On This Day – April 21, 1926 Falling out of bed on April 21, Clarissa Miles, 60, of Roslyn street, West Melbourne, received injuries from which she died six days later. At the inquest today tho Coroner (Mr D. Berrman) found that death was accidental. Henry John Edward Jones, engineer, Macquarie street. Prahran. said he […]

Woman’s Strange Acts

On This Day – April 21, 1928 “Spite” Against Police Sergeant Ellen Mcpherson, aged 50 years, of ,Evandale road, Malvern, was charged at the Malvern Court on Monday with having on April 13 and on April 21 placed grease and garbage in a public place. Senior constable Langslow prosecuted. There was no appearance of McPherson. […]

Three Years Hard Labour

On This Day ……. 21st April 1870 Adolph Thieves, convicted on two charges of larceny, asked His Honour to he kind enough to pass a lenient sentence, as it was the first time he had been in gaol, and he could prove when he came out that the property was not Mr Gosling’s at all. […]

A Man Shot by a Monkey!

On this day …….. 21st of April 1934 Chance has played many curious tricks, but never before one such as was played at about 10 o’clock last night, with Madame Prince and her monkey Tarzan the principals in an amazing episode at Wirth’s Circus. Towards the end of their act Tarzan, the monkey shoots, from […]

Skull Fractured in Fight

ON THIS DAY – April 21, 1933 MELBOURNE After inquiring into the death of Ivor Charles Waite, wharf labourer, who died of a fractured skull after a fight in Little Bourke-street on April 21. the Acting City Coroner, Mr O’Callaghan. P.M.. found that death was due to injuries inflicted by Alfred Monar, labourer. Monar was […]

Murdered by a Mate

On This Day …….. 21st April 1858 One of the most shocking murders which has ever been seen in Beechworth occurred at Chinaman’s Flat. Luke Lyons and Patrick Saxton arrived in the Colony together and were believed to be sharing a claim. The murderer and his victim were mates and up until the time of […]

No Longer Australia

On this day …….. 21st of April 1970 The Hutt River Province Principality is a large farming property about 595 km north of Perth, Western Australia, and is about 75 square km in size. It was founded on 21 April 1970 by farmer Leonard George Casley when he and his family and associates proclaimed their […]

Guilty of Burglary

On This Day ……. 21st April 1870 John Rockliffe and James Anderson, who each pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary, and were convicted on a second charge, said they had nothing to say why sentence should not be passed on them. Each prisoner was sentenced to four years in Geelong Gaol.  

Alleged Husband Murder

ON THIS DAY – April 21, 1920 MELBOURNE On April 21, Michael Liguria Connell, 32 years of age, a clerk in the Police Commissioner’s office, Melbourne, died from suspected poisoning. Irene May Estella Connell, 30 deceased’s wife, was arrested on a charge of murder. It is stated that Connell, after partaking of a meal, became […]

Brothers Death

On This Day – April 20, 1913 DEAD MAN RECOGNISED. A dramatic incident occurred on April 20 on a vacant allotment at the corner of Walter and Westgarth streets, Northcote. Alexander Percy Anderson, 24 years or age, died suddenly while on the spot, and one of his brothers was among the crowd which gathered. A […]

Six Years for Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – April 20, 1948 BENTLEIGH SIX YEAR FOR MANSLAUGHTER “In my opinion, your crime was particularly bad, and you are Lucky that the charge of which you were found guilty was not one of murder,” said Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy in the Criminal Court to-day when sentencing’ Esbert Robin Ridgeway (24), of […]

Old and Poor in Gaol

On This Day ……. 20th April 1894 On this day in 1894 Geelong council agreed to provide assistance to the Infirmary and Benevolent Asylum, stating that 20 more beds for inmates of the asylum, were needed, which would involve an increased annual outlay of £300. Councillor Abraham remarked that the Town Council had not for […]