Death at Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 24th May 1906 An inquiry was held concerning the death of a man named John Fahey, 60 years of age, who died in the Geelong gaol whilst undergoing a sentence. It transpired that, death was due to debility and a verdict to that effect was returned.

CONDEMNED TO DEATH

On This Day ……. 18th May 1908 The prisoner John Purdy, against whom the sentence of death was recorded for a grave offence at Warrnambool, was detained at the Geelong gaol. As is customary in such cases, the accused was allowed a more liberal dietary and other privileges. His case went before the Executive Council […]

Execution of Joseph Brown

EXECUTION THIS DAY – May 4, 1865 MELBOURNE The execution of Joseph Brown, who at the last Criminal sitting of the Supreme Court was sentenced to death for the murder of Emanuel Jacobs on March 22, at the Whittington Tavern Bourke-street, took place at the Melbourne gaol, in presence of about twenty spectators. At an […]

Death Sentence For Murder Of Crippled Wife

ON THIS DAY – April 30, 1950 NORTH MELBOURNE Five hours after retirement, a Criminal Court jury found James Raymond O’Keefe, 58, barrister, guilty of the murder of his crippled wife at their home in North Melbourne on this day in 1950. Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy sentenced O’Keefe to death. He said he would pass […]

Execution of Branigan, Brown and Bryant

EXECUTED THIS DAY – April 29, 1857 FRANCIS BRANIGAN, WILLIAM BROWN AND RICHARD BRYANT EXECUTION OF THE MURDERERS OF MR. PRICE. EXECUTION OF FRANCIS BRANIGAN, WILLIAM BROWN, AND RICHARD BRYANT. These criminals suffered death on this day in 1857, and died with the same firmness which had been displayed by their wretched companions in the […]

Buck To Be Hanged

ON THIS DAY – April 27, 1895 SOUTH MELBOURNE The case of the man Arthur Buck, who is now in Melbourne Gaol under sentence of death for the murder of his paramour Kate Norton on April 27 last, was considered by the Executive Council. After carefully discussing the facts the Executive decided that the law […]

A Charge of Murder

ON THIS DAY – April 26, 1930 MONTROSE At an inquest into the death of Margaret Jean Alexander, aged 20 years, of Belfast road, Montrose, on April 26, the coroner Mr. D. Grant found that she had died from shock and cardiac paralysis, due to an illegal operation. May McNeal, of Bennett street, Richmond, was […]

Execution of David Magee

EXECUTION THIS DAY – April 25, 1854   David Magee, convicted at the last Criminal Sessions at Castlemaine of murder, under the circumstances then detailed in the Argus, suffered the extreme penalty of the law yesterday morning, at the usual place of exceution, the common gaol at Melbourne. The prisoner, who was a man nearly […]

Charge Of Manslaughter Against Machinery Manager

ON THIS DAY – April 24, 1907 MELBOURNE An enquiry was concluded into the circumstances of the death of Frederick Saker, on April 24, from the result of injuries received through being struck by the brace attached to a flywheel at Messrs. Dorman, Long. & Co.’s works. Braces had been put on the wheel to […]

MISTAKE BY CHEMIST

ON THIS DAY – April 23, 1926 FOOTSCRAY Heroin instead of Veronal “I must have used heroin instead of veronal in making up the prescription,” said Henry Charles Horner Neilson, assistant to a chemist, who was committed for trial on a charge of the manslaughter of Mrs. Mabel Brown, aged 28 years, of Footscray. She […]

Coroners Inquiry into Robert Walker

ON THIS DAY – April 21, 1917 RICHMOND The death of Robert Walker, licensee of the Prince of Wales Hotel, Richmond, which occurred on April 21 as the result of a wound received a few hours earlier, was inquired into at the Morgue yesterday by the City Coroner (Dr. R. H. Cole). William Gruner, a […]

Skull Fractured in Fight

ON THIS DAY – April 21, 1933 MELBOURNE After inquiring into the death of Ivor Charles Waite, wharf labourer, who died of a fractured skull after a fight in Little Bourke-street on April 21. the Acting City Coroner, Mr O’Callaghan. P.M.. found that death was due to injuries inflicted by Alfred Monar, labourer. Monar was […]