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 […]

Much Hooha About Yoo Hoo

On this day …….. 6th of July 1973 A new American drink came rolling off the production line at a Wangaratta factory in Victoria. The product was called “Yoo Hoo” flavoured milk sold in bottles. It was going to be the success story of the century, and Wangaratta was going to be leading the charge […]


ON THIS DAY – JULY 6, 1887 Bridget Mephan arrived from Wagga this afternoon. Numbers of people assembled at the various stations along the line, but there was no demonstration of feeling towards the prisoner, she appears depressed, and say’s nothing, She will be brought up on Monday, and remanded. A reticule and papers in […]

Juvenile Discipline

On this day …….. 29th of June 1918 A group of boys ruefully returned to their homes in Wangaratta after spending 10 days in detention in Melbourne. They were members of the local Cadet Company. Thirteen of them had been ordered to Swan Island, Queenschiff, Victoria, for ten days discipline. The boys complained that the […]

P.O.W On The Run

On this day …….. 25th of June 1942 On this day in 1942, with an alert out for an escaped prisoner from the Murchison POW Camp, Mrs D. Oates of Wangaratta in North East Victoria, had a mysterious night caller at her Mackay St residence. A man appeared at the door, asking for a hot […]


On this day …….. 10th of June 1929 A government order came into force to restrict road transport. An extension of the Act was made to cover the Boroughs of Echuca, Horsham, Shepparton, St Arnaud and Wangaratta. The Act provided that goods should not be carted by road before 7am, or after 1pm on any […]


On this day …….. 8th of June 1916 Peculiar and painful complications occurred on the 8th of June 1916 in connection with the burial of two soldiers in training, Private Thomas Crockett, of Milawa, and Private Pollard, of Wodonga, who died in Melbourne from meningitis. The remains were placed in the van of the morning […]


On this day …….. 5th of June 1870 The bushranger Harry Power was brought into Wangaratta, North East Victoria under arrest. Power had been caught a few hours earlier at his mountain hideout in the upper reach of the King Valley. He had been on the run for months, robbing coaches, holding up travellers, and […]