ON THIS DAY – October 6, 1970


A 19-year old student teacher charged with having murdered a Brighton Grammar sports master on October 6 was sent for trial by the City Coroner, Mr H. W. Pascoe, SM, today. Mr Pascoe held an inquest on Jeffrey Long, 31, teacher, of Brighton, who died as a result of head injuries and stab wounds received at his house on October 6. Robert Shane Lindsay Long, 19, of Aspendale, is charged with having murdered him. A Melbourne Teachers College student, Oleh Kowalyk, 19, of St Albans, said Lindsay Long told him on October 6 that he killed Jeffrey Long.  Sergeant James Prior of Russell Street, said Lindsay Long had gone, to police headquarters on October 6 and said he killed a man and put the body in the boot of a car. Stayed the night Sergeant Harry Morrison of the Homicide Squad said he went to a car in Queens Road, City, and found a body in the boot of a white Morris car. Detective-Sergeant Frank Coates, of the Homicide Squad, said Long had told him Jeffrey Long had been a homosexual. “He said he went to Jeffrey Long’s house on November 5 and stayed the night”, Sergeant Coates said. Long added, “I went to Jeffrey’s place and did the ironing while he corrected some school work. He then went to bed. Later in the night I felt strange and found myself sitting on his bedroom floor. “I then picked up a wooden ashtray and hit him over the head with it. After that I turned on the lights and stabbed him six or seven times in the heart. “He was a homosexual. Perhaps that is why I killed him. I liked him. He was like a brother. He was sinking lower and lower.” Sergeant Coates said Robert Long had told him that although he and Jeffrey Long introduced each other to people as cousins they were not related. He said that Robert Long had denied having a homosexual relationship with Jeffrey Long.



ON THIS DAY – October 6, 1997

The Bega schoolgirl murders refers to the abduction, rape and murder of New South Wales schoolgirls, 14-year-old Lauren Margaret Barry and 16-year-old Nichole Emma Collins of Bega, New South Wales on 6 October 1997. The girls were abducted by Leslie Camilleri and Lindsay Beckett, both from the New South Wales town of Yass, some 60 km from Canberra. The men subjected the girls to repeated rapes and sexual assaults on five or more separate occasions, while driving them to remote locations throughout rural New South Wales and Victoria. Over a twelve-hour period the girls had been driven several hundred kilometres from Bega, New South Wales, to Fiddler’s Green Creek in Victoria, where they were stabbed to death by Beckett under the order of Camilleri. The girls were reported missing on the day of their disappearance, and a massive manhunt consisting of family, friends, police and members of the Bega community combed the area but failed to locate any sign of the missing girls. Police investigations lasting several weeks eventually led to Camilleri and Beckett, career criminals with over 200 criminal convictions between them. Camilleri, who claimed he was innocent of any crime and insisted Beckett acted alone, was facing existing charges relating to other sexual assaults against minors at the time of the schoolgirl murders.



On this day …….. 6th of October 1862

The first zoo to open in Australia was the Melbourne Zoo, which opened on this day in 1862. Modelled after the London Zoo, it featured formal Victorian-era gardens and just a few specimens of monkeys, as well as a limited display of native animals. The zoo began to change in character with the appointment of Albert le Souef as Director in 1870. He began to acquire a wider variety of exotic animals such as black bears, lions and tigers. As the zoo gained in popularity, the gardens were extended, more animals added and, in 1881, an entry fee introduced.


ON THIS DAY…… 6th October 1902

A man giving the name of Henley Henry, and describing himself as a draper from Melbourne, was discovered by night in the Victoria Hotel, Malop-street, Geelong upstairs, trying to open several bedroom doors and tampering with the side entrance to one of the sample-rooms, he was placed under arrest, and appeared before Sir. Patterson, on this day in 1902. He stated he was muddled with drink, and excused himself by urging that he was looking for an empty room in which to sleep. He acknowledged he had only recently completed a term in gaol for larceny, and the Bench committed him to the Geelong gaol for six months.


On this day …….. 6th of October 1898

Notorious bushranger Ned Kelly had five sisters, two half-sisters, two brothers and one half-brother. His sisters were Maggie, who was born in 1857, three years after Ned, and Catherine, variously nicknamed Kate or Kittie, who was born in 1863. In addition, there were Mary, who died as a baby, Anne and Grace. Ned Kelly’s two brothers were Daniel, who joined Ned in the Kelly gang, and James. Some time after Ned Kelly’s father died, his mother remarried, and bore another two daughters, Ellen and Alice and a son, John, also known as Jack. Kate Kelly was perhaps the best known of Ned Kelly’s siblings. Legend claims that she was the fiancee of Aaron Sherritt, notorious for betraying the Kelly gang to the police, and being shot for his trouble. Kate also had another admirer, Alexander Fitzpatrick, who attempted to ingratiate himself into the Kelly family. After making unwelcome advances towards young Kate, he was attacked by Ned’s mother, beaten by one brother and allegedly shot by Ned, although the doctor who attended Fitzpatrick did not confirm a gunshot wound. The event resulted in Ned’s mother being arrested, and the brothers being hunted further by police. Kate was a central catalyst to these circumstances. After helping hold the family together following the arrest of their mother, at the age of 25, Kate married William Henry Foster of Forbes, New South Wales. She was a skilled and respected horsewoman, and perpetuated the family line by bearng six children, three of whom survived to adulthood. Kate’s colourful life ended tragically when she was just 35 years old. Some two years after her sister Maggie died, Kate went missing, on 6 October 1898. Eight days passed before her body was located in a lagoon at Condobolin Road near Forbes. Initial indications were that she died of drowning, but the Magisterial inquiry that was held into her death on 15 October did not indicate how or why this could have occurred. Kate’s death certificate stated there was no evidence, but family and friends believed her depression following Maggie’s death contributed to her own death.


