ON THIS DAY – November 5, 1946


In General Sessions yesterday, after a four-day trial, Kevin James Fogarty, 19, soldier, of Broadmeadows military camp, was acquitted on a charge of the manslaughter of Jean Albyn Cheeseman, 22, of Queen’s rd, Melbourne, in St Kilda rd on November 5, 1945. Accused was discharged by Acting Judge Sproule. For the Crown it was alleged that Fogarty had taken a military truck without permission from camp, and while under the influence of liquor had gone for a trip to St Kilda. Travelling at more than 60 miles an hour, the truck had crashed into and killed the girl. Expert evidence was given on behalf of the accused that the truck was out of repair and was not capable of travelling more than 35 miles an hour. Accused gave evidence on oath denying that he was drunk. He had done everything possible to avoid the accident. Other witnesses confirmed Fogàrty’s statement that he was not drunk.  Mr J. A. Nimmo prosecuted for the Crown, and Mr J. M. Culllty (instructed by Messrs Jones and Kennedy), appeared for accused.


ON THIS DAY – November 5, 1901

The story told at the trial of Catherine Kelly for the manslaughter of her infant, five months old, which tool place at the Criminal Court yesterday, before Mr Justice Holroyd, was of a very painful character. The woman was found on November 5 in a drunken state, with the dead body in her arms. The infant was in a terribly dirty condition and its body was shockingly emaciated. The evidence of the various witnesses yesterday did not point to the accused being an habitual drunkard. The testimony of two women was to the effect that she had at different times, called at their house and appealed for shelter, and had been accommodated for two nights in each case. She had no appearance of drinking while staying with these women. Dr. Neild said that the child died through blood poisoning, induced by the state of dirtiness into which it had been allowed to drift.  The women had brought the infant to the Childrens Hospital on two occasions prior to its death and was warned both times that the child was in need of constant attendance, and she promised to bring it even day for treatment, a promise which she never fulfilled. The condition of the child as regards cleanliness was variously described by the medical and nursing staff at the hospital as being dirty, but not particularly so, “not too clean,” and in “a filthy state”. One of the medical officers said that it was necessary for the child’s recovery “that the part near the wound” (the child was suffering from a burn) should be scrupulously clean, but it was admitted that the body generally had not been examined.  Mr Justice Holroyd said the evidence pointed to the fact that the child had died of neglect and that the attention necessary might have been given by the mother, no matter what her circumstances were. It was however, quite possible that the accused did not appreciate the necessity for the child’s regular treatment at the hospital. There were some things that had occured at the Children’s Hospital in connection with the case at which he could not help expressing surprise. It was hard to understand how the condition of the child was not detected at the hospital, considering the high reputation for cleanliness which the institution had, It seemed almost impossible that the state of the child should not have been discovered if any careful examination had been made

The jury returned a verdict of guilty and the prisoner was remanded for sentence.




60 years of Australian TV

Cop Shop was a long running Australian police drama television series produced by Crawford Productions that ran for eight seasons between the 5th of November 1977 and July 1984. It comprised 582 one-hour episodes. The show revolved around the everyday operations of both the uniformed police officers and the plain-clothes detectives of the fictional Riverside Police Station. It also took a significant interest in the private lives of the characters. While many Crawfords Productions police dramas combined videotaped interiors with location footage shot on 16mm film, Cop Shop was shot entirely on video, including external scenes. Two one-hour episodes were broadcast each week and featured a specific police investigation and a guest cast whose stories formed a self-contained narrative block. Alongside this the ongoing narratives of the regular characters continued in longer, more open-ended soap opera-style story threads. This same soap opera-drama series hybrid format was also used in the series Skyways, A Country Practice and Carson’s Law. After an eight-year run, the show completed filming its last episode on 22 December 1983 and the final episodes were screened in the first half of 1984. Cop Shop won many awards including Logie Awards for most popular series and most popular actors, with Peter Adams and Paula Duncan winning multiple times. The show also won a number of other industry awards. Filmed on location at the Old City WatchHouse345 Russell St, Melbourne.

