Bus Driver on Five Counts of Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – June 20, 1966 CHILTERN 15 lights of a semi-trailer rammed by a passenger bus near Chiltern should have been visible to anyone following it, the prosecutor, Mr J. F. Howse, said in the Supreme Court. He said that shortly before the crash, in which five passengers in a Red line Bus […]

Murder at the Southern Cross Hotel

ON THIS DAY – June 19, 1894 The trial of Cecilia Anderson for the murder of John Fraser at the Southern Cross Hotel, Bourke-street, on 19th June, was held on Thursday at the Criminal Court, Melbourne, before the Chief Justice. Mr. Walsh, QC., stated the case for the Crown. He said that on Mrs. Anderson’s […]

MARK MORAN

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 […]

INSANE INDIAN

On This Day ……. 13th June 1901 An Indian, who had developed symptoms of insanity since his transfer to the Geelong gaol from Melbourne, was token to the Yarra Bend Asylum. With the Indian travelled an elderly lunatic patient who was committed to the Kew Asylum by the Geelong bench. The pair were under the […]

VICTORIA’S GHOST TRAIN

On this day …….. 13th of June 1939 The Victorian Railway Department’s ghost train will run again soon through dimly-lit stations, while planes overhead will try to spot it. The train has been fitted with dimmed lights to enable night trips to be made safely In the event of an enemy attack on Melbourne. The […]

BLACK DOUGLAS THE BUSHRANGER

On this day …….. 11th of June 1857 Although there was no such things as the Guinness Book of Records in the 1850s, if there had been Black Douglas would surely have rated a mention as a persistent offender. It was on this day that the notorious vagrant was brought up before the Yackandandah Police […]

WRONG COFFIN TAKEN – Wangaratta

On this day …….. 8th of June 1916 Peculiar and painful complications occurred on the 8th of June 1916 in connection with the burial of two soldiers in training, Private Thomas Crockett, of Milawa, and Private Pollard, of Wodonga, who died in Melbourne from meningitis. The remains were placed in the van of the morning […]

AUSTRALIA’S TOP 10 DEADLIEST FLOODS

Between 1852 and 2011, at least 951 people were killed by floods, another 1326 were injured, and the cost of damage reached an estimated $4.76 billion dollars. 1. June 1852 – Gundagai, NSW 89 deaths, entire settlement of 250 people destroyed There’s little doubt that the 2010/2011 Queensland floods were Australia’s most devastating in terms […]

BUYING LAND FROM ABORIGINALS

On this day …….. 6th of June 1835 John Batman was born in Parramatta, Sydney, in 1801. As a native born Australian, Batman was interested in opening up new pastureland and promoting the growth of the colonies. He applied for land in the Westernport Bay area of southern Australia, now Victoria, but was not granted […]

LUNATIC TO SEE HIS WIFE

On this day …….. 5th of June 1903 On the 5th of June 1903 a patient by the name of Croker, from the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum made a daring escaped from that institution. Croker a ganger employed on the railway was arrested two months earlier while in Melbourne and charged as being a lunatic. Croker […]

Convict dies at Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 31st May 1901 An aged prisoner, who was sent from Melbourne to complete his sentence in the Geelong gaol, died in the latter institution on is day, and an inquiry was held before Mr H. Bannister, J.P. Dr Croker, the medical officer at the gaol, certified that death was due to […]

Murder and suicide – MELBOURNE

ON THIS DAY…… 31st May 1910 At the inquiry held into the tragedy which occurred at the Sir Walter Scott Hotel, Elizabeth street, Melbourne on this day in 1910, the Coroner found that John Tunks murdered Melanie Dean, and afterwards committed suicide.