ON THIS DAY ……. 3rd June 1937

Charged with the murder of John Woods, 56, prospector, at Maryborough (Vic.), on June 3, Reginald James Kilpatrick, 21, appeared before Mr Hauser, P.M., in the City Court. He was remanded until June 28. Police alleged that Kilpatrick, after murdering Woods, buried his body in a shallow mine shaft. Kilpatrick was arrested by Senior Detective Webster on June 12. Bail was not granted.

ON THIS DAY ……. 3rd June 2007
Shannon McCormack, 22, was punched outside the QBH nightclub around 4am on May 27, 2007, as he attempted to break up a fight. His head hit the ground when he fell and he died in the Alfred Hospital a week later. An inquest was held into the death of Shannon McCormack in October 2011. Police released CCTV footage of a possible suspect in February 2012. Police want to speak to a man described as aged in his early 20s, thin and 165cm to 175cm tall. He was wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

On this day …….. 3rd of June 1976

At dusk, a flash of light and a terrifying noise exploded over three houses at Eurobin on this day. A ball of lightning had struck the houses. Sheets of iron were fused together, fencing wire welded, there was burn marks on wooden poles and fence posts, and a 66,000 volt power line was fused.

ON THIS DAY ……. 3rd June 1929

Ellen Theresa Madden, single, aged 19 years of Washington street, Essendon, died at the Women’s Hospital on June 3 from peritonitis caused by an illegal operation which had been performed on her a few days previously by persons whom the police had not traced. The coroner (Mr. D. Giant) held an inquest yesterday and found that she had been murdered by some person or persons unknown.

ON THIS DAY ……. 3rd June 1849

Sarah Mullins, alias White, convicted of the manslaughter of Kelly, was next brought up for sentence. His Honor said she had had a very narrow escape from the sentence of death, as it was quite open to the jury upon the evidence to have returned a verdict of guilty on the capital charge of murder. He knew she was drunk, but that was no excuse at all, for he bad often laid it down, that a prisoner who committed an offence whilst drunk must bear the full responsibility. The jury had convicted her of manslaughter, but a recent act prevented him from passing a sentence of transportation, other-wise he should have felt it his duty to have done so. Various punishments had been provided in lieu of transportation, and his Honor thought he should be dealing leniently with the prisoner in sentencing her to the least period of imprisonment substituted for seven years transportation, which was two years. That sentence he accordingly passed.

ON THIS DAY – June 2, 1928

MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE.

Mrs Mary Elizabeth Brace, aged 55 years, of Dennis street, Northcote, was knocked down by a cyclist in High street, Northcote on June 2, and died as a result of her injuries. After an inquest yesterday the city coroner (Mr D. Berriman, P.M.), committed Keith Edward Robson, packer, of Elm street, Northcote, for trial on a charge of manslaughter.  Esther Ann Eddy Lees, married, of Stanbridge street, Daylesford, said:- About half-past 7 o’clock on the evening of June 2, Mrs Brace and I, accompanied by our daughters, were on our way to a picture theatre. Before crossing High street, Northcote, we stopped and looked to see whether there was any traffic, but all we could see was a motor-car about a block away. Mrs Brace and I were a short distance ahead of our daughters, and as we started forward again we were knocked down by a man on a bicycle. I did not see the cyclist until he struck us. Evidence was given that when Robson was traced some time after the accident by police, he made the following statement:- About half-past 7 o’clock on the evening of June 2 I was riding a racing bicycle in a southerly direction along High street, Northcote. I was on the correct side of the road, and was travelling at a speed of about six or seven miles an hour. I had an electric light on my handle-bar. When I was a few yards from the south-east corner of High and Dennis streets I saw two women crossing the road from east to west, and they were near the east tram-track. I intended to pass behind them but one of the women hesitated while the other went forward. When I saw them do this I stood up on the pedals to stop the cycle. Before I could stop I collided with one of the women causing her to fall against the other woman, and the first one fell on her back. After I picked myself up I assisted the women to a car. When I was near this car some person said to me “Get for your life, she is all right”. I then mounted my cycle and rode to my home. If the woman had not hesitated I would have been able to pass behind them, but when they did so I was too close to them to stop. Later I left my cycle at a shop to be repaired. The coroner found Robson guilty of manslaughter, and committed him for trial at the Court of General Sessions on July 2. Bail was fixed at £200, with a surety of a similar amount.

