On this day …….. 30th of January 1854

On this day in 1854, Cobb & Co’s horse drawn coaches made their first run, departing Melbourne for the Forest Creek diggings (now Castlemaine) and Bendigo. The network of routes was quickly expanded to deal with increased demand in the growing colony of Victoria. Initially a passenger service, Cobb & Co’s reputation for speed and reliable service soon saw it being used for mail delivery and gold escort as well. Headquarters were moved from Victoria to Bathurst in 1862. Workshops were built at Hay and Bourke in New South Wales and Castlemaine in Victoria, and the service was expanded to include Queensland. Horses were replaced at changing stations 25 to 40 kilometres apart, meaning that fresher horses improved travelling time. Today Cobb and co still run a net work of buses across Australia.



On this day …….. 30th of January 1815

Captain James Kelly, made his name circumnavigating Tasmania with a crew of four men in a five orated whaleboat. They set out from Hobart on the 12 of December 1815 and returned 49 days later on the 30th of January 1815. Kelly was a very large man and on one occasion he bet that his trousers would hold five bushels of wheat. He won the bet.



On this day …….. 30th of January 1774

On this day in 1774, Captain Cook sails closer to the South Pole than any known person has previously sailed. He met with thick pack ice that prevented further progression. This was the furthest south and closest to the South Pole that any known person had ever been.



On this day …….. 30th of January 1815

Captain James Kelly, made his name circumnavigating Tasmania with a crew of four men in a five orated whaleboat. They set out from Hobart on the 12 of December 1815 and returned 49 days later on the 30th of January 1815. Kelly was a very large man and on one occasion he bet that his trousers would hold five bushels of wheat. He won the bet.



On this day …….. 29th of January 1864

On this day in 1864 a lad was out on Lake Connewarre shooting ducks. He noticed something ahead of his boat, which he took to be swans, and he accordingly fired at the object. This turned out to be Mr. Butler, a farmer near the lakes, who, perceiving a flock of ducks ahead of him. had laid down in the boat, and was quietly paddling himself along, using his arms as paddles. He had on a white shirt, and it seems the lad had fancied that the regular movement of his arms was caused by the opening and closing of a swan’s wings. The greater portion of the charge took effect in the man’s head, but it is not serious.



EXECUTED THIS DAY – January 29, 1918


Albert Budd was hanged in Melbourne gaol on this day for the murder of his foster sister. When asked whether he wished to say anything he replied “Nothing. ” He shook hands with the governor of the gaol, saying “Good-bye, sir.” Death was instantaneous. Returned soldiers gathered outside the gaol. Budd left a statement expressing sorrow for the crime, adding that had it not been for drink he would not have been in that awful position.



On this day …….. 29th of January 1996

On this day in 1996, researchers using the radio telescope at Parks Observatory in NSW, though they had found proof of alien life when hey picked up a distinctive radio signal at 2.3 to 2.4 gigahertz every evening around dinner time. They later discovered that the signal was coming from the microwave oven downstairs.



On this day …….. 29th of January 1962

Two leopard cubs were born in the asphalt jungle of Melbourne on the 29th of January 1962, and D24 police car found itself with yet another brand of trouble. The cubs’ mother Sonja, owned by Ashtons Circus was being taken in a truck from Fawkner to the new location of the circus at Burnley. Driver Jim Bettison, 24, said later: “We knew the cubs were due but we decided to take the risk and move her with the rest of the circus to Burnley. But while we were travelling along Flinders street near the corner of Collins place I heard Sonja squeal. I got out and lifted the flap of her cage, and there were two cubs.” Jim decided not to move the truck as the noise could upset Sonja and he told police of his predicament. D-24 sent a patrol car to the circus at Burnley with a message for the head animal trainer, Captain F.W. Shulz, a veterinarian. Captain Shulz advised him to drive on to Burnley “very slowly”. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed” he said last night “Sonja has given birth to five sets of cubs – three each time – and all have died.”



On this day …….. 29th of January 1947

David Henry Ecketts, 32, broke out of Beechworth reformatory prison on this day. Ecketts was serving a two and a half years’ sentence for four counts housebreaking and stealing, larceny of a bicycle, and larceny from a dwelling. He was sentenced in April, 1945. He is described: 5ft 8in, brown hair, grey eyes, slight build. Has scars on the right wrist and nose, and both little fingers are deformed. DAVID H. ECKETTS Anyone knowing his whereabouts should notify the nearest police.



ON THIS DAY…… 29th Janurary 1907

At the central police court on this day in 1907, Richard Crofts, who was employed by Mr. Thomas M’Lennan, farmer and grazier, as a cook, was presented on two charges of forgery and uttering. Evidence was given that accused forged the signature of his employer to a cheque for £20, and cashed it at the local branch of the Bank of Australasia on 19th January, and that on 20th January be cashed another forged cheque for £40. Crofts, who had nothing to say, was committed for trial at the Geelong Supreme Court on 28th February, and was housed at the Geelong Gaol.



On this day …… 29th January 1932

The Lady Loch has set of on her quarterly round of the Victorian and Tasmanian lighthouses. To tho children living in these Isolated areas she is known as the Santa Claus ship. At this time of the year there is something more than household stores on hoard. Books, dolls, beads, almonds and raisins, and a variety of toys form part of the cargo. More than 80 children will participate in the pleasure of receiving these gifts, which have been Bent from Victoria, so that, in their Isolation, they will not be cheated of the pleasure of receiving some thing from Santa Claus. Through the enthusiasm of Miss Alice, Orrong Road, Elsternwick, a consignment of good has been forwarded as Christmas gifts to the lighthouse children for the last eight years. This time parcels of fancy work have been included,’ so that the mothers will not feel neglected. Eager eyes will scan tho horizon for a first glimpse of the Santa Claus ship long before the Lady Loch ls due. It will not be long before the children at Cape Otway and Gabo Island will be opening their, parcels, but the bairns in the lonely spots along the Tasmanian coast will still have to bide a week.

ON THIS DAY – January 29, 1920

Angelo Gaston Lembo (49) shot Stella Norris (21) at a lodging-house in William street, Melbourne and then committed suicide. The lodging-house keeper, Mrs. Findlay, was in the kitchen with Miss Norris when Lembo came home and went up to his room. Shortly afterwards Miss Norris went to hers, but she presently rushed screaming downstairs, crying to Mrs. Findlay, ‘Angelo has shot me.’ Blood was pouring from wounds in the girl’s arm and back. Mrs. Findlay attended her, then ran for assistance. Police broke into Miss Norris’ room and found Lembo stretched dead upon the floor, amid a pool of blood. The shot had pierced his left ear. He and Miss Norris had been engaged and had been living in the name lodging-house, occupying separate rooms. He told an Italian friend over a week ago that he intended to kill himself because he was unhappy. Originally a wood contractor, Lembo served three years at the war. When he returned he won a big sweep, from the proceeds of which he purchased a hotel at Fitzroy. Eventually he sold the hotel and had been living on the money so obtained up to the time of the fatality.