Character form Ned Kelly History

On this day ………… 12th March 1893 Another fragment of the living Kelly Gang history died on this day in 1893. Anton Wick, who achieved lasting fame when Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly used him as a decoy to shoot Aaron Sherritt. Wick was a long time resident of the Woolshed area near Beechworth, who […]

A Relic of Waterloo

On this day ………… 10th March 1891 Before the days of motion pictures, the next best thing was cyclorama, a huge mural of some particular gripping episode in history which surrounded the viewer. By 1891, the gramophone had arrived on the entertainment scene and for added realism, recordings of sound effects could be played. Thus […]

Geelong Gaol This Weekend

Who is brave enough to enter the gates of the Geelong Gaol tonight or tomorrow night. Be guided through the most intact 19th century prison, hearing stories of the prisoner conditions, executions, and of course the ghosts! Perhaps you will be lucky enough to encounter one of our spirits…. Or if the paranormal is more to […]

Percy Ramage Again ….

On This Day – November 30, 1900 A prisoner, named Percy Ramage who is serving along sentence for violently assaulting a policeman in Melbourne, is not making his lot any more pleasant by repeated breaches of gaol discipline. He has been frequently dealt with in the local gaol and elsewhere by the visiting justices, he was […]

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 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.  

Industrial school for girls

ON THIS DAY…… 29th October 1870 The Geelong Gaol, which for some twelve months was used as an industrial school for girls, was re-converted to the purposes for which it was built, and the children in the school, were removed to Sunbury.  

Robbery at Geelong

ON THIS DAY…… 28th October 1849 On the 28th of October 1849 a prisoner named James MacDonald, undergoing a sentence of eighteen months’ imprisonment for robbery at Geelong, attempted to escape from the gaol. He managed to scale the top of the northern wall by climbing the gallows and then let himself down by means […]

Remanded to stay in gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 27th October 1902 On this day in 1902, a young man John O’Brien, who had come to Geelong, five weeks earlier from Melbourne by boat and urged a constable to lock him up, as he was too ill to provide for himself, died in the Geelong Gaol from phthisis. On a charge […]

Unnatural offences

ON THIS DAY…… 26th October 1902 Thomson Frost was brought from Camperdown to the Geelong gaol. Frost was arrester at Camperdown on this day in 1902 and charge with committing an unnatural offences. He was remanded to the Geelong gaol for a week.  

Union Club Hotel – Geelong

ON THIS DAY…… 26th October 1902 The young man James Revell who was arrested in Melbourne charged with obtaining £3 by means of a valueless cheque from Frank Shepherd of the Union Club Hotel, Geelong, was on this day in 1902, was fined £5 and one month’s imprisonment in the Geelong Gaol.  

Ballarat Courier

ON THIS DAY…… 25th October 1871 The Ballarat Courier learned on this day in 1871, that some important evidence has been secured in Ballarat with regard to the charge of murder on which a man named Geary is now incarcerated in the Geelong Gaol. The evidence will be given by a cabman named Wilson, and […]