Trial of May McNeal

ON THIS DAY ……….. 26th of March 1930 Before Mr. Justice Lowe, in the Criminal Court of Melbourne the trial of May McNeal, a married woman, of Bennett Street, Richmond, began on a charge of murder. The charge against Mrs McNeal was that at Richmond on the 26th of March 1930 she murdered Margaret Jean […]

Men Grapple For Axe

ON THIS DAY …….. 22nd March 1934 RICHMOND Ernest Kirkwood, a young man, was charged with having murdered Claude Leslie Cooper at Richmond on this day in 1934. Death was alleged to have been caused through a blow on the head by an axe. Kirkwood maintained a quiet demeanour in court when the charge was […]

Quarrel Leads to Murder

ON THIS DAY…….. 16th of March 1955 A barroom quarrel following slighting references to a man’s wife preceded a fatal shooting, two witnesses told the Supreme Court. The husband, Allan Stewart McLean, 41, carpenter, of Kyabram, is charged with murder. The other man Thomas Young “Larry” Smith, aged 28, builder, of Lord st., Richmond, was […]

Shooting Affray Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – March 13, 1929 RICHMOND John Dawson Fisher, 24, clerk, has been charged with murdering Harold McDonald, at Richmond. He appeared before the court yesterday and was remanded for a week on heavy bail. Detective Rosewarne told the Court that McDonald and his wife were quarrelling in the street about midnight on […]

Shooting Affray Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – March 13, 1929 RICHMOND John Dawson Fisher, 24, clerk, has been charged with murdering Harold McDonald, at Richmond. He appeared before the court yesterday and was remanded for a week on heavy bail. Detective Rosewarne told the Court that McDonald and his wife were quarrelling in the street about midnight on […]

Body Found in House: Woman on Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – March 9, 1932 In the dock of the City Court stood Katherine Masterton, aged 46, charged with having at Richmond on the 9th of March murdered Dorothy May Draper, aged 20. Masterton was arrested by detectives, who found the body of the girl in a house. The police said that she […]

Fatal Air Accident

On this day ………… 7th March 1929 An airforce aircraft crashed and incinerated a mechanic during a refuelling stop at Wangaratta, on this day in 1929. The plane was flying from Richmond, NSW to Point Cook, Melbourne and made a routine landing. The local manager for Vacuum Oil, Mr N. McGuffie delivered 12 gallons of […]

Drowned at Richmond

On this day ………… 5th March 1910 On this day in 1910 a boy named William John Nicholson, was found dead in a quarry hole at Richmond, Melbourne. Evidence showed that deceased had been fishing in a quarry hole, and had apparently tumbled in. A verdict of accidentally drowned was returned.    

Charge of Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – March 2, 1891 John James Leger, architect, was tried at the Criminal Sittings charged with the manslaughter of William John Gahan, plasterer on the 2nd of March 1891. The accused was tried at the previous sittings on the same charge, but the Jury were unable to agree. The case for the […]

Police killer at Richmond

ON THIS DAY – March 1, 1943 Norman Searle, 27-year-old turner and fitter, was charged in the City Court with having at Richmond on the 1st of March, murdered 42 year old senior Constable Frederick Jones, of Northcote. Searle was also charged with having at Balwyn also on the 1st of March, unlawfully and maliciously […]

Female Serial Killer

ON THIS DAY – February 23, 1885 RICHMOND Martha Needle is one of our more interesting criminals from Melbourne past, and is only one of five woman executed in Victoria, on the 22nd of October 1894. Over a spate of months Needle would murder by poisoning her husband, 3 children and future brother-in-law. Martha was […]

Shocking Fatality

On this day ………… 7th February 1914 A shocking fatality occurred on a train from Brighton Beach to Melbourne, on this day in 1914. Alice Morris aged 11 years, was returning from the a day at the beach, when the accident happened. Between Richmond and Melbourne, the child put her hand out of the window, […]