Dragged over the line

On this day …….. 1st of October 1973 Ray Selkrig had a successful career as a jockey, but he will always be remembered for one race. Selkrig was riding Hot Chestnut at Kembla Grange, New South Wales, on this day in 1973 and was ahead by several length close to the finish line, when the […]

Murder of Constable McGrath

On This Day – October 1, 1915 In the early hours of Tuesday, 1st October, 1915 Constable McGrath and other police went to the Trades Hall in Lygon Street, Carlton in answer to a report and a burglary was in progress. The policemen entered the building, and found that an attempt had been made to […]

Hunt for the Carnegie Murderer

ON THIS DAY – October 1, 1934 Detectives investigating the murder on Monday night of Herbert Norwood, aged 35, relieving stationmaster at Carnegie, are seeking among other suspects, a racecourse habitue whose description answers that given by witnesses who saw the bandit escape. This man has a small brown “tooth brush” moustache, is said to […]

Centenarian’s Death

On this day …….. 1st of October 1917 Amos Renoff, better known as “Chummy White,” a centenarian, died on this day in 1917 at his residence at Storey-street, Parkville. The late Mr Renoff was born on April the 16th, 1817, and arrived at Western Port Bay in a whaleboat, from Tasmania, in 1860.  

Public Works

ON THIS DAY…… 1st October 1872 Reports of the public works committee, recommending the purchase of 200 yards rubble stone to be broken at the Geelong Gaol, and that the damaged flagging opposite the premises destroyed by the recent fire in Ryrie street be removed and replaced by sound material, were adopted.