Richmond Charge of Murder

ON THIS DAY – November 16, 1907 Two men, Roy Sherrin, 19 years of age, a labourer, living in Nicholson street, Abbotsford, and William Thomas, driver, of River-street, Richmond, have been arrested, charged with the wilful murder of John Bradford. Bradford sustained a fracture of the skull in a brawl in Hoddle-street, on November 16, […]

90 year old man sent to Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 16th November 1904 90 year old man sent to Geelong gaol The old man John Bartram, 90 years of age, was found by Constable Zimmer in Aberdeen-street in a helpless state from illness, and was subsequently removed to the gaol hospital, was remanded for a week at Geelong West, by Mr. F. […]

Murder of Sarah Leahy

ON THIS DAY – November 16, 1840 Thomas Leahy, cooper, at Portland Town, was then put to the bar, charged with the wilful murder of his wife Sarah Leahy, by having on the 16th of November last wounded her with a bayonet, thereby causing almost instant death.  John Horne, a native of China, sworn after […]

explorers Hume and Hovell

ON THIS DAY…… 16th November 1824 Explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell The explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell, on a journey of exploration from the settled areas of New South Wales to Westernport in the Port Phillip district, arrived at the Murray River. Hovell carved an inscription in a red gum on the North […]

Murder in Melbourne

On This Day – 16th November 1885 John Anderson, second mate of the American barque Don Nicholas, was murdered by one of the crew named Freeland Morrell. During the voyage there had been ill blood between the parties, and Morrell had applied for his discharge on the grounds that he could not get on with […]

The Healesville Murder

ON THIS DAY – November 15, 1891 This afternoon Mr Justice Moleworth was occupied in the Criminal Court in hearing the charge of murder against Fatta Chand, the Indian hawker, whose mate, Juggo Mull, was found foully murdered at Steel’s paddocks, near Healesville, on November 15, last.      

The Wangaratta Child Murder

ON THIS DAY – November 15, 1892 The Governor-in-Council, acting on the advice of the Cabinet, commuted the death sentence passed upon the young woman Mary Fitzgerald, by Mr. Justice Hood, to imprisonment for three years with hard labor. The prisoner was found guilty at the Benalla sessions of the murder of her newly-born child […]

Mother Charged With Murder of Baby

ON THIS DAY – November 15, 1942   On a charge of having murdered a newly born baby at Carlton on November 15, Lillian Shore, 22, single, of Carlton, was to-day committed for trial by the City Coroner (Mr. Tingate). The baby was found in the front garden of a house in Carlton, with its […]

Bail in Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – November 15, 1944 In chambers yesterday Mr Justice Martin granted bail in a bond of £500 and one surety of £500 each to Thomas Henry Kirwin, 55, and Henry Thomas Kirwin, 24, father and son, who have been charged with the wilful murder of Francis Frederick Kirwin, brother of Thomas Henry […]

Murder and Death of a Dwarf

ON THIS DAY – November 15, 1904 On the 15th September 1904, an accident occurred in Elizabeth Street where Sarah Ann Robins, her husband James and her 27 year old daughter, Rosina Hubbard, who was described as a dwarf were thrown from a cart. This accident set in a motion a series of events that […]

Notorious gangster

ON THIS DAY…… 15th November 1901 Notorious gangster Percy Ramage cuts his throat A desperate affray occurred within the gaol walls last night, which almost ended in a tragedy. Whilst one of the warders was searching the prisoners in their cells prior to their being locked up for the night, he was startled, on entering […]

Myall Creek Aboriginal Massacre

ON THIS DAY…… 15th November 1838 The perpetrators of the Myall Creek Massacre in New South Wales are acquitted On 10 June 1838, a gang of stockmen, heavily armed, rounded up between 40 and 50 Aboriginal women, children and elderly men at Myall Creek Station, not far from Inverell in New South Wales. 28 Aborigines […]