On this day …….. 3rd September 1935

Asylum attendants and the Kew police searched for an inmate of the Kew Asylum who escaped from the Institution late on the 3rd of September 1935, after a number of Inmates had been taken to see a motion picture in the main building, it was found that the man had disappeared. The attendants made a through search of the ground, and police on bicycle patrol on adjoining streets. A description of the man is as follows – aged about 45 years, 5ft 8in in height, thick set, allghtly steeping, wearing grey overcoat, felt hat, and dark trousers.


ON THIS DAY…… 3rd September 1890

A Magisterial enquiry has been held concerning the death of the little girl named Veronica O’Neill on this day in 1890, after being severely beaten with a stick about the head and body by her elder sister Eleanor, aged nine and a half years. The latter at the enquiry detailed the circumstance, and said she had always hated the deceased, because she always got everything that came into the house and was always getting witness into trouble. The Magistrate ordered her to be charged with the wilful murder of her sister.




On This Day – September 2, 1954
A stolen, 23-passenger bus ploughed into a 22,000-volt power line in the outer suburb of Bundoora at 9.30 p.m. today, blacking out three mental hospitals and plunging 11 towns over 400 square miles into darkness.
The driver narrowly escaped electrocution as power lines fell around the bus after it had capsized.  The impact was so great that the front wheels were ripped off, the engine hurled from the bus and the top four feet of the heavy power pole snapped off.
The thief scrambled from the glass-littered cabin and fled. Doctors and nurses at the Bundoora, Larundel and Mont Park mental hospitals worked by lantern light, candles and torches to sooth and tend frightened patients during the night State Electricity Commission gangs do not expect to restore power until 6 pm tomorrow.
An SEC spokesman said the thief chose the worst possible pole to crash into. The pole carried the main feeder from the Thomastown power station.
Poultry farmers fear heavy losses due to the failure of lights and incubators.

On This Day- September 2,1942


An extraordinary story was told to Essendon court yesterday, when a soldier, Robert Joseph Saxon was committed for trial on a charge of attempted murder.

Police evidence was given that at 2 p.m. on September 2, a man walked into a police station and said to First-Constable Mante, “I have come to give myself up, as I have just murdered my wife. I punched her in the stomach, and when she dropped I poured poison into her mouth.” Detective Sharkey said he took Saxon to a house in Maribyrnong, and through a window they saw Mrs. Saxon on a chair. Saxon said: “She is still alive. I left her for dead.” The witness said Saxon said to him, ‘She was on with another chap, and would have nothing to do with me.”

ON THIS DAY…… 2nd September 1890

The inquest touching the death of Donald M’Donald was resumed, Mr.W.W.Greene, P.M. Dr. Quick appeared for the Crown, the prisoner Rowe being unrepresented. Although a mass of evidence was elicited during the enquiry, no point of importance transpired. The man John M’Donald, a former partner of the deceased, was re-examined, but his evidence was chiefly corroborative. He swore positively that the last time he saw the deceased was on the occasion when he went to his camp to arrange about the settlement of accounts in connection with some fish they had jointly sent to Melbourne. He was afraid to approach too close to the deceased, as he considered him a “shingle short,” and had, moreover, often heard him threaten to shoot persons on whom he had a down. Senior-constable Egglestone and Detective-sergeant Mahony corroborated the prisoner Rowe’s statement as to his route from Tyntyndyer to Terang. Although some of the camp sites are now submerged by the flood waters, they had been able to follow up his track. They produced the barrel of the prisoner’s gun, and also some burnt cartridges, which were found in the place described by Rowe. The police having exhausted all the available evidence, the enquiry was adjourned till Saturday, October 4th. The prisoner stated that he hoped to see the right man brought to task and that he would say nothing until all witnesses were excluded from the court during the hearing of evidence.

On this day …….. 2nd September 1945

Japan, a major antagonist in WWII, had suffered catastrophic losses following the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and conventional attacks upon other major cities, such as the firebombing of Tokyo. The Soviet invasion of Manchuria debilitated the only significant forces the Japanese still had left. The USA had captured the islands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, bringing the Japanese homeland within range of naval and air attack. Hundreds of thousands of people had been killed, and millions more were casualties or refugees of war. Japan surrendered on 14 August 1945, on the day known as Victory in the Pacific Day in Australia, and Victory over Japan Day elsewhere. The official surrender papers were signed on 2 September 1945, aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, in the presence of 50 Allied generals and other officials.


On this day …….. 2nd September 1904

Grass seeds blown by the wind onto the back of a sheep at Booroolong near Armidale, New South Wales stuck in the animals fleece and germinated sprouting grass 5cm high.


On this day …….. 1st September 1877

Martin Delaney was committed to Mayday Hills Asylum, Beechworth, North East Victoria, on the 1st of September 1877. Delaney had previsly been committed to the asylum on the 10th of November 1875, but was released as cured in December of that year. Delaney owned his own house which he leased out and had a selection of land which he farmed near Burramine. On the 7th of October 1877, Delaney escaped from the asylum but was recaptured three days later.


On this day …….. 1st September 1936

Cocky Bennett the sulphur-crested cockatoo died in Sydney in 1916 aged 120 — possibly making him Australia’s longest lived parrot (although his precise age varies from source to source). The legendarily raucous bird spent the first 78 years of his life sailing the South Sea Islands with his owner Captain George Ellis (who acquired the bird when he was a boy). After Ellis died in the late 1880s aged 87, Cocky wound up at the Sea Breeze Hotel at Tom Ugly’s Point, where he became a star attraction — despite having lost all his feathers by the turn of the century. (His freakish beak was caused by psittacine beak and feather disease.) Cheeky locals were known to ply the “Cock of the Bar” with “strong brew”, making him launch into his noisy catchphrases. They included “One at a time, gentlemen, please” and “If I had another bloody feather I’d fly!”


On this day …….. 1st September 1928

James McMahon, aged 33 years, a prisoner who was serving a sentence of seven years for an offence against a girl in Essendon, Victoria, McMahon was first placed in Pentridge, but after a unsuccessful attempt to escape he was transferred to Geelong Gaol. On the 1st of September 1928, during a religious service McMahon managed to scale a pipe on the eastern end of the Gaol and clime on to an in terrier wall between two excise yard with the purpose of running along and then jumping into Swanston st. When McMahon was noticed by the warden in the tower, he was asked to climb down but refused. The warder fired two shots of his riffle, the first hitting the wall behind McMahon and the second wounding him. This was enough for McMahon to clime down. On the 2nd of September, he was charged with attempting to escape, and an extra 6 months was added to his sentence. The judge also ordered McMahon to under go a psych test.


New Farm resident Carolyn Martin was hanging out a towel on her balcony in September 2011 when three flying foxes attacked her. One bat wrapped itself around an ankle and the other two flew around her face. She said that one bat scratched her foot and another spat in her face. Bats, or flying foxes to be precise, can carry the Lyssa virus and when they are aggressive to humans this is a sign they might carry that virus, and Carolyn had to get a lot of injections over the next month. The year before three men from Gladstone were also attacked and bitten by bats carrying the virus, but since the lyssa virus has become known amongst doctors nobody in Australia has died from it anymore.


On this day …….. 1st September 1894

A panic occurred in Bourke street, Melbourne on the 1st of September 1894, owing to the elephants drawing the lions cage in Fillis Circus procession taking fright. The animals bolted down the street at a great pace, dragging the roaring lions after them, and finally came to a stand still by contact with a lamp post which was dragged away. The cage was uninjured and the lions including Pasha the one eyed lion although greatly excited was unable to Succour their liberty.