A Wife’s Plea

ON THIS DAY – October 18, 1955 A WIFE PLEADED ‘KEEP HIM FROM ME …’ Gladys Lester, 26, realised within a week or two of marriage that she had made a mistake. Her married life was one round of bickering and squabbling with a sullen husband who drank too much. There came a time, two […]

River Bunyip seen again – Wentworth

On this day …….. 9th September 1949 The “Murray bunyip” has been sighted again. Mr. Brian Blake, of St. Kilda, who is visiting a relative in Wentworth, South West New South Wales, said he had seen the creature swimming in the Darling River, at the rear of the district hospital. He described it as being […]

DEATH OF CYCLIST

On This Day – August 17, 1943 Manslaughter Charge After hearing evidence yesterday, the Coroner, Mr. Tingate, found that Keith Henry Dodd, 37 years, Dalgety-street, St. Kilda, died from injuries received when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a military truck driven by Sydney William Ross Narramore, of 140th A.G.T. Company. Evidence disclosed […]

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, […]

Conspiracy to Murder

ON THIS DAY – July 27, 1947 A slim, blue-eyed blonde, smartly dressed in a light brown coat, Dulcie Markham, of Fawkner Street, St. Kilda, appeared in the City Court this morning charged with conspiracy to murder. It was alleged that at St. Kilda on July 31, she conspired with Ernest Alfred James Markham to […]

Accused Man’s Defence

ON THIS DAY – July 26, 1943 Giving evidence in his defence on a charge of murdering Pearl Oliver at Fitzroy on July 26, Harold Nugent, truck-driver, said in the Criminal Court today that he did not shoot the girl and did not have a weapon of any sort in his possession. Nugent said he […]

‘TEST MATCH MURDER” TRIAL

ON THIS DAY – July 13, 1956 Both the Crown Prosecutor and the defence council challenged statements by a Crown witness yesterday at the murder trial of John Alfred Somerville in the Criminal Court. He was charged following the death of an Englishman, George Neville Eastham, 27 at Crimea Street, St Kilda, on July 13 […]

THE PORT MELBOURNE MURDER

ON THIS DAY – July 5, 1894  A short account was given last week of the supposed murder of a young woman named Minnie Hicks, aged 23, by Frederick Jordan, negro wharf labourer. She kept house for Jordan and Albert Johnson, at Sydney-place, and was last seen alive at the house occupied by a glassblower […]

CHARGE OF MURDER – Fitzroy Street Tragedy

ON THIS DAY – July 2, 1938 After two weeks of investigation following a tragedy outside the St. Kilda railway station on July 2, when a woman was killed, and two other persons were injured, a man was arrested early this morning and charged with murder. The man was Francis Daniel Egan, aged 36 years, […]

St Kilda Murder – Detectives Still at Work

ON THIS DAY – June 30, 1906 On Saturday, Detective Burvett took charge of the investigations into the murder of Patrick O’Rourke who died in the Alfred Hospital on June 30 from injuries received at St Kilda on the night of June 23. Burvett made three visits to St Kilda on Saturday, and carefully went […]

OLINDA – Two counts of murder

ON THIS DAY – June 27, 1979 City Court was told that a man alleged to have murdered Miss Lisa Maude Brearley at Olinda on August 8 had been on remand on another murder charge at the time. The prosecutor, Inspector D. Scott, said this in an application for the remand of Mr Robert Lindsay […]

Baby Dead on the Beach

ON THIS DAY – June 24, 1933   At the inquest yesterday on a newly born male child found on the St. Kilda beach on June 24, witnesses gave evidence that the child was born to Irene Williams, 21, single, waitress, on June 23, and that on June 25 the mother was admitted to the […]