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 […]

Victims tied naked to a tree with their boots full of bull ants

Bushranger ‘Black Douglas’ Charles Russell The legendary ‘Black Douglas’ Charles Russell was an English-born bushranger who held Melbourne and its surrounding areas to ransom during the 1850s. Russell preyed on those diggers travelling to and from the goldfields between Bendigo and Melbourne. There are several accounts of victims being tied naked to a tree or […]

SUICIDE OF CHEW-A-KEY, THE MURDERER OF McELLIGOTT

ON THIS DAY – July 18, 1859 Yesterday morning at ten o’clock was the time fixed for the execution of Chew-a-Key, the Chinaman convicted of the murder of the late Mr. M’Elligott, at Ironbark Gully, Bendigo, On Sunday evening however, he contrived to evade the sentence of the law by committing suicide. He was last […]

Bendigo Shooting Case

ON THIS DAY – June 25, 1918 CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER. The adjourned inquest concerning the death of Christian Andrea, who died on June 25 from the effects of a revolver wound received in McKenzie street on June 22, was concluded on Monday by the coroner, Mr. D. Berriman, P.M., who committed a youth named Clyde […]

Drunken Brawls to Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – June 22, 1892 BENDIGO The position in which a man named David Storey found himself recently at Bendigo should be a warning to all men who, with hasty temperaments and temporary under the influence of liquor, give vent to passion and action. Storey was in company with a Constable named Brown, […]

John Duffus – Castlemaine

Executed On This Day…….22nd May 1876 John Duffus, age 50, was executed on this day in 1876 in Castlemaine for a charge of Rape. Mrs. Duffus, who was living isolated with her family, husband and three daughters at the Bendigo Creek, near Goornong, gave information to the police that her husband, John Duffus, had criminally […]

PIERRE BORHUU – CASTLEMAINE

EXECUTION ON THIS DAY…….. 20th May 1873 The last sentence of the law was carried out at the Castlemaine Gaol, on the body of Pierre Borhuu, for the murder of Mrs. Smith, of Kangaroo Flat, Sandhurst. Which took place on the 28th April 1872. Pierre Borhuu was a native of Guernsey, his parents, who are […]

Defended His Mother

ON THIS DAY – May 15. 1916 BENDIGO As the outcome of a shooting affray at Ironbark, Bendigo on May 15, Adrian Arthur Percy Lakeman, aged 21 years, a pastrycook, was charged at the Bendigo Court today with shooting his stepfather, Arthur James Main, with intent to murder. Main said he had only a hazy […]