaol on 22nd October 1877. In 1924, part of the gaol was set aside as a Reformatory Prison. It remained as a gaol up until the outbreak of World War 2 when it was utilised to house the Army Detention Barracks. The […]

Build up to Eureka Stockade – Ballarat

On this day …….. 22nd of October 1854 On the 22nd of October 1854, Ballarat Catholics met to protest the treatment of Father Smyth. The next day, the arrests of miners McIntyre and Fletcher for the Eureka Hotel fire on the 17th of October in Ballarat, Victoria provoked a mass meeting which attracted 4,000 miners. […]

Infamous bushranger Francis Gardiner

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1850 Francis Gardiner, love of crime began in Geelong, on the 22nd of October, 1850, on a charge of horse stealing, and sentenced to five years’ hard labour. However Gardiner manage to escape in the first few months and returned¬†to Goulburn. Where his career as a bushranger began, for within […]

The Benalla Duel

On this day …….. 22nd of October 1894 Two shareholders of the Samaria Butter Factory in Benalla, North East Victoria had a dispute. Terrence Monaghan, challenged Patrick Larkin to a duel at the factory at 6am on this day in 1894. The only problem was that Terrence issued Patrick the challenged by a formal note, […]

Escapee Angus Murray friend of Squizzy Taylor

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1923 On the 24th of August 1923, Angus Murray, who is serving a sentence of 15 years for robbery under arms, mace his escape, by mean’s of a small saw, he removed of the stones at the base of his window. The bars were then loosened, leaving him sufficient room […]

Collins Street Tragedy

ON THIS DAY – October 22, 1915   The coroner yesterday hold an inquiry into the deaths of Albert Edward Greenwood and Charlotte Williams, whose bodies were found in a room at the Whitehall apartments, Bank place, Melbourne, on October 22. The deceased were¬†Albert Edward Greenwood, 29 years of age, formerly an accountant in the […]

Son on Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – October 21, 1929   At the city court on Tuesday Basil Alfred Harrison, aged 27, was charged with having murdered Charles Harrison at Alphington on October 21. Senior-detective William Percival Jones ,said:–Early this morning I arrested Harrison on this charge. Charles Harrison was his father. It is alleged that late last […]

Prolific escapee – Josh Clark

ON THIS DAY…… 21st October 1893 On the 21st of October 1893, Josh Clark made his last attempt to escape from the Geelong Gaol. At the time Clark was sharing a cell with another male prisoner, both the men decided to escape by tunnelling through the thick walls. The men managed to remove 12 bricks […]

Fisherman reels in drowning man

On this day …….. 21st of October 1941 On this day in 1941, a quick thinking fisherman saved a man Oliver Davis from drowning in Lake Macquarie, NSW. Fishing at Speers Point when he noticed a 35 year old man in trouble. With his first cast, the angler hooked the man and carefully reeled him […]

Monash University Shooting

ON THIS DAY – October 21, 2002 The Monash University shooting refers to a shooting in which a student shot his classmates and teacher, killing two and injuring five. It took place at Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 21 October 2002. The gunman, Huan Yun Xiang, was acquitted of crimes related to the […]

Australia’s famous UFO experience

On this day …….. 21st of October 1978 The Valentich Disappearance occurred on the 21st of October 1978, when 20-year-old Frederick Valentich disappeared while piloting a small Cessna 182 aircraft over Bass Strait to King Island (Tasmania) after reporting a strange craft flying nearby. The disappearance generated significant press attention, both throughout Australia and internationally. […]