On This Day – April 21, 1926

Falling out of bed on April 21, Clarissa Miles, 60, of Roslyn street, West Melbourne, received injuries from which she died six days later. At the inquest today tho Coroner (Mr D. Berrman) found that death was accidental.

Henry John Edward Jones, engineer, Macquarie street. Prahran. said he saw his aunt in the Melbourne Hospital on April 26. and she told him she was turning over in bed when she fell out. She was a big woman 15 or 16 stone in weight.

On This Day – April 21, 1928

“Spite” Against Police Sergeant

Ellen Mcpherson, aged 50 years, of ,Evandale road, Malvern, was charged at the Malvern Court on Monday with having on April 13 and on April 21 placed grease and garbage in a public place. Senior constable Langslow prosecuted. There was no appearance of McPherson. With Mr C.J. Rogers, PM , on the bench, were Messrs W.T. Hattam,  T. Patterson,  A.R. Bailey and Dr. Player, JPs.

John Robert Chamberlain sergeant of police, in charge of the police of the superintendent of the south-eastern police district, said -I live in Evandale road, Malvern. I left my home at 7 o’clock on the evening of April 15, and the foot path in front of the house was then clean.  When I returned about 10 minutes to 8 o’clock I saw grease spots on the footpath extending the whole length of the front of my house.  The grease was of a green in colour, and had evidently been boiled.  On April 21 I saw on the footpath household garbage including bread, tea leaves, potato peeling, mutton bones, and what appeared to be oil, in a zigzag course on the footpath in front of the house. There was a very disagreeable odour from the grease. I reported the matter to the Malvern police.

Plain clothes Constable Leopold Barnes said -On April 23 I questioned Mrs McPherson, who said that she did not know anything about the matter. Later she admltted having placed the oil and grease on the footpath.  When I asked her why she did it she said I suppose it was for spite. I am a sick woman.

In answer to Mr Rogers, Constable Barnes said – It appears that two years ago the woman had an accident and reported the matter to Sergeant Chamberlain who not take up the case.  He is not stationed at Malvern

McPherson was fined £2 in default imprisonment for 14 days on each charge.

On This Day ……. 21st April 1870

Adolph Thieves, convicted on two charges of larceny, asked His Honour to he kind enough to pass a lenient sentence, as it was the first time he had been in gaol, and he could prove when he came out that the property was not Mr Gosling’s at all. His Honour said that the prisoner had been left in charge of his masters property, and one fine morning disappeared with a large quantity of it. Sentenced to three years’ hard labour for the first offence, and two years for the larceny at the Geelong Gaol.


On this day …….. 21st of April 1934

Chance has played many curious tricks, but never before one such as was played at about 10 o’clock last night, with Madame Prince and her monkey Tarzan the principals in an amazing episode at Wirth’s Circus. Towards the end of their act Tarzan, the monkey shoots, from a distance of 15 feet at a balloon attached to a steel target. Last night the animal’s mistress arranged the pea-rifle, which was loaded with a .22 short cartridge, and the patrons waited expectantly for the report. It came, but according to the police, the bullet completely missed the target and bored its way through a one-Inch plank, then through the canvas tent, to lodge in the back of Charles Alfred Broomhall, 23, of Albion-street, Sydney, an employee of Wirth’s Circus. Luckily, the velocity of the flying pellet had considerably decreased when it struck Broomhall, and the only in jury sustained was a flesh wound. Broomhall was treated at St. Vincent’s Hospital and allowed to leave. He was X-rayed, for the purpose of locating the pellet.


ON THIS DAY – April 21, 1933


After inquiring into the death of Ivor Charles Waite, wharf labourer, who died of a fractured skull after a fight in Little Bourke-street on April 21. the Acting City Coroner, Mr O’Callaghan. P.M.. found that death was due to injuries inflicted by Alfred Monar, labourer. Monar was committed for trial on a charge of manslaughter.


