Shocking Railway Accident at Richmond

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1904 Shortly before 8pm on this day in 1904 a shocking railway accident happened at Richmond station, resulting in the death of an elderly man named George Buckham, a resident of Moonee Ponds. It appears that at the time mentioned Mr. Buckham was boarding the Essendon train, which was […]

Sir Redmond Barry’s Painful Accident

ON THIS DAY ……. 29th March 1875 A painful accident happened to his Honour Sir Redmond Barry (judge who sentenced Ned Kelly to death) on this day in 1875. Barry was returning in his buggy to his farm at Nunawading, when his horse bolted in going down a hill, and upset the vehicle. Sir Redmond […]

Man Committed for Trial

ON THIS DAY ……… 27th March 1938 WARRNAMBOOL After hearing evidence the coroner Mr. T. W. Hammond found the death of Edwin McKenzie, aged 18, farm hand, of Cudgee, died from injuries inflicted by a bottle thrown by Geoffrey Roy Wilson. Wilson was committed for trial on a charge of manslaughter at the Court of […]

The Fitzroy Explosion

ON THIS DAY ……. 26th March 1910 John William Crabtree, a grocer who’s premises were destroyed by an explosion on this day in 1910. Crabtree was taken to the Melbourne Hospital where he died. During the inquest to his death, Crabtree was found to be an escaped prison. In 1885, Crabtree had been sentenced to […]

Murder of John Price

ON THIS DAY ……… 26th of March 1857 On the 26th of March 1857, while investigating complaints by convicts employed on public works in Williamstown, Melbourne John Price was struck by missiles, knocked down and severely battered. He died next day, and following the inquest, fifteen convicts were tried for murder, seven being hanged. After […]

Trainee’s Death – Coroners Verdict

ON THIS DAY – March 25, 1933 WILLIAMSTOWN An Inquest was held by the City Coroner (Mr. Grant) into the death of Arthur John Smale, boot trade employee, aged 16 years. Smale was shot on March 25 when returning from military duty at the Williamstown rifle range. George Henry Madden, tinsmith, of Freeman Street, North […]

Accident in a Case Factory

On this day ………… 13th March 1912 An accident which occurred on this day in 1912, resulted in the death of Robert Palmer, 22 years of age. Palmer worked at a case factory in North Melbourne and while working a circular saw a piece of wood flew from it and struck him on the abdomen. […]

Death of De Facto Wife

ON THIS DAY ……….. 11th of March 1948 CAULFIELD BARMAN GETS SEVEN YEARS Reginald Gilford Mann aged 52, barman, of Caulfield was sentenced to seven, years gaol by Justice Martin, for the manslaughter of his de facto wife. Mann was acquitted on a capital charge of having murdered Mrs. Isobel Davis aged 40, also known […]

Man Found Dead with Dislocated Neck

ON THIS DAY ……….. March 10, 1933 WARRACKNABEAL After a hearing lasting 16 hours, the inquest at Warracknabeal into the death of Herbert George Toner aged 32, who was found dead on the 10th of March 1933. Toner was found lying on the foot path with his neck dislocated, but there were no external wounds, […]

Granny Smith Apples

On this day ………… 9th March 1870 Granny Smith is a variety of apple with green skin and tart flesh, originating in Australia around 1865 from a chance seedling propagated by Maria Ann Smith, aka Granny Smith. Granny Smith was born Maria Ann Sherwood in Peasmarsh, Sussex, England, sometime in late 1799. The daughter of […]

Frey Committed For Trial

ON THIS DAY – March 7, 1910 SHOOTING AFFAIR. At the Coronial enquiry into the death of Ernest Bishop, who was shot at Brunswick on the 7th of March 1910, a verdict of wilful murder was brought in against Frederick Frey, who was committed for trial.    

The Mildura Tragedy

ON THIS DAY – March 7, 1908 A VERDICT OF MANSLAUGHTER At the adjourned coronial enquiry, conducted by Mr. S. Risbey and a jury of five, regarding the tragedy which occurred on Saturday night, a large amount of evidence was submitted, mainly on the lines of the report that has been already published in “The […]