First Traffic Lights in Wangaratta

On this day …….. 17th of October 1973 On this day in 1973, traffic lights in Wangaratta were turned on, on the intersection of Murphy and Reid st intersection.  

Pony murders violent owner

On this day …….. 7th of October 1910 Jack Carodini met his death on this day in 1910 in a lagoon near the Ovens River at Wangaratta, Victoria. In a drunken state, Carodini had cruelly beaten and stabbed his pony while riding home. In it’s death throes, the pony, still carrying Carodini, jumped into a […]

Murder of Atlas

ON THIS DAY…… 15th September 1869 Although old in appearance, Richard Atlas who also went by the alias of Ham and Eggs, was only 37 at the time of his death. Having lived in Wangaratta for 14 years, it is believed that Richard had inherited some £7000 and had previously travelled to Europe before he […]

Near miss for Tom Thumb

On this day …….. 15th September 1870 The celebrated American Dwarf General Tom Thumb arrived in Benalla, North East Victoria on this day in 1870 with his troupe of fallow dwarfs, after a narrow escape from flood waters. Tom and his party had been almost swept away by a swollen river at Baddaginnie. How ever […]

Murdered By Her Sister

ON THIS DAY…… 6th September 1887 In the case of Mrs. Mepham, charged with the murder of her sister (Mrs. Pike), at Wangaratta, the Judge summed up, in a speech, lasting two hours, entirely against the prisoner. The jury brought in a verdict of guilty with a recommendation to mercy. His Honour, in passing sentence […]

Bunyip Sighting – Mildura

On this day …….. 5th September 1949 A strange creature reportedly seen in the Murray River, Mildura on this day in 1949, may have been a trained seal or sea-lion. One escaped from a travelling menagerie in Wangaratta about two years earlier, and was believed to have slipped into a river.  

Mother and Daughter Murdered

ON THIS DAY …….18th August 2001 On 18 August 2001, at approximately 3am, Lloyd Crosbie sat awake watching a movie. His girlfriend Melissa Maahs lay sleeping beside him in the couple’s bed. Without warning, Crosbie removed a skinning knife from a scabbard and proceeded to stab his girlfriend three times to the head while she […]

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.  

Mad Dog – Daniel Morgan

Some Australian bushrangers made their name from martyrdom, others from pure madness. In the case of ‘Mad Dog’ Daniel Morgan, the source of his infamy was definitely the latter. In June of 1864, Morgan shot a bush worker near Albury, New South Wales. He asked another worker to ride for help, then, suspecting the man […]

Record Snowfall

On this day …….. 15th of July 1966 On this day in 1966, Wangaratta experienced a snowfall of alpine proportions. The snow started falling in the morning, and by lunch time the town looked like English Christmas cards.

Famous Hotel Reopened – Glenrowan

On this day …….. 13th of July 1882 Ann Jones, who’s hotel was burned to the ground during the Siege of Glenrowan and the capture of Bushranger Ned Kelly, rebuilt the Glenrowan Inn on the same site. On this day 1882, Jones had new furniture delivered from Irving’s in a Wangaratta.  

Ice Skating at Wangaratta

On this day …….. 10th of July 1901 The intensely cold spell of July 1901 froze Lake Como, off Murdock Rd, and enabled the local youth to try out new winter sport. The thickness of the ice was well able to support the weight of a man, in fact a number of youths jumped up […]