On This Day …….. 21st April 1858

One of the most shocking murders which has ever been seen in Beechworth occurred at Chinaman’s Flat. Luke Lyons and Patrick Saxton arrived in the Colony together and were believed to be sharing a claim. The murderer and his victim were mates and up until the time of the fatal occurrence lived next to each other on terms of great friendship. On the evening of the murder the men were drinking together, in the company of Patrick’s family. After two bottles of brandy were drunk, the conversation turned to arranging a marriage alliance between Luke and Patrick’s sister. After all the brandy was finished, Luke left the tent for the purpose of procuring more brandy. Instead of going for the liquor as he intended he loitered outside the tent, and heard himself spoken of by the Saxton’s in terms of disparagement. Rushing into the tent, Luke started a violent rant before leaving the tent. Patrick followed and the fight began. The argument was taken into Luke’s tent and whilst in the tent Patrick was stabbed by Luke. When they both struggled out together, it was discovered that a wound from a knife, or another sharp instrument, had been inflicted, and that Patrick’s entrails were protruding some inches from his stomach. A blow was also made at Patrick’s brother with a knife by Luke, but he was only slightly hurt. Patrick died in front of his tent. Luke, having run off in the bush, was apprehended about an hour afterwards by Detective Alexander. An inquest was held on the body of Patrick Saxton, and after hearing the evidence, the Jury was divided in opinion but a majority concurred in the verdict of wilful murder, and the prisoner was committed for trial. On July the 21st, Luke Lyons was found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to three years hard labour on the roads.


On this day …….. 21st of April 1970

The Hutt River Province Principality is a large farming property about 595 km north of Perth, Western Australia, and is about 75 square km in size. It was founded on 21 April 1970 by farmer Leonard George Casley when he and his family and associates proclaimed their secession from Western Australia. The year 1969 saw the climax of a long-running dispute between Casley and the Western Australian government over what Casley believed to be unreasonable wheat quotas which would spell ruin for his farm, family and business. Casley resorted to an apparent provision in British common law which he felt allowed him to secede and declare independence from the Commonwealth of Australia. Casley was elected administrator of the new “sovereign state” by his family and later became the self-styled His Royal Highness Prince Leonard of Hutt. Exports of the principality include wildflowers, agricultural produce, stamps and coins, while tourism is also important to its economy. Although actual residents are very few, it claims to have a world-wide citizenship of 13,000. Neither Australia nor any other nation has acknowledged recognition of the Province publicly.


On This Day ……. 21st April 1870

John Rockliffe and James Anderson, who each pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary, and were convicted on a second charge, said they had nothing to say why sentence should not be passed on them. Each prisoner was sentenced to four years in Geelong Gaol.


ON THIS DAY – April 21, 1920


On April 21, Michael Liguria Connell, 32 years of age, a clerk in the Police Commissioner’s office, Melbourne, died from suspected poisoning. Irene May Estella Connell, 30 deceased’s wife, was arrested on a charge of murder. It is stated that Connell, after partaking of a meal, became ill, subsequently dying.


On This Day – April 20, 1913


A dramatic incident occurred on April 20 on a vacant allotment at the corner of Walter and Westgarth streets, Northcote. Alexander Percy Anderson, 24 years or age, died suddenly while on the spot, and one of his brothers was among the crowd which gathered.

A constable, who came to take charge of the body, asked whether any of those present could identify it. Some person spoke, and a minute later a man stepped forward. “My God, my brother!” he said, as he approached the body. He had been among the crowd for some little time before he recognised the dead man.

Alexander Anderson had resided in Walter street, the house being near the allotment, and his mother and sisters were standing at the front gate when the news of his tragic death was broken to them. The body was then carried to the house.

ON THIS DAY – April 20, 1948



“In my opinion, your crime was particularly bad, and you are Lucky that the charge of which you were found guilty was not one of murder,” said Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy in the Criminal Court to-day when sentencing’ Esbert Robin Ridgeway (24), of Bruce street, Bentleigh, truck driver, to six years’ imprisonment. His Honor said the Jury found Ridgeway guilty of manslaughter with a recommendation to mercy He had taken this recommendation into account or he would have imposed a more severe sentence, but it was his responsibility to impose a substantial penalty. Ridgeway first came before the Criminal Court in December on a charge of the manslaughter of Vincent Patrick Quinn (28), of Bendigo street, Bentleigh, bricklayer. The jury disagreed, and Ridgeway was again brought before the Court at a subsequent sitting on the same charge. The evidence showed that on April 20 a fracas occurred in a Bentleigh cafe. Ridgeway was put out, but the melee continued in the street Ridgeway was seen to have a knife and “take a swlng” with it. Immediately afterwards, groaning came from Quinn, who sank to the ground and subsequently died.


On This Day ……. 20th April 1894

On this day in 1894 Geelong council agreed to provide assistance to the Infirmary and Benevolent Asylum, stating that 20 more beds for inmates of the asylum, were needed, which would involve an increased annual outlay of £300. Councillor Abraham remarked that the Town Council had not for many years contributed towards the support of the local charities. He did not know why it had not done so, and he thought, that they should now depart from custom. It was a crying disgrace to them that people should have to be sent to the Geelong gaol merely because they were old and poor.