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ON THIS DAY …….5th August 1941

Ratcliff Lawson, aged 51 years, from Essendon, and his son, Peter, aged 20 years, were found dead on this day 1941, in a gas filled motor car at Kangaroo Ground, 25 mile, from Melbourne. Police believe that it is a case of murder and suicide. The father had a deep affection for his son, who was a patient in a mental hospital.

 

 

On this day …….. 10th of July 1930

The Melbourne Herald News Paper arrived in Beechworth, Victoria on this day in 1930, in the most unconventional way. The edition of the paper carried a feature on Beechworth as a tourist resort, and a noon an aeroplane appeared above the town, and from the skies rained the Herald. The round trip from Melbourne was flown by Pilot Officer Kinnear. He left Essendon at 10am, arrived over Beechworth at noon, then flew onto Stanley to drop more Heralds in the school grounds, arriving back in Melbourne just after 4pm.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 3rd June 1929

Ellen Theresa Madden, single, aged 19 years of Washington street, Essendon, died at the Women’s Hospital on June 3 from peritonitis caused by an illegal operation which had been performed on her a few days previously by persons whom the police had not traced. The coroner (Mr. D. Giant) held an inquest yesterday and found that she had been murdered by some person or persons unknown.

ON THIS DAY …… April 19, 2010

Barwon Prison

On 19 April 2010, Williams died from head injury while incarcerated at Barwon Prison. He was struck with part of an exercise bike by another inmate, Matthew Charles Johnson, who was convicted for the murder, and sentenced in December 2011 to 32 years’ jail. Williams’ funeral was held on 30 April 2010 at St Therese’s Catholic Church in Essendon. In January 2011 it was reported that Williams’ resting place consisted of a nameless plot, without a headstone.

 

ON THIS DAY – 11 October 1937

The investigation into the initial disappearance of John Thomas Demsey received widespread media coverage and extensively featured in the official Police Gazette which went out to all stations.  According to the police investigation, Demsey had left Bendigo on October 11, 1937 with his load which was expected to have been delivered in Essendon that night.  He was last seen leaving Keilor at 9.20pm.  Just over three weeks later, his body was found in a shallow grave in a gully in Kinglake West. His killers had ensured he wouldn’t be around to give any descriptions: he’d been shot in the heart, liver and lungs.

Demsey’s body had been forced into a bag, head first, and was found in a crouched position.  His vehicle was also recovered in Kinglake West – minus the wool. Police found human blood stains inside the cabin, on the framework supporting the seat. The blood had run across the toolbox, leaving a spot on the fan belt and the starting handle, which were in the tool box. Police told newspapers their investigation had involved journeys totalling “30,000 miles”. “Graziers, wool scourers, farmers, transport drivers, wool storers, felters and persons in city occupations were among the 1000 persons interviewed,” The Argus reported: “Six hundred letters, some of them scribbled on brown paper bags, have been received at Russell St and 2000 telephone calls from informants have placed an unprecedented strain on the staff. “Crystal gazers and clairvoyants have confidently offered their services to the police, some of them wanting only some article which Demsey had touched to enable them to solve the mystery. “All sections of the public including even the criminal classes have assisted the detectives in their inquiries.”

At the end of all this, 32-year-old Roy Bruhn and three others were arrested and charged with the murder and robbery, and went to trial the following March. One hundred witnesses were called and some forensic evidence introduced, but it wasn’t enough to convict the four. In the absence of an eye witness, the circumstantial proof offered by the Crown was not enough to convince the judge it had a solid case. The case had collapsed. On March 1, he directed the jury to acquit Bruhn and company. Bruhn trumphantly walked free from the court, but his freedom was shortlived. He was immediately arrested and charged with having stolen goods valued at 470 pounds.

 

 

On This Day – October 4, 1944

On a charge of having murdered Janice Baul at Moonee Ponds on October 4. Ronald Morgan, 24, of Moonee Ponds, was remanded in the City Court today until October 20. The charge that he had carnally known and abused a girl under the age of 10 was withdrawn.

