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On This Day ……. 13th April 1925

The vacancy at the gaol that was caused by the retirement of Chief Warder Desmond has been the appointment of Senior Warder McGann, of Pentridge, who has commenced duty at Geelong, Victoria. The Easter arrangements were observed during Good Friday by clergymen who visited the gaol. Some prisoners may be permitted to have recreation and a little amusement during the week to mark the Easter days.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 10th April 1920

Following upon the Coroner’s inquiry into the death of William James Thomas, 23 years of age, at the Melbourne Hospital on this day in 1920, from gunshot wounds received on Good Friday at North Melbourne, and the verdict that the wound had been inflicted by Charles Wallace in self defence, the proceedings at the North Melbourne Police Court were of a formal character. On the application of Police-sergeant Matthews, before a bench of justices, consisting of Messrs W H Fuller (chairman), J Gardiner, T Crosbv, W. R Portingale and H Purkiss, the charge against Wallace was withdrawn.

 

How are you spending your Friday the 13th this week?  Why not join us on a ghost tour of the Geelong Gaol or perhaps, if you are brave enough, a Deadtime tour starting at midnight!  For more information and bookings, call 1300865800.

But as for Friday the 13th …….

The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: “triskaidekaphobia”; and on analogy to this the fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví (meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (meaning “thirteen”).

The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the Middle Ages, “originating from the story of Jesus’ last supper and crucifixion” in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday.  While there is evidence of both Friday and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction before the 19th century

 

On This Day ……. 13th April 1925

The vacancy at the gaol that was caused by the retirement of Chief Warder Desmond has been the appointment of Senior Warder McGann, of Pentridge, who has commenced duty at Geelong, Victoria. The Easter arrangements were observed during Good Friday by clergymen who visited the gaol. Some prisoners may be permitted to have recreation and a little amusement during the week to mark the Easter days.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 10th April 1920

MURDER CHARGE WITHDRAWN.

Following upon the Coroner’s inquiry into the death of William James Thomas, 23 years of age, at the Melbourne Hospital on this day in 1920, from gunshot wounds received on Good Friday at North Melbourne, and the verdict that the wound had been inflicted by Charles Wallace in self defence, the proceedings at the North Melbourne Police Court were of a formal character. On the application of Police-sergeant Matthews, before a bench of justices, consisting of Messrs W H Fuller (chairman), J Gardiner, T Crosbv, W. R Portingale and H Purkiss, the charge against Wallace was withdrawn.

 

1925

The Easter arrangements were observed during Good Friday and yesterday by clergymen who visited the gaol. Some prisoners may be permitted to have recreation and a little amusement during the week to mark the Easter days