NO CAT AT GEELONG GAOL

On This Day ……. 16th June 1919 By 1919 Pentridge Prison was the only penal establishment in Victoria where a flogging of criminals could take place. For thirty years, the triangles have not been rigged in the Geelong Gaol. It has neither tripod, flagellator nor lush. On this day in 1919 the Geelong Gaol had […]

Australian Mass Shootings

A list of Australia’s mass shootings 1628 – 1899 Shipwreck of the Batavia in – 1628 (Western Australia) 110 Dutch Cape Grim massacre – 10 February 1828 (Tasmania) – 30 Indigenous Australians Convincing Ground – 1833 Portland (Victoria) – 200 Indigenous Australians Pinjarra – 28 October 1834, Pinjarra (Western Australia ) – 40 Indigenous Australians […]

MARK MORAN

ON THIS DAY – June 15, 2000 Mark Anthony Moran (4 July 1964 – 15 June 2000) was an organized crime figure of the infamous Moran family from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, notable for its involvement in the illegal drug trade and the Melbourne gangland killings. Moran was murdered outside his Aberfeldie home, allegedly by Carl […]

AUSTRALIA’S TOP 10 DEADLIEST FLOODS

Between 1852 and 2011, at least 951 people were killed by floods, another 1326 were injured, and the cost of damage reached an estimated $4.76 billion dollars. 1. June 1852 – Gundagai, NSW 89 deaths, entire settlement of 250 people destroyed There’s little doubt that the 2010/2011 Queensland floods were Australia’s most devastating in terms […]

BUYING LAND FROM ABORIGINALS

On this day …….. 6th of June 1835 John Batman was born in Parramatta, Sydney, in 1801. As a native born Australian, Batman was interested in opening up new pastureland and promoting the growth of the colonies. He applied for land in the Westernport Bay area of southern Australia, now Victoria, but was not granted […]

Hating Alison Ashley – 2005

Hating Alison Ashley is a 2005 Australian comedy film based upon the 1984 novel of the same name produced by Elizabeth Howatt-Jackman and directed by Geoff Bennett. It was filmed in Kinglake West,Victoria, Australia and Docklands Studios Melbourne.The film stars Saskia Burmeister, as Erica “Yuk” Yurken, an adolescent brunette who fantasises about a better life […]

Mystery Solved

On This Day ……. 12th April 1923 After remaining a mystery for more than, 30 years the solution of the method by which the convict Frederick Clark escaped, from Geelong gaol in 1889 has now been found. A larger brass key was discovered while prisoners were clearing the grounds of the Geelong Supreme Court. It […]

World’s longest bare knuckle fight

ON THIS DAY…… 23rd November 1855 world’s longest bare knuckle fight The world’s longest bare knuckle fight took place at Fiery Creek, near Daylesford, Victoria, on this day in 1855. James Kelly and Jonathan Smith fought for six hours and fifteen minutes before the match was ended in a draw.

World’s oldest sheep dies

ON THIS DAY…… 23rd November 2009 The world’s oldest sheep on record, dies. The average life-expectancy of sheep ranges between ten and twenty years. Not so for Lucky, the world’s oldest sheep, who died at the age of 23. Lucky was a hand-reared sheep who lived on a farm at Lake Bolac, west of Ballarat, […]

Biggest earth tremor in Victoria

ON THIS DAY…… 21st November 1982 The biggest earth tremor ever recorded in Victoria The biggest earth tremor ever recorded in Victoria shook the state on this day in 1982. Registering 5.5 on the Richter Scale, and centred on Mt Hotham in Victoria, the tremor struck at 10.36pm, and was felt as far away as […]

Illegal settlement in Victoria

ON THIS DAY…… 19th November 1834 Edward Henty establishes an illegal settlement at Portland Bay, Victoria. Edward Henty is considered to be the founder of Victorian settlement. Born at West Tarring, Sussex, England, in 1809, he came to Van Diemen’s Land with his father Thomas in 1832. On 19 November 1834, he landed at Portland […]

Australia’s youngest bushranger

ON THIS DAY…… 18th November 1879 One of Australia’s youngest bushrangers, a fifteen-year-old member of Captain Moonlite’s gang, is shot and killed. Augustus Wernicke was one of Australia’s youngest bushrangers, and part of Captain Moonlite’s gang. Captain Moonlite, aka Andrew George Scott, became a bushranger upon his release from gaol, eight years after robbing the […]