The Holmesglen Murder

ON THIS DAY – December 17, 1965 Keith Ryrie was charged in the Melbourne City Court with having murdered Maureen Patricia Ferrari, 18, at Holmesglen. Ryrie was charged in the City Court also for having murdered Rhonda Margaret Irwin, 5, at Burnley the week before. Senior Detective Harry Morrison, of the Homicide Squad, told the […]

HELD UP BY KANGAROO – BALLARAT CONSTABLE STARTLED

On this day …….. 17th of December 1927 Suddenly confronted in a city street by a kangaroo standing between five feet and six feet high at 4am on this day in 1927. Constable Allen was too startled for the moment to believe his eyes. When he tried lo approach the kangaroo, it hopped off much […]

Warder Transferred

ON THIS DAY…… 17th December 1901   Warder Lewis, of the Geelong gaol, has received Instructions on this day in 1901, to proceed to the Sale gaol. No reason is given for the transfer, which is said to have come about because Lewis is suspected of having divulged the state of affairs existing in the […]

LARGEST SEARCH OPERATION IN AUSTRALIAN HISTORY

On this day …….. 17th of December 1967 On this day in 1967, Prime Minister Harold went missing at Cheviot Beach on Point Nepean near Portsea. Holt together with friends Christopher Anderson, Jan Lee, and George Illson and his two bodyguards, drove down from Melbourne to see the British yachtsman Alec Rose sail through Port […]

NOT GUILTY OF HUSBAND MURDER

On This Day – December 17, 1942 Florence Maddalon aged 27, of South Yarra was found not guilty on a charge of having murdering her husband. Mrs Maddalon, collapsed on hearing the verdict of not guilty on the 17th December 1942. Her husband, Gulseppe Maddalon aged 40 was found fatally shot. She was also acquitted […]

KILLED BY EMU

On this day …….. 17th of December 1914 Two kangaroos and six wallabies presented to the Ballarat City Council by Mrs George Russell, were placed in the Gardens as the nucleus of a zoo. They were found dead on this day. An emu was placed in the same enclosure and was unaffected. The Council is […]

WOODVALE ALLEGED MURDER

ON THIS DAY – December 17, 1932 Accused Man’s Insanity. William John Daly, 54, was charged at the Bendigo Court with the murder of Emily Louisa Cherry, 48, at Woodvale, on this day in 1932. Counsel for the accused said that Daly was mentally unfit to plead. A jury found Daly not guilty on the […]

ESCAPE FROM GEELONG GAOL

On this day …….. 17th of December 1945 After overpowering a guard a prisoner escaped from a military detention barracks at the old Geelong Gaol on the 17th of December 1945. The prisoner managed to climbed into the guard’s tower where he overpowered an elderly returned soldier who was on guard duty, using the butt […]