William Daly

ON THIS DAY – December 12, 1938 Geelong Gaol William Daly (aka William Egan) was sentenced to 3 months in the Geelong gaol in 1938, for drinking metho. William was born in Victoria in 1877, and worked as a labourer. He was 5ft 4in with grey hair and eyes. William spent over 30 years in […]


ON THIS DAY…… 12th December 1903 The old South Geelong lockup, which, in the early days of Geelong was used as a gaol, is to be demolished in accordance with the instructions of the Commissioner of Public Works. Its lengthy service as a penal establishment has rendered it quite unfit for habitation, while the free […]


ON THIS DAY…… 10th December 1908 John Kane was sentenced to three months imprisonment at the Geelong gaol for larceny. Kane, who was 6ft. 3in. high, and weighs 15 stone, was suspected of stealing £2 from a mate, on a station near Camperdown, and after quietly submitting to arrest, he pleaded guilty, and was summarily […]


ON THIS DAY – December 5, 1953 Neville Read Hudson (29), dry cleaner, of Chirnside Avenue, Werribee, yesterday was sent from Geelong Coroner’s Court, for trial at the Supreme Court on a charge of manslaughter.  The inquest, conducted by Mr. Steedman. S.M., was into the deaths of Charles Maxwell Marshall (29), and Francis Henry Chandler […]


On This Day – November 27, 1890 A revolting murder is reported as having occurred at Mount Riddle, three miles from Healesville, where the naked trunk of a man has been discovered, slightly covered with earth and boughs. It was found beside the bank forming a waterhole in a paddock belonging to Mr. Steel, J.P. […]


On This Day – November 26, 1924 Albert James Barter, aged 44, was committed for trial on a charge of murdering Mrs Catherine Lanson, aged 68, his mother-ln-law in Melbourne on the 8th November 1924. Mrs Lawson was killed by blows from a tomahawk. Barter was sent to Geelong gaol, so he could be mentally examined.

New convicts arrive in Geelong

ON THIS DAY…… 14th November 1902 Five new convict arrive at Geelong gaol Five prisoners of the vagrant class, under the escort, of two constables, arrived by the midday train from Melbourne on this day, and were taken to the Geelong gaol, where they will complete their sentences. The oldest of the batch is 83 […]

Geelong Gaol to be sewered

ON THIS DAY…… 9th November 1922 Geelong Gaol to be sewered Success was at last been achieved by Mr. Y. Brownbili, M.L.A., in his decision to have the prisoners’ quarters at the Geelong gaol sewered. Communication from the Chief Secretary’s Department having been received by him to the effect that the tender of Stone Bros., […]

New bathrooms installed

ON THIS DAY…… 5th November 1924 New bathrooms were installed at the Geelong Gaol in 1924.  The secretary to the Department of Public Works stated that a tender for a new bathroom and fencing at the Geelong gaol has been accepted. The successful tenderers are Messrs.  Stone Bros., of Geelong, and the construct price was […]

Death of John Reddan

ON THIS DAY – November 2, 1884   John Redden and his companions, John Riley and James Duggan had met up on the evening of 2nd November 1884 and made their way to the Fire Brigade Hotel. Riley had originally gone out that evening to meet his friend George Vale. He had parted company with […]

The great escape – Geelong Gaol

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 […]

Transferred to Sale From Geelong

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.