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.  


ON THIS DAY ……. 27th March 1908 George Littleton, aged 19, whilst working at the Union Woollen Mills, Geelong on this day in 1908, was caught in the belting. His right upper arm was dragged in, and the bone being badly broken, with the flesh badly lacerated. Considering the manner in which the poor lad […]

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.    

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 […]

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 […]

Larceny at St. Mary’s Church Presbytery

On This Day – 18th March 1897 A man named George Fine was charged with having stolen a clock and a pair of boots valued at £1 9s, the property of Richard Casey, a groom employed at the Presbytery of St. Mary’s Church, Geelong. The prosecutor deposed that on the 13th of March, whilst he […]

Insubordinate Ladies

On This Day – 17th March 1855 Convict Elizabeth Wilson, Mary Bennett and Sarah Cane were charged at the Geelong Gaol with insubordination and sentenced to one month added to original sentence by the Visiting Justice.  

Sensational Bolt

ON THIS DAY ……… 16th March 1910 Geelong A sensational runaway occurred in Moorabool street, in Geelong on this day in 1910. Three draught horses attached to a wagon owned by Mr. J. Paterson a farmer, of Anakie. Paterson was driving in Malop street when the lead horse took fright at a motor car. The […]

Escape from Geelong Gaol

On this day ………… 15th March 1930 William Hartwell 30 years of age and a prisoner at the Geelong Gaol, Victoria, made an attempt to escape on the this day in 1930. While a warder’s attention was diverted Hartwell managed to climb over the wall and make a run for freedom but was recaptured before […]