Army Detention Barracks

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1877 The Geelong Gaol was re-proclaimed as a gaol on 22nd October 1877. In 1924, part of the gaol was set aside as a Reformatory Prison. It remained as a gaol up until the outbreak of World War 2 when it was utilised to house the Army Detention Barracks. The […]

Infamous bushranger Francis Gardiner

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1850 Francis Gardiner, love of crime began in Geelong, on the 22nd of October, 1850, on a charge of horse stealing, and sentenced to five years’ hard labour. However Gardiner manage to escape in the first few months and returned to Goulburn. Where his career as a bushranger began, for within […]

Escapee Angus Murray friend of Squizzy Taylor

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1923 On the 24th of August 1923, Angus Murray, who is serving a sentence of 15 years for robbery under arms, mace his escape, by mean’s of a small saw, he removed of the stones at the base of his window. The bars were then loosened, leaving him sufficient room […]

Prolific escapee – Josh Clark

ON THIS DAY…… 21st October 1893 On the 21st of October 1893, Josh Clark made his last attempt to escape from the Geelong Gaol. At the time Clark was sharing a cell with another male prisoner, both the men decided to escape by tunnelling through the thick walls. The men managed to remove 12 bricks […]

Queenscliff artillery man arrested

ON THIS DAY…… 20th October 1902 Leo Peter Whelan, a gunner from Queenscliff, was charged, at the Geelong Police court on this day in 1902, with being illegally on the premises of the Royal Hotel on 12th of October. Whelan was sentenced to nine months imprisonment in Geelong gaol.  

Charged with fraud

ON THIS DAY…… 19th October 1870 John Cook, on remand from Geelong, charged with fraud, was remanded for seven days, bail being allowed in two sureties of £50 each.  

Woman misconducting herself

ON THIS DAY…… 19th October 1903 A woman named Gambledon, who was arrested for misconducting herself, was brought before the Geelong court on this day in 1903. The magistrates were informed by the police that the woman was married only seven weeks ago. The bench sent the woman to gaol for a month.  

Fraudulently converting

ON THIS DAY…… 18th October 1900 On this day in 1900, a youth named John Noonan was charged with fraudulently converting to his own use a bicycle valued at £9, the property of B. O’Callaghan. The accused pleaded guilty. Sergeant Dowler, who conducted the prosecution, gave particulars of the case, and called the complainant, O’Callaghan, […]

Child killer – Geelong

ON THIS DAY…… 17th October 1902 The Geelong Botanical Gardens was nearly the scene of another tragedy on this day in 1902. At about 5 o’clock, a married woman named Bridget Williams, aged 35 years, who arrived here from Broken Hill about 12 months earlier, was observed leading her two children into the enclosure. Her […]

First gaol in Victoria with power – Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 16th October 1901 Work began on the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1901, to add electricity, making It the first gaol in Victoria with power. To guard against prisoners tampering with the wires, the latter are being run through special steel conduits.  

Granny Smith

ON THIS DAY…… 15th October 1870 That inveterate old drunkard ” Granny Smith” was brought before the bench of the Geelong court for the fortieth time, and sent to gaol for three months. She is decidedly the naughtiest old woman we have in Geelong at the present time, and it is a pity she was […]

Turnkey Swan dies at Gaol

  ON THIS DAY…… 14th October 1860 A turnkey in Geelong gaol named Swan, who had been under medical treatment, but returned to his duty although advised that fatal results might ensue, suddenly fell down in the yard of the gaol and within a few minutes died. The deceased died from a heart failure and […]