McNamara’s Execution

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY ………. 14th April 1902 Albert Edward McNamara, was executed at Old Melbourne Gaol On the 5th of January 1902, Albert Edward McNamara took his wife and children for a long walk, and when they returned he gave his wife some gin and then she and the children went to bed. McNamara […]

New Turn in Inquiries

ON THIS DAY – April 7, 1931 CARLTON Detectives inquiring into the murder of Matthias Handley, 55, an invalid pensioner, at Carlton on April 7, believe that the crime is closely associated with the attempted murder of Hugh Gulliver, 25, business agent, of Elwood, on the same night. An hour and a half later after […]

Wife Murder Case

ON THIS DAY – April 7, 1912 CARLTON Jason O’Mahoney was charged at the Criminal Court, with manslaughter of his wife, Catherine, at Carlton, on April 7. It was alleged by the Crown that O’ Mahoney had knocked his wife down and had caused the injuries which resulted in her death. O’Mahoney denied that he […]

Charge of Murder Withdrawn for Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – April 5, 1915 CARLTON The charge of murder against Charles Wilson in connection with the death of James Gregory in a disturbance at Carlton on this day in 1915 was withdrawn at the City Court. Detective Bannon, who has been making inquiries into the affray, stated that it was not the […]

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 […]