CONVICTED PRISONER ON THE RUN

On this day …….. 20th of December 1942 A convict who escaped from Beechworth goal three years ago was arrested in Sydney on this day in 1942. He was charged with breaking and entering and theft of £1000 worth of property. The man, William McEntee, aged 51, escaped from Beechworth prison by scaling a high […]

PRISONER ON THE RUN

On this day …….. 18th of December 1891 PRISONER ON THE RUN On the 18th of December 1891, a group of 11 prisoners were being transferred Melbourne Gaol to Geelong Gaol by train. While at Spencer street station it was noticed that one of the prisoners had escaped. The alarm was raised and the city […]

ESCAPE FROM GEELONG GAOL

On this day …….. 17th of December 1945 After overpowering a guard a prisoner escaped from a military detention barracks at the old Geelong Gaol on the 17th of December 1945. The prisoner managed to climbed into the guard’s tower where he overpowered an elderly returned soldier who was on guard duty, using the butt […]

Escape of the Faraday School Kidnapper

ON THIS DAY…… 16th December 1972 Edwin Eastwood famous for the Faraday School Kidnapping in 1972, and Michael Pantic escaped from the Geelong Gaol on the 16th of December 1976. The men tunnelled though two doubled skinned brick wells, cut through a padlock to an outside excise yard and scaled the external wall and were […]

BREAK INTO THE GEELONG GAOL

ON THIS DAY – December 14, 1935 Someone cut through the lock on the outer door of the tower at Geelong Gaol with a hacksaw on the 14th of December 1935, to gained access to the prison yard and vegetable garden and subsequently escaping. The prison authorities were staggered on finding the door unlocked the […]

Lunatic On The Run

On this day …….. 10th of December 1945 David John Linsing, 30 years, escaped from Mont Park Asylum on this day in 1945. His description was 5 feet; 6 inches high, fair hair and complexion. He was wearing, a, light brown coat, dark grey trousers, white canvas slippers, and was without a hat.

Attempted escape from Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 12th November 1945 Attempted escape from Geelong gaol On the 12th of November 1945 while attempting to escape from the military detention barracks at the Geelong gaol, John Russell Rosewall was fired upon by a sentry and wounded in the shoulder. Rosewall was one of a number of prisoners who tried to […]

Robbery at Geelong

ON THIS DAY…… 28th October 1849 On the 28th of October 1849 a prisoner named James MacDonald, undergoing a sentence of eighteen months’ imprisonment for robbery at Geelong, attempted to escape from the gaol. He managed to scale the top of the northern wall by climbing the gallows and then let himself down by means […]

Escapee Angus Murray friend of Squizzy Taylor

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1923 On the 24th of August 1923, Angus Murray, who is serving a sentence of 15 years for robbery under arms, mace his escape, by mean’s of a small saw, he removed of the stones at the base of his window. The bars were then loosened, leaving him sufficient room […]

Female convict escaped

ON THIS DAY…… 5th October 1900 A remarkable escape happened in the female excise yard of the Geelong gaol on the 5th of October 1900. An old feeble inmate, who was on charges of stealing line from hotels made a daring escape. She was removed to the exercise yard along with several other inmates. On […]

Survive 3 executions and you will be pardoned

On this day …….. 26th September 1803 Joseph Samuel was an Englishman legendary for the manner in which he survived execution. Convicted for robbery in 1795, he was sentenced in 1801 to transportation to Australia, one of 297 convicted felons aboard the vessels Nile, Canada and Minorca. Security in the early penal settlements of New […]

Nine Soldiers Escape from Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 24th September 1945 Nine soldiers who were under sentence in the Geelong Gaol escaped on the 24th of September 1945 at 2.50pm. The men were serving sentences from six months to two years. According to the army authorities, the prisoners were in a mess room and, in a sudden rush they placed […]