Two Men Gone

On this day …….. 26th April 1904 While the steamer Star of Australia was coming up the Yarra on this day in 1904, two seamen, named Wendt and Larson who were getting the gangway ready preparatory to landing, fell overboard into the river. Life boys were immediately thrown out, and several boats lowered. Larson was […]

Exploding Battery

On this day …….. 26th April 2003 An unnamed Perth man was lucky to escape unharmed on the 26th April 2003 when he attempted to recharge his mobile phone battery in a microwave oven. Firefights were called to the man’s house after the battery exploded.  

Killer Elephant

On this day …….. 26th April 1974 Mr Doug Laing-Smith, 38, died in hospital on this day in 1974, 27 days after he was crushed by an elephant while working for Ashton’s Circus in Melbourne. He was knocked down and crushed by Abu the elephant after it was frightened by children playing on mini-bikes, Mr […]

Constable Loses Hand

On this day …….. 26th April 1941 Constable L. Ferrter had his hand nearly bitten off when he put it between the bars of a lion cage at Lismore on this day in 1941. Crowbars were used to free him. The policeman later had the hand amputated in hospital. Two lions in a cage were […]

Without Lawful Excuse

On This Day ……. 26th April 1906 Archibald Tough, who has been previously convicted, was charged with being found by night without lawful excuse on Mr. H. Dunn’s premises and was sentenced to four months imprisonment at Geelong.  

A Charge of Murder

ON THIS DAY – April 26, 1930 MONTROSE At an inquest into the death of Margaret Jean Alexander, aged 20 years, of Belfast road, Montrose, on April 26, the coroner Mr. D. Grant found that she had died from shock and cardiac paralysis, due to an illegal operation. May McNeal, of Bennett street, Richmond, was […]

Dies As He Awaits Trial

ON THIS DAY – April 26, 1948 MELBOURNE A Greek fishmonger who was alleged to have stab bed his employee on April 26, died in the Pentridge Gaol hospital on Sunday, it was stated in North Melbourne. John Athenis, 59 year old fishmonger of West Melbourne, had been charged with having wounded Stanley Banos, his […]

Giant Bird

On this day …….. 26th April 1932 A giant bird was shot on this day in 1932. Miss Boardman, of Bangaroo station, stated “The Wedge Tailed Eagle that was shot measured 7ft 3 in from wing-tip to wing-tip.’  

The Chernobyl Disaster

On this day …….. 26th of April 1986 The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on the 26th of April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the city of Pripyat, then located in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union (USSR). An explosion and fire released large quantities […]

Attacked by Wedge Tailed Eagles

On this day …….. 26th April 1845 A young boy survived a brutal attack by two Wedge Tailed Eagles. A gentleman riding a horse, on this day in 1845, saw a child, about four years old, who, having recently strayed some way into the bush, that had been attacked by two Eagles. The child’s head […]

Execution of David Magee

EXECUTION THIS DAY – April 25, 1854   David Magee, convicted at the last Criminal Sessions at Castlemaine of murder, under the circumstances then detailed in the Argus, suffered the extreme penalty of the law yesterday morning, at the usual place of exceution, the common gaol at Melbourne. The prisoner, who was a man nearly […]

Driver of Car Arrested

ON THIS DAY – April 25, 1926 KILLED BY MOTOR CAR On April 25 William Thomas was knocked down and killed by a motor car. Since that date the police have been searching for the driver, who, they allege, did not pull up. They have arrested a man at Collingwood. John Williams (36) appeared before […]