William O’Meally

William John O’Meally was a career criminal who was convicted of the murder of Constable George Howell at Caulfield in 1952 O’Meally was born in 1920 as Joseph Thompson in Young, NSW.  The family moved to Sydney when he was 11 but his parents marriage dissolved not long after, and up to 14 years of […]

Murdered Police Officer

January 30th 1952 On the night of January 30th, Constable George Howell rode his police bicycle to the Crystal Palace Theatre, Dandenong Road, Caulfield. He had been assigned to investigate and prevent numerous thefts from cars which had recently occurred in the vicinity. At about 10.35 pm, Constable Howell intercepted a man interfering with a […]

The First Execution in Victoria

The very first execution in the then Port Phillip district was of two aboriginal men Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, colloquially known as Bob and Jack. Bob and Jack were part of a group that had been brought over to the mainland by the Protector of the Aborigines, George Robinson.  It was believed that they would be […]

Sinking of the Nestor

Shortly after 3 p.m. on Sunday, 9th January 1921, the motor launch “Nestor” sank in the Hopkins River, near Warrnambool The boat had set out with 80 passengers aboard heading 5 kilometers upstream to Jubilee Park.  The Nestor had only gone about 1700 feet (518 meters) when the first alarm was raised that she was […]

Constable Digby and the Wreck of the Hereford 1881

On January 11, 1881, the Hereford ran aground at Inglesby Reef near Port Phillip Heads, close to Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia.  The 1456 ton ship would remain stranded until she would be finally towed off the reef on March 12, 1881. But her running aground would lead to the deaths of 2 men – Constable […]

Easey Street Murder – Collingwood 1977

On the 13th January, 1977, neighbours to 147 Easey Street, Collingwood entered the open backdoor of the house, seeking the two young women who lived there that had not been seen since the 10th January.  On entering the kitchen, they found a note that had been left by the boyfriend of one of the women.  […]

Welcome to 2018!!

Well we might be a little bit late to the new year this year!!  But nevertheless Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! In our defence we have been busy in the background finding and securing some new adventures for the Twisted History for this year, some we will be letting you know about very soon!  […]

Murder of Florence Whitley

ON THIS DAY – December 22, 1912 ALBERT PARK DEATH SENTENCE FOR MURDER. At the Criminal Court Joseph Victor Pfeffer, 32, butcher’s assistant, was charged with having on the 22nd of December, at Albert Park, murdered Florence Victoria Whitley, aged 23, domestic servant and sister-in-law of the accused. The Crown Prosecutor stated that the murdered […]

GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

ON THIS DAY – December 22, 1908 TONGALA WEST At Bairnsdale Court, before Mr Justice Cussen, Edward Chomley was found guilty of having on the 22nd of December, attempted to murder John Hickey, husband of the licensee of the Mount Hepburn Hotel, Tongala West, by administering strychnine to him. Sentence of death was recorded, and […]

GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

ON THIS DAY – December 22, 1908 TONGALA WEST At Bairnsdale Court, before Mr Justice Cussen, Edward Chomley was found guilty of having on the 22nd of December, attempted to murder John Hickey, husband of the licensee of the Mount Hepburn Hotel, Tongala West, by administering strychnine to him. Sentence of death was recorded, and […]

Ferntree Gully Murder

ON THIS DAY – 22nd December 1939 Morris Ansell aged 19, labourer, of Victoria St., Carlton, was charged in the City Court on the 22nd of December 1939 with having murdered Alfred Thomas Atherton near Ferntree Gully. He was remanded until December 29, for sentencing. Mr. Justice Martin sentenced Ansell to death and told him that the […]

ALFRED BYE EXECUTED

EXECUTED THIS DAY – December 22, 1941 ALFRED BYE – MELBOURNE Alfred Bye, 42, formerly a military transport driver at Darley Camp, was executed at Pentridge on this day in 1941. He made no final statement. Bye was sentenced to death for the murder of Thomas Edward Walker, 45, a soldier, of Broadmeadows Camp, in […]