Member of the infamous gang – Bourke Street Rats arrested

ON THIS DAY…… 23rd October 1904 Percy Ramage, whoso frequent branches of gaol discipline brought him into notoriety while serving a sentence for a serious assault upon Constable Luke in Melbourne some years ago, was liberated from Pentridge gaol, on this day in 1904, and arrived in Geelong by steamer. Shortly after his arrival the […]

Collins Street Tragedy

ON THIS DAY – October 22, 1915   The coroner yesterday hold an inquiry into the deaths of Albert Edward Greenwood and Charlotte Williams, whose bodies were found in a room at the Whitehall apartments, Bank place, Melbourne, on October 22. The deceased were Albert Edward Greenwood, 29 years of age, formerly an accountant in the […]

Monash University Shooting

ON THIS DAY – October 21, 2002 The Monash University shooting refers to a shooting in which a student shot his classmates and teacher, killing two and injuring five. It took place at Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 21 October 2002. The gunman, Huan Yun Xiang, was acquitted of crimes related to the […]

Australia’s famous UFO experience

On this day …….. 21st of October 1978 The Valentich Disappearance occurred on the 21st of October 1978, when 20-year-old Frederick Valentich disappeared while piloting a small Cessna 182 aircraft over Bass Strait to King Island (Tasmania) after reporting a strange craft flying nearby. The disappearance generated significant press attention, both throughout Australia and internationally. […]

35 workers killed when West Gate Bridge collapses – Melbourne

On this day …….. 15th of October 1970 The West Gate Bridge, spans the Yarra River in Melbourne, Victoria, was completed in 1978. Its design is cable-stayed, consisting of several pillars, with cables supporting the roadbed. The bridge links the inner city and Melbourne’s eastern suburbs with the western suburbs. Two years after construction on […]

Bushranger Harry Power, mentor to Ned Kelly drowns in the Murray River

On this day …….. 10th of October 1891 Henry Johnstone alias Harry Power a notorious Victorian bushranger was born in Waterford, England, in 1819. Johnstone was transported to Van Diemen’s Land in 1841 for stealing shoes. During the 1850s and 1860s, he found himself in trouble with the law a number of times for horse […]

Wife’s Serious Charge

ON THIS DAY – October 9, 1917   Before Mr Justice Hodges, in the Criminal Court this week, Horace Caston was charged with having, on October 9, attempted to murder Florence Caston, his wife, by pushing her out of a train while it was travelling between Richmond and Melbourne. There was a second charge of […]

Woman on Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – October 8, 1948   A Richmond woman alleged to have put weed killer in her husband’s beer during a party at a Melbourne boarding house on October 8, was committed for trial on a charge of murder after an inquest at the City Morgue to-day. The police alleged that the woman, […]

Australia’s first zoo opens – Melbourne

On this day …….. 6th of October 1862 The first zoo to open in Australia was the Melbourne Zoo, which opened on this day in 1862. Modelled after the London Zoo, it featured formal Victorian-era gardens and just a few specimens of monkeys, as well as a limited display of native animals. The zoo began […]

Convict Henry Henry

ON THIS DAY…… 6th October 1902 A man giving the name of Henley Henry, and describing himself as a draper from Melbourne, was discovered by night in the Victoria Hotel, Malop-street, Geelong upstairs, trying to open several bedroom doors and tampering with the side entrance to one of the sample-rooms, he was placed under arrest, […]

Female convict escaped

ON THIS DAY…… 5th October 1900 A remarkable escape happened in the female excise yard of the Geelong gaol on the 5th of October 1900. An old feeble inmate, who was on charges of stealing line from hotels made a daring escape. She was removed to the exercise yard along with several other inmates. On […]

Sydney’s Luna Park opened

On this day …….. 4th of October 1935 Sydney’s Luna Park opened to the public on this day in 1935. The current Luna Park Face was based on the enormous smiling faces at Luna Park, Melbourne, Australia and Steeplechase Park in the United States, Luna Park’s 9-metre-wide (30 ft) smiling face, as well as its […]