Murder Suspected by Police

On This Day – September 1, 1938 Detectives now believe Gunner John Hulston (18), who disappeared on September 1, and whose body was found in the sea yesterday, was murdered. Medical examination of the body revealed that death was due to a revolver shot wound in the chest. The bullet has been recovered, and will be subjected […]

Fifteen Years in the Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 19th April 1930 In the Geelong Supreme Court on this day in 1930, Erie Harris Brockwell aged 24, was charged with having murdered Horace Thomas Walpole on the 28th of April 1929. Walpole’s body was found in his motor car on the Queenscliff-road. There were injuries to the head, and a […]

Victorian Permanent Artillery Murder

ON THIS DAY – February 8, 1899 An extraordinary tragedy took place at the barracks of the Victorian Permanent Artillery, Queenscliff, on the night of the 8th of February, when Gunner Alexander Pollock, was tried, before the Chief Justice, for the wilful murder of his comrade, Thomas Caleb Briner. Pollock, who has served in the […]

Stolen Suit

On This Day – 4th February 1927 Charles Benning, was charged on this day in 1927, of having stolen a suit of clothes, valued at £9, the property of Alfred Bryant, a farmer, residing near Queenscliff. Benning was sentenced to the Geelong gaol.    

Queenscliff artillery man arrested

ON THIS DAY…… 20th October 1902 Leo Peter Whelan, a gunner from Queenscliff, was charged, at the Geelong Police court on this day in 1902, with being illegally on the premises of the Royal Hotel on 12th of October. Whelan was sentenced to nine months imprisonment in Geelong gaol.  

Murder Suspected by Police

On This Day – September 1, 1938 Detectives now believe Gunner John Hulston (18), who disappeared on September 1, and whose body was found in the sea yesterday, was murdered. Medical examination of the body revealed that death was due to a revolver shot wound in the chest. The bullet has been recovered, and will be subjected […]

Fifteen Years in the Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 19th April 1930 In the Geelong Supreme Court on this day in 1930, Erie Harris Brockwell aged 24, was charged with having murdered Horace Thomas Walpole on the 28th of April 1929. Walpole’s body was found in his motor car on the Queenscliff-road. There were injuries to the head, and a […]

Victorian Permanent Artillery Murder

ON THIS DAY – February 8, 1899 An extraordinary tragedy took place at the barracks of the Victorian Permanent Artillery, Queenscliff, on the night of the 8th of February, when Gunner Alexander Pollock, was tried, before the Chief Justice, for the wilful murder of his comrade, Thomas Caleb Briner. Pollock, who has served in the […]

Stolen Suit

On This Day – 4th February 1927 Charles Benning, was charged on this day in 1927, of having stolen a suit of clothes, valued at £9, the property of Alfred Bryant, a farmer, residing near Queenscliff. Benning was sentenced to the Geelong gaol.    

Dog Versus Shark

In 1938, a dog from the town of Queenscliffe, Victoria, became a local celebrity after he won a fight to the death with a thresher shark. On July 20, a brown cattle dog owned by a packer from the Fisherman’s Union, spotted the shark from a pier and started “barking excitedly”. Before fishermen could fetch […]

Famous Artist Gaoled

A great story about Queenscliff from the 1930s involves the famous Australian painter Sidney Nolan. Nolan and a friend stowed away on a ship in Melbourne in 1934 hoping they could get a free passage to France. They decided that if they were caught they would insist they were missionaries who were trying to get […]

Staff at Geelong Gaol

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 feeble women will be transferred to the Coburg penitentiary, […]