Attempted escape from Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 12th November 1945 Attempted escape from Geelong gaol On the 12th of November 1945 while attempting to escape from the military detention barracks at the Geelong gaol, John Russell Rosewall was fired upon by a sentry and wounded in the shoulder. Rosewall was one of a number of prisoners who tried to […]

The fire king dies at Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 7th November 1901 The Fire King dies at Geelong Gaol At an inquest held at the Geelong Gaol, on the body of the aged prisoner Harry Cutmore, who is known as “The Fire King,” a verdict was returned that deceased committed suicide by throwing himself from the balcony to the ground floor, […]

New convicts arrive in Geelong

ON THIS DAY…… 6th November 1908  A draft of four prisoners from Pentridge was received at the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1908.  The prisoners were placed in the Hospital ward for a change of air and discipline.   

New bathrooms installed

ON THIS DAY…… 5th November 1924 New bathrooms were installed at the Geelong Gaol in 1924.  The secretary to the Department of Public Works stated that a tender for a new bathroom and fencing at the Geelong gaol has been accepted. The successful tenderers are Messrs.  Stone Bros., of Geelong, and the construct price was […]

Letter Thrown Over The Fence Of The Governor’s Quarters

ON THIS DAY…… 12th September 1910 This morning a letter was thrown over the fence of the Governor’s quarters at the Geelong Gaol. It was written apparently by a woman. It bore no signature beyond the initials “A.E.,” and stated that on receipt of £20 the writer would give good information relative to the theft […]

Attempted Escape Geelong Gaol

On this day …….. 1st September 1928 James McMahon, aged 33 years, a prisoner who was serving a sentence of seven years for an offence against a girl in Essendon, Victoria, McMahon was first placed in Pentridge, but after a unsuccessful attempt to escape he was transferred to Geelong Gaol. On the 1st of September […]

Attempted murder of Constable Vizard

On This Day ……. 25th of August 1889 John Hassett was tried along with Francis De La Veillies for attempted murder of Constable Vizard on the 25th of August 1889. The two men had been having an altercation near the intersection of Lygon Street and Queensberry Street in Carlton, when Constable Vizard asked them to […]

Ah Cheong the Chinese cook – Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 21st of August 1883 Ah Cheong, the Chinese cook who assaulted Mr Anderson, the second officer of the pilot schooner Mavis, on this day in 1883, was remanded for eight days to the Geelong gaol. Mr Anderson is progressing favourably, and was sent to the Geelong Hospital by this evenings train. […]

Escape from Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 14th of August 1869 The Advertiser reports that a prisoner named John McHenry, who at the last sittings of the General Sessions was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment for stealing saddles, made his escape from the Geelong Gaol, in a manner which leads to the presumption that he received assistance from […]

Murder at the Warrnambool Court House

ON THIS DAY …….4th August 1863 A dreadful murder was perpetrated at Warrnambool on this day in 1863, by a prisoner called James Murphy, on a Constable named Daniel O’Boyle. The murder was committed in the Court house, while O’Boyle was stooping down it is presumed to light the fire in the room of the […]

Camperdown Hotel

On This Day ……. 31st of July 1890 An inquiry into the supposed murder of George Avery, at the Camperdown Hotel, the particulars of which appeared in The Argus, was commenced in the Camperdown Police Court on this day in 1890, Mr. Heron, P. M. , and a jury of five. A man who occupied […]

Aboriginal Convict

On This Day ……. 30th of July 1929 An Aboriginal, aged 74 years, was on this day in 1929 completed two months imprisonment in Geelong Gaol, declined to leave when he was discharged. It was only after several hours of trouble that he was pressured to sign his property out and go. It was the […]