Shot Stepfather to Protect Mother

ON THIS DAY ……… 30th March 1948 The jury in the Criminal Court took only eight minutes to decide that John K. Donnelly, 19, apprentice carpenter, of Ferntree Gully, was not guilty of a charge of the murder or manslaughter of his stepfather, John Palmer. Donnelly told the court that he shot his stepfather on […]

Murder Suspected – Woman’s Dissected Limbs Found

On this day ……… 30th of March 1937 Murder is suspected following the finding in the Yarra on this day in 1937 30th of two legs and two arms, severed from a human body, evidently that of a woman. The dissected limbs were in an untied sugar bag. The legs were cut off at the […]

Chinese Acquitted Of Murder

ON THIS DAY …… 29th March 1947 MELBOURNE Pleading that he acted in self-defence, Chang Gooh Kong aged 34, Chinese seaman, was acquitted in the Criminal Court of the murder of Douglas Vivian Alcock aged 21, labourer, of Brunswick St., Fitzroy, on this day in 1947.  

Court Held in Ambulance

ON THIS DAY …….. 29th March 1955 MYRTLEFORD An ambulance was used as a court, when Stanislaus Bartosz was remanded on a charge of murder. Bartosz a 40 year old Polish tobacco farmer. As the ambulance stood in the yard at Russell Street Police Headquarters, the Judge stood alongside it, and an interpreter relayed proceedings […]

Husband Murders in Wife Honour

ON THIS DAY ……… 27th March 1926 Arthur Abel Angove, employed as a groom at Glenloth Station, near Wycheproof, was found not guilty of the murder of James McDonald, a fellow employee, on the 27th of March and was discharged. It was alleged that following an altercation at the station on the morning of March […]

Two Deaths in Bakehouse

ON THIS DAY ……. 27th March 1939 COLLINGWOOD Findings of murder and suicide were recorded by Acting City Coroner Mr. Mohr, at the inquest into Annie Forsey and John Forsey, who died in a shooting in a bakehouse in Collingwood on this day 1939. Kenneth Forsey, pastrycook, of Collingwood said while he was in bed […]

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 […]

Murder of John Price

ON THIS DAY ……… 26th of March 1857 On the 26th of March 1857, while investigating complaints by convicts employed on public works in Williamstown, Melbourne John Price was struck by missiles, knocked down and severely battered. He died next day, and following the inquest, fifteen convicts were tried for murder, seven being hanged. After […]

The Oakleigh Case

ON THIS DAY – March 25, 1926 OAKLEIGH Dr. Daniel Florence MacGillicuddy, aged 61 years, and Mary Ethel Hudson, aged 38 years, nurse, who have been charged with the murder of Mrs. Elizabeth Law. whose body was found at Oakleigh on March 25, applied for bail to Mr. Justice Mann in the Practice Court. Bail […]

The Yarra Tragedy – Woman’s Death

ON THIS DAY – March 25, 1924 STUDLEY PARK Yarra Tragedy Arthur Pauthenet (50), was tried for the murder of Maud Ada Anderson (47) at Studley Park, on March 25. The Crown alleged that the woman had been thrown into the Yarra River by the accused, who was one of a drinking party on the […]

Five Years’ Gaol For Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY ……. 24th March 1951 YARRAWALLA SOUTH Herbert Frederick Wason aged 16, of Long Gully, Bendigo, was sent to gaol for five years by for the manslaughter of his former employer. Wason, who cannot read or write and is said to have the mental age of about 9 1/2 years, was charged with […]

Murder 12 Years Earlier

ON THIS DAY………24th March 1939 DUMOSA A man was charged with the murder of a man 12 years earlier. The man, Harry Richard Bugg aged 37, of Nothcote, was charged with the murder of Murray Herbert Ling, 26, at Dumosa on this day in 1939. Police charged Bugg after they had inspected a hut and […]