ON THIS DAY……31st October 1889 Fredrick “Josh” Clark and Christopher “Christie” Farrell were both ex convicts transported from England to Van Demons Land. Once both men had received their tickets of leave they sailed to Victoria, arriving at the beginning of the Victorian gold rush. Both men found there way back to the lives thy […]
ON THIS DAY……30th October 1922 Senior Warder Rowe, of the Geelong Gaol, who has been acting officer in charge for some time, he was promoted to the charge of the gaol at Sale. Senior Warder Rowe had a splendid record of service in Geelong.
ON THIS DAY…… 29th October 1870 The Geelong Gaol, which for some twelve months was used as an industrial school for girls, was re-converted to the purposes for which it was built, and the children in the school, were removed to Sunbury.
ON THIS DAY…… 28th October 1849 On the 28th of October 1849 a prisoner named James MacDonald, undergoing a sentence of eighteen months’ imprisonment for robbery at Geelong, attempted to escape from the gaol. He managed to scale the top of the northern wall by climbing the gallows and then let himself down by means […]
ON THIS DAY…… 27th October 1902 On this day in 1902, a young man John O’Brien, who had come to Geelong, five weeks earlier from Melbourne by boat and urged a constable to lock him up, as he was too ill to provide for himself, died in the Geelong Gaol from phthisis. On a charge […]
ON THIS DAY…… 26th October 1902 The young man James Revell who was arrested in Melbourne charged with obtaining £3 by means of a valueless cheque from Frank Shepherd of the Union Club Hotel, Geelong, was on this day in 1902, was fined £5 and one month’s imprisonment in the Geelong Gaol.
ON THIS DAY…… 26th October 1902 Thomson Frost was brought from Camperdown to the Geelong gaol. Frost was arrester at Camperdown on this day in 1902 and charge with committing an unnatural offences. He was remanded to the Geelong gaol for a week.
ON THIS DAY…… 25th October 1871 The Ballarat Courier learned on this day in 1871, that some important evidence has been secured in Ballarat with regard to the charge of murder on which a man named Geary is now incarcerated in the Geelong Gaol. The evidence will be given by a cabman named Wilson, and […]
ON THIS DAY…… 24th October 1902 A Chinese in the Geelong Gaol, named Ah Lee Goon, who was transferred some time, ago from the Melbourne Gaol on account of mental weakness, has developed into a violent lunatic. On this day in 1902, two magistrates attended at the local gaol and committed the Celestial to a […]
ON THIS DAY…… 23rd October 1904 Percy Ramage, whoso frequent branches of gaol discipline brought him into notoriety while serving a sentence for a serious assault upon Constable Luke in Melbourne some years ago, was liberated from Pentridge gaol, on this day in 1904, and arrived in Geelong by steamer. Shortly after his arrival the […]
ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1877 The Geelong Gaol was re-proclaimed as a gaol on 22nd October 1877. In 1924, part of the gaol was set aside as a Reformatory Prison. It remained as a gaol up until the outbreak of World War 2 when it was utilised to house the Army Detention Barracks. The […]
ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1850 Francis Gardiner, love of crime began in Geelong, on the 22nd of October, 1850, on a charge of horse stealing, and sentenced to five years’ hard labour. However Gardiner manage to escape in the first few months and returned to Goulburn. Where his career as a bushranger began, for within […]