P.O.W On The Run

On this day …….. 25th of June 1942 On this day in 1942, with an alert out for an escaped prisoner from the Murchison POW Camp, Mrs D. Oates of Wangaratta in North East Victoria, had a mysterious night caller at her Mackay St residence. A man appeared at the door, asking for a hot […]

ESCAPE FROM GEELONG GAOL

On this day …….. 5th of June 1919 On the 5th of June 1919 at 1pm Albert Young, aged 19, a prisoner remanded from the Geelong Court on a charge of housebreaking at Inverleigh, took advantage of the temporary absence or the yard sentry at the time of changing guard to scale the wall of […]

ESCAPED WITHIN A 100 YARDS

On this day …….. 2nd of June 1915 Arthur William Hope, 26, who was in custody in the Geelong gaol for larceny, offensive behaviour, and vagrancy, was to have appeared in the Police, Court on the 2nd of June 1915, but he escaped while being escorted by Senior Constable Allen from the gaol to the […]

ESCAPED WHEN BEING RETURNED

On this day …….. 25th May 1901 A man named Cummins, who escaped from the Ararat Lunatic Asylum was rearrested at Camperdown. Cummins was being bought by train to Ballarat by Constable’ M’Cahn on the 25th of May 1901, were he managed to escape at the Colac railway station. As the engine was pulling into […]

WALKED OVER THE WALL

On This Day ……. 21st May 1908 A lunatic named William Martin aged 50 years old, escaped from the criminal ward of the Ararat lunatic asylum on the night of the 21st of May 1908. Martin was able to escape while some alterations to the walls were in progress. He was seen at Crowlands, but […]

Fire Hose Escape

On this day …….. 3rd May 1949 A patient by the name of John Wilmot Allan aged 20 years made a brave escape from the confinements of the criminal ward of the Ararat Mental Asylum. He was committed in 1948 for violent robbery. On the 3rd of May 1949 at 7pm right on the change […]

Wentworth – TV

Wentworth Will Franky Doyle escape from Wentworth Correctional Centre this week? Will she head back to Mike Pennisi’s home to look for evidence? Is Franky innocent? Mike Pennisi’s house in Williamstown.

Exploding Battery

On this day …….. 26th April 2003 An unnamed Perth man was lucky to escape unharmed on the 26th April 2003 when he attempted to recharge his mobile phone battery in a microwave oven. Firefights were called to the man’s house after the battery exploded.  

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 […]

Escape from the Asylum

On This Day……… 10th April 1912 Kew Lunatic Asylum On this day in 1912, Dennis Birmingham escaped from the Kew Lunatic Asylum. He was a strongly built man, about 6ft. in height, and 41 years of age. Birmingham was found in St. Kilda.    

Ballarat Explosion

On This Day……… 9th April 1855 On this day in 1855, at about 9am the boiler of a steam engine, on the road leading from Bakery Hill towards the bridge in Ballarat, burst with a loud explosion. Numerous parties of men were at work all round it, and yet, strange to say, in every instance […]

With a Little Help from Friends

ON THIS DAY ……. 29th March 1876 John O’Reilly wanted to annoy the English and so he hatched a plan to rescue Irish Convicts from Western Australia. For his plan, he organised for an American boat, the Catalpa, to sail to Western Australia to rescue Convicts. On March 29, 1876 the Catalpa arrived off Western […]