Recruit Murders Father

On This Day – October 12, 1953 A young naval recruit was charged in the. Criminal Court today with having murdered his father. A homicide detective told the court the recruit had said to him afterwards, ‘I had made up my mind to shoot the old man. I got my rifle, went into the bedroom, […]

Remand On Murder Charge

On This Day – October 12, 1947 When Joseph J Wells (34), of South Melbourne was charged in the City Court yesterday with having murdered, George Ryder on October 12, Mr J. Long, for Wells, said he had acted to protect Ryder’s wife.  Wells was remanded until Monday. Bail was refused. Long said that Wells hit […]

Walsh Street Shooting

ON THIS DAY ………… 12th October 1988 On the 12th of October, 13 hours after Graeme Jensen’s death, at 4:39am, Constables Tynan and Eyre were operating a divisional van from Prahran police station when called to an abandoned Holden Commodore left in Walsh Street, South Yarra. While the officers were examining the vehicle, they were […]

Sydney’s Luna Park Saved

On this day …….. 12th of October 1990 On the 12th of October 1990, the “Luna Park Site Act 1990” was gazetted by the NSW Government. The Act was intended to protect the site of the park, dedicating it for amusement and public recreation. This act made Luna Park one of only two amusement parks […]

Hard labour

ON THIS DAY…… 12th October 1860 Charles McMillan, convicted at the Geelong Court on this day in 1860, for stealing a case of wearing apparel. McMillan was sentenced to be imprisoned in Geelong Gaol, and kept to hard labour for two years.  

Mine disaster – Tasmania

On this day …….. 12th of October 1912 Located in Queenstown, Tasmania, the Mount Lyell Mine opened in 1896. In its early years, the mine suffered enough accidents and fatalities to immediately close the mine. On the 12th of October 1912, just two weeks after a partial collapse killed two miners and injured several others, […]

Australian classic The Magic Pudding is first published

On this day …….. 12th of October 1918 The Magic Pudding is a novel by artist and writer Norman Lindsay, who was known for his unusual and creative approach. Norman Alfred William Lindsay was born on 22 February 1879 in Creswick, Victoria, Australia. He was a skilled artist, and his paintings were controversial for their […]