Daring robbery Mistletoe Hotel – Melbourne

On the night of the 11th of September 1879, a daring robbery was committed at the Mistletoe Hotel, Mackenzie-street, Melbourne, belonging to Mr. Charles Wright, who also conducts the Colosseum Hotel. Wright was away at the Colosseum, leaving his bed-room at the Misletoe locked up. During the evening the barmaid heard a noise in the […]

Astonished journey by a tree

On this day …….. 27th of August 1921 During a big flood at Kempsey, New South Wales, in August 1921, a log struck Toose’s Temperance Hotel on Belgrave st. On examining it, hotel owner Howard Toose was astonished to find that it was the same log on which he had carved his brother’s initials at […]

NO NEW CLUES IN FITZROY MURDER

ON THIS DAY – July 14, 1942 Search for Soldier Detectives have searched without avail for an Australian soldier who was seen in a Fitzroy hotel with Miss Mary Agnes Earls, 42, invalid pensioner, and for a woman who was in her company a few hours before her death on July 14. It has not […]

Link to Ned Kelly

On this day …….. 10th May 1902 Patrick McDonnell landlord of the Railway Hotel in Glenrowan, North East Victoria, who became known as part of the folklore of the Kelly Gang years, died on this day. It was from this hotel that the rockets were fired as part of the plan built around the Siege […]

AN UNPROVOKED ASSAULT

On This Day ……. 10th May 1900 An assault of a most unprovoked character was committed outside of Menzies’ hotel, in Bourke street, Melbourne on this day in 1900, the assailant being a man named Patrick Prendereast. Whilst Michael Gosa a warder in the Geelong gaol, was passing in front of the hotel, he was […]

Oldest Continuously Licenced Pub in Australia

The Bush Inn in New Norfolk, Tasmania holds the title of the oldest continuously licenced Pub in Australia.  The first licencee was Ann Bridger, a widow from England who had arrived in the colony with her 3 children and £500 in cash and £200 in ‘various merchandise for investing in agricultural pursuits’, and a desire to […]

Fatal Fire

ON THIS DAY – April 27, 1909 ROMSEY TWO MEN CHARGED WITH MURDER. An inquiry was held at Romsey into the circumstances of a fire at the Commercial Hotel on April 27, where by James Dick met his death, and the premises were totally destroyed. Dick’s charred remains were found in the debris. A large […]

Robbery at the Mistletoe Hotel – Melbourne

At the City Police court on the 15th of March 1870, Joseph Brown, John Smith and George Brown, alias Walsh, were charged with stealing from the till at the Mistletoe hotel, McKenzie street, Melbourne. On the 2nd of March the prisoners went into the bar, and called for some drinks. After being served the barmaid […]

Stealing Boots

On This Day – 13th March 1866 An old man named Richard Finley, was sent to gaol for one mouth, for stealing a pair of boots from the Barwon Bridge Hotel. His capture was singular. He was seen to leave the hotel, and in trying to avoid notice he went too near the deep embankment […]

Fatal Fall at Stawell

On this day ………… 2nd March 1908 A fatal accident happened to Mr. Albert Sparks, 42 years of age, hotel keeper, of Stawell, on the 2nd of March 1908. The deceased, while proceeding to his bedroom, fell down the hotel stairs, and received such injuries that he expired soon afterwards. Sparks body was taken to […]

Barmaid Killed, Manager Wounded

On This Day – December 29, 1932 In a shooting affray in a room at the North Grant Hotel, Ballarat on this day in 1932, Winifred Brooks, a married woman and a barmaid at the hotel was fatally wounded, while Harrys Lloyd, 83, received a bullet wound in the right eye. The sound, of two […]

The Capture of Captain Melville

On This Day – December 24, 1852 Melville joined up with another bushranger called William Roberts, robbing a number of people. Six days later on Christmas Eve the two bushrangers celebrated at Christy’s Inn, a Geelong hotel after earlier holding up two workers at Fyansford. When a woman heard one of them boast that he […]