Centenarian’s Death

On this day …….. 18th of July 1931 Within a few days of his 101st birthday, Mr. Philip Thorley has died at Stanley, near Beechworth, in North East Victoria. He was born at Richmond, New South Wales, on July the 18th, 1830. His descendants include great and great-great grandchildren, which number more than 150.  

Wizard Shot

On this day …….. 5th of July 1858 Bang went the gun and down fell the wizard. The Yackandandah audience in North East Victoria, thought it was part of the act, but it wasn’t. Exact details of the incident were not clear, but the showman, magician, was evidently performing a trick involving a weapon, trying […]

World Record

On this day …….. 4th of July 1889 Eugene Kneebone from Bowmans Forest in North East Victoria, was the big winner at the weight putting contest at East Melbourne Cricket Ground on this day in 1889. He won the three pound event, the fourteen pound, sixteen pound, and in the twenty eight pound event, he […]

Buckland Chinese Riot

On This Day…… 4th July 1857 The Buckland riot was an anti-Chinese race riot that occurred on 4 July 1857, in the goldfields of the Buckland Valley, North East Victoria, Australia, near present-day Porepunkah. At the time approximately 2000 Chinese and 700 European migrants were living in the Buckland area. Anti-Chinese sentiment was widespread during […]

The Siege of Glenrowan – Day Two

On this day …….. 27th of June 1880 Most of the law abiding element of Glenrowan’s population had been rounded up by Ned Kelly and his gang and held hostage in Ann Jones Inn. This was so the Kelly’s could de rail the train tacks and no warning of the trap towards the police and […]

Incompetence Victoria Police

On this day …….. 27th of June 1880 Aaron Sherritt’s body still lay in a pool of blood on the floor of his hut in the Woolshed Valley near Beechworth, North East Victoria after being murdered by the Kelly Gang. Police in his hut affrayed that Ned Kelly and his gang were still outside waiting […]

The Siege of Glenrowan – Day One

On this day …….. 26th of June 1880 This day in 1880 was a Saturday, and would go down in Australian history as the last stand between the notorious Kelly Gang of North a East Victoria and the Victoria Police. Ned Kelly and Steve Hart rounded up the population of the small town of Glenrowan […]

P.O.W On The Run

On this day …….. 25th of June 1942 On this day in 1942, with an alert out for an escaped prisoner from the Murchison POW Camp, Mrs D. Oates of Wangaratta in North East Victoria, had a mysterious night caller at her Mackay St residence. A man appeared at the door, asking for a hot […]

Blacktrackers on the Hunt for Ned Kelly

On this day …….. 24th of June 1880 The blacktrackers brought from Queensland to find Ned Kelly and his Gang left Benalla, North East Victoria on this day in 1880 after being withdrawn from the hunt. The Queensland government considered they were not being given a fair chance. The operation had not been encouraged by […]

RAILWAY ACCIDENT BARNAWARTHA

On this day …….. 17th of June 1982 The driver and a fireman of a goods train were killed on this day in 1982, when their train ran into the rear of the Spirit of Progress in thick fog. Barnawartha in North East Victoria was shaken awake by the collision, which happened a 7:50am. The […]

GENTLEMAN BUSHRANGER

On this day …….. 5th of June 1870 The bushranger Harry Power was brought into Wangaratta, North East Victoria under arrest. Power had been caught a few hours earlier at his mountain hideout in the upper reach of the King Valley. He had been on the run for months, robbing coaches, holding up travellers, and […]

BUSHRANGERS HIDDEN GOLD

On this day …….. 4th of June 1891 Moyhu in North East Victoria, revived an unexpected visitor from old time Bushranger Harry Power on this day. Power had been released from Pentridge Gaol due to ill health and was ready for a career in show bussiness. An old convict ship had been refitted to show […]