Murder Charge in Melbourne

ON THIS DAY – May 5, 1950 FITZROY Stanley Henry Shaw, 31, of Fitzroy, was arrested and charged with the murder of a woman over 14 months ago. The woman, Sylvia Holmes, 22, was strangled in a bedroom in a house in Cremorne Street, Fitzroy, on May 5, 1950.

Transferred to Geelong

On This Day ……. 27th April 1927 Clive Frankston, aged 36 years, was charged on the 1st of the June 1926, with larceny and sentenced to two years in Pentradge. On the 28th April 1927, the Penal Authorities at Pentridge decided to transfer Frankston and another prisoner, Henry Tacke, to the Geelong Gaol. The two […]

The Fitzroy Outrage

On This Day – April 18, 1913 In the Criminal Court today, Frank Claffey was charged with the manslaughter of Henry McNamara. McNamara was assaulted and robbed on April 18 at Fitzroy, on a vacant piece of land known as the Swamp. Dr. Mollison said that death was due to acute peritonitis, and that the […]

Murder Witnessed by 9 Year Old

ON THIS DAY …….. 6th April 1929 CHILD’S STORY IN COURT – FITZROY The circumstances of a tragedy in a house in Little Gore-street, Fitzroy, on this day in 1929, were narrated by Peggy Lilian Turner, a 9 year old girl, in the Melbourne Criminal Court. Arthur Cable Sullivan, aged 29, was charged with the […]

Chinese Acquitted Of Murder

ON THIS DAY …… 29th March 1947 MELBOURNE Pleading that he acted in self-defence, Chang Gooh Kong aged 34, Chinese seaman, was acquitted in the Criminal Court of the murder of Douglas Vivian Alcock aged 21, labourer, of Brunswick St., Fitzroy, on this day in 1947.  

Child Died of Injuries

ON THIS DAY ……… 17th March 1926 KILLED BY A MOTOR CAR The City Coroner, Mr. D. Berriman, committed for trial Assis Dihood on a charge of the manslaughter of Kathleen Booth, aged 4 1/2 years. The evidence presented, to the Coroner was that the child, in company with her mother, was knocked down by […]

Deadly Jinker

ON THIS DAY ……… 15th March 1907 FITZROY CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER. On this day in 1907, Henry Pickett died from injuries received while cycling, in a collision with a horse draw vehicle driven by James Howie in Nicholson-street, Fitzroy. At the inquest it was found that James Howie was at fault, and he was charged […]

Dejected Labourer’s Deed

ON THIS DAY ………. 14th March 1913 FITZROY The Coroner held an enquiry into the tragedy which occurred in George street, Fitzroy, on this day in 1913. Walter Edgar Erfurth, a labourer aged 23 years, killed Ada Doalman, aged 21, and wounded her baby, before shooting himself. William Lawrence, who lived at the same house […]

Two Youths Guilty of Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – March 6, 1959 FITZROY Two youths were today found guilty of manslaughter of a Fitzroy newsagent by a Supreme Court jury, which acquitted them of murder. They were Kenneth Graham Wilson, 17, labourer, of Jarvie Street, East Brunswick, and John McLaren Hazeldine, 19, labourer, of Barkley Street, Brunswick. The jury acquitted […]

Murder Charge in Melbourne

05ON THIS DAY – March 5, 1950 FITZROY Stanley Henry Shaw, at Fitzroy, was arrested and charged with murder of a woman more than 14 months earlier. She was Sylvia Holmes, 22, who was strangled in the bedroom of a house in Cremorne St., Fitzroy, on March 5.    

A Mysterious Murder

ON THIS DAY – February 9, 1896 NICHOLSON STREET, CARLTON William Mackay, aged 27, residing with his parents at 32 Mill-street, North Carlton, was murdered under what appear extraordinary circumstances on this night in 1896. Joseph Frances Shiel, a labourer residing at Fitzroy, states that he was with Mackay the greater part of the day, […]

Kearney Boots Theft

On This Day – 9th February 1904 A man giving the name of John Buck was arrested as he was crawling through a fanlight in Kearney’s boot factory, in Kardini. At the police court, he pleaded guilty to being found by night on the premises without lawful’ excuse. Accused admitted eighteen previous convictions, with sentences […]