Breaking Windows

On This Day ……. 21st June 1902 Mr. Patterson, P.M., and Mr. H. Banhister, J.P., visited the Geelong Gaol to dealt with a prisoner named Arthur Cleghorn, who was undergoing a sentence for breaking a number of windows in Melbourne, on three charges, namely, disobeying orders, riotous conduct, and assaulting Warder Barker. The prisoner was […]


On this day …….. 10th of June 1920 At 6:30pm on the 10th of June 1920, a prisoner named Josphe Bouchier, who was under going a sentence of three months’ imprisonment for larceny, escaped from the Geelong Gaol. Bouchier was found in bed at a Melbourne boarding house the following night. He was taken back […]


On This Day ……. 9th June 1902 A prisoner from the Geelong gaol named Warren Miller, was undergoing a cumulative sentence of four years for several offences connected with burglaries and larceny, etc., was removed to Melbourne to take his trial before the Fitzroy Bench on a chaise of being concerned in crimes in which […]


EXECUTED ON THIS DAY……….. 9th of June 1879 The execution of Thomas Hogan, for the murder of his brother at Yarrawonga, took place at 9am, on this day in 1879. The prisoner, who had been spiritually attended since he was condemned, by Father O’Connor, was very calm, and walked on to the drop with a […]


Wentworth is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on SoHo on 1 May 2013. The series serves as a contemporary reimagining of Prisoner, which ran on Network Ten from 1979 to 1986. Lara Radulovich and David Hannam developed Wentworth from Reg Watson’s original concept. The series is set in the modern day […]


On this day …….. 28th May 1953 The 28th of May 1953, was an interesting day in Ararat, Victoria because to prisoner from the Langi Kal Kal prison farm and a violent patient from the Ararat mental hospital escaped. Police search the area but the men could not be found. The patient who is 53 […]


On This Day ……. 18th May 1908 The prisoner John Purdy, against whom the sentence of death was recorded for a grave offence at Warrnambool, was detained at the Geelong gaol. As is customary in such cases, the accused was allowed a more liberal dietary and other privileges. His case went before the Executive Council […]

Transfer of prisoners

On This Day ……. 17th May 1906 Six Pentridge prisoners were escorted to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1906, by three constables, to complete their sentences in the sanatorium. The escort took back two prisoner who were paraded before detectives and discharged.  

Geelong Gaol Warder Found Delivering Letters

On This Day ……. 9th May 1906 A Geelong gaol warder, Robert Barker, who was on leave in Melbourne, was shadowed by detectives, and found delivering letters from a prisoner, the charges made against Detective Sexton.  

Sunny Bywater

On This Day ……. 8th May 1912 The prisoner Condor, alias Malone, who gave the police a lot of trouble was sentenced on several charges of misbehaviour, was conveyed to “Pentridge from Geelong gaol to serve his term. An old identity named Sammy Bywater alias Percy Ramage was removed from the Geelong gaol to the […]

Execution of Joseph Brown

EXECUTION THIS DAY – May 4, 1865 MELBOURNE The execution of Joseph Brown, who at the last Criminal sitting of the Supreme Court was sentenced to death for the murder of Emanuel Jacobs on March 22, at the Whittington Tavern Bourke-street, took place at the Melbourne gaol, in presence of about twenty spectators. At an […]

A Fortnight at Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 30th April 1867 On this day in 1867, William Lane, was taken into custody by a policeman, and when on his way to the Geelong watch house he was followed by a large crowd of men and boys, who, it was said, would probably have rescued the lad if the apprehending […]