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 […]

Constable Digby and the Wreck of the Hereford 1881

On January 11, 1881, the Hereford ran aground at Inglesby Reef near Port Phillip Heads, close to Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia.  The 1456 ton ship would remain stranded until she would be finally towed off the reef on March 12, 1881. But her running aground would lead to the deaths of 2 men – Constable […]

LOST FALSE TEETH

On this day …….. 22nd of December 1934 When word reached police at Melbourne’s Russell street station on the night of the 22nd of December 1934, that a man was in the Yarra River near the Princes Bridge, a patrol was dispatched to investigate. They found the man standing in the water up to his […]

MYSTERY OF STOLEN CAR

On this day …….. 18th of December 2011 The owner of a station wagon reported stolen from a shopping centre in the Adelaide Hills on the 18th of December 2011. It was found 17 days later, neatly parked in a nearby garage, when a couple returned from a holiday. Police believe the owner forgot to […]

DUMMY BOMB

On this day …….. 16th of December 1928 An Italian fruiterer in Ballarat excitedly Informed the police that he had found a bomb in his yard,. A soldered tin, weighing 3 lbs., was taken possession of by the police. It had a piece of fuse attached and another piece of fuse, which had been lighted, […]

Seeing a Ghost

On this day ………… 6th November 1920 Whether recent demonstrations by spiritualists in Melbourne or the defeat of the prohibition party at the polls, had an unsettling effect on the nerves of peaceable citizens cannot be definitely established said the Melbourne Age, but people in Abbotsford have been seeing a ghost. At any rate, they think they have […]

Cockatoo Identifies its Owner

On this day …….. 27th September 1919 The police of Bourke street West Watchhouse, Melbourne, vouch for this story about a cockatoo. Some months ago Mr Pearson, licensee of a South Melbourne hotel, reported the loss of the bird, which he valued at £50. On Friday a plain-clothes constable traced the bird to a house […]

Daring robbery Mistletoe Hotel – Melbourne

On the night of the 11th of September 1879, a daring robbery was committed at the Mistletoe Hotel, Mackenzie-street, Melbourne, belonging to Mr. Charles Wright, who also conducts the Colosseum Hotel. Wright was away at the Colosseum, leaving his bed-room at the Misletoe locked up. During the evening the barmaid heard a noise in the […]

Ghost lights – Brisbane

On this day …….. 9th September 1947 Phone calls to the police and newspaper office resulted in a visit to Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane, of local residents in pyjamas. Police constable and reporter calls were to the effect that a “ghost light” had been seen, among the graves. Three searchers found the light came from a […]

Lions escape exposed as hoax – Stawell

On This Day ……. 6th September 2012 Reports that lions escaped the visiting Lennon Bros Circus in Stawell, Western Victoria, have been exposed as a hoax. Social network website Facebook went into overdrive with rumours that a lion was on the loose around the town. Cheryl Lennon, manager of Lennon Bros Circus, said the reports […]

The Events of Hoddle Street

ON THIS DAY ………. 9th August 1987 Hoddle Street is where the majority of the shootings took place. The first car that Knight opened fire on contained a married couple, Con and Rita Vitkos. Rita received minor wounds and her husband drove on before stopping at a Mobil service station about 150 metres further south […]

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.