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On This Day – June 28, 1975

On June 28, at 4.45pm, Terry left the Avoca post office where he was playing Monopoly with a friend. He was running 15 minutes late for his ride home.  That 15 minutes cost him his life.

Three witnesses, all locals, saw a fawn-coloured panel van that afternoon. One saw the van stopping in front of Terry as he waited on the coroner of Birdport and Barnett streets; another saw the van on the side of the Pyrenees Highway out of town with Terry standing at the back of it.

A third witness, a nurse driving home from work along the highway, saw the van turning into Box Flat Track, the road that leads to a mine shaft where Mr Floyd believes his brother’s body was dumped.

Raymond Jones, a convicted pedophile, who was on bail for indecently assaulting a boy in a Ballarat toilet block at the time, owned a fawn-coloured panel van and has admitted being on the same highway, travelling from Avoca to Maryborough, at the time.

Jones, who is believed to be living in northern Victoria, has previously denied any involvement in the disappearance.

This case is still unsolved

 

On this day …….. 21st of October 1978

The Valentich Disappearance occurred on the 21st of October 1978, when 20-year-old Frederick Valentich disappeared while piloting a small Cessna 182 aircraft over Bass Strait to King Island (Tasmania) after reporting a strange craft flying nearby. The disappearance generated significant press attention, both throughout Australia and internationally. No trace of Valentich or his Cessna has been found, and his description of a large, unusual object has earned his vanishing a place in UFO lore. A Department of Transport aircraft accident investigation concluded the reason for the disappearance could not be determined. His last words were “My intentions are to go to King Island… That strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again. It is hovering and it’s not an aircraft. Delta Sierra Juliet, Melbourne”.

 

On This Day – June 28, 1975

On June 28, at 4.45pm, Terry left the Avoca post office where he was playing Monopoly with a friend. He was running 15 minutes late for his ride home.  That 15 minutes cost him his life.

Three witnesses, all locals, saw a fawn-coloured panel van that afternoon. One saw the van stopping in front of Terry as he waited on the coroner of Birdport and Barnett streets; another saw the van on the side of the Pyrenees Highway out of town with Terry standing at the back of it.

A third witness, a nurse driving home from work along the highway, saw the van turning into Box Flat Track, the road that leads to a mine shaft where Mr Floyd believes his brother’s body was dumped.

Raymond Jones, a convicted pedophile, who was on bail for indecently assaulting a boy in a Ballarat toilet block at the time, owned a fawn-coloured panel van and has admitted being on the same highway, travelling from Avoca to Maryborough, at the time.

Jones, who is believed to be living in northern Victoria, has previously denied any involvement in the disappearance.

This case is still unsolved

 

On this day …….. 13th May 1792

The Tasmanian tiger, known also by its palaeontological nickname of Thylacine, was a carnivorous marsupial of Australia. It was once believed to roam the entire Australian mainland, as well as parts of New Guinea. Its disappearance from the mainland is believed to have been due to increased competition for food which resulted from the introduction of the dingo by the Aborigines. The Thylacine was up to 110cm in length, with a strong, stiff tail that was half the length of its body again. At its shoulder, it stood about 60cm tall. The Thylacine had tawny grey-brown fur, and around 16 black or brown stripes on its back, mainly at the tail end. The first evidence of the existence of such a creature came when Abel Tasman discovered Tasmania, which he named Van Diemen’s Land, in 1642. Upon the shores of the island, one of Tasman’s crewman, F. Jacobszoon, described seeing “footprints not ill-resembling the claws of a tiger”. French exploration provided confirmation of the Tasmanian tiger when French naturalist Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardière, who was on Rear Admiral Bruni d’Entrecasteaux’s expedition to “New Holland”, made what is considered to be the first definitive sighting of the Tasmanian tiger, on 13 May 1792. The last known Thylaicne died in the Hobart Zoo on 7 September 1936, a victim of exposure and starvation caused by lack of understanding of the animal’s needs. Since then, there have been numerous sightings of the Thylacine, but none have been confimed.

ON THIS DAY ……… 21st March 1931

A massive air search got underway, on this day in 1931, following the disappearance of the airliner ‘Southern Cloud’. The airliner had taken off from Sydney at 8am and was expected to arrive in Melbourne at 130pm. Bad weather delayed it’s expected arrival until late in the afternoon, extra fuel was sent out to Bowser airstrip just out side of Wangaratta. The Southern Cloud was seen to circle Bowser, but it suddenly turned away in the direction of Benalla, but failed to make an emergency landing. The disappearance of the Southern Cloud remained a mystery until the wreckage was found in the Snowy Mountains after the 2nd World War, 14 years later.

