On account of a female, who came from the country, was taking tea with her friend in Juilet Lane, when she became unwell, and said there must be something deleterious in the water tank.

A most disturbing find was made in the water tank behind the building on the 16th November 1859. After guests become unwell at a dinner party, from drinking water, it was decided to look into the tank a brown paper parcel was seen floating on the water, which, on being taken out, created a great stench. Inside of the paper was found the body of a child, wrapped up in calico, with its legs doubled up and tied with a cord. At the inquest it was stated that its skull had been fractured. The jury returned a verdict of ‘ Wilful murder against some person or persons unknown.’


Late last night we received information that a dreadful murder was committed at Buninyong, on the previous day (Monday last) . All the particulars that we have able to collect are, that a person named Jeremiah Connell had called at Mr. Veitch’s Inn, that he went into the kitchen and brought out a poker and, without any previous quarrel or provocation, commenced a murderous onslaught on bystanders. One man had his jaw broken, anotherwas seriously cut on the head, and the deceased, a man named Edward Martin, a servant in the employ of Mr. Veitch, was killed on spot. What the murderer’s motive could have been is a mystery, as he had not even been drinking. He was with difficulty secured, detained in custody, but in the course of the evening he made his escape. Next morning he again secured by the servant of Mr. Learmonth, that gentleman immediately despatched a messenger to Geelong, with a requisition for a mounted policeman to be sent up, and a trooper will accordingly be despatched this morning.

Geelong Advertiser, Nov 18 – [We learn since the above was in type, that the murder, up to latest date, was not complete, the wounded being still in existence, though not expected to survive. The outrage was a genuine Tipperary one, and the only offence given by the victim, is a Scotchman, was a mild remonstrance against the furious language the murderer was using against Orangemen and Protestants in general.]




On a charge of having murdered her newly-born baby at Carlton on November 15 Lillian Shore, 22, single of Carlton, was to-day committed for trial by the City Coroner, Mr. Tingate.

The baby was found in the front garden of a house in Carlton with its throat cut and the body was wrapped in newspaper.

Florence Parker, who conducted an apartment house at which Shore was staying, said she did not know Shore had given birth to a child. Shore went to bed early that night and next day had assisted in the housework.



At Bendigo to-day Edward Jas. Slattery, 20 was charged with having on November 15 shot at Wm. Knight at Axe Creek. with intent to murder him.

Wm. Knight, railway employee, said that accused was his son-in-law. He was one of a party that went fishing. They were all skylarking, and accused shot at witness’s hat, which had been thrown in the water. Afterwards they were pushing one another in the water and accused, who was frightened of the water as he could not swim, picked up a gun, and said, “I’ll shoot you, you -.” He then fired over witness’s head, and went back a few paces, and again said “I’ll shoot you” He fired, and a shot struck witness in the left side. Accused was under the influence of liquor. Witness believed the affair was a pure accident.




A farmer named Hugh Lavery, a resident of Beulah, was found this morning dead in his bed, with his skull fractured in two places. This evening a German farm hand named Chas. Gluck gave himself up to the police at the township of Brim. He said he wished to give himself up for a murder committed near Beulah. He did not know why he committed the crime, nor the same at his victim, until he saw him lying dead, He did, not “realise what he had done, The prisoner is a strongly built young fellow, about twenty-five years of age. A blood-stained razor was found in his possession. He said he used the razor and then finished the work with an axe.


An inquest was made on the 14th of November 1902, concerning the death of Michael Wynne, aged 35, who died on the 7th of November from a stab with a knife in the abdomen. The jury found that death was due to a stab inflicted by Patrick Gibbons, who was guilty of wilful murder. Gibbons, who is an elderly man, was committed for trial.




Charged with the manslaughter of his mother on November 14, Desmond Stuart Charles Johnson was found not guilty at the Criminal court to-day. He had pleaded not guilty. The Crown alleged that Johnson shot his mother at their home in Footscray with a pea rifle, it was stated that the boy said at the time that his mother had been bringing men to the house. Medical reports showed that there was evidence that the mother had been drinking before she was killed.




A jury in the Criminal Court to-day found Thomas Henry Kirwin, 55, of Koo Wee-Rup. not guilty of the murder and alternatively manslaughter of his brother, Francis Frederick Kirwin ,37, whose body was found in a cowshed at Kirwin’s farm on November 14. 1944. He was discharged by Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy.

Henry Thomas Kirwin, 24, of Koo Wee-Rup, son of Thomas Henry Kirwin, who had appeared with his father, had previously been found not guilty on a charge of murder and manslaughter.


Body Recovered from Yarra.


Mysterious circumstances surround the death of Eric Watkins, aged 22, whose body was found in the Yarra on November 13.

Watkins boarded a train at Adelaide on November 6 and was not seen alive afterwards, nor was his luggage found. The police ascertained that he got in association with a number of train “crooks,” who got about £15 from him. It is presumed he is a victim of foul play, and that the body was thrown into the river Yarra close to Spencer-street station.

Aerial view of the crime scene of the Wiseman murders

Glenroy Murder

Aerial view of the crime scene of the Wiseman murders

‘It might well be that when the murderer entered the house no thought of murder was in his mind end that his motive was one of stealing.’ This theory was put forward to-day by the Crown Prosecutor (M’. F. Book), at the trial of a chimney sweep (George Green, 38) who pleaded not guilty to having murdered an aged woman and her niece. The victims were Annie Wiseman (62) and Phyllis Wiseman (17), who were found strangled in their lonely home at Glenroy on November 13.

Detectives examining crime scene

Detectives examining crime scene

‘Two innocent, inoffensive women were killed in their own bedrooms, apparently by a man who intruded into the house some time during the night to steal,’ said Mr. Book, ‘but it ‘s clear from the evidence that he did not hesitate to kill both women in the course of the commission of that criminal offence.’ The trial is part heard.


Double Murder Case

On a charge of having murdered Annie Constance Wiseman, 62, and her niece, Phyllis Wiseman, 17, at Glenroy, on November 12, George Green, 42. of West Heidelberg, was remanded in the City Court to-day to December 19. Miss Wiseman and her niece were found strangled in Miss Wiseman’s home on November 13. The inquest into their deaths will be held on December 19.