EXECUTED THIS DAY – January 24, 1916
John Jackson was hanged in the Melbourne Gaol on this day in 1916, for the murder of Constable McGrath at the Trades’ Hall. Death was instantaneous. The Rev. W. Forbes, of the Church of England. who attended the condemned man, said that Jackson was very reticent at first, but later became confidential, confessed his sins and expressed contrition. His chief anxiety was for his wife and two children, aged seven and five, and he feared they would be told by some interfering person that their father died on the gallows. He limped to the scaffold having not sufficiently recovered from the fractured ankle caused by a bullet during the fight with the police. He was not nervous and faced death calmly. When asked if he had anything to say he said. “No;’ I thank you all for your kindness.” Jackson had passed a good night and appeared quite resigned to’ his fate.