On This Day – October 5, 1908

A magisterial inquiry was held on Saturday morning before Mr. James Long, J.P. (acting coroner), concerning the death of the male infant whose body was found partly buried under a hedge in Blair-street on October 5. The medical testimony showed that the child had breathed and that the cause of death was inattention at the time of birth. There were no external marks of violence. The coroner recorded a verdict of wilful murder against some person or persons unknown.

ON THIS DAY – October 5, 1944

On October 5th, 1944, two boys, John Graham and Geoffrey Clay, aged 8 and 9 respectively walked to Clay’s home for lunch from school. In Clay’s bedroom, the two boys were looking through a penny dreadful magazine. The boys decided to try and emulate the front cover, which showed a bandit with a tommy gun pressed against the chest of another man. Graham stood against the door and Clay held the shotgun, which was to discharge killing John Graham. Geoffrey dragged his friend’s body by the arms into the lane where he was seen by another school friend, Ronald Taplin. He asked Clay what had happened to which he replied he had found the boy in his room and he didn’t know him. When Taplin saw the blood, he told Clay to stay there while he got the police and Clay began to cry. Clay would tell police firstly that he had found Graham’s body in his room and dragged him out as he didn’t want him there. On further questioning, Clay admitted that they had been looking through the comic. Clay at first said “I found him in my bedroom. He had a gun. He put some string on the trigger and shot himself. But went on to admit Graham and got the gun and loaded the cartridge. Clay then told Graham to stand near the door, pointed the gun at him and pulled the trigger. Geoffrey Clay was the youngest person to ever be put on trial in the Supreme Court of Victoria. He was acquitted of the wilful murder of John Graham.

On this day …….. 5th of October 1923

During a wood chopping contest at Valla, New South Wales, on this day in 1923, Stanley Appleby accidentally cut off his leg. He chopped through on side of a 30cm block, and jumped round to deliver a stroke, he slipped and the axe struck his leg between the knee and ankle, almost severing the limb. Appleby survived a 30km dash to hospital, which included being rowed across a river.


On this day …….. 5th of October 1946

While walking though Martin Place in Sydney, on this day in 1946, Ann Anderson thought that a bee had got caught in her hair when she heard a buzzing sound from the top of her head. It was only when a bystander pointed out smoke coming from her head that she realised her hear was on fire. When the fire was extinguished, a cigarette was found to be lodged in her hair. Anderson believed it had been tossed out of a window of the Australia Hotel while she had been walking passed.


ON THIS DAY…… 5th October 1900

A remarkable escape happened in the female excise yard of the Geelong gaol on the 5th of October 1900. An old feeble inmate, who was on charges of stealing line from hotels made a daring escape. She was removed to the exercise yard along with several other inmates. On choosing a moment when the attendant’s, back was turned, she made a dash for the fence and scrambled over only to find a 8ft galvanised iron fence. The noise of the prisoner climbing the second fence made her escape known and the alarm was sounded and the other prisoners cheered. After her escape her movements were traced to a neighbouring hotel, but she eluded the police by, getting into the artillery grounds, and slipping through the Orderly room into M’Killop street. There all trace of her were lost, but she was later apprehended on the Moorabool street wharf whilst making her way to the steamboat for Melbourne.


The creepiest night of the year is almost apon us…… For hundreds of year the 31st of October has been the night where people have tried to contact the after life. This year is no different. Join the team at Twisted History this Halloween October the 31st for a 3 hour Paranormal Investigation Tour of the Old Geelong Gaol.
This tour is designed for people who want to spend more time in the hot spots around the gaol. Groups will be provided with Night Vision Cameras, Infrared Goggles, Laser Grids, EMF Detectors, Spirit Box, Motion Sensors and a range of other equipment.

On this day …….. 4th of October 1937

On the way from Casino to Byron Bay, New South Wales, on this day in 1937 the 10th Prime Minister of Australia Joseph Lyons had his third escape from accident on his election tour. Near Bangalow a car swung wide on a bend, and Mr. Lyons’s car almost went over an embankment.