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 […]

Murder Charge Withdrawn

On This Day – September 10, 1922 As the result of a street affray on September 10 Gerald Vincent Smith, ager 29, had his skull fractured, and died in the Melbourne Hospital next day.  At the conclusion of an enquiry to-day the Coroner (Dr. Cole) returned an open verdict. A charge of murder against George Thompson, aged 17, […]


On this day …….. 10th of August 1928 Charles Lyons, of Essendon, whose age was believed to have been between 106 and 115 died on this day in the Melbourne Hospital. Lyons had worked at his ocupation as a jobbing gardener until a few days before he became ill.  

Accused Murderer on Remand

ON THIS DAY – July 22, 1914 CHARGED WITH MURDER. Brunswick Court was crowded on July 22 when Frank White, 22, a wood machinist, appeared on remand on a charge of having inflicted grievous bodily harm upon Richard Wood, baker, of Audley street. East Brunswick, on Saturday night, July 11. The charge was altered to […]

Brunswick Charge of Murder

ON THIS DAY….. 10th July 1914 In the Brunswick court when Frank White (22) appeared on a charge of having inflicted grievous bodily harm upon Richard Wood on July 10, the charge was altered to one of the murder. Sergeant McLoughlin said Wood died in the Melbourne Hospital as the result of a depressed fracture […]

Alleged Malpractice

ON THIS DAY – June 29, 1905 VERDICT OF WILFUL MURDER – AGAINST A PERSON UNKNOWN Dr. R. H. Cole, the district coroner, yesterday concluded the inquest into the death of Emily Eden Lilias Chandler, a waitress, 28 years of age, who died in the Melbourne Hospital on July 3 from septicaemia, the result of […]

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, […]

My best pal – MELBOURNE

ON THIS DAY….. 27th May 1922 After hearing evidence at the inquest on the body of Eugene Patrick Walsh, who died in tho Melbourne Hospital on May 27, the coroner (Dr. Cole) committed Percy Draper, aged 28 years, labourer, of Albion street, West Brunswick, for trial at Melbourne on June 15, on a charge of […]

Labourers quarrel one Killed – KORUMBURRA

ON THIS DAY…. 21st May 1913 John Jones and John Nolan, two labourers at Korumburra, had a dispute on this day in 1913, which culminated in Nolan striking Jones a heavy blow on the cheek bone, breaking his neck. Jones died in the Melbourne Hospital two days later. At the inquest, the Coroner committed Nolan, […]

Ned Kelly dissected

On This Day ……. 14th May 1881 It was reported in the Argus news paper on this day in 1881, that the body of Ned Kelly was dissected by the students at the Melbourne Hospital who carried away large sections of it. The remainder was thrown into a pit at the back of the old […]

A Plea of Self-Defence

ON THIS DAY – May 12, 1919 MELBOURNE MELBOURNE SHOOTING Henry Stokes, was charged with having wounded, with intent to murder, Henry Slater, in Little Collins-Street on May 12, was granted bail by Mr. Justice Hood. Slater is in the Melbourne Hospital as a result of having been shot with a revolver. Bail was refused by […]

Run Over

On this day …….. 29th April 1914 On this day in 1914, Audley Shields, aged 15, was riding a bicycle along City road, Albert Park, Melbourne. He was thrown on the road and before he could regain his feet two wheels of a waggon, weighing over a ton, passed over his right, shoulders, escaping his […]