ON THIS DAY – 12th December 1913

12386583_221593261505143_1367506346_nWith his head battered shockingly by a blunt instrument, Rev. H. L. Cecil, of St. Saviour’s Church of England, at Fitzroy, was found dead in his vicarage shortly after 8pm on this night 1935. He is believed to have been the victim of thieves whom he had disturbed. The discovery was made by a number of his parishioners. Police who are investigating the matter are handicapped seriously, as the crime apparently was committee at about breakfast-time. Rev. Cecil was a bachelor and lived alone at the vicarage. Parish loners who arrived there on this night for the monthly meeting were alarmed to find the house in darkness. When they knocked at the front door there was no response, so they walked round the side of the vicarage, and opened a door which had been left unlocked. The house was in complete darkness, and switching on the light they were surprised to find the kitchen table set for breakfast with the kettle still on the stove. As they walked towards the front door they saw a jug of water standing in the passage. The water was blood-stained, and must have been used by the murderer to wash his hands before he fled from the house. The study was in disorder and showed signs of a terrific struggle having taken place. Rev. Cecil’s body was lying behind the front door. His right hand was stretched out as though he had tried to reach the door before he collapsed. His skull was badly fractured in several places but there were no signs of the instrument which the murderer had used. The murderer evidently had entered the house when the minister was about to begin breakfast. It is surmised that Rev. Cecil surprised him and that a struggle for life followed.



Mary Ann Parker, married woman, was charged at the Fitzroy Police Court on the 12th of December 1911 with having on the 1st December illegally operated on Lillian May Ellen Holdich. She was further charged with having caused the death of Holdich. Detective Bearnt said that the first charge be withdrawn, and that the accused be remanded until December the 20th on the charge of murder. The application was granted, and bail was refused.


Drops Murder Charge

Following the finding by Coroner Burke, PM, yesterday that Joseph Patrick Turner, 29, of Abbotsford, had acted in self-defence because he feared he was in danger of serious bodily harm, police in the City Court today withdrew the charge against Turner of having murdered George Edward Barrett, alias John Hedley Paul, 36, of Parliament Place, City, at Fitzroy on November 28.