Court Held in Ambulance

ON THIS DAY …….. 29th March 1955 MYRTLEFORD An ambulance was used as a court, when Stanislaus Bartosz was remanded on a charge of murder. Bartosz a 40 year old Polish tobacco farmer. As the ambulance stood in the yard at Russell Street Police Headquarters, the Judge stood alongside it, and an interpreter relayed proceedings […]

The St Kilda Murder

ON THIS DAY …….. 24th March 1890 ST KILDA Henry Bennett was charged with the murder of his uncle, George Thomas May, at St. Kilda, on this day in 1890. A plea of insanity was advanced by the defence. Bennett, who is a youth, shot May alleging that he had mistreated his mother, Mrs. Bennett. […]

Murdering a Brother

ON THIS DAY – March 21, 1884 WILLIAM HAWTHORNE – BRIGHTON The trial of James Hawthorne, for the murder of his brother William Hawthorne, near Brighton, on March 21, was concluded in the Central Criminal Court, before the Chief Justice to day. His Honor, in charging the jury, said that at the outset he would […]

Death Sentence Imposed

ON THIS DAY …… 18th March 1943 Norman Morris Searle aged 25, of Burnley, was found guilty in the Criminal Court of the murder of Senior Constable Frederick Jones on this day in 1943. The jury made a strong recommendation for mercy. The Chief Justice, Sir Frederick Mann, pronounced the death sentence, and told the […]

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 […]

Character form Ned Kelly History

On this day ………… 12th March 1893 Another fragment of the living Kelly Gang history died on this day in 1893. Anton Wick, who achieved lasting fame when Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly used him as a decoy to shoot Aaron Sherritt. Wick was a long time resident of the Woolshed area near Beechworth, who […]

Executions of Chu-A-Luk and William Twiggem

EXECUTION THIS DAY – March 10, 1857 MELBOURNE At 8am, the condemned criminals, William Twiggem and Chu-a-luk, a Chinese, underwent the last sentence of the law in the Melbourne gaol. Twiggem, it will be recollected, was the accomplice of the notorious Gipsy Smith, in the murder of Sergeant McNally, and was sworn to on the […]

Frey Committed For Trial

ON THIS DAY – March 7, 1910 SHOOTING AFFAIR. At the Coronial enquiry into the death of Ernest Bishop, who was shot at Brunswick on the 7th of March 1910, a verdict of wilful murder was brought in against Frederick Frey, who was committed for trial.    

Husband Charged With Murder

ON THIS DAY – March 4, 1947 Mrs. Isobel Maud Williamson, 34, of Burnley, who was wounded in the right side when she was shot while on her way to work on the 4th of March, died in hospital. Her husband, Francis Authorn McGregor Williamson, 35, laborer, of Ballarat has been charged with murder.   […]

Murder of Girl

ON THIS DAY – March 3, 1953 SOUTH MELBOURNE Lionel Richard Lee was interviewed by police for the murder of Betty Iva Leighton Jones, aged 28. Jones was shot at South Melbourne on the 3rd of March 1953.    

Murder of Kade Hall

ON THIS DAY – February 28, 2002 Kade Hall was last seen in Croydon around 10pm on the 28th of February 2002, before being picked up by an unknown person. Hall received a call from a pay phone outside Mooroolbark KFC at 10.10pm. Hall was shot and dumped on the side of Mt Dandenong Tourist […]