Escape from Beechworth Gaol

12351117_220930358238100_432191163_n Richard L Jackson, and Leslie George Atkins, who escaped from the prison reformatory garden on the 3rd of December, were recaptured at Yackandandah on this day in 1937, by Constable W. Knowles, and were both given an extra 18 months’ imprisonment by the Beechworth honorary Justices. Jackson, under the name of Beattie, a former indeterminate sentence prisoner, was released on probation on the 24th of September 1934. He was convicted in December, 1934, for having broken into a garage, and re12358013_220930364904766_1506202293_nturned to the reformatory. Atkins was convicted on the 1st of May 1934, for having set fire to a house and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. This was altered to an indeterminate sentence, and he was sent to French Island. He escaped, but was recaptured, and was sent back to Beechworth. Constable Knowles said that when he arrested the men he said, “Boys, the game is up.” One of them replied, ” I suppose so. Just our bad luck.” They did not offer any resistance. The Bench commended Knowles’s action and recommended that it be brought under the notice of the authorities.


12346634_220570858274050_1878763607_nDaniel Lynch a labour working in Euroa had a turn while at work and was found to be suffering insanity. Lynch was taken to Beechworth by train and transferred to Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum on the 20th of August 1871, on admission it was not known where his family was. Lynch escaped on the 9th of December 1873. Lynch remained at large until the 14th of March 1881, when he found him self incarcerated in the Beechworth Gaol on miner charges. Lynch was transferred to the Asylum where he died on the 17th of August 1882.


Disaster happened on the 9th of December 1931, when a nurses was escorting ten female mental patients to Beechworth Asylum by train. As the train was leaving Euroa and reaching full speed Ella Marriott aged 12358280_220570618274074_1129390513_n40, jumped out of the window and was killed. Once the alarm had been raised, the train took almost 10 km to stop. The drive had to then put the train in revers to collect the patient. Once the ladies body had been located, it was decided to bring the body to the Beechworth Asylum so an autopsy could be done.


An elephant escaped from a circus at Bentleigh on this night 12325201_220569964940806_1999547515_nin 1938, and walked into the yard of Mr. and Mrs. Mall. The elephant made a great mess of the garden before mounting the front verandah and tried to turn around an electric light fitting. While It stood there Mr. and Mrs. Mall made “shoo” noises and tried unsuccessfully to raise the local police. The elephant walked off and entered Mr. F. E. Humphrey’s garden next door. There it was secured and was taken home.


12233263_220562904941512_1112275310_nA strange delight fall of the Victorian Alps on the 21st of July 1935. A large area near Mt. St. Bernard and Hotham is covered with pink snow, which meteorologists explain is caused by the unusual dust-storms from the Mallee country carrying red dust high in the air and a stream of dust particles adhering to the snow

12336394_220355754962227_1711998126_nMR. WILLIAM TAYLOR, lighthouse keeper of the Gellibrand pile light in Port Phillip Bay, felt rocking on the 19th of June 1950 – and found a whale scratching its back on the wooden piles. The 100-ton whale rubbed the barnacles from its back and then headed from the pile light, one mile off Williamstown breakwater, to the open sea

12348733_220240014973801_1375050660_nThe residents of Snake Valley, in the Ballarat district, have been troubled, lately by a fowlyard thief, who is carrying on operations under the protecting influence of the flowing white robes of the traditional ghost. On this night in 1903 John Ryan endeavoured to recover a bird stolen from his yard, by pursuing the ghost with a stout stick. When the thief found his pursuer gaining upon him he drew a revolver and threatened to shoot if Ryan advanced. As the ghost apparently meant business, Ryan returned home

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Shortly after the arrival at the Melbourne Zoo of a pair of young chimpanzees, two keepers each received a smack in the eye. Another was pulled off a ladder, and a fourth attendant narrowly escaped a blow from a billet of wood. The director of the zoo (Mr. Wilkie) said that he was sure the new arrivals would shortly be “star” performers at the zoo. The newcomers rose with the dawn on this day in 1932, and immediately howled loudly for their breakfast. Mr. Wilkie heard the noise from his home, and hurried down with four raw eggs, two slices of bread and jam, two pieces of cake, several bananas, and two oranges.

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Spouting, diving and lashing the water with its tail, a big whale disturbed fishing boats and seagulls at Williamstown on the 21st of July 1932. Many people lined the foreshores during the afternoon, and saw the whale cruising. Children shouted with delight as the visitor gave a rare exhibition of spouting.


12348760_220249154972887_287794576_nBarbara Noble, the two-months daughter of Mr, and Mrs. C. Noble, of Bordertown, was attacked on this day in 1938, in her cot by a stray ferret which had first killed and partly chewed a pet kangaroo in the kitchen. Mrs Noble on finding the dead Kangaroo, went to call her brother, and, hearing screams from the bedroom, rushed in to find the ferret attacking the infant who was badly bitten on the face. The infant was taken to hospital in a serious condition. The ferret was destroyed.
12358266_220245098306626_1590424132_nThe spectators at Wirths’ Circus in Kilmore, on the night of the 27th September 1909, were provided with a sensational act, which they were as unprepared as the management. A brief encounter took place between the lion and a kangaroo, which ended in the kangaroo mauled death on the floor of its cage.
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After 14 years of model behaviour a kangaroo leaped over the 9-ft. fence surrounding Brookfield Zoo, tossed her baby on to the lawn, and fled, with 20 Zoo employees and policemen from two Chicago suburbs on her trail.
An hour later a motor car struck and killed her