On This Day ……. 30th May 1914

Mr. W Furnell as governor of the Geelong gaol, was promoted to Melbourne to the Governor of the Melbourne gaol (old Melbourne gaol). Until his replacement Mr Finnish arrives from Beechworth, Mr. M. Hayward will take charge.

Knowing is a 2009 science fiction thriller directed by Alex Proyas and starring Nicolas Cage. The project was originally attached to a number of directors under Columbia Pictures, but it was placed in turnaround and eventually picked up by Escape Artists. Production was financially backed by Summit Entertainment. Knowing was filmed in Docklands Studios Melbourne, Australia, using various locations to represent the film’s Boston-area setting. The film was released on March 20, 2009, in the United States. The DVD and Blu-ray media were released on July 7, 2009. Knowing met with mixed reviews, with praise towards the acting performances, visual style and atmosphere, but had criticism over the implausibilities. In the final scenes as the world is exploding Nicolas Cage returns to his parents house at Medley Hall, 48 Drummond St, Carlton.

On this day ……… 30th of May 1953 

Homicide squad detectives investigating the Mildura “Pyjama Man” murder have taken possession of a 12in. iron bar. Senior-detective N. Wilby and Detective E. Miller found the bar when they went to Mildura to investigate fresh reports by local police. The bar will be examined by police scientific experts in Melbourne later this week. An aborigine told police he saw a man hide the bar in bushes a few weeks, after the murder of Milan Hlavenka, 32, Czechoslovakian student. Hlavenka was battered to death and robbed of £8/8/ while he slept, dressed in pyjamas, in a sleeping bag on the banks of the Murray near Mildura on May 30. Detectives Wilby and Miller interviewed several aborigines at the weekend.


On this day ……… 29th of May 1963

Homicide detectives investigating the murder of the taxi driver, Norman Victor Jones, on May 29, probed the bottom of the Maribyrnong River with a large magnet to look for the murder weapon. They trailed a 50lb. magnet behind a rowboat for three quarters of a mile in the vicinity closest to the murder scene, in Newell Street, Footscray, a quarter of a mile away. This new move was one of the first in a complete appraisal of the murder. Jones was found lying 30 yards from his cab, with deep gashes in his neck. The murder weapon was either a sharp knife or a “cut-throat’ razor. Detective-Sergeant Kevin Carton, the leader of the investigations, said today the whole inquiry would be repeated. He said there may have been something missed accidentally during the initial investigations.


On this day ……… 29th of May 1942

After hearing 21 witnesses, Mr E. J. Haynes, deputy coroner, found that Arthur Roy Willis, 44, military driver, formerly of Casterton, had been murdered by some person unknown on May 29. Willis’s body was found on the side of the Ocean Grove road, Wallington, with 4 bullet wounds, and indications were that some of the bullets had been fired while he was lying on the ground. Dr. C. H. Mollison said that death was due to haemorrhage from a wound in the abdomen. The bullet had entered from the back. Evidence was given that Miss Norma G. Pretlove, on holidays from Casterton, met Willis by accident in Geelong on May 28, and as a result he was introduced to Mrs Linda E. Black and Mrs Mary D. Skepper, both of Orchard st. In conversation with the women Willis had made it clear that he was to be at the tram terminus at 2am next morning to obtain a ride to the camp. He mentioned the name Green to Mrs Skepper, but she could not say whether it referred to an old soldier mate or to the person who was to pick him up. Willis spent portion of the evening at Mrs Black’s house, then went out with Miss Pretlove, returned by taxi to Mrs Black’s, and arranged to be picked up by a taxi at 1am to be taken to East Geelong tram terminus. Mrs Vera E. Ward, Point Lonsdale, said that a soldier named Green parked his car at her place. On May 29 Green, when putting his car away, mentioned that he had told Willis he would pick him up, but he had not seen anything of him, and came on.


Garnet Kinsman, military driver, said he saw Green in bed on the morning, and Green had stated that he got back to camp between 5 and 6 am and was “too crook” to have breakfast. Green was still drunk. He said he had not seen Willis.
Witness was questioned as to differences, between his evidence and statements made to the police, and at the conclusion Mr Haynes said he regarded witness’s evidence as unsatisfactory. Michael Curran Green, military driver, said that on May 28 he drove his car to Melbourne. Willis had told him he had leave and was not sure what time he would be returning to camp. He had told Willis he would not be back before 2am or later than 6am, and that if Willis was on the main road he would be welcome to a lift. There was no definite arrangement and he did not mention the tram terminus as a meeting place. He did not leave Melbourne till late, and at Geelong took a wrong turn and did not pass the tram terminus. He knew the police were seeking the driver of a truck who was supposed to have arranged to meet Willis, but he had not volunteered information. Mr A. J. B. Aird appeared to assist the coroner; Mr P. D. F. O’Keefe for Mesdames Black, and Skepper, and Miss Pretlove. An inquiry into the death of Pte John Joseph Hulston, 19, who was shot while on sentry duty on September 1, was formally opened and adjourned until tomorrow.


On this day ……… 29th of May 1892

A man named Samson Cornwell died at Beulah, near Warracknabeal, on May 29. No post-mortem examination was held, but at a Magisterial inquiry a verdict of death from natural causes was given. From subsequent information in the hands of the police an application was granted to exhume the body, which was done, and at the inquest held a post mortem revealed a salty metallic substance in the liver and stomach, a portion of which was sent to the Government Analyst for analysis. The inquest was adjourned until July 13. A woman named O’Brien, who was living with Cornwell, purchased some arsenic a few days before he died. She and a coloured man named Prato are under arrest for taking certain property of the deceased’s estate.


