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On this day …….. 12th of December 1935

12380063_221579668173169_775947044_nA uniform Give Way to the Right law had been urged by the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria since 1913, but it was legal until this day in 1935. The reason the decision was made to give way to the right was because, in wet weather, the driver of a vehicle had a better chance of seeing approaching traffic though the right side window.

 

12351712_10207402284837351_1734857684_oSUPPOSED WIFE MURDER.

With reference to the arrest of Robert Hawkins for the murder of his wife at Bealiba, near Maryborough, on December 6 (particulars of which were wired on Saturday), the police have also ascertained that the life of Mrs. Hawkins was insured for £500, of which one year’s premium had been paid. The post mortem showed that the theory of the accident was quite inconsistent with the appearance of the body. There was a gunshot wound on the thumb which the police suppose was caused by the deceased putting her hand over her face to shut out the sight of the weapon which was pointing at her. The two wounds were quite distinct, and both barrels must have been discharged separately at close quarters, apparently by someone who was taller than deceased, as both charges had a downward course.