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 […]


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 […]


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.  


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 […]

Three Dingos One Bullet

On this day …….. 23rd April 1913 Harold Gossip of Tyalgum, New South Wales, went to investigate a disturbance amongst his cows at 2am on this morning in 1913 when he saw dingoes attacking one of his herd. It was a moonlit night and Gossip fired at the nearest dingo with his rifle. He was […]

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 […]

Motorist Committed for Trial

ON THIS DAY ……. 14th April 1923 NORTH FITZROY After an enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of James H. Foggie, who was killed by a motor car at North Fitzroy on this day in 1923. The City Coroner committed Matthew Curtin, the driver of the car, for trial on a charge of manslaughter. […]

Justifiable Homicide

On This Day……… 10th April 1865 On this day in 1865, the inquest was held into the shooting death of the notorious Bushranger Dan Morgan. It was found that John Wendlan, an employee of Rutherford and McPherson of Peechelba, had shot and killed Morgan. The verdict of the inquest was that the killing of Morgan […]