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On this day …….. 31st of October 1894

Opening on 26 September 1855, the New South Wales railway, Australia, was the first government-owned railway in the British Empire. The first line ran the 22km from Sydney to Parramatta. By 1862, the western line had reached Penrith. The railway continued to expand, reaching Albury in 1881, Glen Innes in 1884 and far west New South Wales at Bourke in 1886. On 31 October 1894, a country train bound for Goulburn, New South Wales, was hit at Redfern, Sydney, by a suburban train heading from Strathfield to the city. Two engine crew and twelve passengers from the suburban train were killed, and twenty-seven people were injured. The accident was caused by an incorrectly set signal. Among those killed were Edward Lloyd Jones, Chairman of David Jones & Co and son of the founder of the David Jones department store chain. Also killed was Father Callaghan McCarthy, Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 28, 1984

A Melbourne Supreme Court jury found a former soldier guilty of the murder of a young Victorian couple whose decomposing bodies were found in the back of a utility in Sydney’s Kings Cross 12 months earlier. Robert Scott Pickford, formerly of Bass Road, Ingleburn, NSW, was found guilty of the murders of Ondine Leith and David Jones on December 28, 1984, and was given a life sentence in Victoria for murder. Mr Pickford was also found guilty of one count of armed robbery at St Kilda on or about the 28th of December,1984 and not guilty on a second count of armed robbery the day after. Justice Southwell had already ordered the jury of six men and six women to return a verdict of not guilty to the two murder charges against Mr Pickford’s girlfriend, Ms Michelle Ann Archer, 28, formerly of the same address. Pickford was sentenced to Pentridge.

 

On this day …….. 31st of October 1894

Opening on 26 September 1855, the New South Wales railway, Australia, was the first government-owned railway in the British Empire. The first line ran the 22km from Sydney to Parramatta. By 1862, the western line had reached Penrith. The railway continued to expand, reaching Albury in 1881, Glen Innes in 1884 and far west New South Wales at Bourke in 1886. On 31 October 1894, a country train bound for Goulburn, New South Wales, was hit at Redfern, Sydney, by a suburban train heading from Strathfield to the city. Two engine crew and twelve passengers from the suburban train were killed, and twenty-seven people were injured. The accident was caused by an incorrectly set signal. Among those killed were Edward Lloyd Jones, Chairman of David Jones & Co and son of the founder of the David Jones department store chain. Also killed was Father Callaghan McCarthy, Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 28, 1984

A Melbourne Supreme Court jury found a former soldier guilty of the murder of a young Victorian couple whose decomposing bodies were found in the back of a utility in Sydney’s Kings Cross 12 months earlier. Robert Scott Pickford, formerly of Bass Road, Ingleburn, NSW, was found guilty of the murders of Ondine Leith and David Jones on December 28, 1984, and was given a life sentence in Victoria for murder. Mr Pickford was also found guilty of one count of armed robbery at St Kilda on or about the 28th of December,1984 and not guilty on a second count of armed robbery the day after. Justice Southwell had already ordered the jury of six men and six women to return a verdict of not guilty to the two murder charges against Mr Pickford’s girlfriend, Ms Michelle Ann Archer, 28, formerly of the same address. Pickford was sentenced to Pentridge.