ON THIS DAY….. 27th May 1952

An East Brunswick man murdered his wife and committed suicide because of his wife’s association with another man, the Coroner (Mr. Burke. S.M.) found. The man’s daughter had said that she heard her father say: “You’re not coming back? Well, love, this is it” before two shots were fired on May 27 at their home. The dead couple were William Anthony Kilmartin, 49, storeman, and Margaret Alice Kilmartin, 47, barmaid. Their married daughter, Mrs. Eileen Margaret McNeill, also of East Brunswick, said that her mother left home in May the previously.


60 years of Australian TV

The Man from Snowy River is an Australian adventure drama television series based on Banjo Paterson’s poem “The Man from Snowy River”. Released in Australia as Banjo Paterson’s The Man from Snowy River, the series was subsequently released in both the United States and the United Kingdom as Snowy River: The McGregor Saga. The television series has no relationship to the 1982 film The Man from Snowy River or the 1988 sequel The Man from Snowy River II. Instead, the series follows the adventures of Matt McGregor (Andrew Clarke), a successful squatter, and his family. Matt is the hero immortalized in Banjo Paterson’s poem “The Man from Snowy River”, and the series is set 25 years after his famous ride. The first season was very much a soap opera with several story arcs, but the primary one concerns the arrival of Matt’s American nephew, who’s bent on revenge, certain Matt cheated his father out of the station Matt now owns. In subsequent seasons, there were shorter story-arcs, often featuring guest stars over a few episodes, and some episodes stood entirely on their own. Stars and guest stars of the series included notables and future notables Andrew Clarke, Guy Pearce, Josh Lucas, Victoria Tennant, Olivia Newton John, Tracy Nelson, Lee Horsley, Dean Stockwell, Chad Lowe, Jane Badler, Wendy Hughes, Hugh Jackman, and Frances O’Connor.
Langara homestead the home for Matt McGregor and his family was filmed at 15 Beaches Lane, Newbury.

On this day …….. 27th May 1967

Aboriginal people became Australian citizens in 1947, when a separate Australian citizenship was created for the first time. Prior to this, all Australians were “British subjects”. Aboriginal people gained the vote in Commonwealth territories in 1965, and earlier in different states, according to various state laws. The referendum of 27 May 1967 approved two amendments to the Australian constitution relating to Indigenous Australians, removing two sections from the Constitution. The first was a phrase in Section 51 (xxvi) which stated that the Federal Government had the power to make laws with respect to “the people of any race, other than the Aboriginal race in any State, for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws.” The referendum removed the phrase “other than the Aboriginal race in any State,” giving the Commonwealth the power to make laws specifically to benefit Aboriginal people. The second was Section 127, which stated: “In reckoning the numbers of the people of the Commonwealth, or of a State or other part of the Commonwealth, Aboriginal natives shall not be counted.” The referendum deleted this section from the Constitution. This was not a reference to the census, as Aboriginal people living in settled areas were counted in Commonwealth censuses before 1967. Rather, the section related to calculating the population of the states and territories for the purpose of allocating seats in Parliament and per capita Commonwealth grants. This prevented Queensland and Western Australia using their large Aboriginal populations to gain extra seats or extra funds. The referendum was endorsed by over 90% of voters and carried in all six states. Ultimately, the real legislative and political impact of the 1967 referendum was to enable the federal government to take action in the area of Aboriginal Affairs, introducing policies to encourage self-determination and financial security for Aborigines.

ON THIS DAY….. 26th May 1928

Sentence of twelve months imprisonment was imposed on Albert Vincent Puddephatt, 23 years, sales manager, who was found guilty in the Geelong Police Court of the manslaughter of Olive Myrtle Partlett, 26 years, waitress, at Belmont, on this day 1928. The evidence showed that the girl, with her two sisters, was walking from the Belmont train terminus to her home along the Torquay-road when she was struck by a motor car and carried along about 60 feet. The car did not stop, but was overtaken by the driver of another car. Puddephatt was the driver. He was under the influence of liquor.


ON THIS DAY….. 26th May 1926

The Jury acquitted William Milvan, motorman, and James Hargreaves, guard, who were charged with manslaughter, arising out of a collision between two passenger trains at Caulfield on this day in 1926, when three persons were killed. The Jury added a rlder to the effect that the precautions taken to safeguard the public at the point of the collision were inadequate, and should be rectified immediately .


