On this day …….. 26th of June 1880

This day in 1880 was a Saturday, and would go down in Australian history as the last stand between the notorious Kelly Gang of North a East Victoria and the Victoria Police. Ned Kelly and Steve Hart rounded up the population of the small town of Glenrowan and locked them in Ann Jones Inn. Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly rode off towards Beechworth to find Aaron Sherritt once a friend now police informant. The Kelly would then force railway workers to derail a section of the Melbourne to Sydney train line. This was done after the last passenger train passed at 9pm, and there would be no more scheduled services until the following Monday.

On this day …….. 26th of June 1880

Ned Kelly, Australia’s most famous bushranger, was born in December 1854 in Beveridge, Victoria. As a teenager, he became involved in petty crimes, regularly targetting the wealthy landowners. He gradually progressed to crimes of increasing seriousness and violence, including bank robbery and murder, soon becoming a hunted man. Ned Kelly’s gang consisted of himself, his brother Dan, Joe Byrne and Steve Hart. One of Kelly’s more daring bank robberies was carried out in December 1878 when Kelly and his gang rode into the Victorian town of Euroa, where they robbed the National Bank of about 2,000 pounds. As a result of this robbery, the reward for their capture was increased to 1,000 pounds each. Aaron Sherritt was an associate of the Kellys, having grown up in the same area, and he was quite close to the Byrne family. He was engaged to Byrne’s sister for awhile. After the gang was outlawed following the murder of three policemen at Stringybark Creek in October 1878, Sherritt turned police informant for money. Sherritt advised the police to camp out in a cave near Byrne’s family home in the hopes of capturing Byrne as he visited his mother. Sherritt’s presence was noted, and Byrne’s sister broke off her engagement to him. Many months later, on the night of 26 June 1880, Sherritt was at home with his new wife, mother-in-law and four policemen. When Sherritt answered a knock at the door, he was shot dead by Byrne. The police officers hid, as they were unsure whether they were Byrne’s real target, and did not report the killing until late the following morning. Within a couple of days, Byrne was himself killed in a shootout at Glenrowan between the gang and the police. Ned Kelly was the only one to survive to stand trial, after which he was hanged.

On this day …….. 26th of June 1945

While Mr R. Billsborow was delivering bread in Molesworth St, North Adelaide, during a storm on this day in 1945, his horse become scared and bolted. Billsborow gave chase but could not keep up, when suddenly the wind caught him and lifted him of the ground and blew him in front of the horse and cart. Billsborow was blown to the ground, but got up to stop the runaway horse just as it passed him.

ON THIS DAY – June 26, 1922

The inquest on the death of Mrs M’Laughlin was continued at Yea. Reuben Fox, who is charged with her murder, was present in custody. Detective Bruce said he went to Fox’s house and found a suit of clothes blood stained, also a blood stained hat and towel. Fox told him the blood stains were caused by falling against a wall and cutting his face on June 26. The cuts on his fingers were caused while he was slicing tobacco. He knew Mrs. M’Laughlin, but did not see her at the dance. Senior Constable gave evidence that Fox’s left boot corresponded with the imprint on the river bank, near where the body was recovered. In an imprint of the heel were 10 distinct nail marks, which corresponded with ten nails in Fox’s boots.


On this day …….. 26th of June 2001

On this day in 2001 an unexpected speed bump on the road to the Cairns Airport in Queensland gave a taxi driver and his passenger a fright when it turned out to be a two meter crocodile laying in the sun.

ON THIS DAY – June 26, 1926

Inquiries made by detectives into the death or Mr John Vale, the secretary of the Independent Order of Rechabites, who was knocked down by a motorcar on June 26 led to the appearance of Edward Murray, aged 34 years, at the City Court. He was charged with the manslaughter of John Vale on June 26. The bench consisted of Mr A. A. Kelley P.M. and Messrs T O’Callaghan, E. Campbell, W.H. Brookes, and G. Douglas, J.P.’s Senior detective Madin said-On June 26, Mr Vale was going to catch a tram at the corner of Victoria and Elizabeth streets at 6 o’clock in the evening. It is alleged that he was knocked down by a motor car driven in a southerly direction along Elizabeth street by Murray. Several days later Vale died from the effect of his injuries. Murray gave his address as 308 Little Lonsdale street. He did not return to that address and he was arrested on the present charge. Murray denies all knowledge of the accident.


On This Day……. 26th June 1922

A search is being made by the Bendigo police for an inmate of the Sunbury Lunatic Asylum, who is stated to have escaped from custody. He is a powerful man and while detained in the receiving ward at the Bendigo Hospital made an attempt to escape. It then took several men to overpower him and convey him to the wards.