 

 

On this day …….. 21st of October 1978

The Valentich Disappearance occurred on the 21st of October 1978, when 20-year-old Frederick Valentich disappeared while piloting a small Cessna 182 aircraft over Bass Strait to King Island (Tasmania) after reporting a strange craft flying nearby. The disappearance generated significant press attention, both throughout Australia and internationally. No trace of Valentich or his Cessna has been found, and his description of a large, unusual object has earned his vanishing a place in UFO lore. A Department of Transport aircraft accident investigation concluded the reason for the disappearance could not be determined. His last words were “My intentions are to go to King Island… That strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again. It is hovering and it’s not an aircraft. Delta Sierra Juliet, Melbourne”.

 

On This Day – June 28, 1975

On June 28, at 4.45pm, Terry left the Avoca post office where he was playing Monopoly with a friend. He was running 15 minutes late for his ride home.  That 15 minutes cost him his life.

Three witnesses, all locals, saw a fawn-coloured panel van that afternoon. One saw the van stopping in front of Terry as he waited on the coroner of Birdport and Barnett streets; another saw the van on the side of the Pyrenees Highway out of town with Terry standing at the back of it.

A third witness, a nurse driving home from work along the highway, saw the van turning into Box Flat Track, the road that leads to a mine shaft where Mr Floyd believes his brother’s body was dumped.

Raymond Jones, a convicted pedophile, who was on bail for indecently assaulting a boy in a Ballarat toilet block at the time, owned a fawn-coloured panel van and has admitted being on the same highway, travelling from Avoca to Maryborough, at the time.

Jones, who is believed to be living in northern Victoria, has previously denied any involvement in the disappearance.

This case is still unsolved

 

On this day …….. 13th May 1792

The Tasmanian tiger, known also by its palaeontological nickname of Thylacine, was a carnivorous marsupial of Australia. It was once believed to roam the entire Australian mainland, as well as parts of New Guinea. Its disappearance from the mainland is believed to have been due to increased competition for food which resulted from the introduction of the dingo by the Aborigines. The Thylacine was up to 110cm in length, with a strong, stiff tail that was half the length of its body again. At its shoulder, it stood about 60cm tall. The Thylacine had tawny grey-brown fur, and around 16 black or brown stripes on its back, mainly at the tail end. The first evidence of the existence of such a creature came when Abel Tasman discovered Tasmania, which he named Van Diemen’s Land, in 1642. Upon the shores of the island, one of Tasman’s crewman, F. Jacobszoon, described seeing “footprints not ill-resembling the claws of a tiger”. French exploration provided confirmation of the Tasmanian tiger when French naturalist Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardière, who was on Rear Admiral Bruni d’Entrecasteaux’s expedition to “New Holland”, made what is considered to be the first definitive sighting of the Tasmanian tiger, on 13 May 1792. The last known Thylaicne died in the Hobart Zoo on 7 September 1936, a victim of exposure and starvation caused by lack of understanding of the animal’s needs. Since then, there have been numerous sightings of the Thylacine, but none have been confimed.

ON THIS DAY ……… 21st March 1931

A massive air search got underway, on this day in 1931, following the disappearance of the airliner ‘Southern Cloud’. The airliner had taken off from Sydney at 8am and was expected to arrive in Melbourne at 130pm. Bad weather delayed it’s expected arrival until late in the afternoon, extra fuel was sent out to Bowser airstrip just out side of Wangaratta. The Southern Cloud was seen to circle Bowser, but it suddenly turned away in the direction of Benalla, but failed to make an emergency landing. The disappearance of the Southern Cloud remained a mystery until the wreckage was found in the Snowy Mountains after the 2nd World War, 14 years later.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 29, 1976

A notorious thug, now dead, is believed by Victorian police to be responsible for the disappearance of Australia’s first television celebrity chef. (who appeared on Channel Seven’s The Chef Presents) But detectives believe that there are still people alive that can provide them with information. Willi Koeppen, father of three, then 46, disappeared without trace from Olinda on February 29, 1976, and since then there has been plenty of speculation about who was responsible for the disappearance of the Cuckoo Restaurant co-owner. Alex Tsakmakis, a suspected serial killer who was convicted of two murders, was believed to have been involved in the disappearance. He was murdered in Pentridge in 1988. Russell Street bomber Craig Minogue battered Tsakmakis to death with a bagful of prison weights. There are many unanswered questions and the Homicide Squad Missing Persons Unit has appealed for anybody with any information to contact Crime Stoppers. “Ever after all these years we believe that somebody maybe could come forward with some information that could prove vital information,” Detective Inspector John Potter said. “He disappeared off the face of the earth and has never been seen since.”