Smiles Found Guilty Of Manslaughter – FOOTSCRAY

ON THIS DAY……. 24th May 1935 Found guilty in the Criminal Court of the manslaughter of his wife and child, Clifford Smiles, aged 31 formerly of West Footscray, was remanded for sentence. Smiles had been presented on two charges of murder. One concerning his wife Edna on May 24 and the other concerning his daughter […]

Man Acquitted on Murder Charge – DHURRINGILE

ON THIS DAY……. 24th May 1941 A Jury in the Bendigo Supreme Court found Antonio Guida (47), market gardener, of Dhurringile, near Tatura, not guilty of a charge of having murdered Angelo Carrafa (45), market gardener, on May 24. Guida was also found not guilty of manslaughter. Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy discharged him Guida, in […]

Man Charged with Murder – MANSFIELD

ON THIS DAY……. 23rd May 1926 In his opening address at the inquest into the death of Lim Kwong, chinamen aged 62 years, at the Mansfield Court House, Inspector Koetsveld caused a stir. Kwong, who was a Chinese market gardener, was found murdered on this day in 1926. The inspector said that Phillip (Bert) Woods, […]


EXECUTED THIS DAY…… 23rd May 1870 Ah Pew was charged at the Castlemaine Circuit Court on the 26th of April 1870 with having, at Glenluce, wilfully murdered Elizabeth Annie Hunt. Annie aged 9 year, with her sister and brother went to De Forest’s school at Glenluce, which they left at 4pm. Annie did not return […]

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 […]

Acted in fear – THORNTON

ON THIS DAY……22nd May 1947 The coroner found that Howard James Richard, 25, a timber worker of Thornton 75 miles north-east of Melbourne, had shot and killed a workmate on this day in 1947. However, the coroner found that Richard had not committed murder or manslaughter because he acted in fear of serious bodily injury. […]

Murder to manslaughter – PRESTON

ON THIS DAY……22nd May 1926 Arthur Kerchival who was charge with having murdered Mrs Margaret Edgell, at Preston, on this day in 1926, was withdrawn in the City Court. Sergeant Seales said that Kerchival had been committed for trial on a charge of manslaughter by the city coroner Mr. Berriman.  

Reasons for executions in the state of Victoria……

By 1800s in Victoria there were 160 crimes that were punishable by death, here is a list of some crimes. Accessory to homosexuality Adultery Armed robbery Arson Arson in royal dockyards Assisting the enemy Attempted suicide Being illegally at large Being in the company of Gypsies for one month Blacking the face whilst committing a […]

Fatal Practical Joke – NEWPORT

ON THIS DAY……21st May 1921 When Frederick William Lohse appeared at the City Court on a charge of having murdered George Day at Newport on this day in 1921. Sub-Inspector Kane asked that in view of the verdict of misadventure, returned by the Coroner at the Inquest on the body of Day, the charge be […]

Removed the stomach – GOROKE

ON THIS DAY……. 20th May 201905 In connection with the death of Mrs. William Tierney, which took place at a small settlement near Goroke, in the Horsham district, on this day in 1905, exhaustive inquiries have been made by the police. The facts of the case were as follows: During the morning of May 19, […]

Two murders one day

ON THIS DAY……. 20th May 1950 Two men charged with murder were remanded in the City Court and bail was refused for both men. Senior-Detective W. Mooney alleged that Francis Gordon Millar, of St. Catherine’s College, Heyington Place, Toorak, murdered his wife, Marie Edna Millar, after a quarrel on this day in 1950. Alfred James […]


On this day……… 20th May 1859 On the 20th of May 1859, William Short, aged 60 years, was shot in his own tent, about a mile from Ballan, by a man named William Salt. The inquest was held before Dr. Glendinning, at the Royal Mail Hotel, Ballan, when Sarah Short, wife of deceased, deposed that […]