Television commenced in Tasmania – TVT-6

On this day …….. 23rd May 1960 In 1950, Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced a gradual introduction of television in Australia, commencing with the launch of an ABC station. Three years later his government amended the 1948 Broadcasting Act to allow for commercial television licences. Test transmissions commenced in Sydney and Melbourne in July […]

Underbelly – Squizzy (2013)

Labassa is an outstanding Victorian era mansion with opulent architectural features at 2 Manor Grove, Caulfield. Labassa was the filming location for the home of Squizzy Taylor and Lorna Kelly in the highly popular Underbelly series. Set between 1915–1927 in Melbourne and tells the story of one of the city’s most notorious criminals, Squizzy Taylor, […]

William Thoroughgood – MELBOURNE

EXECUTED THIS DAY…… 23rd May 1854 An execution which took place at Melbourne on the this day in 1854, was reported by the Argus newspaper:—”William Thoroughgood, convicted last criminal sessions of rape upon a child of tender years, was executed yesterday at the common gaol, at 8am. The convicted man was a Wesleyan Methodist, and […]

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

This beautiful 19th century Manson “Wardlow” at 114 Park Drive Parkville, is the filming location for the home of Miss Phryne Fishers (Essie Davis) from the popular ABC Drama Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. This traditional crime drama explores the fascinating and varied sub cultures of 1920s ‘between-the-wars’ in Melbourne. From the shadowy lanes of the […]


On This Day ……. 21st May 1905 Mrs. Ann Mullen died at Williamstown, Melbourne Victoria on this day in 1905, at the great age of 107 years and 2 months. Mullen was born in 1803.

Matlock Police – 1971 – 76

Matlock Police was an Australian television police drama series made by Crawford Productions for the 10 Network between 1971 and 1976. The series focused on the police station and crime in the Victorian town of Matlock and the surrounding district, and the backgrounds and personal lives of the main policemen. The series was the 10 […]

A Melbourne Tragedy

ON THIS DAY – May 18, 1918 – MELBOURNE The Coroner returned a finding at the morgue that John Herman Michelson died at the Melbourne Hospital on May 20 from injuries inflicted on May 18 by some person unknown, and that the death was due to manslaughter. Albert Edward Anderson, caretaker of the Wharf Labourers’ Union, […]

The Execution of William Barnes

EXECUTED THIS DAY……. 15th May 1885 Melbourne William Barnes was executed at the Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Joseph Bragge Slack at South Melbourne on the 9th September last. Since his conviction the prisoner had been much depressed, and he showed signs of breaking down. He became subject to fits of stupor, but during […]

Execution of Morris Sutton Ramsden Brewer – PENTRIDGE

EXECUTED THIS DAY……. 14th May 1950 Mr. Bourke city coroner, found Morris Sutton Ramsden Brewer, 23, clerk, of Asling st., East Brighton, had strangled Carmen Walters, his ex-fiancee. He committed Brewer for trial for murder. Carmen Walters, 19, railway porter, of Glencairn Av, East Brighton, was found dead near her home on May 14. Brewer […]

A Plea of Self-Defence

ON THIS DAY – May 12, 1919 MELBOURNE MELBOURNE SHOOTING Henry Stokes, was charged with having wounded, with intent to murder, Henry Slater, in Little Collins-Street on May 12, was granted bail by Mr. Justice Hood. Slater is in the Melbourne Hospital as a result of having been shot with a revolver. Bail was refused by […]


On This Day ……. 12th May 1891 A heavily beard male lunatic, escaped from the Ararat Asylum, Victoria on the 12th of May 1891. After scaling the wall the man walked down the drive way and past the gate keepers house and onto the railway line. The man wandered along the railway line in the […]


On This Day ……. 10th May 1900 An assault of a most unprovoked character was committed outside of Menzies’ hotel, in Bourke street, Melbourne on this day in 1900, the assailant being a man named Patrick Prendereast. Whilst Michael Gosa a warder in the Geelong gaol, was passing in front of the hotel, he was […]