ON THIS DAY …….3rd August 1931

Albert Jones, trapeze artist, was found guilty in General Sessions of the manslaughter of Konrad Erlesen, a Norwegian fireman, at Albert Park, on this day in 1931. The two men had been drinking together, and subsequently had a fight in which Erlesen was knocked down. The jury added a strong recommendation to mercy.

On this day …….. 21st of December 1936

Falling from one of the cars of the ‘big dipper’ at Luna Park, St. Kilda, on this day in 1936, Harry Maltby (22), of Albert Park, was struck by another car and was so severely injured that he died. Maltby, who was accompanied by Vincent Clancy of Albert Park, was riding in one of the three cars of the ‘big dipper’ train. He stood up and fell onto another track of the ‘big dipper.’ The brakeman applied the brakes and then rushed across and tried to drag Maltby clear of the rails, but Maltby’ s clothing was entangled in the brake slides. Another train struck Maltby, and then struck the rear of the train from which he had fallen.


On This Day – 18th November 1896

At Albert Park on the 18th November 1896, a young man named Alexander Quinn, aged twenty-three, an ex-warder at the Ararat Lunatic Asylum, shot his wife dead, and then attempted to commit suicide, but, failing to take his own life, be gave himself up at the police station. It would appear from Quinn’s statement that, being without work or means, he and his wife proceeded to Albert Park with the intention of committing a double suicide. Mrs. Quinn who was twenty-five years of age, took a revolver, and attempted to put a bullet through her head, but failed; whereupon her husband took the weapon and shot her dead. He then tied to shot himself, but did not succeed, He then sought to drown himself in the Albert Park lake, and, again failing to put an end to his life, he proceeded to the police station and reported the matter. In his possession were found two marriage certificates.




ON THIS DAY – November 2, 1907

The trial of Thomas Treloar, on a charge of murdering Mary Patterson at Albert Park on November 2, was concluded to-day. Accused had been keeping company with a granddaughter of deceased,and on the latter remonstrating with him on his conduct he seized an iron bar from the fireplace and felled deceased with it. She afterwards died in the hospital. Accused also attacked the girl and her mother with a bar. Several witnesses were called for the defence to show that there was insanity in accused’s family. The girl also stated that on one occasion she took from his pocket a bottle of poison, a razor, and a letter, saying he intended to commit suicide. Treloar was found guilty, and. sentenced to death.

On This Day – August 7, 1946

A man who is alleged to have driven a car through a tram safety zone in Fitzroy st, St Kilda, on August 7, knocking down four persons and killing an army officer, was yesterday committed for trial by Mr Marwick, coroner, who recorded a finding of manslaughter.

He is Harold James Hewitt Parker, 26, rubber worker, of Melville rd, West Brunswick. The army officer who received fatal injuries was Captain Sydney Gordon Reid, 29, of Queen’s rd, Albert Park.

Barbara Schooley, of Queen’s rd, Albert Park, a lieutenant in the AWAS, said she was standing in a safety zone near St Kilda station with Reid. She saw a car approach the zone, shouted a warning to Reid, and jumped clear.

Norman Alfred Bunney, taxi-driver, of Aspen st, Moonee Ponds, said he pursued the car along Fitzroy st. His speedometer had registered 57 mph. Before he reached the motorcar in front it crashed into the back of another taxi and came to rest in a rockery on the footpath.

First-constable George Ignatius Eccles alleged that Parker had called at West Brunswick police station at 1.30am on August 8. Parker, he said, claimed that he had been informed that he had killed a man. He had no recollection of the collision.

Mr Marwick granted bail of £300, with a surety of £300.

Mr M. Goldberg appeared for Parker.

ON THIS DAY …….3rd August 1931

Albert Jones, trapeze artist, was found guilty in General Sessions of the manslaughter of Konrad Erlesen, a Norwegian fireman, at Albert Park, on this day in 1931. The two men had been drinking together, and subsequently had a fight in which Erlesen was knocked down. The jury added a strong recommendation to mercy.

ON THIS DAY – May 17, 1941

At an inquest on William Henry Coleman, 74, of Napier st., South Melbourne, who received fatal injuries when knocked down by a car in Moray st., South Melbourne, on May 17, Mr. Mohr, PM, coroner, committed Leslie Henry Painter, 31, of Page st.. Albert Park, for trial on a charge of manslaughter. Bail was fixed at £100, with a surety of £100.