ON THIS DAY – November 4, 1919

William Joseph Flynn, aged 15, of Hood street, Collingwood, and James Patrick Smith, aged 16, of Palmer street, were charged in the Children’s Court at Fitzroy on Monday with having wilfully murdered a boy named Ernest Stanley Worseldine, of Rose street, Fitzroy, on November 4. Mr. N. L. O’Connor appeared for Flynn.

Detective McKerral applied for a remand for a fortnight, pending the holding of the coroner’s inquest.. The application was granted, and the boys were removed to Melbourne Gaol.

ON THIS DAY – November 4, 1948

Charged with the murder of his wife, Evelyn Fisher (63) at their flat on November 4, Harold Fisher (66), of Canterbury road. Middle Park, was remanded in the City Court to-day Without bail until November 19 Police evidence was that Mrs. Fisher died from strangulation. A note found, apparently written by Fisher, said that he killed his wife and intended taking his own life.  On arrival at the flat last Friday the police said they found Fisher lying on the floor In front of the gas oven, which was turned on. He was unconscious, and his wife was lying beside him, dead.




ON THIS DAY – November 4, 1943

That John Joseph Brown, 29, labourer, of Nelson-pl., Williamstown, had led, his mother “an awful life” and threatened to murder her was stated at the inquiry held by Mr. Tingate, city coroner, on Wednesday, to determine the circumstances in which Brown was fatally shot on November 4, allegedly by his young brother, Frank William Brown, 14 years old. Mr. Tingate recorded a finding that he had met his death from gunshot wounds inflicted by Frank Brown. Bail was fixed at £300, with a like surety. Mrs. Teresa Victoria Brown said that she had been repeatedly abused by her son John, who also had threatened to kill her. With her children she had to have meals at a neighbour’s home because they could not get peace when her son John was at home. To Mr. Goldberg, who appeared for Frank Brown, Mrs. Brown said that John had led her an awful life. His conduct had almost reduced her to a nervous wreck. John had been a “lone wolf” he never had friends because of his disposition, which was surly and disagreeable. He always seemed to have a look of villainy in his eyes. Mrs. Mary Adelaide Gilbert, of Ann-st., Williamstown, said that Mrs. Brown and some of her children had meals at her home, because they could not withstand the abuse of John Brown. At 6.40p.m., on November 4 Frankie left her home after tea, and returned about 10 minutes later and said: “I’ve shot Jackie’. Frankie also told witness that he had taken the gun from her home through a window, and, when asked why he had shot Jackie, he said: “Mum will be all right now.” To Mr. Goldberg, Mrs. Gilbert said that she had known John Brown for about six years, and, he could not be described as anything else but a beast.




ON THIS DAY – November 4, 1924

At an inquest into the death of William Paterson Graham, aged 38 years of age, who was fatally stabbed outside the Chinese Nationalist Club, Little Bourke street, Melbourne, on November 4, Harry Yock Kee, aged 29 years, was committed for trial for the murder or Graham.  Evidence was given by Alexander Read that he and Graham entered the club on the night of November 4 and watched some Chinese playing billiards. Roy Charles Ledow, a half-caste, requested them to leave, but Graham began to mark the game. Ledow insisted that he should leave, and they both walked to the door. Yock Kee helped to bustle them out. Read’s hat fell off in the scuffle, and when he turned round after picking it up he saw Graham wounded on the ground.




ON THIS DAY…… 4th November 1932

Australia’s first Milk Bar is opened

Australia’s first milk bar was opened in Martin Place, Sydney, on this day in 1932. Called the Black and White 4d Milk Bar, it was established by Greek migrant Joachim Tavlaridis who later adopted the name “Mick Adams”. The milk bar was famous for its milkshakes and for its mechanical cow. Unlike contemporary businesses with table service, it featured a bar counter with limited seats on one side and milkshake makers and soda pumps on the other, harking back to an American influence. The success of the business had a strong influence in making the term “milk bar” known throughout Australia, and even the United Kingdom.

