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ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1948

John William McRae, 19, was sentenced to death in the Sale Supreme Court today for the murder of his sister, Hazel Mary McRae, Bairnsdale beauty queen, on July 19. The jury returned a verdict of guilty after a retirement lasting exactly an hour. Some of the large crowd, which included many young women In the public gallery, gasped as Sir Charles Lowe passed the death sentence. McRae’s mother, who had been present in the court during most of the trial, was not there when the jury returned. McRae, who was described as mentally backward, and frequently fidgeted with his hair and clothing daring the trial showed no emotion. Sir Charles Lowe asked him if he had anything to say before, being sentenced, and be replied: “No, sir.” Hazel McRae’s partly-clad body was found In the back yard of her Bairnsdale home on the morning of July 20 with her head bashed and a bullet in her head.

ON THIS DAY – December 22, 1908

TONGALA WEST

At Bairnsdale Court, before Mr Justice Cussen, Edward Chomley was found guilty of having on the 22nd of December, attempted to murder John Hickey, husband of the licensee of the Mount Hepburn Hotel, Tongala West, by administering strychnine to him. Sentence of death was recorded, and the case will be considered by the Executive Council.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 22, 1908

TONGALA WEST

At Bairnsdale Court, before Mr Justice Cussen, Edward Chomley was found guilty of having on the 22nd of December, attempted to murder John Hickey, husband of the licensee of the Mount Hepburn Hotel, Tongala West, by administering strychnine to him. Sentence of death was recorded, and the case will be considered by the Executive Council.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 10, 1912

Murder Charge.

The trial of Walter James Anderson for the murder of Fred Flint, who met his death by poisoning at Merriman’s Creek, on Tuesday, December 10, took place on Wednesday at the Sale Supreme Court, before Mr Justice Hood. Mr Leon prosecuted for the Crown and Mr G. A. Maxwell, instructed by Mr Rice, appeared for accused. The following jury was empanelled — M, Taylor (foreman), A. Hogg, W. ; Elaton, T. J. Austin, J. M. Murphy, H. M’Lean, S. R. Lyndon, L. L. Atkinson, A. H. Latham, Clive Lett, F. Andrews, and J. Buchan. The evidence given at the inquest, with which our readers are conversant, was repeated. The jury retired to consider their verdict at 5.27 p.m., and six hours later, not having agreed, they were called into court. His Honour said he understood there was no chance of the jury agreeing. The Foreman : Not the slightest, your honour. His Honour then discharged the jury, remarking that they had no doubt considered the evidence carefully. Prisoner was then remanded for trial at Bairnsdale on 15th April.

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1948

John William McRae, 19, was sentenced to death in the Sale Supreme Court today for the murder of his sister, Hazel Mary McRae, Bairnsdale beauty queen, on July 19. The jury returned a verdict of guilty after a retirement lasting exactly an hour. Some of the large crowd, which included many young women In the public gallery, gasped as Sir Charles Lowe passed the death sentence. McRae’s mother, who had been present in the court during most of the trial, was not there when the jury returned. McRae, who was described as mentally backward, and frequently fidgeted with his hair and clothing daring the trial showed no emotion. Sir Charles Lowe asked him if he had anything to say before, being sentenced, and be replied: “No, sir.” Hazel McRae’s partly-clad body was found In the back yard of her Bairnsdale home on the morning of July 20 with her head bashed and a bullet in her head.

ON THIS DAY – May 6, 1941

Mrs Ruby Nina Carlos of Myrtle st South Yarra, was committed for trial on a charge of murder by Mr Tingate, PM coroner at an inquest into the death of Aileen Marion Twitchett, 17, of Main st, Bairnsdale, who died in Womens Hospital on May 6 from septicaemia

