Empire Hotel Fire

ON THIS DAY …….. 23rd March 1867 On this day in 1867, one of the biggest town fires in North East Victoria began in Beechworth. The fire started in the stables of the Empire Hotel in Camp St. Before the fire had burnt itself out, seven buildings were destroyed, four severely damaged, and between £11,000 […]

The Mornington Monster

ON THIS DAY ………. 23rd of March 2004 John Sharpe murdered his pregnant wife, Anna, and his nineteen-month-old daughter Gracie, in the Melbourne suburb of Mornington, on this day in 2004. During his trail Sharpe would became known by the media as the ‘Speargun killer’ or the ‘Mornington Monster’. Sharpe repeatedly fired a spear gun […]

Prisoners in the Botanic Gardens

On This Day – 23rd March 1875 On this day in 1875, Mr Peter Dwyer, Governor of the Geelong gaol, was asked upon what terms the labour of prisoners can be obtained for working in the Geelong Botanical Gardens.    

Murder of Veniamin

ON THIS DAY ……….. 23rd of March 2004 Veniamin was killed in the La Porcella restaurant in Carlton on this day in 2004 at 2.30pm after being shot by former associate Domenic “Mick” Gatto. Gatto was charged with his murder but acquitted on self-defence grounds. During the trial, Gatto claimed Veniamin had pulled out a […]

Accident in a Windlass

ON THIS DAY …….. 23rd March 1904 Ballarat John Davies, a miner, working at the Napoleons mine, near Ballarat was injured on this day in 1904. Davies while being hauled to the surface by a windlass, fell from the bucket to the bottom of the shaft, a distance of 30ft. The accident happened when the […]

Men Grapple For Axe

ON THIS DAY …….. 22nd March 1934 RICHMOND Ernest Kirkwood, a young man, was charged with having murdered Claude Leslie Cooper at Richmond on this day in 1934. Death was alleged to have been caused through a blow on the head by an axe. Kirkwood maintained a quiet demeanour in court when the charge was […]

Accident at Harrison’s Gold Mine

ON THIS DAY …….. 22nd March 1904 A serious accident happened to a miner named John Norton, at Harrison’s gold mine, Arthur’s Creek on this day in 1904. The man was at the bottom of the shaft, when an ascending bucket fell and struck him with considerable force on the head, inflicting a serious scalp […]

Opium Raid

ON THIS DAY …….. 22nd March 1908 Detective Inspector Christie went to Williamstown to institute a search for opium among the Chinese gardeners and laundrymen. A successful raid was made with the aid of Chief Inspector O’Brien and Constables H. Reardon and Crisfield, on the laundry of Wing Yek, in Stevedore street. Here was discovered […]

Animal Headstone in Lismore

ON THIS DAY …….. 22nd March 1909 A unique headstone for an animal was erected near Lismore, New South Wales, over a grave of a favourite hunting horse with the following inscription: ‘Here lies Alick, son of Sirius, died 22nd March 1909. A champion hunter in many contests, with never a swerve or baulk. As […]

First Lunatic to Escape Beechworth

ON THIS DAY …….. 22nd March 1868 There was great excitement in Beechworth, North East Victoria on the 22nd March 1868, when the first lunatic escaped from the newly opened Asylum. A young man suffering from idiocy, escaped from the Asylum by climbing over a section of the Ha Ha wall still in construction. The […]

Driving Without Lights

On This Day – 22nd March 1892 A young man named Samuel Edward Bees, was at the Geelong Court on the double barrelled charge of furious driving and driving without lights on the 3rd March. The evidence of the prosecutor was to the effect that on the evening of the day named defendant drove along […]

Master of the United Masonic Lodge

ON THIS DAY …….. 22nd March 1889 Sir William Clarke was elected Master of the United Masonic Lodge in Melbourne on this day in 1889. Sir William and Lady Clarke had issued invitations to 1500 guests for a concert at their house Rupertswood in Sunbury, to celebrate.