On This Day ……. 22nd of July 1921

Representing the wages due to the 12 seamen who were sent to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1921, as a result of their refusal to obey the orders of the captain of
the barque Archibald Russell, £931/10/ has been received by the Customs officials. The men were each sentenced to two months’ imprisonment, and their wages will be paid to them when they are liberated.

 

On This Day ……. 21st of July 1923

An elderly woman Mrs Drew, who was found under filthy conditions in an outhouse in the Market Square several weeks earlier was placed under arrest by Constable Jackson and remanded to the Geelong Gaol Hospital, she died suddenly at 9pm on this day in 1923. The matter has been reported to the police with a view to the facts being placed before the coroner.

 

On This Day ……. 20th of July 1923

There was considerable surprise in Geelong on this day in 1923, when it was
learned that a well-known citizen had been committed to Geelong Gaol by Judge Wasley, for having disobeyed an order of the Court. He had been ordered by the Court to file cash books and vouchers relating to certain estates. His failure comply with the order led to his committal for disobedience.

 

On This Day ……. 19th of July 1910

Five prisoners were brought from Melbourne by the midday train on this day in 1910, to complete their term of imprisonment at the Geelong gaol. Most of them were of the harmless feeble class usually housed at the local establishment.” Signs of mental weakness have been developed by the Austrian fisherman. Dominick Tarrabuchia, who was taken from the Geelong gaol for medical treatment at Pentridge.

 

On This Day ……. 18th of July 1913

Two prisoners were transferred from Pentridge to the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1913.

 

On This Day ……. 18th of July 1860

A. Amos and Co. won the tender to make additional fencing to the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1860, for £59 19s.

 

On This Day ……. 17th of July 1923

A blind man named Columbine was sent to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1923, to awaiting trial. He was to have been tried, at Ballarat the previous week, but the case had been adjourned till August 18. Columbine,who is said to have been a league footballer in pre-war days lost the sight of one eye at the war. After his return, it is alleged, he separated from his wife, who went to live with her parents at Maryborough. Columbine went to his mother-in-law’s house, where a disturbance occurred, as a result of which he was given into custody. Subsequently acute inflammation of the good eye set in, and the eye had to be removed.

 

On This Day ……. 16th of July 1914

Two old men of the Geelong Benevolent Asylum had a disagreement on this day in 1914, over the cleaning up of their dining-room, and one, a recent transfer from the Geelong Gaol, is alleged to have struck a deaf and dumb Chinaman with a stick, injuring his arm. The police have taken up the case, and it is likely that the aggressor will return whence he came.

 

On This Day ……. 15th of July 1911

Five prisoners from Melbourne penal establishments were received on transfer to the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1911. They were all of the harmless class usually
sent to Geelong to recuperate.

 

On This Day ……. 14th of July 1924

Reginald Lewton was remanded at the City Court on this day in 1924, to appear at the Geelong Court of Petty Sessions on a charge of having, in March, broken and entered the tailor’s shop of Deakes and Bowden, Geelong, and stolen a quantity of suiting valued at £200.

 

On This Day ……. 13th of July 1922

An elderly man called James Frederick Baensch was sent to the Geelong Gaol for three years for assault. At the Geelong gaol there are some ten warders and about 70 prisoners.

 

On This Day ……. 12th of July 1913

Governor Dwyer’s death was reported in the Geelong Paper on this day in 1913.  Mr Peter Dwyer of the ‘Bungalow,’ passed away recently at the age of 86 years. Mr Dwyer was well known in the Penal and Military Departments, ana held many leading positions. He came to Australia in 1852, and shortly after arrival entered the public service as a clerk at Pentrldge stockade. From there he was appointed an officer’ in the Volunteer Service, and was Instrumental in forming’ and drilling the Geelong Rifles. Afterwards he was connected with the Collingwood Rifles. In 1862 he was appointed as the first governor of the gaol at Maryborough. After eight years he was transferred to Portland Gaol, where he Superintended the convict labor in the construction of the breakwater. From there he went to Geelong Gaol for eleven years. He then became governor of Melbourne Gaol, which position he held for four and a half years, during which he originated many reforms, and reorganised the staff. He was then specially appointed Governor of Pentridge, a position he held until his, retirement, twenty-one years ago. Since then he has lived in retirement. He had been a widower sixteen years, and one daughter is the sole survivor of the faimily.