ON THIS DAY – February 15, 1928

With their heads battered in, the bodies of Richard Clements, a storekeeper, of Bulumwaal, near Bairnsdale, and his wife Catherine were discovered in a room at the rear of their shop at 6.30pm on this day in 1928. There was ample evidence that the old couple had been brutally murdered. The bodies were found lying on the floor of the kitchen under piles of bedding and clothing. The whole store had been ransacked, which points to robbery as the motive for the crime. Clements who lived at the rear of his butcher’s shop was believed to have been murdered by a burglar who was disturbed. A gun was found under the murdered man’s body, which leads to the belief that he was awakened by the noise made by the intruder and rushed into his shop There is reason to believe also that he was smashed on the head with a hammer and that his wife heard his cries and running to help him met the same dreadful fate. It was believed that the old couple were done to death some time during the night. They had not been noticed about the little township during the day. At 6.30pm, Mr. Clancy, a local hotelkeeper, and Mr. McMurtrie. of Bulumwaal. who are close friends of the Clements, called at the shop to ascertain if anything was wrong. They knocked repeatedly without getting any response. On looking through the kitchen window the two men saw the bodies on the floor. They notified the Bairnsdale police, who found Clements fully dressed his wife was in night attire. Bulumwaal is 13 miles from Bairnsdale, and is a deserted mining town. The couple had lived there for 30 years. Inspection by the police revealed evidence of a violent struggle in the kitchen. The walls and furniture were bespattered with blood, and mi crockery had been broken. On the table were portions of the evening meal, and an open book was lying with its pages downward on the table. One of the bedrooms had been ransacked and the contents of the drawers and wardrobe scattered about the place Clements carried a gun, but apparently was not able to use it as the murderer struck him unconscious with a hammer. An elderly woman living about 50 yards from the Clements home told the police that she saw two motor cars near her house about 11 o’clock on Thursday night. Their appearance at the house was so unusual that she remarked of the fact to her neighbours.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – December 22, 1908

TONGALA WEST

At Bairnsdale Court, before Mr Justice Cussen, Edward Chomley was found guilty of having on the 22nd of December, attempted to murder John Hickey, husband of the licensee of the Mount Hepburn Hotel, Tongala West, by administering strychnine to him. Sentence of death was recorded, and the case will be considered by the Executive Council.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 22, 1908

TONGALA WEST

At Bairnsdale Court, before Mr Justice Cussen, Edward Chomley was found guilty of having on the 22nd of December, attempted to murder John Hickey, husband of the licensee of the Mount Hepburn Hotel, Tongala West, by administering strychnine to him. Sentence of death was recorded, and the case will be considered by the Executive Council.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 10, 1912

Murder Charge.

The trial of Walter James Anderson for the murder of Fred Flint, who met his death by poisoning at Merriman’s Creek, on Tuesday, December 10, took place on Wednesday at the Sale Supreme Court, before Mr Justice Hood. Mr Leon prosecuted for the Crown and Mr G. A. Maxwell, instructed by Mr Rice, appeared for accused. The following jury was empanelled — M, Taylor (foreman), A. Hogg, W. ; Elaton, T. J. Austin, J. M. Murphy, H. M’Lean, S. R. Lyndon, L. L. Atkinson, A. H. Latham, Clive Lett, F. Andrews, and J. Buchan. The evidence given at the inquest, with which our readers are conversant, was repeated. The jury retired to consider their verdict at 5.27 p.m., and six hours later, not having agreed, they were called into court. His Honour said he understood there was no chance of the jury agreeing. The Foreman : Not the slightest, your honour. His Honour then discharged the jury, remarking that they had no doubt considered the evidence carefully. Prisoner was then remanded for trial at Bairnsdale on 15th April.

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1948

John William McRae, 19, was sentenced to death in the Sale Supreme Court today for the murder of his sister, Hazel Mary McRae, Bairnsdale beauty queen, on July 19. The jury returned a verdict of guilty after a retirement lasting exactly an hour. Some of the large crowd, which included many young women In the public gallery, gasped as Sir Charles Lowe passed the death sentence. McRae’s mother, who had been present in the court during most of the trial, was not there when the jury returned. McRae, who was described as mentally backward, and frequently fidgeted with his hair and clothing daring the trial showed no emotion. Sir Charles Lowe asked him if he had anything to say before, being sentenced, and be replied: “No, sir.” Hazel McRae’s partly-clad body was found In the back yard of her Bairnsdale home on the morning of July 20 with her head bashed and a bullet in her head.

ON THIS DAY – May 6, 1941

Mrs Ruby Nina Carlos of Myrtle st South Yarra, was committed for trial on a charge of murder by Mr Tingate, PM coroner at an inquest into the death of Aileen Marion Twitchett, 17, of Main st, Bairnsdale, who died in Womens Hospital on May 6 from septicaemia