On this day …….. 2nd of June 1915

Arthur William Hope, 26, who was in custody in the Geelong gaol for larceny, offensive behaviour, and vagrancy, was to have appeared in the Police, Court on the 2nd of June 1915, but he escaped while being escorted by Senior Constable Allen from the gaol to the court a distance of a 100 yards, when he asked permission to speak to Mr Hooper at his grocery store not 50 yards from the court. Hope said, Hooper would be prepared to pay his fine that might be imposed upon him. The policeman allowed Hope to enter the shop by a side door, but the prisoner simply walked through the premises into another street and bolted, followed by the officer. Constable Allen, order a man in his car to stop, he climbed in and they followed Hope, closely. Hope found a bicycle which was outside a shop and rode furiously
along the footpath to avoid the capture. Hope managed reached his mothers house in Villamanta street, Geelong West were he dashed through to the back over the fence and though three houses before his disappeared into a lane. On the 7th of June Hope, was recaptured and on the following day he was charged in court with larceny, being a rogue and vagabond, and with being without lawful means of support. The first charge was dismissed, but on the second and third charges Hope was sent to gaol for 12 months.

On this day …….. 2nd of June 1942

There was a rush on clothing stores in Wangaratta on this day in 1942, when new leaked out that clothes rationing was about to be introduced for the duration of the war. People thought they had better get in and buy up before the ration books started appearing. To stop the panic buying, the government allocated shops a daily quota. As allocations sold out early in the day, this put out of town people at a disadvantage, so Wangaratta stores set aside Thursdays for country customers, until ration books were issued.

ON THIS DAY – June 2, 1921

PATRICK DUFF – MORDIALLOC

Arthur Ernest Dowling 17 years, who was convicted of the manslaughter of Patrick Duff by shooting him at Mordialloc on June 2, was sentenced to twelve months imprisonment with hard labour, until at the conclusion he is to be detained in a reformatory during the Governor’s pleasure.

ON THIS DAY – June 2, 2011

SIRIYAKORN ‘BUNG’ SIRIBOON

Siriyakorn (Bung) Siriboon left her home in Elsie St, Boronia at 8.20am on June 2, 2011, headed for Boronia Heights College, a few minutes walk away. The 13-year-old never made it. The alarm was raised when she failed to arrive home that afternoon. In August 2013, police begin extensive search of Old Joe’s Creek near where Bung was last seen. In June 2012 police revealed a fresh sighting of Bung on the day she disappeared. Bung walked the same 10-minute route to school every day and was last seen wearing her blue-and-white uniform and a raincoat. She had been seen walking in Harcourt Rd, having crossed Paisley Ave, at 8.55am

On this day …….. 1st of June 1850

The Swan River colony, established on Australia’s western coast in 1829, was begun as a free settlement. Captain Charles Fremantle declared the Swan River Colony for Britain on 2 May 1829. The first ships with free settlers to arrive were the Parmelia on June 1 and HMS Sulphur on June 8. Three merchant ships arrived 4-6 weeks later: the Calista on August 5, the St Leonard on August 6 and the Marquis of Anglesey on August 23. Although the population spread out in search of good land, mainly settling around the southwestern coastline at Bunbury, Augusta and Albany, the two original separate townsites of the colony developed slowly into the port city of Fremantle and the Western Australian capital city of Perth. For the first fifteen years, the people of the colony were generally opposed to accepting convicts, although the idea was occasionally debated, especially by those who sought to employ convict labour for building projects. Serious lobbying for Western Australia to become a penal colony began in 1845 when the York Agricultural Society petitioned the Legislative Council to bring convicts out from England on the grounds that the colony’s economy was on the brink of collapse due to an extreme shortage of labour. Whilst later examination of the circumstances proves that there was no such shortage of labour in the colony, the petition found its way to the British Colonial Office, which in turn agreed to send out a small number of convicts to Swan River. The first group of convicts to populate Fremantle arrived on 1 June 1850. Between 1850 and 1868, ultimately 9721 convicts were transported to Western Australia. The last convict ship to Western Australia, the Hougoumont, left Britain in 1867 and arrived in Western Australia on 10 January 1868.

