Population Turned Out

On this day …….. 25th April 1919 The whole of Wangaratta’s population turned out to welcome home the troops from overseas. A grand procession made it’s way though the streets, under the commemorative arches, led by the highly regarded band from St Augustine’s Orphanage in Geelong. The procession included 20 light horsemen, 75 returned men, […]

Ashton Appointed

On This Day ……. 25th April 1925 Mr. G. N. Ashton, formerly secretary to the Returned Soldiers’ League, was appointed to the staff at the Geelong gaol, on this day in 1925.  

Escaped Lunatic

On This Day…… 25th April 1869 Margaret Johnson was brought from Howlong to Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum on the 7th of May 1868, by her brother in law William Johnson. Johnson escaped from the Asylum on this day in 1869, and was not seen again. It was believe that she crossed back over the boarded […]

South Australian Women First in Australia to Vote

On this day …….. 25th April 1896 Women in South Australia gained the right to vote in 1894, and voted for the first time in the election of 1896. It is generally recognised that this right occurred with the passing of a Bill on 18 December 1894. However, a letter from the Attorney-General advising Governor […]

Australia’s First Postmaster is Appointed

On this day …….. 25th April 1809 Australia’s first postmaster was Isaac Nichols. Nichols had arrived with the Second Fleet on the Admiral Barrington in October 1791 after being found guilty of stealing and sentenced to seven years transportation. However, he was found to be a diligent worker, greatly trusted by Governor Hunter. Although accused […]

First Cemetery in Tasmania

On this day …….. 24th April 1804 The first cemetery in Tasmania Hobart in Tasmania is the second oldest city in Australia, with Sydney being the oldest. The city began as a penal colony at Risdon Cove on the Derwent River in Van Diemen’s Land in 1803 to offset British concerns over the presence of […]

No Lawful Means of Support

On This Day ……. 24th April 1922 At the City Court on this day in 1922, Victor Marin was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment at Geelong gaol for having been found without sufficient lawful means of support.  

Illegal Betting

On This Day ……. 24th April 1911 At the City Court on this day in 1911, John Robertson pleaded guilty to betting in Moorabool street, Geelong. Robertson received two months imprisonment in Geelong Gaol.  

The Dobie Murder

ON THIS DAY – April 24, 1908 The inquest in connection with the Dobie murder, when Charles Henry Deutsehmann was alleged to have shot at and wounded his father-in-law and then killed his wife, was concluded. The coroner returned a verdict of murder, and Deutschmann was committed for trial. The accused appeared to be much […]

Man Knocked Down by Car

ON THIS DAY – April 24, 1934 PRAHRAN CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER A finding of criminal negligence amounting to manslaughter against a motor car driver was recorded by the corner (Mr McLean P M ) at the city morgue. At about 6.45 p m on April 24 in High street Prahran, Charles Duigan Naples, aged 70 […]

Charge Of Manslaughter Against Machinery Manager

ON THIS DAY – April 24, 1907 MELBOURNE An enquiry was concluded into the circumstances of the death of Frederick Saker, on April 24, from the result of injuries received through being struck by the brace attached to a flywheel at Messrs. Dorman, Long. & Co.’s works. Braces had been put on the wheel to […]

Collapse of Melbourne Building

ON THIS DAY – April 24, 1925 DIED FROM INJURIES MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES TO FOLLOW At the close of the building collapse inquiry, the City Coroner (Mr. D. Berriman) committed the architect, one of the contractors and the clerk of works for trial, to answer a charge of manslaughter. The Coroner said: “I find that the […]