Second time escaping – Ararat

On this day …….. 4th September 1868 Oliver Dragoon was committed to Ararat lunatic asylum, Western Victoria, on the 10th of February 1868. Dragoon managed to escaped from the Ararat Lunatic Asylum on the 4th of September 1868. He was arrested in Piggoreet on the 11th of September and was taken into Ballarat by Constable […]

Committed twice – Beechworth

On this day …….. 1st September 1877 Martin Delaney was committed to Mayday Hills Asylum, Beechworth, North East Victoria, on the 1st of September 1877. Delaney had previsly been committed to the asylum on the 10th of November 1875, but was released as cured in December of that year. Delaney owned his own house which […]

Lunatic walks out the front gate

On this day …….. 21st of August 1869 John Darly was committed on the 3rd of October 1868. Darly managed to escaped on the 18th of November 1868, by walking out the front gate of the Asylum and down the hill into Beechworth, Victoria. Darly was recaptured and brought back to the asylum on the […]

Manslaughter Charge Against Doctor

ON THIS DAY – June 21, 1944 CASTLEMAINE After an inquest on the death of the Rev Walter J. Ding, Baptist pastor at Maldon, Mr D. J. Dugan (District Coroner) committed Dr Gerald Russell Featherston, of Maldon, for trial at Bendigo General Sessions on a charge of manslaughter. Mr Ding died in Castlemaine Hospital on […]

Pull up your socks

On This Day ……. 7th May 1954 Sir Edmund Herring, Chief Justice, said in the Supreme Court on this day in 1954┬áthat a jury had apparently been lenient with a man because a theft he had committed had been “hard work.” Edward Joseph Greagon, 22, laborer, Fyan st., Geelong, was charged with stealing 75 tons […]

The Dobie Murder

ON THIS DAY – April 24, 1908 The inquest in connection with the Dobie murder, when Charles Henry Deutsehmann was alleged to have shot at and wounded his father-in-law and then killed his wife, was concluded. The coroner returned a verdict of murder, and Deutschmann was committed for trial. The accused appeared to be much […]

Murder of James Edwards

ON THIS DAY ……. 13th April 1940 EAST HAWTHORN Douglas Ernest Evans aged 27, of Hawthorn, was committed for trial on a charge of having murdered James Charles Edwards aged 47, on this day in 1940. Senior-Detective Deslamen said that Evans had told the police that he was at the garage in Burke road, Camberwell, […]

Execution of John Stacey

EXECUTION THIS DAY …….. 5th April 1865 The execution of John Stacey, for the murder of a child named Daniel McDonnell, at Emerald-hill, on the 28th of February, took place at the gaol, in presence of a smell number of spectators. Since the lest execution a new “drop” has been constructed at the gaol, and […]

Escape From Beechworth Lunatic Asylum

ON THIS DAY …….. 24th March 1881 Michael Farly was committed on the 1st of September 1880, Farly was a farm at Lake Rowan, near Benalla, where he resided on a 100 arc. He escaped from the asylum on the 24th march 1881.    

Escape From Ararat Lunatic Asylum

ON THIS DAY …….. 24th March 1883 David Chalmens was committed to Ararat Lunatic Asylum on the 14th of July 1869, by his brother Alex Chalmens. Chalmens was a Black Smith for the Port Phillip Mining Company in Clunes. On admission Chalmens was described but the Medical Superintendent Dr William Armstrong as Convalescent. Chalmens escaped […]

Lunacy Succeeds Murder

ON THIS DAY …… 22nd March 1935 LUNACY SUCCEEDS MURDER Mrs. Alma Riehter, murdered and hacked her young son to pieces with an axe at their Moonee Valley home, on this day in 1935. A charge of murder was withdrawn in the city court, as Riehter had already been committed to a Lunatic Asylum, and […]

Inquest on body of Lunatic

On This Day – 6th March 1854 A coroner’s inquest was held at the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1854, at 1pm. Coroner, Mr Forster Shaw and a respectable Jury, view the body of Ann Connelly, late a prisoner lunatic. George Coward, colonial assistant surgeon, being sworn. The deceased, Ann Connelly, had been in […]