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On this day …….. 20th of July 1938

In 1938, a dog from the town of Queenscliffe, Victoria, became a local celebrity after he won a fight to the death with a thresher shark. On July 20, a brown cattle dog owned by a packer from the Fisherman’s Union, spotted the shark from a pier and started “barking excitedly”. Before fishermen could fetch a rifle to dispatch the 1.5m fish, “the dog jumped into the water, seized the shark, and swam with it about 40 yards [36.5m] to the landing.” With the still-living shark in the dog’s jaws, the men cut its throat and killed it. The dog, whose name is not recorded, was lucky to escape unscathed: threshers use their long tails like bullwhips to stun or kill their prey.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1890

The inquest touching the death of Donald McDonald, the murdered fisherman, near Tyntynder, was resumed on Monday morning. A number of witnesses were examined, the most important being John M’Donald and Joseph Wells. The former gave evidence respecting the ill-feeling that existed between himself and the deceased. He went to the deceased’s hut, and charged him with cheating while they were in partnership together, and asked to see the returns, but would not go inside the hut as he was frightened of the deceased doing him some injury, as he had threatened to shoot several persons whom he had a spite against. He (witness) confessed to having used threats against the deceased. A man named Thompson told witness that the deceased had said that he was not honest and that he might have replied, ” I’ll let him see whether he is honest or not if I catch him in a quiet corner.” Constable Egglestone and Sergeant Mahoney gave an account of tracking the prisoner to Oxley and finding burnt caps and cartridges in the camp fire, and the barrel of a gun a short distance off. Joseph Wells said that he found the prisoner at his camp on July 19. He told him that he had come from Donald M’Donald’s hut, and talked about the deceased and larrikin fishermen, and that he should not be surprised to hear of a fisherman being shot. The inquiry was adjourned to October 4,

ON THIS DAY – July 9, 1870

In Bailie-street, Hotham, for the last three or four years, there has been residing a fisherman, named Patrick Smith, a married man, with one child— aged fourteen years of age. Both husband and wife, since they have resided in the locality, have been addicted to drink, and continued scenes of debauchery have been witnessed by the neighbours. On one occasion he is known to have stripped her naked on a bleak wintry night, and then placed her under the water-tap until she was almost perished with cold. At other times brutal beatings have been inflicted; but with the weakness of most women, the wife refused to take any proceedings against her husband, although she has expressed to her neighbours the conviction that he would murder her sometime or other. Of Smith’s character beyond his having been twice locked up for drunkenness, and these repented ill-usages of his wife, the police have no previous cognisance. He worked as a fisherman in the Yarra and Saltwater rivers, and has told neighbours that he could make £1 per day with the set lines and other appliances he possessed. The lad, who was the son of that unfortunate pair, was, until lately, employed at a soap factory, but the father took him away from that in order to benefit by his assistance in his fishery operations. These then are the antecedents of the persons connected with the brutal tragedy perpetrated on Saturday.

On Friday one of the usual scenes of debauchery commenced, and continued until night, when the parties seem to have gone to bed. In the morning the quarrel was resumed, and a Mrs Jane Sloane, a widow residing next door, states that it continued ‘on and off’ all day. She saw Mary Smith about 5 o’clock in the evening getting water at the tap, and when she went in Mrs. Sloane heard a heavy fall and some blows struck. Mrs. Smith did not utter a word, and Mrs. Sloane then heard Smith say, ‘ Get up you , or I will murder you. He must then have become sensible of what he had done, for Mrs. Sloane heard a, noise as if he were shaking his wife, and then he cried, ‘Mary, Mary, do get up.’ There was no one in the house at the time, and Mrs. Sloane had previously heard Smith go in by the front door, and lock it after him. Poor Mrs. Smith was never seen alive again after these blows were struck, but on account of the previous continual quarrelling, the neighbours took very little notice of what was going on.

