On this day …….. 29th September 1920

The 7th Prime Minister of Australia Mr W. M.Hughes met with an accident, fortunately unattended by serious consequences, on this day in 1920. The Prime Minister was riding with a member of his staff in Centennial Park, Sydney. Setting his horse at a gallop, Mr Hughes left his companion behind. A few minutes afterwards he was seen to fall off his horse. It was found that one of the stirrup-irons had carried away. The Prime Minister was rendered unconscious for 3 minutes, but rapidly recovered, and motored back to the city. Where he sequently attended a complimentary luncheon at Paris House, and went through the day’s engagements. Beyond a slight abrasion on the bridge of the nose, Mr Hughes, who returned to Melbourne, showed no signs of his accident. His general demeanour for the rest of the day, however, was evidence of the fact that he had been considerably shaken.


ON THIS DAY – JULY 7, 1929

Charged with the killing of Mark Devaney, aged 54, George Ernest Davis was arrested today. He will appear at Wodonga Court on October 17.

Mr. Mark Devaney (aged 64 years), of Wodonga Estate, Wodonga, a retired farmer, was found dead on the
Bonegilla-road, about a mile from Wodonga, on Sunday night. He had evidently been hit by a motor car, as
there was a quantity of broken glass near by, and much blood. The glass is thought to have been from the headlight of a car. There is no evidence to show that the driver of the car stopped. No one notified the police of the accident. Devaney leaves a widow and two daughters.

On this day …….. 22nd of June 1910

A young boy from Back Creek near Yackandandah, Victoria, had a remarkable escape on this day in 1910. He was walking behind a car, on which his father had a large empty square water tank. When the tank slipped, to the horror of all who was watching, the boy vanished from view. When they rushed to the spot, they found the boy inside the tank. His head and body had passed though the man whole.

ON THIS DAY – June 17, 1881

A young man named William Bristow, aged 23, – a resident of Williamstown, met with a frightful death at the steam stone-crushing works, Williamstown Junction, at half -past 2 o’clock on Friday afternoon. The deceased was engaged to break the larger stones ready for the crusher, which was fed by a lad named Murray. Murray left the machine for a few minutes to get a drink at the water-tap, and on coming back saw the deceased in the act of putting a stone in the iron jaws, when he suddenly disappeared. He fell head foremost into the fly-wheel of the crusher, and was instantly crushed to death, The head, when liberated, was hanging from the body; one arm was found about 12ft. away. The deceased had been suffering from a weak knee, which he had injured some time previously, and it is conjectured that in leaning forward his injured knee caused him to slip, and he fell into the wheel as stated

On This Day ……. 30th May 1954

Sir Arthur Faddan (13th Prime Minister of Australia) was injured in a car accident at Grantham, about 80 miles from Brisbane on the eve of the Federal election on this day in 1954. He under when a minor operation for the removal of congealed blood. Because of the election on the Saturday after the accident, Prime Minister Menzies had not been able to visit Sir Arthur sooner. The Prime Minister was “deeply shocked” when he first heard of the accident and made arrangements to have half-hour telephone reports on Sir Arthur’s condition.

On this day …….. 23rd May 1930

When part of the seating in Wirth’s Circus collapsed during a performance at West Maitland, New South Wales, on this day in 1930, a woman threw her baby forward over the heads of five rows of people, as she fell. It was caught unharmed by a man in the audience. Some 700 people sank to the ground in a heap when seating collapsed, but there was no panic. Although many suffered from bruising and minor cuts, only one woman needed medical attention.

One of the teams favourite “haunts” is the Blackwood Hotel.  We hold regular investigations here with the next one being on Sunday, June 12.

Nestled in the Wombat State Forest, the town of Blackwood has an interesting past from the early days of the Victorian Gold Rush to the present.  This hotel opened in 1868 and quickly became the heart of the community.  Being the office of the Cobb and Co, coroners court and even the town morgue.  This building has seen more than its fair share of death and claims a number of resident ghosts which makes it perfect to investigate.

Laura Dalton lies in an unmarked grave in the Blackwood Cemetery, after an accident at the Blackwood Hotel.  Laura was the single mother of two young children earning her keep as part of the domestic staff at the Hotel.  In 1948 she was using a petrol iron in the kitchen when it exploded, severely burning the young woman, where she would die of her injuries the following day.  Over the years many people have claimed to see Laura at the Blackwood Hotel.

On this day …….. 30th April 1933

Mrs George Deaton was playing golf at Sydney’s La Perouse course on this day in 1933 with her husband and daughter when she was hit in the left eye by a stray golf ball. Mrs Deaton was wearing. Glasses at the time and a pieces of broken glass lacerated her eyeball. Fortunately, a doctor was also playing golf on the course and gave her first aid, before moving her to the Coast Hospital for treatment. A year earlier the Deaton’s eight year old son, Leonard, was injured in a similar accident at the same course. On that occasion he was not as fortunate as his mother and lost the sight of an eye.


On this day …….. 29th April 1914

A accident happened in a rope mill in Melbourne on this day in 1914 to Claud Hodgson, 17 years of age. Hodgson was employed at Miller’s Rope Works, Brunswick, and was working at a twine winder, when he somehow got his arm caught in the twine, severing his arm.


On this day …….. 26th April 1974

Mr Doug Laing-Smith, 38, died in hospital on this day in 1974, 27 days after he was crushed by an elephant while working for Ashton’s Circus in Melbourne. He was knocked down and crushed by Abu the elephant after it was frightened by children playing on mini-bikes, Mr Laing-Smith, who is survived by his wife and five children, had been unconscious since he was admitted to the Preston and Northcote Community Hospital after the accident.


On this day …….. 18th of April 1901

A young woman named Mary M’Gregor, employed as a domestic servant by Mrs. John Fairhall, of Ascot Vale, met with a severe burning accident on this day in 1901. She was left in charge of the house, and it is supposed put kerosene on the fire. The oil splashed, on her clothing, which became ignited. She rushed about the house, setting fire to a bedroom, and then ran on to the verandah, where a man named F. W. Tiggs saw her and extinguished the flames. In doing so he burnt his hand. The girl was brought to the Melbourne hospital, where she died. The house was also saved.

On this day …….. 15th of April 1912

A strange accident happened to a patient in No. 13 ward of the Melbourne Hospital on this day in 1912, in which Mrs. Phoebe Bochstein 70 years of age had her head slightly burned. Mrs Bochstein was brought to hospital in poor health, and it was deemed necessary to wash her hair, and this was done by two nurses. One was engaged washing her hair with mixture of methylated spirits and turpentine, while another nurse stood near by holding a lighted candle. Mrs. Bochstein suddenly and knocked the candle out of the nurse’s hand. It fell on the bed close to the patient’s hair, which immediately burst into flames. The nurses promptly extinguished the flames, but not before the patient had had her face and head slightly burned.