Death at Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 24th May 1906 An inquiry was held concerning the death of a man named John Fahey, 60 years of age, who died in the Geelong gaol whilst undergoing a sentence. It transpired that, death was due to debility and a verdict to that effect was returned.


On This Day ……. 24th June 1913 A valuable black Orpington pullet, nine months old, was stolen from a pen of birds belonging to Mr James Heyward, son of the senior warder at the Geelong gaol. It was securely housed. A reward of £3 was guaranteed by Mr Heyward for its recovery, and for the […]

Indecent exposure

On This Day ……. 23rd May 1906 A young man named John Lloyd was brought to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1906, from Colac, where he was tried on a charge of indecent exposure.


On This Day ……. 22nd May 1903 At the Police Court on this day in 1903, a man named Martin Cunningham was charged with attempted suicide. The accused a fortnight ago cut his throat at Colac, and was remanded to the Geelong’ gaol to medical treatment. This morning a certificate from the medical officer was […]

Defrauding a pensioner

On This Day ……. 20th May 1901 A middle aged woman named Mary Ann Boedecker was sent to the Geelong gaol for two months for defrauding an old age pensioner named Ann Brooks of sums aggregating £1. According to the evidence for the prosecution, Ann Brooks, who was in Receipt of a pension of 5 […]


On This Day ……. 19th May 1913 Enid Harris, a young married woman, was in the Geelong Court on this day in 1913, presented on several charges of having passed valueless cheques and obtained goods by false representations. She was arrested at Beechworth, when she was doing the rounds of the district in a motor […]


On This Day ……. 18th May 1908 The prisoner John Purdy, against whom the sentence of death was recorded for a grave offence at Warrnambool, was detained at the Geelong gaol. As is customary in such cases, the accused was allowed a more liberal dietary and other privileges. His case went before the Executive Council […]

Transfer of prisoners

On This Day ……. 17th May 1906 Six Pentridge prisoners were escorted to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1906, by three constables, to complete their sentences in the sanatorium. The escort took back two prisoner who were paraded before detectives and discharged.  

Aboriginal Charged

On This Day ……. 16th May 1906 An aboriginal named James Major, who recently arrived in Geelong from Williamstown, was charged with assaulting his wife, a white woman with a deck’ chair was sentence to the Geelong gaol.  

Warden charged

On This Day ……. 15th May 1906 Charges were formulated on this day in 1906, against Robert Barker, a warder from the Geelong Gaol, who is was under suspension from duty, in relation to communicating with relatives of a prisoner under his charge and carrying from prisoners in gaol to friends outside.  

Mothers Day

Have you ever wanted to scare your mother……. Why not bring your mother on a ghost tour of the old Geelong gaol this Sunday Night. What better way to spend Mother’s Day night…… For information and bookings please call 1300 865 800

Half sovereigns

On This Day ……. 13th May 1910 At the Geelong police court, Robert Bryer, aged 17, was charged with having stolen a suit of clothes, a hat, two half sovereigns, and some silver, the property of R. J. Connelly. He was sentenced to two months imprisonment in Geelong Gaol.