ON THIS DAY…… 2nd January 1958

Three young prisoners escaped from Geelong Gaol on the 2nd of January 1958. Graham David Spence aged 23, John Charles Patrick O’Connor aged 22 and John Edward James Johnson aged 19. Inspector L. F. Wright, who assisted Superintendent W. Reid to organise the search this afternoon, said that one of the escapees could be dangerous and people who met the escaped prisoners should take precautions. The prisoners escaped after scaling a 15ft brick wall and using a plank of wood to climb the outer walls, and dropped into Little Myers Street, which is at the rear. Two of the men were captured on the same day near the Queen’s Park golf course, Geelong, after police had circled the area and closed all exits. ‘ The third man, who left his companions after they failed to break through the many road blocks around Geelong, was caught by two youths who chased him near the You Yang Range on the Melbourne side of Geelong. He was brought back to the Gaol.