ON THIS DAY….. 10th July 1858

GREEN TENT NEAR MEREDITH

Elizabeth Lowe was buried on the side of the creek, near to where she was murdered. A white picket fence was built around her burial site, which remained until a bush fire in the 1920s. Today nothing is left to suggest that a community once stood here or even a public house where weary travellers would stop. The man Owen McQueeny, charged on suspicion as the murderer of Elizabeth Lowe, at the Green Tent, was examined at the Police-office this morning. The prisoner is rather a forbidding looking man, an Irishman apparently, from his dialect, and is of dark complexion, with dark hair, and a defect in his right eye similar to what among horses is denominated a “wall-eye.” Among the property missing from deceased’s tent, the purse, or portemonnaic, has been fully identified, also the bowie-knife and small flute. The wedding-ring produced is sworn to by her brother as being hers, to the best of his belief, being remarkable for the depth of impression of the Goldsmith’s hall stamp on the inner side. The keeper of the wedding-ring has not yet been found. The two principal links yet wanting to connect the prisoner more fully with the terrible crime are the time when Mrs. Lowe was last seen alive on Friday, 9th July, and the time the prisoner was last seen about her tent. During the examination the prisoner tried frequently to joke on the evidence, and repeatedly laughed at the questions he put; but there can be little doubt, from his efforts, that these were forced. The Inspector of Police applied for a remand for seven days, to enable him to produce the doctor who had attended the inquest, and to collect further evidence. Remand granted. Owen McQueeney was found guilty of the wilful murder of Elizabeth Lowe and was hanged at the Old Geelong Gaol on the 20th October, 1858.

 

On This Day ……. 10th of July 1923

Two prisoners who are undergoing sentences respectively of three months
and 18 months, were on this day in 1923, brought from Pentridge by Constable Slatter to the Geelong gaol, where they are to complete their terms.

 

On This Day ……. 9th of July 1925

A young man named James Walker, alias Juries Lewis Welsh, who had been recently discharged from gaol after having served a sentence of six months for vagrancy, made his reappearance before the magistrates at the Geelong Police court on this day in 1925, on four charges. He stated that he had taken a few glasses of liquor on the previous day, and did not know what happened until he woke up and found himself in the lockup. He was sent to gaol for 12 months on a charge of having solicited arms in the street; and was fined £15, and three months’ imprisonment, for assaulting Constable Bishop, resisting arrest, and using indecent language in a public place.

 

On This Day ……. 9th of July 1921

Sir. Bradley, formerly Governor of the Castlemaine Gaol, has been appointed Governor of the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1921 in succession to Sir. K. J. Burke, who has been promoted to the Deputy Governorship of Pentridge.

 

On This Day ……. 8th of July 1870

Considerable excitement was created in Geelong on this day in 1870 at about 1pm by the cry of “A man over the gaol wall!” The fugitive was said to have effected his escape by scaling the wall and made his way towards the Lagoon Bridge. Horsemen rushed frantically in the direction indicated by the police and preparations where made for a hunt. With great confusion with in the gaol as all prisoners were accounted for. On interviewing the witnesses it was ascertained that some children had seen a workman, who had been employed by the Governor to repair the roof of the lock up. The worker leap down on his lunch break, which raised the cry of “a man over tho wall.”

 

On This Day ……. 7th of July 1928

Sentence of twelve months’ imprisonment was imposed on Albert Vincent Puddephatt aged 23, a sales manager, who was found guilty in the Geelong Police Court, for the manslaughter of Olive Myrtle Partlett, aged 26, a waitress, at Belmont. The evidence showed that the girl, with her two sisters, was walking to her home when she was struck by a motor car driven by defendant, and carried along
about 60 feet. Puddephatt’s car did not stop, but was overtaken by the driver of another car. Puddephatt was under the influence of liquor.

 

On This Day ……. 6th of July 1910

Mr. W. A. Callaway, acting Inspector of Penal Departments, was in Geelong on this day in 1910, and paid an official visit to the Geelong gaol. He went through theinstitution in company with the governor, Mr. G. W. Furnell, and found everything satisfactory.

 

On This Day ……. 5th of July 1910

A prisoner named Frank Tilker, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for larceny at Willaura, was brought from the Ballarat Gaol on this day in 1910 by Constable Hooley to serve his sentence in the Geelong Gaol.

 

On This Day ……. 4th of July 1924

The new Governor of the Geelong Gaol, Sir. T. Crotty, arrived on this day in 1924, to comment his duties. Mr. Crotty takes the place of Mr George Taylor who recently retired from the service, and who has been over 35 years in the Penal Department. Crotty had previously been at Pentridge, where he was head warden.

 

On This Day ……. 4th of July 1910

A postmortem examination was concluded at the Geelong gaol upon the body of a prisoner named Alexander Dickson, who was sentenced to a months imprisonment about ten days ago by the Camperdown magistrates for insulting behaviour. Death was shown to be due to a compression caused by a tumour on the brain and the coroner (Mr Read Murphy) returned a verdict accordingly.

 

On This Day ……. 3rd of July 1925

On this day in 1925, a young man, James Walker, alias Juries Lewis Welsh, who was discharged from the Geelong gaol after having served a sentence of six months for vagrancy.

 

On This Day ……. 2nd of July 1924

 

Six prisoners were escorted from the metropolis to Geelong by the midday train on this day in 1924. They were taken to the Geelong gaol, where the remainder of their respective sentences will probably be served. Four were from the Melbourne gaol, one from Pentridge, while the other is an indeterminate sentence prisoner. There are now six indeterminate prisoners incarcerated in the Geelong gaol.