Elephant bolt with lion cage – Melbourne

On this day …….. 1st September 1894 A panic occurred in Bourke street, Melbourne on the 1st of September 1894, owing to the elephants drawing the lions cage in Fillis Circus procession taking fright. The animals bolted down the street at a great pace, dragging the roaring lions after them, and finally came to a […]

Ned Kelly’s Nemesis Gaoled

On this day …….. 9th of July 1894 A leading player from the Kelly drama of a decade earlier appeared in the Melbourne Court on this day in 1894. Alexander Fitzpatrick, the form police constable who had set off the Kelly outbreak in 1878, appeared to face charge of obtaining money by false pretences, by […]

AN UNPROVOKED ASSAULT

On This Day ……. 10th May 1900 An assault of a most unprovoked character was committed outside of Menzies’ hotel, in Bourke street, Melbourne on this day in 1900, the assailant being a man named Patrick Prendereast. Whilst Michael Gosa a warder in the Geelong gaol, was passing in front of the hotel, he was […]

Execution of Joseph Brown

EXECUTION THIS DAY – May 4, 1865 MELBOURNE The execution of Joseph Brown, who at the last Criminal sitting of the Supreme Court was sentenced to death for the murder of Emanuel Jacobs on March 22, at the Whittington Tavern Bourke-street, took place at the Melbourne gaol, in presence of about twenty spectators. At an […]

A Fatal Fight

ON THIS DAY – April 22, 1912 MELBOURNE On the 22nd of April 1912, Thomas Nugent, aged 73 years, died in Melbourne Hospital from injuries sustained from a fall in Bourke-street, the result of a blow struck by another man during a fight. At the inquiry the Coroner recorded a verdict of manslaughter against a […]

Execution of Wilson

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY ………. 23rd of March 1891 John Wilson, age 23 was executed in Old Melbourne gaol John Wilson, a tram conductor, was engaged to 24-year-old domestic servant Stella Leah Marks. On the 24th of January 1891, he saw her walking arm in arm with another man in Bourke street and on seeing […]

Killed by his Friend

ON THIS DAY – January 21, 1910 Melbourne A brawl which occurred in Bourke street shortly before 11pm resulted in the death of a man named Gerald Hagg, aged 30 years. The deceased, who was a labourer, had a quarrel with a friend named Allan Snowden, a wicker worker aged 26 years. The pair were […]

Elephant bolt with lion cage – Melbourne

On this day …….. 1st September 1894 A panic occurred in Bourke street, Melbourne on the 1st of September 1894, owing to the elephants drawing the lions cage in Fillis Circus procession taking fright. The animals bolted down the street at a great pace, dragging the roaring lions after them, and finally came to a […]

Ned Kelly’s Nemesis Gaoled

On this day …….. 9th of July 1894 A leading player from the Kelly drama of a decade earlier appeared in the Melbourne Court on this day in 1894. Alexander Fitzpatrick, the form police constable who had set off the Kelly outbreak in 1878, appeared to face charge of obtaining money by false pretences, by […]

AN UNPROVOKED ASSAULT

On This Day ……. 10th May 1900 An assault of a most unprovoked character was committed outside of Menzies’ hotel, in Bourke street, Melbourne on this day in 1900, the assailant being a man named Patrick Prendereast. Whilst Michael Gosa a warder in the Geelong gaol, was passing in front of the hotel, he was […]

Execution of Joseph Brown

EXECUTION THIS DAY – May 4, 1865 MELBOURNE The execution of Joseph Brown, who at the last Criminal sitting of the Supreme Court was sentenced to death for the murder of Emanuel Jacobs on March 22, at the Whittington Tavern Bourke-street, took place at the Melbourne gaol, in presence of about twenty spectators. At an […]

A Fatal Fight

ON THIS DAY – April 22, 1912 MELBOURNE On the 22nd of April 1912, Thomas Nugent, aged 73 years, died in Melbourne Hospital from injuries sustained from a fall in Bourke-street, the result of a blow struck by another man during a fight. At the inquiry the Coroner recorded a verdict of manslaughter against a […]