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 […]

Execution of the Schoolgirl Strangler

ON THIS DAY – June 1, 1936 ARNOLD SODEMAN – PENTRIDGE GAOL Arnold Karl Sodeman 39 was hanged in the Pentridge Gaol this morning for the murder of June Rushmer, aged 6½ years, at Leongatha, on December last. Asked by the Sheriff whether he had anything to say, Sodeman replied: “Nothing, sir.” He walked to […]

EMILY MATHER’S SKULL

IT BECOMES A SURGICAL TROPHY Some curiosity has been expressed as to what would be the ultimate destination of the skull of the unfortunate Emily Mather, the victim of the Windsor murder. It will be remembered that it was an exhibit at the trial of Deeming, and now that it is not required further as […]

Execution of Cornelius Bourke

EXECUTED THIS DAY – April 20, 1891 The execution of Cornelius Bourke, convicted of the murder of Peter Stewart at the Hamilton lock-up, took place in the Ballarat Gaol at 10 o’clock on Monday morning. It will be remembered that after sentence was pronounced, some doubts arose as to the sanity of the prisoner, and […]

Execution of Deutchmann

Executed This Day – April 11, 1908 CHARLES DEUTCHMANN – BALLARAT GAOL Chas. Henry Deutchmann was executed in the Ballarat gaol this morning for murdering his wife at Dobie’s, near Ararat, on April 11. Death was instantaneous. Deutchmann slept from 11 o’clock last night until 2 o’clock this morning. He then became restless, but he […]

ALFRED BYE EXECUTED

EXECUTED THIS DAY – December 22, 1941 ALFRED BYE – MELBOURNE Alfred Bye, 42, formerly a military transport driver at Darley Camp, was executed at Pentridge on this day in 1941. He made no final statement. Bye was sentenced to death for the murder of Thomas Edward Walker, 45, a soldier, of Broadmeadows Camp, in […]

The Execution of Basilo Bondeitto – 1876

EXECUTED THIS DAY – December 11, 1876 BASILO BONDEITTO Basilo Bondeitto, who was, after a three days trial, convicted of the murder of Carlo Comisto, at Sandy Creek, Victoria, on or about the 4th September last, suffered the extreme penalty of the law for the deed on the morning of Monday, December 11 in the […]

Execution of James Barrett

Executed This Day – December 1, 1863 MELBOURNE GAOL Yesterday morning, at ten o’clock, the culprit James Barrett, convicted at the last criminal sittings of the Supreme Court, Melbourne, of the murder of Mrs. Beckinsale, suffered the extreme penalty of the law, in the presence of about sixty persons. The wretched criminal, who had been […]

HORRIBLE MURDER.

On This Day – November 27, 1890 A revolting murder is reported as having occurred at Mount Riddle, three miles from Healesville, where the naked trunk of a man has been discovered, slightly covered with earth and boughs. It was found beside the bank forming a waterhole in a paddock belonging to Mr. Steel, J.P. […]

Execution of Cockcroft

On This Day – November 12, 1894 The execution of Elijah Cockroft for the murder of Fanny Mott at Noradjura, in the Wimmera district, took place at the Ballarat Gaol this morning, when only six persons besides the gaol officials were present. Punctually at 10 o’clock, Cockroft was brought out of his cell and led […]