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EXECUTED THIS DAY – March 1, 1858

On the 1st of March 1858, at 8am the convicts Edward Brown and William Jones, who were found guilty at the Ballarat Sessions of the crime of robbery with violence, were executed at Melbourne Gaol. Edward Brown, who belonged to the Roman Catholic Church, was attended in his last moments by the Rev. Mr. Stack, and had, on the previous day, received the Sacrament of confirmation from the Right Rev. Dr. Goold. He was the elder man of the two prisoners, having been born in London in the year 1831. He arrived in this colony free by the ship Othello, in 1852, but had been sent bond to Van Diemen’s Land previously. He was a labouring man. The younger convict, William Jones, arrived in the colony free, in the Andromache, in the year 1849, and was but 23 years of age, having been born in 1835, at Towersley, in Buckinghamshire. He was a member of the Baptist persuasion, and was attended by the Rev. Mr. Taylor, Baptist minister, and at the scaffold by the Bev. Mr. Stoddart, chaplain of the gaol. The prisoner Brown had been twice convicted prior to the commission of the crime for which he suffered, namely, of vagrancy, in 1853, for which he received a sentence of 18 months’ imprisonment, and again of the same offence in 1857. Jones was once convicted of horse-stealing and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. Very few persons besides the proper authorities were present at the execution. Neither of the unhappy men spoke a word, but seemed much downcast. They appeared to suffer when the drop fell for some moments. The bodies, after hanging the usual time, were cut down, and the formal inquest having been held upon them, were interred at the Melbourne cemetery at a late hour in the afternoon.

 

 

Thank you to the two lovely ladies who joined Madam in the most dangerous street in the colony!  I hope you enjoyed your journey as much as I enjoyed sharing the darker side of history with you! ~ Madam12395625_10207463947058868_1056856309_n

playbill.previewThe first theatre built in Australia opened on the 16th of January 1796, in Sydney and became incredibly popular. Those who did not have the price of admission stole it. The level of crime increased so dramatically that the governor was forced to take the drastic step of ordering the theatre to be demolished in 1798. Admission to the theatre was paid in cash or goods such as rum, sugar, flour or meat. The price of a seat in the fashionable gallery was one shilling or the equivalent in goods. One crime committed by a theatre lover to get the price of admission was particularly heartless. He killed a fine greyhound belonging to an officer, skinned it and succeeded in palming it’s joints off as kangaroo flesh at the price of ninepence a pound.

Thank you to the group who joined me in the most dangerous street in the colony, Little Bourke street, hearing of murder, crime, drugs and prostitution. I do hope you enjoyed your journey to the darker side of history ~ Madam

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NORTHCOTE

A CHARGE OF CHILD MURDER.

A woman named Edith Pillen has been arrested on a charge of murdering her newly-born infant at Northcote on November 24.

Hampton

Hampton

HAMPTON

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.

 

ON THIS DAY – November 22, 1907

The trial of Thos. Treloar on the charge of murdering Mrs. Mary Patterson at Albert Park on November 22 last by hitting her on the head with an iron bar, was concluded to-day. The jury returned a verdict of guilty, with a strong recommendation to mercy. The accused was sentenced to death. The reason for the recommendation was that the jury were unable to decide whether Treloar was insane when he committed the deed, or whether he did it in a fit of passion. His Honor promised to forward the recommendation to the Executive Council.

ECHUCA

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.

JANEVALE

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.

 

CARLTON

HOTEL BRAWL

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.

MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE

FITZROY

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.