Jack the Ripper suspect – MELBOURNE

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY …….. 23rd of May 1892 Frederick Deeming was tried at Melbourne Supreme Court on 25 April 1892, for the murder of his wife in Windsor. Alfred Deakin, (who would become the 2nd Prime Minister of Australia) his counsel, tried to mount a plea of insanity. The defence also questioned the impact […]

The Execution of William Barnes

EXECUTED THIS DAY……. 15th May 1885 Melbourne William Barnes was executed at the Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Joseph Bragge Slack at South Melbourne on the 9th September last. Since his conviction the prisoner had been much depressed, and he showed signs of breaking down. He became subject to fits of stupor, but during […]

Execution of Joseph Brown

EXECUTION THIS DAY – May 4, 1865 MELBOURNE The execution of Joseph Brown, who at the last Criminal sitting of the Supreme Court was sentenced to death for the murder of Emanuel Jacobs on March 22, at the Whittington Tavern Bourke-street, took place at the Melbourne gaol, in presence of about twenty spectators. At an […]

The Albert Park Tragedy

EXECUTED THIS DAY – April 29, 1912 VICTOR PFEFFER Joseph Victor Pfeffer, 33 years of age, suffered the extreme penalty of the law in the Melbourne gaol to-day for the murder of his sister-in-law, Florence Whitley, at Albert Park. The condemned man appeared resigned to his fate, and took a farewell of his wife yesterday […]

Execution of Price’s Murderers

EXECUTED THIS DAY – April 28, 1857 THOMAS WILLIAMS, HENRY SMITH (ALIAS BRENNAN) AND THOMAS MALONEY THE MURDER OF MR. PRICE. Execution of Thomas Williams, Henry Smith alias Brennan, and Thomas Maloney. On this day in 1857, at eight o’clock, Thomas Williams, Henry Smith alias Brennan, and Thomas Maloney, the first three prisoners convicted at […]

Execution of Fatta Chand

EXECUTED THIS DAY – April 27, 1891   On this day in 1891, the execution of Fatta Chand took place for murdering his Hindoo partner, Juggo Mull, near Healesville in November last, took place within the Melbourne gaol. The condemned man on finding he could not accomplish his purpose of cheating the gallows by starving […]

Buck To Be Hanged

ON THIS DAY – April 27, 1895 SOUTH MELBOURNE The case of the man Arthur Buck, who is now in Melbourne Gaol under sentence of death for the murder of his paramour Kate Norton on April 27 last, was considered by the Executive Council. After carefully discussing the facts the Executive decided that the law […]

Inquiry into Patient

On This Day……… 10th April 1859 Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum – Kew On this day in 1859, an inquiry was held into the condition of a patient transferred from Melbourne Gaol to Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum. Mary Ann Wilcox body was covered in cuts and sores covering her body. John Gale stated: I am the […]

Governor Paterson to Melbourne Gaol

ON This Day – 31st March 1908 It was arranged by the Penal authorities, that Mr. R. Paterson, governor of the Geelong gaol, shall take over, the charge of the Melbourne Gaol on this day in 1908. He return to Geelong in the evening, and hand over the care of the Geelong gaol to Mr […]

Execution of William Jones

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY ………. 26th of March 1900 William Robert Jones, aged under 40 was executed at Old Melbourne gaol The charred and mutilated body of eight-year-old Olive Rita Lillian Jones was discovered at Broadford on the 28th of December 1899. She had been raped, strangled, and her skull was smashed to pulp. Rita […]

Execution of Wilson

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY ………. 23rd of March 1891 John Wilson, age 23 was executed in Old Melbourne gaol John Wilson, a tram conductor, was engaged to 24-year-old domestic servant Stella Leah Marks. On the 24th of January 1891, he saw her walking arm in arm with another man in Bourke street and on seeing […]

Execution of Phelan

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY ………. 16th of March 1891 John Thomas Phelan, aged 30 was executed in the Old Melbourne gaol John Thomas Phelan, an engine driver on the railways, had been cohabiting with 25-year-old Ada Hatton for two years, when she left him, presumably for another man. On the 15th of January 1891 Phelan […]