On This Day – 17th March 1891

William Wallis, aged 25 years, William Selbourne, aged 22 years, and Thomas Wallis, aged 19 years, were each charged with having been drunk and disorderly, and with having behaved in an insulting manner in the street. The evidence adduced showed that on the 17th the prisoners, who had been celebrating the anniversary of St. Patrick’s birthday on coining from the country to the town, had taken just a little more of the smell of the cork than was good for them. They quarrelled and fought among themselves and the police interfered. Under the circumstances the bench decided to fine each prisoner 5s, or 21 hours’ imprisonment at the Geelong Gaol.