Mansfield’s Gun Powder Explosion

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1870 A wagon loaded with seventy five barrels of gun powder blew up at Martins Gap out side Mansfield, on this day in 1870. The driver, William Jewell, was literally blown to pieces. Five horses were also killed on the spot    

Mansfield’s Gun Powder Explosion

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1870 A wagon loaded with seventy five barrels of gun powder blew up at Martins Gap out side Mansfield, on this day in 1870. The driver, William Jewell, was literally blown to pieces. Five horses were also killed on the spot    

Monster Shark

ON THIS DAY ……. 27th March 1812 A shark was killed off the North Head, Sydney on this day in 1812, the entire length of which measured about seventeen feet and a half. Across the shoulders it measured 21 inches with the mouth, when extended, formed a circle eighteen inches in diameter, which gives a […]

Five Years’ Gaol For Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY ……. 24th March 1951 YARRAWALLA SOUTH Herbert Frederick Wason aged 16, of Long Gully, Bendigo, was sent to gaol for five years by for the manslaughter of his former employer. Wason, who cannot read or write and is said to have the mental age of about 9 1/2 years, was charged with […]

Murder of Veniamin

ON THIS DAY ……….. 23rd of March 2004 Veniamin was killed in the La Porcella restaurant in Carlton on this day in 2004 at 2.30pm after being shot by former associate Domenic “Mick” Gatto. Gatto was charged with his murder but acquitted on self-defence grounds. During the trial, Gatto claimed Veniamin had pulled out a […]

Shark Attack at Brighton Beach

ON THIS DAY ……… 17th March 1926 On March 17, 1926 Mrs Primrose Whyte was killed while swimming near the jetty at Brighton Beach, South Australia. The shark was believed most likely to have been a Great White shark. Mrs Whyte had been a children’s swimming instructor and was memorialized with the erection of a […]

Run Over by Own Car

On this day ………… 14th March 1915 Mr. T. G. Turton, aged 61 years, from Hawthorn, was killed in Union street, Windsor, on this day in 1915, as a result of being run over by his own motor car. Turton, accompanied by his wife, went to the Melbourne Bowling Club’s green at “Windsor in order […]

On Manslaughter Charge in Melbourne

ON THIS DAY – March 12, 1939 DONNYBROOK After an inquest lasting two days, the City Coroner (Mr. Tingate, P.M.) committed Joshua Henry Cowell, of North Melbourne, for trial, on a charge of manslaughter. He found that he had unlawfully killed Beljean Henrietta Jenkins (18), of Ivor Place, North Melbourne, who was a passenger in […]

Murder Charge Fails

ON THIS DAY – March 7, 1944 WINDSOR William Blanchard aged 58 years, of Windsor, was acquitted by a jury in the Criminal Court on a charge of having murdered Charles Trost aged 51, at Windsor on the 7th of March 1944. He was acquitted also on a charge of manslaughter. Blanchard was discharged by […]

Japanese Bombing of Broome

On this day ………… 3rd March 1942 The town of Broome, Western Australia was attacked by Japanese fighter planes on 3 March 1942, during World War II. At least 88 people were killed. Although Broome was a small pearling port at the time, it was also a refuelling point for aircraft, on the route between […]

Child Killed at Mildura

On this day ………… 3rd March 1913 Merbein Lowe a 3 year old girl, the first child born in the Merebein settlement, was knocked down at home by a buggy on this day in 1913. The wheel passed over deceased’s chest severing her head, death was instantaneously. The father and mother were laid up very […]

Two Guilty Of Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – March 2, 1950 COLLINGWOOD After having deliberated for 5 1/2 hours, a Criminal Court jury found two of four men charged with the murder of Mervyn Lance Batten, 27, of Gold street, Collingwood, on the 2nd of March, guilty of manslaughter. They were Reginald Pascoe Connors, 28, plasterer’s laborer, of Best […]