On This Day ……. 27th of August 1894

Great excitement was at the Geelong gaol on this night in 1894 was made evening by a man named John Riohardson, recently discharged after serving a short stay. A few minutes after 9 o’clock the chief warder heard an unusual noise in the labour yard, and proceeding thither armed with u revolver discovered a man crouching at the foot of a ladder near the outer wall. The ladder had been used to effect an entrance, but one of tho rungs had broken, throwing the man to the ground, he was arrested, but gave no reason for his exploit.

 

ON THIS DAY…… 27th August 1934

 

Early this afternoon the body of a girl, aged about 20, was found in a sack under a culvert on the Howlong-road, about four miles from Albury, near the border of N.S.W. and Victoria. Thomas Hunter Griffiths, a leading Albury farmer, made the discovery. The body was clad in pyjamas, and was partly charred, with a towel around the neck. It is believed the dead girl had’ been under the culvert for three days.

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 27th August 1934

 

Mrs Agostini disappeared from friends and family in late August 1934, around a week before the unidentified Pyjama Girl was found in Albury near Splitter’s Creek on the New South Wales side of the border with Victoria. The victim’s body was discovered by a local man named Tom Griffith. Griffith had been leading a prize bull along the side of Howlong Road near Albury when he saw the body in a culvert running under the road. Slightly concealed and badly burnt, the body would not have been visible to anybody driving by. It soon became apparent that the body was of a petite woman in her 20s, but her identity could not be established. After the initial investigation failed to identify her, the body was taken to Sydney where it was put on public exhibition. She was preserved in a bath of formalin for this purpose, at the Sydney University Medical School until 1942, when it was transferred to police headquarters where it remained until 1944. Several names were suggested for the identity of the dead woman, among them Anna Philomena Morgan and Linda Agostini. Both women were missing, both bore a likeness to the Pyjama Girl and both were of the right age. However, New South Wales police satisfied themselves that neither of the missing women was the Pyjama Girl and she remained unidentified. Contemporary belief is that Agostini was murdered around the same time as the Albury victim, and most likely in the confines of the couple’s Melbourne townhouse.

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 27th August 1934

 

Linda Agostini was murdered in Carlton on the 27th August 1934, she was identified as the “Pyjama Girl”, a murder victim found on a stretch of road in Albury, New South Wales, Australia, in September 1934. Linda Agostini was born Florence Linda Platt in Forest Hill, a suburb of London, on 12 September 1905. As a teenager, Platt worked at a confectionery store in Surrey before travelling to New Zealand at the age of 19 after what was rumoured to be a broken romance. Platt remained in New Zealand until 1927 when she moved to Australia to live in Sydney. There she worked at a picture theatre in the city and lived in a boarding house on Darlinghurst Road in Kings Cross where accounts tell she entertained young, attractive men. Platt was a heavy drinker and a Jazz Age party-goer who had difficulty adjusting to stability. Her marriage to Italian-born Antonio Agostini in a Sydney registry office during 1930 was the beginning of an unhappy marriage that would see the couple leave for Melbourne to remove Linda from the influence of her Sydney friends.

 

 

On this day …….. 27th of August 1921

During a big flood at Kempsey, New South Wales, in August 1921, a log struck Toose’s Temperance Hotel on Belgrave st. On examining it, hotel owner Howard Toose was astonished to find that it was the same log on which he had carved his brother’s initials at Five Day Creek several years before. The log had come some 150 kms in the flood to end up at Toose’s feet.

 

On This Day ……. 27th of August 1881

A young man who, named James Clay, who on this day in 1881, was confined to the Geelong gaol for having stolen a watch from the premises of Mr Daglish, South Geelong. It was also stated that he was wanted in Ballarat for a similar offence. Clay was transferred to Ballarat Gaol.

 

On this day …….. 27th of August 1936.

Mrs. M. A. Horsnell, who has been a resident of Daylesford in Victoria, for the past 81 years, celebrated the 100th anniversary of her birthday. She received manycongratulatory mesages, among them being one from the Daylesford borough council.

