ON THIS DAY – 11th December 1900 The trial of five young men named Jason O’Shannessey, Alfred Cropley, Moss Smith, John Jason Dowdle, and Henry Edward Victoria Johnson on a charge of wilfully murdering an old man named Jason Vance, commenced in the Criminal Court on the 11th of December 1900. It was alleged that in […]

The Leaving of Governor Phillip

On this day …….. 11th of December 1792 Due to poor health Arthur Phillip, first Governor of Australia return to England. He departed for his homeland on the 11th December 1792, sailing in the ship “Atlantic”. Phillip resigned his commission soon after arriving back in England, and died on 31 August 1814. Arthur Phillip was […]

The Execution of Basilo Bondeitto – 1876

EXECUTED THIS DAY – December 11, 1876 BASILO BONDEITTO Basilo Bondeitto, who was, after a three days trial, convicted of the murder of Carlo Comisto, at Sandy Creek, Victoria, on or about the 4th September last, suffered the extreme penalty of the law for the deed on the morning of Monday, December 11 in the […]

Murder and Suicide

ON THIS DAY – December 10, 1886 A tragedy occurred at South Melbourne to-day, when a married woman named Alice Wiggins, wife of a travelling cutler living in Coventry-place, murdered her infant son by cutting his throat. She then committed suicide by cutting her own throat. It appears Mrs. Wiggins had been confined several times […]

Lunatic On The Run

On this day …….. 10th of December 1945 David John Linsing, 30 years, escaped from Mont Park Asylum on this day in 1945. His description was 5 feet; 6 inches high, fair hair and complexion. He was wearing, a, light brown coat, dark grey trousers, white canvas slippers, and was without a hat.


ON THIS DAY…… 10th December 1908 John Kane was sentenced to three months imprisonment at the Geelong gaol for larceny. Kane, who was 6ft. 3in. high, and weighs 15 stone, was suspected of stealing £2 from a mate, on a station near Camperdown, and after quietly submitting to arrest, he pleaded guilty, and was summarily […]

Murder of Fred Flint

ON THIS DAY – December 10, 1912 Murder Charge. The trial of Walter James Anderson for the murder of Fred Flint, who met his death by poisoning at Merriman’s Creek, on Tuesday, December 10, took place on Wednesday at the Sale Supreme Court, before Mr Justice Hood. Mr Leon prosecuted for the Crown and Mr […]

“Boys, The Game is Up”

On this day …….. 10th of December 1937 Richard L Jackson, and Leslie George Atkins, who escaped from the prison reformatory garden on the 3rd of December, were recaptured at Yackandandah on this day in 1937, by Constable W. Knowles, and were both given an extra 18 months’ imprisonment by the Beechworth honorary Justices. Jackson, […]


ON THIS DAY – December 10, 1903 Five men named Ginglingbury, Apper, Taylor, Flanders, and Hanley have been arrested on a charge of murder in connection with the death of Yee Moon, the Chinese gardener. Moon died in the Melbourne Hospital on January 3. He had been admitted for treatment of injuries sustained in a […]


On this day …….. 9th of December 1873 Daniel Lynch a labour working in Euroa had a turn while at work and was found to be suffering insanity. Lynch was taken to Beechworth by train and transferred to Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum on the 20th of August 1871, on admission it was not known where […]


ON THIS DAY – December 9, 1925 At the conclusion of the inquest today into tho death of Ernest Napoleon Williams electrician, who was allegedly shot dead in King-street, about midday on December 9, the City Coroner committed William Richard Wallace for trial on a charge of having murdered Williams. Bail was refused and the […]


On this day …….. 9th of December 1938 An elephant escaped from a circus at Bentleigh on this night in 1938, and walked into the yard of Mr. and Mrs. Mall. The elephant made a great mess of the garden before mounting the front verandah and tried to turn around an electric light fitting. While […]