ON THIS DAY – May 3, 1942



40 year old Ivy Violet McLeod, was found strangled in Victoria Avenue, Albert Park in Melbourne on 3 May 1942. She was partly naked and had been badly beaten by her attacker. An American soldier had been seen in the area just before her body was discovered. Robbery did not appear to be the motive for the crime as her purse still contained about one Pound’s worth of small change.

EXECUTED THIS DAY – April 29, 1912


Joseph Victor Pfeffer, 33 years of age, suffered the extreme penalty of the law in the Melbourne gaol to-day for the murder of his sister-in-law, Florence Whitley, at Albert Park. The condemned man appeared resigned to his fate, and took a farewell of his wife yesterday afternoon. He slept well during the night and walked to the scaffold calm and fearlessly. The sheriff, the governor of the gaol, Dr. Godfrey, and half a dozen others were present, in addition to the warders. When asked by the sheriff if he had anything to say, Pfeffer replied in a clear voice, “I have to thank the Rev. Kieth Forbes for his administrations to me, and also the governor of the gaol and officers for their kindness. I am sorry for what I have done, and sorry that I have to leave my wife, children, and mother to mourn my disgrace.” The hangman then adjusted the rope, the bolt was drawn, and Pfeffer, who weighed 10st. 1lb., dropped a distance of 7ft. 10in. Death was instantaneous and without any quivering of the rope. The usual formal inquest will be held this afternoon. A crowd, including a number of women, had collected about the gaol gates, but there was no demonstration.


On this day …….. 29th April 1914

On this day in 1914, Audley Shields, aged 15, was riding a bicycle along City road, Albert Park, Melbourne. He was thrown on the road and before he could regain his feet two wheels of a waggon, weighing over a ton, passed over his right, shoulders, escaping his head by a few inches. The lad was taken to the Melbourne Hospital in a motor car that was passing at the time and admitted for treatment.


ON THIS DAY – March 6, 1893


The trial of John Alexander Manton for the murder of his wife at Albert Park on the 6th of March was held at the city court. The case for the Crown closed without any fresh facts being elicited. Mr. J. T. Smith opened the case for the defence, and asked that the evidence given by the accused at the coroner’s inquest might be put in. His Honor refused the application, and the Crown declined to put in the document. Manton was then called, and gave evidence similar to that given at the inquest. In cross-examination he said his wife was very nervous, and would tremble at any slight shock. His wife told him that she did not agree with any member of her family, and this was his reason for not making their acquaintance. His wife’s reason for insuring her life was fear about the state of her heart, and she also said she would like to have a policy to show her friends. Mr. Smith addressed the jury, and submitted that no proof of foul play had been produced by the Crown. He scouted the idea of murder upon the ground of human sympathy, and asked what man could the jury conceive of who, when confronted with his victim on the island, would have dared to take her body on his knee and hold her there for an hour in the cold night-time. His Honor having summed up the evidence the jury after a retirement of 20 minutes returned with a verdict of acquittal.



ON THIS DAY – February 25, 1896


Enquiries made concerning the murder and suicide at Albert Park on this day in 1896, were not altogether successful in demonstrating a motive for the crime. Some additional facts were discovered, however, which tend to show that John Priestley was probably seriously involved in domestic troubles, and might by them have been driven to murder his child and kill himself. Priestley came from Adelaide to Melbourne about six years prior accompanied by a woman who joined him about the time of the disagreement with his wife. When he arrived here he had in his possession over £600. With this sum of money he entered into occupation of a free hotel at Carlton. Within two years he ran through all his money, and quarrelled with his female companion, who passed herself off as his wife. He sought, to shake her off, and suddenly and secretly left for Adelaide by sea. She learned of his intention somehow, and, taking the child with her, journeyed to Adelaide by express train, and was the same woman he saw as the boat reached the wharf. The quarrel was patched up, and they returned to Melbourne together. They quarrelled again, and Priestley finally deserted the woman. He went to South Melbourne and took service with the Gas Company. The woman remained in Carlton, where she was arrested on some minor charge. Priestley attended the Court when her case, came up for hearing. He undertook the care of their child, but refused to have anything to say to the woman. The child was the one he killed.