On Saturday night, Smith went to the Hotham police-station, and informed Sergeant McCreig that his wife was dead and bleeding, but he did not know how it occurred. He was then to all appearance perfectly sober, and must have occupied the time between 6 o’clock and 10 o’clock in recovering his senses. The officer went with him to the house, and there found the unfortunate Mary Smith dead and nearly cold, weltering on the floor in her own blood, and with a horrible gash right across the forehead. The face, arms, and all the upper part of the body were tearfully bruised and mangled. The miserable murderer appears to have tried to remedy the evil he had done, for the body was lying on its side with a, pillow under the head, the right hand across the chest, and the legs drawn up. On the wound across the forehead was a quantity of bread, apparently put there with a view of stopping the bleeding. The room presented a fearful appearance. Of furniture there was but very little, and that of the most miserable description. The floor and the walls were covered with blood, and the body of the poor woman seemed to have been dragged from where she fell alongside the wall into the middle of the room. In one corner was a saucepan with the handle broken off and this handle was found elsewhere in the room, covered with gore, hair, and skin. It was most probably the instrument used in the commission of the fearful deed. About the room were also about a dozen pieces of wood, which had at one time apparently been but two pieces, but had been broken up by the man striking the deceased with them. Like the iron saucepan handle, they were covered with blood, hair and skin.  Altogether a more awful picture could hardly be imagined; and it was evident that before the last fatal wound was inflicted, the murdered woman was beaten about in a horrible manner. Sergeant McCreig having examined the room at once arrested the husband Smith for the murder of his wife; and on examination found that his trousers and other garments were besmeared with blood. The wretched murderer having recovered his senses seemed stunned by his crime, but persistently states he remembers nothing about it.

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.

 

Murdered on this day ……….. 11th October 1924

A love affair at Maryborough between a man (38) and a girl (16) ended on the 11th October 1924 in a double tragedy, when Charles W. Bayldon shot Myrtle Moore dead and then committed suicide. The couple had been engaged to be married, but the girl had decided to break the engagement. The tragedy occurred on a road a few miles from the town. Bayldon was a fisherman and also ran a motor-bus.

On this day …….. 20th of July 1938

In 1938, a dog from the town of Queenscliffe, Victoria, became a local celebrity after he won a fight to the death with a thresher shark. On July 20, a brown cattle dog owned by a packer from the Fisherman’s Union, spotted the shark from a pier and started “barking excitedly”. Before fishermen could fetch a rifle to dispatch the 1.5m fish, “the dog jumped into the water, seized the shark, and swam with it about 40 yards [36.5m] to the landing.” With the still-living shark in the dog’s jaws, the men cut its throat and killed it. The dog, whose name is not recorded, was lucky to escape unscathed: threshers use their long tails like bullwhips to stun or kill their prey.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1890

The inquest touching the death of Donald McDonald, the murdered fisherman, near Tyntynder, was resumed on Monday morning. A number of witnesses were examined, the most important being John M’Donald and Joseph Wells. The former gave evidence respecting the ill-feeling that existed between himself and the deceased. He went to the deceased’s hut, and charged him with cheating while they were in partnership together, and asked to see the returns, but would not go inside the hut as he was frightened of the deceased doing him some injury, as he had threatened to shoot several persons whom he had a spite against. He (witness) confessed to having used threats against the deceased. A man named Thompson told witness that the deceased had said that he was not honest and that he might have replied, ” I’ll let him see whether he is honest or not if I catch him in a quiet corner.” Constable Egglestone and Sergeant Mahoney gave an account of tracking the prisoner to Oxley and finding burnt caps and cartridges in the camp fire, and the barrel of a gun a short distance off. Joseph Wells said that he found the prisoner at his camp on July 19. He told him that he had come from Donald M’Donald’s hut, and talked about the deceased and larrikin fishermen, and that he should not be surprised to hear of a fisherman being shot. The inquiry was adjourned to October 4,

ON THIS DAY – July 9, 1870

In Bailie-street, Hotham, for the last three or four years, there has been residing a fisherman, named Patrick Smith, a married man, with one child— aged fourteen years of age. Both husband and wife, since they have resided in the locality, have been addicted to drink, and continued scenes of debauchery have been witnessed by the neighbours. On one occasion he is known to have stripped her naked on a bleak wintry night, and then placed her under the water-tap until she was almost perished with cold. At other times brutal beatings have been inflicted; but with the weakness of most women, the wife refused to take any proceedings against her husband, although she has expressed to her neighbours the conviction that he would murder her sometime or other. Of Smith’s character beyond his having been twice locked up for drunkenness, and these repented ill-usages of his wife, the police have no previous cognisance. He worked as a fisherman in the Yarra and Saltwater rivers, and has told neighbours that he could make £1 per day with the set lines and other appliances he possessed. The lad, who was the son of that unfortunate pair, was, until lately, employed at a soap factory, but the father took him away from that in order to benefit by his assistance in his fishery operations. These then are the antecedents of the persons connected with the brutal tragedy perpetrated on Saturday.

