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 […]

Bus Driver on Five Counts of Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – June 20, 1966 CHILTERN 15 lights of a semi-trailer rammed by a passenger bus near Chiltern should have been visible to anyone following it, the prosecutor, Mr J. F. Howse, said in the Supreme Court. He said that shortly before the crash, in which five passengers in a Red line Bus […]

RAILWAY ACCIDENT BARNAWARTHA

On this day …….. 17th of June 1982 The driver and a fireman of a goods train were killed on this day in 1982, when their train ran into the rear of the Spirit of Progress in thick fog. Barnawartha in North East Victoria was shaken awake by the collision, which happened a 7:50am. The […]

BEACONSFIELD MURDER

ON THIS DAY…….. 12th June 1921 Two men were detained by the police on this day in 1921 on connection with the double murder at Beaconsfield, when an aged couple Mr. Frederick Sheard and his wife, were killed in their bed. The police also took into their possession a yellow motor-car.  

FIRE AT LUNA PARK – SYDNEY

On this day …….. 9th of June 1979 On the 9th of June 1979, the park’s Ghost Train caught fire. The fire quickly destroyed the ride, which was understaffed and not adequately covered by the park’s fire hose system, although it was contained before spreading to the nearby Big Dipper and River Caves. Searches of […]

Electric train fatality Porter Committed for manslaughter – EAST OAKLEIGH

ON THIS DAY……. 28th May 1930 At an inquest into the death of Florence Ellen Isherwood, 83 years, of East Oakleigh, who was killed by an electric train at a crossing at Oakleigh on this day in 1930. William Harding King, operating porter at the East Oakleigh station, was committed for trial on a charge […]

Captain Thunderbolt shot dead

On this day …….. 25th May 1870 Bushranger Captain Thunderbolt was born Frederick Ward at Wilberforce near Windsor, NSW, in 1836. As an excellent horseman, his specialty was horse stealing. For this, he was sentenced in 1856 to ten years on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. On 1 July 1860, Ward was released on a […]

Battle of Risdon – Tasmania

On this day …….. 3rd May 1804 For many years, Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) was thought to be part of the mainland of Australia. In January 1799 Bass and Flinders completed their circumnavigation of Tasmania, proving it to be an island. As an island, Tasmania enjoyed the uniqueness of its own fauna and flora, […]

Man Knocked Down by Car

ON THIS DAY – April 24, 1934 PRAHRAN CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER A finding of criminal negligence amounting to manslaughter against a motor car driver was recorded by the corner (Mr McLean P M ) at the city morgue. At about 6.45 p m on April 24 in High street Prahran, Charles Duigan Naples, aged 70 […]