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 […]

Prisoners in the Botanical Gardens

On This Day ……. 20th April 1875 A letter was received by the Governor of the Geelong Gaol, on this day in 1875, from the Minister of Lands and Agriculture, requesting to be informed when prison labor will be available for works in the Botanical Gardens.  

Execution of Cornelius Bourke

EXECUTED THIS DAY – April 20, 1891 The execution of Cornelius Bourke, convicted of the murder of Peter Stewart at the Hamilton lock-up, took place in the Ballarat Gaol at 10 o’clock on Monday morning. It will be remembered that after sentence was pronounced, some doubts arose as to the sanity of the prisoner, and […]

Prosecution of Officials

ON THIS DAY – April 20, 1908 BRAYBROOK DISASTER The trial of the railway officials charged with manslaughter in connection with the railway accident at Braybrook. The Stationmaster of Braybrook, who was committed for trial by the coroner on a charge of manslaughter, will not be tried with the engine drivers of the Bendigo tram, […]

Melbourne Holiday Train Disaster Kills 44

On this day …….. 20th of April 1908 On this day in 1908, a Bendigo-bound holiday train collided with another heading for Ballarat in the Sunshine rail yards, west of Melbourne. Forty-four people were killed and more than 400 hurt. The Age did not believe in sheltering the victims’ next-of-kin. Down on the rails among […]

Boiled to Death

On this day …….. 19th of April 1898 Margaret Geary, 4 years of age, residing with her parents at Heathcote. While playing with her little brother, stepped backward and fell into a boiler of boiling water which was standing on the hearth. Her injuries were so severe that she died in great agony.  

15 Year Old Wife Shot Dead

ON THIS DAY – April 19, 1944 NORTH CARLTON HUSBAND GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER The jury in the Criminal Court this evening found Victor Dowling, a 19-year-old soldier, guilty of the manslaughter of his 15-year-old wife, Jean Dowling, who was shot dead at her mother’s home in North Carlton on April 19. Dowling was presented for […]

Murder of Nicole Patterson

On this day ….. 19th of April 1999 Nicole Amanda Patterson was a 28 year old psychotherapist and youth counsellor employed with the Ardoch Youth Foundation, an organisation formed to assist young drug users. Patterson had desired to operate her own private practice and was using her Northcote home as an office. She placed several […]

Motorist Kills Telegraphist

ON THIS DAY – April 19, 1914 MELBOURNE MOTORIST KILLS A TELEGRAPHIST BUT ESCAPES MANSLAUGHTER The trial of Betro Callil, warehouse man, on the charge of manslaughter of Rose Despard, telegraphist, was concluded in the Criminal Court to-day. On April 19, deceased was knocked down and fatally injured by a motor car driven by Callil […]

The Woodend Murder

ON THIS DAY – April 19, 1907 WOODEND The trial of the young German swagman, Kurnschoenrr, the alleged murderer of William Panton, another swagman, at Woodend on April 19, has commenced at the Central Criminal Court. The evidence was the same as that adduced, at the inquest. Mr. G. W. Maxwell is appearing for the […]