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 […]

Dead Man’s Identity

ON THIS DAY – January 31, 1931 Relatives or any person knowing the identity of the man who died on January 31 in a lodging-house in Palmer street, Fitzroy, were asked to communicate with Senior Detective Bell or Detective McKenna at police headquarters. It is alleged that the man died after having been struck by […]

A Love Tragedy

ON THIS DAY – January 29, 1920 Angelo Gaston Lembo (49) shot Stella Norris (21) at a lodging-house in William street, Melbourne and then committed suicide. The lodging-house keeper, Mrs. Findlay, was in the kitchen with Miss Norris when Lembo came home and went up to his room. Shortly afterwards Miss Norris went to hers, […]

Shot in Bedroom

ON THIS DAY – January 7, 1913 Early on the morning of the 7th of January a tragedy happen at Fitzroy. The victim was Mr Arthur Trotter, aged 42 years, a commercial traveller employed by Messrs MacRobertson and Co, who was shot by one of two armed burglars and died shortly after his admission to […]

Shot in Bedroom

ON THIS DAY – January 7, 1913 Early on the morning of the 7th of January a tragedy happen at Fitzroy. The victim was Mr Arthur Trotter, aged 42 years, a commercial traveller employed by Messrs MacRobertson and Co, who was shot by one of two armed burglars and died shortly after his admission to […]