ON THIS DAY – June 25, 1918


The adjourned inquest concerning the death of Christian Andrea, who died on June 25 from the effects of a revolver wound received in McKenzie street on June 22, was concluded on Monday by the coroner, Mr. D. Berriman, P.M., who committed a youth named Clyde Buddle, 17 years of age, for trial on a charge of manslaughter. Bail was allowed in one surety of £200 and a personal bond of a like amount.


ON THIS DAY – June 24, 1933


At the inquest yesterday on a newly born male child found on the St. Kilda beach on June 24, witnesses gave evidence that the child was born to Irene Williams, 21, single, waitress, on June 23, and that on June 25 the mother was admitted to the Women’s Hospital. In statements to the police Miss Williams is alleged to have said the child was still-born. She threw the body from the jetty into the bay. She also stated that on the day prior to the birth she had fallen downstairs. The Government Pathologist, Dr. Mollison, said the child died from injuries to the head, which included a fracture of the skull. The Coroner, Mr. D. Grand, found the child died from Injuries inflicted by Miss Williams, who was committed for trial.

On This Day ……. 24th June 1913

A valuable black Orpington pullet, nine months old, was stolen from a pen of birds belonging to Mr Tames Heyward, son of the senior warder at the Geelong gaol. It was securely housed. A reward of £3 was guaranteed by Mr Heyward for its recovery, and for the arrest and conviction of the offender.


On this day …….. 24th of June 2010

After Kevin Rudd was sworn in as the 26th Prime Minister of Australia in December 2007, he quickly became one of the country’s most popular leaders. However, before he could finish his first term as Prime Minister, Mr Rudd experienced a huge decline in popularity, for a variety of reasons. As a result, there was a push to replace him, driven largely by the ALP Right faction in Victoria and South Australia, led by Victorian senator David Feeney, Victorian MP Bill Shorten and South Australian senator Don Farrell. On the evening of 23 June 2010, then-Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and member for Lalor, Victoria, called for a leadership ballot. When it became clear that Ms Gillard had the support of the Caucus, Kevin Rudd was forced to stand aside as leader of the ALP. On 24 June 2010 Julia Gillard was sworn in as Australia’s first female Prime Minister.

On This Day ……. 24th of June 1935

The deputy coroner Mr Young, was informed of the death at the Geelong gaol of Andrew McGlashan aged 63 years. At the inquest it was said that McGlashan on April 12 had been sentenced to imprisonment for six months for having had insufficient means of support. When he was received into the gaol he was in a weak condition and he was transferred to the gaol hospital where he died on this day in 1935. The gaol medical officer said that McGlashan had died from heart failure following chronic alcoholism and premature senility.

ON THIS DAY – June 24, 1907

A Charge of Murder

William Smith and Martha Ellen Webb were charged at the Melbourne Criminal sessions on June 24 with having murdering John Geoghegan at Lilydale on May 15. The allegations were that during a drunken squabble the deceased was struck on the head with an axe, and 16 days later succumbed to his injuries. The jury acquitted the accused; who were discharged.

It is well document in the early days of Melbourne, every family had a dog, and in some cases some had a dog for every one of their children. Contemporary records show that 1,200 stray dogs were slaughtered by the police in Melbourne in the year 1848, and that even after that holocaust a fresh crusade, commenced in February, 1849, was able to account for 70 victims in the first four days culling. To try and control the problem police were paid 2s 6d for each unregistered dog they killed.


On this day …….. 24th of June 1880

The blacktrackers brought from Queensland to find Ned Kelly and his Gang left Benalla, North East Victoria on this day in 1880 after being withdrawn from the hunt. The Queensland government considered they were not being given a fair chance. The operation had not been encouraged by officers in the Victorian Police (like Commissioner Standish), who thought it would be rather bad form if the outlaw could be captured by savages and not by European policeman.


ON THIS DAY – June 24, 1850

The inquest on the body of Samuel Jones, reported in to-day’s  issue, resulted in a verdict of wilful murder against some persons unknown, and the committal of the landlord, cook, and waiter as accessories before the fact, which is a capital offence. The evidence against them is far from conclusive, and they will consequently be allowed bail. It is supposed that the murder could not have been  committed without their knowing something of it, and this is, in short, the grounds of committal.

On Tuesday the 25th ult. an inquest was held on the body of Samuel Jones, who had been found dead in a lane off Lonsdale-street, under circumstances which justified a suspicion that he came to his death by foul means. The jury having been empanelled was called upon to view the body which was lying upon a table in a room adjoining that in which the inquest was held. The mouth and eyes of the deceased were filled with mud, and the features were to a considerable extent concealed by the filth which surrounded them. The deceased was lying with his face downward, in a lane immediately adjoining the Angel Inn, in Lonsdale-street; his pockets were turned inside out, and a portion of one of them which had been cut off was found immediately adjoining the Angel Inn ; his chest was much discolored, but from what cause remains to be shewn (sic).

On This Day ……… 23rd June 1905

A man by the name of Alexander Allison, 26 years of age, escaped from this Windermere Hospital for the Insane in Ballarat. Allison was said to be a harmless lunatic. The police were notified of his escape.


On this day …….. 23rd of June 2006

“Harriet” was a Giant Galapagos tortoise, at least 176 years old, which resided at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo near Beerwah, Queensland, Australia. Believed for one hundred years to have been a male, she was the world’s oldest living chelonian in captivity. A chelonian is a reptile with a shell or bony plates. The giant tortoise was taken from the Galapagos Islands by naturalist Charles Darwin in 1835 as a personal pet during his five-year voyage on the HMS Beagle. On that voyage was a young naval officer, John Clements Wickham. After studying Harriet whilst formulating his theory of evolution, Darwin handed the tortoise on to Wickham when the latter sailed for Brisbane to take up a post as police magistrate. Over the years, the tortoise was carefully tended, and in 1958, was moved to naturalist David Fleay’s wildlife park on the Gold Coast. She was moved to Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast in 1987 where she enjoyed celebrity status until her death on 23 June 2006.

ON THIS DAY – June 23, 1934

Judge Moule, in General Sessions yesterday, directed the acquittal of Horatio Wainwright, truck-driver, of Fell crescent, East Malvern, who was charged with the manslaughter of Edward Francis Tierney, aged 30 years, telephone linesman, of Deakin street, Hampton. Wainwright was discharged. Tierney and David Mollison, another postal employee, were wheeling their bicycles along the steel tracks in Dynon road, Footscray, about 2 a.m. on June 23, when they were struck by a car, and Tierney died In hospital.