On This Day – June 13, 1940 Because her husband was in gaol and she wanted to be with him a woman threw a stone through a £15 window of the City Court Hotel on June 13, according to evidence given in the City Court today. Lorna Fay McLeod. of no fixed address, was charged […]

Blackwood Hotel, Blackwood

Blackwood Hotel is a great haunted location in Victoria close to Ballarat. Fantastic meals, and open fireplace for those cold and foggy nights. Three known hauntings ……. will you see the ghost of Laura Dalton. The cellar also doubled as the town morgue.


On this day …….. 14th of December 1938 Found guilty of the murder of two prospectors at Dunolly on the 3rd of October 1938. Thomas William Johnson (36). labourer, was sentenced to death at the Ballarat Supreme Court to-night The jury reached their verdict after deliberating for five and a half hours. Both men were […]

Murder by Assault

ON THIS DAY – November 9, 1937 After enquiring into the death of Edmund Robertson (44), unemployed, who died on November 9 from head injuries, the coroner today committed George Anthony Powell, postal employee, for trial on a charge of murder.  Evidence was given that after an argument in an hotel on November 5 Robertson […]

Squizzy’s Final Shootout

ON THIS DAY – October 27, 1927 Hailing a taxi-cab in Lonsdale Street at 5 o’clock on October 27, 1927, Squizzy Taylor, accompanied by two men, ordered the driver, John Hall, to go to Carlton. When he hailed the cab Taylor gave no indication of his destination beyond saying that he wished to visit a […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]