ON THIS DAY – June 7, 1910

An inquest was held to-day concerning the death of William Hulme, assistant master at the Mount Alexander road State school, who died suddenly after a quarrel with Major Peter Robin, head master, on June 7. Verne Begg assistant teacher at the school, said he heard some words between deceased and Major Robin. A few minutes after Hulme rushed into the class-room, where the teachers wore lunching, and exclaimed: ‘I want you girls to look what that man has done to me. I went to his office, and asked for an explanation. I put my back to the door, and said: ‘Lay a hand one me, and I will smash you to bits.’ Then he laid his hands on me, and threw me against the door.’ In a statement to the police Major Robin said he had not struck deceased, but pulled him by the coat, using only sufficient force to clear him from the doorway: Medical evidence was given that death was due to acute heart failure. The Coroner said there was no doubt in his mind that some violence was used. He considered that Peter Robin was accountable for the death of deceased, and committed him for trial on a charge of manslaughter.