Flying Baby

On this day …….. 23rd May 1930 When part of the seating in Wirth’s Circus collapsed during a performance at West Maitland, New South Wales, on this day in 1930, a woman threw her baby forward over the heads of five rows of people, as she fell. It was caught unharmed by a man in […]

Jack the Ripper suspect – MELBOURNE

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY …….. 23rd of May 1892 Frederick Deeming was tried at Melbourne Supreme Court on 25 April 1892, for the murder of his wife in Windsor. Alfred Deakin, (who would become the 2nd Prime Minister of Australia) his counsel, tried to mount a plea of insanity. The defence also questioned the impact […]


On this day …….. 23rd of June 1810 In 1809, Lieutenant Colonel Lachlan Macquarie arrived in Sydney to take up the position of Governor of the New South Wales colony, which he held from 1810 to 1821. With his military training and vision for organisation and discipline, Macquarie was an ideal candidate to restore order […]

Underbelly – Squizzy (2013)

Labassa is an outstanding Victorian era mansion with opulent architectural features at 2 Manor Grove, Caulfield. Labassa was the filming location for the home of Squizzy Taylor and Lorna Kelly in the highly popular Underbelly series. Set between 1915–1927 in Melbourne and tells the story of one of the city’s most notorious criminals, Squizzy Taylor, […]

William Thoroughgood – MELBOURNE

EXECUTED THIS DAY…… 23rd May 1854 An execution which took place at Melbourne on the this day in 1854, was reported by the Argus newspaper:—”William Thoroughgood, convicted last criminal sessions of rape upon a child of tender years, was executed yesterday at the common gaol, at 8am. The convicted man was a Wesleyan Methodist, and […]

Acted in fear – THORNTON

ON THIS DAY……22nd May 1947 The coroner found that Howard James Richard, 25, a timber worker of Thornton 75 miles north-east of Melbourne, had shot and killed a workmate on this day in 1947. However, the coroner found that Richard had not committed murder or manslaughter because he acted in fear of serious bodily injury. […]

John Duffus – Castlemaine

Executed On This Day…….22nd May 1876 John Duffus, age 50, was executed on this day in 1876 in Castlemaine for a charge of Rape. Mrs. Duffus, who was living isolated with her family, husband and three daughters at the Bendigo Creek, near Goornong, gave information to the police that her husband, John Duffus, had criminally […]

Executions in Australia 1788-1967

Executions have been a part of Australian history since the beginning. The indigenous people had death sentences that were carried out under Aboriginal customary law. The first executions carried out under European law in Australia took place in Western Australia in 1629, when Dutch authorities hanged the mutineers of the Batavia. The first execution after […]

The Last Executions in Australia

Executions in Australia were abolished by most of the states in the 1960s – 1980s, excepting Queensland who had abolished the death penalty in 1922. Queensland’ final execution was that of Ernest Austin on 22nd September 1913. Austin was executed for the rape and murder of 12 year old Ivy Mitchell near Sanford.  He was […]


On This Day ……. 22nd May 1916 A strange premonition happened in Swan Hill, Victoria to Mr Robert Henry Athorne, farmer aged 47, who was run over by his wagon, and died on this day at the Swan Hill Hospital. In March Athorne dreamt that he would meet with a fatal accident, which he took […]

Murder to manslaughter – PRESTON

ON THIS DAY……22nd May 1926 Arthur Kerchival who was charge with having murdered Mrs Margaret Edgell, at Preston, on this day in 1926, was withdrawn in the City Court. Sergeant Seales said that Kerchival had been committed for trial on a charge of manslaughter by the city coroner Mr. Berriman.  

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

This beautiful 19th century Manson “Wardlow” at 114 Park Drive Parkville, is the filming location for the home of Miss Phryne Fishers (Essie Davis) from the popular ABC Drama Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. This traditional crime drama explores the fascinating and varied sub cultures of 1920s ‘between-the-wars’ in Melbourne. From the shadowy lanes of the […]