Fifteen Years in the Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 19th April 1930 In the Geelong Supreme Court on this day in 1930, Erie Harris Brockwell aged 24, was charged with having murdered Horace Thomas Walpole on the 28th of April 1929. Walpole’s body was found in his motor car on the Queenscliff-road. There were injuries to the head, and a […]

Knocked Down and Died

ON THIS DAY ……. 9th April 1927 Neville Currey, aged 29 years, manufacturing chemist, was charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of William Charles Lyte on this day in 1927. Evidence was given that Currey was driving a car at Malvern when he knocked down and killed Lyte, who was 60 years of […]

Ballarat Explosion

On This Day……… 9th April 1855 On this day in 1855, at about 9am the boiler of a steam engine, on the road leading from Bakery Hill towards the bridge in Ballarat, burst with a loud explosion. Numerous parties of men were at work all round it, and yet, strange to say, in every instance […]

Mansfield’s Gun Powder Explosion

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1870 A fearful explosion of gunpowder occurred at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, at Martin’s Gap, twelve miles from Mansfield. Two waggons were proceeding to Jainieson with a general cargo of merchandise. One of the waggons was loaded with seventy-five kegs of gunpowder, which, by some unexplained cause, exploded. The waggon was smashed to […]

Australia’s youngest bushranger

ON THIS DAY…… 18th November 1879 One of Australia’s youngest bushrangers, a fifteen-year-old member of Captain Moonlite’s gang, is shot and killed. Augustus Wernicke was one of Australia’s youngest bushrangers, and part of Captain Moonlite’s gang. Captain Moonlite, aka Andrew George Scott, became a bushranger upon his release from gaol, eight years after robbing the […]

Shark Attack

On this day …….. 24th of August 2005 On the 24th of August 2005, 23-year-old marine biologist Jarrod Stehbens was killed while scuba diving on the Glenelg tyre reef, South Australia. He was collecting cuttlefish eggs for research and was not wearing a Shark Shield. The shark was approximately 5 metres long. Jarrod’s father said […]

Silk Miller Murders

On This Day – August 16, 1998 At around 12.20am on Sunday 16th August 1998, in Cochranes Road, Moorabbin whilst working on an operation investigating armed robberies in the south-eastern suburbs, Sergeant Silk and his partner, Senior Constable Rodney Miller, were gunned down and killed. In one of the largest investigations in police history, the […]

Last Known Officially Sanctioned Massacre of Indigenous Australians

On This Day ….. 14th August 1928 The Coniston massacre, which took place from 14 August to 18 October 1928 near the Coniston cattle station in Northern Territory, Australia, was the last known officially sanctioned massacre of Indigenous Australians and one of the last events of the Australian Frontier Wars. People of the Warlpiri, Anmatyerre […]

Hoddle St mass murder Julian Knight abuse compensation

HODDLE St killer Julian Knight is in line for a government payout for alleged abuse while serving as an Army cadet. Knight, who infamously killed seven and wounded 19 people on this day in 1987 shooting rampage, wants the Department of Defence to pay him compensation for alleged abuse while a cadet. His bid was […]

White man killed sparked last Aboriginal Massacre in Australia

On this day …….. 7th of August 1928 Dingo hunter Frederick Brooks is killed, sparking the Coniston Massacre of Australian Aborigines. Coniston Station is a large cattle station in central Australia, about 300 km northwest of Alice Springs. Covering 2178 sq km, it is bordered by the Tanami Desert to the west. The cattle station […]

Killed by Buffalo – Australia

The town of Nhulunbuy lies in a remote corner of the Northern Territory and is surrounded by bush land where wild buffaloes roam free. In May 2005 a 46 year old man was killed on the town’s outskirts by a wild buffalo when he went for a walk to check the water supply line to […]

Lion Attack

On this day …….. 4th of July 1954 Women ran screaming from a Durban circus on this night in 1954, as six lions fatally mauled their tamer. The lions injured two men who went to the tamer’s aid. The tamer, Willian Coetzee, died in hospital three hours after the attack. The six lions mauled him […]