Strawberries Romanoff from the Kennedy’s White House Luncheon with Princess Grace 1 cup vanilla ice cream 4 cups halved small strawberries 2 tbsp each curacao and Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur 1/2 cup whipping cream 1 tbsp confectioner’s sugar 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract Candied violets or mint leaves Place ice cream in refrigerator […]

Lunatic Walks Out Of Beechworth Asylum

07On This Day……7th July 1870 James Geary was committed to Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum on the 24th of November 1867, and was discharged on the 12th of October 1868. Geary was committed for a second time on the 26th of October of the same year. On the 7th of July 1870, Geary escaped by walking […]

Buckley Gives Himself Up

On this day …….. 7th of July 1835 William Buckley was born in Marton, Cheshire, England in 1780. He arrived in Australia as a convict, and was a member of the first party of Europeans to attempt the first settlement at Sorrento, on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. On 27 December 1803, soon after his arrival, […]

Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum – Escaped Lunatic

On This Day……. 7th July 1910 Another patient has escaped from Yarra Bend, and has taken advantage of her liberty to end her existence in the river, placed conveniently for this purpose. The inquiry into the matter opened the eyes of the public to the fact that the lunatic asylum is as easy and accessible […]


ON THIS DAY – JULY 7, 1948 CHARGED with having wounded Francis Gerald Ryan with intent to murder him, Eugene Francis Fitzpatrick, medical practitioner, of Como pde, Mentone, appeared before the Geelong City Court yesterday. He pleaded not guilty. Ryan, a fish merchant, of Derby st, Kensington, said that he and George Sevior went to […]

Beer Drinking World Record – Bob Hawke

Bob Hawke the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia was immortalised by the Guinness Book of Records in 1954 for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. This record was at the same English Hotel where President Bill Clinton smoked a joint.

Albert Vincent Puddephatt

On This Day ……. 7th of July 1928 Sentence of twelve months’ imprisonment was imposed on Albert Vincent Puddephatt aged 23, a sales manager, who was found guilty in the Geelong Police Court, for the manslaughter of Olive Myrtle Partlett, aged 26, a waitress, at Belmont. The evidence showed that the girl, with her two […]


On This Day……7th of July 1925 A dangerous lunatic escaped from Mont Park Hospital on this day in 1925, and was recaptured by an attendant a few miles from the institution. He gave no trouble, and returned quietly withhis captors – Another escapee said to be dangerous was still free.

Ballarat Asylum Escape – James M’Cormick

On This Day…….. 7th of July 1900 James M’Cormick, an old miner escaped from the Ballarat Lunatic Asylum on the 7th of July 1900. M’Cormick walked though the garden and out the gate of the Asylum.

Captain Donegan Escapes From Yarra Bend Asylum

On This Day ………7th July 1883 The notorious Captain Donegan, who was imprisoned for a variety of offences, and was sent to the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum, escaped cleverly, and has defied all attempts to find him. He had been confined in the asylum, for five years and got away twice before.

MURDER CHARGE – Result of Motor Fatality

ON THIS DAY – JULY 7, 1929 Charged with the killing of Mark Devaney, aged 54, George Ernest Davis was arrested today. He will appear at Wodonga Court on October 17. Mr. Mark Devaney (aged 64 years), of Wodonga Estate, Wodonga, a retired farmer, was found dead on the Bonegilla-road, about a mile from Wodonga, on Sunday […]

The cost of a Big Mac is $1.97

On this day …….. 7th of July 1996 McDonalds, in the “assembly line” format we know it today, was begun by Richard and Maurice McDonald back in December 1948. It was an unusual venture of its time, having only a limited menu of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries and drinks, which allowed for quicker and cheaper […]