ON THIS DAY – May 13, 1953

GEELONG

The headless, dismembered body of Donald Maxfield was recovered on August 1, 1953 from the Barwon River. Russell Hill and Andrew Kilpatrick were both charged with murdering Maxfield at Geelong on May 13, 1953. Donald Maxfield was reported missing from Colac on the 13th of May, 1953. He was a 22 year old labourer. On the 1st of August 1953, the torso of a man was pulled from the Barwon River. Divers would eventually find the rest of Maxfield’s body, which had been dismembered and placed in kerosene tins and sunk in the Barwon River. It was believed the Maxfield was attacked and bashed in a garage in Colac by Andrew Kilpatrick and Russell Hill, aged 33 and 22 respectively, both from Colac. The men had placed the unconscious body of Maxfield in the boot of a car and had driven to Geelong. Maxfield regained consciousness and was again bashed to death on the banks of the Barwon. It was reported that this was a payback as it was believed that Maxfield had spoken to police about some of Kilpatrick’s dealings