On This Day – November 24, 1924

Douglas Robertson, aged 33 years, a skilled Worker, who was arrested at Sydney and, later charged at Melbourne with having murdered William Frederick Charles Almeida, bank teller, at Hampton, on November 24, 1924, was to-day again remanded.

William Almeida was a teller of the Hampton agency of the Commercial Bank of Australia, when he was shot during a raid on the bank in Hampton street by three men.  He later died in the Creswick House Private Hospital from his wounds.




George Kelland, aged 37, was charged at the Carlton Police with the wilful murder of Henry John Morris, laborer, as the result of a fight. The accused admitted to Constable Aheolem that he had knocked the deceased out. Kellands bail was refused.


A man named James McKenna has was taken into custody by the police of Tarnagalla, on a charge of being concerned in the death of a woman believed to be his wife, found dead on the read near Janevale on the 21st November 1884. The body was covered with blood and the skull was fractured.



On the 21st November 1884, a quarrel occurred between two men named Rogers and Michael Walsh, in front of the John Crown Hotel on Packenham street. Both were the worse of liquor and Rogers, who is a young athletic fellow, seized Walsh, an elderly man, and threw him over some railings dislocating his neck. Walsh was picked up dead shortly after, and Rogers was arrested.

On This Day – November 19, 1938 

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 at Bacchus Marsh.



In the Criminal Court to-day Ernest Arthur Sims was charged with the manslaughter of Mary Maud Whitesides, at Fitzroy on November 19. Accused pleaded not guilty. Whitesides died from burns sustained at accused’s house. At the close of the Crown’s case Justice Hodges said that there was no clear evidence to go to the jury that deceased died from any act of the accused. By direction the jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and Sims was discharged.

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ON THIS DAY – April 20, 1948



“In my opinion, your crime was particularly bad, and you are Lucky that the charge of which you were found guilty was not one of murder,” said Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy in the Criminal Court to-day when sentencing’ Esbert Robin Ridgeway (24), of Bruce street, Bentleigh, truck driver, to six years’ imprisonment. His Honor said the Jury found Ridgeway guilty of manslaughter with a recommendation to mercy He had taken this recommendation into account or he would have imposed a more severe sentence, but it was his responsibility to impose a substantial penalty. Ridgeway first came before the Criminal Court in December on a charge of the manslaughter of Vincent Patrick Quinn (28), of Bendigo street, Bentleigh, bricklayer. The jury disagreed, and Ridgeway was again brought before the Court at a subsequent sitting on the same charge. The evidence showed that on April 20 a fracas occurred in a Bentleigh cafe. Ridgeway was put out, but the melee continued in the street Ridgeway was seen to have a knife and “take a swlng” with it. Immediately afterwards, groaning came from Quinn, who sank to the ground and subsequently died.


ON THIS DAY ……. 13th of April 1991

25 years

Karmein Chan was born on the 5th of November 1977, and was murdered in Templestowe on this day in 1991. Chan was abducted on 13 April 1991 and subsequently murdered. While both her parents worked at their Chinese restaurant in Eltham, an individual abducted Karmein from the family home in Templestowe. Before leaving, he spray painted “Pay up Asian Drug Dealer, More and More to Come” on a vehicle in their front yard. Police suspect this was a ruse to distract them from the killer’s real motive. Karmein’s mother made an emotional plea on television for Karmein’s return. The investigation was hampered by the use of an old school photo of Karmein, which may not have represented her true appearance at the time of her abduction. Her badly decomposed body was found a year later in Melbourne’s northern outskirts in Edgars Creek, Thomastown. This crime is believed to have been committed by a man aptly known only as Mr. Cruel, who despite much effort on the part of Victoria Police, has never been brought to justice. On 14 December 2010 Victoria Police announced that a new taskforce had been established about eight months earlier following substantial new intelligence. The new Taskforce has been reviewing both the Spectrum Taskforce investigation and some new leads that have come in the last year or so.


ON THIS DAY – March 31, 1949


Steven Kelly, 46, farm labourer, of Warragul, who had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of John Thomas Bateson, 74, pensioner, at Warragul, on March 31, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment by Mr Justice O’Bryan in the Criminal Court. His Honour described Kelly’s crime as dreadful, but said that he accepted the view that Kelly was inflamed with drink, and that Bateson’s death occurred during a drunken quarrel.