BLIND WAGER

On this day …….. 21st of December 1839 A wager was decided on the 21st of December 1839 in Launceston, Tasmaina. For a bet of £5, Mr Rudge undertook to walk blindfolded and unaided from a house of Mr Francis round the Church Square and on to his own house inside an hour. He won […]

YOUNG HUSBAND CHARGED WITH MURDER

ON THIS DAY – December 21, 1941 COLLINGWOOD On a charge of having murdered his wife, Beatrice May Stroud, aged 16, Albert Edward Stroud, 20, was committed for trial by the City Coroner. The mother of the dead girl said that the couple had been married for seven months. The police said that the husband […]

THE DEATH OF WILLIAM HUGHES.

ON THIS DAY – December 21, 1890 MELBOURNE The adjourned inquest into the circumstances attending the death of William Hughes on December 21, last year was held at the Morgue by Dr Youl. The two men implicated were present in custody. Their names are Patrick M’Ginley and John Harmer, and they are at present undergoing […]

YOUNG WIFE ON MURDER CHARGE

ON THIS DAY – December 21, 1946 EAST ST KILDA Mrs. Gloria Mary Bruin, of East St. Kilda, aged 19 years wife of a Dutch serviceman, was committed for trial at the coroner’s court for the murder of her father, Francis Herbert, aged 51 years. He was a postal employee and died from gunshot wounds […]

MURDER OF A CHILD.

ON THIS DAY – December 21, 1908 MELBOURNE An examination by Dr. Brett has disclosed a peculiarly, revolting case of infanticide: The victim was a child who, on the 21st December, was found on a vacant allotment opposite the mint. When found the body was wrapped in a piece of towelling, and enclosed in a […]

DEATH AT LUNA PARK

On this day …….. 21st of December 1936 Falling from one of the cars of the ‘big dipper’ at Luna Park, St. Kilda, on this day in 1936, Harry Maltby (22), of Albert Park, was struck by another car and was so severely injured that he died. Maltby, who was accompanied by Vincent Clancy of […]

MURDER CHARGE AFTER ALTERCATION

ON THIS DAY – December 21, 1939 NORTH MELBOURNE Following an altercation at North Melbourne, Frederick Stringer, aged 42 years, died while being taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In the City Court James Simpson, 33, wharf labourer, of Buncle street, North Melbourne, was charged with having murdered Stringer. Asking for a remand, Sub-inspector Charlesworth […]

TIGER SIGHTING

On this day …….. 21st of December 1903 At Snake Valley, after a lapse of some months, the ‘Tantanoola tiger’ has again made its appearance. It was first seen about three weeks ago by a resident of Haddon. The animal was apparently journeying towards the Smythesdale bush. The residents stated that they had a view […]