50 pound magnet behind a rowboat – FOOTSCRAY

On this day ……… 29th of May 1963 Homicide detectives investigating the murder of the taxi driver, Norman Victor Jones, on May 29, probed the bottom of the Maribyrnong River with a large magnet to look for the murder weapon. They trailed a 50lb. magnet behind a rowboat for three quarters of a mile in […]


On This Day ……. 29th May 1903

Murder of soldier unsolved – WALLINGTON

On this day ……… 29th of May 1942 After hearing 21 witnesses, Mr E. J. Haynes, deputy coroner, found that Arthur Roy Willis, 44, military driver, formerly of Casterton, had been murdered by some person unknown on May 29. Willis’s body was found on the side of the Ocean Grove road, Wallington, with 4 bullet […]

Suspected of murder – BEULAH

On this day ……… 29th of May 1892 A man named Samson Cornwell died at Beulah, near Warracknabeal, on May 29. No post-mortem examination was held, but at a Magisterial inquiry a verdict of death from natural causes was given. From subsequent information in the hands of the police an application was granted to exhume […]

Tasmania’s coat of arms is approved by Royal Warrant from King George V

On this day …….. 29th May 1917 Tasmania is a small island state located off the southeast coast of Australia. Originally named Van Diemen’s Land by Abel Tasman in 1642, Tasmania is the second oldest state in Australia to have been settled. Unlike the other states and territories of Australia, Tasmania does not have an […]

Death in Brunswick

Death in Brunswick is an acclaimed 1990 black comedy/romance starring Sam Neill, Zoe Carides and John Clarke. It is based on the 1987 comic novel of the same name by Boyd Oxlade. Set and filmed in Brunswick, a Melbourne suburb, it deals with a humble chef, Carl (Neill) who gets a job at a sleazy […]


Wentworth is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on SoHo on 1 May 2013. The series serves as a contemporary reimagining of Prisoner, which ran on Network Ten from 1979 to 1986. Lara Radulovich and David Hannam developed Wentworth from Reg Watson’s original concept. The series is set in the modern day […]

250,000 people walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the People’s Walk for Reconciliation during Corroboree 2000

On this day …….. 28th May 2000 Indigenous Australians are the original inhabitants of Australia including its nearby islands. The term encompasses the various indigenous peoples known as Aborigines, whose traditional lands extend throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania and offshore islands, and also the Torres Strait Islanders whose lands are centred on the Torres Strait Islands […]

Gaol of death

On This Day ……. 28th May 1900 An elderly prisoner named Joseph Maber, aged 55, who was serving a sentence of six months’ hard labor, died in the Geelong gaol on this day in 1900. He had been in the gaol hospital since February, and at an inquiry held later that day before. Mr P. […]

Murder of Sharon Taylor – BARONGAROOK

ON THIS DAY……. 28th May 1990 On the 28th of May 1990, while on early release from prison, Gregory John ‘Bluey’ Brazel murdered prostitute Sharon Taylor. Her body was found in a shallow grave at Barongarook, Victoria, south of Colac on 23 September 1990. Brazel was born on the 17th of November 1954. Had is […]


On this day …….. 28th May 1953 The 28th of May 1953, was an interesting day in Ararat, Victoria because to prisoner from the Langi Kal Kal prison farm and a violent patient from the Ararat mental hospital escaped. Police search the area but the men could not be found. The patient who is 53 […]

Governor Macquarie offers a free pardon to absconded Tasmanian convicts, except for murderers.

On this day …….. 28th May 1814 Unlike in the penal colony of New South Wales, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) remained largely a convict settlement for its first fifty years. Little was done to encourage free settlers to take up land on the island. The colony faced starvation in the first few years of its […]