Two Convicts Escaped from Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 30th September 1865 An escape was made by two prisoners from the gaol, named William Henry Thompson and Thomas Reynolds. The former was undergoing a sentence of three years for stealing in the Queen’s Head Hotel, and had been in confinement about fourteen months ; the latter was also undergoing a similar […]

Two Convicts Escaped from Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 30th September 1865 An escape was made by two prisoners from the gaol, named William Henry Thompson and Thomas Reynolds. The former was undergoing a sentence of three years for stealing in the Queen’s Head Hotel, and had been in confinement about fourteen months ; the latter was also undergoing a similar […]

Chinaman Convict Hey Soon

ON THIS DAY…… 29th September 1906 The eccentric conduct of a Chinaman named Hey Soon, a month ago led lo his being sent to the Geelong gaol, and he became so much enamoured of that establishment that when his term of imprisonment expired on this day on 1906 he refused to leave. He would not […]

Convict Mary Jean Sinclair

ON THIS DAY…… 28th September 1904 Mary Bowman, the female swindler whose career in the Geelong district was short but lively, appeared at the police court before the police magistrate Mr. Patterson and Messrs. Pardey and Douglass, J’s.P. The prisoner, whose original name appears to be Mary Jean Sinclair, was charged with having, by false […]

Attempt Escape – Geelong gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 27th September 1852 An interesting attempt of an escape was made by three prisoners on the 24th of September 1852. Three prisoners had by some means obtained possession of a small saw and a jemmy bar, which they used to cut away part of the roof, half an inch steel plate. The […]

Two Week’s Imprisonment – Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 26th September 1903 Rathor than submit to an order made by the police magistrate, requiring him to pay a small sum weekly towards the State pension drawn by his mother, a, wood merchant, named T. J. Powell, doing a good business in Autumn-street, Geelong West, was arrested, and taken to gaol on […]

James Reit died at Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 25th September 1902 A former resident of Colac, James Reit, died at the Geelong Gaol on this day. He at one time occupied a good position, but fortune ceased to smile on him, and he came to an untimely end.  

Step Father Married Step Daughter

ON THIS DAY…… 24th September 1917 Henry Palmer, aged 30 years, was a lime burner in the Lara district, supplying quicklime for the city of Melbourne as well as around Geelong. Palmer was sent before the Geelong Police Court on the 24th of September 1917 on a charge of having committed an offence against his […]

Female Convict Escapee

ON THIS DAY…… 24th September 1900 The woman, Mary Thompson, alias Stripling, who escaped front the local gaol was imprisoned for one mouth for the offence.  

Nine Soldiers Escape from Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 24th September 1945 Nine soldiers who were under sentence in the Geelong Gaol escaped on the 24th of September 1945 at 2.50pm. The men were serving sentences from six months to two years. According to the army authorities, the prisoners were in a mess room and, in a sudden rush they placed […]

Opium Smugglers

ON THIS DAY…… 23rd September 1905 One of the opium smugglers from the S.S. Empire, Ah Han has been unable to raise his fine of £25, and is still detained in the Geelong gaol. He is in a sorry state through want of opium, and as longing for freedom and another puff at the enticing […]

James Egan Escapee from Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 23rd September 1861 A man named James Egan made his escape from the Geelong Gaol at about 8 o’clock on this night in 1861, when the sentry was asleep on his post. The prisoner James Egan, who made his escape from the Geelong Gaol on Friday night last, was retaken in Geelong […]