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 […]

Struck by lightning

On this day …….. 20th September 1929 Mrs Baird of Baarmutha near Beechworth in North East Victoria, had an amazing escape from injury in a storm. She was picking up wood under her back verandah of her house, when a flash of lightning hit a met safe which was hanging from the rafters. The current […]

Lunatic on the run for 7 days – Beechworth

On this day …….. 18th September 1868 Jacob Jobbles was transferred from Yarra Bend Asylum to the Beechworth Asylum on the 23rd of November 1867. Jobbles escape on the 18th of September 1868, he was on the run for 7 days.  

Lunatic Eliza Brown escapes – Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum

On this day …….. 17th September 1859   An unfortunate woman, Eliza Brown, who was discovered at Footscray in a destitute condition, was brought up on the 17th of September 1859, at the Williamstown Police Court, and found to be a lunatic, escaped from the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum.  

Near miss for Tom Thumb

On this day …….. 15th September 1870 The celebrated American Dwarf General Tom Thumb arrived in Benalla, North East Victoria on this day in 1870 with his troupe of fallow dwarfs, after a narrow escape from flood waters. Tom and his party had been almost swept away by a swollen river at Baddaginnie. How ever […]

Escaped from Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 10th September 1861 On this day in 1861, between half-past six and seven o’clock, a prisoner, named Reefe, under a sentence of three years imprisonment with hard labour, broke out of the Geelong Gaol, and got clear off without being missed until some time had elapsed. Information was immediately forwarded to the […]

Two Lunatic escape – Beechworth Asylum

On This Day ……. 7th September 1868 Catherine Carey was transferred from the Beechworth Gaol to May Day Hills Lunatic Asylum on the 25th of April 1868. Carey’s husband Thomas had walked out and left her in 1861, it was believed that he lived on Melbourne rd, Donnybrook. Carey escaped on the 7th of September […]

Convict escaped from Ballarat Dentist

On this day …….. 3rd September 1946 A second escape from custody was made on this day by Ivan Charles Magee, 18 years, who has been serving at the Ballarat gaol a sentence for assault. Magee made his first escape from the gaol garden on the evening of August 27, but at 9 p.m. presented […]

Man Escapes From Kew Lunatic Asylum

On this day …….. 3rd September 1935 Asylum attendants and the Kew police searched for an inmate of the Kew Asylum who escaped from the Institution late on the 3rd of September 1935, after a number of Inmates had been taken to see a motion picture in the main building, it was found that the […]