FIRST CONVICTS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

On this day …….. 1st of June 1850 The Swan River colony, established on Australia’s western coast in 1829, was begun as a free settlement. Captain Charles Fremantle declared the Swan River Colony for Britain on 2 May 1829. The first ships with free settlers to arrive were the Parmelia on June 1 and HMS […]

Murder and Suicide

ON THIS DAY – June 1, 1861 A lamentable catastrophe occurred in Collingwood on Saturday evening last, a man named Currie having first shot his wife, and afterwards attempted to commit suicide. The case appears to have been one arising from jealousy on the one side, and passion and drink upon the other. So far […]

Death of 17-Year-Old Wife

ON THIS DAY – June 1, 1941 Charged with the murder of his wife, Beatrice May Stroud, aged 16 years and 10 months, Albert Edward Stroud, 20, of Wellington st. Collingwood, appeared before Sir Frederick Mann, Chief Justice, and a Jury in the Criminal Court yesterday. In opening the Crown case, Mr. C. H. Book, […]

Execution of the Convict Woodlock

ON THIS DAY – June 1, 1857 JAMES WOODLOCK – MELBOURNE GAOL This unhappy man underwent the extreme penalty of the law yesterday morning, at eight o’clock, in the Melbourne gaol. James Woodlock formerly kept the Rose, Shamrock, and Thistle public-house, in Elizabeth-street, but at the time of his commission of the crime which led […]

Execution of the Schoolgirl Strangler

ON THIS DAY – June 1, 1936 ARNOLD SODEMAN – PENTRIDGE GAOL Arnold Karl Sodeman 39 was hanged in the Pentridge Gaol this morning for the murder of June Rushmer, aged 6½ years, at Leongatha, on December last. Asked by the Sheriff whether he had anything to say, Sodeman replied: “Nothing, sir.” He walked to […]

ESCAPE FROM TRAIN

On This Day ……. 1st June 1927 Clive Frankston, aged 36 years, was charged on the 1st of the June 1926, with larceny and sentenced to two years in Pentradge. On the 28th April 1927, the Penal Authorities at Pentridge decided to transfer Frankston and another prisoner, Henry Tacke, to the Geelong Gaol. The two […]

ESCAPED LUNATIC IN BRIGHT

On this day …….. 1st of June 1903 Walter Sovereign former warden at Beechworth Lunatic Asylum now a wood cutter. Sovereign was camping not far from Bright, North East Victoria, on the 1st of June 1903 and while boiling a billy in tho darkness after work he was surprised to find a man standing behind […]