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ON THIS DAY…… 12th December 190312386571_221580828173053_1072629607_n

The old South Geelong lockup, which, in the early days of Geelong was used as a gaol, is to be demolished in accordance with the instructions of the Commissioner of Public Works. Its lengthy service as a penal establishment has rendered it quite unfit for habitation, while the free stone with which it was built shows signs of wear. The building contains numerous detention cells, and a condemned cell constructed in a maimer that precluded any chance of escape, while the ventilation arrangements are rather inadequate.

 

12351067_220940641570405_1243580847_nJohn Kane was sentenced to three months imprisonment at the Geelong gaol for larceny. Kane, who was 6ft. 3in. high, and weighs 15 stone, was suspected of stealing £2 from a mate, on a station near Camperdown, and after quietly submitting to arrest, he pleaded guilty, and was summarily dealt with by the Camperdown bench.

12336144_219926611671808_1519549590_nA shocking disclosures was made in connection with the Geelong Gaol. A few weeks ago several prisoners attempted to commit suicide. One succeeded, but others were, prevented just’ in time, and were afterwards sentenced to further imprisonment for the attempts. Among these was a young man named Giammill. who on this day in 1901 battered his head in a frightful fashion with an iron pannikin. He was stopped before he had mortally injured him self. Another prisoner, named Hassett, a lifer, who has already sowed years, and is employed in the dispensary, stole a mixture of belladonna, arsenic, and opium’, and swallowed it. As the warders entered he threatened to stab anybody with a spike he had secured if interfered with. He finally sank to the ground, and strong emetics were given to him. It was alleged that unmentionable crimes have lately taken place in tho gaol. The prisoners were afraid they would be charged with complicity, and therefore attempted suicide. A full inquiry was demanded by the residents.

 

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GEELONG

CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER

Neville Read Hudson (29), dry cleaner, of Chirnside Avenue, Werribee, yesterday was sent from Geelong Coroner’s Court, for trial at the Supreme Court on a charge of manslaughter.  The inquest, conducted by Mr. Steedman. S.M., was into the deaths of Charles Maxwell Marshall (29), and Francis Henry Chandler (27), both of Werribee, who were passengers in a car driven by Hudson and which crashed into another car on Princess Highway near Waurn Ponds on December 5. 1952. Hudson was released on £300 bail

Death Mask of Fatta Chand

Death Mask of Fatta Chand

MOUNT RIDDLE

HORRIBLE MURDER.

A revolting murder is reported as having occurred at Mount Riddle, three miles from Healesville, where the naked trunk of a man has been discovered, slightly covered with earth and boughs. It was found beside the bank forming a waterhole in a paddock belonging to Mr. Steel, J.P. The body was terribly mutilated, as if with a tomahawk. The severed limbs were found under a hut about 300 yards from the body, which is supposed to be that of an Indian hawker. From appearance the body had been dead about a week. The Government have offered £50 reward for the arrest of the Hindu hawker named Fatta Chand, who is suspected of the murder of a fellow country man named Mull at Healesville. On the 30th of November Fatta Chand was arrested eighteen miles from Geelong while having tea. He had proceeded by steamer from Melbourne to Geelong, evidently to make his way up country.

MELBOURNE

TRIAL FOR MURDER.

Albert James Barter, aged 44, was committed for trial on a charge of murdering Mrs Catherine Lanson, aged 68, his mother-ln-law in Melbourne on the 8th November 1924. Mrs Lawson was killed by blows from a tomahawk. Barter was sent to Geelong gaol, so he could be mentally examined.

DIVORCE ACTION.

In the Divorce Court on this day in 1902, James Stokes, aged 56, sued for a divorce from Priscilla Stokes (48), the ground of, desertion. Petitioner stated that he was a warder at the Geelong Gaol at the time he married respondent, and at the time of his marriage he was a widower with three children. There were three children by the second marriage, and his wife and he frequently quarrelled over the way the latter was bringing up his family. On one occasion respondent told him that she could not understand why she married an old fellow like petitioner.

A Chinese in the Geelong Gaol, named Ah Lee Goon, who was transferred some time, ago from the Melbourne Gaol on account of mental weakness, has developed into a violent lunatic. On this day in 1902, two magistrates attended at the local gaol and committed the Celestial to a lunatic asylum.

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