ON THIS DAY……. 28th May 1930

At an inquest into the death of Florence Ellen Isherwood, 83 years, of East Oakleigh, who was killed by an electric train at a crossing at Oakleigh on this day in 1930. William Harding King, operating porter at the East Oakleigh station, was committed for trial on a charge of manslaughter. The Coroner found that the presence of Mrs. Isherwood on the line was due to he culpable neglect of King in failing to keep a gate shut and locked during the passing of trains.


ON THIS DAY….. 28th May 1892

Peter Smith was charged with shooting with intent to murder a man named Taylor at Bullarto. Both men were “spielers,” and had a difference. Smith waylaid Taylor on May 28 and fired several shots at him. Taylor escaped, but was severely wounded. The jury found Smith guilty, and the death sentence was recorded.


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On this day ……… 28th of May 1999

Joseph Quadara, a 57-year-old greengrocer, was ambushed by two people and killed in a Toorak carpark in the early hours on this day in 1999, as he was about to start work at a Safeway supermarket. The former millionaire was declared bankrupt in 1994. Police believed that his killing was a case of mistaken identity, due to the existence of another Giuseppe “Joe” Quadara involved in Melbourne’s fruit and vegetable industry with underworld connections, although Joe himself had connections to the Melbourne’s fruit and vegetable markets and it is conspired that the Markets God-Father; Frank Benevenuto hired Andrew “Benji” Veniamin to perform the hit.

ON THIS DAY……. 28th May 1990

On the 28th of May 1990, while on early release from prison, Gregory John ‘Bluey’ Brazel murdered prostitute Sharon Taylor. Her body was found in a shallow grave at Barongarook, Victoria, south of Colac on 23 September 1990. Brazel was born on the 17th of November 1954. Had is a convicted Australian serial killer arsonist, armed robber currently serving three consecutive life sentences for the murders of prostitutes Sharon Taylor and Roslyn Hayward in 1990, and the murder of Mordialloc hardware store owner Mildred Hanmer during an armed robbery in 1982 for which he confessed some eighteen years later. Brazel is often described as one of the most manipulative and violent prisoners in Victoria’s prison system, and was estimated to be worth more than A$500,000 in 2000. He will be eligible for parole in 2020.


On This Day ……. 28th May 1900

An elderly prisoner named Joseph Maber, aged 55, who was serving a sentence of six months’ hard labor, died in the Geelong gaol on this day in 1900. He had been in the gaol hospital since February, and at an inquiry held later that day before. Mr P. Smyth, J.P., a verdict was returned that death was due to pneumonia and debility.

ON THIS DAY….. 28th May 1895

A charge of manslaughter against Detective John Roche was heard at the Criminal Court. Roche on this day in 1895, in company with Detective Brown, went into the shop of Ernest Arthur Gill, in Devonshire-street, Footscray and arrested him on a charge of receiving stolen property. Resistance was offered Roche, and it was alleged on behalf of the prosecution that he struck Gill with excessive violence. The latter was removed to the police station, where on the third day he became ill, and subsequently he died from blood-poisoning. The defence was that unnecessary violence had been used, and without calling all the witnesses subpoenaed on Roche’s behalf the Jury returned a verdict of not guilty.


On this day …….. 28th May 1814

Unlike in the penal colony of New South Wales, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) remained largely a convict settlement for its first fifty years. Little was done to encourage free settlers to take up land on the island. The colony faced starvation in the first few years of its existence, so Governor of Tasmania, Colonel Collins, was forced to send out the convicts to hunt. Lured by their unexpected freedom and undaunted by their isolation from the mainland, many convicts chose not to return, but undertook a life of bushranging. Bushranging soon reached epidemic proportions, and in May 1813, Lieutenant Governor Davey demanded all absconded convicts and bushrangers return by December, or face being shot on sight after that date. Concerned by the ramifications of the subsequent outrage, on 28 May 1814 the Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, offered a pardon to all convicts except for those who had been convicted of murder, if they surrendered within six months. Taking the proclamation as a licence to bushrange, many convicts continued their crimes until the last moment. True to his word, Macquarie pardoned them of all previous crimes, whereupon many of them promptly returned to bushranging.

