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ON THIS DAY – July 23, 1902

A lad named Arnold Egglestone was committed for trial at Creswick on a charge of murdering Ah Sin, a Chinese, on July 23. The story of the prosecution is that accused, who is alleged to have attempted to criminally assault a girl, aged twelve years and nine months, a week before, shot the Chinese to obtain money to get away. Bail was refused.

ON THIS DAY – June 30, 1942

Threat To Kill At Party .

An amazing story of how a threat to kill a woman was made during the progress of a euchre party was related at the inquest today into the death of Aaron Cephas Gardiner (64) and daughter-in-law, Dorothy Adelaide Gardiner who lived at Oakleigh.

The threat was alleged to have been made a week before Gardiner was found shot dead in an air raid shelter at the rear of his home at Oakleigh. Alice Mary Gardiner, widow of the dead man said Dorothy was a half caste Chinese, and both her husband and Dorothy were argumentative.

Mrs Gardiner said her husband had been drinking on the afternoon of the party, but she did not take him seriously when he threatened to ‘kill a Chinaman, and It won’t be a man; it will be a woman.’

Leslie Francis Emlle Gardiner, a son of the dead man, and the husband of Dorothy, told of returning home on June 30. and in the darkness kicking something, and on turning on the light, finding the body of his wife in a pool of blood. Gardiner’s body was found in the air raid shelter with his head between his knees and a pea rifle near his body.

The Coroner, Mr. Wade, found that Dorothy Gardiner died of effects of head injuries feloniously inflicted by Aaron Gardiner with an unknown weapon, and that Aaron Gardiner died from the effects of a gunshot wound wilfully self inflicted.

On This Day ……. 29th June 1911

On this day in 1911, Ah Loy, a Chinese, who resided in Geelong appeared on remand at the City Court on a charge of having in his position four tins opium. Ah Loy was sentenced to Geelong Gaol.

On this day …….. 14th of December 1926

A meat chopper, knives, a tomahawk, lead piping, and sticks were used as weapons in a fight between two Chinese in Fitzroy, on September 23. The fight ended fatally for one of the Chinese. As a result, Chung Wah Lee, aged 36, stood on trial on this day on a charge of murder. Accused, in his defence, said he had been attacked with a ‘chopper, tomahawk and knife. life ‘was unarmed and his hands were badly cut in defending himself. The other Chinese dropped a knife, and he picked it up to defend himself. After an hour’s retirement, the Jury returned a verdict’ of “Not Guilty,” and the accused was discharged.

ON THIS DAY – December 10, 1903

Five men named Ginglingbury, Apper, Taylor, Flanders, and Hanley have been arrested on a charge of murder in connection with the death of Yee Moon, the Chinese gardener. Moon died in the Melbourne Hospital on January 3. He had been admitted for treatment of injuries sustained in a disturbance on December 10.

ON THIS DAY…… 24th October 1902

A Chinese in the Geelong Gaol, named Ah Lee Goon, who was transferred some time, ago from the Melbourne Gaol on account of mental weakness, has developed into a violent lunatic. On this day in 1902, two magistrates attended at the local gaol and committed the Celestial to a lunatic asylum.

 

ON THIS DAY…… 23rd September 1926

Inquiries which resulted in his death were received by a Chinese in a fight with another Chinese in Marion street, Fitzroy, on the morning of September 23. The meat choppers and two knives, as well as a piece of lead piping and a large and heavy stick, were used in the struggle and severe injuries were received by both men., At the end of an inquest the Coroner, Mr D. Berriman, P.M., found Chung Wah Lee, 56 years, a cabinetmaker, of Marion street, Fitzroy, guilty of murder. Lillian Matthews, who described herself as a domestic servant, said, “I lived with Low Jack in a house in Marion street, Fitzroy. I was seated beside the window in my front room at 11:30am on September 23rd, the day on which the fight occurred. Chung Wah Lee was seated with Florrie Jones on the door, step of a house opposite. A man passed and spoke to someone at the door. I then heard Chung Wah Lee say excitedly, ‘you think you are a Chinese king.’ Low Jack made some reply. Chung Wah Lee rushed to my house and broke in the two panels of the front door and smashed the windows. Later Low Jack staggered into the house he was covered in blood and said that he, was dying. He had been stabbed in the chest and his eye was horribly, mutilated. I ran for the police, leaving him in the front room. When I returned I saw him collapse on the front door step. I had not seen the fight but I saw Chung Wah Lee with a chopper and a stick in his hand. Low Jack had a large knife, a large chopper and a tomahawk. When the police arrived Chung Wah Lee wanted to fight Jack again and said. ‘Come I will finish now.”

