Died from Exhaustion Upon Exposure at Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 20th of August 1887 On this day in 1887 a prisoner named John Delaney, aged 57 years, died from exhaustion, consequent upon exposure. At the formal enquiry held during the afternoon it was stated that he was admitted to the gaol on the 27th of July., having been picked up in […]

Escape from Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 14th of August 1869 The Advertiser reports that a prisoner named John McHenry, who at the last sittings of the General Sessions was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment for stealing saddles, made his escape from the Geelong Gaol, in a manner which leads to the presumption that he received assistance from […]

Death of Female Convict at Geelong Gaol – Eliza Rogers

On This Day ……. 11th of August 1885 On this day a magisterial enquiry was held at the Geelong gaol, by Mr Pardey, J.P., on the body of an aged woman named Eliza Rogers, who died there in the morning, The evidence showed that the deceased had been sent to the gaol by the Geelong […]

Camperdown Hotel

On This Day ……. 31st of July 1890 An inquiry into the supposed murder of George Avery, at the Camperdown Hotel, the particulars of which appeared in The Argus, was commenced in the Camperdown Police Court on this day in 1890, Mr. Heron, P. M. , and a jury of five. A man who occupied […]

Aboriginal Convict

On This Day ……. 30th of July 1929 An Aboriginal, aged 74 years, was on this day in 1929 completed two months imprisonment in Geelong Gaol, declined to leave when he was discharged. It was only after several hours of trouble that he was pressured to sign his property out and go. It was the […]

Rev. Robert Kelly

On This Day ……. 29th of July 1913 A very bright service was conducted at the Geelong gaol on this day in 1913, by Rev. Robert Kelly, who was accompanied by a small party of ladies to assist the music. Thirty-three of the prismiers took part, and entered into the singing most heartily. Mr. Kelly […]

Royston Rennie

On This Day ……. 28th of July 1926 Royston Rennie, the young Geelong man who is awaiting death for having murdered John Greville, a bank clerk, made an unsuccessful application to the Court of Criminal Appeal on this day in 1926, for leave to appeal against his execution.  

An Official Visit

On This Day ……. 27th of July Mr. G. Read Murphy, P.M., paid an official visit to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1911. Amongst the generally orderly lot of old and infirm prisoners there he found few complaints of any moment, and no cases, of insubordination were brought under his notice.  

An Official Visit

On This Day ……. 26th of July Mr. G. Read Murphy, P.M., paid an official visit to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1911. Amongst the generally orderly lot of old and infirm prisoners there he found few complaints of any moment, and no cases, of insubordination were brought under his notice.  

Convict Transferred

On This Day ……. 25th of July 1910 Three prisoners will be transferred from tho Geelong gaol to Pentridge on this day in 1910. Two of them are for discharge, and the other, a man, who was sentenced to a long term of imprisonment for shooting, at Constable Salisbury at Portarlington some years ago, is […]

John Williams

On This Day ……. 24th of July 1910 John Williams, an elderly man, received on transfer in December last from the Ballarat Gaol, died in the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1910. On the 12th instant he had a series of paralytic fits which deprived him of speech, and pleurisy after wards developed. Dr. […]

Victoria’s Biggest Gaol Break

On This Day ……. 23rd of July 1945 In one of Victoria’s biggest gaol break, 22 men escaped from the old Geelong gaol on this day in 1945. Tired and hungry, four of the men, including the ringleader, were captured at Werribee on the 24th. The escape, which had been well planned, occurred at 12.30pm […]