Murder of Frederick McDonald

ON THIS DAY…… 15th August 1952 Thomas William Harrison, aged 44, laborer, of Little Elgin st., in Carlton, was charged at the city watch-house with having murdered Frederick McDonald, a 70 year-old, of the same address.  McDonald died in the Royal Melbourne Hospital.  He was admitted to hospital after a brawl at his home on […]

Guilty of Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY …….6th August 1938 After a retirement of four hours a jury in the Criminal Court found Edward Allan May aged 30, laborer, not guilty of having murdered Mrs. Yoland Joan Shirley Bordin aged 21, of Carlton, but guilty of manslaughter. He was remanded for sentence after having admitted to prior convictions, including […]

Golf Club Murder

ON THIS DAY……. 1st August 1953 Two men were charged in the City Court on this day in 1953 with the murder of Ernest Clarkson, 69, of Gordon-avenue, Tecoma. Charged were two Cypriots, Vassos Socratous, 24, of Flemington-road, North Melbourne, and Lenndras Yiannakou, 39, of Rathdown street, Carlton. Both men were remanded to the City […]

MURDER CHARGE WOMAN’S DEATH

ON THIS DAY – July 25, 1942 Following exhaustive inquiries, detectives arrested and charged Frederick Francis Green, 32, timber worker of Lygon Street, Carlton, with the murder of Mrs. Catherine, Whitley, 65, in a lane off Elizabeth Street, city, on July 25. Mrs. Whitley was discovered unconscious in the lane on July 25 and died […]

Gerry Gee’s Latex Mask

The latex mask worn by John Field as Gerry Gee’s stand in now in the collection at Museum Victoria, Carlton. The mask was fashioned to resemble Gerry with a narrow slit to breath though and two eyes holes. “It was not a fun thing to wear, and would get hot and sweaty, hearing was difficult […]

Alleged Malpractice

ON THIS DAY – June 29, 1905 VERDICT OF WILFUL MURDER – AGAINST A PERSON UNKNOWN Dr. R. H. Cole, the district coroner, yesterday concluded the inquest into the death of Emily Eden Lilias Chandler, a waitress, 28 years of age, who died in the Melbourne Hospital on July 3 from septicaemia, the result of […]

Car Driver Remanded

ON THIS DAY – June 23, 1928 Charged with the manslaughter of Mrs Rose Mangan, Ralph Hitchens, 24, of Park street, North Carlton, was remanded at the Carlton Court today until July 3. A charge of negligent driving was withdrawn, while a further charge of having failed to stop after allegedly knocking down a woman […]

INFANT – CARLTON

ON THIS DAY – June 16, 1908 At the Central Criminal Court on the 18 June 1908 a young woman named Elizabeth Anderson, 19 years of age, was presented on a charge of having wilfully murdered her illegitimate child at Carlton on 16th ult. The evidence showed that the accused was a domestic servant. Her […]

The Knowing

Knowing is a 2009 science fiction thriller directed by Alex Proyas and starring Nicolas Cage. The project was originally attached to a number of directors under Columbia Pictures, but it was placed in turnaround and eventually picked up by Escape Artists. Production was financially backed by Summit Entertainment. Knowing was filmed in Docklands Studios Melbourne, […]

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 […]