Fraudulent insolvency

ON THIS DAY…… 13th October 1860 Benjamin Cantor, convicted the previous day of fraudulent insolvency, was brought up to receive the sentence of the court. Dr Sewell, who conducted the prosecution in this case, informed his Honour that the Official Assignee, as well as a creditor who had given evidence in the case, recommended the […]

Murder of Kate Beazley

MURDERED ON THIS DAY ………. 13th October 1904 A shocking murder was committed at 1.30am on the 13th of October 1904 in Lydiard street, Ballarat, near the Mining Exchange, The victim was Miss Kate Beazley, a resident of Daylesford. It appears that the young woman was being maintained at an hotel in Lydiard by James […]

Memorial to Constable Johnston

MURDERED ON THIS DAY ……. 13th of October 1902 At the St. Kilda Cemetery on Sunday afternoon the Chief Commissioner of Police (Mr O’Callaghan) performed the ceremony of unveiling a marble monument erected by members of the police force over the grave of Constable Richard Johnston, who on 13th October last was shot dead by […]

Australia’s first traffic lights – Sydney

On this day …….. 13th of October 1933 On Friday the 13th of October 1933, Australia’s first traffic lights were turned on in Sydney. It was another 32 years before the nation’s capital, Canberra, received its first two sets of traffic lights, on 23 October 1965.  

First white burial in North East Victoria

On this day …….. 13th of October 1836 The first white burial in North East Victoria took place on this day in 1836. James “Tally Ho” Taylor, a member of Major Mitchell’s expedition, drowned in the Broken River. The Major and his party were returning north after traversing the Port Phillip district between the Murray […]

Murder of Constable Johnston

On This Day – October 13, 1902   At about 11.00 am on Sunday, 13th October, 1902 Constable Johnston, who was off duty at his home at Elwood, responded to a neighbour’s complaint that a man tried to abduct his 8 year old daughter. Johnston immediately set off in pursuit and located the man in […]