Lemonade Bottle Used as a Missile

On This Day ……. 19th June 1907 A notorious character named Thomas Taylor was charged at the Police Court with throwing a missile to the damage of J. P. Sheridan, licensee of the Sir Charles Darling Hotel, Bellerine street, on this day in 1907. Evidence was given that Taylor, when refused with a drink, seized […]

ESCAPED CONVICT – GEELONG GAOL

On this day …….. 10th of June 1920 At 6:30pm on the 10th of June 1920, a prisoner named Josphe Bouchier, who was under going a sentence of three months’ imprisonment for larceny, escaped from the Geelong Gaol. Bouchier was found in bed at a Melbourne boarding house the following night. He was taken back […]

Frederick “Josh” Clark – Geelong gaol

Date of birth: 1829 Native Place: England Trade: Whitesmith Hight: 5ft 7in Complexion: Fresh Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown Geelong Gaol: 1888, 1889, 1894 The death of Frederick Clarke, better known as “Josh ” Clarke, took place in the Geelong gaol on the on the 4th August 1904, which brought to the end one of the […]

ESCAPE FROM GEELONG GAOL

On this day …….. 5th of June 1919 On the 5th of June 1919 at 1pm Albert Young, aged 19, a prisoner remanded from the Geelong Court on a charge of housebreaking at Inverleigh, took advantage of the temporary absence or the yard sentry at the time of changing guard to scale the wall of […]

Letter to the Editor of the Geelong paper

On This Day ……. 4th of June 1900 Within the last day or so two old prisoners have died at the gaol. Old, infirm, and diseased prisoners are sent to Geelong to die, and these deaths appearing in the¬†published mortality returns, without explanation, which make it appear that Geelong is an unhealthy district. Steps should […]

Tragedy of jealousy – BALLARAT

ON THIS DAY…… 31st May 1943 After having deliberated for 2 hours a jury in Ballarat Supreme Court found Kenneth Geoffrey White, of Ballarat, not guilty of having murdered his wife and having maliciously wounded a soldier, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm. A verdict of not guilty was also returned on an […]

Fifteen Years in the Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 19th April 1930 In the Geelong Supreme Court on this day in 1930, Erie Harris Brockwell aged 24, was charged with having murdered Horace Thomas Walpole on the 28th of April 1929. Walpole’s body was found in his motor car on the Queenscliff-road. There were injuries to the head, and a […]

One Dead, Many Injured in Victorian Rail Crash

ON THIS DAY……. 12th April 1952 On this day in 1952, a woman was killed and seven people were seriously injured when two passenger trains collided head on at Moriac, near Geelong, at 8:15pm. Both engines were derailed, and the first carriage of the Geelong-bound train was telescoped by the coal tender. The dead woman […]

Begging on the Streets

On This Day ……. 11th April 1870 A little girl, Jessie Lewis, who had been arrested for begging in the streets about five weeks ago, and was found to be suffering from disease, was brought before the Geelong City Court on this day, on remand. Having been in the Geelong gaol for a month, the […]

Murder of Lewis Moran

ON THIS DAY – March 31, 2004 Masked gunmen entered the Brunswick Club on Sydney Road, Brunswick, at approximately 6.40pm on 31 March 2004, driving a Ford Falcon EF XR6 station wagon. Moran ran from his place at the bar, over a poker machine, through a glass window before the gunman caught up with him […]

Governor Paterson to Melbourne Gaol

ON This Day – 31st March 1908 It was arranged by the Penal authorities, that Mr. R. Paterson, governor of the Geelong gaol, shall take over, the charge of the Melbourne Gaol on this day in 1908. He return to Geelong in the evening, and hand over the care of the Geelong gaol to Mr […]

A Vicious Cow – 1865

An accident, which we fear may prove fatal, occurred on Saturday last near the Culloden Castle. A cow belonging to Mr Naylor of Duneed, was being driven along the street when she turned savage, rushing at the man who was driving her; he, however, was fortunate enough to get out of the way, and the […]