On this day …….. 19th of December 1964

Town relocated

The town of Jindabyne in NSW, resulted from the earliest settlements in Australia’s Snowy Mountains. It is thought to have come about after the Pendergast brothers, sons of an ex-convict, arrived in the area possibly as early as the 1820s. Sheep farming, wheat and a flour mill gave the town its first start, and more impetus came with the goldrush of the high country, in 1859-1860. It is believed that as new settlers arrived in the district, the town sprang up around a popular crossing of the Snowy River. A general store and post office was established in 1862, followed by a school in 1882 and a police station in 1883. Rainbow trout were released into the Snowy River in 1884, starting the popular tradition of trout fishing in the area.

The construction of new buildings in Jindabyne was banned by the Australian Government in 1960, when it was announced that the town, together with the nearby town of Adaminaby, would be flooded to create Jindabyne Lake, a dam that would feed the proposed Snowy Mountain Hydro-Electric Scheme. Between 1962 and 1964, Jindabyne and Adaminaby were gradually relocated onto higher ground. On this day the 19th of December 1964, “new Jindabyne” was officially opened by Sir Eric Woodward, the Governor of NSW. The dam was completed in 1967, and thousands of hectares of land flooded.


ON THIS DAY – December 18, 1954


On this day in 1954, Harry Louie Davids aged 37, of the Country Roads Board camp at Hall’s Gap, was remanded at the City Court till December 28, on a charge of murdering Leo Norman Cannard aged 50, C.R.B. camp cook, at Hall’s Gap.

Police gave no formal evidence, and Davids did not ask for bail.

ON THIS DAY – December 18, 1902

Margaret Thomas, a domestic servant, aged 22 years, was committed for trial at the Gordon Police Court on a charge of murdering her illegitimate child at Egerton on December 18. Evidence was given by Thomas Stevens as to the finding of the body of a child in an outhouse at the Rose Hotel on the morning of December 19, and Mr. Gowan, M.B., who made the post mortem examination, stated that death was duo to suffocation. The accused reserved her defence, and was committed for trial. Bail was allowed in two sureties of £200 each.

ON THIS DAY…… 18th December 1901

The prisoner at Geelong Gaol, John Gambil whose name figures upon the gaol records very frequently for disorderly conduct and breaches of gaol discipline, was brought before the visiting magistrates on this day in 1901. Evidence was given by two doctors that the man was Insane. Gambil was committed to the asylum at Kew.

ON THIS DAY – December 18, 1945


Leo Clinton Cartledge aged 23, of George Street, Fitzroy, labourer, was charged with the murder of Raymond Theodore Combs, aged 20 an American negro seaman. He was remanded until January 9. Combs’ body was found in the Yarra at Studley Park on December 24. Police allege that his skull was smashed by blows from beer bottles in an argument at a house at Fitzroy on December 18, and that he was later taken in a cab to the Yarra, where the body was thrown in. A pathologist’s report indicated that Combs was still alive when he entered the water. Combs deserted from a U.S. merchant ship in Melbourne on December 17. Motive for the crime, police say, was robbery.

On this day …….. 18th of December 1891


On the 18th of December 1891, a group of 11 prisoners were being transferred Melbourne Gaol to Geelong Gaol by train. While at Spencer street station it was noticed that one of the prisoners had escaped. The alarm was raised and the city police with wardens were dispatched, while the remainder of the prisoners were taken to Geelong.

On this day …….. 18th of December 2011

The owner of a station wagon reported stolen from a shopping centre in the Adelaide Hills on the 18th of December 2011. It was found 17 days later, neatly parked in a nearby garage, when a couple returned from a holiday. Police believe the owner forgot to put the handbrake on, leaving the vehicle free to roll though the car park, across a street and down a driveway, before forcing itself under a roller door and coming to a stop inside, while the door closed it’s self.

On this day …….. 18th of December 1894

An escaped lunatic from the Ararat Asylum, William Price was recaptured at his parents house in Corop, a small town near Bendigo. The police who were on the lookout for Price, escorted him to the Bendigo Hospital. It is believed that after escaping from the Bendigo Hospital he walked home and appeared quite rational. On the 18th of December 1894 at his parents house, Price violently struck his sister over the head with an iron bar, killing her. On the 23rd of December Mr Smith, J.P held an inquest before a jury of five in relation to Miss Prices death, found that she died from paralysis brought on by shock to the nervous system. The body bore traces of smaller injuries, suggesting the deceased had probably been shoved about by her brother. Price was arrested for the murder of his sister, at the time of the arrest he was so violent that he had to be put in a straight jacket. On the 22nd December Price was sent to the Kew Asylum.

ON THIS DAY – December 17, 1965

Keith Ryrie was charged in the Melbourne City Court with having murdered Maureen Patricia Ferrari, 18, at Holmesglen. Ryrie was charged in the City Court also for having murdered Rhonda Margaret Irwin, 5, at Burnley the week before. Senior Detective Harry Morrison, of the Homicide Squad, told the City Court: “On December 17 last the murdered body of Maureen Patricia Ferrari was found on railway land near the Holmesglen Railway Station”. During an interview with Ryrie, he made certain admissions in relation to this crime. “He pointed out certain matter to us there in relation to this crime.”


On this day …….. 17th of December 1927

Suddenly confronted in a city street by a kangaroo standing between five feet and six feet high at 4am on this day in 1927. Constable Allen was too startled for the moment to believe his eyes. When he tried lo approach the kangaroo, it hopped off much too quickly for the constable. It is thought the kangaroo is a pet belonging to a resident of Wendouree Parade, and that it wandered over night into the city.


ON THIS DAY…… 17th December 1901


Warder Lewis, of the Geelong gaol, has received Instructions on this day in 1901, to proceed to the Sale gaol. No reason is given for the transfer, which is said to have come about because Lewis is suspected of having divulged the state of affairs existing in the Geelong gaol.

On this day …….. 17th of December 1967

On this day in 1967, Prime Minister Harold went missing at Cheviot Beach on Point Nepean near Portsea. Holt together with friends Christopher Anderson, Jan Lee, and George Illson and his two bodyguards, drove down from Melbourne to see the British yachtsman Alec Rose sail through Port Phillip Heads in his boat Lively Lady to complete a leg of his solo circumnavigation of the globe, which started and ended in England. Around noon, the party drove to one of Holt’s favourite swimming and snorkelling spots, Cheviot Beach, on the eastern arm of Port Phillip Bay. Holt decided to go swimming, although the surf was heavy and Cheviot Beach was notorious for its strong currents and dangerous rip tides. Ignoring his friends’ pleas not to go in, Holt began swimming, but he soon disappeared from view. Fearing the worst, his friends raised the alert. Within a short time, the beach and the water off shore were being searched by a large contingent of police, Royal Australian Navy divers, Royal Australian Air Force helicopters, Army personnel from nearby Point Nepean and local volunteers. This quickly escalated into one of the largest search operations in Australian history, but no trace of Holt could be found.