AN ESCAPED LUNATIC HIDDEN IN A RAILWAY CARRIAGE

On this day …….. 6th of August 1906 A lunatic by the name Thomas Parker Ewing, whilst being transferred from Dr. Mailer’s home in Ballarat to the Ararat Asylum, escaped on the 6th of August 1906, from his attendant at the railway station. Ewig was found the next morning hiding in a railway carriage in […]

Woman Lodged in the Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 4th of August 1884 A woman who wrested with a male named Oswald Brown, at Warrnambool on this day in 1884, was lodged in the Geelong gaol, to await the hearing of the charge against her at the Police Court. The man, who was also brought to Geelong, was afterwards taken […]

Alfred Deakin, Australia’s second Prime Minister, is born.

On this day …….. 3rd of August 1856 Alfred Deakin was born on 3 August 1856 in Fitzroy, Melbourne. In 1879, Deakin gained a seat in the colonial Parliament of Victoria, and after holding office in several ministries, he began to turn his efforts towards the push for Federation. Following Federation in 1901, he was […]

White Murder in Ballarat

ON THIS DAY …….3rd August 1943 At the close of the inquest today into the death of Mrs Clarice Anasthasia White, 30, of Dawson st, Ballarat, Mr G. S. Catlow, coroner, committed the woman’s husband, Kenneth Geoffrey White, 34, fitter, for trial on a charge of murder. White was present in custody on a charge […]

Murder of Sister Alleged

ON THIS DAY – July 28, 1936   Charged with having murdered his twin sister, Adelaide Bek, on July 28, Charles Bek, farmer, of Kooroocheang, was remanded at the Ballarat City Court to day until August 28. It was alleged that Bek had an altercation with his sister, struck her several blows on the head […]

Long Acquitted

ON THIS DAY….. 10th July 1910 The trial of Peter Long on a charge of murder, arising out of the death, at Ballarat, on July 10, of Florence Jelbart, was continued in the Melbourne Criminal Court, October 28. Dr. Crawford Henry Mollison, Government pathologist, said:-I heard Dr. Champion’s evidence on the previous day, and from […]

Murder Charge of Peter Long

ON THIS DAY – July 5, 1910 MURDER CHARGE Peter Long, a Chinese herbalist, of Ballarat, was placed on trial in the Supreme Court to-day on a charge of murder. The charge arose out of the death of the young woman, Florence Hill Jelbart, in Long’s house on July 5. Long was tried in Ballarat […]

Larceny at Shelford

On This Day ……. 27th June 1910 John McDonald were taken from the Geelong Gaol to Ballarat on this day in 1910 to stand trial at the Supreme Court for alleged larceny at Shelford.

Ballarat Lunatic Asylum Escape

On This Day ……… 23rd June 1905 A man by the name of Alexander Allison, 26 years of age, escaped from this Windermere Hospital for the Insane in Ballarat. Allison was said to be a harmless lunatic. The police were notified of his escape.  

Elephant for Zoo

On this day …….. 22nd of June 1926 An offer having been received by the Ballarat City Council from Messrs Burns, Philp and Co. for the sale of a pair of baby elephants for the Zoological Gardens, the Mayor has offered, on behalf of the council, to purchase one of the elephants for £100. The […]

MURDER BY ILLEGAL OPERATION – BALLARAT

ON THIS DAY – June 15, 1911 Louisa Rooke, aged 32 years, a married woman, appeared before the Ballarat Supreme Court, on a charge of having murdered Ella Maud Wilson, aged 29 years, a single woman, at Ballarat. It was alleged that the accused had performed an illegal operation. The jury brought in a verdict […]

Tragedy of jealousy – BALLARAT

ON THIS DAY…… 31st May 1943 After having deliberated for 2 hours a jury in Ballarat Supreme Court found Kenneth Geoffrey White, of Ballarat, not guilty of having murdered his wife and having maliciously wounded a soldier, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm. A verdict of not guilty was also returned on an […]