At the Inquest on the woman Mary Conway, who was murdered during a quarrel with a woman named Louisa Dennis in Little Church Street, Melbourne. A verdict of wilful murder was returned against Dennis.




A woman named Edith Pillen has been arrested on a charge of murdering her newly-born infant at Northcote on November 24.




Douglas Robertson, aged 33 years, a skilled Worker, who was arrested at Sydney and, later charged at Melbourne with having murdered William Frederick Charles Almeida, bank teller, at Hampton, on November 24, 1924, was to-day again remanded.

William Almeida was a teller of the Hampton agency of the Commercial Bank of Australia, when he was shot during a raid on the bank in Hampton street by three men.  He later died in the Creswick House Private Hospital from his wounds.





The negro convict, William King, who recently attacked a warder at Pentridge prison, and stabbed him several times with a knife, is to be charged with attempted murder. King is still very troublesome.



The notorious negro convict William King who, on the 10th inst., attacked Warder A. Curtis at the Pentridge Gaol, is to be charged with attempted murder. King has since been kept in a strait jack, and webbed trousers, but is still very troublesome. Warder James Quirk, who went to Curtis’s assistance, is still ill from the effects of King’s violence.


William Braslin was known by police as a Chinese camp loafer. He first came to their attention in July 1883 when William, his brother Frank, and another man named William Rowe were charged with wilfully setting fire to Sue Wing’s hut at the Chinese Camp. The boys were remanded for 8 days and bail was set at 100 pounds each. In August 1889 William was charged again, this time for throwing stones at a Chinaman’s house and smashing windows. On the 3rd of April 1892, at the Feeding the Dead festival, William was charged with using vile language and fined forty shillings, plus two and six in court fees. It was heard in the camp that William had married Christina Robinson, mistress to Ah Tune.  On the day of William’s murder, Ah Tune had been at the Braslin’s house for most of the day, only leaving to purchase wine. At 6.30 pm Ah Tune returned to the house where he stoked up the kitchen fire and started to cook some meat. William asked him what he was doing, to which Ah Tune replied “making supper”. William then told him to get out of his house. Ah Tune, took the pot off the fire and threw it in to the back yard and left, only to return 15 minutes later. Finding William drunk and lying on the floor, Ah Tune began to kick William violently for 15 minutes. Christina tried to stop Ah Tune only to be punched in the face. After the vicious attack Ah Tune went back outside, collected his meat, washed it and began to cook again. William was put to bed by his wife Christina but spent most of the night groaning in pain, complaining that his ribs were hurting, and by morning William was spitting up blood. His face was black with bruising from his forehead to below his nose, his eyes were blood shot and bleeding from their sockets. Christina dragged William out onto the street where a passerby offered to take him to hospital, however he was dead on arrival.  The post mortem examination of William’s body showed that there were a number of bruises about the face, head, arms and chest. Three ribs were fractured on the left side, puncturing the lung. The wall of the stomach and intestines were congested and inflamed. The liver was very hard, both kidneys were large and pale, and the spleen was ruptured due to the ribs being fractured. The left lung was punctured by a rib and had completely collapsed. Dr Herbert Walker’s opinion was that the cause of death was due to the ruptured spleen.  Ah Tune was found to be guilty of the murder of William Braslin and was sentenced to death. He was then transferred to Melbourne where this sentence was later changed to 10 years hard labour in Pentridge prison. Ah Tune was previously known to the police as a violent person after the murderous assault on William Henry Clifton, a boot maker, on the 17th of May 1910. One particular night Clifton visited Christina’s working house with a bottle of wine which he shared with Christina, William Braslin and Ah Tune. Later that night Ah Tune started a fight with Clifton by kicking him in the chest. He then tried to gouge his eyes out before attacking him with a tomahawk, cutting him on the left side of his forehead, about an inch long and half the thickness of his skull. After the fight Christina tried to stitch his head, before taking him to the hospital. Ah Tune was remanded before the court, and the jury within 15 minutes, had established it was nothing more than a drunken squabble and found him not guilty of grevious bodily harm. Ah Tune was discharged after being remanded in the Beechworth Gaol for seven days.  William’s wife Christina (Cush) Braslin, nee Robinson, was no stranger to the law herself, known by many for running a brothel in the Chinese camp Beechworth. In March 1910, she served 3 months for assaulting her late husband with a bottle, as well as 6 months for vagrancy. In April 1911 she served 3 months for obscene language. Christine died in the Ovens District Hospital on the 25th of April 1915, five months after her husband.


42-year-old stand-over man Charles Hegyalji, known as “Mad Charlie”, was killed at his Caulfield home on 23 November. He was an acquaintance of Chopper Read and had been associated with the amphetamine industry. Dino Dibra was linked to the killing, which was believed to be either drug or debt related.


Murder charge remand

Albert Edward Anderson, 27, labourer, of Parwan, near Bacchus Marsh, was further remanded without bail until January 17 when he appeared in the City Court yesterday on a charge of having murdered John James Creeley at the Sir Charles Hotham Hotel, Spencer st, city, on November 22.



At the Colac General Sessions, John Rutherford was charged with having on November 22, killed Oscar Johannson at Barongarook. Johannson accused Rutherford of letting his horses out of the yard. Rutherford denied it and picked up a sapling and struck the deceased on the head, inflicting injuries from which he died. The accused was found not guilty.



As a sequel to an altercation in Peel Street, North Melbourne, Edward Thomas James (72), old age pensioner, was charged in the City Court to-day with having murdered Harold Frederick Swanston. on November 22. He was remanded for a week.

ON THIS DAY – November 22, 1907

The trial of Thos. Treloar on the charge of murdering Mrs. Mary Patterson at Albert Park on November 22 last by hitting her on the head with an iron bar, was concluded to-day. The jury returned a verdict of guilty, with a strong recommendation to mercy. The accused was sentenced to death. The reason for the recommendation was that the jury were unable to decide whether Treloar was insane when he committed the deed, or whether he did it in a fit of passion. His Honor promised to forward the recommendation to the Executive Council.


On the 21st November 1884, a quarrel occurred between two men named Rogers and Michael Walsh, in front of the John Crown Hotel on Packenham street. Both were the worse of liquor and Rogers, who is a young athletic fellow, seized Walsh, an elderly man, and threw him over some railings dislocating his neck. Walsh was picked up dead shortly after, and Rogers was arrested.


A man named James McKenna has was taken into custody by the police of Tarnagalla, on a charge of being concerned in the death of a woman believed to be his wife, found dead on the read near Janevale on the 21st November 1884. The body was covered with blood and the skull was fractured.