ON THIS DAY ………. 26th of June 1880

Aaron Sherritt was born in 1855 and was an associate by Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly on the 26th of June 1880. On the night of the 26th June 1880 Sherritt was at home with his wife, mother-in-law and four policemen, Constables Armstrong, Alexander, Ducross, and Dowling. A neighbour, Antoine Weekes, who had been handcuffed and held hostage by Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly, called out “Aaron” at the front door of Sherritt’s hut. When Sherritt answered it, Joe Byrne shot him dead. The police officers hid under the bed and did not report the killing until late the following morning. Within a couple of days, Joe Byrne was himself killed in a shootout between the gang and the police at Glenrowan. Ned Kelly was the only one to survive to stand trial. He was found guilty and hanged on the 11th November 1880.


On this day …….. 25th of June 1875

In the obituary notices in The Argus newspaper, it appeared the death of a person
named Elizabeth Wickets, at the great age of 103 years. She was a native of Paisley, in Scotland, but at an early age went to Lancashire, where she was
employed as a cotton-weaver. At the time when steam power looms were introduced there was a great uprising of the ignorant weavers, who thought they would lose their employment, and Wickets, who was then a remarkably tall and strong young woman, joined in the disturbances and destroying of looms, and for this, with many others, was transported to Tasmania. In that colony she married a man named John Wickets, who was her second husband, and about the time of the gold fever, the pair came over to this colony of Victoria. The man was a gipsy, and earned a living as a travelling tinker and conjuror. He was very clever at legerdemain, and was well known in Melbourne and Collingwood as “Jack the
Conjuror ” His wife used to accompany him in all his rambles, and when either had
taken a little too much drink, the other would wheel him or her in a barrow
to a hut in which they resided in what was then bush, but now forms the outskirts of Collingwood. About eight years ago “Jack ‘ received a sunstroke while on a journey up country, and returned to Melbourne, where he died in the hospital. The wife, who was now getting infirm, went into the Benevolent Asylum, but could not rest there, because, as she said, her old man’s last words to her were that she should not
allow herself to be beholden to the “pariah,” and leaving the institution, she went to
Sergeant Pewtress, whose duties had made him acquainted with her, and through his good offices she was brought under the notice of Mr Sturt, P M , who allowed her a pension of 2s a week She received some aid from the Ladies’ Benevolent Society, and was provided with lodgings in Collingwood by a family who had known her in Tasmania, and thus her last days were passed in comfort. Her age was computed from accounts she had given of the minor historical facts she remembered, and the calculation agreed with her own statements. Elizabeth was born in 1772.

On This Day – June 25, 1951

A 35-year-old mother charged with the murder of two of her children had suffered three nervous breakdowns and was receiving medical attention, Detective-Sergeant W. Tremewen told the City Court today.

The woman, Mrs Mary Bradley McDonald, of Malvern, is charged with having murdered her seven-year-old daughter. Elizabeth Mary and her eight month-old son David Francis.  Mr McLean, SM. refused her bail and remanded her to July

Detective-Sergeant Tremewen told the court that he found the girl’s body with severe head injuries in a bedroom. A bloodstained tomahawk was nearby, in the bathroom he found the baby boy in a half-filled bath. A preliminary medical inspection showed he had died from drowning.

Witness said Mrs McDonald told him: ‘Ive killed my two children. I wanted them to go to heaven before they had a chance to commit any sins ”

The charges were withdrawn when the mother was certified insane

On this day …….. 25th of June 1942

On this day in 1942, with an alert out for an escaped prisoner from the Murchison POW Camp, Mrs D. Oates of Wangaratta in North East Victoria, had a mysterious night caller at her Mackay St residence. A man appeared at the door, asking for a hot meal. His appearance was rough, and he wore a bandage on his arm. Mrs Oates called the police. They arrived and showed her a photo of Lieutenant Edgardo Simoni, the escapee. Given some hope by the householder that her caller could have been Simoni, the police conducted a manhunt, and finally arrested, not the POW escapee, but an ordinary tramp. He was charged with vagrancy.

ON THIS DAY – June 25, 1922

David Kelly, 38, was charged at the City Court with the murder of Ada Florence Overall at Millgrove, near Warburton, on June 25, 1922. He was also charged with having forged in the name of Ada Overall two documents purporting to be receipts for £500 each. He was remanded until March 26. Bail was refused.
Detective Fowler stated that Kelly boarded with Mrs Overall in June 1921. Her property was worth £1500. In June 1922, an agreement was drawn up by which Kelly was to pay £2 weekly while she lived. At her death the property was to pass into his hands later. The woman disappeared, and as a result of investigations Kelly was arrested. The police found human bones in the Yarra near the house, and also bones in a tank.