Old fashion duel – Beechworth

On this day …….. 23rd September 1867 Most of the duelling done on the goldfields was with fist, but on this day in 1867 a report circulated in Beechworth, North East Victoria that a real duel had been arranged, following a falling out between Colonel Probst, the commander of the Beechworth German Rifles, and his […]

Struck by lightning

On this day …….. 20th September 1929 Mrs Baird of Baarmutha near Beechworth in North East Victoria, had an amazing escape from injury in a storm. She was picking up wood under her back verandah of her house, when a flash of lightning hit a met safe which was hanging from the rafters. The current […]

Lunatic on the run for 7 days – Beechworth

On this day …….. 18th September 1868 Jacob Jobbles was transferred from Yarra Bend Asylum to the Beechworth Asylum on the 23rd of November 1867. Jobbles escape on the 18th of September 1868, he was on the run for 7 days.  

Spring Creek Diggings Murder

ON THIS DAY…… 18th September 1854 When gold was first discovered in Beechworth in 1852, John Edward Cox was one of the first to arrive and set up business. He quickly became well known in the Spring Creek Digging as a reliable and trusted gentleman. With his business growing almost overnight with more and more […]

Transportable buildings – Beechworth

On This Day ……. 7th September 1857 The first transportable buildings arrived in Beechworth, North East Victoria to ease the chronic shortage of accommodation on this day in 1857. Four transportable, in knocked down form, numbered and coded for speedy erection, were sent to house the swelling police force, boosted dramatically in the weeks following […]

Committed twice – Beechworth

On this day …….. 1st September 1877 Martin Delaney was committed to Mayday Hills Asylum, Beechworth, North East Victoria, on the 1st of September 1877. Delaney had previsly been committed to the asylum on the 10th of November 1875, but was released as cured in December of that year. Delaney owned his own house which […]

Murder in Snake Valley

ON THIS DAY…… 31st August 1855 On Tuesday the 16th October 1855 John McCabe was found guilty of the wilful murder of Lewis Walker at Snake Valley. Lewis who was once an officer in the army had come to the diggings where he made a considerable sum of money, until the mine he was working […]


On this day …….. 30th of August 1952 On the 30th of August 1954 Dr. K. Bowden, pathologist, and his deputy Mr McLeod traveled to Beechworth to examine a skeleton found in the bush. Police believe the skeleton which had been scattered by wild animals was a female patient by the name Frances Eileen Debson […]

The Death of Caroline Bruce

ON THIS DAY…… 29th August 1869 Mr. Zincke, a solicitor practising at Beechworth, defended a man named Dunstan in an affiliation case brought before the local police court. The plaintiff, Caroline Bruce who is described as a fat, bloated woman of easy virtue, was subjected to a severe cross examination by the learned gentleman as […]

Execution of James Quinn

ON THIS DAY…… 28th August 1871 A most deliberate and cruel murder of a Chinaman was committed on the Beechworth- Myrtleford Road. Two Chinamen in a cart named Ah Woo and Ah Cow, were stopped by James Quinn who offered them a shilling for a ride, which they agreed. Not 30 yards down the track […]

Lunatic walks out the front gate

On this day …….. 21st of August 1869 John Darly was committed on the 3rd of October 1868. Darly managed to escaped on the 18th of November 1868, by walking out the front gate of the Asylum and down the hill into Beechworth, Victoria. Darly was recaptured and brought back to the asylum on the […]

The EK marked gun – Ned Kelly

The remains of an 1866 vintage Winchester rifle found in a mine shaft at Beechworth Vic. during the 1940’s comes to light. private collection Perhaps historically important, but more likely a curio, the remains of a gun block and barrel together with three other antique guns were discovered in a mine shaft back in the […]