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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Three Years Hard Labour

On This Day ……. 21st April 1870 Adolph Thieves, convicted on two charges of larceny, asked His Honour to he kind enough to pass a lenient sentence, as it was the first time he had been in gaol, and he could prove when he came out that the property was not Mr Gosling’s at all. […]

Guilty of Burglary

On This Day ……. 21st April 1870 John Rockliffe and James Anderson, who each pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary, and were convicted on a second charge, said they had nothing to say why sentence should not be passed on them. Each prisoner was sentenced to four years in Geelong Gaol.  

Flogging at Beechworth Gaol

On This Day……… 8th April 1872 The first flogging in the Beechworth Gaol took place on this day in 1872. The victim was a chinaman call Ah King, convicted of an indecent exposure. He was tied to a wooden tripod, which was known as being married to the three sisters. The prison received 17 lashes […]

Stabbing Attempt

ON THIS DAY…… 20th December 1877 A man named Edward Heyward was charged at the Geelong police court on this day in 1877 with attempting to stab another man named George Shipway, on the 17th of November. The prisoner was remanded to the Geelong Gaol.  

Maintenance Order

On This Day ….. 13th December 1898 On this day in 1898, an order for 2/6 weekly was made against a man named Robert Tough for maintenance of his children in the schools, but Tough failed to comply with the order, and a sum £63/15/7 has accumulated against him. Tough disappeared, and a warrant was […]


On This Day – December 3, 1929 Patrick Lynch a prisoner who was being taken from Pentridge to the Geelong Gaol on the 3rd of December 1929, jumped from the window of a fast moving express train near Manor. He suffered a compound fracture of both legs, and injuries to the face and hands. The […]

Notorious gangster

ON THIS DAY…… 15th November 1901 Notorious gangster Percy Ramage cuts his throat A desperate affray occurred within the gaol walls last night, which almost ended in a tragedy. Whilst one of the warders was searching the prisoners in their cells prior to their being locked up for the night, he was startled, on entering […]

Geelong Gaol to be sewered

ON THIS DAY…… 9th November 1922 Geelong Gaol to be sewered Success was at last been achieved by Mr. Y. Brownbili, M.L.A., in his decision to have the prisoners’ quarters at the Geelong gaol sewered. Communication from the Chief Secretary’s Department having been received by him to the effect that the tender of Stone Bros., […]

The fire king dies at Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 7th November 1901 The Fire King dies at Geelong Gaol At an inquest held at the Geelong Gaol, on the body of the aged prisoner Harry Cutmore, who is known as “The Fire King,” a verdict was returned that deceased committed suicide by throwing himself from the balcony to the ground floor, […]