Body near Home for Fallen Women

  ON THIS DAY…… 12th September 1886 An inquest was held at the Melbourne morgue by Mr. Candler, the district coroner, on the body of a male child unknown, which was found on this day in 1886, on a vacant piece of land next to Dr Singleton’s Home for Fallen Women, in Islington street, Collingwood. […]

Murder Inquest

On This Day – September 1, 1938 The city coroner (Mr. Tingate, P.M.) will conduct an inquest to-day into the murder of Mr. Frederick William Sherry, who was shot in a payroll hold-up at Clifton Hill on September 1. Forty-three witnesses, including eight detectives and many eye-witnesses of the crime, will give evidence. Selwyn Wallace, […]

White Murder in Ballarat

ON THIS DAY …….3rd August 1943 At the close of the inquest today into the death of Mrs Clarice Anasthasia White, 30, of Dawson st, Ballarat, Mr G. S. Catlow, coroner, committed the woman’s husband, Kenneth Geoffrey White, 34, fitter, for trial on a charge of murder. White was present in custody on a charge […]


ON THIS DAY – July 31, 1943 On a charge of murder, Cecil John Freeman, a fiddler, was committed for trial by the City Coroner. Freeman appeared in custody at the inquest on Ian Gordon Jeffrey, 25, who was injured in a disturbance on July 31 and died in hospital on August 4. Police alleged […]

The Lancefield Murder – July 24

ON THIS DAY – July 24, 1884 The adjourned inquest on the body of Peter M’Ansh who was found shot dead near the Boundary-road Hotel, Lancefield on July 24 was resumed yesterday. William O’Brien, who is charged with the murder, was present in custody today. Jeremiah O’Brien, his son, in custody as an accessory, was […]


ON THIS DAY – July 21, 1943 On a charge of murdering a man who had every bone in his face broken, a soldier, Cecil John Freeman, was committed for trial in the Coroner’s Court. Freeman appeared in custody at the inquest on Ian Gordon Jeffrey, 25, who was injured in a disturbance on July […]

Boy Killed at Lion Park

On this day …….. 12th of July 1979 A youth told a coroner on this day in 1979, that a lion had “barged” through a fence and attacked his brother. His brother had tried to escape by climbing over a small gate at the rear of the enclosure. The Coroner, Mr Brown, was holding the […]

Supposed Murder at Sunbury

ON THIS DAY – July 3, 1865 An inquest was held at Sunbury by the district coroner on the body of a man named Henry Junod, who met his death by violence on Sunday night. From the evidence it appeared that the deceased was found on Monday morning last by a teamster named George Hoinville, lying at his […]

Shielding a Murderer

ON THIS DAY – June 17, 1917 SHIELDING A MURDERER Declaring there was a conspiracy of silence, Dr. R.H. Cole, City Coronoer, yesterday adjourned an inquiry into the death of Charles Edward Cleary, who was admitted to St. Vincents’s Hospital on June 3rd with a revolver bullet in his head and died on June 17th.  […]

Charge of Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – June 5, 1916 On June 5 at Glenferrie, Norah Florence Rudge, aged 8 years, was knocked down and killed by a motor car driven by William Mackie Irving. An inquest was held today, and Irving was committed for trial on a charge of manslaughter

Charge of Murder Withdrawn

ON THIS DAY – May 17, 1925 CARLTON SHOOTING. Following upon the finding of the coroner (Mr. D. Berriman, P.M.) at the inquest into the death of John Henry Dodd, aged 42 years, pie salesman, of Drummond street, Carlton, who was shot during a disturbance at the United States Hotel, Carlton, on May 17, and […]

A Charge of Murder

ON THIS DAY – April 26, 1930 MONTROSE At an inquest into the death of Margaret Jean Alexander, aged 20 years, of Belfast road, Montrose, on April 26, the coroner Mr. D. Grant found that she had died from shock and cardiac paralysis, due to an illegal operation. May McNeal, of Bennett street, Richmond, was […]