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 […]

Murder at the Southern Cross Restaurant

ON THIS DAY …….8th August 1857   Juliana MacLeod was arrested for the murder of William MacLeod, owner of the Southern Cross Restaurant in High street Beechworth, on the 8th of August 1857. William was discovered in a hunched position against the edge of his bunk. Upon finding his body stiff with rigor mortis Juliana […]

Escaped Lunatic Never Found

On This Day ….. 26th of June 1868 Mary Ann Hall was transferred from Yarra Bend Asylum in Melbourne on the 28th of June 1868 to the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum. On the 26th of July 1876, Hall escaped and was never found. Hall was believed to have crossed the boarder into the colony of New […]

Escape Female Lunatic

Ellen Harper was transferred from Yarra Bend on the 15th of November 1867. On the 25th of July 1869, Harper escaped from Mayday Hills Lunatic in Beechworth and was recaptured on the 6th of August. Harper was released on bond the following day.  

Centenarian’s Death

On this day …….. 18th of July 1931 Within a few days of his 101st birthday, Mr. Philip Thorley has died at Stanley, near Beechworth, in North East Victoria. He was born at Richmond, New South Wales, on July the 18th, 1830. His descendants include great and great-great grandchildren, which number more than 150.  

Late Train

On this day …….. 13th of July 1876 After years of agitating and waiting, the first train to Beechworth arrived on this day in 1876. The railway had been opened to Everton in July 1875, and during the following year the construction of the difficult second section up to the City of the Hill, (Beechworth). […]

Air Mail Newspaper Delivery

On this day …….. 10th of July 1930 The Melbourne Herald News Paper arrived in Beechworth, Victoria on this day in 1930, in the most unconventional way. The edition of the paper carried a feature on Beechworth as a tourist resort, and a noon an aeroplane appeared above the town, and from the skies rained […]

Murder of Emily Yeomans

ON THIS DAY – JULY 9, 1873 Henry McKay was charged with the murder of his lover Emily Yeomans. McKay, who for some time had been working in Barnawartha, had returned to Hurdle Flat to visit Emily. That evening was spent at McKay’s aunt’s house. During the night, a dispute arose between the couple about […]

The Siege of Glenrowan – Day Two

On this day …….. 27th of June 1880 Most of the law abiding element of Glenrowan’s population had been rounded up by Ned Kelly and his gang and held hostage in Ann Jones Inn. This was so the Kelly’s could de rail the train tacks and no warning of the trap towards the police and […]

Incompetence Victoria Police

On this day …….. 27th of June 1880 Aaron Sherritt’s body still lay in a pool of blood on the floor of his hut in the Woolshed Valley near Beechworth, North East Victoria after being murdered by the Kelly Gang. Police in his hut affrayed that Ned Kelly and his gang were still outside waiting […]

The Siege of Glenrowan – Day One

On this day …….. 26th of June 1880 This day in 1880 was a Saturday, and would go down in Australian history as the last stand between the notorious Kelly Gang of North a East Victoria and the Victoria Police. Ned Kelly and Steve Hart rounded up the population of the small town of Glenrowan […]

Murdered By The Kelly Gang

On this day …….. 26th of June 1880 Ned Kelly, Australia’s most famous bushranger, was born in December 1854 in Beveridge, Victoria. As a teenager, he became involved in petty crimes, regularly targetting the wealthy landowners. He gradually progressed to crimes of increasing seriousness and violence, including bank robbery and murder, soon becoming a hunted […]