William Daly

ON THIS DAY – December 12, 1938 Geelong Gaol William Daly (aka William Egan) was sentenced to 3 months in the Geelong gaol in 1938, for drinking metho. William was born in Victoria in 1877, and worked as a labourer. He was 5ft 4in with grey hair and eyes. William spent over 30 years in […]

The Execution of Basilo Bondeitto – 1876

EXECUTED THIS DAY – December 11, 1876 BASILO BONDEITTO Basilo Bondeitto, who was, after a three days trial, convicted of the murder of Carlo Comisto, at Sandy Creek, Victoria, on or about the 4th September last, suffered the extreme penalty of the law for the deed on the morning of Monday, December 11 in the […]

Execution of James Barrett

Executed This Day – December 1, 1863 MELBOURNE GAOL Yesterday morning, at ten o’clock, the culprit James Barrett, convicted at the last criminal sittings of the Supreme Court, Melbourne, of the murder of Mrs. Beckinsale, suffered the extreme penalty of the law, in the presence of about sixty persons. The wretched criminal, who had been […]

Boys Charged with Murder

ON THIS DAY – November 4, 1919 William Joseph Flynn, aged 15, of Hood street, Collingwood, and James Patrick Smith, aged 16, of Palmer street, were charged in the Children’s Court at Fitzroy on Monday with having wilfully murdered a boy named Ernest Stanley Worseldine, of Rose street, Fitzroy, on November 4. Mr. N. L. […]

ST KILDA MURDER

ON THIS DAY – November 2, 1920 James Thomas Pierce and Henry Pierce, the two brothers who are charged with the murder of Mr. David Davidson at St. Kilda on November 2, are now in strongly guarded cells at the Melbourne Gaol, awaiting, their appearance at the City Court on Monday. The men have not […]

Mental weakness of a Celestial

ON THIS DAY…… 24th October 1902 A Chinese in the Geelong Gaol, named Ah Lee Goon, who was transferred some time, ago from the Melbourne Gaol on account of mental weakness, has developed into a violent lunatic. On this day in 1902, two magistrates attended at the local gaol and committed the Celestial to a […]

Escapee Angus Murray friend of Squizzy Taylor

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1923 On the 24th of August 1923, Angus Murray, who is serving a sentence of 15 years for robbery under arms, mace his escape, by mean’s of a small saw, he removed of the stones at the base of his window. The bars were then loosened, leaving him sufficient room […]

Murder of Annie

ON THIS DAY – October 19, 1917   Alfred Edward Budd, 39 Stevedore’s labourer to-day, at the City Watch house, was formally charged with the murder of Annie Elizabeth Samson, at Princess Street, Port Melbourne, on October 19. Accused was the adopted brother of deceased, who was a married woman. He attempted to commit suicide […]

Murder of Annie

ON THIS DAY – October 19, 1917   Alfred Edward Budd, 39 Stevedore’s labourer to-day, at the City Watch house, was formally charged with the murder of Annie Elizabeth Samson, at Princess Street, Port Melbourne, on October 19. Accused was the adopted brother of deceased, who was a married woman. He attempted to commit suicide […]

Murder of Constable McGrath

On This Day – October 1, 1915 In the early hours of Tuesday, 1st October, 1915 Constable McGrath and other police went to the Trades Hall in Lygon Street, Carlton in answer to a report and a burglary was in progress. The policemen entered the building, and found that an attempt had been made to […]

Murder of Elizabeth Finnessy

ON THIS DAY…… 26th September 1853 Elizabeth and Michael Finnessy were married in Burra, South Australia, they had two children who had both died. The couple had moved to Victoria and lived in a┬ásmall house in Chinatown. A week before Elizabeth was murdered, she had found at that her husband was married to another woman, […]

Convicts in Victoria

ON THIS DAY…… 16th September 1861 On this day in 1861, there were altogether 291 prisonors in the gaols of Melbourne; 214 males and 3 females in the Central Gaol; 31 males and 43 females in the Western Gaol. Tho prisoners are classified as follow:-Awaiting trial at the Police Court, 18 males, 1 female ; […]