Murder at Lovers Lane

ON THIS DAY …….18th August 1980 Thomas Cooper and his girlfriend were sitting in his parked car in a well-known “lovers lane” at Ricketts Point, Beaumaris, shortly after 7pm, on this day in 1980, when a man smashed the side window.  Mr Cooper was shot three times as he frantically tried to turn his car […]

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, […]

Silk Miller Murders

On This Day – August 16, 1998 At around 12.20am on Sunday 16th August 1998, in Cochranes Road, Moorabbin whilst working on an operation investigating armed robberies in the south-eastern suburbs, Sergeant Silk and his partner, Senior Constable Rodney Miller, were gunned down and killed. In one of the largest investigations in police history, the […]

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 […]

Lilydale Murder – Detectives Baffled

 On This Day – August 7, 1913 When going through the many statements taken for the information of the coroner in connection with the murder, on August 7 last, of the old woodcutter, Richard Knight, outside his hut in the bush between Lilydale and Coldstream (says the Melbourne ‘Argus’). Detective-Sergeant Arthur and Detective Keily discovered certain discrepancies in […]


ON THIS DAY – July 31, 1922 In the Malvern Police Court Robert Albert Scott, a French polisher, was charged with having, at Malvern, on July 31 shot Marie Dorothy Victoria Frith, a widow, aged 32 years, with intent to murder her. Marié Dorothy Victoria Frith said that she had known Scott for about 14 months. […]

Life Jail Term for ‘Chilling’ Murder of Three People

ON THIS DAY – July 29, 1992 A gunman convicted of the cold-blooded, execution style murders of three young people in their suburban Melbourne home last year was  jailed for life for his “unfathomable” crimes. In the Supreme Court, Justice Bernard Teague sentenced Ashley Mervyn Coulston, 36, to life on each of the three counts […]

Hanged for Murder

ON THIS DAY – JULY 25, 1916 Antoine Picone the Italian who shot and killed Joseph Luricella, a compatriot, in Queen Victoria Market on July 25, was hanged in Melbourne Gaol. Picone had been attended until the last minute by Father J. Donovan, and when led on to the scaffold carried his hand a small […]

Murder of Willie Thompson

MURDERED ON THIS DAY ……….. 21st July 2003 Small time drug dealer Willie Thompson, 39, was killed on 21 July while sitting in his car after leaving a karate club in Chadstone. Police say the gunman strolled up to the car and shot Thompson dead before escaping with a second person in a stolen Ford […]

Death for Murder of Sister

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1948 John William McRae, 19, was sentenced to death in the Sale Supreme Court today for the murder of his sister, Hazel Mary McRae, Bairnsdale beauty queen, on July 19. The jury returned a verdict of guilty after a retirement lasting exactly an hour. Some of the large crowd, […]


On This Day……..17th July 1946 Scores of people on the main platform at Spencer Street Railway Station in Melbourne and hundreds of others going to work early saw a warder firing shots at an escaping prisoner. The man had jumped from a train as it was leaving the station. He was chased for 250 yards […]


ON THIS DAY – July 16, 1900 John Pridmore, who shot and killed his wife. Annie Jane Pridmore, at Brunswick, on July 16, was to-day found guilty of wilful murder by a coroner’s jury, and was committed for trial. The inquest had been held over, pending Pridmore’s recovery, for at the time he shot his […]