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On This Day – 13th March 1866

Convict George Ingram was charged with using filthy language at the Geelong Gaol by Turnkey Bridget Burns and was admonished by the Governor.

 

 

On This Day – 13th March 1867

Convict Elizabeth O’Connor was charged at the Geelong Gaol with disobedience of orders by the Female Turnkey Mary Byrne and was sentenced to 48 hours solitary confinement with bread and water by the Governor.

 

 

On This Day – 13th March 1866

Convict Henry McKay was charged with using filthy language at the Geelong Gaol, by Turnkey Bridget Burns and was admonished by the Governor.

 

 

On This Day – 13th March 1867

Convict William Henry Strut was charged at the Geelong Gaol, with disobedience of orders by Turnkey Wheatland and was sentenced to 48 hours solitary confinement with bread and water by the Governor.

 

 

On This Day – 12th March 1868

Convict Alice Smith was charged at the Geelong Gaol with insolence by Female Turnkey Murphy and was sentenced to 24 hours of bread and water by the Governor.

 

 

On This Day – 11th March 1908

It was decided on this day in 1908, that some important changes in the Penal Department with the transfer of Mr. R. Paterson, governor of the Geelong gaol, to a post in the Melbourne gaol. Mr. Furnell, governor of the Beechworth gaol, succeed him in Geelong.

 

 

EXECUTION THIS DAY ……… March 10, 1866

CASTLEMAINE

At 10am on the 10th of March 1866, at the Castlemaine Gaol, a Chinaman named Long Poy, was executed for murder. Before the execution, the Rev Mr Allnutt attended the criminal, with James Ah Coy, interpreter of Castlemaine. Long Poy was deeply affected and resigned to his fate. He still gave the same account of the murder as at his trial. When the Sheriff entered the condemned cell, the unfortunate man gave himself up quietly, and walked out after the Sheriff and Governor of the Gaol to the drop, which is immediately outside that cell on the gallery, and whilst the funeral service was being read in the usual way (Long Poy being a Christian) and whilst the hangman tied his arms to his sides, pulled the white cap over his face, and adjusted the rope, the convict spoke several times in Chinese, chiefly about his brother caring for his young wife, a Sydney native, and infant, so long as she remained unmarried; also about sending her to her parents to Sydney, and further saying that if she wished to get married she was not to be prevented doing so. Whilst so talking, blindfolded, in a strong clear unfaltering voice, and warning his brother against quarrelling, the fatal bolt was drawn and the body fell with a shock, dislocating the neck, the feet being then suspended about two feet from the flags of the corridor, There was not much convulsion of the body perceptible, but the feet and legs trembled so as to cast off the left boot. The pulse did not cease wholly to beat for eight minutes after the fall; in Young’s case, a powerful man, he died in less than one minute, but the deceased was of slight build. MThere is little about the formation of this place of execution to give the feeling of horror connected with the old gallows. It is a simple yet perfect contrivance; a broad board forms part of the crossing of the gallery floor, with a beam above it, appearing a portion of the roofing, over which hung the rope, the only emblem of the painful scene thereto be enacted.

 

 

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.