On this day …….. 14th of December 1935 Arrested in a police raid early in the morning, William Sylvester John Barrett, 22, labourer, of Drummond Street, Carlton, appeared in the City Court charged with having murdered, on or about December 7, William Herbert Irwine York, at St. Kilda. Barrett was remanded to December 23, and […]


ON THIS DAY – December 14, 1935 Someone cut through the lock on the outer door of the tower at Geelong Gaol with a hacksaw on the 14th of December 1935, to gained access to the prison yard and vegetable garden and subsequently escaping. The prison authorities were staggered on finding the door unlocked the […]

Escape from Geelong

On this day …….. 14th of December 1899 A young man James Carter who escaped from the Geelong gaol a few months earlier, was recaptured at Cooma, New South Wales, where he underwent sentence for larceny, was brought back to the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1899 to complete his sentence.

Murder of a Child

ON THIS DAY…… 14th December 1900 A tragic occurrences are reported from Mortlake, one of which, the murder of an infant child, has resulted in the arrest of a girl named Bumas, who was employed at Mr Dennis’ station, ” Eeyeuk.” The child was found with its throat cut, and the young woman has confessed […]


On this day …….. 14th of December 1926 A meat chopper, knives, a tomahawk, lead piping, and sticks were used as weapons in a fight between two Chinese in Fitzroy, on September 23. The fight ended fatally for one of the Chinese. As a result, Chung Wah Lee, aged 36, stood on trial on this […]


On this day …….. 14th of December 1949 Francis Blair, 34, a dangerous criminal lunatic, who escaped on the 14th of December 1949 from Beechworth Mental Hospital, was recaptured in a Barber’s shop in Wangaratta on the 21st. He had gone into a barber’s saloon to have a shave, and was recognised by his long […]


ON THIS DAY – DECEMBER 14, 1909 SPRING GULLY The inquiry into the death of Dagmar Louisa Scott, who was found dead at Spring Gully on December 14, was resumed at Castlemaine by the coroner (Mr. S. J. Goldsmith) on Monday. The husband, Robert Scott, was present in custody on a charge of murder. The […]

Fitzroy Women Beaten To Death

ON THIS DAY – DECEMBER 14, 1956 FITZROY The finding of the battered bodies of two women in their home in North Fitzroy yesterday has provided Melbourne police with the greatest murder mystery since the killing of teenager Shirley Collins, three years ago. The dead women were Mrs, Mary Boanas, 82, and her daughter, Mrs. […]


On this day …….. 14th of December 1938 Found guilty of the murder of two prospectors at Dunolly on the 3rd of October 1938. Thomas William Johnson (36). labourer, was sentenced to death at the Ballarat Supreme Court to-night The jury reached their verdict after deliberating for five and a half hours. Both men were […]

Death of “The Munster”

On This Day – December 13, 2003 Graeme Kinniburgh garnered notoriety for his role in the Melbourne gangland killings. On 13 December 2003, Kinniburgh himself was murdered outside his home in Kew on Belmont Avenue. Two members of a rival criminal gang, or a two-man operation, was suspected of involvement in his death; Carl Williams […]

Maintenance Order

On This Day ….. 13th December 1898 On this day in 1898, an order for 2/6 weekly was made against a man named Robert Tough for maintenance of his children in the schools, but Tough failed to comply with the order, and a sum £63/15/7 has accumulated against him. Tough disappeared, and a warrant was […]


ON THIS DAY – December 13,1899 MELBOURNE The excitement in connection with the death of the girl Ambrose found in the Yarra is now subsiding. Mr. Blackett, the Government Analyst, now finds that the quantity of arsenic found in the body was not sufficient to cause death, which was due to suffocation. The real name […]