Australia’s youngest bushranger

ON THIS DAY…… 18th November 1879 One of Australia’s youngest bushrangers, a fifteen-year-old member of Captain Moonlite’s gang, is shot and killed. Augustus Wernicke was one of Australia’s youngest bushrangers, and part of Captain Moonlite’s gang. Captain Moonlite, aka Andrew George Scott, became a bushranger upon his release from gaol, eight years after robbing the […]

Concerts at Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 4th November 1922 Concerts at Geelong Gaol Since the escape of Angus Murray from Geelong gaol there has been a ban on the fortnightly concerts that were formerly held in the gaol for the entertainment of the prisoners. The Inspector-General has now issued instructions that the concerts may again be held , […]

Escaped convicts try to walk to China

ON THIS DAY…… 1st November 1791 Escaped convicts tried to walk to China On the 1st of November 1791, a group of 20 male convicts and one pregnant female convict escaped from the gaol at Parramatta, New South Wales in an attempt to reach China overland. They took with them rations, tools and clothes. Whilst […]

The great escape – Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY……31st October 1889 Fredrick “Josh” Clark and Christopher “Christie” Farrell were both ex convicts transported from England to Van Demons Land. Once both men had received their tickets of leave they sailed to Victoria, arriving at the beginning of the Victorian gold rush. Both men found there way back to the lives thy […]

Escaped elephant – Richmond

On This Day ……. 29th October 1954 Escaped Elephant – Richmond An escaped elephant from Wirth’s Circus’ temporary camp outside Olympic Park in Richmond, Melbourne caused a mild panic on the 29th October 1954. At 9.30 p.m. a check was made by the boys guarding the elephants, and it was found that one was missing. […]

Robbery at Geelong

ON THIS DAY…… 28th October 1849 On the 28th of October 1849 a prisoner named James MacDonald, undergoing a sentence of eighteen months’ imprisonment for robbery at Geelong, attempted to escape from the gaol. He managed to scale the top of the northern wall by climbing the gallows and then let himself down by means […]

Infamous bushranger Francis Gardiner

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1850 Francis Gardiner, love of crime began in Geelong, on the 22nd of October, 1850, on a charge of horse stealing, and sentenced to five years’ hard labour. However Gardiner manage to escape in the first few months and returned to Goulburn. Where his career as a bushranger began, for within […]

Escapee Angus Murray friend of Squizzy Taylor

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1923 On the 24th of August 1923, Angus Murray, who is serving a sentence of 15 years for robbery under arms, mace his escape, by mean’s of a small saw, he removed of the stones at the base of his window. The bars were then loosened, leaving him sufficient room […]

Prolific escapee – Josh Clark

ON THIS DAY…… 21st October 1893 On the 21st of October 1893, Josh Clark made his last attempt to escape from the Geelong Gaol. At the time Clark was sharing a cell with another male prisoner, both the men decided to escape by tunnelling through the thick walls. The men managed to remove 12 bricks […]

Bushranger Harry Power, mentor to Ned Kelly drowns in the Murray River

On this day …….. 10th of October 1891 Henry Johnstone alias Harry Power a notorious Victorian bushranger was born in Waterford, England, in 1819. Johnstone was transported to Van Diemen’s Land in 1841 for stealing shoes. During the 1850s and 1860s, he found himself in trouble with the law a number of times for horse […]

Female convict escaped

ON THIS DAY…… 5th October 1900 A remarkable escape happened in the female excise yard of the Geelong gaol on the 5th of October 1900. An old feeble inmate, who was on charges of stealing line from hotels made a daring escape. She was removed to the exercise yard along with several other inmates. On […]

Two escaped from Geelong gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 3rd October 1962 Two prisoners Robert Leslie Dennis aged 26, and Donald John McCumber aged 29, escaped from the Geelong Gaol on the 3rd of October 1962. After steeling a car in Swanston st, Geelong they headed north to the boarder. An intensive hunt was made for them throughout South-West N.S.W. after […]