On this day …….. 22nd of December 1934
When word reached police at Melbourne’s Russell street station on the night of the 22nd of December 1934, that a man was in the Yarra River near the Princes Bridge, a patrol was dispatched to investigate. They found the man standing in the water up to his armpits. When asked what he was doing, the man replied that he was looking for his false teeth. The officers ordered him out of the river and the man reluctantly moved to comply, stating he could not afford to lose his teeth. When he tried to climb the stone embankment, he found it was too steep. A rope was found, but it was no help. Finally the police hauled the man out by hooking the waist of his trousers with a boathook. As the man stood shivering on the bank, he noticed that his missing false teeth were in his waistcoat pocket.