Police Officer Involved in Ned Kelly Outbreak Retires

On this day …….. 1st of August 1896 One of the central figures involved on the police side during the Kelly Gang Outbreak of the 1870s retired on this day in 1896. Sgt. Arthur Loftus Maule Steele handed over control Wangaratta police to Sgt. Simcocks transferred from Chiltern.  

Aboriginal Convict

On This Day ……. 30th of July 1929 An Aboriginal, aged 74 years, was on this day in 1929 completed two months imprisonment in Geelong Gaol, declined to leave when he was discharged. It was only after several hours of trouble that he was pressured to sign his property out and go. It was the […]

Royston Rennie

On This Day ……. 28th of July 1926 Royston Rennie, the young Geelong man who is awaiting death for having murdered John Greville, a bank clerk, made an unsuccessful application to the Court of Criminal Appeal on this day in 1926, for leave to appeal against his execution.  

An Official Visit

On This Day ……. 27th of July Mr. G. Read Murphy, P.M., paid an official visit to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1911. Amongst the generally orderly lot of old and infirm prisoners there he found few complaints of any moment, and no cases, of insubordination were brought under his notice.  

An Official Visit

On This Day ……. 26th of July Mr. G. Read Murphy, P.M., paid an official visit to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1911. Amongst the generally orderly lot of old and infirm prisoners there he found few complaints of any moment, and no cases, of insubordination were brought under his notice.  

Convict Transferred

On This Day ……. 25th of July 1910 Three prisoners will be transferred from tho Geelong gaol to Pentridge on this day in 1910. Two of them are for discharge, and the other, a man, who was sentenced to a long term of imprisonment for shooting, at Constable Salisbury at Portarlington some years ago, is […]

John Williams

On This Day ……. 24th of July 1910 John Williams, an elderly man, received on transfer in December last from the Ballarat Gaol, died in the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1910. On the 12th instant he had a series of paralytic fits which deprived him of speech, and pleurisy after wards developed. Dr. […]

Victoria’s Biggest Gaol Break

On This Day ……. 23rd of July 1945 In one of Victoria’s biggest gaol break, 22 men escaped from the old Geelong gaol on this day in 1945. Tired and hungry, four of the men, including the ringleader, were captured at Werribee on the 24th. The escape, which had been well planned, occurred at 12.30pm […]

12 Seamen

On This Day ……. 22nd of July 1921 Representing the wages due to the 12 seamen who were sent to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1921, as a result of their refusal to obey the orders of the captain of the barque Archibald Russell, £931/10/ has been received by the Customs officials. The […]

Filthy Conditions

On This Day ……. 21st of July 1923 An elderly woman Mrs Drew, who was found under filthy conditions in an outhouse in the Market Square several weeks earlier was placed under arrest by Constable Jackson and remanded to the Geelong Gaol Hospital, she died suddenly at 9pm on this day in 1923. The matter […]

Judge Wasley

On This Day ……. 20th of July 1923 There was considerable surprise in Geelong on this day in 1923, when it was learned that a well-known citizen had been committed to Geelong Gaol by Judge Wasley, for having disobeyed an order of the Court. He had been ordered by the Court to file cash books […]

Convicts Arrive by Train

On This Day ……. 19th of July 1910 Five prisoners were brought from Melbourne by the midday train on this day in 1910, to complete their term of imprisonment at the Geelong gaol. Most of them were of the harmless feeble class usually housed at the local establishment.” Signs of mental weakness have been developed […]