The Benalla Duel

On this day …….. 22nd of October 1894 Two shareholders of the Samaria Butter Factory in Benalla, North East Victoria had a dispute. Terrence Monaghan, challenged Patrick Larkin to a duel at the factory at 6am on this day in 1894. The only problem was that Terrence issued Patrick the challenged by a formal note, […]

First white burial in North East Victoria

On this day …….. 13th of October 1836 The first white burial in North East Victoria took place on this day in 1836. James “Tally Ho” Taylor, a member of Major Mitchell’s expedition, drowned in the Broken River. The Major and his party were returning north after traversing the Port Phillip district between the Murray […]

Bushranger Harry Power, mentor to Ned Kelly drowns in the Murray River

On this day …….. 10th of October 1891 Henry Johnstone alias Harry Power a notorious Victorian bushranger was born in Waterford, England, in 1819. Johnstone was transported to Van Diemen’s Land in 1841 for stealing shoes. During the 1850s and 1860s, he found himself in trouble with the law a number of times for horse […]

Ned Kelly’s mother sentence to three years gaol

On this day …….. 9th of October 1878 Ellen Kelly was sentenced to three years gaol for her part in the attempted murder of Constable Alexandra Fitzpatrick at the Kelly’s home in Greta, North East Victoria on this day in 1878. Fitzpatrick had gone to the Kelly’s house to arrest Dan Kelly on a charge […]

Smoking children – Victorian Education Department

On this day …….. 7th of October 1896 A meeting was held at the Yackandandah Primary School in North East Victoria on this day in 1896, in relation to juvenile smokers. The School Board had a lengthy discussion on boys smoking ready made cigarettes, and what the School Board could do about it. One alarmed […]

Old fashion duel – Beechworth

On this day …….. 23rd September 1867 Most of the duelling done on the goldfields was with fist, but on this day in 1867 a report circulated in Beechworth, North East Victoria that a real duel had been arranged, following a falling out between Colonel Probst, the commander of the Beechworth German Rifles, and his […]

Struck by lightning

On this day …….. 20th September 1929 Mrs Baird of Baarmutha near Beechworth in North East Victoria, had an amazing escape from injury in a storm. She was picking up wood under her back verandah of her house, when a flash of lightning hit a met safe which was hanging from the rafters. The current […]

Near miss for Tom Thumb

On this day …….. 15th September 1870 The celebrated American Dwarf General Tom Thumb arrived in Benalla, North East Victoria on this day in 1870 with his troupe of fallow dwarfs, after a narrow escape from flood waters. Tom and his party had been almost swept away by a swollen river at Baddaginnie. How ever […]

Lunatic Hugh M’Leod escaped from Beechworth Asylum

On this day …….. 9th September 1902 Hugh M’Leod a patient who escaped from the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, North East Victoria on the 9th of September 1902 was arrested at Rutherglen wearing a woman’s hat and carrying a tomahawk in his hand. He was taken back to Beechworth Asylum.  

Lunatic Hugh M’Leod escaped from Beechworth Asylum

On this day …….. 9th September 1902 Hugh M’Leod a patient who escaped from the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, North East Victoria on the 9th of September 1902 was arrested at Rutherglen wearing a woman’s hat and carrying a tomahawk in his hand. He was taken back to Beechworth Asylum.  

Committed twice – Beechworth

On this day …….. 1st September 1877 Martin Delaney was committed to Mayday Hills Asylum, Beechworth, North East Victoria, on the 1st of September 1877. Delaney had previsly been committed to the asylum on the 10th of November 1875, but was released as cured in December of that year. Delaney owned his own house which […]

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.