Murder at the Yarra Bend Asylum

ON THIS DAY – June 4, 1913 On the 4th of June, 1913, Arthur Dowell an inmate of the Yarra Bend Asylum inflicted with an axe handle such serious injuries on another patient John Joseph Tissear that he died on the 7th of June. At the time of he savage attack several inmates were milking […]

Youth on Trial

ON THIS DAY – June 4, 1909 CHARGE OF MURDER – CONVICTED OF MANSLAUGHTER. At the Shepparton Supreme Court to-day Ernest Carmody, aged 17 years, was charged with the wilful murder, on June 4, of an elderly man named John Robinson. The accused pleaded not guilty. The deceased resided in a hut at Youanamite, near […]


On this day …….. 4th of June 1891 Moyhu in North East Victoria, revived an unexpected visitor from old time Bushranger Harry Power on this day. Power had been released from Pentridge Gaol due to ill health and was ready for a career in show bussiness. An old convict ship had been refitted to show […]


On this day …….. 4th of June 1965 On this day in 1965, electricity came to the town of Boorhaman in North East Victoria. The honour of switching on the power went to eighty five year old Mrs Ellen Jane Salmon.

Four Missing From Beechworth Gaol

4th June 1946 State-wide search for four criminals who are missing from Beechworth gaol was renewed. One of the men disappeared late last year, two in April, and the fourth a week ago. The men sought are: George Albert Wilson, 36, 5ft 6in, auburn hair, brown eyes, fresh complexion, and stout build. He is a […]


On this day …….. 4th of June 1789 The first theatrical performance in Australian took place on this day in 1789 in Sydney, when some prisoners performed George Farquhar’s comedy The Recruiting Officer to celebrate King George III’s birthday.

Letter to the Editor of the Geelong paper

On This Day ……. 4th of June 1900 Within the last day or so two old prisoners have died at the gaol. Old, infirm, and diseased prisoners are sent to Geelong to die, and these deaths appearing in the published mortality returns, without explanation, which make it appear that Geelong is an unhealthy district. Steps should […]


On This Day ……. 4th June 1901 An aged prisoner, who was sent from Melbourne to complete his sentence in the Geelong gaol, died in the latter institution on this day in 1901, and an inquiry was held before Mr H. Bannister, J.P. Dr Croker, the medical officer at the gaol, certified that death was […]