Join us this weekend at either the Geelong Gaol or in Melbourne’s Chinatown – spots left on all tours! Bookings are essential and can be made at www.twistedhistory.net.au or 1300865800

Friday Night

  • Ghost Tour at Geelong Gaol at 8pm
  • Paranormal Investigation at 9.30pm OR
  • Deadtime Tour at midnight
  • Chinatown Murder Tour at 8pm

Saturday Night

  • Ghost Tour at Geelong Gaol at 8pm
  • Paranormal Investigation at midnight
  • Chinatown Murder Tour at 8pm

 

On This Day – November 11, 1941

After a short retirement a jury at the Warrnambool Supreme Court today acquitted Mrs. Vida Bridget Couch aged 25 years, of the murder or manslaughter of her husband, Arthur Lawrence Couch, on November 11. The Crown said that Couch was standing on one side of a closed door and his wife on the other when a gunshot crashed through the door and entered Couch’s heart. Matthew John Parsons, a neighbor, said that deceased was frequently beating or illtreating his wife.

ON THIS DAY – November 11, 1917

A sodden photograph dredged from the Goulburn gave the first clue to the identity of a murderer who used many names.   On a warm and drowsy summer Sunday afternoon – November 18,1917- a soldier on leave from Seymour Camp, four miles away, rested after a long walk. He leaned on the rail of the old wooden bridge which spans the river at this peaceful spot. He was gazing down idly at the rolling waters in a really Arcadian setting which nobody would associate with violence or murder.   As he watched the moving water he saw what he thought was a dark weed waving its strands near the surface. But then the supposed weed moved suddenly to reveal the white neck and to become the floating dark hair of a young girl. She appeared to be afloat head downwards, but it was clear that her body was held by a river snag.

When the dead girl was taken from the river she was found to have been about 12 years old. Her head had been battered savagely above the right ear, apparently by the back of a hatchet. Identification came swiftly. She was Rose Taylor, who with her widowed mother, Mrs Margaret Taylor, had arrived in Seymour from Bendigo about three weeks earlier.  A fall in the river level next exposed a mud bank, and there lay a small hatchet which proved later to be the murder weapon. The detectives felt sure that the girl had been battered to death under the bridge. There, however, all they found was litter left behind by picnic parties. They had no idea where the girl’s mother, Mrs Margaret Taylor, might be, or even whether she was still alive. All they knew about her was that she formally lived in North Melbourne.

27 November 1917

After investigations extending over seven days the detectives working on the mysterious Trawool tragedy succeeded in tracing Private Arthur Geoffrey Oldring, the machine gunner, who disappeared from the Seymour camp last Monday. He was found on Saturday afternoon, working at an orchard in the fruit growing district of Lancaster, about 15 miles from Tatura. On being arrested Oldring was hand cuffed and taken to Tatura by motor car and then on to Seymour by train. Later on in the evening two distinct charges were laid against, him of having murdered Margaret Taylor and her daughter, Rose Taylor, at Trawool on or about November 10 or 11. On Sunday afternoon Oldring was taken to Melbourne in the custody of De-tectives Naphine and Sullivan, and was lodged in the City Watch-house.

ON THIS DAY…… 11th November 1918

There had been rumours of an Armistice in the war, and several false alarms. When news arrived in the small gold mining town of Eldorado in North East Victoria at 11:30pm, and before long all the mine whistles were blowing, church bells were ringing and there was general rejoicing.

ON THIS DAY…… 11th November 1880

Ned Kelly execution

Ned Kelly, Australia’s most famous bushranger, was born in December 1854 in Victoria, Australia. Kelly was twelve when his father died, and he was subsequently required to leave school to take on the new position as head of the family. Shortly after this, the Kellys moved to Glenrowan. As a teenager, Ned 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. Many of Ned Kelly’s peers held him in high regard for his stand of usually only ambushing wealthy landowners, and helped to keep his whereabouts from the police, despite the high reward posted for his capture. However, he was betrayed to the police whilst holding dozens of people hostage in the Glenrowan Inn in June, 1880. Wearing their famous armour, the Kelly brothers held a shootout with police. Gang members Dan Kelly, Steve Hart and Joe Byrne were killed, and Ned was shot twenty-eight times in the legs, which were unprotected by the armour. He survived to stand trial, and was sentenced to death by hanging, by Judge Redmond Barry on 29 October 1880. Ned Kelly was hanged in Melbourne on 11 November 1880.

