Sentence of six months’ imprisonment

ON THIS DAY…… 2nd October 1903 Tracey Evans was returned to the Geelong gaol from Creswick, where he received a sentence of six months’ imprisonment on the previous day for stealing a watch and chain and some wearing apparel. The sentence is cumulative on a period of 12 months’ imprisonment he is undergoing for larceny […]

A Disreputable Business

On This Day – October 2, 1897 The trial of Jane Agnes Sutcliffe, an elderly woman, for the murder of Eleanor Mary Gardiner on October 2, took place at the Melbourne Criminal Court before Mr Justice Hood yesterday.  Under the name of Mrs Page, Miss Gardiner, who was 22 years of age, was admitted to […]

A Brutal Murder

On This Day – October 2, 1890 Last week considerable excitement was created at Avoca by the report of a murder at Avoca Lead. George Gonge, a miner, aged about 60, well known in the district, had a quarrel on October 2 with a miner named Frederick Rees over Phoebe Quirk, who describes herself as […]

William Gocher defies the Australian law that prohibits daylight bathing in the ocean,

On this day …….. 2nd of October 1917 One of Australians more interesting laws was prohibited swimming in the ocean during daylight hours, specifically between the hours of 6am and 8pm. William Henry Gocher was the proprietor of a local newspaper, who disagreed with the law enough to openly defy it. In his newspaper, the […]