Death of Daniel O’Callaghan

ON THIS DAY – June 13, 1916 Daniel O’Callaghan, 36, married, with five children, of Edward street, Brunswick, died in the Melbourne Hospital on June 13 as the result of a fracture of the base of the skull. William Douglas, 37, married, and father of five children, a wardsman at the Mental Hospital, Royal Park, […]

Lockjaw Causes Death

On This Day – April 23, 1918 Death followed a simple wound received recently by John Jinks, 27, married, of Spencer street, West Melbourne. On April 11, he was working as a lorry driver at the Spencer street railway station. When carrying a bag of oats to his lorry he brushed against a case from […]

Supposed Fall

On This Day – April 9, 1910 At the Morgue on April 9, the Coroner (Dr. Cole) opened on inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of William George Trott, a caretaker, 50 years of age. The deceased, was discovered in Menzies’ Alley at the back of the Empire Hotel on April 3 suffering a […]

Sequel to a Street Brawl

ON THIS DAY – March 31, 1918 MELBOURNE At an inquiry regarding the death of Albert Greaves (28) in the Melbourne Hospital on March 31 as the result of injuries to his head, the Coroner committed James Gibson for trial on a charge of manslaughter. It is alleged that in the course of an altercation […]

Swallowed False Teeth

On this day ……… 31st of March 1908 Mrs. Jane Barwick, aged 40 years of North Brighton, Melbourne accidentally swallowed a plate containing 13 false teeth while drinking some broth for dinner on this day in 1908. A medical man ordered her removal to the Melbourne Hospital, where her neck was sliced open to have […]

Falling horse

On this day …….. 4th of December 1904 Falling horse James Wessan, a resident of Brunswick, was treated at the Melbourne Hospital on this day in 1904 for an injury to his head owing to his horse falling over.

Born at sea

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd November 1899 Born at sea An old man, named Thomas Joyce, whose ago is stated to be 99 years and 8 months, was brought into the Melbourne Hospital on this day in 1899 from South Morang, in a state of exhaustion. The medical offers discovered, that the old fellow’s condition was […]

Richmond Charge of Murder

ON THIS DAY – November 16, 1907 Two men, Roy Sherrin, 19 years of age, a labourer, living in Nicholson street, Abbotsford, and William Thomas, driver, of River-street, Richmond, have been arrested, charged with the wilful murder of John Bradford. Bradford sustained a fracture of the skull in a brawl in Hoddle-street, on November 16, […]

Murder and Death of a Dwarf

ON THIS DAY – November 15, 1904 On the 15th September 1904, an accident occurred in Elizabeth Street where Sarah Ann Robins, her husband James and her 27 year old daughter, Rosina Hubbard, who was described as a dwarf were thrown from a cart. This accident set in a motion a series of events that […]

Melbourne Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – November 7, 1931 Charged with having murdered Edward O’Connor (30), of little Bourke street, City, George Mitchell (42), labourer, of Carlton, appeared at the City Court yesterday. When O’Connor was knocked down in a fight in Little Bourke-street on November 7, he received injuries from which he died in the Melbourne […]

Rival Gangs

ON THIS DAY – October 29, 1927 NORTH MELBOURNE RIVAL GANGS. Charge of Attempted Murder. Walter Lew Shing (19), fruiterer, and Leslie Coe (19), labourer, were charged at the City Court to-day with having, on October 29, at North Melbourne, attempted to murder Richard Dunstan.   Senior-Detective Bruce said that it was alleged that accused are […]

Husband Kills Himself

ON THIS DAY – October 14, 1917   Bertha Silk (59), a married woman, was admitted to the Melbourne Hospital late on October 14, with two bullet wounds in the back. She was found lying near the front gate of her home, and later the dead body of Frederick Silk (74), her husband, was discovered […]