To the Coroner witness said: Low Jack went to Chung Wah Lee’s house after the windows and door’s had been smashed and made him come out and fight. I could not say whether there had been trouble over Florrie Jones, but sometime before she had broken a window at my house and had been made to pay for it and there had been ill-feeling. The accused said: “I fought with him with his own knife.” The Coroner found that Low Jack’s death had resulted from in injuries inflicted by Chung Wah Lee, and committed him for trial. Senior Detective Jones objected to admitting Chung Wah Lee to bail; but he was bail on two securities of £500 each.

 

ON THIS DAY…… 30th August 1884

Ah Goon had come to Australia in the 1850s to make his fortune on the Victorian goldfields, like many of his fellow Chinamen. However Ah Goon worked out quickly that he could make more money in selling supply’s here in Melbourne, to the Chinese leaving for the Goldfields. On the 30th of August 1884, Ah Goon was found lying in a pool of blood on the floor of his bedroom. He had been punched in the face, knocking him to the floor. Ah Goon fell heavily onto an empty tea chest breaking his neck before being suffocated. He was then stabbed violently in the face. There was a lacerated wound 1 1⁄2 inches long on the right side of the face and both his eyes where blackened. Some Chinese business men offered a reward of £200 for the discovery of the murderer, $25,000 in today’s money. Yet no one come forward. A month later two men were arrested in Ballarat, Ah Lee on the charge of murder and Ah Sue, a Mongolian who was arrested on a charge of being concerned in the murder. Both men were found to have money and rings believed to belong to Ah Goon. As these items could not be proved to belong to Ah Goon, both men were released. This murder is still unsolved.

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 10th August 1925

On the 10th of August 1925, William Smith was murdered while working on the Greystone Station at Rowsey, near Bacchus Marsh, by Thomas Alexander Ferguson, aged 35 years. Thomas Alexander Ferguson was charged at the Melbourne City Court with the murder of William Smith Dean, near Bacchus Marsh. Ferguson, whose demeanour was peculiar, said rapidly and loudly, “I wish to state that I have a packet of Chinese opium. There are lying mongrels in the dens in my hills trying to pross me with wicked persons, with whom I will have nothing to do.” Mr Knight, P.M., ordered his removal. As Ferguson hurried from the dock he kept up a fire of Dean was has declared insane.

ON THIS DAY – July 23, 1902

A lad named Arnold Egglestone was committed for trial at Creswick on a charge of murdering Ah Sin, a Chinese, on July 23. The story of the prosecution is that accused, who is alleged to have attempted to criminally assault a girl, aged twelve years and nine months, a week before, shot the Chinese to obtain money to get away. Bail was refused.

ON THIS DAY – June 30, 1942

Threat To Kill At Party .

An amazing story of how a threat to kill a woman was made during the progress of a euchre party was related at the inquest today into the death of Aaron Cephas Gardiner (64) and daughter-in-law, Dorothy Adelaide Gardiner who lived at Oakleigh.

The threat was alleged to have been made a week before Gardiner was found shot dead in an air raid shelter at the rear of his home at Oakleigh. Alice Mary Gardiner, widow of the dead man said Dorothy was a half caste Chinese, and both her husband and Dorothy were argumentative.

Mrs Gardiner said her husband had been drinking on the afternoon of the party, but she did not take him seriously when he threatened to ‘kill a Chinaman, and It won’t be a man; it will be a woman.’

Leslie Francis Emlle Gardiner, a son of the dead man, and the husband of Dorothy, told of returning home on June 30. and in the darkness kicking something, and on turning on the light, finding the body of his wife in a pool of blood. Gardiner’s body was found in the air raid shelter with his head between his knees and a pea rifle near his body.

The Coroner, Mr. Wade, found that Dorothy Gardiner died of effects of head injuries feloniously inflicted by Aaron Gardiner with an unknown weapon, and that Aaron Gardiner died from the effects of a gunshot wound wilfully self inflicted.

On This Day ……. 29th June 1911

On this day in 1911, Ah Loy, a Chinese, who resided in Geelong appeared on remand at the City Court on a charge of having in his position four tins opium. Ah Loy was sentenced to Geelong Gaol.