Army Detention Barracks

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1877 The Geelong Gaol was re-proclaimed as a gaol on 22nd October 1877. In 1924, part of the gaol was set aside as a Reformatory Prison. It remained as a gaol up until the outbreak of World War 2 when it was utilised to house the Army Detention Barracks. The […]

Build up to Eureka Stockade – Ballarat

On this day …….. 22nd of October 1854 On the 22nd of October 1854, Ballarat Catholics met to protest the treatment of Father Smyth. The next day, the arrests of miners McIntyre and Fletcher for the Eureka Hotel fire on the 17th of October in Ballarat, Victoria provoked a mass meeting which attracted 4,000 miners. […]

Infamous bushranger Francis Gardiner

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1850 Francis Gardiner, love of crime began in Geelong, on the 22nd of October, 1850, on a charge of horse stealing, and sentenced to five years’ hard labour. However Gardiner manage to escape in the first few months and returned to Goulburn. Where his career as a bushranger began, for within […]

Escapee Angus Murray friend of Squizzy Taylor

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1923 On the 24th of August 1923, Angus Murray, who is serving a sentence of 15 years for robbery under arms, mace his escape, by mean’s of a small saw, he removed of the stones at the base of his window. The bars were then loosened, leaving him sufficient room […]

Prolific escapee – Josh Clark

ON THIS DAY…… 21st October 1893 On the 21st of October 1893, Josh Clark made his last attempt to escape from the Geelong Gaol. At the time Clark was sharing a cell with another male prisoner, both the men decided to escape by tunnelling through the thick walls. The men managed to remove 12 bricks […]

Dead mans hands – cure arthritis

On this day …….. 20th October 1858 Convict Owen McQueeny was executed at the Geelong Gaol, Victoria, on this day in 1858, after being found guilty of murdering Elizabeth Lowe. After the execution an elderly woman applied for permission to have her hands stroked by the hands of the dead man to help with her […]

Queenscliff artillery man arrested

ON THIS DAY…… 20th October 1902 Leo Peter Whelan, a gunner from Queenscliff, was charged, at the Geelong Police court on this day in 1902, with being illegally on the premises of the Royal Hotel on 12th of October. Whelan was sentenced to nine months imprisonment in Geelong gaol.  

Charged with fraud

ON THIS DAY…… 19th October 1870 John Cook, on remand from Geelong, charged with fraud, was remanded for seven days, bail being allowed in two sureties of £50 each.  

Woman misconducting herself

ON THIS DAY…… 19th October 1903 A woman named Gambledon, who was arrested for misconducting herself, was brought before the Geelong court on this day in 1903. The magistrates were informed by the police that the woman was married only seven weeks ago. The bench sent the woman to gaol for a month.  

Fraudulently converting

ON THIS DAY…… 18th October 1900 On this day in 1900, a youth named John Noonan was charged with fraudulently converting to his own use a bicycle valued at £9, the property of B. O’Callaghan. The accused pleaded guilty. Sergeant Dowler, who conducted the prosecution, gave particulars of the case, and called the complainant, O’Callaghan, […]

Child killer – Geelong

ON THIS DAY…… 17th October 1902 The Geelong Botanical Gardens was nearly the scene of another tragedy on this day in 1902. At about 5 o’clock, a married woman named Bridget Williams, aged 35 years, who arrived here from Broken Hill about 12 months earlier, was observed leading her two children into the enclosure. Her […]

Angry mob burn down Bentley’s Eureka Hotel – Ballarat

On this day …….. 17th of October 1854 On the 17th of October 1854, 10,000 miners gathered at Bentley’s Eureka Hotel on the Goldfields of Ballarat, Victoria to protest the acquittal of James Bentley, the hotel proprietor and prime suspect in the murder of Scottish miner James Scobie, by an allegedly corrupt magistrate. The miners […]