ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 28, 1892
Arthur Pattison, a farmer at Caniambo in North East Victoria was charged with the murder of his three children. In February 1892 Pattison, massacred his three young children, Arthur aged five, Florence aged six, and Margaret, aged eight, whilst they lay in bed. The instrument used was an axe, which was taken with difficulty from Pattison. It was shown that monetary troubles had, unhinged prisoner’s mind. In court the jury acquitted Pattison on the ground of insanity, and he was ordered to be detained in the Beechworth gaol during the Governor’s pleasure.