Surprise Snow

On this day ………… 21st February 1931 Unusual and unseasonable would be two words to describe the fall of snow on Mt Buffalo in Victoria on this day in 1931. It was a Saturday in the middle of summer, and four points of snow fell. Temperatures were below freezing again the following day.    

Strange Attack on a Postman

On this day ………… 21st February 1940 On this day in 1940, a strange attack happened on an unsuspecting postman in Darwin, Northern Territory. A big wallaby standing by the side of a country road knocked the mailman off his motor-cycle.    

Illegal Operation on Esther Nott

ON THIS DAY – February 21, 1953 SOUTH MELBOURNE James Edward Benson Burns, 35, of Park st., South Melbourne, was charged at the City Court with murder. Detective-sergeant Matthews told the Court that Esther Lois Nott, 20, became ill at her home on February 21 and died soon after admittance to the Women’s Hospital. The […]

Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club

On this day ………… 21st February 1907 Photographed in 1930, these men are members of the Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club, recognised as the oldest surf lifesaving club in the world (a title also claimed by Bronte Beach’s club). While swimming in the ocean was discouraged in the colony’s early years, it had become […]

Admonished Convict

On This Day – 21st February 1866 Convict Mary Egin was charged with ill treating a lunatic in the gaol yard. Egin charged by Turnkey Bridget Burns and was admonished (told off) by the visiting justice of peace.    

Security Guard Murder

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 21, 2002 Former jeweller Slawomir Tomczyk had been desperate to find another job since joining a security firm in the outer eastern suburbs four months earlier. Tomczyk was murdered as he completed his nightly rounds of business premises on this day in 2002. His body was found in the grounds […]

Son Murdered Father

ON THIS DAY – February 21, 1928 WYCHEPROOF As a result of close investigations into the murder at Thalia, near Wycheproof, on February 21, of Martin Ryan (65), detectives arrested a son of the dead man. Deceased, who had been a successful farmer, was found shot dead in the driving seat of his car, in […]

Dingo Stole My Baby

On this day ………… 20th February 1981 Michael and Lindy Chamberlain and their three children were camping at Ayers Rock, Northern Territory when baby Azaria disappeared. Lindy claimed that a dingo had stolen her baby. No trace of the child was ever found, although her bloodstained clothes were found a week later by another tourist. […]

Death of Arthur Williams

ON THIS DAY – February 20, 1915 SOUTH YARRA An inquiry was held at the city morgue into the death of Arthur Bruce Williams, a driver, of Balaclava, who died as the result of skull injuries caused by a fall during a brawl at South Yarra on the 20th of February at midnight. Several witnesses […]

Royal Approval for New Australian Flag

On this day ………… 20th February 1903 The Commonwealth of Australia was proclaimed on 1 January 1901. Shortly after this, in April of that year, the Commonwealth Government announced a Federal Flag design competition. There were 32,823 entries in the competition, and most featured the Union Jack, the Southern Cross, or native animals. Five almost […]

Murderer Made Coffins

ON THIS DAY – February 20, 1891 NARBETHONG The shocking and mysterious murders which were committed at Narbethong on the night of the 20th of February formed the subject of an investigation by the district coroner and a jury of seven at Healesville. The murdered persons were William Davis, an old settler of the Healesville […]

Disobedient Prisoner

On This Day – 20th February 1867 Convict James Kenny was charge with disobedience of orders, on this day in 1867. Kenny was charged by turnkey Jones and given 48 hours in solitary confinement with bread and water.