ON THIS DAY…… 11th November 1975

Only Australian Prime Minister sack – Gough Whitlam

Edward Gough Whitlam, born on 11 July 1916, became the 21st Prime Minister of Australia on 2 December 1972. It was the first ALP electoral victory since 1946. The Whitlam government embarked on a massive legislative social reform program which was forward-thinking and progressive in many ways. Whilst initially popular, the fast pace of reform engendered caution amongst the electorate, and the economy was beset by high inflation combined with economic stagnation. These conditions were the catalyst to the Australian constitutional crisis of 1975. The opposition Liberal-National Country Party coalition held a majority in the Senate, the upper house of Parliament. In an unprecedented move, the Senate deferred voting on bills that appropriated funds for government expenditure, attempting to force the Prime Minister to dissolve the House of Representatives and call an election. The Whitlam government ignored the warnings, and sought alternative means of appropriating the funds it needed to repay huge debts. With Whitlam unable to secure the necessary funds, the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, dismissed Whitlam as Prime Minister on 11 November 1975, and appointed Liberal opposition leader Malcolm Fraser as caretaker Prime Minister. This was done on the condition that Fraser would seek a dissolution of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, thus precipitating a general election.

ON THIS DAY…… 11th November 1854

Public executions in Geelong

Execution on this day in 1854, two men, who had been convicted, one of administering poison, and the other of murder, were executed at the Geelong
gaol. The crowd outside the gaol numbered about 2000, to witness this,
the first instance of public execution in Geelong. It was hoped that another takes place the new bill that is about to pass into law, will confine these
necessary, yet disgusting, sights to those within the precincts of the gaol.

On This Day – November 10, 1909

THE NEGRO KING AGAIN TROUBLESOME. ATTEMPTED MURDER.

In the Criminal Court to-day William King, a negro, was charged with having on November 10, 1909 feloniously wounded Alfred George Curtis, a warder at Pentridge, with intent to murder him. Evidence was given by several warders that when Curtis entered King’s cell with the object or removing aim to another part of the prison King stabbed him in several places. Accused said the wardens’ accounts of the occurrence were not correct. On the morning in question Curtis, Quick, Cronin, and two other big warders, one named Bourke, and another he did not know, came to his cell. They got him down, and beat him about the head several times. Curtis struck him, and then he used his knife: Witness had absolutely no personal feeling against. Curtis, and had no intention to murder him or any of them. He was very weak that morning, and was suffering from severe pains in his chest. He had been suffering for months. He had a knife concealed on his person for a week. He need it to cut his food and tobacco. He drew the knife and used it on the warders to fight them rather than go to A Division where he knew he would hare been treated worse than the pigs of the place. He would rather be hanged than stay in prison for the rest of his life. The jury returned a verdict of guilty of unlawfully wounding, and accused was remanded for sentence.

ON THIS DAY – November 10, 1910

George James Keliand, labourer, was yesterday acquitted on a charge of the manslaughter of Henry John Morris, labourer, of Carlton, who died on November 10, after he and the accused had fought.  The accused stated that the deceased picked a quarrel with him, and forced him to fight. When the fight was over deceased said to the accused ” I’ll kill you”

 

 

 

 

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 10th November 1921

Smuggling into Geelong Gaol

Smuggling into the Geelong Gaol has been suspected for some time past and Detective Sickerdick and Plain-clothes Constable Dunn have been making investigations. They are convinced that they have sufficient evidence to involve one of the warders, and it is stated that instructions have been given for the suspension of one of the men prior to the holding of an inquiry.

ON THIS DAY…… 9th November 1859

Free falling

On this day in 1859, a miner on the lower Indigo Goldfields in North East Victoria, fell two hundreds and thirty feet down a mine and lived. No broken bones, just a few bruises. It was possibly the longest free fall followed by survival. The lucky miner, James Clements, fell into the well hole at the bottom of the shaft, where the water broke his fall. No explanation can be offered for his miraculous escape, except to reiterate that Cornish miners were traditionally small people, and James was Cornish.

ON THIS DAY – November 9, 1924

 

At the Melbourne Criminal Court on March 26 the jury returned a verdict of not guilty in the case of Albert James Barter (41), carter, who was charged with the murder of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Catherine Dawson, widow, at Yallourn, on November 9. On that date the woman was found mutilated and dead in her hut, and near her was a tomahawk, with which it was believed she had been done to death.