ON THIS DAY – May 4, 1907


William Grace (20) on Saturday night week rushed to protect a woman, who screamed that a man was assaulting her. Grace struck the woman’s assailant, Arthur Hayes (20), killing him. Grace was yesterday committed for trial by the coroner on a charge of wilful murder. The evidence at the inquest did not bring out any additional details of importance. Two witnesses said that Grace was drunk at the time. It appeared he knew the woman assailed, Mrs. Norah Inell (living apart from her husband) well enough to address her by her Christian name. He also knew Hayes, but did not recognise him at the time he struck him. He heard Inell call for assistance, and he hit the man on the eye, the blow, according to the post-mortem, causing extravasation of blood on the surface of the brain. The coroner said that even if Grace’s own account were accepted, he was guilty of manslaughter, and the jury might consider him guilty of murder.

On this day …….. 4th May 1878

On this day in 1878, Henry Audin attached a locally made telephone to the telegraph wire and sent a message across the border (Murray River) to Wahgunyah through Chiltern and Wodonga to arrive in Albury in the blink of an eye.  The listener at the other end of the phone heard the word …………. Cooeeee. This was the second interstate phone to ever be made. The first inter state phone call to be made was done three months earlier by Mr. McGuaran manager of the Albury telegraph office to Mr Cheyne of the Wodonga telegraph office.

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ON THIS DAY – May 3, 1910


Melanie Dean, whose throat was cut on May 3 by John Tunks, died yesterday in the Melbourne Hospital. Tunks and Mrs Dean had been living together, and in a fit of jealousy or temper he cut her throat at the Sir Walter Scott Hotel, in Elizabeth street, and then committed suicide by cutting his own. The body was removed to the Morgue

On This Day ……. 3rd May 1941

Leo Alexander Willard, of Newtown, was sentenced to one month’ imprisonment in Geelong for having stolen a bicycle, the property of Francis Martini. The machine was taken from a Geelong West industry. Constable Child, of Footscray, said that Willard called at the Footscray police station to give himself up, saying he had “pinched” a bicycle at Geelong West. Willard had said that he met a girl and prevailed upon her not to go to work, but to go for a bicycle ride in the country. They rode some miles out, became tired, and then left the bicycle and obtained a lift to Melbourne.


ON THIS DAY – May 3, 1942



40 year old Ivy Violet McLeod, was found strangled in Victoria Avenue, Albert Park in Melbourne on 3 May 1942. She was partly naked and had been badly beaten by her attacker. An American soldier had been seen in the area just before her body was discovered. Robbery did not appear to be the motive for the crime as her purse still contained about one Pound’s worth of small change.

On this day …….. 3rd May 1804

For many years, Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) was thought to be part of the mainland of Australia. In January 1799 Bass and Flinders completed their circumnavigation of Tasmania, proving it to be an island. As an island, Tasmania enjoyed the uniqueness of its own fauna and flora, and its own indigenous peoples, but all of these were severely disrupted by the arrival of Europeans. Van Diemen’s Land was settled as a separate colony in 1803. 3 May 1804 marks the first of the major hostilities between whites and Aborigines which ultimately led to the decimation of pure-blooded Tasmanian Aborigines. What became known as The Battle of Risdon began when a large group of about 300 aboriginal men on a kangaroo hunt inadvertently wandered into the British settlement. Thinking they were being attacked, the soldiers fired upon the party, killing three of the hunters. Debate has continued over the number of hunters actually killed. While early accounts said that two or three were killed, later the figure was expanded to fifty, and then upwards to 100.


On this day …….. 3rd May 1949

A patient by the name of John Wilmot Allan aged 20 years made a brave escape from the confinements of the criminal ward of the Ararat Mental Asylum. He was committed in 1948 for violent robbery. On the 3rd of May 1949 at 7pm right on the change of shift Allan made his way into the excise yard were he had hidden a fire hose earlier in the day. Before anyone had noticed that he was missing Allan throw the hose over the wall and made his escape. Allan remanded on the run for several months. Once he was found he was returned to Ararat. His description was: Height, 5ft 10in, slight build, fair hair and complexion, and wearing dark blue trousers and black shoes.


ON THIS DAY – May 3, 1898



The trial of Ah Wing for the murder of Quong See, with an axe, on May 3, takes place at Sale on Thursday next, and 15 European and Chinese witnesses left here this morning by special coach for Sale. Mr. Conant, retained by the Crown, will appear for Ah Wing. The prisoner, who attempted to commit suicide by jumping down a shaft 100 ft. deep, sustaining severe injuries, left last week. In charge of Sergeant Pfundt. The defence will be that the prisoner was insane at the time the murder was committed.

On This Day ……. 3rd May 1851

His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, on this day in 1851 appointed Mr James Ashley to be Gaoler at Geelong, Jonathan Clarke, to be medical Officer and Foster Ryan’s, to be the visiting Justice of the Gaol at Geelong.


ON THIS DAY – May 3, 1946


In the city hotel room from which a man disappeared on May 3 was a book by Ellery Queen, a murder suicide mystery, which he had apparently been reading. A few days later clothing was found on the end of Frankston pier. The name of John Wilson was on an envelope in a coat pocket. Description of the missing man is: 5ft 8in, blue eyes, dark hair, sallow complexion. He is a diabetic, and may be suffering from loss of memory. Russell st police are seeking information.

ON THIS DAY – May 2, 1929


Darcy Irvine, aged 19, a motor mechanic, was arrested today on a charge of the manslaughter of James Hannan. The deceased man was was found on the road near Warrnambool on May 2, and died in hospital from heart failure, following exposure.