EXECUTED THIS DAY…… 23rd May 1870

Ah Pew was charged at the Castlemaine Circuit Court on the 26th of April 1870 with having, at Glenluce, wilfully murdered Elizabeth Annie Hunt. Annie aged 9 year, with her sister and brother went to De Forest’s school at Glenluce, which they left at 4pm. Annie did not return in the evening, and her father searched for her almost all night, and commenced again with others at daybreak the following morning. He found her body in a hole 6 feet deep near Emu Gully on the morning of the 19th February. Her body was considerably bruised, covered over with contusions, two wounds on the side of the head. Annie had died from the multiplicity of injuries and suffocation by clay being packed in her mouth. There were appearances of attempted violation. On the place of murder, a hat and a European pipe was found, which belonged to Ah Pew. He had been well known to the children, and always brought them lollies when he came to their parents’ home to buy produce. On the 18th of February Annie had come to his hut and asked him if he had sold his boiler. She left after several minutes, but Ah Pew followed her. He was arrested on the 24th of February and was charged with murder at the Police Court at Castlemaine on the 11th March. He was convicted at the Criminal Session of the Circuit Court at Castlemaine and was sentenced to death. Ah Pew was hanged at Castlemaine Gaol at 10am on this day in 1870.