ON THIS DAY…… 9th October 1924 A disturbance on board the S.S. Pennyworth at the Railway Pier on October 4, resulted in the appearance of William John Dunlee, a seaman, in the Geelong City Court. He pleaded guilty to two charges, both of which were preferred by Constable P. A. Browne. His first was that […]

The Giant Koala renamed Sam in honour of bushfire victim Sam the koala

On this day …….. 9th of October 2009 Sam the koala gained notoriety in February 2009 when she was rescued during backburning operations prior to the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in February 2009. CFA volunteer firefighter David Tree approached the koala with a bottle of water, from which the animal drank; an unusual occurrence, given […]

Murder Confession

Murdered on this day …………….. 9th of October 1938 Thomas William Johnson, aged 40, labourer, walked into the Dandenong police Station on the 9th of October 1938 and gave himself up, for the murder of Charles Adam Sunney aged 54 years a returned soldier pensioner, and Robert McCourt Gray aged 73, prospector and old-age pensioner, […]

Wife’s Serious Charge

ON THIS DAY – October 9, 1917   Before Mr Justice Hodges, in the Criminal Court this week, Horace Caston was charged with having, on October 9, attempted to murder Florence Caston, his wife, by pushing her out of a train while it was travelling between Richmond and Melbourne. There was a second charge of […]

Ned Kelly’s mother sentence to three years gaol

On this day …….. 9th of October 1878 Ellen Kelly was sentenced to three years gaol for her part in the attempted murder of Constable Alexandra Fitzpatrick at the Kelly’s home in Greta, North East Victoria on this day in 1878. Fitzpatrick had gone to the Kelly’s house to arrest Dan Kelly on a charge […]