Introducing our new online livestream series – Locked Up With History!

This is our way of combating the lockdown that Victoria is currently experiencing!  Although our region is under Stage 3 restrictions, we are once again completely shut down for tours.

For a while, some of you have been asking for some more of the history of the Geelong Gaol amongst other topics and so Locked Up With History was born!

Starting August 23 on a Sunday afternoon at 2pm, these webinars will explore some of the darker history of Victoria.  Webinars will run fortnightly for an hour and cover a range of topics including the Geelong Gaol, murders and a Q & A with some of our investigators

These are paid webinars, but the cost ($12)  includes a discount code for 10% off any Twisted History tour once we can restart delivering tours in person.

Webinars can be booked through our website and will be streamed to a private Facebook group.  You will also have 7 days to rewatch the broadcast and any material that has been uploaded to the group to compliment our talks.

We have a lineup of talks through to mid December with the full schedule below.  If you have any further topics you would like to see covered, then drop us a line!

We hope you can join us!

August 23, 2020 – Geelong Gaol History and some prisoner stories
September 6, 2020 – Escapes from Geelong Gaol
September 20, 2020 – Paranormal Q & A
October 4, 2020 – Executions at Geelong Gaol
October 18, 2020 – Death Masks & Phrenology
November 1, 2020 – Pyjama Girl Murder
November 15, 2020 – Murders in Chinatown, Melbourne
November 29, 2020 – Frederick Deeming – Mad or Bad
December 13, 2020 – Paranormal Locations Q & A (to be confirmed)

Unfortunately due the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe at present, we have been forced to temporarily postpone all tours in line with Government directives.

We will take this time to do some research for our tours and to investigatie other ways we can bring some awesome content to our customers.

We will be writing some more blogs, doing live feeds and asking questions of our customers if there is anything they would like to know more on.

All customers who were booked on tours until April 30th would have received an email with a gift voucher in it this evening.  Please contact us if there are any issues.

We look forward to reopening as soon as we are allowed and it is safe to do so.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

And most importantly, keep yourselves and your loved ones safe.

We will see you on the other side of this ready to deliver the quality tours you have experienced with our unique Twisted History!

On this day …….. 26th of December 1951

A young man has been charged with breaking into Pentridge gaol. The man was discovered about midday on the 26th of December 1951, in a building In the reformatory section of the gaol. He told warders he was familiar with the layout of the building, because he had recently served a long term there. Early this morning he had climbed over a 20 foot wall surrounding the gaol, and spent the morning distributing Christmas gifts of tobacco and cigarettes to his friends.

On this day …….. 25th of October 1906

The mysterious disappearance of Mr Frank Banner the schoolmaster of the at the state school in Stieglitz, Victoria. On Saturday the 29th of September Banner court the Stieglitz coach to Meredith for the purpose of catching the Ballarat train. Strangely Banner had not returned home by the late coach on Sunday night,  but not much concern was raised as there was no moon, and if there was few passengers the coach would not run for Meredith.   But when the school was not opened on Monday morning concern was raised.  Word was sent for his brother Mr. H Banner, stationmaster in Shepparton, who came to the district immediately to make enquirers. All efforts to trace the missing gentleman were fruitless, and gave fears that a serious accident may have happened to Mr Banner. His description was given as an average built man, about 5ft 7in high.  He had been in charge of the Steiglitz State School for the past 3 years.

On this day …….. 9th of October 1865

An inquest was held at Stieglitz, on this day in 1865, at the Victoria Hotel, on the body of Thomas Hatch.  The deceased a miner at the Sailor’s Reef shaft, Stieglitz was killed when he was jammed between a large rock and the side of the drive. The rock was about five feet in height, and reached to the upper part of deceased’s chest, pressing him closely to the wall.

Witnesses took pickaxes, and examined the drive, and commenced to take the body out by breaking the stone which held him in the position described.

The drive was about four and a half feet by seven feet in length. The stone was black slate and wedge shape, about a ton and a half in weignt, about eighteen inches at the base, and tapering to a point. The thick edge of the stone lay against the back of the deceased.

The body was removed to the cellar of the Victoria Hotel, Molesworth Street, where an autopsy determined a  verdict “Accidental Death, and no blame attachable to the managers of the mine.”

On this day …….. 25th of September 1861

An inquest was held on this day, at Mr. Goulden’s, the Victoria Hotel, Molesworth Street, Stieglitz on the body of Robert M’Farlane, miner killed at the Portuguese Reef.

Foster Shaw, Esq., the coroner, and a respectable jury, proceeded to a tent at the rear of the hotel where the deceased body had been placed.  On examination it was found that he had received several severe bruises on the back, of the head, the right arm was broken, and the left leg also broken, several severe cuts and bruises in other parts of his person, and fracture of the right arm and left leg.

A verdict “Accidental Death, and no blame attachable to the managers of the mine.” Due to a large sandstone block falling a distance of about eight feet crushing M’Farlane.

A very large and respectable assemblage performed the last duty in attending the deceased to his resting place in the new cemetery, Stieglitz. There being

no Presbyterian minister resident on the field, to which church the unfortunate deceased belonged, the Church of England service was read in a most impressive manner by Mr Lee.

Bushfire Moon also known as Miracle Down Under is a period Australian Christmas film set in outback Australia. 

Written by Jeff Peck and directed by George Miller in 1987, with a budget of A$2 million.  The film starring John Waters, Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, Bill Kerr and Dee Wallace.  

Shot on location in the breathtaking wilds of southeastern Australia, Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement and Perricoota Homestead in Moama NSW.

