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ON THIS DAY …….3rd August 1931

Albert Jones, trapeze artist, was found guilty in General Sessions of the manslaughter of Konrad Erlesen, a Norwegian fireman, at Albert Park, on this day in 1931. The two men had been drinking together, and subsequently had a fight in which Erlesen was knocked down. The jury added a strong recommendation to mercy.

ON THIS DAY – December 12, 1938

Geelong Gaol

William Daly (aka William Egan) was sentenced to 3 months in the Geelong gaol in 1938, for drinking metho. William was born in Victoria in 1877, and worked as a labourer. He was 5ft 4in with grey hair and eyes. William spent over 30 years in and out of Victorian gaols from Melbourne, Pentridge and Geelong mainly for drunkenness.

 

ON THIS DAY …….3rd August 1931

Albert Jones, trapeze artist, was found guilty in General Sessions of the manslaughter of Konrad Erlesen, a Norwegian fireman, at Albert Park, on this day in 1931. The two men had been drinking together, and subsequently had a fight in which Erlesen was knocked down. The jury added a strong recommendation to mercy.

On this day……. 11th January 1940

After 25 witnesses had given evidence at an Inquest on this day in 1940, Morris Ansell (19), of Carlton, was committed for trial on a charge of having, on a bush road near Lower Fern Tree Gully on the 20th of December, murdered Alfred Thomas Atherton (35), hotel useful. Police witnesses said that Ansell had confessed to detectives that he shot Atherton after having accompanied him to Lower Fern Tree Gully on the pretence that Atherton’s wife was there. Dorothy May Atherton, wife of the dead man, said she had been married 13 years and had five children. She had been living apart from her husband at the time of his death, because of his Ill treatment of her, his drinking, and the lack of money for housekeeping. She met Ansell about eight months ago and lived with him at Fern Tree Gully and later In Carlton. On the 20th of December she went to the pictures and Ansell was not home when she returned at 11.45pm. She learned of her husband’s death when Ansell handed her a newspaper the following day saying: “It is bad news. Keep your chin up.” Walter Frederick McKenzie, waiter at the Australian Club Hotel, Bourke St., said he saw Atherton and Ansell leave the hotel together on the night on in question. Evidence was given by Walter Bernard Welsh, booking clerk, who sold two single tickets to Fern Tree Gully on the 20th of December, and Hubert Malcolm Gordon, taxi-cab driver, who drove a man into the city and dropped him at 2am. Ansell admitted to Detectives that he shot Atherton.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 12, 1938

Geelong Gaol

William Daly (aka William Egan) was sentenced to 3 months in the Geelong gaol in 1938, for drinking metho. William was born in Victoria in 1877, and worked as a labourer. He was 5ft 4in with grey hair and eyes. William spent over 30 years in and out of Victorian gaols from Melbourne, Pentridge and Geelong mainly for drunkenness.

 

ON THIS DAY …….3rd August 1931

Albert Jones, trapeze artist, was found guilty in General Sessions of the manslaughter of Konrad Erlesen, a Norwegian fireman, at Albert Park, on this day in 1931. The two men had been drinking together, and subsequently had a fight in which Erlesen was knocked down. The jury added a strong recommendation to mercy.

On this day……. 11th January 1940

After 25 witnesses had given evidence at an Inquest on this day in 1940, Morris Ansell (19), of Carlton, was committed for trial on a charge of having, on a bush road near Lower Fern Tree Gully on the 20th of December, murdered Alfred Thomas Atherton (35), hotel useful. Police witnesses said that Ansell had confessed to detectives that he shot Atherton after having accompanied him to Lower Fern Tree Gully on the pretence that Atherton’s wife was there. Dorothy May Atherton, wife of the dead man, said she had been married 13 years and had five children. She had been living apart from her husband at the time of his death, because of his Ill treatment of her, his drinking, and the lack of money for housekeeping. She met Ansell about eight months ago and lived with him at Fern Tree Gully and later In Carlton. On the 20th of December she went to the pictures and Ansell was not home when she returned at 11.45pm. She learned of her husband’s death when Ansell handed her a newspaper the following day saying: “It is bad news. Keep your chin up.” Walter Frederick McKenzie, waiter at the Australian Club Hotel, Bourke St., said he saw Atherton and Ansell leave the hotel together on the night on in question. Evidence was given by Walter Bernard Welsh, booking clerk, who sold two single tickets to Fern Tree Gully on the 20th of December, and Hubert Malcolm Gordon, taxi-cab driver, who drove a man into the city and dropped him at 2am. Ansell admitted to Detectives that he shot Atherton.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 12, 1938

12386604_221586201505849_917726665_nGeelong Gaol

William Daly (aka William Egan) was sentenced to 3 months in the Geelong gaol in 1938, for drinking metho. William was born in Victoria in 1877, and worked as a labourer. He was 5ft 4in with grey hair and eyes. William spent over 30 years in and out of Victorian gaols from Melbourne, Pentridge and Geelong mainly for drunkenness.