Police Officer Involved in Ned Kelly Outbreak Retires

On this day …….. 1st of August 1896 One of the central figures involved on the police side during the Kelly Gang Outbreak of the 1870s retired on this day in 1896. Sgt. Arthur Loftus Maule Steele handed over control Wangaratta police to Sgt. Simcocks transferred from Chiltern.  

Aboriginal Convict

On This Day ……. 30th of July 1929 An Aboriginal, aged 74 years, was on this day in 1929 completed two months imprisonment in Geelong Gaol, declined to leave when he was discharged. It was only after several hours of trouble that he was pressured to sign his property out and go. It was the […]

An Official Visit

On This Day ……. 27th of July Mr. G. Read Murphy, P.M., paid an official visit to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1911. Amongst the generally orderly lot of old and infirm prisoners there he found few complaints of any moment, and no cases, of insubordination were brought under his notice.  

FATAL ASSAULT – FIVE MEN CHARGED WITH MURDER

ON THIS DAY – 11th December 1900 The trial of five young men named Jason O’Shannessey, Alfred Cropley, Moss Smith, John Jason Dowdle, and Henry Edward Victoria Johnson on a charge of wilfully murdering an old man named Jason Vance, commenced in the Criminal Court on the 11th of December 1900. It was alleged that in […]

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.  

The Leaving of Governor Phillip

On this day …….. 11th of December 1792 Due to poor health Arthur Phillip, first Governor of Australia return to England. He departed for his homeland on the 11th December 1792, sailing in the ship “Atlantic”. Phillip resigned his commission soon after arriving back in England, and died on 31 August 1814. Arthur Phillip was […]

Intent to Commit a Felony

ON THIS DAY…… 11th December 1900 Two young men, named William Carter and Walter Tyrrell, were charged at the Drysdale Police Court with entering the house of Mr. J. O. Judd to intent to commit a felony. The accused were seen by two neighbour entering Mr. Judd’s house whilst he was at church. They were […]

Lunatic On The Run

On this day …….. 10th of December 1945 David John Linsing, 30 years, escaped from Mont Park Asylum on this day in 1945. His description was 5 feet; 6 inches high, fair hair and complexion. He was wearing, a, light brown coat, dark grey trousers, white canvas slippers, and was without a hat.

A CHARGE OF MURDER

ON THIS DAY – December 10, 1903 Five men named Ginglingbury, Apper, Taylor, Flanders, and Hanley have been arrested on a charge of murder in connection with the death of Yee Moon, the Chinese gardener. Moon died in the Melbourne Hospital on January 3. He had been admitted for treatment of injuries sustained in a […]

Murder of Fred Flint

ON THIS DAY – December 10, 1912 Murder Charge. The trial of Walter James Anderson for the murder of Fred Flint, who met his death by poisoning at Merriman’s Creek, on Tuesday, December 10, took place on Wednesday at the Sale Supreme Court, before Mr Justice Hood. Mr Leon prosecuted for the Crown and Mr […]

“Boys, The Game is Up”

On this day …….. 10th of December 1937 Richard L Jackson, and Leslie George Atkins, who escaped from the prison reformatory garden on the 3rd of December, were recaptured at Yackandandah on this day in 1937, by Constable W. Knowles, and were both given an extra 18 months’ imprisonment by the Beechworth honorary Justices. Jackson, […]

Larceny

ON THIS DAY…… 10th December 1908 John Kane was sentenced to three months imprisonment at the Geelong gaol for larceny. Kane, who was 6ft. 3in. high, and weighs 15 stone, was suspected of stealing £2 from a mate, on a station near Camperdown, and after quietly submitting to arrest, he pleaded guilty, and was summarily […]