Disappearance of John Demsey

ON THIS DAY – 11 October 1937 The investigation into the initial disappearance of John Thomas Demsey received widespread media coverage and extensively featured in the official Police Gazette which went out to all stations.¬† According to the police investigation, Demsey had left Bendigo on October 11, 1937 with his load which was expected to […]

Charged With Murder of A Child

On This Day – October 4, 1944 On a charge of having murdered Janice Baul at Moonee Ponds on October 4. Ronald Morgan, 24, of Moonee Ponds, was remanded in the City Court today until October 20. The charge that he had carnally known and abused a girl under the age of 10 was withdrawn. […]

Steve Irwin killed by a stingray

On this day …….. 4th September 2006 Stephen Robert “Steve” Irwin was born on 22 February 1962 in Essendon, Melbourne, Victoria. He moved to Queensland when he was still a child, where his parents developed and ran the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. For his sixth birthday, young Steve received his greatest wish – his […]

Soldier’s Attempted Murder

On This Day- September 2,1942 ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE An extraordinary story was told to Essendon court yesterday, when a soldier, Robert Joseph Saxon was committed for trial on a charge of attempted murder. Police evidence was given that at 2 p.m. on September 2, a man walked into a police station and said to First-Constable […]

Attempted Escape Geelong Gaol

On this day …….. 1st September 1928 James McMahon, aged 33 years, a prisoner who was serving a sentence of seven years for an offence against a girl in Essendon, Victoria, McMahon was first placed in Pentridge, but after a unsuccessful attempt to escape he was transferred to Geelong Gaol. On the 1st of September […]


On this day …….. 10th of August 1928 Charles Lyons, of Essendon, whose age was believed to have been between 106 and 115 died on this day in the Melbourne Hospital. Lyons had worked at his¬†ocupation as a jobbing gardener until a few days before he became ill.  

Father and Son Found Dead

ON THIS DAY …….5th August 1941 Ratcliff Lawson, aged 51 years, from Essendon, and his son, Peter, aged 20 years, were found dead on this day 1941, in a gas filled motor car at Kangaroo Ground, 25 mile, from Melbourne. Police believe that it is a case of murder and suicide. The father had a […]

Air Mail Newspaper Delivery

On this day …….. 10th of July 1930 The Melbourne Herald News Paper arrived in Beechworth, Victoria on this day in 1930, in the most unconventional way. The edition of the paper carried a feature on Beechworth as a tourist resort, and a noon an aeroplane appeared above the town, and from the skies rained […]

Underbelly Killing – Jason Moran

On this day ……….. 21st of June 2003 Jason Moran was gunned down on 21 June 2003 at a junior football clinic in Essendon, where they had been watching Moran’s young children. On returning to their motor vehicle they were shot dead by a lone gunman. Police feared that the murders would lead to further […]


ON THIS DAY ……. 3rd June 1929 Ellen Theresa Madden, single, aged 19 years of Washington street, Essendon, died at the Women’s Hospital on June 3 from peritonitis caused by an illegal operation which had been performed on her a few days previously by persons whom the police had not traced. The coroner (Mr. D. […]

Death of Carl Williams

ON THIS DAY …… April 19, 2010 Barwon Prison On 19 April 2010, Williams died from head injury while incarcerated at Barwon Prison. He was struck with part of an exercise bike by another inmate, Matthew Charles Johnson, who was convicted for the murder, and sentenced in December 2011 to 32 years’ jail. Williams’ funeral […]

Murder at the Wayside Inn

ON THIS DAY – February 27, 1927 Robert Brown, barman of the Wayside Inn, South Melbourne, was committed for trial at the Criminal Court on a charge of murder following an inquest into the death of Stanley Brockenshire, aged 47 years, of Cliff-street, Essendon, in the Melbourne Hospital, on this day in February 1927. Evidence […]