Sentenced to Death

On This Day ……. 1st of July 1901 On this day in 1901, Nicholas Keneally, who was sentenced to death at Shepparton on the 6th of December, 1899, for an offence on his grand-daughter,’ but whoso sentence was subsequently commuted to imprisonment for life, died in the Geelong Gaol.  

Victoria Separates from New South Wales

On this day …….. 1st of July 1851 When James Cook became the first European to sight and map the eastern coastline of Australia, he claimed the eastern half of the continent for England under the name of New South Wales. After the arrival of the First Fleet, England sought to secure its claim on […]


EXECUTED THIS DAY – July 1, 1895 ARTHUR BUCK – MELBOURNE GAOL Arthur Buck, who murdered Catherine Norton at South Melbourne on the 28th April last, was executed in the Melbourne Gaol last Monday morning at 10 o’clock. The arrangements made by the governor of the gaol, Captain Burrows, and the medical officer, Dr. Shields, […]

Australia’s Northern Territory Granted Self-Government

On this day …….. 1st of July 1978 The Northern Territory is a federal territory of Australia, bordered by the states of Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia. From 1825 to 1863, the Northern Territory was part of New South Wales. In 1863, as a result of the successful 1862 expedition of John McDouall Stuart […]

The True Story of the Crawford Family Murders

On This Day ……..1st July 1970 To all our fellow crime fans, it’s not every day on the anniversary of a Victorian murder we can share a book which has been published. But for the Crawford Family Murders in Cardinal Rd, Glenroy, on the 1st of July 1970, we do……….. Almost Perfect The True Story […]

“Mr Squiggle” First Airs

On this day …….. 1st of July 1959 “Mr Squiggle and Friends” was a long-running children’s television series on Australia’s ABC. It featured a marionette with a large pencil for its nose. Mr Squiggle regularly flew to Earth from his residence at 93 Crater Crescent, The Moon on his spaceship named Rocket. In each episode, […]

Murder of the Crawford Family

ON THIS DAY – July 1, 1970 IT takes a truly monstrous man to attach alligator clips to the ears of his sleeping wife and children then zap them with electricity.  The sort of cruel coward who would also use a hammer to belt his six-year-old daughter in the head. Elmer Kyle Crawford is just […]


ON THIS DAY – July 1, 1934 IVY McDONNELL – MOOROOPNA Before Mr. Justlce Lowe, in the Supreme Court, at Shepparton today, Florence Lillian Thrower, of Orrong crescent, Caulfield, was charged with the murder of Ivy Winifred Rose McDonnell at Mooroopna on July 1. The prosecution alleged that Mrs. McDonnell died as a result of […]