Crazy cobwebs

On this day …….. 20th May 1942 At the height of a terrible drought, the shy was seen to be full of floating cobwebs. By morning, the countryside appeared to be covered with frost. The phenomenon was particularly noticeable around Moyhu, North East Victoria, where everything was white. Cobwebs were draped across telephone lines, fence, […]

Doctor sent to gaol

On This Day ……. 16th May 1860 One of the larger than life characters of the early gold rush in North East Victoria was locked up in the Beechworth Gaol on this day in 1860. Doctor Radley had been practising in Chiltern, where there was some doubt about him being qualified doctor. Popular opinion was […]

Floods in North East Victoria

On This Day ……. 16th May 1974 The flood danger which everyone hoped had passed, was renewed, when floods swept down the One Mile Creek though Wangaratta, North East Victoria. Residents had to evacuate their homes, as unprecedented levels of water were recorded at Wangaratta on this day in 1974. One house along the creek […]

Link to Ned Kelly

On this day …….. 10th May 1902 Patrick McDonnell landlord of the Railway Hotel in Glenrowan, North East Victoria, who became known as part of the folklore of the Kelly Gang years, died on this day. It was from this hotel that the rockets were fired as part of the plan built around the Siege […]

Didn’t quite make it

On this day …….. 5th May 1851 Mr F. Gerstacker an early explorer of North East Victoria, set sail on this day in 1851, in a gum tree canoe from Albury, heading for the sea. The intrepid mariner managed to cover about 30 miles before he sank, somewhat short of his goal. It would be […]

Violet Town

On this day …….. 13th of April 1839 The first tourist to the North East Victoria, Lady Franklin, the wife of the Governor of Tasmania, found few comforts. Her party slept under bark and canvis tents and travelled by horse and cart. Lady Franklins and her small party arrived in Violet Town on this day […]

Southern Aurora Train

On this day …….. 13th of April 1962 The southern Aurora train passed though North East Victoria for the first time on this day in 1962. It was the beginning of a new era for rail travel between Melbourne and Sydney. Up till this date passengers had to change train at Albury in NSW. For […]

Mad Dog Morgan Killed

On this day ……. 9th April 1865 John Fuller aka Daniel Morgan aka Mad Dog Morgan was born in 1830 and was killed by police on this day in 1865. He was an Australian bushranger from North East Victoria and Southern NSW. After he killed a trooper in July 1864, the Government put a £1,000 […]

Gaoled for Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY…… 6th April 1950 BONEGILLA A Yugoslav migrant was sentenced in the Criminal Court to two years’ gaol for having fatally stabbed his wife at Bonegilla Camp, North East Victoria on this day in 1950. The migrant, Milo Radevic, is a former officer in the Yugoslav Royal bodyguard. The jury found him not […]

Built to Last

On This Day……… 3rd April 1929 With a good deal of apprehension, Wangaratta’s new overhead water tank was filled for the first time on this day in 1929. The reason for the apprehension was that the one it was to replace had suffered a dramatic collapse almost 4 days years to the day. The worry […]

Fresh Water at Beechworth

On This Day……… 2nd April 1874 After years of enduring water supplies which worked intermittently, or not at all, Beechworth in North East Victoria rejoiced on this day in 1874 when Victoria’s Solicitor General, G.B Kerferd, opened the valve and released water held in storage at Lake Kerford in the hills above the town. The […]

Opening of Bridge at Beechworth

On This Day……… 2nd April 1874 April the 2nd of 1874 was a busy day in Beechworth. At the completion of the water turn on in the centre of the town, the crowd moved to the site of the new stone bridge being built to replace the old one connecting Beechworth with Newtown, and proceeded […]