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 […]


On this day …….. 2nd of June 1942 There was a rush on clothing stores in Wangaratta on this day in 1942, when new leaked out that clothes rationing was about to be introduced for the duration of the war. People thought they had better get in and buy up before the ration books started […]

Royal visit to North East Victoria

On This Day ……. 17th May 1901 Tremendous excitement in North East Victorias on this day in 1901, as preparation was made for the progress by the Duke and Duchess of York travelling though to Sydney the following day. Spontaneous welcomes were planned at railway stations where brief glimpses of the Royals could be expected. […]

Floods in North East Victoria

On This Day ……. 16th May 1974 The flood danger which everyone hoped had passed, was renewed, when floods swept down the One Mile Creek though Wangaratta, North East Victoria. Residents had to evacuate their homes, as unprecedented levels of water were recorded at Wangaratta on this day in 1974. One house along the creek […]

Week of celebrations

On this day……. 5th May 1901 There was great excitement in North East Victora, in site of it being a Sunday, as the whole district looked forwarded to the week of celebration involving a Royal Visit to Melbourne, and the opening of the first Federal Parliament. Already the week, 60 passengers had left by special […]

Population Turned Out

On this day …….. 25th April 1919 The whole of Wangaratta’s population turned out to welcome home the troops from overseas. A grand procession made it’s way though the streets, under the commemorative arches, led by the highly regarded band from St Augustine’s Orphanage in Geelong. The procession included 20 light horsemen, 75 returned men, […]

Selling Ones Coffin

On this day …….. 22nd of April 1906 On this day in 1906, the unique spectacle of a man selling his own coffin at auction entertained a crowd of people in Wangaratta, Victoria. J.R Wood from Milawa put up his coffin for sale because he was leaving the area. He was a carpenter by trade […]

First White Lady

On this day …….. 16th of April 1839 Lady Franklin, wife of the Tasmanian Governor, passed though the area that would later be known as Wangaratta on this day in 1839. Lady Franklin was travelling over lady between Melbourne and Sydney, becoming the first white lady to do so. Her party spent the night at […]