Skull Fractured in Fight

ON THIS DAY – April 21, 1933 MELBOURNE After inquiring into the death of Ivor Charles Waite, wharf labourer, who died of a fractured skull after a fight in Little Bourke-street on April 21. the Acting City Coroner, Mr O’Callaghan. P.M.. found that death was due to injuries inflicted by Alfred Monar, labourer. Monar was […]

Murdered by a Mate

On This Day …….. 21st April 1858 One of the most shocking murders which has ever been seen in Beechworth occurred at Chinaman’s Flat. Luke Lyons and Patrick Saxton arrived in the Colony together and were believed to be sharing a claim. The murderer and his victim were mates and up until the time of […]

Six Years for Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – April 20, 1948 BENTLEIGH SIX YEAR FOR MANSLAUGHTER “In my opinion, your crime was particularly bad, and you are Lucky that the charge of which you were found guilty was not one of murder,” said Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy in the Criminal Court to-day when sentencing’ Esbert Robin Ridgeway (24), of […]

Prosecution of Officials

ON THIS DAY – April 20, 1908 BRAYBROOK DISASTER The trial of the railway officials charged with manslaughter in connection with the railway accident at Braybrook. The Stationmaster of Braybrook, who was committed for trial by the coroner on a charge of manslaughter, will not be tried with the engine drivers of the Bendigo tram, […]

15 Year Old Wife Shot Dead

ON THIS DAY – April 19, 1944 NORTH CARLTON HUSBAND GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER The jury in the Criminal Court this evening found Victor Dowling, a 19-year-old soldier, guilty of the manslaughter of his 15-year-old wife, Jean Dowling, who was shot dead at her mother’s home in North Carlton on April 19. Dowling was presented for […]

Motorist Kills Telegraphist

ON THIS DAY – April 19, 1914 MELBOURNE MOTORIST KILLS A TELEGRAPHIST BUT ESCAPES MANSLAUGHTER The trial of Betro Callil, warehouse man, on the charge of manslaughter of Rose Despard, telegraphist, was concluded in the Criminal Court to-day. On April 19, deceased was knocked down and fatally injured by a motor car driven by Callil […]

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 […]

Hotel Argument Leads to Man’s Death

On This Day – April 12. 1914 VERDICT OF MANSLAUGHTER. Because he could not listen to aspersions being cast upon the green of old Ireland on the day of St. Patrick’s procession, Patrick William Brennan, 45 years of age, a shearer, formerly of Terang, broke into the conversation, at the Kilkenny Inn, Lonsdale street, of […]

Train Driver Acquitted

ON THIS DAY……. 12th April 1952 Albert Edward Quinlivan, 63 year-old driver of a train involved in a fatal collision at Moriac railway station on this day in 1952, was acquitted of a charge of manslaughter by a Jury in the Geelong Court. Mrs. Josephine Ethel Traynor aged 34, of Hawthorn East, died of injuries […]

Murder of Father

ON THIS DAY ……. 12th April 1942 MORDIALLOC Leslie Edward Mansfield, aged 15, said to his mother after he had shot his father twice in the dining room of their home in Mordialloc on this day in 1942, “Now go to sleep, mum, you will have some peace.” Mansfield was charged with murder to which […]

Killing A Son-in-Law

On This Day – April 11, 1892 At Shepparton Assizes to-day, before the Chief Justice, John Molunphy was charged with the murder of his son in law, Thomas Meaney. On April 11 deceased was quarrelling with his wife and ill-treating her, when hearing his daughter’s cries for help the prisoner ran into the room and […]

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 […]