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 before the tram was able to stop.    

Court Held in Ambulance

ON THIS DAY …….. 29th March 1955 MYRTLEFORD An ambulance was used as a court, when Stanislaus Bartosz was remanded on a charge of murder. Bartosz a 40 year old Polish tobacco farmer. As the ambulance stood in the yard at Russell Street Police Headquarters, the Judge stood alongside it, and an interpreter relayed proceedings […]

Infantile Paralysis Epidemic

On This Day – 27th March 1938 Restrictions placed on concert parties visiting the gaol because of the Infantile paralysis epidemic has been lifted, and the first concert for the year was given on Sunday, the 27th of March, when a party from Melbourne visited the gaol.  

The Bombing of Russell Street

ON THIS DAY ……… 27th March 1986 On this day in 1986, the Russell Street Police Headquarters complex in Russell Street was a target of a bombing attack which would bring the Victorian Police Force and Melbourne to a stand still. The explosion was caused by a car bomb hidden in a stolen 1979 Holden […]

Message in a Bottle

ON THIS DAY ……. 27th March 1941 In 1916 a soldier named Cowan sailed away to war on the transport ship Euripides. While it was at sea off the Victorian Coast, Cowan dropped a bottle over the side containing a letter addressed to a friend named Miss Madge Lush. On this day in 1941, Miss […]

Murder of John Price

ON THIS DAY ……… 26th of March 1857 On the 26th of March 1857, while investigating complaints by convicts employed on public works in Williamstown, Melbourne John Price was struck by missiles, knocked down and severely battered. He died next day, and following the inquest, fifteen convicts were tried for murder, seven being hanged. After […]

Trial of May McNeal

ON THIS DAY ……….. 26th of March 1930 Before Mr. Justice Lowe, in the Criminal Court of Melbourne the trial of May McNeal, a married woman, of Bennett Street, Richmond, began on a charge of murder. The charge against Mrs McNeal was that at Richmond on the 26th of March 1930 she murdered Margaret Jean […]

Trafalgar Body Snatching Horrifies Priest

ON THIS DAY – March 26, 1955 Father J. Daly, who returned on the 25th of March 1955, to Trafalgar from Melbourne, said he was horrified at the snatching of the body of his former housekeeper, 73-year-old Miss Catherine Counsel from her Trafalgar Cemetery grave. “This ls something you would have expected to happen about […]

Murder of Veniamin

ON THIS DAY ……….. 23rd of March 2004 Veniamin was killed in the La Porcella restaurant in Carlton on this day in 2004 at 2.30pm after being shot by former associate Domenic “Mick” Gatto. Gatto was charged with his murder but acquitted on self-defence grounds. During the trial, Gatto claimed Veniamin had pulled out a […]

Master of the United Masonic Lodge

ON THIS DAY …….. 22nd March 1889 Sir William Clarke was elected Master of the United Masonic Lodge in Melbourne on this day in 1889. Sir William and Lady Clarke had issued invitations to 1500 guests for a concert at their house Rupertswood in Sunbury, to celebrate.    

Airliner Lost for 14 Years

ON THIS DAY ……… 21st March 1931 A massive air search got underway, on this day in 1931, following the disappearance of the airliner ‘Southern Cloud’. The airliner had taken off from Sydney at 8am and was expected to arrive in Melbourne at 130pm. Bad weather delayed it’s expected arrival until late in the afternoon, […]

Town Fire

ON THIS DAY ……… 20th March 1930 On this day in 1930, the Commercial Hotel and Store at Milawa was destroyed by fire. The licensee at the time was Mr. H McCarthy, was preparing to set out for Melbourne with Mr J Puddy, the baker. They had risen early, well before dawn, and when making […]