Execution of Rapist

ON THIS DAY…… 11th August 1873   A shocking outrage was committed by the American black named James Wallace, at Mount Beckwith, on Friday last. Mrs Mary Cook, the wife of a contractor and farmer well known throughout the Talbot district, was at home with her three children on the morning of the 4th instant. […]

Murder at the Warrnambool Court House

ON THIS DAY …….4th August 1863 A dreadful murder was perpetrated at Warrnambool on this day in 1863, by a prisoner called James Murphy, on a Constable named Daniel O’Boyle. The murder was committed in the Court house, while O’Boyle was stooping down it is presumed to light the fire in the room of the […]

Ned Kelly Reenactment

After a failed attempt to derail a police train, and the shootout that followed, Ned Kelly was taken into custody at Glenrowan in June 1880. To capitalise on his capture, photographer William Burman staged a re-enactment within weeks, having replicated the notorious bushranger’s homemade suit of armour. The copyright laws at the time meant that […]

Cooley’s Confession

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY ……………. 11th of July 1861 Henry Coolley, sentenced to death for the murder of his wife at Heathcote, was executed on the 11th inst., at the Central Gaol, Melbourne. On the previous night he made a full confession, a copy of which We append:—”Central Jail, Melbourne, “Wednesday evening, 10th July, 1861. […]

BURIED BY THE CREEK

ON THIS DAY….. 10th July 1858 GREEN TENT NEAR MEREDITH Elizabeth Lowe was buried on the side of the creek, near to where she was murdered. A white picket fence was built around her burial site, which remained until a bush fire in the 1920s. Today nothing is left to suggest that a community once […]

EXECUTION OF THE CONVICT WAINES

EXECUTED THIS DAY – JULY 6, 1860 The murderer of the Hunts, George Waines, was executed yesterday morning, in the Melbourne gaol. No further confession than that already published was made by the unfortunate man. Up to the last moment he was attended by the Rev. Mr. Stoddart, who states that he appeared deeply penitent […]

EXECUTION OF ARTHUR BUCK

EXECUTED THIS DAY – July 1, 1895 ARTHUR BUCK – MELBOURNE GAOL Arthur Buck, who murdered Catherine Norton at South Melbourne on the 28th April last, was executed in the Melbourne Gaol last Monday morning at 10 o’clock. The arrangements made by the governor of the gaol, Captain Burrows, and the medical officer, Dr. Shields, […]

Execution of Deutschmann

ON THIS DAY – June 29, 1908 The fourteenth execution in the Ballarat Gaol took place at 10 o’clock this morning, when Charles Henry Deutschmann paid the supreme penalty for having murdered his wife. The crime took place at Dobie, a few miles from Ararat, on Saturday evening, April 11. Mrs. Deutschmann, who had been […]

Faces Gallows With A Smile

On This Day – June 22, 1936 Edward Cornelius (29), mechanic, to-day walked to the gallows with a smile on his face to be hanged for the murder of Rev. Harold Laceby Cecil. When the sheriff asked him if he had anything to say he shook his head and said, “No; I am all right.” […]

EXECUTION OF HOGAN – BEECHWORTH

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY……….. 9th of June 1879 The execution of Thomas Hogan, for the murder of his brother at Yarrawonga, took place at 9am, on this day in 1879. The prisoner, who had been spiritually attended since he was condemned, by Father O’Connor, was very calm, and walked on to the drop with a […]

Execution of Rohan Smith

ON THIS DAY – June 6, 1881 ROBERT ROHAN SMITH – BEECHWORTH GAOL The Yalca Murder – EXECUTION OF ROHAN.  THE ARGUS correspondent at Beechworth wired on Monday the following account of the execution of Robert Rohan for murder:—Robert Rohan, alias Smith, the murderer of John Shea, at Yalca, near Shepparton, on the 23rd January […]

Execution of the Convict Woodlock

ON THIS DAY – June 1, 1857 JAMES WOODLOCK – MELBOURNE GAOL This unhappy man underwent the extreme penalty of the law yesterday morning, at eight o’clock, in the Melbourne gaol. James Woodlock formerly kept the Rose, Shamrock, and Thistle public-house, in Elizabeth-street, but at the time of his commission of the crime which led […]