Electric train fatality Porter Committed for manslaughter – EAST OAKLEIGH

ON THIS DAY……. 28th May 1930 At an inquest into the death of Florence Ellen Isherwood, 83 years, of East Oakleigh, who was killed by an electric train at a crossing at Oakleigh on this day in 1930. William Harding King, operating porter at the East Oakleigh station, was committed for trial on a charge […]

Mistaken identity – Toorak

On this day ……… 28th of May 1999 Joseph Quadara, a 57-year-old greengrocer, was ambushed by two people and killed in a Toorak carpark in the early hours on this day in 1999, as he was about to start work at a Safeway supermarket. The former millionaire was declared bankrupt in 1994. Police believed that […]

Two death sentences – BULLARTO

ON THIS DAY….. 28th May 1892 Peter Smith was charged with shooting with intent to murder a man named Taylor at Bullarto. Both men were “spielers,” and had a difference. Smith waylaid Taylor on May 28 and fired several shots at him. Taylor escaped, but was severely wounded. The jury found Smith guilty, and the […]

A Detective charged with manslaughter – MELBOURNE

ON THIS DAY….. 28th May 1895 A charge of manslaughter against Detective John Roche was heard at the Criminal Court. Roche on this day in 1895, in company with Detective Brown, went into the shop of Ernest Arthur Gill, in Devonshire-street, Footscray and arrested him on a charge of receiving stolen property. Resistance was offered […]

Australian referendum recognises more Aboriginal rights as equal citizens

On this day …….. 27th May 1967 Aboriginal people became Australian citizens in 1947, when a separate Australian citizenship was created for the first time. Prior to this, all Australians were “British subjects”. Aboriginal people gained the vote in Commonwealth territories in 1965, and earlier in different states, according to various state laws. The referendum […]

Man from Snowy River – TV

The Man from Snowy River is an Australian adventure drama television series based on Banjo Paterson’s poem “The Man from Snowy River”. Released in Australia as Banjo Paterson’s The Man from Snowy River, the series was subsequently released in both the United States and the United Kingdom as Snowy River: The McGregor Saga. The television […]

Murder and Suicide – EAST BRUNSWICK

ON THIS DAY….. 27th May 1952 An East Brunswick man murdered his wife and committed suicide because of his wife’s association with another man, the Coroner (Mr. Burke. S.M.) found. The man’s daughter had said that she heard her father say: “You’re not coming back? Well, love, this is it” before two shots were fired […]

My best pal – MELBOURNE

ON THIS DAY….. 27th May 1922 After hearing evidence at the inquest on the body of Eugene Patrick Walsh, who died in tho Melbourne Hospital on May 27, the coroner (Dr. Cole) committed Percy Draper, aged 28 years, labourer, of Albion street, West Brunswick, for trial at Melbourne on June 15, on a charge of […]

Death at the Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 27th May 1908 A prisoner named James Wilson, aged 66 years, died in Geelong Gaol on this day in 1908, from pneumonia. Wilson was sentenced at North Melbourne in November last to six months imprisonment. His sentence expired on May 1, but he was in such a bad state of health […]

Cattle stealing

On This Day ……. 26th May 1904 A young man named John Smith, who was arrested at Colac by Senior-constable¬†Arthur and Constable McKenzie for alleged ‘cattle stealing, has been brought into¬†the Geelong gaol on remand. He was brought before the Geelong court a week later, and further to the gaol.

Caulfield smash – CAULFIELD

ON THIS DAY….. 26th May 1926 The Jury acquitted William Milvan, motorman, and James Hargreaves, guard, who were charged with manslaughter, arising out of a collision between two passenger trains at Caulfield on this day in 1926, when three persons were killed. The Jury added a rlder to the effect that the precautions taken to […]

Manslaughter – NORTH MELBOURNE

ON THIS DAY….. 26th May 1915 Charged with the manslaughter of Denis McSweeney, at North Melbourne, on this day in 1915, Andrew McGough, withdrew his plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty. The accused assaulted McSweeney without warning. The Chief Justice, in passing sentence of three years imprisonment, said that McGough had acted like a […]