 

On This Day ……. 26th of August 1880

On this day in 1880, a magisterial enquiry was held into the death of a woman named Mary Wilson was held at tho gaol by Mr Heron, P.M. The governor of the gaol, Mr Dwyer, stated that the deceased was admitted on the 7th April under a sentence of six months imprisonment for having been an idle and disorderly person. The deceased had been sentenced by the Melbourne Bench of magistrates, and she was sent to the Geelong gaol as an invalid, and had been under the medical officer’s care until Tuesday afternoon, when she died. The deceased was 42 years of age. Dr. Mackin stated that death arose from exhaustion, and the magistrate gave a verdict accordingly.

 

ON THIS DAY…… 26th August 1956

A 15-YEAR-OLD, dark-eyed Italian girl told the Criminal Court that a man who was shot, dead at her home on this day in 1956, had forced his attentions on her. She said the man Vincenzo Impiombato 32, of Lygon st., Carlton forced her to accompany him to Brisbane. The girl Grace Riotto, of Severn st., Moonee Ponds, said she was terrified of Impiombato, who, she alleged, had threatened to kill her and carried a rifle with him in his car and when he went to bed. Her brother, Marco Riotto, 16, has pleaded not guilty to having murdered Impiombato. The girl told the Court Impiombato was a boarder at her home last April.  After he left there, he began meeting her. One night he took her to his place in Lygon st., Carlton, and next day they drove off to Brisbane, sleeping in the car on the way. After a week in Brisbane as man and wife, they re turned to Melbourne. “Threat” She said she returned to live with her parents on August 23. Three days later Impiombato called for her and said he would shoot some bf her family unless she told her parents she wanted to go to Western Australia with him. She said she warned her father, because Impiombato had a rifle. She was in a bedroom when she heard two shots. Before the second shot, she heard her mother tell Marco that Impiombato had come “to kill all the family.” To Mr. F. Galbally (for the defence), the girl said she went away with Impiombato because she was afraid of him. He said he would kill her if she did not do what he told’ her. She had begged him to let her go home. “Might kill” Guiseppe Riotto, father of the accused man, said his daughter told him: “Father, there is Vincenzo with a rifle in his hand. You be careful because he might kill you.” He said he went to the door and Impiomoato called cut to him, “If you move I’ll blow your head off.” He said Impiombato was coming toward him with a rifle when he heard a gun go off, and Impiombato, who was coming up the steps, said: “And now I,am going to kill you and all your family.” His son Marco pushed him aside and he heard another gunshot and Impiombato fell to the ground.  Riotto told Mr. Galbally he reported his daughter missing to the police when he went away from home. Later, he laid charges against Impiombato, alleging abduction and rape.

On This Day – August 26, 1936

Murder Charge in Sale

Following the death of Mrs.W. W. Armstrong at the Gippsland Base Hospital on August 26, Dr. G. A. Haganaeur, of Sale visited Dr. Arthur Lanphier’s surgery at Rosedale and found Dr. Lanphier in a state of collapse.

Police look possession of a note addressed to the coroner, alleged to have been found in the surgery.

Dr. Lanphier was admitted to the Gippsland Hospital and on his discharge on the following day was arrested on a charge of having murdered Mrs Kathleen Patricia Armstrong. He was remanded to September 5. No bail was sought.

Reporting Mrs Armstrong’s death to the police, Dr. Haganauer said he would not give a certificate. He held a post mortem and the organs were removed to be sent to the Government Analyst.

Mrs Armstrong, wife of Walter William Armstrong, railway employee, had been ill for several weeks.

On this day …….. 26th of August 2007

On this day in 2007 storms off the New South Wales Coast pushed four metre waves of sea foam onto Yamba beach, covering it completely and half the nearby buildings. The foam was formed from salts, minerals and decomposed material churned by powerful storms to form bubbles. This phenomenon stretched out to sea for 50 kilometre.

 

On this day …….. 26th of August 1905

A STRANGE discovery was made on this day in 1905 by Mr. G. Williams, who it
working up the bed of the Lerderderg river, finding, at a considerable distance below the surface, the skeleton of a horse. In the early days of Blackwood this was
the crossing to Simmons Reef, and the story goes that a teamster attempted the
crossing when the river was in flood, with the result that four out of six horses were washed away, and never recovered. Mr. Williams has doubtless unearthed the remains of one of the animals.