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 […]

Fatal Friendship

ON THIS DAY ………. 26th of June 1880 Aaron Sherritt was born in 1855 and was an associate by Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly on the 26th of June 1880. On the night of the 26th June 1880 Sherritt was at home with his wife, mother-in-law and four policemen, Constables Armstrong, Alexander, Ducross, and Dowling. […]

THE GREAT BARROW PUSH

On this day …….. 15th of June 1935 A large crowd gathered in Beechworth, to see the start of a marathon wheelbarrow push from the Beechworth Post Office to the top of Mt Buffalo. It all started with a bet between local men, Tom Parkinson and Tony Evans, that Parkinson couldn’t push Evans in a […]

RELIGIOUS MANIAC ESCAPEE

On this day …….. 12th of June 1896 Information has been received by the Wodonga police that a man named Patrick Sheridan, an inmate of the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, escaped from that institution on the 12th of June 1896. Sheridan is described as a man of 55 years of age, 8 feet high, with beard […]

BLACK DOUGLAS THE BUSHRANGER

On this day …….. 11th of June 1857 Although there was no such things as the Guinness Book of Records in the 1850s, if there had been Black Douglas would surely have rated a mention as a persistent offender. It was on this day that the notorious vagrant was brought up before the Yackandandah Police […]

LUNATIC ERNEST VICTOR KODSKON

On this day …….. 10th of June 1876 A powerful and dangerous looking foreigner, Ernest Victor Kodskon, who escaped from the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum on the 10th of June 1876, reached the dwelling of Mr. Ancrum Heriot, and frightened the inmates, as he had a stout stick in bis hand. He craved and obtained shelter […]

LUNATIC TO SEE HIS WIFE

On this day …….. 5th of June 1903 On the 5th of June 1903 a patient by the name of Croker, from the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum made a daring escaped from that institution. Croker a ganger employed on the railway was arrested two months earlier while in Melbourne and charged as being a lunatic. Croker […]

ESCAPED LUNATIC IN BRIGHT

On this day …….. 1st of June 1903 Walter Sovereign former warden at Beechworth Lunatic Asylum now a wood cutter. Sovereign was camping not far from Bright, North East Victoria, on the 1st of June 1903 and while boiling a billy in tho darkness after work he was surprised to find a man standing behind […]

Governor of Melbourne Gaol

On This Day ……. 30th May 1914 Mr. W Furnell as governor of the Geelong gaol, was promoted to Melbourne to the Governor of the Melbourne gaol (old Melbourne gaol). Until his replacement Mr Finnish arrives from Beechworth, Mr. M. Hayward will take charge.