Accused Man’s Nonchalance

ON THIS DAY – June 6, 1930 FITZROY MURDER  Following the inquest to-day concerning the death of John Alfred Taylor, a grocer, of Fitzroy, on June 6, Arthur Skeritt (48), a coloured man, was committed for trial on a charge of murder. Taylor, who was between 60 aud 65 years of age, kept a small […]


Between 1852 and 2011, at least 951 people were killed by floods, another 1326 were injured, and the cost of damage reached an estimated $4.76 billion dollars. 1. June 1852 – Gundagai, NSW 89 deaths, entire settlement of 250 people destroyed There’s little doubt that the 2010/2011 Queensland floods were Australia’s most devastating in terms […]


On this day …….. 6th of June 1835 John Batman was born in Parramatta, Sydney, in 1801. As a native born Australian, Batman was interested in opening up new pastureland and promoting the growth of the colonies. He applied for land in the Westernport Bay area of southern Australia, now Victoria, but was not granted […]


On this day …….. 6th of June 1859 The colony of the Moreton Bay District was founded in 1824 when explorer John Oxley arrived at Redcliffe with a crew and 29 convicts. The settlement was established at Humpybong, but abandoned less than a year later when the main settlement was moved 30km away, to the […]

Man on Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – June 6, 1931 GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER  In the Criminal Court to-day George Arnold Turner, (33), labourer, was charged with having murdered Edward Vincent Sheehan on June 6 at Collingwood. The Crown alleged that during a struggle Sheehan fell to the footpath, and Turner went down on top of him. Turner held […]

Execution of Rohan Smith

ON THIS DAY – June 6, 1881 ROBERT ROHAN SMITH – BEECHWORTH GAOL The Yalca Murder – EXECUTION OF ROHAN.  THE ARGUS correspondent at Beechworth wired on Monday the following account of the execution of Robert Rohan for murder:—Robert Rohan, alias Smith, the murderer of John Shea, at Yalca, near Shepparton, on the 23rd January […]


On This Day ……. 6th June 1904 At the Police Court a middle-aged man named William Beard was charged with assaulting John M’Master, a farmer, residing at Moolap. Evidence was given that on the night in question, Beard turned his wife and children, out of doors. They took shelter at a neighbour’s, and the following […]

Man admits to killing Melbourne Vampire Gigolo

ON THIS DAY – June 6, 2003 A career criminal has admitted to shooting dead self-described vampire gigolo Shane Chartres-Abbott in Melbourne in 2003 as a favour to an acquaintance. The man is the crown’s key witness and cannot be identified because of a number of suppression orders from Victoria’s Supreme Court. Mr Chartres-Abbott, a […]

Circus animals escape in Broome

On This Day ……. 6th June 2013 A number of circus animals have been recaptured after breaking loose in the middle of Broome. Cows, camels, llamas, horses and donkeys escaped from their temporary enclosure on Male Oval this morning after a fence post came loose. It took Circus Royale staff about 10 minutes to round […]