The EK marked gun – Ned Kelly

The remains of an 1866 vintage Winchester rifle found in a mine shaft at Beechworth Vic. during the 1940’s comes to light. private collection Perhaps historically important, but more likely a curio, the remains of a gun block and barrel together with three other antique guns were discovered in a mine shaft back in the […]

Incredible Win

On this day …….. 9th of August 1892 Mr F. Brewer was riding Coronet in the Hunter’s steeplechase at Epsom racecourse at Mordialloc, Victoria on this day in 1892 when the horse fell six furlongs from home. Brewer was thrown some distance, but he picked himself up, caught the horse and remounted. The reins and […]

Michael Sullivan

On This Day ……. 9th of August 1887 Three months ago an aged man named Michael Sullivan was arrested in the Colac district upon a charge of vagrancy, and was imprisonment in the Geelong gaol. Since then his health has failed, and on this day in 1887, when his term expired, he was unable to […]

Navvy Man Named Denis M’Carthy

On This Day ……. 8th of August 1890 At the Colac Police Court on this day in 1890, a navvy man named Denis M’Carthy, was found guilty of a common assault on a lady named Eliza Murray. He was sentenced to three mouths’ imprisonment in the Geelong gaol.  

Notorious Emily Green

On This Day ……. 6th of August 1873 The notorious Emily Green, who for some time past has been diverting herself at Ballarat by getting drunk and uncontrollable, and destroying Government property when incarcerated, has again visited this town. Last evening she was found by Constable Digby, near the top of Yarra street, in the centre […]

Giant Eagle Attack

On this day …….. 5th of August 1898 A boy named Watts was crossing a paddock on Oliver Anketell’s farm near Dandenong, Victoria, on this day in 1898 when a large eagle swooped down and grabbed his dog, burying it’s talons in to it’s back. The bird rose in the air with the dog before […]

Two Larrikins

On This Day ……. 5th of August 1880 Two larrikins named William Worzeldine and Walter Daniels were charged at the police court on this day in 1880, with being found in a public place with intent to commit a felony. There was a second charge of vagrancy. Sergeant O’Hare stated that about 10 o’clock on […]

Woman Lodged in the Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 4th of August 1884 A woman who wrested with a male named Oswald Brown, at Warrnambool on this day in 1884, was lodged in the Geelong gaol, to await the hearing of the charge against her at the Police Court. The man, who was also brought to Geelong, was afterwards taken […]

Remain’s of Australia’s most infamous bushranger ID

The headless remains of Australia’s most infamous criminal, Ned Kelly, have been identified. Victoria state Attorney General Robert Clark said that a team of forensic scientists identified Kelly’s remains among those exhumed from a mass grave at Pentridge prison in Melbourne in 2009. Kelly led a gang of bank robbers in Victoria in the 19th […]

Mona Vale mansion – a house built for a year

Mona Vale mansion, at Ross in Tasmania, was built in 1868 for the wealthy land owner and Tasmanian Parliamentarian Robert Quayle Kermode and he entertained the Duke of Edinburgh there shortly after it was completed. The stained glass windows were created by the Ferguson & Urie stained glass company of North Melbourne and were selected […]

Two Years Imprisonment With Hard Labor

On This Day ……. 3rd of August 1887 David Craweonr, pawnbroker, pleaded guilty on the charges of using false pretences, on this day in 1887. He was sentenced to two years imprisonment in the Geelong gaol with hard labor. His Honour said that due to the prisoner’s age he would refrain from adding to the […]

Death at Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 2nd of August 1887 An aged inmate of the Geelong gaol named John Lynch, died at about 7:30pm on this day in 1887, in the hospital attached to that institution. An enquiry will be held upon the remains at 9 o’clock in the morning, before Mr Pardey, J.P.