Alleged Husband Murder

ON THIS DAY – April 21, 1920 MELBOURNE On April 21, Michael Liguria Connell, 32 years of age, a clerk in the Police Commissioner’s office, Melbourne, died from suspected poisoning. Irene May Estella Connell, 30 deceased’s wife, was arrested on a charge of murder. It is stated that Connell, after partaking of a meal, became […]

Melbourne Holiday Train Disaster Kills 44

On this day …….. 20th of April 1908 On this day in 1908, a Bendigo-bound holiday train collided with another heading for Ballarat in the Sunshine rail yards, west of Melbourne. Forty-four people were killed and more than 400 hurt. The Age did not believe in sheltering the victims’ next-of-kin. Down on the rails among […]

One Dead, Many Injured in Victorian Rail Crash

ON THIS DAY……. 12th April 1952 On this day in 1952, a woman was killed and seven people were seriously injured when two passenger trains collided head on at Moriac, near Geelong, at 8:15pm. Both engines were derailed, and the first carriage of the Geelong-bound train was telescoped by the coal tender. The dead woman […]

Dead body on public display

On this day …….. 12th of April 1865 The notorious bushranger Dan Morgan was the centre of attention in Wangaratta on this day in 1865. In response to many request, his body was put on public display in one of the police cells. Someone took a fancy to Morgan’s bushy beard, and it was flayed […]

“Ten Minute Alibi”

On This Day – April 9, 1934 On board the Orama, due at Melbourne on April 9, is George Thirlwell, a well-known English actor, who has been engaged to appear in the first production in Australia of “Ten Minute Alibi” to be given in Melbourne in the middle of April. Mr Thirlwell was in the […]

Flogging at Beechworth Gaol

On This Day……… 8th April 1872 The first flogging in the Beechworth Gaol took place on this day in 1872. The victim was a chinaman call Ah King, convicted of an indecent exposure. He was tied to a wooden tripod, which was known as being married to the three sisters. The prison received 17 lashes […]

Almost Executed

On This Day……… 7th April 1857   On this day in 1857, Rosanna Nicholls had the dubious honour of being the first person to be sentenced to death in Beechworth. Rosanna was convicted of murdering her child and ordered to be sent to Melbourne for sentence to be carried out. Rosanna missed another first, if […]

Melbourne’s Chinatown Murder Hunt

On This Day – January 30, 1947 Melbourne’s ‘Chinatown’ has been subjected to an Intense search by many detectives and police since the murder last night of Yung Shlng, 53 year old bosun of the freighter Fort Abltiba. Shlng was shot dead In a taxi at point blank range. The owner-driver of the taxi, Robert Sydney […]

Swallowed False Teeth

On this day ……… 31st of March 1908 Mrs. Jane Barwick, aged 40 years of North Brighton, Melbourne accidentally swallowed a plate containing 13 false teeth while drinking some broth for dinner on this day in 1908. A medical man ordered her removal to the Melbourne Hospital, where her neck was sliced open to have […]

Colonial Family Hotel – Chinatown Melbourne

AT the recent licensing court, Mr. Dowling, of the Australian Hotel, Little Bourke-street east, opposed the application for a renewal of the license for the Colonial Family Hotel. On Saturday evening he was waited upon by three young men, who brought him a parcel. On opening it he found a miniature coffin painted black, with […]

Tram Accident

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1905 A boy of 9 years, named Arthur Leggo, was run down by a tram, in Melbourne on this day in 1905. The boy was dragged a distance in Park Street, South Melbourne before the tram was able to stop. He sustained serious injuries to the head and numerous […]

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 […]