Murder in North Melbourne

ON THIS DAY – December 11, 1930 MELBOURNE On a charge of having murdered Dizedes Messerschmidt, 27, a Czecho Slovakian, of North Melbourne, on December 11. Jozef Thur, 33, a fellow countryman, was committed for trial today by the coroner. The police alleged that Thur made a statement to them, admitting having stabbed Messerschmidt.  

Rival Gangs

ON THIS DAY – October 29, 1927 NORTH MELBOURNE RIVAL GANGS. Charge of Attempted Murder. Walter Lew Shing (19), fruiterer, and Leslie Coe (19), labourer, were charged at the City Court to-day with having, on October 29, at North Melbourne, attempted to murder Richard Dunstan.   Senior-Detective Bruce said that it was alleged that accused are […]

Melbourne Shooting

ON THIS DAY – October 28, 1933   Albert Lewis (59), labourer, of Peel street, North Melbourne, was charged in the City Court to-day with having, on October 28, murdered Maurice Langley (75), pawnbroker, of Elizabeth-street. Lewis had been detained on a vagrancy charge, as he was suspected of having been one of two men […]

Remand on Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – October 25, 1933   On the application of Sergeant de la Rue at the City Court yesterday, Robert Ernest von Geyer painter aged 50 years of Argyle Square Carlton and Albert Lewis; labourer aged 49 years of Peel street North Melbourne who were charged with having murdered Maurice Langley pawnbroker of […]

Mona Vale mansion – a house built for a year

Mona Vale mansion, at Ross in Tasmania, was built in 1868 for the wealthy land owner and Tasmanian Parliamentarian Robert Quayle Kermode and he entertained the Duke of Edinburgh there shortly after it was completed. The stained glass windows were created by the Ferguson & Urie stained glass company of North Melbourne and were selected […]

Golf Club Murder

ON THIS DAY……. 1st August 1953 Two men were charged in the City Court on this day in 1953 with the murder of Ernest Clarkson, 69, of Gordon-avenue, Tecoma. Charged were two Cypriots, Vassos Socratous, 24, of Flemington-road, North Melbourne, and Lenndras Yiannakou, 39, of Rathdown street, Carlton. Both men were remanded to the City […]

Death at the Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 27th May 1908 A prisoner named James Wilson, aged 66 years, died in Geelong Gaol on this day in 1908, from pneumonia. Wilson was sentenced at North Melbourne in November last to six months imprisonment. His sentence expired on May 1, but he was in such a bad state of health […]

Manslaughter – NORTH MELBOURNE

ON THIS DAY….. 26th May 1915 Charged with the manslaughter of Denis McSweeney, at North Melbourne, on this day in 1915, Andrew McGough, withdrew his plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty. The accused assaulted McSweeney without warning. The Chief Justice, in passing sentence of three years imprisonment, said that McGough had acted like a […]

Acted Like A Tiger

ON THIS DAY – May 16, 1915 NORTH MELBOURNE MELBOURNE MANSLAUGHTER CASE Charged with the manslaughter of Denis McSweeney at North Melbourne on May 16, Francis McGough, at the close of the Crown case in the Criminal Court to-day, withdrew his plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty. The accused assaulted McSweeney without warning. The […]

Death Sentence For Murder Of Crippled Wife

ON THIS DAY – April 30, 1950 NORTH MELBOURNE Five hours after retirement, a Criminal Court jury found James Raymond O’Keefe, 58, barrister, guilty of the murder of his crippled wife at their home in North Melbourne on this day in 1950. Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy sentenced O’Keefe to death. He said he would pass […]

Dies As He Awaits Trial

ON THIS DAY – April 26, 1948 MELBOURNE A Greek fishmonger who was alleged to have stab bed his employee on April 26, died in the Pentridge Gaol hospital on Sunday, it was stated in North Melbourne. John Athenis, 59 year old fishmonger of West Melbourne, had been charged with having wounded Stanley Banos, his […]

The Murder of Eugene Possett

ON THIS DAY – April 18, 1894 THE NORTH MELBOURNE MURDER. Alfred Douglas and James Charles Watson were placed on trial at the Criminal Court, today on a charge of murder of the Frenchman, Eugene Possett, on April 18 at North Melbourne. The accused pleaded not guilty. The case remains unfinished. The police hold warrants […]