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.⁣

 

The Big Steal is an Australian caper film directed by Nadia Tass starring Ben Mendelsohn, Claudia Karvan and Steve Bisley.

David Parker was the scriptwriter and cinematographer. The film won three Australian Film Institute awards. The film was released on the 20th of September 1990. 

The movie was shot from the 6th of November to the 22nd of December 1989.

The film follows a young Danny Clark (Ben Mendelsohn) and his mates Mark Jorgensen (Damon Harriman) and Vangeli Petrakis (Angelo D’Angelo).

As the film unravels you find that there is only two things in life Danny wants more than anything else, one is a Jaguar car and the other is Joanna Johnson (Claudia Karvan).

On Danny’s 18th birthday his parents give him their beloved 1963 Nissan Cedric, which he trades for a A Jaguar XJ6.  Danny works up the courage to ask Joanna out on a date.  One problem is that he tells her that he owns a Jaguar. 

Danny finds a second hand car dealership owned by Gordon Farkas (Steve Bisley).

Spotting Danny admiring a used 1973 XJ6 in the lot, Farkas pounces and uses all his charm, cunning and every used-car salesman trick in the book to convince Danny that this is the car for him.

With the deal done and the Cedric gone, Danny heads home with his new pride and joy. But this is where things start to unravel.

His father is not impressed about losing the Cedric, and while out on his long-awaited date with Joanna, the Jag’s engine blows up.

Danny is shattered, particularly when he upsets Joanna and she leaves him stranded alone in the empty streets with a broken-down car.

Closer inspection reveals the engines had been swapped after Danny had signed the contract, with a dud motor put in his car.

Realising he has been done-over by the crooked Farkas, Danny and his mates hatch a plan to get revenge over the shonky car salesman and hopefully win back the hand of the lovely Joanna.

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A strange premonition happened in Swan Hill, Victoria to Mr Robert Henry Athorne, farmer aged 47, who was run over by his wagon, and died on 22nd May 1916 at the Swan Hill Hospital.

In March, Athorne dreamt that he would meet with a fatal accident, which he took such notice of the premonition, that he at once insured his life against  accident for between, £4,000 and £5000.

He left a wife and ten children, the eldest of being 21 years and the youngest nine months. ⁣

 

After hearing evidence yesterday at the inquest on the body of Eugene Patrick Walsh, who died in the Melbourne Hospital on May 27, 1922, the coroner (Dr. Cole) committed Percy Draper for trial on a charge of manslaughter. ⁣

The death of Walsh followed a dispute with Draper in Swanston street on the night of May 20 when both men were intoxicated. When Draper was arrested he was charged with having unlawfully assaulted Walsh, who was in the Melbourne Hospital. Walsh died next morning of a fractured skull, and Draper was then charged with murder.  ⁣

Evidence presented stated that on the night of May 26, both men were drunk. Draper put one hand on the other’s shoulder to hold him up, and then hit him with the other hand. The blow knocked the man’s head back sharply, and he fell against the wall of the Orient Hotel. Witness said to Draper, “You are a coward to strike a like that,” and he replied, “lt’s all right; he’s not hurt.” Draper then tried to make the other man stand up, but he could not.  ⁣

Next morning when Draper was informed that Walsh died from injuries received as a result of the blow, Draper put his hands to his face and swooned. He began to sob, and said, “He was my best pal.” ⁣

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