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.  

Robberies at City Morgue

On this day …….. 13th of July 1929 Charles Leslie Stewart, 29 years, formerly a constable of police, stationed at the City Morgue, came before Mr. Justice MacIndoe for sentence on the 13th of July 1929. Stewart had been found guilty of stealing money and property from the clothes of bodies taken to the morgue. […]

BRUTAL MURDER AT HOTHAM

ON THIS DAY – July 9, 1870 In Bailie-street, Hotham, for the last three or four years, there has been residing a fisherman, named Patrick Smith, a married man, with one child— aged fourteen years of age. Both husband and wife, since they have resided in the locality, have been addicted to drink, and continued […]

Murder in Richmond

ON THIS DAY – July 3, 1981 Nightclub singer Ms Haroula Kipouridou was found in the half-opened lift of her Richmond Housing Commission block on July 3, 1981. She had been raped and her face was so badly bashed she choked on blood. Prime suspect Barry Harding was killed in a car crash after serving […]

Incompetence Victoria Police

On this day …….. 27th of June 1880 Aaron Sherritt’s body still lay in a pool of blood on the floor of his hut in the Woolshed Valley near Beechworth, North East Victoria after being murdered by the Kelly Gang. Police in his hut affrayed that Ned Kelly and his gang were still outside waiting […]

Shot Dead in Kitchen

On This Day – June 13, 1936 SON CHARGED WITH MURDER. Alexander Memery, aged 46, was shot dead in the kitchen of his farmhouse at Bookaar, near Camperdown, Victoria, on Saturday morning. It was stated that James Alexander Memery, aged 19, son of the dead man, returned from rabbiting during a family quarrel, and that a pea-rifle he was carrying […]

SHANNON McCORMACK – QBH NIGHTCLUB, SOUTHBANK

ON THIS DAY ……. 3rd June 2007 Shannon McCormack, 22, was punched outside the QBH nightclub around 4am on May 27, 2007, as he attempted to break up a fight. His head hit the ground when he fell and he died in the Alfred Hospital a week later. An inquest was held into the death […]

Woman’s Strange Acts

On This Day – April 21, 1928 “Spite” Against Police Sergeant Ellen Mcpherson, aged 50 years, of ,Evandale road, Malvern, was charged at the Malvern Court on Monday with having on April 13 and on April 21 placed grease and garbage in a public place. Senior constable Langslow prosecuted. There was no appearance of McPherson. […]

Bushranger Morgan

On This Day……… 8th April 1865 On this day in 1865, bushranger Dan Morgan arrived at Peechelba Station near Wangaratta and held up a homestead. He demanded good and entertainment, and settled down for the night, holding the occupants of the homestead hostage. On the pretext of seeing a crying baby, one of the station […]

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 […]

Sequel to a Street Brawl

ON THIS DAY – March 31, 1918 MELBOURNE At an inquiry regarding the death of Albert Greaves (28) in the Melbourne Hospital on March 31 as the result of injuries to his head, the Coroner committed James Gibson for trial on a charge of manslaughter. It is alleged that in the course of an altercation […]

Sinking of the Nestor

Shortly after 3 p.m. on Sunday, 9th January 1921, the motor launch “Nestor” sank in the Hopkins River, near Warrnambool The boat had set out with 80 passengers aboard heading 5 kilometers upstream to Jubilee Park.  The Nestor had only gone about 1700 feet (518 meters) when the first alarm was raised that she was […]