ON THIS DAY….. 26th May 1915

Charged with the manslaughter of Denis McSweeney, at North Melbourne, on this day in 1915, Andrew McGough, withdrew his plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty. The accused assaulted McSweeney without warning. The Chief Justice, in passing sentence of three years imprisonment, said that McGough had acted like a tiger. Looking at the facts of the case he asked himself why McGough was not charged with murder. He thought that the case was one for the full penalty prescribed by the, Act, but taking into account the fact that McGough was a hard working man and only gave way occasionally to bursts of intemperance, he would impose a sentence of three years.

On This Day ……. 26th May 1904

A young man named John Smith, who was arrested at Colac by Senior-constable Arthur and Constable McKenzie for alleged ‘cattle stealing, has been brought into the Geelong gaol on remand. He was brought before the Geelong court a week later, and further to the gaol.

60 years of Australian TV

34 Hamer St, Williamstown was the filming location for Constable Joss Peroni house in Blue Heelers.  Blue Heelers is an Australian police drama series that ran for 12 years, from 1994 to 2006, and depicts the lives of police officers in Mount Thomas, a fictional small town in Victoria, which was located in Williamstown. Constable Joss Peroni was a fictional character who appeared in Blue Heelers between July 2004 and June 2006. He was portrayed by Danny Raco.

Would you like to join us behind the walls of the Geelong Gaol on an extended investigation?  This Friday night, May 27th we have a few spots left.  This tour gives you the opportunity to investigate an intact 19th century gaol under the guidance of one of our investigators.  You will be taken to areas such as the hospital, kitchen, surgery and morgue……

For information and bookings, call 1300865800

On this day …….. 25th May 1901

A man named Cummins, who escaped from the Ararat Lunatic Asylum was rearrested at Camperdown. Cummins was being bought by train to Ballarat by Constable’ M’Cahn on the 25th of May 1901, were he managed to escape at the Colac railway station. As the engine was pulling into the station Constable M’Cahn saw Sergeant Dowler a few yards standing on the platform, so he went to ask him to watch Cummins while he got some refreshments. Although only a few moments elapsed until both the police returned, the lunatic had disappeared, and all efforts to discover him, he could not be found. On the 8th of June 1901, Cummins was found at Skenese Creek, Apollo Bay. He was taken straight back to Ararat.

On this day …….. 25th May 1847

Little-known Australian explorer Joseph Wild is credited with discovering Lake George on 21 August 1820. Wild was an ex-convict, sentenced on 21 August 1793 in Chester for shooting a rabbit on another man’s property, and transported in 1797. He received a ticket-of-leave in 1810 and conditional pardon in January 1813. After being appointed first Constable of the Five Islands District, now Illawarra, in 1815, Wild undertook several expeditions into the interior of New South Wales with pastoralist Charles Throsby. At one stage, he teamed with Throsby, James Meehan and Hamilton Hume, the latter being the currency lad who later went on to chart a course from Sydney to Port Phillip Bay. Wild and Throsby were the first Europeans to explore the area that became the Australian Capital Territory. Joseph Wild died on 25 May 1847 after being gored by a bull at Wingecarribee Swamp. He is buried behind the church in the Bong Bong Cemetery, Moss Vale, New South Wales.

On This Day ……. 25th May 1901

A Remarkable Record was reported in the Geelong paper on this day in 1901. There will shortly be released from the Geelong gaol, a convict with a most remarkable record. His name is Frederick Clarke, better known as ‘Josh’ Clarke, and he has spent nearly half a century within prison walls. He was born in Leeds Yorkshire, and as far back as 1847 was transported for house breaking to Norfolk Island. From there he escaped, but he was not long at liberty in Australia, for he was soon caught offending, and since that time he has served sentences ranging from a few months to 14 years. In 1887, when he was over 60 years of age, he was sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment for receiving, the judge evidently desiring that so notorious a character should end his career in prison. With another daring criminal, Christopher Farrel, he escaped from the Geelong gaol in 1888, after gagging and pinioning the warder, but the men were re-captured, and each received a further sentence of two years. The ‘Geelong Times.’ which gives these particular s. adds : — Clarke, who is close on 80 years of age, has been a constant source of anxiety to the officials since he has been in Geelong. A never ending watch has to be maintained, for it is only a short time since his cell was rushed and the discovery made that he was just on the point of removing stones from the outer wall of his cell.