The film captures the exciting adventures and personal conflicts of a rugged group of settlers endure in the remote bush country during the 1890s.

Visions of taming the frontier quickly fade one summer’s drought until a series of miraculous events rekindles the pioneers’ hope.

The film centres around an eight year old boy Ned O’Day (Andrew Ferguson) who mistakes an old swaggie (Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell) for Father Christmas.

Ned O’Day sets in motion a series of events that saves his family’s sheep farm from a devastating drought, brings feuding neighbours together and reforms a scoundrel.

This film was also released in America under the title “The Christmas Visitor”.

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Border Security: Australia’s Front Line is an Australian factual television program that airs on the Seven Network.

The show follows the work of officers of the Department of Home Affairs, Border Force, Quarantine and Inspection Service, as they enforce Australian immigration, customs, quarantine and finance laws. It also shows scenes from Sydney mail centre.

Most of the programme is filmed at Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney airports.

Occasionally, other locations such as Perth Airport, seaports, international mail centres, raids on workplaces suspected of employing persons contrary to the restrictions of their visa or immigrant status and the work of Australian Border Force vessels and aircraft in the waters of Northern Australia.

The series was renewed for a seventeenth season to air in 2018.

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Bluey was an Australia police drama series made by Crawford Production in Melbourne for the Seven Network. Which ran from the 2nd of August 1976 to the 25th of April 1977.

Stand-up comedian Lucky Grills was cast as the titular Det. Sergeant “Bluey” Hills.

Hills character was different to other detectives seen in Crawford’s previous shows. Being obese, heavily drinking, smoking, visited prostitutes, Hills character took on a life of its own.

Bluey was set at Melbourne’s Russell Street Police Headquarters, and many scenes were shot around South Melbourne.

“Bluey” Hills heading his own squad (“Department B”), due to his inability to work within the existing police squads.

Department B was given cases which the other departments could not solve by conventional means.  Hills applying his unconventional methods to bring about their resolution.

Bluey was supported in his investigations by newly assigned Det. Gary Dawson (John Diedrich) long-time cohort Sgt. Monica Rourke (Gerda Nicolson), and undercover officer Det. Sgt. Reg Truscott (Terry Gill), who spent his time ostensibly working as a small-time burglar, and supplying Bluey with information on the activities of local criminals. 

Unlike other Australian TV series at the time the entirely show shot on colour film.

The final episode “Son Of Bluey” featured an appearance by actor Don Barker as Det. Sgt. Harry White – the same character he played in Homicide television series.

Bluey found a new audience two decades later when the dubbed clips from the show formed the basis for the popular The Late Show comedy sketch “Bargearse”.

In addition to two guest appearances as himself, Grills also reprised his role as Bluey on The Late Show in order to protest the airing of the last Bargearse sketch.

Another enduring element from the show, the theme music, is now best associated with coverage of cricket from Nine Network’s Wide World of Sports.

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Blue Heelers is an Australian police drama series.  Produced by Southern Star Group and ran for 12 years on the Seven Network, from 1994 to 2006.

The series depicted the everyday lives and relationships of the residents of Mt Thomas (Williamstown), a fictional town in Victoria. The opening title sequence was filmed at Castlemaine, Victoria. 

The series focuses on the daily lives of police officers working at a police station in the fictional town of Mount Thomas.

Each episode is presented from the perspective of the officers.

On average, 42 episodes of Blue Heelers were broadcast per year on Australian television, with each episode comprising fifty scenes. One episode was made every week.

The scripts were written to a formula which allowed one day for rehearsal, two days on location and two days in the studio.  Episodes were shot eight to ten weeks ahead of their scheduled broadcast date.

Apart from the regular cast members, the show employed 4,300 guest actors annually, plus 30 extras every week. A total of 150 people were involved in the show’s production each week, including cast members, crew, wardrobe, publicists and writers.

Blue Heelers is regarded as one of the most successful programmes on Australian television.  Winning many awards, including 25 Logie Awards.  Blue Heelers was voted 37th greatest show on Australian television in the 50 Years 50 Show poll in 2005.

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A coincidence attended the landing at Grave Island in 1910, of a boat party from the steamer Wakefield, who were searching for the missing steamer Waratah. ⁣

Grave Island takes its name from the fact that several sailors are buried there. The boat party was in charge of the chief officer Mr. Thomas Ryan, of Dublin. Ryan was the first to approach the graves, and the first tomb stone that confronted him bore his own name, rank, and birthplace.

It had been erected in 1868 in memory of Thomas Ryan, a native of Dublin, and chief officer of the Elizabeth Jacques.⁣

 

Sarah Mullins, alias White, convicted of the manslaughter of William Kelly, was next brought up for sentence.

Mullins had stabbed Kelly in the thigh with a butchers knife after Kelly threw a stool at her when she refused to stop drinking beer.

His Honor said she had had a very narrow escape from the sentence of death, as it was quite open to the jury upon the evidence to have returned a verdict of guilty on the capital charge of murder.  He knew she was drunk, but that was no excuse at all, for he had often laid it down, that a prisoner who committed an offence whilst drunk must bear the full responsibility.

The jury had convicted her of manslaughter, but a recent act prevented him from passing a sentence of transportation, otherwise he should have felt it his duty to have done so. Various punishments had been provided in lieu of transportation, and his Honor thought he should be dealing leniently with the prisoner in sentencing her to the least period of imprisonment substituted for seven years transportation, which was two years. That sentence he accordingly passed.⁣