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 […]

Housekeeper Assaulted

On this Day – April 11, 1914 ACCUSED MAN REMANDED. MISS BASS TELLS STORY. By the train which arrived at Ballarat at 3 o’clock on Tuesday from Linton, James Williams came under escort as a prisoner, charged with the attempted murder at Linton on Monday afternoon of Sarah Bass. He had been brought before Mr. […]

Execution of Deutchmann

Executed This Day – April 11, 1908 CHARLES DEUTCHMANN – BALLARAT GAOL Chas. Henry Deutchmann was executed in the Ballarat gaol this morning for murdering his wife at Dobie’s, near Ararat, on April 11. Death was instantaneous. Deutchmann slept from 11 o’clock last night until 2 o’clock this morning. He then became restless, but he […]

Ballarat Explosion

On This Day……… 9th April 1855 On this day in 1855, at about 9am the boiler of a steam engine, on the road leading from Bakery Hill towards the bridge in Ballarat, burst with a loud explosion. Numerous parties of men were at work all round it, and yet, strange to say, in every instance […]

Blackwood Hotel, Blackwood

Blackwood Hotel is a great haunted location in Victoria close to Ballarat. Fantastic meals, and open fireplace for those cold and foggy nights. Three known hauntings ……. will you see the ghost of Laura Dalton. The cellar also doubled as the town morgue.

Irish Murphys Hotel Ballarat

Irish Murphy’s Hotel in Ballarat, Victoria is a great venue for a Guinness Pie and a Kilkenny Stout when exploring the amazing goldfields city. Well documented for strange paranormal activity, but no evidence of a connection to historical figures .

Murder of Daughter

ON THIS DAY – 20th December 1890 A man Mr. James Johnston has been removed from hospital to the Ballarat gaol under a warrant for murdering his daughter. Johnston asked Dr. Scott if he was in a mad house. Sergt. Charles, who read the warrant, says that Johnston seemed bewildered, and that when he was […]

SNOW IN DECEMBER

On this day …….. 20th of December 1910 The weather in Melbourne on this day was quite wintry, and colder than has been for some time. At Ballarat such cold weather has not been experienced in December for about 40 years, snow fell.  

HELD UP BY KANGAROO – BALLARAT CONSTABLE STARTLED

On this day …….. 17th of December 1927 Suddenly confronted in a city street by a kangaroo standing between five feet and six feet high at 4am on this day in 1927. Constable Allen was too startled for the moment to believe his eyes. When he tried lo approach the kangaroo, it hopped off much […]

KILLED BY EMU

On this day …….. 17th of December 1914 Two kangaroos and six wallabies presented to the Ballarat City Council by Mrs George Russell, were placed in the Gardens as the nucleus of a zoo. They were found dead on this day. An emu was placed in the same enclosure and was unaffected. The Council is […]

DUMMY BOMB

On this day …….. 16th of December 1928 An Italian fruiterer in Ballarat excitedly Informed the police that he had found a bomb in his yard,. A soldered tin, weighing 3 lbs., was taken possession of by the police. It had a piece of fuse attached and another piece of fuse, which had been lighted, […]

DEATH SENTENCE

On this day …….. 14th of December 1938 Found guilty of the murder of two prospectors at Dunolly on the 3rd of October 1938. Thomas William Johnson (36). labourer, was sentenced to death at the Ballarat Supreme Court to-night The jury reached their verdict after deliberating for five and a half hours. Both men were […]