ON THIS DAY – June 1, 1861

A lamentable catastrophe occurred in Collingwood on Saturday evening last, a man named Currie having first shot his wife, and afterwards attempted to commit suicide. The case appears to have been one arising from jealousy on the one side, and passion and drink upon the other. So far as at present known, the particulars may be briefly stated as follows — A man named George Currie, well known throughout the district from being the Inspector of Nuisances for the Fitzroy Municipality, has been living for some time in Moor street, Fitzroy, and latterly on very bad terms with his wife. Currie was a member of the local volunteer company, and formerly a sergeant in the police force. He was also an old soldier, having been engaged in the Caffre wars. His disputes with his wife arose partly from their being of different religions, and partly from her suspecting that he was keeping a mistress in the neighbourhood. During the last few weeks, Currie has taken to drink, and his quarrels with his wife became so violent that their friends endeavoured to effect a separation. Last Wednesday, matters appeared to reach a climax, as Currie then attempted his wife’s life with a loaded horse pistol, but she fortunately escaped from him. He was given into custody, and brought up the following morning, at the Fitzroy Police Court. The charge, however, was withdrawn, arrangements being made that Currie should allow his wife a separate maintenance, and go out of town until the necessary details were completed. Accordingly he went down to St. Kilda or Brighton, but returned the next day begging to be received home again. The wife consented, and to further pacify her, Currie purchased a silk dress; for which he paid seven guineas, and also gave her two gold rings, and a diamond ring. After this, Currie again became somewhat violent, and demanded money from the woman, a request which she refused to comply with Saturday, however, appealed likely to pass over quietly, although it is a fact, not without significance, that in the morning Currie made his will. During the day he was told off as one of the firing party to attend at the funeral of the volunteer who was buried on Saturday. Accordingly, about half past nine o’clock at night, after his return, he commenced to clean his rifle. There was nobody in the house at the time besides himself, his son, a lad of 13, and his wife. The lad was going to bed and his mother was passing into the bedroom, when suddenly, without speaking, Carrie, who mast previously have loaded his rifle, discharged it at her. The woman’s back was turned to him at the time, and the ball passed right through her body. She fell down, but recovering scrambled onto the bed.  Currie without displaying any alarm, picked her up in his arms, carried her out of the front door into the garden, and told his son to run for a doctor. Some men who were passing by took the woman, who was quite insensible, into the house again, and Dr Tracy, who was speedily in attendance, pronounced her case to be hopeless. Currie was of course taken into custody. He had been sitting in a chair, displaying the utmost indifference, though the room was swimming with his victim’s blood, and he freely acknowledged all the particulars of his crime. Shortly after he had been removed to the police station the son showed Dr Tracy a bottle, the contents of which he had seen his father swallow when leaving. This it was ascertained had contained laudanum, so that Currie, who had begun to show the effects of the poison, was conveyed to the Melbourne Hospital. The stomach pump was immediately applied, but it was not till, six o’clock that the surgeons were enabled to pronounce him out of danger and of course he is at present in a most exhausted condition. The unfortunate woman, his wife, became sensible during the night and her depositions were taken. They were simply that her husband had shot her without any provocation. She lingered in great pain until about 7 o’clock in the morning when she expired. Dr Tracy and Dr Featherstone made a post-mortem examination of the body. The district coroner held an inquest on it on Monday morning, and a verdict of wilful murder was returned.