The First Australian Transcontinental Motor Car Journey

On this day …….. 30th of June 1908 Australia’s love affair with the car as a means of travelling the continent’s huge distances began with the first transcontinental motor car trip. Engineer Horace Hooper Murrag Aunger was born on 28 April 1878 at Narridy, near Clare, South Australia. He collaborated with cycle maker Vivian Lewis […]

First Australian City Switch to Digital Television

On this day …….. 30th of June 2010 Digital television is a new innovation of the twenty-first century which involves the sending and receiving of moving images and sound by digital signals. This is different to the previously used analogue television signals which had been in use since the invention of television. The advantage of […]

A Prisoner From Camperdown

On This Day ……. 30th June 1910 A man named Alexander Dickson, who had made himself a general nuisance in the Camperdown district, was sentenced to a month’s imprisonment on a charge of insulting behaviour. Dickson had been drinking to excess, and was in a terribly muddled state when arrested. The sentence was imposed largely […]

Beginning of the White Australia Policy

On this day …….. 30th of June 1861 The present-day town of Young in the central west of New South Wales began as a gold-mining settlement known as Lambing Flat. At the height of its popularity, the rich alluvial gold deposits attracted a population of around 20 000. While most of the diggers were from […]

St Kilda Murder – Detectives Still at Work

ON THIS DAY – June 30, 1906 On Saturday, Detective Burvett took charge of the investigations into the murder of Patrick O’Rourke who died in the Alfred Hospital on June 30 from injuries received at St Kilda on the night of June 23. Burvett made three visits to St Kilda on Saturday, and carefully went […]

Murder of Daughter in Law

ON THIS DAY – June 30, 1942 Threat To Kill At Party . An amazing story of how a threat to kill a woman was made during the progress of a euchre party was related at the inquest today into the death of Aaron Cephas Gardiner (64) and daughter-in-law, Dorothy Adelaide Gardiner who lived at […]

New Colony of South Australia

On this day …….. 30th of June 1834 Explorer Matthew Flinders was the first European to investigate the possibilities for settlement on South Australia’s coast, doing so in 1802. The exploration of Charles Sturt to chart the Murray River was a further catalyst to the establishment of a colony on the southern coast. Consequently, the […]

Execution of Deutschmann

ON THIS DAY – June 29, 1908 The fourteenth execution in the Ballarat Gaol took place at 10 o’clock this morning, when Charles Henry Deutschmann paid the supreme penalty for having murdered his wife. The crime took place at Dobie, a few miles from Ararat, on Saturday evening, April 11. Mrs. Deutschmann, who had been […]

Murder of Sheree Beasley

ON THIS DAY – June 29, 1991 Life sentence for ‘nightmare’ killing A judge, his voice cracking with emotion and with tears in his eyes, yesterday sentenced a former church elder to life imprisonment for the “terrible” murder of a six-year-old girl. “Life means life,” Justice Philip Cummins said, as he sentenced Robert Arthur Selby […]

Medical Evidence At Murder Trial

ON THIS DAY – June 29, 1951 A doctor told a Criminal Court jury today that a young doctor’s widow, charged with the murder of her five months old blind daughter, had said she had been extremely unhappy in her married life, and did not want any association in her home with the baby. The […]

Bushrangers Body on Display

On this day …….. 29th of June 1880 On this day in 1880, the notorious bushranger Ned Kelly was taken be train to Melbourne and lodged in what is known today as the Old Melbourne Gaol hospital, where a temporary court was set up, so that Ned could be formally remanded. The bodies of Steve […]

Juvenile Discipline

On this day …….. 29th of June 1918 A group of boys ruefully returned to their homes in Wangaratta after spending 10 days in detention in Melbourne. They were members of the local Cadet Company. Thirteen of them had been ordered to Swan Island, Queenschiff, Victoria, for ten days discipline. The boys complained that the […]