ON THIS DAY – October 1, 1934

Detectives investigating the murder on Monday night of Herbert Norwood, aged 35, relieving stationmaster at Carnegie, are seeking among other suspects, a racecourse habitue whose description answers that given by witnesses who saw the bandit escape. This man has a small brown “tooth brush” moustache, is said to be hot tempered, and to carry a revolver. The police patrol last night made a search of two seaside suburbs for him, but without success.

August, 1945


Dramatic Arrest

A mechanic, aged 39, of Mildura, was yesterday charged at Russell st with having murdered Herbert Norwood, stationmaster at Carnegie station, on October 1, 1934.

Norwood was found dead, with two shots in his back, by police, who rushed to the station following a dramatic telephone call from the dying man. For many months an intensive search was conducted throughout Australia, but after two years inquiries were dropped.,A few months ago, however, certain information was given to the CIB, and the search was resumed. On Thursday night last Detective Sgt Donelly and Detective Petty, of the homicide squad, were rushed to Mildura, following a conversation with Detective Smedley, who is stationed there. They interviewed a man at Red Cliffs and brought him to Melbourne for further questioning. He was charged at 5am yesterday.  and if they saw that there was a reasonable doubt about the wife’s story they should give the husband the benefit of that doubt. The jury found Caston not guilty on both charges, and he was discharged.