An Extraordinary Tragedy

ON THIS DAY – October 10, 1914   After holding an inquiry at the Morgue on October 20, Dr. R. H. Cole, the Coroner, returned a finding that Herbert Leslie Matthewman and Priscilla Warwick were found dead at Mordialloc; death having resulted from gun shot wound’s, these wounds having been wilfully inflicted by Matthewman. There […]

South Geelong police station closed

ON THIS DAY…… 10th October 1903 The South Geelong police have shifted into their new station at Foster-street, on this day in 1903, and are much more comfortable than in the unhealthy building which served as a gaol in the early days of Geelong’s history. A portable cell has been provided at the new station, […]

Wife Acquitted of Murder

ON THIS DAY – October 10, 1943   After 20 minutes consideration, the jury at the Bendigo Supreme Court today acquitted Mrs. Dorothy Frances Franklin, 42. of a charge of murdering her husband. Eric Franklin. 42. rail fitter, at Castlemaine on October 10. The Crown alleged that during the quarrel at their home, Franklin struck […]

Bushranger Harry Power, mentor to Ned Kelly drowns in the Murray River

On this day …….. 10th of October 1891 Henry Johnstone alias Harry Power a notorious Victorian bushranger was born in Waterford, England, in 1819. Johnstone was transported to Van Diemen’s Land in 1841 for stealing shoes. During the 1850s and 1860s, he found himself in trouble with the law a number of times for horse […]