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 […]


ON THIS DAY ……. 27th March 1908 George Littleton, aged 19, whilst working at the Union Woollen Mills, Geelong on this day in 1908, was caught in the belting. His right upper arm was dragged in, and the bone being badly broken, with the flesh badly lacerated. Considering the manner in which the poor lad […]

First Lunatic to Escape Beechworth

ON THIS DAY …….. 22nd March 1868 There was great excitement in Beechworth, North East Victoria on the 22nd March 1868, when the first lunatic escaped from the newly opened Asylum. A young man suffering from idiocy, escaped from the Asylum by climbing over a section of the Ha Ha wall still in construction. The […]

Knox Executed

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY ………. 19th of March 1894 Ernest Knox, aged 21 was executed in Old Melbourne gaol In the early morning hours of 12 January 1894, two burglars entered the house of Mr. Michael Crawcour, a pawnbroker and financial agent, in Nelson Place, Williamstown. Mr. Crawcour was alarmed by electric burglar alarms in […]

Escape from Geelong Gaol

On this day ………… 15th March 1930 William Hartwell 30 years of age and a prisoner at the Geelong Gaol, Victoria, made an attempt to escape on the this day in 1930. While a warder’s attention was diverted Hartwell managed to climb over the wall and make a run for freedom but was recaptured before […]