Shot Stepfather to Protect Mother

ON THIS DAY ……… 30th March 1948 The jury in the Criminal Court took only eight minutes to decide that John K. Donnelly, 19, apprentice carpenter, of Ferntree Gully, was not guilty of a charge of the murder or manslaughter of his stepfather, John Palmer. Donnelly told the court that he shot his stepfather on […]

Man Committed for Trial

ON THIS DAY ……… 27th March 1938 WARRNAMBOOL After hearing evidence the coroner Mr. T. W. Hammond found the death of Edwin McKenzie, aged 18, farm hand, of Cudgee, died from injuries inflicted by a bottle thrown by Geoffrey Roy Wilson. Wilson was committed for trial on a charge of manslaughter at the Court of […]

The Yarra Tragedy – Woman’s Death

ON THIS DAY – March 25, 1924 STUDLEY PARK Yarra Tragedy Arthur Pauthenet (50), was tried for the murder of Maud Ada Anderson (47) at Studley Park, on March 25. The Crown alleged that the woman had been thrown into the Yarra River by the accused, who was one of a drinking party on the […]

Trainee’s Death – Coroners Verdict

ON THIS DAY – March 25, 1933 WILLIAMSTOWN An Inquest was held by the City Coroner (Mr. Grant) into the death of Arthur John Smale, boot trade employee, aged 16 years. Smale was shot on March 25 when returning from military duty at the Williamstown rifle range. George Henry Madden, tinsmith, of Freeman Street, North […]

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 […]

Miner Found Guilty of Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – March 20, 1945 Death of Wife After a retirement of two and a half hours a jury in the Criminal Court yesterday found Harry Ernest Mills, 31, coalminer, of Wonthaggi, not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter of his wife, Linda Marion Mills, 26, at Wonthaggi on March 20. Mills […]

Manslaughter of John Mavaro

ON THIS DAY – March 20, 1885 Charge of Manslaughter. The trial of Michael Walsh, 40 years of age, a hotelkeeper in South Melbourne, for the manslaughter of John Mavaro, on March 20, during a row at the Flinders-street station, has resulted in an acquittal.    

Killed on the Pier

ON THIS DAY ……. 18th March 1908 Dr. Cole, City Coroner, delivered a verdict on the death of Sarah Matilda Jatho, who was killed by an engine on this day in 1908, on the Port Melbourne pier. The verdict was – Death by misadventure. “I am of opinion,” added Dr. Cole, “that the crossing at […]

Child Died of Injuries

ON THIS DAY ……… 17th March 1926 KILLED BY A MOTOR CAR The City Coroner, Mr. D. Berriman, committed for trial Assis Dihood on a charge of the manslaughter of Kathleen Booth, aged 4 1/2 years. The evidence presented, to the Coroner was that the child, in company with her mother, was knocked down by […]

Deadly Jinker

ON THIS DAY ……… 15th March 1907 FITZROY CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER. On this day in 1907, Henry Pickett died from injuries received while cycling, in a collision with a horse draw vehicle driven by James Howie in Nicholson-street, Fitzroy. At the inquest it was found that James Howie was at fault, and he was charged […]

Child Killed by Woman Driver

ON THIS DAY ……… 15th March 1921 HAWKSBURN CHILD KILLED BY MOTOR CAR – WOMAN DRIVER COMMITTED. The Coroner, Dr. Cole, after an inquiry into the death of Gladys Jean Whiteside, aged 7 years, died as a result of injuries received owing to being knocked down by a motor car in Hawksburn on this day […]

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 […]