Murder at Wooragee

ON THIS DAY – October 15, 1872 Living on the goldfields was hard and the threat of bush rangers was constantly on one’s mind. On the evening of the 15th of October three bushrangers named James Smith, Thomas Brady and William Heppanstein bailed up the Wooragee Post Office robbing them of their takings. They then […]

Murder of Elizabeth Finnessy

ON THIS DAY…… 26th September 1853 Elizabeth and Michael Finnessy were married in Burra, South Australia, they had two children who had both died. The couple had moved to Victoria and lived in a small house in Chinatown. A week before Elizabeth was murdered, she had found at that her husband was married to another woman, […]

Execution of Castillo

EXECUTED THIS DAY – September 16, 1889 THE CARLTON MURDER. The last scene in the tragedy which opened in Somerset-place. Carlton, on the 8th July was enacted at the Melbourne Gaol at 10 o’clock yesterday morning, at which hour the miserable man Castillo suffered death at the hands of the common hangman. A minute or […]

The Final Parting

EXECUTED THIS DAY – September 13, 1897  Charles John Hall who murdered his wife Minnie at Eaglehawk on February 11th was executed at the Bendigo Gaol this morning.  Hall’s parents spoke to him for the last time on Saturday evening, and the parting was a most painful sight, moving the warders to tears. One warder […]

The Final Parting

EXECUTED THIS DAY – September 13, 1897  Charles John Hall who murdered his wife Minnie at Eaglehawk on February 11th was executed at the Bendigo Gaol this morning.  Hall’s parents spoke to him for the last time on Saturday evening, and the parting was a most painful sight, moving the warders to tears. One warder […]

A Pentent Confession

On This Day – September 8, 1904 THE EXECUTION OF JAMES WILLIAMS. The execution of the youth James Williams, who on 19th July murdered Mrs. Veitch, at Clifton Hill, Victoria, was carried out at the Melbourne Gaol. On the previous day the Rev. C. Bardin, the Church of England clergyman, who has been giving spiritual […]

Execution of James Quinn

ON THIS DAY…… 28th August 1871 A most deliberate and cruel murder of a Chinaman was committed on the Beechworth- Myrtleford Road. Two Chinamen in a cart named Ah Woo and Ah Cow, were stopped by James Quinn who offered them a shilling for a ride, which they agreed. Not 30 yards down the track […]

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 […]