On this day …….. 27th of December 1914

Mr Alexander Henderson, 73 years of age, the oldest resident of Glenora, has met his death in peculiar circumstances. He spent Christmas with his nephew, Mr Malcolm M’Lean, and left for his home some two miles, distant shortly after 6 pm on the 27th of December. On December 29th Mr Henderson’s hat and a parcel were found on a lonely road hear the State school. Search parties were organised, and in the afternoon Mr. Henderson was found entangled in a wire fence, and unconscious. He had been in that position for about 50 hours. It is assumed that he was overcome by sudden weakness, and unable to extricate himself from the wire. He was removed to his home and given medical attention, but died early following morning.

 

On this day …….. 27th of December 1832

On the 27th of December 1832, Charlotte Welsh, a convict woman working as a servant in a Sydney house, was sent to the female workhouse for six weeks for being insolent to her mistress. She had complained that her Christmas pudding had no brandy in it.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 25, 1930

Joseph Alexander Isaac Smith, aged 40 years, carrier, of Inglewood, was charged at the Bendigo Court with having, at Marong on Christmas Day, murdered Edward James McLeod, aged 68 years, a prospector, of Echuca. In asking for a remand, Senior Plain clothes Constable McMillan said that on Christmas morning McLeod was knocked down by a motor-truck and killed. The driver of the truck did not stop. Smith was remanded until January 23, bail being allowed in his own surety of £500 and two other sureties of £250 each.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 25, 1893

On Christmas Day 1893, an unknown male child was found wrapped in brown paper in Park Street, Brunswick. The coroner found that the child had been murdered by a person unknown.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 25, 1994

PHILLIP ISLAND

Alfred Alexander Hunt, 60, of Cape Woolamai, on Phillip Island, was charged in Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday with the stabbing murder of his son on Christmas night. He was remanded in custody to appear there again on January 10. Police found the body of Shane Hunt, 29, about 10pm on Christmas Day at his father’s home.

ON THIS DAY – December 25, 1975

Geoffrey Leonard Hooper aged 26, was charged with having murdered Mrs Wendy Elizabeth Spicer aged 19, of West Footscray, who was stabbed in the back while waiting for a taxi at South Yarra Post Office on Christmas Day 1975. Hooper alleged to have told police he “put two and two together” and knew he had killed a woman. Hooper had said he heard on the radio that someone had been killed and that he had seen “a couple of thing in the paper about it”. He had read, the description “and it sounded like, me and I remembered the blood on the knife and I put two and two together. I knew it was me”. Mr Galbally, Lawyer said that Mr Hooper had been “under specialised medical, treatment”.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 25, 2008

Point Leo Road, Merricks

The body of Mavroidis “Blacky” Karpetis aged 78, was found in grassland at Point Leo Road, Merricks, on Christmas Day 2008. He had been choked. He was last seen two days earlier in Tootgarook, 20km away. An inquest in 2012 was told men were heard shouting around 4.30am on December 24, near where Mr Karpetis’s body was found. In 2009 his wallet was found by a Tuerong farmer. He was last seen going for a walk after a family argument. This is still an unsolved murder.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 25, 1981

Deborah Boundy aged 19, was presumed murdered on the 25th of December 1981. Boundy was a chief witness in the court case against Christopher Flannery for the murder of Wilson. She had been a girlfriend of Williams. She told police what she knew and then retracted her statement. She was on bail and living with her parents when she reported to the Collingwood Police Station on Christmas Day 1981. Boundy died from a self-inflicted shot of undiluted heroin believed to have been supplied by Alphonse Gangitano, the Black Prince of Lygon Street. Police suspected Gangitano of two murders, Greg Workman and Deborah Boundy. He was never charged.

 

On this day …….. 25th of December 1916

An aggressive tiger snake which attacked Private Frederick Thoroughgood, a soldier who had been invalided home deaf and dumb from Gallipoli, was the means of his regaining both his speech and hearing. Private Thoroughgood, who since his return has been an inmate of the Camberwell Convalescent Home, Mont Albert-road, attended a picnic at Warrandyte on Christmas day. While walking through the bush he almost trod on the snake, which immediately showed fight, and Thoroughgood, after a short encounter, despatched the reptile with a stick. The affray excited Thoroughgood somewhat, and a little later his companions were surprised to hear him commence whistling. Shortly afterwards he asked in a normal voice, “Well, what’s the next item on the programme ?” Speech and hearing came to him, simultaneously, being doubtless the best Christmas box that he could have desired.

 

On this day …….. 25th of December 1925

Clarice Hurst (32) a single man, sustained fatal head injuries when he was riding on the scenic railway at Luna Park on Christmas night. The trolly in which he was seated at rear jolted Hurat from his seat and his head struck the scaffolding above. The carriages were stopped, and the sufferer was conveyed to hospital suffering from lacerations and a fractured base of the skull. He succumbed to his injuries early.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 25, 1888

At the Melbourne Supreme Court, John Anglin was charged with the murder of his wife, Jemima Caroline, by shooting her at the residence of her brother in law, Mr Herbert John Rhodes, Inglesby road, Camberwell, on the 25th December. Anglin had been married to his wife for nine years before the murder. The accused was always exceedingly jealous of his wife, and strange and eccentric in his behaviour towards her, labouring under some delusion concerning her faithfulness. In consequence of that delusion, he used to strike her, and treated her abominably. She had ultimately to leave him, owing to his violence and jealously, mid supported herself by teaching music. At the time of the murder she was stopping with her sister, Mrs. Rhodes, at Camberwell. The prisoner called at the place on Christmas Day, and said he wanted to see his children Mr Rhodes ordered him away, and, as he did not leave, went to the yard and took an axe, with the view of frightening the prisoner away. On Mr Rhodes reappearing at the door with the axe in his hand, the accused shot at him, and on Mrs. Anglin coming out of the dining room into the passage to ascertain the cause of the discharge of firearms the prisoner shot her also, and followed her into the house, where he shot her again one of the bullets entering the lungs and causing her death. The accused then went away, and on being arrested said “I suppose I will be hung for this.” The frequent strange demeanour and behaviour of Anglin towards his wife would render it necessary for the jury to consider whether the prisoner was labouring under a delusion and was to some extent out of his mind, or whether he was sane and conscious of the awful deed he was committing when he murdered his wife. The remark which the accused made on being arrested went a long way to a reasonable man to show that he knew what he was doing when he killed his wife. Anglin received 16 years at Pentridge Prison. On passing sentence his Honour remarking that the question which they would have to consider was not whether the prisoner murdered his wife, but merely whether he was sane or insane at the time.

 

On this day …….. 25th of December 1937

Charged with the manslaughter of Herbert Scanlon at Fitzroy on Christmas Day Leo Michael Patrick Brooks aged 20 years, grocer, of George street, Fitzroy, was remanded at the Fitzroy Court for seven days. Bail was fixed at £100. Senior detective P T Gooden said that on Christmas night Brooks was involved in an altercation with a young woman in George street, Fitzroy. Scanlon, who was not in the party attempted to intervene and strike Brooks with a bottle. Brooks warded off the blow and knocked Scanlon to the ground. Scanlon struck his head on the pavement. He was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he died the next day. Leo was the father of Judy Moran and grandfather to Jason and Mark Moran.