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 […]


On this day …….. 15th of June 1839 The first Englishman to explore New Zealand was James Cook, who charted and circumnavigated the North and South Islands late in 1769. In November, Cook claimed New Zealand for Great Britain, raising the British flag at Mercury Bay, on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. This […]


ON THIS DAY – June 15, 2000 Mark Anthony Moran (4 July 1964 – 15 June 2000) was an organized crime figure of the infamous Moran family from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, notable for its involvement in the illegal drug trade and the Melbourne gangland killings. Moran was murdered outside his Aberfeldie home, allegedly by Carl […]


ON THIS DAY – June 15, 1929 CASTLEMAINE Charged with having murdered Albert Foster, 11 years, of Castlemaine, on June 15, by flogging him. Edward Bownds, 22 years, was committed for trial by the Coroner Mr. Bartold. When the inquest was concluded, Dr. Steele, in evidence, said that when he called at Bownd’s house to […]

Convicted at Colac

On This Day ……. 15th of June 1901 A man named Joseph Laithwaite, was convicted at Colac on a charge of unlawful assault was lodged within the confines of the Geelong gaol.  

Murder of Wife and Daughter

ON THIS DAY – June 14, 1935 GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER “I am not guilty! I am Innocent! God knows I am not guilty!” With those words Clifford Earl Smiles, aged 31 years, motor mechanic, of Warleigh road, West Footscray, burst into sobs in the dock of the Criminal Court on September 18 after a jury […]

President John F. Kennedy’s Chowder Recipe

Simple Clam Chowder Recipe Ingredients 2 bacon slices 2 cups chopped onion 1 1/4 cups chopped celery 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 2 garlic cloves, minced 6 (6 1/2-ounce) cans chopped clams, undrained 5 cups diced peeled baking potato (about 1 pound) 4 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice 1 bay leaf 3 cups fat-free […]