Guilty of Murder

ON THIS DAY – November 18, 1967 A Criminal Court jury found Henry Sylvester Morhun, 17, labourer, of the suburb of Doveton, guilty tonight of the murder of Veronica Ann Underwood, 16, on November 18 last.  As Morhun is under 18, Mr Justice Adam did not pronounce the death sentence but told Morhun that the […]

A Violent Criminal

On This Day – November 10, 1909 THE NEGRO KING AGAIN TROUBLESOME. ATTEMPTED MURDER. In the Criminal Court to-day William King, a negro, was charged with having on November 10, 1909 feloniously wounded Alfred George Curtis, a warder at Pentridge, with intent to murder him. Evidence was given by several warders that when Curtis entered […]

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 […]

Timothy Trueman brought from Pentridge

ON THIS DAY…… 15th September 1910 Timothy Trueman a one time a prosperous citizen of Geelong but later incarcerated for vagrancy at the Geelong Gaol. Trueman escorted from the Geelong gaol to Pentridge on this day 1910. He was placed into a special departments for probationary treatment.  

Attempted Escape Geelong Gaol

On this day …….. 1st September 1928 James McMahon, aged 33 years, a prisoner who was serving a sentence of seven years for an offence against a girl in Essendon, Victoria, McMahon was first placed in Pentridge, but after a unsuccessful attempt to escape he was transferred to Geelong Gaol. On the 1st of September […]

Suicide of Convict John Hassett

On This Day ……. 19th of August 1898 A magisterial inquiry was held at the Geelong Gaol, by Mr. P. Smyth, J.P., into the circumstances surrounding the suicide of a prisoner named John Hassett on the 6th of December 1901. Evidence was given by Mr. Charles Patterson, governor of the gaol, that the man John […]

Murder of a Murderer

ON THIS DAY – July 22, 1988 PENTRIDGE PRISON CONVICTED murderer Alex Tsakmakis’s brutal killing earned very little sympathy among his fellow inmates.  Before we was clobbered to death behind bars, he too had carried out a prison killing. Before coming to police attention, Alex Tsakmakis appeared to be a company director and Ivanhoe family […]

WARDER FIRES AT CONVICT AT CITY STATION

On This Day……..17th July 1946 Scores of people on the main platform at Spencer Street Railway Station in Melbourne and hundreds of others going to work early saw a warder firing shots at an escaping prisoner. The man had jumped from a train as it was leaving the station. He was chased for 250 yards […]

Acquitted of Murder

ON THIS DAY – July 12, 1950 A Criminal Court  jury found Winifred Therese Walford, 42, of Gordon Street, Deepdene, not guilty of the murder of her husband on July 12, on the ground of insanity. The Crown alleged, that she struck Keith Hartley Walford, 51, company secretary, on the head with an axe while […]

Mont Park Escape – PRISONER’S ESCAPE

On This Day…….8th of July 1934 George Fairburn, alias Fuller, 41, a Pentridge prisoner, escaped from the Creswell Sanatorium at Mont Park on the 11th of July 1934. The penal authorities, who have appealed for public co-operation in recapturing Fairburn, state that he had been placed in the Sanatorium because of illness. He was suffering […]

Labourer Acquitted of Murder

ON THIS YEAR – July 5, 1974 A young labourer who shot and killed a judo instructor at North Altona on July 5 last year was acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter by a Criminal Court jury today. Mr Justice Crockett sentenced the labourer, Mr David Robert Elbourne, 24, of Morwell, to nine […]

MURDERED IN PENTRIDGE PRISON

ON THIS DAY – July 4, 1984 BARRY QUINN In Pentridge Prison, Alex Tsakmakis shared a cell with double murderer Barry Robert Quinn. They had a tense relationship and Quinn would often bait his hot-headed inmate to cause trouble. One day he pushed Tsakmakis too far. Quinn brought up the memory of the rape of […]