Wife’s Serious Charge

ON THIS DAY – October 9, 1917   Before Mr Justice Hodges, in the Criminal Court this week, Horace Caston was charged with having, on October 9, attempted to murder Florence Caston, his wife, by pushing her out of a train while it was travelling between Richmond and Melbourne. There was a second charge of […]

Woman on Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – October 8, 1948   A Richmond woman alleged to have put weed killer in her husband’s beer during a party at a Melbourne boarding house on October 8, was committed for trial on a charge of murder after an inquest at the City Morgue to-day. The police alleged that the woman, […]

Beginning of TV in Australia

On this day …….. 27th September 1956 GTV (channel 9) was amongst the first television stations to begin regular transmission in Australia. Test transmissions began on 27 September 1956, introduced by former 3DB radio announcer Geoff Corke, based at the Mt Dandenong transmitter, as the studios in Richmond were not yet ready. The station was […]

Murder of Shirley Collins

ON THIS DAY – September 12, 1953 Homicide detectives who investigated the murder of 14-year-old Shirley May Collins, whose battered body was found in September 1953 at Mt Martha, described the murder as one of the most vicious and sadistic in the history of Victoria. The investigation was said to be one of the biggest […]

Setford Murder

ON THIS DAY…… 24th August 1894 James Setford was placed in the dock at the Criminal Sessions charged with the murder of his own child at Richmond on the 24th August. He wept bitterly, and was unable to plead. The Government medical experts stated that Setford was insane, and he was therefore remanded during the […]

Murder by Youths

ON THIS DAY…… 16th August 1946 John William Yuille, 17, waiter, of Richmond, and Robert Kennedy, 16, messenger, of Collingwood, were charged yesterday with the murder of Duncan Campbell, in Coventry Street, St. Kilda, last night. Campbell was found shot through the heart. Yuille was remanded to appear In the City Court on August 23, […]

Richmond Shooting Tragedy

On This Day – August 9, 1907 The adjourned inquest in connection with the death of John Colin Cunningham, engine-driver, 34 years of age, who was shot at Richmond on the night of 9th August, was continued at the Morgue on 22nd August before City Coroner, Mr Candler. William Lewis, the young man who is alleged to have […]

Life Terms for Murder

ON THIS DAY – July 29, 1976 Three men who battered an older man to death in the course of “teaching him a lesson” were each found guilty of murder by a Criminal Court jury. Mr Justice Jenkinson sentenced each of the three to be imprisoned for the term of his natural life. They were […]

Train Crash at Richmond Railway Station

On this day …… 18th July 1910 steam engine No. 494 with passenger carriages attached ran into the back of another passenger train at the platform.

Centenarian’s Death

On this day …….. 18th of July 1931 Within a few days of his 101st birthday, Mr. Philip Thorley has died at Stanley, near Beechworth, in North East Victoria. He was born at Richmond, New South Wales, on July the 18th, 1830. His descendants include great and great-great grandchildren, which number more than 150.  

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 […]


EXECUTED THIS DAY – July 1, 1895 ARTHUR BUCK – MELBOURNE GAOL Arthur Buck, who murdered Catherine Norton at South Melbourne on the 28th April last, was executed in the Melbourne Gaol last Monday morning at 10 o’clock. The arrangements made by the governor of the gaol, Captain Burrows, and the medical officer, Dr. Shields, […]