On this day …….. 28th May 1953

The 28th of May 1953, was an interesting day in Ararat, Victoria because to prisoner from the Langi Kal Kal prison farm and a violent patient from the Ararat mental hospital escaped. Police search the area but the men could not be found. The patient who is 53 years of age, was believe to be heading to Melbourne to see his family. Police have warned relatives that the man maybe dangerous. He was wearing white moleskin trousers, and was wrapped in a white or grey asylum blanket. Police were stationed in the streets surrounding is house

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Death in Brunswick is an acclaimed 1990 black comedy/romance starring Sam Neill, Zoe Carides and John Clarke. It is based on the 1987 comic novel of the same name by Boyd Oxlade. Set and filmed in Brunswick, a Melbourne suburb, it deals with a humble chef, Carl (Neill) who gets a job at a sleazy nightclub owned by Yanni Voulgaris (Nicholas Papademetriou). He begins a relationship with the Greek-Australian barmaid, Sophie (Zoe Carides), which soon brings him into trouble with his employers and her strict father. His drug dealing Turkish-Australian co-worker, Mustafa (Nick Lathouris), is beaten up by the Greek-Australian owners. Thinking Carl told them, Mustafa attacks Carl. Carl accidentally stabs and kills him. He calls his friend, Dave (Clarke), a grave digger, and they bury Mustafa. This leads to one of the most famous scenes in the film—Dave’s idea that they bury the body in the opened grave of someone else whose husband will be buried above her the following day. Dave expects the coffin of the deceased to be comparatively empty, given how long it has been since she died. When he finds that the rate of decomposition is not what he expects, he begins to stomp and crush her body to make some room. Later, Mustafa’s wife and son come to the restaurant and ask Carl if they know what happened to Mustafa. Carl denies having any knowledge and is wracked with guilt. He gives Mustafa’s pay to his wife, even though Dave tells him that it might make him suspect. Later Mustafa’s son sees him at a pool with Sophie. Knowing that Sophie is also having a relationship with one of the Greek owners, Mustafa’s Turkish friends confront Carl. Believing the Greek owners to be responsible, they get their revenge on them, ironically killing the one who was originally responsible for beating Mustafa in the first place. Carl leaves his job and is later comforted when he sees Mustafa in the church (albeit, in a dream) who offers him a friendly handshake. After his domineering mother suffers a stroke and is left a quadraplegic, Carl marries Sophie, despite her father’s protests and the final scene from their wedding is reminiscent of the Last Supper. The famous Greek House (Sophie’ family house) Was filmed at 11 Marks St, Brunswick.

ON THIS DAY….. 27th May 1922

After hearing evidence at the inquest on the body of Eugene Patrick Walsh, who died in tho Melbourne Hospital on May 27, the coroner (Dr. Cole) committed Percy Draper, aged 28 years, labourer, of Albion street, West Brunswick, for trial at Melbourne on June 15, on a charge of manslaughter. Senior-detective Clugston conducted the case for the police, and Mr. Sonenberg appeared for Draper. The death of Walsh followed a dispute with Draper in Swanston street on the night of May 20. When Draper was arrested he was charged with having unlawfully assaulted Walsh, who was in the Melbourne Hospital. Walsh died next morning, and Draper was then charged with murder. Dr. Mollison, who made the post-mortem examination, deposed that death was due to a fracture 0f tho skull and pressure on the the brain. Mrs. Ethel Davison, living in Rathdowne street, Carlton, gave evidence that she was passing the two men in Swanston street on the night of May 26. She heard one say “I won’t.” Both were drunk. One of them, whom she now knew as Draper, put one hand on the other’s shoulder to hold him up, and then hit him with the other hand. The blow knocked the man’s head back sharply, and he fell against the wall of the Orient Hotel. She said to Draper, “You are a coward to strike a like that,” and he replied, “lt’s all right; he’s not hurt.” Draper then tried to make the other man stand up, but he could not. Detective S. IH. McGuffie said that he saw Draper strike Walsh. When asked why he struck him, Draper replied, “I struck him, and that’s all about it.” At the city watchhouse witness (sic) said to Draper, “I think that man will die.” Draper answered, “I hope not. He is a pal of mine.” Next morning witness said to him, “At half-past 2 o’clock this morning Walsh died from injuries received as a result of the blow you struck him.” Draper put his hands to his face and swooned. He began to sob, and said, “He was my best pal.” The coroner said that drunkenness was no excuse for Draper’s action. It might be a mitigation. It was one of those things upon which the law looked very seriously. Bail was fixed in one surety of £100.


On This Day ……. 27th May 1908

A prisoner named James Wilson, aged 66 years, died in Geelong Gaol on this day in 1908, from pneumonia. Wilson was sentenced at North Melbourne in November last to six months imprisonment. His sentence expired on May 1, but he was in such a bad state of health that he had since been brought before the Court from week to week, and had been further sentenced.