ON THIS DAY – January 29, 1947

Chan Kwan aged 37, a Chinese, of Gore street, Fitzroy, was arrested on the 1st of February 1947, and charged with having committed murder in the Flinders street extension. He was located by a large team of detectives at premises in Little Smith street, Fitzroy. The police also arrested Chan Sin, 25, a half-caste Chinese and a native of Jamaica who was also involved in the murder. Young Shing, a Chinese was shot dead in a taxi in the Flinders street extension on the night of the 29th of January and Alfred Sydney Pack was seriously wounded.



On This Day – January 29, 2009

Arthur Phillip Freeman, threw his four-year-old daughter off Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge, on this day in 2009. A jury of five men and seven women, after five days of difficult deliberation, found that Freeman, 37, of Hawthorn, had consciously, voluntarily and intentionally tossed Darcey Iris Freeman to her death at 9.15am on January 29, 2009. Freeman remained motionless with his hands clasped as the jury foreman announced his fate following a two-week trial in Victoria’s Supreme Court.



On This Day – January 28, 1962

A Joel Teicher aged 26, appeared in the City Court charged with having murdered four people in Collingwood on this day in 1962. Teicher, a former storeman and packer, from Collingwood murdered Joseph Teicher, 61, income tax consultant and interpreter, his wife, Mrs. Assunta Teicher, 45, Lorenzo Picone, 20, son of Mrs. Teicher by a previous marriage, and Tervito Lo Presti, 17, a migrant girl boarder. The four were found shot dead in their house in Johnston Street. Each person shot five times. The charged man was Joseph Teicher’s son by a former marriage. Many migrants packed the City Court for the brief hearing.



On this day …….. 28th of January 1878


Joseph Hudson a Blacksmith at Stringers creek in Gippsland committed his brother Richard to the Mayday Hills Asylum on the 5th of November 1869, because he could no longer look after him. Hudson’s wife was in Pentridge at the time and had been for a while. Hudson escaped on the 7th February 1877, but was recaptured the following day. Hudson would escape once more on the January the 28th 1878, were he was at large or five days.


ON THIS DAY – January 28, 1934

At the inquest at Maryborough into the death of Henry George Vincombe, aged 59, of Red Lion, near Talbot, the Coroner found that he had been feloniously murdered by his brother, William Vincombe. Vincombe was committed for trial at the Supreme Court at Ballarat on February the 11th. Bail was refused. Henry George Vincombe was fatally shot while riding his horse in a lane near his home on the 28th of January. William Vincombe was confined to Lake Side lunatic asylum in Ballarat.



On This Day – January 28, 1911

The Seymour Court was crowded when the five railway workmen were arrested for the murder of Arthur Ernest Lupton on this day in 1911. Patrick Carmody, Frederick Carmody, William Payne, William Armstrong, and John Henry Prout were charged at Wallan, for unlawfully and wilfully, and with malice aforethought, and murder Arthur Ernest Lupton. The men were remand to the Melbourne court. The court heard Colonel Campbell, roadmaster, and Mr. Bennie, paymaster of the Victorian Railways, visited Seymour this morning and paid off the four men who had previously been employed by the department at Wallan. The men left rather hurriedly without waiting for the money due to them. The coroner found that Lupton died from a fracture of the skull due to a blow on the head feloniously struck by Frederick Carmody, and with the aid, encouragement, and countenance of the four other men. Carmody was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to two years at Pentridge gaol.



On This Day – January 28, 2006

William John Watkins, murdered and raped two sisters Colleen (23) and Laura Irwin (21) in their Altona North home in 2006. Friends discovered their bodies lying side by side on Laura’s bed. In 2007, the coroner found that the girls neighbour William John Watkins had raped and stabbed them to death. Three days later Watkins was shot dead by WA police after being pulled over and an altercation occurred


On This Day – January 28, 1936

At the city watch house, Herbert Nelson Lane was charged with having murdered James Taylor. It was stated that about 8pm on this day in 1936, a taxi-cab drew up at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and a man who gave his name as Hill, of Collingwood, carried another man in from the taxi. Both, were covered with blood, and the second man was bleeding from terrible wounds on the arms, chest, and back, and collapsed and died 40 minutes later. Hill told the police that Taylor’ had received his injuries in a yard at the rear of Don’s Billiard Saloon at Colllngwood. Evidence was given that Taylor and Lane had been drinking on the afternoon of the tragedy. It was also stated that Taylor had a reputation of being a bully when he had had drink and that he did not need much liquor to make him want to start a fight. Taylor was known as the “knock-down man of Collingwood.” There were people In Collingwood who would cross the road rather than meet Taylor.



On this day …….. 28th of January 1942

An inquest was held on this day in 1942, into the death of two men who were hit by an aircraft in a paddock outside Benalla. The aircraft, was making an emergency landing, after experiencing engine trouble. The men were two farmers, George Forshaw and Russell Fleming. At the time, they were fighting a bushfire, together with two policemen. The two policemen were injured. The inquest return a verdict of accidental death.



ON THIS DAY – January 28, 1926


Martin Rueben Knopp, formerly a cook on the steamer Ashridge, was charged with having wilfully murdered Martin Sydney Richards (38) at Collingwood on January 28. The story told in court was that on the night in question Richards, who was in the habit of visiting Knopp’s house during Knopp’s absence, called at the place and after an argument put Knopp out of the house, which he then re-entered with Knopp’s wife and shut the door. Knopp later returned with a revolver. He threatened his wife, but she went on her knees to him and she then ran away. As Knopp entered the house several shots were heard. Later in the street Richards was picked up dead. Detective Harding read a statement made by Knopp in which he admitted having shot Richards. Knopp was found guilty and sentenced to be executed, however it was commuted to 11 years in gaol.


On this day …… 27th January 1868


The Lion, from Mauritius, bound for Sydney, was passing. She has experienced rough weather and has lost her fore main top gallant and mizen top masts.

On this day …….. 27th of January 1868

How easy history can be changed. On this day in 1868 a young Ned Kelly, his brothers and sisters, their mother and her sister were rescued from almost certain death in a house fire, which had been deliberately lit. The culprit was Ellen’s brother in law, James Kelly. Kelly was sentenced to death by Sir Redmond Barry. The sentence was commuted to ten years. James Kelly however would die in the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum.