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On This Day – June 25, 1951

A 35-year-old mother charged with the murder of two of her children had suffered three nervous breakdowns and was receiving medical attention, Detective-Sergeant W. Tremewen told the City Court today.

The woman, Mrs Mary Bradley McDonald, of Malvern, is charged with having murdered her seven-year-old daughter. Elizabeth Mary and her eight month-old son David Francis.  Mr McLean, SM. refused her bail and remanded her to July

Detective-Sergeant Tremewen told the court that he found the girl’s body with severe head injuries in a bedroom. A bloodstained tomahawk was nearby, in the bathroom he found the baby boy in a half-filled bath. A preliminary medical inspection showed he had died from drowning.

Witness said Mrs McDonald told him: ‘Ive killed my two children. I wanted them to go to heaven before they had a chance to commit any sins ”

The charges were withdrawn when the mother was certified insane

On January 11, 1881, the Hereford ran aground at Inglesby Reef near Port Phillip Heads, close to Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia.  The 1456 ton ship would remain stranded until she would be finally towed off the reef on March 12, 1881.

But her running aground would lead to the deaths of 2 men – Constable David Digby and Lumper Frank Wright.

On January 17, 1881, a police presence was requested aboard the wreck of the Hereford and Mounted Constable Purcell and Foot Constable Digby were transported out to the ship.  There were about 30 other persons on board looking after the safe removal of the cargo and those in charge of the ship.

Once the policemen were aboard the ship, the weather took a turn for the worst.  It was decided that the seas were too rough for the two constables to return to shore.  But overnight, the weather became tempestous! Waves were breaking over the ship and water was running into the cabins, the ship was bumping horribly against the reef.  All on board were fearful for their lives.  At 7.30am the following morning it was decided to launch the remaining boat in an attempt to find the boat that had come loose in the night and to return the policemen to the shore.

The two Constables, a crew of five and seven lumpers began the journey from the Hereford to shore.  Everything was going to plan until about 50 yards from shore the boat run onto a sandbank.  All the men were instructed to jump overboard but unfortunately a large wave capsized the boat.  Most of the men would manage to grab the upturned boat to avoid being swept out to sea by the receding wave, but Constable David Digby and Frank Wright were not so lucky.  Constable Purcell was brought to shore with great difficulty.

A search was undertaken for the missing men but was called off around 11am with no sign of the two men.  Their bodies were not recovered.

Constable David Digby was aged 50 years and left behind a wife and a large family to mourn his loss.

Constable Digby is listed on the Police Honor Roll for those who lost their lives while doing their duty.

 

On this day …….. 21st of October 1941

On this day in 1941, a quick thinking fisherman saved a man Oliver Davis from drowning in Lake Macquarie, NSW. Fishing at Speers Point when he noticed a 35 year old man in trouble. With his first cast, the angler hooked the man and carefully reeled him to shore.

 

On This Day – June 25, 1951

A 35-year-old mother charged with the murder of two of her children had suffered three nervous breakdowns and was receiving medical attention, Detective-Sergeant W. Tremewen told the City Court today.

The woman, Mrs Mary Bradley McDonald, of Malvern, is charged with having murdered her seven-year-old daughter. Elizabeth Mary and her eight month-old son David Francis.  Mr McLean, SM. refused her bail and remanded her to July

Detective-Sergeant Tremewen told the court that he found the girl’s body with severe head injuries in a bedroom. A bloodstained tomahawk was nearby, in the bathroom he found the baby boy in a half-filled bath. A preliminary medical inspection showed he had died from drowning.

Witness said Mrs McDonald told him: ‘Ive killed my two children. I wanted them to go to heaven before they had a chance to commit any sins ”

The charges were withdrawn when the mother was certified insane

ON THIS DAY……….. 28th of March 1899

Alice Maud Jepson, wife of Johann Christian Jepson a lighterman, was arrested by Constable Harris of Yarraville, on suspicion of having murdered her son Francis Norman Jepson, aged seven years. Jepson was brought before Messrs Warner and Gallant J.P.s at the Footscray Police Court. The accused appeared to be fairly well composed and chatted cheerfully with her husband, who sat beside her. Sub-inspector Oliver appeared for the police and sought a remand to the Port Melbourne Court. Constable Harris gave formal evidence of the arrest, and accused was then remanded to appear at Port Melbourne on the 6th of April. Mr Jepson is anxious to correct an impression that his wife had for some time been an inmate of a lunatic asylum. He denies this absolutely. He declares that his wife was “the best wife ever a man had.” She had just told him, he added, that “their boy was now dead. She was sure he had gone to Heaven, and would be exalted. Jepaon was found guilty of the murder of her son by wilfully drowning him at Fisherman’s Bend in the Yarra.

 

On this day …….. 21st of October 1941

On this day in 1941, a quick thinking fisherman saved a man Oliver Davis from drowning in Lake Macquarie, NSW. Fishing at Speers Point when he noticed a 35 year old man in trouble. With his first cast, the angler hooked the man and carefully reeled him to shore.

 

On This Day – June 25, 1951

A 35-year-old mother charged with the murder of two of her children had suffered three nervous breakdowns and was receiving medical attention, Detective-Sergeant W. Tremewen told the City Court today.

The woman, Mrs Mary Bradley McDonald, of Malvern, is charged with having murdered her seven-year-old daughter. Elizabeth Mary and her eight month-old son David Francis.  Mr McLean, SM. refused her bail and remanded her to July

Detective-Sergeant Tremewen told the court that he found the girl’s body with severe head injuries in a bedroom. A bloodstained tomahawk was nearby, in the bathroom he found the baby boy in a half-filled bath. A preliminary medical inspection showed he had died from drowning.

Witness said Mrs McDonald told him: ‘Ive killed my two children. I wanted them to go to heaven before they had a chance to commit any sins ”

The charges were withdrawn when the mother was certified insane

ON THIS DAY……….. 28th of March 1899

Alice Maud Jepson, wife of Johann Christian Jepson a lighterman, was arrested by Constable Harris of Yarraville, on suspicion of having murdered her son Francis Norman Jepson, aged seven years. Jepson was brought before Messrs Warner and Gallant J.P.s at the Footscray Police Court. The accused appeared to be fairly well composed and chatted cheerfully with her husband, who sat beside her. Sub-inspector Oliver appeared for the police and sought a remand to the Port Melbourne Court. Constable Harris gave formal evidence of the arrest, and accused was then remanded to appear at Port Melbourne on the 6th of April. Mr Jepson is anxious to correct an impression that his wife had for some time been an inmate of a lunatic asylum. He denies this absolutely. He declares that his wife was “the best wife ever a man had.” She had just told him, he added, that “their boy was now dead. She was sure he had gone to Heaven, and would be exalted. Jepaon was found guilty of the murder of her son by wilfully drowning him at Fisherman’s Bend in the Yarra.