Female Prisoners at Geelong Gaol

April 23rd, 1894 A reduction In the staff at the Geelong Gaol has been effected through the adoption by the Penal department of new arrangements in regard to the disposal of female prisoners of the vagrant class, for whom special accommodation has been provided at Pentridge. All the enfeebled women will be transferred to the Coburg penitentiary, only female prisoners […]

ALFRED BYE EXECUTED

EXECUTED THIS DAY – December 22, 1941 ALFRED BYE – MELBOURNE Alfred Bye, 42, formerly a military transport driver at Darley Camp, was executed at Pentridge on this day in 1941. He made no final statement. Bye was sentenced to death for the murder of Thomas Edward Walker, 45, a soldier, of Broadmeadows Camp, in […]

THE DEATH OF WILLIAM HUGHES.

ON THIS DAY – December 21, 1890 MELBOURNE The adjourned inquest into the circumstances attending the death of William Hughes on December 21, last year was held at the Morgue by Dr Youl. The two men implicated were present in custody. Their names are Patrick M’Ginley and John Harmer, and they are at present undergoing […]

Escape of the Faraday School Kidnapper

ON THIS DAY…… 16th December 1972 Edwin Eastwood famous for the Faraday School Kidnapping in 1972, and Michael Pantic escaped from the Geelong Gaol on the 16th of December 1976. The men tunnelled though two doubled skinned brick wells, cut through a padlock to an outside excise yard and scaled the external wall and were […]

William Daly

ON THIS DAY – December 12, 1938 Geelong Gaol William Daly (aka William Egan) was sentenced to 3 months in the Geelong gaol in 1938, for drinking metho. William was born in Victoria in 1877, and worked as a labourer. He was 5ft 4in with grey hair and eyes. William spent over 30 years in […]

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 […]