On this day …….. 29th May 1917

Tasmania is a small island state located off the southeast coast of Australia. Originally named Van Diemen’s Land by Abel Tasman in 1642, Tasmania is the second oldest state in Australia to have been settled. Unlike the other states and territories of Australia, Tasmania does not have an official animal emblem, although the Tasmanian devil is the “unofficial” emblem of the state. The extinct Tasmanian Tiger, or Thylacine, also symbolises the state on the Tasmanian coat of arms. The coat of arms features a shield supported by two thylacines. On the shield are wheat, apples, hops and sheep, all symbols of Tasmania’s main rural industries. Above the shield is a red lion holding a pick and shovel, which symbolises the rich mining history of the state. The Latin motto underneath is Ubertas et fidelitas, meaning ‘Fertility and Faithfulness’. Tasmania’s coat of arms was approved by Royal Warrant from King George V on 29 May 1917, and proclaimed in 1919.

Death in Brunswick is an acclaimed 1990 black comedy/romance starring Sam Neill, Zoe Carides and John Clarke. It is based on the 1987 comic novel of the same name by Boyd Oxlade. Set and filmed in Brunswick, a Melbourne suburb, it deals with a humble chef, Carl (Neill) who gets a job at a sleazy nightclub owned by Yanni Voulgaris (Nicholas Papademetriou). He begins a relationship with the Greek-Australian barmaid, Sophie (Zoe Carides), which soon brings him into trouble with his employers and her strict father. His drug dealing Turkish-Australian co-worker, Mustafa (Nick Lathouris), is beaten up by the Greek-Australian owners. Thinking Carl told them, Mustafa attacks Carl. Carl accidentally stabs and kills him. He calls his friend, Dave (Clarke), a grave digger, and they bury Mustafa. This leads to one of the most famous scenes in the film—Dave’s idea that they bury the body in the opened grave of someone else whose husband will be buried above her the following day. Dave expects the coffin of the deceased to be comparatively empty, given how long it has been since she died. When he finds that the rate of decomposition is not what he expects, he begins to stomp and crush her body to make some room. Later, Mustafa’s wife and son come to the restaurant and ask Carl if they know what happened to Mustafa. Carl denies having any knowledge and is wracked with guilt. He gives Mustafa’s pay to his wife, even though Dave tells him that it might make him suspect. Later Mustafa’s son sees him at a pool with Sophie. Knowing that Sophie is also having a relationship with one of the Greek owners, Mustafa’s Turkish friends confront Carl. Believing the Greek owners to be responsible, they get their revenge on them, ironically killing the one who was originally responsible for beating Mustafa in the first place. Carl leaves his job and is later comforted when he sees Mustafa in the church (albeit, in a dream) who offers him a friendly handshake. After his domineering mother suffers a stroke and is left a quadraplegic, Carl marries Sophie, despite her father’s protests and the final scene from their wedding is reminiscent of the Last Supper. The famous Greek House (Sophie’ family house) Was filmed at 11 Marks St, Brunswick.

On this day …….. 28th May 2000

Indigenous Australians are the original inhabitants of Australia including its nearby islands. The term encompasses the various indigenous peoples known as Aborigines, whose traditional lands extend throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania and offshore islands, and also the Torres Strait Islanders whose lands are centred on the Torres Strait Islands which run between northernmost Australia and the island of New Guinea. Ever since European settlement in 1788, tension has existed between Indigenous peoples and the Europeans, and the path to reconciliation between the various races has been long and slow. The 28th of May 2000 saw The People’s Walk for Reconciliation across the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a celebration of reconciliation which had been achieved thus far, and to symbolise the fact that reconciliation involves all Australians. It was held in conjunction with Corroboree 2000, which occurred in Sydney during Reconciliation Week in May 2000 to mark the end of the ten-year official Reconciliation process. The walk began at North Sydney station and finished at Darling Harbour, and involved some 250,000 people walking across Sydney’s Harbour Bridge to show their support of the process of Reconciliation between Aboriginal Australians and white Australians.

Wentworth is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on SoHo on 1 May 2013. The series serves as a contemporary reimagining of Prisoner, which ran on Network Ten from 1979 to 1986. Lara Radulovich and David Hannam developed Wentworth from Reg Watson’s original concept. The series is set in the modern day and begins with Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack)’s early days in prison. One of the main characters is Liz Birdsworth. Liz Birdsworth is sentenced to 11 years for Manslaughter, dangerous driving causing death, and driving under the influence. Liz drank a whole bottle of vodka due to stress of organising her mother-in-law’s birthday party. After a fight with her husband ending with him asking her to leave, Liz drives a tractor and drives it over the party tables. Everyone runs to the tractor trying to get Liz off, her daughter stands in front and pleads with Liz to stop. Liz veers the tractor to miss hitting her daughter but ends up hitting her mother-in-law by accident. The filming location for Liz’s house was at Point Cook Homestead, 1 Point Cook Homestead Rd, Point Cook.

On This Day ……. 28th May 1900

An elderly prisoner named Joseph Maber, aged 55, who was serving a sentence of six months’ hard labor, died in the Geelong gaol on this day in 1900. He had been in the gaol hospital since February, and at an inquiry held later that day before. Mr P. Smyth, J.P., a verdict was returned that death was due to pneumonia and debility.