Six Years for Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – April 20, 1948 BENTLEIGH SIX YEAR FOR MANSLAUGHTER “In my opinion, your crime was particularly bad, and you are Lucky that the charge of which you were found guilty was not one of murder,” said Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy in the Criminal Court to-day when sentencing’ Esbert Robin Ridgeway (24), of […]

Boiled to Death

On this day …….. 19th of April 1898 Margaret Geary, 4 years of age, residing with her parents at Heathcote. While playing with her little brother, stepped backward and fell into a boiler of boiling water which was standing on the hearth. Her injuries were so severe that she died in great agony.  

Mystery Solved

On This Day ……. 12th April 1923 After remaining a mystery for more than, 30 years the solution of the method by which the convict Frederick Clark escaped, from Geelong gaol in 1889 has now been found. A larger brass key was discovered while prisoners were clearing the grounds of the Geelong Supreme Court. It […]

Train Driver Acquitted

ON THIS DAY……. 12th April 1952 Albert Edward Quinlivan, 63 year-old driver of a train involved in a fatal collision at Moriac railway station on this day in 1952, was acquitted of a charge of manslaughter by a Jury in the Geelong Court. Mrs. Josephine Ethel Traynor aged 34, of Hawthorn East, died of injuries […]

Falling Horse

On this day …….. 12th of April 1869 William Cook, said to be the best steeplechase rider in the colony was brought into Wahgunyah on this day in 1869 after being injured. Cook had been crushed by a falling horse at Urana Races. The 20 year old died from his injuries.  

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 […]

King Alfred’s Skeleton

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1891 Workmen on the railway to Mansfield, under construction at the time, unearthed a skeleton. No one was quite sure who it was but locals thought it was probably King Alfred, an aboriginal tribal leader who had been elevated to regional status by the early landholders in the area. […]

Australia’s longest lived parrot dies

On this day …….. 1st September 1936 Cocky Bennett the sulphur-crested cockatoo died in Sydney in 1916 aged 120 — possibly making him Australia’s longest lived parrot (although his precise age varies from source to source). The legendarily raucous bird spent the first 78 years of his life sailing the South Sea Islands with his […]

Sentenced to Death

On This Day ……. 1st of July 1901 On this day in 1901, Nicholas Keneally, who was sentenced to death at Shepparton on the 6th of December, 1899, for an offence on his grand-daughter,’ but whoso sentence was subsequently commuted to imprisonment for life, died in the Geelong Gaol.  


On This Day ……. 4th June 1901 An aged prisoner, who was sent from Melbourne to complete his sentence in the Geelong gaol, died in the latter institution on this day in 1901, and an inquiry was held before Mr H. Bannister, J.P. Dr Croker, the medical officer at the gaol, certified that death was […]

Gaol of death

On This Day ……. 28th May 1900 An elderly prisoner named Joseph Maber, aged 55, who was serving a sentence of six months’ hard labor, died in the Geelong gaol on this day in 1900. He had been in the gaol hospital since February, and at an inquiry held later that day before. Mr P. […]

Victoria Closes her Borders against Flu

On this day …….. 30th April 1919 New South Wales suffered half the deaths in the influenza epidemic, after worked war I. For a time, the Victorian government closed the border at Albury and other border towns. In Echuca, for example, visitors were forced to spend five day quarantine in the town. Women made gauze […]