Constable Digby and the Wreck of the Hereford 1881

On January 11, 1881, the Hereford ran aground at Inglesby Reef near Port Phillip Heads, close to Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia.  The 1456 ton ship would remain stranded until she would be finally towed off the reef on March 12, 1881. But her running aground would lead to the deaths of 2 men – Constable […]

Holt Memorial Service

On this day …….. 22nd of December 1967 A memorial service for Prime Minister Harold Holt was held at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Melbourne on this day in 1967, only five days after his disappearance. The service was attended by 10,000 people and a number of international dignitaries including former and incoming Prime Ministers […]


On this day …….. 22nd of December 1934 When word reached police at Melbourne’s Russell street station on the night of the 22nd of December 1934, that a man was in the Yarra River near the Princes Bridge, a patrol was dispatched to investigate. They found the man standing in the water up to his […]


ON THIS DAY – December 21, 1890 MELBOURNE The adjourned inquest into the circumstances attending the death of William Hughes on December 21, last year was held at the Morgue by Dr Youl. The two men implicated were present in custody. Their names are Patrick M’Ginley and John Harmer, and they are at present undergoing […]


ON THIS DAY – December 21, 1908 MELBOURNE An examination by Dr. Brett has disclosed a peculiarly, revolting case of infanticide: The victim was a child who, on the 21st December, was found on a vacant allotment opposite the mint. When found the body was wrapped in a piece of towelling, and enclosed in a […]

William Street Infanticide

ON THIS DAY – 20th December 1908 A little boy named Christian Bulguard informed his parents on this day in 1908, that there was a parcel behind some scaffolding of William St, Melbourne. The matter was brought under the notice of the police, Constable Porter, made an examination and discovered that the parcel contained the […]


On this day …….. 20th of December 1910 The weather in Melbourne on this day was quite wintry, and colder than has been for some time. At Ballarat such cold weather has not been experienced in December for about 40 years, snow fell.  


ON THIS DAY – December 18, 1945 YARRA RIVER Leo Clinton Cartledge aged 23, of George Street, Fitzroy, labourer, was charged with the murder of Raymond Theodore Combs, aged 20 an American negro seaman. He was remanded until January 9. Combs’ body was found in the Yarra at Studley Park on December 24. Police allege […]


ON THIS DAY – DECEMBER 14, 1909 SPRING GULLY The inquiry into the death of Dagmar Louisa Scott, who was found dead at Spring Gully on December 14, was resumed at Castlemaine by the coroner (Mr. S. J. Goldsmith) on Monday. The husband, Robert Scott, was present in custody on a charge of murder. The […]

Death of “The Munster”

On This Day – December 13, 2003 Graeme Kinniburgh garnered notoriety for his role in the Melbourne gangland killings. On 13 December 2003, Kinniburgh himself was murdered outside his home in Kew on Belmont Avenue. Two members of a rival criminal gang, or a two-man operation, was suspected of involvement in his death; Carl Williams […]

First Balloon Flight

On this day …….. 13th of December 1858 The first balloon flight in Sydney, Australia, takes place on this day in 1858. The hot air balloon was developed in the 1700s by Frenchman Jacques Étienne Montgolfier, together with his brother Joseph-Michel. Montgolfier progressed to untethered flights until 1783 when he tested the first balloon to […]


ON THIS DAY – December 9, 1925 At the conclusion of the inquest today into tho death of Ernest Napoleon Williams electrician, who was allegedly shot dead in King-street, about midday on December 9, the City Coroner committed William Richard Wallace for trial on a charge of having murdered Williams. Bail was refused and the […]