Breaking into a Store

On This Day – 30th March 1897 Three boys named Bertrand Williams aged 15 years, Daniel M’Keegan aged 14 years, and Alfred Bernard Stubley aged 12 years, were charged with having on the 24th of March, feloniously broken into the shop of John C. Cox, in Pakington-street, Geelong West, and stolen therefrom a sum of […]

Invalids Received

On This Day – 29th March 1912 Mr. Read Murphy. P.M., made his usual visit to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1912, and found no cause for complaint. Five prisoners of the invalid class were received from Pentridge while he was there.  

Infantile Paralysis Epidemic

On This Day – 27th March 1938 Restrictions placed on concert parties visiting the gaol because of the Infantile paralysis epidemic has been lifted, and the first concert for the year was given on Sunday, the 27th of March, when a party from Melbourne visited the gaol.  

Breakin at Wartzski’s Shop

On This Day – 26th March 1890 At the sittings of the Geelong Supreme Court on this day in 1890, John Thompson and Edward Jones were charged with having broke into the shop of Isadora Wartzski, in Ryrie street, Geelong on the 24th. Both men stolon a quantity of jewellery valued at between £70 and […]

Imposter Sent to Gaol

On This Day – 25th March 1913 Albert Jackson, a young man, who was under committal for trial in a charge of having wounded a man at Werribee some weeks earlier, was before the Geelong Police Court to answer an allegation of imposition. He pleaded guilty. Sgt. Mullens asked the Bench to deal severely with […]


On This Day – 24th March 1858 Convict Mary Cameron was charged at the Geelong Gaol with misconduct by the Acting Matron and sentenced to 7 days in solitary confinement and half rations by The Gaoler.    

Disobedience Charge by Sharry

On This Day – 24th March 1866 Convict Jeremiah Lee was charged at the Geelong Gaol with disobedience of orders by Turnkey Sharry and was sentenced to be discredited from billet by the Governor.  

Confined by Brodie

On This Day – 24th March 1863 Convict William Gilmore was charged at the Geelong Gaol with disobedience of orders by the Senior Turnkey and was sentenced to 24 hours solitary confinement by Governor Charles Brodie.  

Prisoners in the Botanic Gardens

On This Day – 23rd March 1875 On this day in 1875, Mr Peter Dwyer, Governor of the Geelong gaol, was asked upon what terms the labour of prisoners can be obtained for working in the Geelong Botanical Gardens.    

Driving Without Lights

On This Day – 22nd March 1892 A young man named Samuel Edward Bees, was at the Geelong Court on the double barrelled charge of furious driving and driving without lights on the 3rd March. The evidence of the prosecutor was to the effect that on the evening of the day named defendant drove along […]

Escape of William Hartwell

ON This Day – 21st March 1930 ATTEMPTED ESCAPE FROM GAOL After having inquired into the attempted escape of William Hartwell from the Geelong gaol a week earlier. The Inspector General of Penal Establishments decided to take disciplinary action against the warder for alleged lack of proper vigilance, and to commend another warder for his […]

Drunk Minnie

On This Day – 20th March 1897 A young woman who appeared under the name of Minnie Matthews, was charged with drunkenness. She was arrested on the evening of the 20th of March 1897, by Constable Zimmer, who took her into custody to save her from the attentions of a parcel of “hoodlums,” by whom […]