Murder of Veniamin

ON THIS DAY ……….. 23rd of March 2004 Veniamin was killed in the La Porcella restaurant in Carlton on this day in 2004 at 2.30pm after being shot by former associate Domenic “Mick” Gatto. Gatto was charged with his murder but acquitted on self-defence grounds. During the trial, Gatto claimed Veniamin had pulled out a […]

Bank Managers Death

On this day ………… 3rd March 1904 On this day in 1904, a gentleman riding on the dummy of a tram (bumper bar) in Richmond fell on the track, and was picked up in an unconscious condition. He was removed to the Melbourne Hospital, where he had several fits, and on being admitted to the […]

Love Hate Relationship

ON THIS DAY – February 25, 1896 ALBERT PARK Enquiries made concerning the murder and suicide at Albert Park on this day in 1896, were not altogether successful in demonstrating a motive for the crime. Some additional facts were discovered, however, which tend to show that John Priestley was probably seriously involved in domestic troubles, […]

The Watchman’s Murder

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 17, 1928 CARLTON William Fitzgerald, a night watch man, in Rathdowne street, Carlton, was murdered on this night in 1928. The lack of any important clue as to the identity of the murderer caused the police officers much additional work as many lines of inquiry have been followed without success. […]

Throat Cut in Carlton

ON THIS DAY – February 17, 1913 On the 17th of February two bodies were found in this Little Gratten lane way in Carlton. James Rawlings who was found with his throat cut and beside him the decapitated body of Alice Hudson nee Rawling. In Rawlings right hand was the girls head. Rawlings was found […]

A Mysterious Murder

ON THIS DAY – February 9, 1896 NICHOLSON STREET, CARLTON William Mackay, aged 27, residing with his parents at 32 Mill-street, North Carlton, was murdered under what appear extraordinary circumstances on this night in 1896. Joseph Frances Shiel, a labourer residing at Fitzroy, states that he was with Mackay the greater part of the day, […]

Argument Over Soda Water

ON THIS DAY – February 7, 1875 Lilydale John Nicholson aged 20, a soda water manufacturer in Carlton, was shot and murdered on this day in 1875, by Philip Dobel in Lilydale. Nicholson had gone to Lilydale on the 6th in company with a men named Bowie with a load of soda waters. They were […]

Execution of the Brunswick Baby Farmer

On This Day – January 15, 1894 THE hanging of Frances Lydia Alice Knorr not only split the community, but also had a dreadful impact on the executioner. Knorr, born Minnie Thwaites, was known as the “Baby Farming Murderess” and her arrest and trial made national headlines. She’d been found guilty of strangling two infants she’d […]


On This Day – January 12, 1892 Ernest Knox was executed for the murder of Isaac Crawcour at Williamstown on January 12. The particulars of the murder are as follow : Mr. Michael Crawcour, pawnbroker, of Williamstown, was awakened about 3am on the day in question, by the ringing of the electric bell alarm in […]

Inquest of Alfred Atherton

On this day……. 11th January 1940 After 25 witnesses had given evidence at an Inquest on this day in 1940, Morris Ansell (19), of Carlton, was committed for trial on a charge of having, on a bush road near Lower Fern Tree Gully on the 20th of December, murdered Alfred Thomas Atherton (35), hotel useful. […]

Murdered Wife in Niagra Lane

ON THIS DAY – January 6, 1877 John McAree, of Niagra Lane Carlton, was charged with having, on the 6th January, killing his wife, Kate McAree. The evidence was to the effect that on the morning of that day the prisoner and his son had a quarrel in the house, on account of the son […]

Father Kills Son by Arson

ON THIS DAY – January 5, 1902 At 11pm on the evening of 5th of January, 1902, Albert McNamara left his home and shop to deliver a letter. By the time he returned at 11.45pm, his home was on fire and his 4 1⁄2 year old son would be burnt and pronounced dead. Catherine McNamara […]