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 […]

Fatal Mining Accident at Sandhurst

On Saturday morning an accident happened, at the North Old Chum Company’s claim, on the Ironbark line of reef, resulting in the instantaneeus death of one man and the injury of another. The two men, named respectively Thomas Pearce and Steadman, were engaged working in the 250ft. level of the above company’s shaft, when a […]

LUNATIC ON THE RUN

On this day …….. 18th of December 1894 An escaped lunatic from the Ararat Asylum, William Price was recaptured at his parents house in Corop, a small town near Bendigo. The police who were on the lookout for Price, escorted him to the Bendigo Hospital. It is believed that after escaping from the Bendigo Hospital […]

WOODVALE ALLEGED MURDER

ON THIS DAY – December 17, 1932 Accused Man’s Insanity. William John Daly, 54, was charged at the Bendigo Court with the murder of Emily Louisa Cherry, 48, at Woodvale, on this day in 1932. Counsel for the accused said that Daly was mentally unfit to plead. A jury found Daly not guilty on the […]

A BRUTAL MURDER IN BENDIGO

ON THIS DAY  – 12th December 1931 Mrs. Louise Cherry was murdered in the kitchen of her home near Bendigo on the 12th of December 1931. She was in the kitchen preparing the midday meal with her 16 years-old girl, when a man entered carrying an axe, and offered her a bunch of flowers. She […]

Death of Jedd Houghton

ON THIS DAY – November 17, 1988 ‘Suspect warned’ before being shot Police Special Operations Group members had repeatedly told a police shooting suspect to drop his gun before hitting him with three shotgun blasts at close range, the Melbourne Coroner’s Court heard yesterday. Jedd Houghton, 23, died almost instantly during a raid on a […]

MURDER OF A SPANIARD

ON This Day – 17th November 1895 At Bendigo on the 17th November 1895, a Spaniard named Salvador Sapana, aged 27, informed Constable Green that he had murdered a compatriot named Francois Ferrandaz by breaking his skull with a sapling. Constables Reilly and Green proceeded to a small holding occupied by the two Spaniards, on which […]

Wife on Murder Charge

‪ON THIS DAY – October 19, 1945   A mother of six children was charged in the Bendigo Supreme Court today with the murder of her husband who, according to the Crown, was stabbed in the abdomen on October 19 after he arrived home ‘drunk and in raging temper.’ The accused is Mrs. Dorothy Franklin […]

Disappearance of John Demsey

ON THIS DAY – 11 October 1937 The investigation into the initial disappearance of John Thomas Demsey received widespread media coverage and extensively featured in the official Police Gazette which went out to all stations.  According to the police investigation, Demsey had left Bendigo on October 11, 1937 with his load which was expected to […]

Wife Acquitted of Murder

ON THIS DAY – October 10, 1943   After 20 minutes consideration, the jury at the Bendigo Supreme Court today acquitted Mrs. Dorothy Frances Franklin, 42. of a charge of murdering her husband. Eric Franklin. 42. rail fitter, at Castlemaine on October 10. The Crown alleged that during the quarrel at their home, Franklin struck […]

Horse buried alive

On this day …….. 21st September 1916 A remarkable story would unfold on this day in 1916, when news was reported that a horse owned by Mr Pola of Serpentine, Bendigo in Central Victoria had been buried alive under straw for five days and six nights. The wind blew the straw stack over the horse […]

Skeleton at Bendigo

ON THIS DAY…… 30th August 1898 An enquiry was opened, on the 30th August 1898 at Bendigo into a mystery attached to the finding of the skeleton of a man under an old blue blanket at Five-mile Creek. A patient at Bendigo Hospital said he knew two mates at Five mile Creek. They had a […]