Medical Evidence At Murder Trial

ON THIS DAY – June 29, 1951 A doctor told a Criminal Court jury today that a young doctor’s widow, charged with the murder of her five months old blind daughter, had said she had been extremely unhappy in her married life, and did not want any association in her home with the baby. The […]

Murder of Pearl Oliver

On This Day – June 27, 1943 Beer Party Incident Gives Clue Clues obtained in the shooting episode at Fitzroy on the night of July 27, when Pearl Oliver (19) was murdered and Joseph Fanesi (26) and Peter Croft, an Allied sailor, were seriously wounded, have led police to a party where several kegs of […]

Fatal Stabbing Affray

ON THIS DAY – June 21, 1887 MELBOURNE VERDICT OF MANSLAUGHTER. Before Dr. Youl and a jury, an inquest was held at the hospital concerning the death of James Joseph Reddan, aged 25 years, accountant, Fitzroy. Mr. Neave watched the inquiry on behalf of Henry Legg, bricklayer, who is in custody on the charge ot […]


ON THIS DAY – June 18, 1906 Edward James White was committed for trial at Fitzroy on a charge of shooting at his wife and attempted suicide on June 18. The evidence of White’s wife was to the effect that on May 30 , accused threatened to shoot her sister Rose, herself, and her baby. […]

Accused Man’s Nonchalance

ON THIS DAY – June 6, 1930 FITZROY MURDER  Following the inquest to-day concerning the death of John Alfred Taylor, a grocer, of Fitzroy, on June 6, Arthur Skeritt (48), a coloured man, was committed for trial on a charge of murder. Taylor, who was between 60 aud 65 years of age, kept a small […]

Murder and Suicide

ON THIS DAY – June 1, 1861 A lamentable catastrophe occurred in Collingwood on Saturday evening last, a man named Currie having first shot his wife, and afterwards attempted to commit suicide. The case appears to have been one arising from jealousy on the one side, and passion and drink upon the other. So far […]

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 […]