Execution of Deutschmann

ON THIS DAY – June 29, 1908 The fourteenth execution in the Ballarat Gaol took place at 10 o’clock this morning, when Charles Henry Deutschmann paid the supreme penalty for having murdered his wife. The crime took place at Dobie, a few miles from Ararat, on Saturday evening, April 11. Mrs. Deutschmann, who had been […]

Verdict at Richmond Inquest

On This Day – June 27, 1930 Murder and suicide was the finding of the City Coroner (Mr. Grant, P.M.) today after the inquiry into the death of George Young, horse trainer, and Lily Maude Veal, 49, whose bodies were found after a violent quarrel at a house in Kent street, Richmond, on June 27. […]

Policeman Shot

ON THIS DAY – June 22, 1983 On Wednesday 22nd June, 1983, Senior Constable Lindsay Forsythe responded to a report that lights had been seen in an unoccupied house in Maldon. On arrival he was ambushed and fatally shot by a person who had been laying in wait for him. The offender was later caught […]

Shielding a Murderer

ON THIS DAY – June 17, 1917 SHIELDING A MURDERER Declaring there was a conspiracy of silence, Dr. R.H. Cole, City Coronoer, yesterday adjourned an inquiry into the death of Charles Edward Cleary, who was admitted to St. Vincents’s Hospital on June 3rd with a revolver bullet in his head and died on June 17th.  […]

Shot Dead in Kitchen

On This Day – June 13, 1936 SON CHARGED WITH MURDER. Alexander Memery, aged 46, was shot dead in the kitchen of his farmhouse at Bookaar, near Camperdown, Victoria, on Saturday morning. It was stated that James Alexander Memery, aged 19, son of the dead man, returned from rabbiting during a family quarrel, and that a pea-rifle he was carrying […]


ON THIS DAY – June 7, 1922 At Queenstown, on June 7, Rose Lillian Wood, aged four years, was shot dead while in a neighbour’s house. The City Coroner held an enquiry to-day, and Albert Thomas Miller, aged 17 years, was found guilty of manslaughter, and committed for trial. Ruby Irene Miller, aged 10 years, […]

The Elsternwick Murder

ON THIS DAY – June 5, 1908 The inquest on the death of Hugh Dunn, who was shot at Elsternwick on June 5 was continued to-day. As the result of a test made with the gun, it was shown that the shot must have been fired within a foot of Dunn’s body. The evidence of […]

Death of 17-Year-Old Wife

ON THIS DAY – June 1, 1941 Charged with the murder of his wife, Beatrice May Stroud, aged 16 years and 10 months, Albert Edward Stroud, 20, of Wellington st. Collingwood, appeared before Sir Frederick Mann, Chief Justice, and a Jury in the Criminal Court yesterday. In opening the Crown case, Mr. C. H. Book, […]

Murder and Suicide

ON THIS DAY – June 1, 1861 A lamentable catastrophe occurred in Collingwood on Saturday evening last, a man named Currie having first shot his wife, and afterwards attempted to commit suicide. The case appears to have been one arising from jealousy on the one side, and passion and drink upon the other. So far […]

Attempted Murder in Carlton

On This Day – May 9th, 1889 On May 9th, 1889, a man named Walter Brooks, an insurance agent, attempted to murder a woman with whom he had been living, named Matilda Thompson, at Earl-street, North Carlton.  Brooks was charged with wilful trespass at the house of Mrs Thompson’s son the week before. He went […]

Murder of Benvenuto

On this day ……… 8th of May 2000 52-year-old fruiterer Francesco “Frank” Benvenuto, was fatally shot while sitting in his car in the driveway of his Beaumaris home on the 8th of May 2000. Phone records show that as Benvenuto lay dying he managed to ring ex-employee and associate Victor Peirce on his mobile phone. […]

Murder of Beverley Ratten

ON THIS DAY – May 7, 1970 ECHUCA On May 7, 1970 members of the Victoria Police stationed in Echuca responded to an emergency call at a home in Mitchell Street. They found a heavily-pregnant woman, Beverley Ratten, lying dead in the kitchen from a shotgun wound to the torso. Her upset husband, Leith Ratten, […]