ON THIS DAY – January 31, 1906

Francis Vernon Lichfield, a carpenter, whose mind had been affected for sometime, suddenly became demented, and tried to shoot his wife and son with a revolver. Mrs. Lichfield rushed him and took the weapon away, but Lichfield produced another, and his wife and son ran away. The husband fired at them, and the police were sent for. When a constable entered the house Lichfield fired at him, then, putting the revolver to his own head, shot himself. Death was instantaneous.



ON THIS DAY…… 28th December 1903

Samuel Steere, charged on remand with the attempted murder of William Graham at Cobden, was on this day in 1903, released on bail from the Geelong Gaol, on an order issued by Mr. Justice Hood in chambers.

ON THIS DAY – December 23, 1924


Charged with having attempted to murder his wife, Beatrice Miller, on the 23rd of December, Walter Wells Miller (48), painter of Earl-street Windsor, was placed on remanded by Mr. F. Wilmot to appear at the Prahran Court on the 2nd of January. Bail was fixed at £200 with one surety of £200. Detective-Sergeant Piggot asked for the remand until the 2nd of January, when, he said he expected to be able to proceed. ‘There have been strained relations’ he stated, ‘between this man and his wife. She sued him for maintenance. He went away for a few weeks but returned to her and they have recently been getting on fairly well, though there is another woman in the case. Two other people— a man and a woman— occupy front rooms in the house. They were still in bed when Miller got up a few minutes before his wife on Tuesday morning. She prepared the morning meal, pouring some milk into her own cup. She says that her husband poured the tea into the cup. He says that he is not sure about this. It may have been that morning or the previous day, that he poured out the tea. Mrs. Miller left the room for a few minutes, and, on returning, took a sip of tea. Miller then went to work, and she drank the major portion of the tea. Almost immediately, she felt ill. As she grew worse, and showed symptoms of poisoning, she called out for assistance, and the man and woman in the front rooms gave her an emetic. In this way she got rid of most of the poison. A doctor was sent for and he took possession of the cup, which contained a white or greyish mixture. It was sent to the Government analyst, who has reported that it contained a poison. The woman was sent to the Alfred Hospital, where she is how out of danger. Mrs. Miller states that, on at least two previous occasions, she has experienced symptoms of poisoning. Asked by Mr. Wilmot if he had an objection to the remand, Miller replies ‘I am not guilty. That’s all I know.’



Richard Clarence Skinner, 21, of South Melbourne, was arrested on a charge with having at Bacchus Marsh on November 19, with intent to murder, Arthur Edwards, a farm hand, of Balwyn. He had a severe wound on the chin and was unable to speak. By writing answers to questions by the detectives Edwards stated he had been shot while entering a car on the Ballarat Road sit Bacchus Marsh.



At Bendigo to-day Edward Jas. Slattery, 20 was charged with having on November 15 shot at Wm. Knight at Axe Creek. with intent to murder him.

Wm. Knight, railway employee, said that accused was his son-in-law. He was one of a party that went fishing. They were all skylarking, and accused shot at witness’s hat, which had been thrown in the water. Afterwards they were pushing one another in the water and accused, who was frightened of the water as he could not swim, picked up a gun, and said, “I’ll shoot you, you -.” He then fired over witness’s head, and went back a few paces, and again said “I’ll shoot you” He fired, and a shot struck witness in the left side. Accused was under the influence of liquor. Witness believed the affair was a pure accident.