ON THIS DAY…… 4th November 1922

Concerts at Geelong Gaol

Since the escape of Angus Murray from Geelong gaol there has been a ban on the fortnightly concerts that were formerly held in the gaol for the entertainment of the prisoners. The Inspector-General has now issued instructions that the concerts may again be held , and with the object of reverting to the former practice it has been decided to hold a concert on the afternoon of Saturday, November 10. The assistance of vocal and other artists is desired. Visitors will notice that the surroundings of the gaol have been improved, as the painters and decorators have renovated and decorated the interior of the building. Angus Murray’s cell has been repaired, and peace and order seem to again prevail. The prisoners’ choir master (Angus Murrray) will be succeeded by another prisoner who shows vocal power. It is not generally known that among the prisoners are several men who can contribute an entertainment.

On This Day – November 3, 1923


At Bowen, North Queensland, the strangest case of suicide ever reported in Queensland, and probably in Australia, occurred on November 3. A man, who had previously divested himself of clothing entered the engine shed in the railway yards, climbed on to an engine, opened the firebox, and dived head foremost into the furnace. Cleaner R. Gray was nothing on one of the engines, when he saw the man enter the yard naked and jump cm to an engine which was unattended, but which had steam up and the fire going. Gray ran in pursuit, but was not quick enough to thwart the demented man’s action. Leaping to the footplate, Gray made a clutch at the disappearing feet and managed to get a temporary hold; hut he could not hold on. Gray, with others, strenuously endeavoured to extinguish the flames, but did not succeed before the body was reduced to a charred mass. A pair of trousers and a singlet were found in the yard, and it is hoped to trace the man’s identity by their means.

On This Day – November 3, 1923

Coroner Says “Manslaughter.”

Circumstances leading to the death of Victor Clarence Pearce, aged 22 years, married, who was shot on November 3 in a wine cafe in Carlisle street, St. Kilda, owned by Robert George Leslie Blair, and who died at the Alfred Hospital on the following day, were investigated at the morgue yesterday by the city coroner (Mr. Berriman, P.M.).

Vivian Clyne Pearce said that he and his brother, together with Edward Arthur Wilson, went to Blair’s wine shop on Saturday, November 3, but found it closed. Wilson, looking over the fence at the back, asked Blair to let him have a bottle of wine. Blair replied, “You cannot have one.” His brother then got over the fence, but Blair opened the back gate and told him to get out. Wilson followed his brother into the yard. As Wilson came out again Blair pointed a revolver at him, and Wilson fell to the ground. He could not say whether Wilson was shot. There had been no altercation.

Continuing, witness said that his brother ran past Mrs, Blair, and when he was about four yards away, Blair fired at him. Witness next assisted his brother, who had fallen, to the stable. He admitted that deceased had been fined several times for assault.


The coroner found that Pearce’s death was due to a bullet wound inflicted with a revolver by Robert George Leslie Blair, and that Blair was guilty of manslaughter.

Bail was allowed in one personal surety and one other surety, each for £100.

On This Day – November 3, 1923

John Hanks, a elderly man employed as a watchman on the steamer Woolgar, at Port Melbourne, was strangled on board the vessel early on November 3. Aroused by screams, members of the crew rushed to the deck to find Hanks lying on the deck in a pool of blood. Life was extinct. It appeared that Hanks had invited a stranger aboard, and had spent an hour and a half in the galley, exchanging experiences and smoking. As the visitor, waa leaving, Hanks it is said, produced a revolver. The stranger knocked him down, and when the other men arrived on the scene, he was standing over Hanks’s body, his hands covered with blood.

Ragnar Dahlberg, aged 24 yean, a Swedish sailor, recently arrived in Australia, was arrested on a charge of having murdered Hanks.