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 […]

Brothers Death

On This Day – April 20, 1913 DEAD MAN RECOGNISED. A dramatic incident occurred on April 20 on a vacant allotment at the corner of Walter and Westgarth streets, Northcote. Alexander Percy Anderson, 24 years or age, died suddenly while on the spot, and one of his brothers was among the crowd which gathered. A […]

Melbourne Holiday Train Disaster Kills 44

On this day …….. 20th of April 1908 On this day in 1908, a Bendigo-bound holiday train collided with another heading for Ballarat in the Sunshine rail yards, west of Melbourne. Forty-four people were killed and more than 400 hurt. The Age did not believe in sheltering the victims’ next-of-kin. Down on the rails among […]

Knocked Down and Died

ON THIS DAY ……. 9th April 1927 Neville Currey, aged 29 years, manufacturing chemist, was charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of William Charles Lyte on this day in 1927. Evidence was given that Currey was driving a car at Malvern when he knocked down and killed Lyte, who was 60 years of […]

Murder of Lewis Moran

ON THIS DAY – March 31, 2004 Masked gunmen entered the Brunswick Club on Sydney Road, Brunswick, at approximately 6.40pm on 31 March 2004, driving a Ford Falcon EF XR6 station wagon. Moran ran from his place at the bar, over a poker machine, through a glass window before the gunman caught up with him […]

6 Years’ Gaol for Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – March 31, 1949 WARRAGUL Steven Kelly, 46, farm labourer, of Warragul, who had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of John Thomas Bateson, 74, pensioner, at Warragul, on March 31, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment by Mr Justice O’Bryan in the Criminal Court. His Honour described Kelly’s crime as dreadful, but […]

Heat Kills Lion Cubs and Platypuses

Melbourne – February 1st, 1946 The recent heat wave in Melbourne is thought to have been responsible for the death of ‘three of the quintuplets born to the lioness Jinja at the Zoo. The births are an Australian and possibly a world record. Zoo officials are now desperately striving to save the lives of the two surviving cubs. In addition to the three […]

ALFRED BYE EXECUTED

EXECUTED THIS DAY – December 22, 1941 ALFRED BYE – MELBOURNE Alfred Bye, 42, formerly a military transport driver at Darley Camp, was executed at Pentridge on this day in 1941. He made no final statement. Bye was sentenced to death for the murder of Thomas Edward Walker, 45, a soldier, of Broadmeadows Camp, in […]

FATAL ACCIDENT AT A CIRCUS PERFORMANCE -1905

On this day …….. 15th of December 1905 During a performance of Wirth’s Circus at Warrnambool, on this day in 1905, a tent-pole fell and struck Doris Dunstan aged 14, the only daughter of Rev. T. D. Dunstan, Anglican clergyman. The girl was pinned to the ground as the big top partially collapsed. The girl […]

Last Aboriginal Massacre in Australia – in living memory

72 years ago Nazi Germany was massacring European Jews, but only 17 years before that (1928) was the last recorded aboriginal massacre in Australia. The massacre occurred in revenge for the death of dingo hunter Frederick Brooks, killed by Aboriginal people in August 1928 at a place now known as Yukurru, Western Australia.  

Nurse to Face Trial For Murder

ON THIS DAY – July 28, 1934 After having heard evidence at an inquest today into the death of a newly-born male child, whose body was found by a railway employee while cleaning out a carriage at the Joilmont yards on July 28. The coroner (Mr. Grant) committed Edith Clyne, aged 20, formerly a nurse […]

FREED OF MURDER … ON HER BIRTHDAY

ON THIS DAY – July 13, 1961 A slight, auburn haired woman yesterday had a 25th birthday she will never forget. She was acquitted in the Criminal Court of the murder of her 17 month old daughter. Mrs Hughann Legget Prescott, of Murphy Street, Gardenvale, had pleaded not guilty to the charge before Mr. Justice […]