A tragic occurrences are reported from Mortlake, one of which, the murder of an infant child, has resulted in the arrest of a girl named Bumas, who was employed at Mr Dennis’ station, ” Eeyeuk.” The child was found with its throat cut, and the young woman has confessed that she did it. The police have obtained possession of the instrument with which -the infanticide was committed, and the girl is to he brought down to the Geelong gaol hospital as soon as she is fit to travel.
A young man James Carter who escaped from the Geelong gaol a few months earlier, was recaptured at Cooma, New South Wales, where he underwent sentence for larceny, was brought back to the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1899 to complete his sentence.
ON THIS DAY – December 14, 1935
Someone cut through the lock on the outer door of the tower at Geelong Gaol with a hacksaw on the 14th of December 1935, to gained access to the prison yard and vegetable garden and subsequently escaping. The prison authorities were staggered on finding the door unlocked the following morning and a careful search failed to disclose anything missing or any contraband. A heavy lock, half an inch thick had been cut, and a grille gate leading from a street to the tower was forced open, giving access to a spiral stairway leading to the lookout tower over the exercise yard. The intruder used a rope to lower himself 30ft to the garden below. A black cloth bag and a bottle of vaseline were found near the tower in the Supreme Court yard, which adjoins the gaol. Some vaseline had been put on the lock to facilitate cutting. The police are perplexed at the motive for the escapade as it is the first instance in modern times of an adventurer gaining access to a gaol and making his escape. Footprints were found leading to the office window of the governor Mr. N. E. Touhill, but no attempt had been made to force the window. Recent thefts of cage birds in Geelong raised the theory that there had been an attempt to steal a valuable collection owned by the senior warder Mr. R. Thorley.
On this day in 1898, an order for 2/6 weekly was made against a man named Robert Tough for maintenance of his children in the schools, but Tough failed to comply with the order, and a sum £63/15/7 has accumulated against him. Tough disappeared, and a warrant was issued for his arrest, which was accomplished and he was return to Geelong and sent to gaol for one month.
ON THIS DAY – December 12, 1938
William Daly (aka William Egan) was sentenced to 3 months in the Geelong gaol in 1938, for drinking metho. William was born in Victoria in 1877, and worked as a labourer. He was 5ft 4in with grey hair and eyes. William spent over 30 years in and out of Victorian gaols from Melbourne, Pentridge and Geelong mainly for drunkenness.
The old South Geelong lockup, which, in the early days of Geelong was used as a gaol, is to be demolished in accordance with the instructions of the Commissioner of Public Works. Its lengthy service as a penal establishment has rendered it quite unfit for habitation, while the free stone with which it was built shows signs of wear. The building contains numerous detention cells, and a condemned cell constructed in a maimer that precluded any chance of escape, while the ventilation arrangements are rather inadequate.
ON THIS DAY…… 11th December 1900
Two young men, named William Carter and Walter Tyrrell, were charged at the Drysdale Police Court with entering the house of Mr. J. O. Judd to intent to commit a felony. The accused were seen by two neighbour entering Mr. Judd’s house whilst he was at church. They were secured and handed over to the police. Carter who had two previous convictions, was sent to gaol for 12 months, and Tyrrell, being it first offender, wan let off with imprisonment for one month.
A shocking disclosures was made in connection with the Geelong Gaol. A few weeks ago several prisoners attempted to commit suicide. One succeeded, but others were, prevented just’ in time, and were afterwards sentenced to further imprisonment for the attempts. Among these was a young man named Giammill. who on this day in 1901 battered his head in a frightful fashion with an iron pannikin. He was stopped before he had mortally injured him self. Another prisoner, named Hassett, a lifer, who has already sowed years, and is employed in the dispensary, stole a mixture of belladonna, arsenic, and opium’, and swallowed it. As the warders entered he threatened to stab anybody with a spike he had secured if interfered with. He finally sank to the ground, and strong emetics were given to him. It was alleged that unmentionable crimes have lately taken place in tho gaol. The prisoners were afraid they would be charged with complicity, and therefore attempted suicide. A full inquiry was demanded by the residents.
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More sensations have occurred at the Geelong gaol on this day in 1901, and it is expected that the authorities will now hold a searching inquiry into the causes of the recent disturbances. A prisoner named Ramage ga
shed his throat, for which he received a time in irons. Another prisoner, named Godfrey, was stopped by a warder from wounding himself, and another prisoner, John Gambil was also brought before the visiting justices for a minor offence, and remanded, as he behaved like a lunatic.
The youth Herbert Elliott, was committed for trial at the Ballarat court on the 8th of December 1903, for a serious offence under the Crimes Act, was brought down from Camperdown on this day in 1903, by Senior-constable Arthur, and admitted to the Geelong gaol, where he will remain pending his trial.