Twins in Murder Plot

ON THIS DAY …….5th August 1947 Twin brothers were in the City Court on this day in 1947, one charged with attempted murder and the other with having conspired to murder. The charge followed the shooting of Keith Kitchener Hull, at St. Kilda on the 27th of July. The men are Charles Martin (26), of […]

Death of a WAAAF

ON THIS DAY …….4th August 1945 Inquest into the death of 24-year-old WAAAF Corporal Vera Matilda Wiper, of Adelaide, was opened before Coroner Tingate today. Corporal Wipers body, covered by an overcoat, was found by a milk carter at Auburn on July 15. Five women and two men who have been charged with her murder, […]

Cyrus Braby Considered Insane

ON THIS DAY…… 1st August 1925 At the City Court, Melbourne, yesterday two men were charged with murder appeared and were remanded. Cyrus Braby, charged with the murder of William Southwick, estate and commission agent, at South Yarra on August 1, was remanded till Wednesday, pending the inquest to be held to-morrow. Cyrus Braby arrested […]

Inquest left Coates Murder Unsolved

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1947 DESPITE an intensive investigation, no evidence had been found to establish responsibility for the shooting of James Coates, 46, on July 19, Detective W. W. Mooney said yesterday at an inquest into Coates’ death. Coates was found dead on a vacant allotment at the corner of Punt rd and […]

Woman Acquitted of Murder

ON THIS DAY – July 15, 1945 The jury returned a verdict of not guilty when Mrs. Ruby Nina Carlos, 56, of Myrtle-street, South Yarra, a widow, was charged with the murder of Corporal Vera Matilda Wiper. W.A.A.A.F., 23, of Adelaide. A previous jury had failed to agree on the verdict. Corporal Wiper’s body, was […]

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 […]


On This Day – December 17, 1942 Florence Maddalon aged 27, of South Yarra was found not guilty on a charge of having murdering her husband. Mrs Maddalon, collapsed on hearing the verdict of not guilty on the 17th December 1942. Her husband, Gulseppe Maddalon aged 40 was found fatally shot. She was also acquitted […]


ON THIS DAY – December 16, 1936 KALKALLO MAN’S ARM IMPALED ON TRUCK DOOR DRIVER FACES MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE While standing on the Hume Highway, near Kalkallo on December 16, Frances Lovell, aged 47 years, retired farmer, of South Yarra, had his arm impaled on the door handle of a passing motor truck and was dragged […]


On This Day – November 30, 1942 The wife of a naturalised Australian was committed for trial by City Coroner on a charge of having murdered her husband, Sebastina Maddalon aged 40, on the 30th November 1942. Maddalon an Italian born draper of Newport, at South Yarra. May Florence Maddalon aged 27, wife of the […]

Stolen dead cat

ON THIS DAY…… 23rd November 1930 THIEF’S GOOD DEED Two business girls who share a flat in South Yarra were distressed when they found their pet cat dead. As their ‘yard’ consisted of a square or concrete, they could not give the body proper burial, and they did not like consigning it to the dust […]

Death of Jedd Houghton

ON THIS DAY – November 17, 1988 ‘Suspect warned’ before being shot Police Special Operations Group members had repeatedly told a police shooting suspect to drop his gun before hitting him with three shotgun blasts at close range, the Melbourne Coroner’s Court heard yesterday. Jedd Houghton, 23, died almost instantly during a raid on a […]

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 […]