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On This Day ……. 27th of July 1907

Escaped Lunatic – James Ryan

A lunatic named James Ryan escaped from the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum some time on Friday. Ryan was found guilty of endeavouring to derail a train on the Broadmeadows line some time ago, and on the medical evidence he was ordered detention during the pleasure of His Excellency the governor. He is a criminal lunatic, and was convicted for prior offences. When he escaped he was dressed in asylum clothes, and wore a black felt hat and blucher boots. Ryan is 47 years of age, 5ft. 10in. in height, stoutly built, and is full faced, with black hair and moustache turning grey. Some teeth are missing in the upper jaw.

 

On this day …….. 19th of April 1930

Percy Broyd, aged six years, of Whitby-street, West Brunswick, and William Evans, a youth, of Moonee Ponds, were wounded this afternoon while shooting rabbits at Broadmeadows. Both the boys were admitted to the hospital for treatment.

 

ON THIS DAY – November 5, 1946

 

In General Sessions yesterday, after a four-day trial, Kevin James Fogarty, 19, soldier, of Broadmeadows military camp, was acquitted on a charge of the manslaughter of Jean Albyn Cheeseman, 22, of Queen’s rd, Melbourne, in St Kilda rd on November 5, 1945. Accused was discharged by Acting Judge Sproule. For the Crown it was alleged that Fogarty had taken a military truck without permission from camp, and while under the influence of liquor had gone for a trip to St Kilda. Travelling at more than 60 miles an hour, the truck had crashed into and killed the girl. Expert evidence was given on behalf of the accused that the truck was out of repair and was not capable of travelling more than 35 miles an hour. Accused gave evidence on oath denying that he was drunk. He had done everything possible to avoid the accident. Other witnesses confirmed Fogàrty’s statement that he was not drunk.  Mr J. A. Nimmo prosecuted for the Crown, and Mr J. M. Culllty (instructed by Messrs Jones and Kennedy), appeared for accused.

 

ON THIS DAY – October 19, 1979

 

A man was remanded in City Court yesterday on a charge of having murdered Mr Leslie Herbert Kane, a missing painter and docker. Mr Kane, 33, of the Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows, said by detectives to have been well known on Melbourne’s waterfront, has been missing since October 19.  Mr Vincent Mikkelsen, 32, was charged with having murdered him on October 19, and was remanded to appear at the Magistrate’s Court on January 18.  Mr Mikkelsen was arrested on January 9 at Karratha, near Dampier, on the north-coast of Western Australia. He was led into the court by four policemen. Police have still not recovered Mr Kane’s body.

 

On This Day – September 5, 1948

A Ukranian migrant killed with a tomahawk at Broadmeadows camp on September 5 made violent love to the 18-year-old wife of another migrant, and invited her to poison her husband and run off to Tasmania, the Criminal Court was told today. This evidence was given by Mrs. Vera Kolacz, wife of Stefan Kolack, 29, former tramway employee, who is accused of having murdered Michael Motyl, 27, a PMG-employee.

On This Day ……. 27th of July 1907

Escaped Lunatic – James Ryan

A lunatic named James Ryan escaped from the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum some time on Friday. Ryan was found guilty of endeavouring to derail a train on the Broadmeadows line some time ago, and on the medical evidence he was ordered detention during the pleasure of His Excellency the governor. He is a criminal lunatic, and was convicted for prior offences. When he escaped he was dressed in asylum clothes, and wore a black felt hat and blucher boots. Ryan is 47 years of age, 5ft. 10in. in height, stoutly built, and is full faced, with black hair and moustache turning grey. Some teeth are missing in the upper jaw.

 

On this day …….. 19th of April 1930

Percy Broyd, aged six years, of Whitby-street, West Brunswick, and William Evans, a youth, of Moonee Ponds, were wounded this afternoon while shooting rabbits at Broadmeadows. Both the boys were admitted to the hospital for treatment.

 

ON THIS DAY – November 5, 1946

 

In General Sessions yesterday, after a four-day trial, Kevin James Fogarty, 19, soldier, of Broadmeadows military camp, was acquitted on a charge of the manslaughter of Jean Albyn Cheeseman, 22, of Queen’s rd, Melbourne, in St Kilda rd on November 5, 1945. Accused was discharged by Acting Judge Sproule. For the Crown it was alleged that Fogarty had taken a military truck without permission from camp, and while under the influence of liquor had gone for a trip to St Kilda. Travelling at more than 60 miles an hour, the truck had crashed into and killed the girl. Expert evidence was given on behalf of the accused that the truck was out of repair and was not capable of travelling more than 35 miles an hour. Accused gave evidence on oath denying that he was drunk. He had done everything possible to avoid the accident. Other witnesses confirmed Fogàrty’s statement that he was not drunk.  Mr J. A. Nimmo prosecuted for the Crown, and Mr J. M. Culllty (instructed by Messrs Jones and Kennedy), appeared for accused.

 

ON THIS DAY – October 19, 1979

 

A man was remanded in City Court yesterday on a charge of having murdered Mr Leslie Herbert Kane, a missing painter and docker. Mr Kane, 33, of the Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows, said by detectives to have been well known on Melbourne’s waterfront, has been missing since October 19.  Mr Vincent Mikkelsen, 32, was charged with having murdered him on October 19, and was remanded to appear at the Magistrate’s Court on January 18.  Mr Mikkelsen was arrested on January 9 at Karratha, near Dampier, on the north-coast of Western Australia. He was led into the court by four policemen. Police have still not recovered Mr Kane’s body.

 

On This Day – September 5, 1948

A Ukranian migrant killed with a tomahawk at Broadmeadows camp on September 5 made violent love to the 18-year-old wife of another migrant, and invited her to poison her husband and run off to Tasmania, the Criminal Court was told today. This evidence was given by Mrs. Vera Kolacz, wife of Stefan Kolack, 29, former tramway employee, who is accused of having murdered Michael Motyl, 27, a PMG-employee.

On This Day ……. 27th of July 1907

Escaped Lunatic – James Ryan

A lunatic named James Ryan escaped from the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum some time on Friday. Ryan was found guilty of endeavouring to derail a train on the Broadmeadows line some time ago, and on the medical evidence he was ordered detention during the pleasure of His Excellency the governor. He is a criminal lunatic, and was convicted for prior offences. When he escaped he was dressed in asylum clothes, and wore a black felt hat and blucher boots. Ryan is 47 years of age, 5ft. 10in. in height, stoutly built, and is full faced, with black hair and moustache turning grey. Some teeth are missing in the upper jaw.

 

On this day …….. 19th of April 1930

Percy Broyd, aged six years, of Whitby-street, West Brunswick, and William Evans, a youth, of Moonee Ponds, were wounded this afternoon while shooting rabbits at Broadmeadows. Both the boys were admitted to the hospital for treatment.