On this day …….. 24th of December 1938

Australia hosts the first ever Carols by Candlelight on this day in 1938.

Carols by Candlelight is a popular Australian Christmas tradition. Communities gather together in parks or churchyards to sing carols and Christmas songs on any given evening in the lead-up to Christmas. There is often extra entertainment during these events, with skits, plays and other performers, and participants may hold candles or other electric lights to enhance the festive atmosphere. The concept of Carols by Candlelight was born in 1937 when radio veteran Norman Banks was on his way home after a late evening shift. Walking along St Kilda Road, Melbourne, he saw a woman through the window of her home, her face reflecting the soft glow of candlelight, singing to Away in a Manger as it played on the radio. The sight inspired Banks to create an event which could be enjoyed by many, and which would reflect both the reverence and the joy of Christmas. With the support of his employers and the Melbourne City Council, particularly Lord Mayor AW Coles, Banks organised a programme for the following year. The first Carols by Candlelight took place in Melbourne, Australia on Christmas Eve, 24th of December 1938. Approximately ten thousand people came together at midnight in Alexandra Gardens to sing carols, backed by a choir, two soloists and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Band. A larger production was organised the following year, and the tradition grew, continuing even through World War II. Since that time, Carols by Candlelight events have spread, continuing to be organised throughout the nation, with some sponsored by major organisations, and others quieter affairs in churches and community centres.



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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.


A Christmas Day Accident – 1911

Willie Hall, aged 4 years and 9 months, son of Mr. Walter Hall, of Hill End, met with a serious accident at his parents’ residence on Christmas Day. He dropped a bottle of lemonade which he was carrying, with the result that the bottle burst, and a piece of glass flew up and penetrated his right eye. The little boy was brought to Bathurst, where it was found that the eye was so injured that it had to be removed.

The team at Twisted History would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!! 

We will be closed at all locations on Christmas night to spend time with our nearest and dearest but will be back on Boxing Day to share the darker side of Victoria’s history into 2016.

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, 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, 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, 1994


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, 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.