VERDICT OF GUILTY IN MURDER CASE

In the Criminal Court to-day, Ronald Morgan (24). of Moonee Ponds, was found guilty of the murder of Janice Marie Baul of Moonee Ponds, with a strong recommendatlon to mercy. He was sentenced to death. The Crown alleged that Morgan, on October 4, took the little girl to his home, struck her with a fragment of an exploded mortar bomb, and committed a further offence in a lane. The child died in hospital on October 6

On this day …….. 4th September 2006

Stephen Robert “Steve” Irwin was born on 22 February 1962 in Essendon, Melbourne, Victoria. He moved to Queensland when he was still a child, where his parents developed and ran the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. For his sixth birthday, young Steve received his greatest wish – his very own 3.6m long scrub python for a pet. Steve grew up learning how to catch and care for crocodiles. He used his skills to assist the Queensland Government’s East Coast Crocodile Management program, which involved, among other ventures, catching North Queensland crocodiles. In 1991, Irwin took over the running of the reptile park, which was later renamed “Australia Zoo”. As a passionate environmentalist, Irwin became known for the television program “The Crocodile Hunter”, an unconventional wildlife documentary series which he hosted with his wife Terri Irwin. Irwin’s outgoing personality, energetic vitality and outrageous antics in the series made him an international celebrity. He also starred in Animal Planet documentaries, including The Croc Files, The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, and New Breed Vets. Australia lost one of its most popular icons and ambassadors in the early afternoon of 4 September 2006. Steve Irwin was filming an underwater documentary off the Great Barrier Reef, when he was fatally pierced in the heart by a stingray barb. He is survived by his wife Terri, daughter Bindi, born in 1998 and son Robert (Bob), born in 2004. The family intends to continue Steve’s remarkable legacy of caring for a variety of wildlife, and raising environmental awareness across the world.

 

On This Day- September 2,1942

ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE

An extraordinary story was told to Essendon court yesterday, when a soldier, Robert Joseph Saxon was committed for trial on a charge of attempted murder.

Police evidence was given that at 2 p.m. on September 2, a man walked into a police station and said to First-Constable Mante, “I have come to give myself up, as I have just murdered my wife. I punched her in the stomach, and when she dropped I poured poison into her mouth.” Detective Sharkey said he took Saxon to a house in Maribyrnong, and through a window they saw Mrs. Saxon on a chair. Saxon said: “She is still alive. I left her for dead.” The witness said Saxon said to him, ‘She was on with another chap, and would have nothing to do with me.”

On this day …….. 1st September 1928

James McMahon, aged 33 years, a prisoner who was serving a sentence of seven years for an offence against a girl in Essendon, Victoria, McMahon was first placed in Pentridge, but after a unsuccessful attempt to escape he was transferred to Geelong Gaol. On the 1st of September 1928, during a religious service McMahon managed to scale a pipe on the eastern end of the Gaol and clime on to an in terrier wall between two excise yard with the purpose of running along and then jumping into Swanston st. When McMahon was noticed by the warden in the tower, he was asked to climb down but refused. The warder fired two shots of his riffle, the first hitting the wall behind McMahon and the second wounding him. This was enough for McMahon to clime down. On the 2nd of September, he was charged with attempting to escape, and an extra 6 months was added to his sentence. The judge also ordered McMahon to under go a psych test.

 

On this day …….. 10th of August 1928

Charles Lyons, of Essendon, whose age was believed to have been between 106 and 115 died on this day in the Melbourne Hospital. Lyons had worked at his ocupation as a jobbing gardener until a few days before he became ill.

 

ON THIS DAY …….5th August 1941

Ratcliff Lawson, aged 51 years, from Essendon, and his son, Peter, aged 20 years, were found dead on this day 1941, in a gas filled motor car at Kangaroo Ground, 25 mile, from Melbourne. Police believe that it is a case of murder and suicide. The father had a deep affection for his son, who was a patient in a mental hospital.

 

 

On this day …….. 10th of July 1930

The Melbourne Herald News Paper arrived in Beechworth, Victoria on this day in 1930, in the most unconventional way. The edition of the paper carried a feature on Beechworth as a tourist resort, and a noon an aeroplane appeared above the town, and from the skies rained the Herald. The round trip from Melbourne was flown by Pilot Officer Kinnear. He left Essendon at 10am, arrived over Beechworth at noon, then flew onto Stanley to drop more Heralds in the school grounds, arriving back in Melbourne just after 4pm.