On Friday one of the usual scenes of debauchery commenced, and continued until night, when the parties seem to have gone to bed. In the morning the quarrel was resumed, and a Mrs Jane Sloane, a widow residing next door, states that it continued ‘on and off’ all day. She saw Mary Smith about 5 o’clock in the evening getting water at the tap, and when she went in Mrs. Sloane heard a heavy fall and some blows struck. Mrs. Smith did not utter a word, and Mrs. Sloane then heard Smith say, ‘ Get up you , or I will murder you. He must then have become sensible of what he had done, for Mrs. Sloane heard a, noise as if he were shaking his wife, and then he cried, ‘Mary, Mary, do get up.’ There was no one in the house at the time, and Mrs. Sloane had previously heard Smith go in by the front door, and lock it after him. Poor Mrs. Smith was never seen alive again after these blows were struck, but on account of the previous continual quarrelling, the neighbours took very little notice of what was going on.

On Saturday night, Smith went to the Hotham police-station, and informed Sergeant McCreig that his wife was dead and bleeding, but he did not know how it occurred. He was then to all appearance perfectly sober, and must have occupied the time between 6 o’clock and 10 o’clock in recovering his senses. The officer went with him to the house, and there found the unfortunate Mary Smith dead and nearly cold, weltering on the floor in her own blood, and with a horrible gash right across the forehead. The face, arms, and all the upper part of the body were tearfully bruised and mangled. The miserable murderer appears to have tried to remedy the evil he had done, for the body was lying on its side with a, pillow under the head, the right hand across the chest, and the legs drawn up. On the wound across the forehead was a quantity of bread, apparently put there with a view of stopping the bleeding. The room presented a fearful appearance. Of furniture there was but very little, and that of the most miserable description. The floor and the walls were covered with blood, and the body of the poor woman seemed to have been dragged from where she fell alongside the wall into the middle of the room. In one corner was a saucepan with the handle broken off and this handle was found elsewhere in the room, covered with gore, hair, and skin. It was most probably the instrument used in the commission of the fearful deed. About the room were also about a dozen pieces of wood, which had at one time apparently been but two pieces, but had been broken up by the man striking the deceased with them. Like the iron saucepan handle, they were covered with blood, hair and skin.  Altogether a more awful picture could hardly be imagined; and it was evident that before the last fatal wound was inflicted, the murdered woman was beaten about in a horrible manner. Sergeant McCreig having examined the room at once arrested the husband Smith for the murder of his wife; and on examination found that his trousers and other garments were besmeared with blood. The wretched murderer having recovered his senses seemed stunned by his crime, but persistently states he remembers nothing about it.

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.

 

Murdered on this day ……….. 11th October 1924

A love affair at Maryborough between a man (38) and a girl (16) ended on the 11th October 1924 in a double tragedy, when Charles W. Bayldon shot Myrtle Moore dead and then committed suicide. The couple had been engaged to be married, but the girl had decided to break the engagement. The tragedy occurred on a road a few miles from the town. Bayldon was a fisherman and also ran a motor-bus.

On this day …….. 20th of July 1938

In 1938, a dog from the town of Queenscliffe, Victoria, became a local celebrity after he won a fight to the death with a thresher shark. On July 20, a brown cattle dog owned by a packer from the Fisherman’s Union, spotted the shark from a pier and started “barking excitedly”. Before fishermen could fetch a rifle to dispatch the 1.5m fish, “the dog jumped into the water, seized the shark, and swam with it about 40 yards [36.5m] to the landing.” With the still-living shark in the dog’s jaws, the men cut its throat and killed it. The dog, whose name is not recorded, was lucky to escape unscathed: threshers use their long tails like bullwhips to stun or kill their prey.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1890

The inquest touching the death of Donald McDonald, the murdered fisherman, near Tyntynder, was resumed on Monday morning. A number of witnesses were examined, the most important being John M’Donald and Joseph Wells. The former gave evidence respecting the ill-feeling that existed between himself and the deceased. He went to the deceased’s hut, and charged him with cheating while they were in partnership together, and asked to see the returns, but would not go inside the hut as he was frightened of the deceased doing him some injury, as he had threatened to shoot several persons whom he had a spite against. He (witness) confessed to having used threats against the deceased. A man named Thompson told witness that the deceased had said that he was not honest and that he might have replied, ” I’ll let him see whether he is honest or not if I catch him in a quiet corner.” Constable Egglestone and Sergeant Mahoney gave an account of tracking the prisoner to Oxley and finding burnt caps and cartridges in the camp fire, and the barrel of a gun a short distance off. Joseph Wells said that he found the prisoner at his camp on July 19. He told him that he had come from Donald M’Donald’s hut, and talked about the deceased and larrikin fishermen, and that he should not be surprised to hear of a fisherman being shot. The inquiry was adjourned to October 4,