ON THIS DAY…… 1st January 1910

Recently the sentence of one of the prisoners in the Geelong gaol, who was engaged on some brick work, expired at 9am, but he refused to leave until he had finished his job, and remained till noon. Even then he was loathe to go; but it was pointed out to him that the State could not undertake to keep him longer and that if he did not at once depart an ejectment order would be obtained against him.

ON THIS DAY…… 1st Janurary 1904

On this day in 1904, all prisoners had to have their finger prints taken on arrival at the Geelong Gaol. But it wouldn’t be until 1913, that a criminal case in Victoria was won on finger prints.

On this day …….. 1st of January 1950

Third Escape at Beechworth

Samuel George Southam, 48 years, escaped, from Beechworth Mental Hospital on this day. It was the third escape reported from the hospital in the past week. Southam, who is not considered dangerous, walked out of the gates at 8 am. Hospital authorities carried out a search without success. The missing man is described as about 5 feet 1 inch, medium build, brown eyes, sallow complexion, ana has several front teeth missing. When last seen he was wearing a green shirt and khaki trousers.

On this day …….. 1st of January 1879

Great excitement was found in Bendigo on this day in 1879, when a pet tiger escaped from his private cage. The owner, allowed his children to play with it, so that familiarity with the animal led the children to sometimes leave the cage open. On see his opportunity, as the youthful tiger had finished his dinner, which consisted of raw beef, finding his cage door open, he came out for a sunning. Soon he jumped the garden fence; afterwards espying a goat, he cautiously followed, sprang at it, and quickly devoured the poor animal. The warm blood of the goat having given a filling to his appetite, he started for other plunder of a like sort. He went down View-street, and when at the reserve gate beside the survey office saw a perambulator with a baby in it going through the wicket. He sprang at the child, but the nurse girl instantly got the vehicle through the gate. The tiger, enraged at its quarry’s escapee, started growling most furiously. The strange sounds soon brought a lot of dog who barked and large gathering of people, one man with a gun shot and killed the tiger.

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