ON THIS DAY – January 30, 1952

William O’Meally, 28, labourer, was charged at the City Court with having murdered Constable George Howell, 26, at Caulfield on the 30th of January. On the night in question, Constable George Howell rode his police bicycle to the Crystal Palace Theatre, Dandenong Road, Caulfield. He had been assigned to investigate and prevent numerous thefts from cars which had recently occurred in the vicinity. At about 10.35 pm, Constable Howell intercepted a man interfering with a Morris Minor. According to witnesses, after a struggle the Constable ran after the offender to the far side of a viaduct. The Constable was then shot in the stomach at point blank range with a sawn-off .22 calibre rifle. Although unarmed and mortally wounded, Constable Howell continued to chase the offender. He collapsed in the centre of Normanby Road, and the offender escaped. Although in shock and terrible pain as well as lapsing in and out of consciousness, he was able to give a description of his assailant to citizens who assisted him and to other police who arrived shortly after. Crucially to the later trial, he identified a hat and other items as belonging to the offender. Rushed to the Alfred Hospital for emergency surgery, Constable George Howell died in the early hours of 1st February, 1952. Even at the hospital he attempted to look at a line-up of men and identify his attacker. A skilful investigation primarily based on articles found at the crime scene and information from Constable Howell, led to the arrest and subsequent conviction of a well known and active criminal. Constable George Howell was appointed in May, 1948. He served at Russell Street, Malvern and (since 1949) East Malvern.

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 30th Janurary 1907

An old man named Jason Jackson, who has just completed a sentence of six months at the Geelong gaol for vagrancy, was found too infirm for removal. He was carried outside the gaol gates on this day and rearrested on a charge of behaving in an insulting manner. He was fined £5, or one month. While he served his second sentence steps were taken to procure his admission to a charitable institution.

 

 

On this day …….. 30th of January 1774

On this day in 1774, Captain Cook sails closer to the South Pole than any known person has previously sailed. He met with thick pack ice that prevented further progression. This was the furthest south and closest to the South Pole that any known person had ever been.

 

 

On this day …….. 30th of January 1946

Melbourne Zoo has lost three lion cubs and two platypuses. Three of the five lion cubs born a fortnight earlier died and Hero and Leander the two platypuses, died within an hour of each other on this day during the heat wave.

 

 

On this day …….. 30th of January 1815

Captain James Kelly, made his name circumnavigating Tasmania with a crew of four men in a five orated whaleboat. They set out from Hobart on the 12 of December 1815 and returned 49 days later on the 30th of January 1815. Kelly was a very large man and on one occasion he bet that his trousers would hold five bushels of wheat. He won the bet.

 

 

On this day …….. 30th of January 1854

On this day in 1854, Cobb & Co’s horse drawn coaches made their first run, departing Melbourne for the Forest Creek diggings (now Castlemaine) and Bendigo. The network of routes was quickly expanded to deal with increased demand in the growing colony of Victoria. Initially a passenger service, Cobb & Co’s reputation for speed and reliable service soon saw it being used for mail delivery and gold escort as well. Headquarters were moved from Victoria to Bathurst in 1862. Workshops were built at Hay and Bourke in New South Wales and Castlemaine in Victoria, and the service was expanded to include Queensland. Horses were replaced at changing stations 25 to 40 kilometres apart, meaning that fresher horses improved travelling time. Today Cobb and co still run a net work of buses across Australia.

 

 

On This Day – January 29, 2009

Arthur Phillip Freeman, threw his four-year-old daughter off Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge, on this day in 2009. A jury of five men and seven women, after five days of difficult deliberation, found that Freeman, 37, of Hawthorn, had consciously, voluntarily and intentionally tossed Darcey Iris Freeman to her death at 9.15am on January 29, 2009. Freeman remained motionless with his hands clasped as the jury foreman announced his fate following a two-week trial in Victoria’s Supreme Court.

 

 

EXECUTED THIS DAY – January 29, 1918

ALBERT EDWARD BUDD – MELBOURNE GAOL

Albert Budd was hanged in Melbourne gaol on this day for the murder of his foster sister. When asked whether he wished to say anything he replied “Nothing. ” He shook hands with the governor of the gaol, saying “Good-bye, sir.” Death was instantaneous. Returned soldiers gathered outside the gaol. Budd left a statement expressing sorrow for the crime, adding that had it not been for drink he would not have been in that awful position.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – January 29, 1947

Chan Kwan aged 37, a Chinese, of Gore street, Fitzroy, was arrested on the 1st of February 1947, and charged with having committed murder in the Flinders street extension. He was located by a large team of detectives at premises in Little Smith street, Fitzroy. The police also arrested Chan Sin, 25, a half-caste Chinese and a native of Jamaica who was also involved in the murder. Young Shing, a Chinese was shot dead in a taxi in the Flinders street extension on the night of the 29th of January and Alfred Sydney Pack was seriously wounded.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – January 29, 1920

Angelo Gaston Lembo (49) shot Stella Norris (21) at a lodging-house in William street, Melbourne and then committed suicide. The lodging-house keeper, Mrs. Findlay, was in the kitchen with Miss Norris when Lembo came home and went up to his room. Shortly afterwards Miss Norris went to hers, but she presently rushed screaming downstairs, crying to Mrs. Findlay, ‘Angelo has shot me.’ Blood was pouring from wounds in the girl’s arm and back. Mrs. Findlay attended her, then ran for assistance. Police broke into Miss Norris’ room and found Lembo stretched dead upon the floor, amid a pool of blood. The shot had pierced his left ear. He and Miss Norris had been engaged and had been living in the name lodging-house, occupying separate rooms. He told an Italian friend over a week ago that he intended to kill himself because he was unhappy. Originally a wood contractor, Lembo served three years at the war. When he returned he won a big sweep, from the proceeds of which he purchased a hotel at Fitzroy. Eventually he sold the hotel and had been living on the money so obtained up to the time of the fatality.

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 29th Janurary 1907

At the central police court on this day in 1907, Richard Crofts, who was employed by Mr. Thomas M’Lennan, farmer and grazier, as a cook, was presented on two charges of forgery and uttering. Evidence was given that accused forged the signature of his employer to a cheque for £20, and cashed it at the local branch of the Bank of Australasia on 19th January, and that on 20th January be cashed another forged cheque for £40. Crofts, who had nothing to say, was committed for trial at the Geelong Supreme Court on 28th February, and was housed at the Geelong Gaol.

 

 

On this day …….. 29th of January 1962

Two leopard cubs were born in the asphalt jungle of Melbourne on the 29th of January 1962, and D24 police car found itself with yet another brand of trouble. The cubs’ mother Sonja, owned by Ashtons Circus was being taken in a truck from Fawkner to the new location of the circus at Burnley. Driver Jim Bettison, 24, said later: “We knew the cubs were due but we decided to take the risk and move her with the rest of the circus to Burnley. But while we were travelling along Flinders street near the corner of Collins place I heard Sonja squeal. I got out and lifted the flap of her cage, and there were two cubs.” Jim decided not to move the truck as the noise could upset Sonja and he told police of his predicament. D-24 sent a patrol car to the circus at Burnley with a message for the head animal trainer, Captain F.W. Shulz, a veterinarian. Captain Shulz advised him to drive on to Burnley “very slowly”. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed” he said last night “Sonja has given birth to five sets of cubs – three each time – and all have died.”