Ferntree Gully Murder

ON THIS DAY – 22nd December 1939 Morris Ansell aged 19, labourer, of Victoria St., Carlton, was charged in the City Court on the 22nd of December 1939 with having murdered Alfred Thomas Atherton near Ferntree Gully. He was remanded until December 29, for sentencing. Mr. Justice Martin sentenced Ansell to death and told him that the […]

Death Sentence For Murder

ON THIS DAY – December 20, 1940 FERNTREE GULLY Found guilty of the murder of Alfred Thomas Atherton, 35, hotel useful, on the 20th of December, at Ferntree Gully, Morris Ansell, 19, metal polisher, of Victoria Street, Carlton, was sentenced to death by Mr. Justice Martin in the Criminal Court. The Jury added a strong […]


On this day …….. 14th of December 1935 Arrested in a police raid early in the morning, William Sylvester John Barrett, 22, labourer, of Drummond Street, Carlton, appeared in the City Court charged with having murdered, on or about December 7, William Herbert Irwine York, at St. Kilda. Barrett was remanded to December 23, and […]


ON THIS DAY – December 5, 1915 In the Court of General Sessions on Tuesday Robert Poole, labourer, was charged with the manslaughter of Hugh Kelly, at Carlton, on December 5. The jury found accused not guilty, and he was discharged

Murder in Carlton

ON THIS DAY – December 2, 1923 On the night of the 1st December, 1923, Kathleen Price and Charles Johnson arrived home about 11pm to the boarding house where they lived at 230 Lygon Street. The boarding house was run by Mrs Clara Aumont, and Charles, Kathleen and Doris, Kathleen’s 9 year old daughter, had […]


On This Day – November 25, 1935 Dr. Bothamley, charged with the murder of Dr. Loughnan at Carlton on November 25, was to-day further remanded for a week, bail being extended on the same conditions, defendant reporting daily to the police.

Hotel Brawl

On This Day – November 21, 1910 CARLTON George Kelland, aged 37, was charged at the Carlton Police with the wilful murder of Henry John Morris, laborer, as the result of a fight. The accused admitted to Constable Aheolem that he had knocked the deceased out. Kellands bail was refused.

Mother Charged With Murder of Baby

ON THIS DAY – November 15, 1942   On a charge of having murdered a newly born baby at Carlton on November 15, Lillian Shore, 22, single, of Carlton, was to-day committed for trial by the City Coroner (Mr. Tingate). The baby was found in the front garden of a house in Carlton, with its […]

A Fatal Fight

ON THIS DAY – November 10, 1910 George James Keliand, labourer, was yesterday acquitted on a charge of the manslaughter of Henry John Morris, labourer, of Carlton, who died on November 10, after he and the accused had fought.  The accused stated that the deceased picked a quarrel with him, and forced him to fight. […]

Sydney Girl on Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – November 7, 1904 Detective-sergeant O’Donnell and Detective Carey arrested in Canada place— a small street running between Cardigan and Madeline streets, Carlton, Melbourne — a young woman named Maude or Margaret Anne Woods, and charged her with vagrancy. That charge, however, was laid only to secure her identification with a girl named […]

Murder of Pop Kent

ON THIS DAY – November 7, 1949  Pop Kent was an elderly SP Bookmaker targeted by Jean Lee, Norman Andrews and Robert Clayton because of a roll of cash Pop was seen with in the University Hotel in Carlton. Inviting the trio back to his home, he would be beaten to death.  Lee, Andrews and […]

Death of Jane Sanders

ON THIS DAY – November 2, 1887 At 9.30am on the morning of November 2, 1887, the still breathing body of Jane Sanders was found by James Coghill in his front yard at 59 Cardigan Street. She had terrible injuries including a hole above the right temple where the skull had been crushed inwards and […]