Escaped Lunatic – Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum

On this day …….. 17th September 1909 A young man who escaped from Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum was captured on the 16th of September 1909 in Kilmore. We was brought back to Melbourne.  

Yellow mist

On this day …….. 16th September 1878 Yellow mist On this day in 1878, an extraordinary shower of sulphur fell on the town of Warrnambool in Victoria. (showers of yellow pollen, resembling sulphur in appearance, often carried from pine forests by the wind to a great distance)  

Convicts in Victoria

ON THIS DAY…… 16th September 1861 On this day in 1861, there were altogether 291 prisonors in the gaols of Melbourne; 214 males and 3 females in the Central Gaol; 31 males and 43 females in the Western Gaol. Tho prisoners are classified as follow:-Awaiting trial at the Police Court, 18 males, 1 female ; […]

Kew Asylum Escape

On this day …….. 16th September 1947 A patient escaped from the Kew Mental Asylum. Any person who can give information that might lead to his apprehension is asked to contact the police immediately.: The patients’ – description is: Age- 23. years, 5 -feet 10 inches, dark hair-: and dark eyes, wearing Government issue grey’ […]

Papua New Guinea granted full independence from Australia

On this day …….. 16th September 1975 Papua New Guinea is a country in Oceania, positioned to the north of Australia. Consisting of the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, as well as numerous offshore islands, it shares the island with the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua. The country is renowned […]

Captain Cook becomes the first European to note the appearance of the Aurora Australis

On this day …….. 16th September 1770 Captain Cook, the first European to chart Australia’s eastern coast, was hired in 1766 by the Royal Society to travel to the Pacific Ocean to observe and record the transit of Venus across the Sun in mid-1769. Following this, Cook’s next orders were to search the south Pacific […]

Baby in a Paddock

ON THIS DAY…… 16th September 1881 Mr. Candler held an inquest at the Melbourne Morgue on the body of a newly born female child, which was found in a paddock at the Avenue, High Street, Windsor, at halt past 5 o’clock on this day in 1881. The body was wrapped in a piece of coarse […]

Australia’s first television broadcast is made by TCN Channel 9 in Sydney

On this day …….. 16th September 1956 Although John Logie Baird first demonstrated the television in 1926, it was not until the 1940s that steps were made to bring the medium to Australia. They began with the initial Broadcasting Act of 1948, which prohibited the granting of commercial television licences. In 1950, Australian Prime Minister […]

Execution of Castillo

EXECUTED THIS DAY – September 16, 1889 THE CARLTON MURDER. The last scene in the tragedy which opened in Somerset-place. Carlton, on the 8th July was enacted at the Melbourne Gaol at 10 o’clock yesterday morning, at which hour the miserable man Castillo suffered death at the hands of the common hangman. A minute or […]

Discovery of unknown species of bottlenose dolphin – Australia

On this day …….. 15th September 2011 There are almost 40 species of dolphins worldwide. Bottlenose dolphins are the most common, and belong to the genus ‘Tursiops’. Found in temperate and tropical seas all over the world, for many years it was believed there were only two species of bottlenose dolphins: the Common Bottlenose Dolphin […]

Timothy Trueman brought from Pentridge

ON THIS DAY…… 15th September 1910 Timothy Trueman a one time a prosperous citizen of Geelong but later incarcerated for vagrancy at the Geelong Gaol. Trueman escorted from the Geelong gaol to Pentridge on this day 1910. He was placed into a special departments for probationary treatment.  


ON THIS DAY…… 15th September 1910 Yeo Lee, otherwise known as Peter Long, a Chinese herbalist, was charged at Ballarat with having caused the death of Florence Jelbert, on this day in 1910.  The jury failed to agree, and the accused was remanded. Eleven members of tho jury forwarded a petition to the Attorney-General, stating […]