Murder of Father

ON THIS DAY ……. 12th April 1942 MORDIALLOC Leslie Edward Mansfield, aged 15, said to his mother after he had shot his father twice in the dining room of their home in Mordialloc on this day in 1942, “Now go to sleep, mum, you will have some peace.” Mansfield was charged with murder to which […]

Murder of Lewis Moran

ON THIS DAY – March 31, 2004 Masked gunmen entered the Brunswick Club on Sydney Road, Brunswick, at approximately 6.40pm on 31 March 2004, driving a Ford Falcon EF XR6 station wagon. Moran ran from his place at the bar, over a poker machine, through a glass window before the gunman caught up with him […]

Death Sentence For Murder

ON THIS DAY – December 20, 1940 FERNTREE GULLY Found guilty of the murder of Alfred Thomas Atherton, 35, hotel useful, on the 20th of December, at Ferntree Gully, Morris Ansell, 19, metal polisher, of Victoria Street, Carlton, was sentenced to death by Mr. Justice Martin in the Criminal Court. The Jury added a strong […]

Murder by Unknown Man

ON THIS DAY – November 17, 1924 At an inquest into the circumstances surrounding the death of William Henry Rolley, who was shot in Irvine street, Footscray (V.), on November 17, a few minutes before midnight, a verdict of wilful murder against an unknown man was recorded. Dennis John Bourke, a labourer, of Albert street, […]

Jealous Man Guilty of Gun Murder

ON THIS DAY – October 30, 1992 A jealous husband who shot dead a man he mistakenly believed to be his estranged wife’s lover was found guilty yesterday of murder.  The trial heard that Frank Allan Garner, 53, an electrician, formerly of suburban Avonsleigh, had, after making threats to his ex-wife Beverley, burst into the […]

Woman Committed for Trial

ON THIS DAY – October 28, 1933   Ellen Maud Holmes married, Grey street South Yarra was charged at the Prahran Court on Friday, with having on October 28 wounded Christopher Green with intent to commit murder. Christopher Green, painter, Simmonds street, South Yarra, said that about 9 p m on October 28, he was […]

Accusation of Murder

ON THIS DAY – October 28, 1917   At the Rutherglen Coroner’s Court to day Joseph Butler was committed for trial on a change of having murdered Samuel Costin, his step-father, at Gooramadda on October 28. Edward Butler, the accused’s brother, said that on the day of Costin’s death he heard a shot, and thought […]

The Abbotsford Tragedy

ON THIS DAY – October 27, 1915   At the Morgue on Saturday, Dr. Cole, P M , city coroner, investigated the shooting tragedy at a house in Nelson street, Abbotsford, on October 27. After a quarrel, William Green, aged 32 years shot Eileen Veronica McCormack, aged 25 years, his housekeeper, who died instantly. Green […]

Murder of Farmer

ON THIS DAY – October 26, 1929   Eric Pike (15 1/2)was committed for trial by the Coroner on a charge of willfully murdering a farmer named John Willam Smith (36), at Werrimull on October 26. Smith’s body was found in some timber about a mile from his home. There were indications that he had […]

Youth on Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – October 25, 1942   Arnold Porter (15) was committed for trial on a charge or murder at Koroit today after the Deputy Coroner had inquired into the death, of John Murphy, of Koroit, on October 25. Murphy’s body was found in a paddock. He had been wounded by pea rifle.   […]

Son on Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – October 21, 1929   At the city court on Tuesday Basil Alfred Harrison, aged 27, was charged with having murdered Charles Harrison at Alphington on October 21. Senior-detective William Percival Jones ,said:–Early this morning I arrested Harrison on this charge. Charles Harrison was his father. It is alleged that late last […]

Charged with Murder

ON THIS DAY – October 21, 1898   At the Ballarat City Court to-day William Blomely, aged 18, and Alfred Blomely, aged 15, were charged with the murder of their father, George Blomely, on October 21. The facts of the case have already been published, and the medical evidence tendered to day was to the […]