First Undercover Police in NSW

Photo published in Sydney newspapers at the behest of police in 1933 to show that detectives didn’t need to look like typical burly coppers.  

Escaped Lunatic Never Found

On This Day ….. 26th of June 1868 Mary Ann Hall was transferred from Yarra Bend Asylum in Melbourne on the 28th of June 1868 to the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum. On the 26th of July 1876, Hall escaped and was never found. Hall was believed to have crossed the boarder into the colony of New […]

Glenelg’s Luna Parks

On This Day……… 8th April 1935 On this day in 1935, Glenelg’s Luna Parks assets were put up for auction, all of which were purchased by Atkins and Phillips. The rides were dismantled and shipped to Sydney, NSW. The rides and equipment were assembled at the Lavender Bay site, with Luna Park Milsons Point opened […]

Bushranger on the Move

On This Day……… 7th April 1865 The notorious bushranger Dan Morgan had heard that the Victorian Police had challenged him to try his luck south of the NSW boarder, which he took up the offer. On this day in 1865, Morgan visited Evan Evans to settle an old score in the King River. Hearing the […]

The Move of Jindabyne

On this day …….. 19th of December 1964 Town relocated The town of Jindabyne in NSW, resulted from the earliest settlements in Australia’s Snowy Mountains. It is thought to have come about after the Pendergast brothers, sons of an ex-convict, arrived in the area possibly as early as the 1820s. Sheep farming, wheat and a […]

Biggest earth tremor in Victoria

ON THIS DAY…… 21st November 1982 The biggest earth tremor ever recorded in Victoria The biggest earth tremor ever recorded in Victoria shook the state on this day in 1982. Registering 5.5 on the Richter Scale, and centred on Mt Hotham in Victoria, the tremor struck at 10.36pm, and was felt as far away as […]

The great escape – Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY……31st October 1889 Fredrick “Josh” Clark and Christopher “Christie” Farrell were both ex convicts transported from England to Van Demons Land. Once both men had received their tickets of leave they sailed to Victoria, arriving at the beginning of the Victorian gold rush. Both men found there way back to the lives thy […]

Fisherman reels in drowning man

On this day …….. 21st of October 1941 On this day in 1941, a quick thinking fisherman saved a man Oliver Davis from drowning in Lake Macquarie, NSW. Fishing at Speers Point when he noticed a 35 year old man in trouble. With his first cast, the angler hooked the man and carefully reeled him […]

The largest single piece of reef gold ever discovered in the world found

On this day …….. 19th of October 1872 The gold mining town of Hill End in New South Wales today is almost a ghost town. Alluvial gold was discovered at Hill End in 1851 and within a month, there were were 150 miners working the area. The Hill End goldfield was one of the richest […]

Two escaped from Geelong gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 3rd October 1962 Two prisoners Robert Leslie Dennis aged 26, and Donald John McCumber aged 29, escaped from the Geelong Gaol on the 3rd of October 1962. After steeling a car in Swanston st, Geelong they headed north to the boarder. An intensive hunt was made for them throughout South-West N.S.W. after […]

The Holey Dollar was circulated in NSW to combat currency shortages

On this day …….. 30th September 1813 The coins “holey dollar” and “dump” were created by punching the centre out of Spanish dollars. The external circle was the “holey dollar” and the punched-out inner circle was the “dump”. They were only ever used in New South Wales, Australia, and on Prince Edward Island, Canada. In […]

Strange Hoax – Funeral Party Waits

On This Day – September 30, 1931 The Burwood police are investigating a story told them by an undertaker concerning elaborate arrangements made with him for a funeral on Tuesday. A woman who is believed to have no family, died in a private hospital at Burwood, and a man, whom the undertaker understood to be […]