Bus Driver on Five Counts of Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – June 20, 1966 CHILTERN 15 lights of a semi-trailer rammed by a passenger bus near Chiltern should have been visible to anyone following it, the prosecutor, Mr J. F. Howse, said in the Supreme Court. He said that shortly before the crash, in which five passengers in a Red line Bus […]

Charge of Attempted Wife Murder

ON THIS DAY – June 20, 1893 ELSTERNWICK A sensational narrative has been given to the police at Elsternwick by Jane Cleland, wife of a tailor, who alleges that in June last her husband, James Cleland, administered chloroform to her, and when she was unconscious from its effects endeavoured to suffocate her with the bed […]

Murder at the Southern Cross Hotel

ON THIS DAY – June 19, 1894 The trial of Cecilia Anderson for the murder of John Fraser at the Southern Cross Hotel, Bourke-street, on 19th June, was held on Thursday at the Criminal Court, Melbourne, before the Chief Justice. Mr. Walsh, QC., stated the case for the Crown. He said that on Mrs. Anderson’s […]

A Melbourne Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – 19 June 1921 MELBOURNE In the Criminal Court, Henry Slater was charged with the murder, of Peter Monaghan on June 19. Peter Monaghan, the father of the deceased, stated that on the night of the tragedy, some men came to his house in Campbell street. One of the men Carmody, held […]

Clerk Sentenced to Death for Murder of Girl

ON THIS DAY – June 19, 1954 FLEMINGTON Ronald Eugene Smith was sentenced to death in the Criminal Court for the murder of a six-year-old girl at Flemington on June 19. Smith, who sat motionless in the dock during the whole of the four-day trial, his head bowed so that only his black, wavy hair […]

Theresa Crowe Murder

On This Day – June 19, 1980 Theresa Crowe, a vivacious young woman, had been found in her loft apartment, wrapped in a blanket, her body slashed from throat to groin. Despite the horrific wounds that prompted speculation that she had been killed in a satanic ritual, the cause of death was strangulation. Malcolm Clarke […]

Melbourne CBD Shooting

ON THIS DAY – June 18, 2007 Three people were shot, one fatally, by Christopher Wayne Hudson, 31, a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, who opened fire on two men and a woman during an argument on the corner of William Street and Flinders Lane at about 8:20 am. Hudson fled from the […]

Shielding a Murderer

ON THIS DAY – June 17, 1917 SHIELDING A MURDERER Declaring there was a conspiracy of silence, Dr. R.H. Cole, City Coronoer, yesterday adjourned an inquiry into the death of Charles Edward Cleary, who was admitted to St. Vincents’s Hospital on June 3rd with a revolver bullet in his head and died on June 17th.  […]

Murder of Maria James

ON THIS DAY – June 17, 1980 The fact the killer used a knife from Ms James’s kitchen to stab her 68 times suggests he didn’t come armed. Fitzroy town clerk John James was listening on the telephone when his former wife was attacked by the killer in her Thornbury bookshop about noon on June […]


ON THIS DAY – June 17, 1913 A tragic affair at the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum on June 17 when a patient was killed with an axe handle as the result of a sudden attack by another inmate culminated in the presentment of Arthur Dowell at the Criminal Court charged with the murder. John Joseph […]


ON THIS DAY – June 16, 1907 Dominic Tarrabouchier, an Austrian fisherman, who stabbed Constable Cawsey, who in turn shot him, at Portarlington on June 16, was before the City Court, charged with wounding and assaulting with intent to murder May Mitchell. The accused was remanded.  


ON THIS DAY – June 16, 1910 MELBOURNE In the case of Victoria Florence Williams, who died on June 16, in the Homoeopathic Hospital, the Coroner recorded a verdict of death from blood poisoning following an illegal operation, and committed the mother of deceased (Mrs Victoria Mary Williams) for trial on a charge of wilful […]