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On this day …….. 5th of August 1898

A boy named Watts was crossing a paddock on Oliver Anketell’s farm near Dandenong, Victoria, on this day in 1898 when a large eagle swooped down and grabbed his dog, burying it’s talons in to it’s back. The bird rose in the air with the dog before the boy could come to the rescue. The dog howled in pain as it struggled in vain attempts to free it’s self. They were high in the air before the dog managed to catch it’s captor’s wings and hold on. The eagle used it’s beak with terrible effects, but the dog instinctively kept it’s hold on the wing, and the pair, tumbling over and over as they fell to the ground. The boy ran to his dog’ said and managed to kill the eagle by bludgeoning it to death with heavy blows to the head from his stout walking stick. The dog was alive but badly injured around the head and body from attacks by the birds claws and beak. The eagle measured two metres from tip to tip of it’s wings. The dog which weighted about 10kg made a good recovery.

 

ON THIS DAY – June 28, 1842

Charles Ellis (alias Yanky Jack), Martin Fogarty , Daniel Gepps (Jepps) and Jack Williams, were raiding farm houses and robbing people around the Dandenong area, when it became too hot there they moved over to the Plenty River area. They made a raid on Campbell Hunters house on the Plenty river. They made a mistake and stayed to have breakfast, and the Law caught up with them. Gang member Jack Williams was shot dead by Oliver Gourlay, after a hand to hand fight. After the gun battle that lasted one hour , Ellis, Fogarty and Jepps surrendered and all 3 were hanged on the hill beside the Old Melbourne Gaol north of Melbourne. All  4 buried together.

ON THIS DAY – June 28, 1903

An arrest was made to-day in connection with the death of an old man named William Ford in a hut near Dandenong. The suspect gave the name of Charles Sadi Fossard, aged 21, a Frenchman by birth. It was reported that at the time of Ford’s death a man had been seen prowling about the vicinity of  Ford’s hut, and information was received on Sunday by the police that the suspect was in the vicinity of Thomson’s-lane, between Cranbourne and Dandenong roads. Two black trackers were put on to the trail, and as the result of their work the arrest was made. The suspect is charged with vagrancy.

On This Day – November 6, 1924

The tragedy which occurred at Dandenong on November 6, when Albert Markley and his wife were found dead, was inquired into by the Coroner yesterday.

Dr. Taylor stated that in his opinion Markley had cut his wife’s throat, and then cut his own. The son, Wilfred Markley, said he considered that it was worry about his mother’s mental condition and his financial difficulties that caused his father to commit the deed.

The Coroner’s verdict was that Markley had cut his wife’s throat and then taken his own life while of unsound mind.

Murdered on this day …………….. 9th of October 1938

Thomas William Johnson, aged 40, labourer, walked into the Dandenong police Station on the 9th of October 1938 and gave himself up, for the murder of Charles Adam Sunney aged 54 years a returned soldier pensioner, and Robert McCourt Gray aged 73, prospector and old-age pensioner, at Dunolly. Johnson was remanded at the City Police Court on two separate charges of murder.

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 1st September 1885

A young woman named Martha Jane Heffer, in the employ of Mr. H. M. Sutherland, of the Commercial Bank, Dandenong, was arrested on a charge of having wilfully murdered her female infant, whose body was found in the Dandenong Creek on this day in 1885. While being escorted to the lock up by Mounted-constable Mills the girl admitted that she was the mother of the child. At the lock-up also she confessed to having taken the child and thrown it into the creek about a fortnight ago at 4 o’clock in the morning, and added that she did not know what she was doing. At the inquest, Dr. Moore, who made the post-mortem examination, deposed that the cause of death was strangulation by a neckerchief being tightly tied round the neck not less than 10 minutes after the child had been born, and breathed strongly. A verdict of wilful murder was returned against the prisoner, who was there upon committed to take her trial at the Melbourne Criminal Sessions on September 15. During the inquiry she seemed to be quite oblivious as to what was going on.”

 

On this day …….. 5th of August 1898

A boy named Watts was crossing a paddock on Oliver Anketell’s farm near Dandenong, Victoria, on this day in 1898 when a large eagle swooped down and grabbed his dog, burying it’s talons in to it’s back. The bird rose in the air with the dog before the boy could come to the rescue. The dog howled in pain as it struggled in vain attempts to free it’s self. They were high in the air before the dog managed to catch it’s captor’s wings and hold on. The eagle used it’s beak with terrible effects, but the dog instinctively kept it’s hold on the wing, and the pair, tumbling over and over as they fell to the ground. The boy ran to his dog’ said and managed to kill the eagle by bludgeoning it to death with heavy blows to the head from his stout walking stick. The dog was alive but badly injured around the head and body from attacks by the birds claws and beak. The eagle measured two metres from tip to tip of it’s wings. The dog which weighted about 10kg made a good recovery.

 

ON THIS DAY – June 28, 1842

Charles Ellis (alias Yanky Jack), Martin Fogarty , Daniel Gepps (Jepps) and Jack Williams, were raiding farm houses and robbing people around the Dandenong area, when it became too hot there they moved over to the Plenty River area. They made a raid on Campbell Hunters house on the Plenty river. They made a mistake and stayed to have breakfast, and the Law caught up with them. Gang member Jack Williams was shot dead by Oliver Gourlay, after a hand to hand fight. After the gun battle that lasted one hour , Ellis, Fogarty and Jepps surrendered and all 3 were hanged on the hill beside the Old Melbourne Gaol north of Melbourne. All  4 buried together.

ON THIS DAY – June 28, 1903

An arrest was made to-day in connection with the death of an old man named William Ford in a hut near Dandenong. The suspect gave the name of Charles Sadi Fossard, aged 21, a Frenchman by birth. It was reported that at the time of Ford’s death a man had been seen prowling about the vicinity of  Ford’s hut, and information was received on Sunday by the police that the suspect was in the vicinity of Thomson’s-lane, between Cranbourne and Dandenong roads. Two black trackers were put on to the trail, and as the result of their work the arrest was made. The suspect is charged with vagrancy.

ON THIS DAY ………… 3rd of February 1931

Charles Leslie Dixon, market gardener, of Springvale South, who was arrested following the shooting of his brother-in-law, Albert Henry Avard, 28, labourer of Oakleigh. Dixon was charged before the Dandenong Police Court, with having murdered Avard on this day in 1931. It is alleged that Avard was shot at Dixon’s home following a struggle for the possession of a shotgun.

 

 

On This Day – November 6, 1924

The tragedy which occurred at Dandenong on November 6, when Albert Markley and his wife were found dead, was inquired into by the Coroner yesterday.

Dr. Taylor stated that in his opinion Markley had cut his wife’s throat, and then cut his own. The son, Wilfred Markley, said he considered that it was worry about his mother’s mental condition and his financial difficulties that caused his father to commit the deed.

The Coroner’s verdict was that Markley had cut his wife’s throat and then taken his own life while of unsound mind.

Murdered on this day …………….. 9th of October 1938

Thomas William Johnson, aged 40, labourer, walked into the Dandenong police Station on the 9th of October 1938 and gave himself up, for the murder of Charles Adam Sunney aged 54 years a returned soldier pensioner, and Robert McCourt Gray aged 73, prospector and old-age pensioner, at Dunolly. Johnson was remanded at the City Police Court on two separate charges of murder.