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On This Day – 10th March 1868

Convict George Ash was charged at the Geelong Gaol with Assault of a fallow prisoner Stewart and was sentenced to 24 hours on bread and water by the Governor.

 

 

On this day ………… 8th March 1926

There was great excitement in Wodonga on this day in 1926 when the Rev. William Dawson the Congregational Minister, had been taken to Gaol in Beechworth. All over the matter of Principle….. The Rev. Had refused to pay a fine imposed on him by the court for riding his bicycle at night without a light, on the grounds that a council officer who was also without a light, was not similarly charged. His stay in gaol was brief. Within an hour, the Governor informed him that he was free to leave. Perhaps fearing the doors of the gaol may have been destroyed in an earthquake, or by some other manifestation of the heavenly wrath, someone had quietly paid his fine. He emerged from bondage still making unrepentant statements.

 

 

On This Day – 17th February 1857

Convict John Bingham was charged with disobedience of orders to the Chief  Turnkey on this day in 1857. Bingham was given 3 days in solitary confinement on half rations by the Governor.

 

 

On This Day – 16th February 1854

Convict Mary Donnell was charged with obscene language and assault on fellow prisoner Charlotte Frizzel on this day in 1854. Donnell was charges by Turnkey Gasston, and given 3 days solitary confinement by the Governor.

 

 

On This Day – 13th February 1857

Convict Michael Mahon was charged with insolence to Gaoler, at the Geelong Gaol, on this day in 1857. Mahon was reported by the Governor and was given 48 hours in solitary confinement on bread and water.

 

 

On This Day – 11th February 1862

Convict Cain Brookes was charged at the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1862, with refusing to work. He was charged by Governor, was given 14 days in solitary confinement.

 

 

On This Day – 10th February 1864

Convicts William Lawrence and William Turner were both charged with fighting at the Geelong Gaol. They were charged by the overseer of labour and given 24 days solitary confinement by the Governor.

 

 

On This Day – 10th February 1947

The Geelong gaol reopened on this day in 1947, under the control of Mr. C. McGann, governor, and a staff of warders. The gaol had held military prisoners for the during the war.

 

 

On This Day – 9th February 1854

Convict Mary Donnell was charged with disobedience of orders at the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1854. Donnell was charged by the female turnkey, and given 24 hours solitary confinement by the Governor.

 

 

On This Day – 1st February 1860

On this day at the Geelong Gaol, James Blackburn was charged with breach of regulations by the Overseer of Labour,  and was given 48 hours in solitary confinement on bread and water by the Governor.

Cooper Dixon was charged with disobedience of orders by Turnkey Staines and was also given 48 hours in solitary confinement on bread and water by the Governor.

On this day …….. 31st of January 1798

Governor John Hunter was Governor of New South Wales from 1795 to 1800. Present on the First Fleet, and instrumental in the development of the colonies in both Sydney and Norfolk Island, Hunter succeeded Australia’s first Governor, Arthur Phillip on the 11th of September 1795. Hunter experienced great opposition to his authority, especially when Lieutenant Governor Francis Grose allowed the military to have too much control over the convicts. Regardless, Hunter sought to implement order in the colony, initiating new construction and works in Sydney and Parramatta. In 1797, Hunter commissioned the building of Australia’s first public clock tower, after the HMS ‘Reliance’ brought the clock to Sydney on the 26th of June 1797. The 150-foot tall tower was erected on Church Hill, one of the most elevated locations in Sydney, and completed in January 1798. On this day in 1798, the clock was positioned on the tower in front of a small gathering. The building served not only as a clock tower, but as an observation tower for members of the military who had an interest in scientific pursuits.

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 27th December 1906

Mr. C. S: Paterson, the governor of the Geelong Gaol return from his annual leave on this day in 1906, and will retire from the service’s on the 31st of December. Mr. Robert Patterson, deputy, governor of Pentridge, took charge of the Geelong gaol, he was stationed in Geelong some years ago as senior warder.