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 […]


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 […]


On this day …….. 25th May 1901 A man named Cummins, who escaped from the Ararat Lunatic Asylum was rearrested at Camperdown. Cummins was being bought by train to Ballarat by Constable’ M’Cahn on the 25th of May 1901, were he managed to escape at the Colac railway station. As the engine was pulling into […]

Removed the stomach – GOROKE

ON THIS DAY……. 20th May 201905 In connection with the death of Mrs. William Tierney, which took place at a small settlement near Goroke, in the Horsham district, on this day in 1905, exhaustive inquiries have been made by the police. The facts of the case were as follows: During the morning of May 19, […]

Eastern Station Hotel Ballarat

The Eastern hotel has a host of ghosts. This the pub is said to have several ghosts, including original owner Thomas Redshaw Hunt, who is usually preceded by a strong tobacco smell; a two-year-old boy who drowned in a mining puddle; English mother and daughter Maggie, 35, and Sarah, 12, who died in one of […]

Lost tooth

On This Day ……. 6th May 1931 On this day in 1931, after having pulled out one of her teeth, Ilma Causon aged 9, from Ballarat, Victoria thoughtlessly stuck it in her ear. When it could not be removed, she was admitted to hospital where the tooth was recovered under anaesthetic.  

Child in a Tank

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th April 1919 WARRACKNABEAL In the Supreme Court at Ballarat, Honora Sheehy was charged with the murder of a male child at Warracknabeal on this day in 1919. She Pleaded not guilty. Evidence was given that on the afternoon of the 1st of May, the body of a child was found […]

Execution of Branigan, Brown and Bryant

EXECUTED THIS DAY – April 29, 1857 FRANCIS BRANIGAN, WILLIAM BROWN AND RICHARD BRYANT EXECUTION OF THE MURDERERS OF MR. PRICE. EXECUTION OF FRANCIS BRANIGAN, WILLIAM BROWN, AND RICHARD BRYANT. These criminals suffered death on this day in 1857, and died with the same firmness which had been displayed by their wretched companions in the […]

Melbourne Holiday Train Disaster Kills 44

On this day …….. 20th of April 1908 On this day in 1908, a Bendigo-bound holiday train collided with another heading for Ballarat in the Sunshine rail yards, west of Melbourne. Forty-four people were killed and more than 400 hurt. The Age did not believe in sheltering the victims’ next-of-kin. Down on the rails among […]