ON THIS DAY – December 28, 1905

William Carey, a native of Mauritius, and a resident of Edward street, Brunswick, was found unconscious on the roadside at Alphington on December 27th 1905, suffering from a fracture of the base of the skull. Carey died in the Melbourne Hospital on the following day. Deceased was a half-caste and a married man.

An inquest on the body was opened at the Morgue. Dr. Mollison, who made a post-mortem examination of the body, deposed that death was due to extravasation of blood on the brain due to violence. The detectives are making the fullest enquiries into the outrage, and a young man named Rouse is already in custody on a charge of murdering Carey. It appears that Carey was returning home to Brunswick. He had dispatched his wife by the coach, in which, however, there was no room for him, so he obtained permission to travel on the back step of a drag containing a picnic party.

The dray pulled up at the Darebin Bridge Hotel, Alphington, and it appears that Carey got into an altercation with some one in the hotel, which resulted in a quarrel. Enquiries made by Detective Sergeant O’Donnell have disclosed the fact that the hotel on the night in question was occupied by a larrikin mob known about Northcote and Clifton as the “fiddle breaker” push. The gang was armed with pickets torn from fences, and hurled volleys of potatoes and other missiles. Before the drag containing the picnic party, which gave Carey a lift on the road arrived, the larrikin gang had been particularly rowdy and offensive, and several of them tried to pick a quarrel with the picnickers, who were respectable, peaceably inclined people. Sergeant O’Donnell now has a quantity of direct evidence inculpating thirteen members of the “push,” who will be proceeded against on serious charges.