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 …….. 17th of June 1982 The driver and a fireman of a goods train were killed on this day in 1982, when their train ran into the rear of the Spirit of Progress in thick fog. Barnawartha in North East Victoria was shaken awake by the collision, which happened a 7:50am. The […]


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.  

Bill Clinton – White House Recipe

Presidential Burger Ingredients 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 medium sweet onion, sliced and separated into rings 2 (8-ounce) packages presliced mushrooms 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 pound ground round 2 […]


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 […]


On This Day ……. 16th June 1919 By 1919 Pentridge Prison was the only penal establishment in Victoria where a flogging of criminals could take place. For thirty years, the triangles have not been rigged in the Geelong Gaol. It has neither tripod, flagellator nor lush. On this day in 1919 the Geelong Gaol had […]

Princess Diana – Recipe

Chilled Tomato and Dill Mousse with Lobster Tail Despite the title, the recipe really focuses on the tomato and dill mousse which, thanks to the use of molds, is turned into a conical shape and which is then served alongside a steamed lobster tail. The recipe makes 6 “ramekins” or miniature molds of mousse. Ingredients: […]


ON THIS DAY – June 16, 1908 At the Central Criminal Court on the 18 June 1908 a young woman named Elizabeth Anderson, 19 years of age, was presented on a charge of having wilfully murdered her illegitimate child at Carlton on 16th ult. The evidence showed that the accused was a domestic servant. Her […]

Australian Mass Shootings

A list of Australia’s mass shootings 1628 – 1899 Shipwreck of the Batavia in – 1628 (Western Australia) 110 Dutch Cape Grim massacre – 10 February 1828 (Tasmania) – 30 Indigenous Australians Convincing Ground – 1833 Portland (Victoria) – 200 Indigenous Australians Pinjarra – 28 October 1834, Pinjarra (Western Australia ) – 40 Indigenous Australians […]

Girl Denies Marriage

On This Day – June 16, 1936 AMAZING CONFLICT – Perjury Charge Fails Strangely contradictory evidence of a marriage which was alleged to have been celebrated in a synagogue in Brisbane on June 16 last year was heard in the General Sessions to-day, when Arthur T. Gibson, a carpenter, pleaded “Not guilty” to a charge […]

Desmond Moran Murder

On This Day…….. 15th June 2009 Desmond “Tuppence” Moran, the brother of Lewis Moran, had publicly claimed to be out of the criminal business. On 17 March 2009 at about 8.50pm, he was the target of an unsuccessful assassination attempt outside his home in Langs Road, Ascot Vale. As he sat in his car, a […]