James Scobie’s Inquest

  Murdered on this day ………….. 7th October 1854 On the 7th of October 1854 Coroner David John Williams held an inquest into the death of James Scobie. Twelve jurors (many of whom had known Scobie – Arthur Anderson; John Gillott; Henry Green; John Fletcher; John Phelan; Walter Davis; David Richards; Duncan Henderson; John Campbell; […]

The Wonthaggi Murder

On This Day – September 28, 1928 Inquest on Victim The inquest into the death of Margaretta Williams, who was found dead with her throat cut at her brother’s  house at Wonthaggi on September 28, was commenced today. William Watson Carr, English migrant, 24, who is charged with the murder, was present in custody. The […]

Watched a Man Drown

On This Day – September 21, 1912 TEN MEN WHO COULD NOT SWIM. Ten men, including Senior-constable Carmody, stood on the pontoon at Mosman Bay, Sydney, about midnight on September 21, and saw James MacInroe, 27 years of age, a labourer, who was drunk, drown six or seven feet from them, without it was stated […]

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.  […]