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On This Day …….. 21st April 1858

One of the most shocking murders which has ever been seen in Beechworth occurred at Chinaman’s Flat. Luke Lyons and Patrick Saxton arrived in the Colony together and were believed to be sharing a claim. The murderer and his victim were mates and up until the time of the fatal occurrence lived next to each other on terms of great friendship. On the evening of the murder the men were drinking together, in the company of Patrick’s family. After two bottles of brandy were drunk, the conversation turned to arranging a marriage alliance between Luke and Patrick’s sister. After all the brandy was finished, Luke left the tent for the purpose of procuring more brandy. Instead of going for the liquor as he intended he loitered outside the tent, and heard himself spoken of by the Saxton’s in terms of disparagement. Rushing into the tent, Luke started a violent rant before leaving the tent. Patrick followed and the fight began. The argument was taken into Luke’s tent and whilst in the tent Patrick was stabbed by Luke. When they both struggled out together, it was discovered that a wound from a knife, or another sharp instrument, had been inflicted, and that Patrick’s entrails were protruding some inches from his stomach. A blow was also made at Patrick’s brother with a knife by Luke, but he was only slightly hurt. Patrick died in front of his tent. Luke, having run off in the bush, was apprehended about an hour afterwards by Detective Alexander. An inquest was held on the body of Patrick Saxton, and after hearing the evidence, the Jury was divided in opinion but a majority concurred in the verdict of wilful murder, and the prisoner was committed for trial. On July the 21st, Luke Lyons was found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to three years hard labour on the roads.

 

On This Day ……. 19th May 1913

Enid Harris, a young married woman, was in the Geelong Court on this day in 1913, presented on several charges of having passed valueless cheques and obtained goods by false representations. She was arrested at Beechworth, when she was doing the rounds of the district in a motor car which she had obtained from a Melbourne firm. The first charge was that of passing on Brown and Bossener, drapers; of Geelong, a cheque for £55, purporting to be signed by E. O’Hara, of Inglewood. She obtained goods valued at £38 7/9 and cash for the balance. Accused was committed for trial. Harris pleaded guilty to three charges of having obtained goods by false representation. Accused admitted four prior convictions, and was sent to the Geelong gaol for four months on each of the charges with, hard labour.

 

On This Day ……. 22nd April 1870

William Henry Ailsop, convicted of robbery with violence on an old man at Sandridge, was sent to Geelong Gaol for five years with hard labour.

 

On This Day …….. 21st April 1858

One of the most shocking murders which has ever been seen in Beechworth occurred at Chinaman’s Flat. Luke Lyons and Patrick Saxton arrived in the Colony together and were believed to be sharing a claim. The murderer and his victim were mates and up until the time of the fatal occurrence lived next to each other on terms of great friendship. On the evening of the murder the men were drinking together, in the company of Patrick’s family. After two bottles of brandy were drunk, the conversation turned to arranging a marriage alliance between Luke and Patrick’s sister. After all the brandy was finished, Luke left the tent for the purpose of procuring more brandy. Instead of going for the liquor as he intended he loitered outside the tent, and heard himself spoken of by the Saxton’s in terms of disparagement. Rushing into the tent, Luke started a violent rant before leaving the tent. Patrick followed and the fight began. The argument was taken into Luke’s tent and whilst in the tent Patrick was stabbed by Luke. When they both struggled out together, it was discovered that a wound from a knife, or another sharp instrument, had been inflicted, and that Patrick’s entrails were protruding some inches from his stomach. A blow was also made at Patrick’s brother with a knife by Luke, but he was only slightly hurt. Patrick died in front of his tent. Luke, having run off in the bush, was apprehended about an hour afterwards by Detective Alexander. An inquest was held on the body of Patrick Saxton, and after hearing the evidence, the Jury was divided in opinion but a majority concurred in the verdict of wilful murder, and the prisoner was committed for trial. On July the 21st, Luke Lyons was found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to three years hard labour on the roads.

 

ON THIS DAY – March 12, 1929

ERICA

Anna Elizabeth Hillard, convicted of the manslaughter of David Wilson, at Erica, Gippsland nearly collapsed when, at the Criminal Court, Justice MacFarlane sentenced her to 10 years’ hard labour. She clutched at the rail of the dock, swayed, and then steadied herself again. Anna Hillard (36) and Albert George Wilson (23) were charged with having murdered Wilson’s father, David Wilson (55), at Erica, on March 12. Wilson was acquitted and Hillard was found guilty of manslaughter, after a trial which lasted three days. Hillard’s eight children will probably be cared for by the State.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – March 6, 1925

LILYDALE

His Honour, Sir Leo Cussen, in the Criminal Court, sentenced Edward Vernon (39), painter, who was found guilty, of the manslaughter of William Bent (17), railway employee, at Lilydale on the 6th of March, to 12 years’ imprisonment with hard labour. Sir Leo Cussen said he took the jury’s verdict as meaning no more than that Vernon did not intend to hit the unfortunate boy he killed. The fact that Vernon followed the boy and girl, who was his companion, for some distance, so that the meeting was not accidental, made the crime more serious. He had some hesitation as to whether he could impose the maximum penalty, but he took into consideration the fact that Vernon had borne a good character, and that he appeared to have an emotional and unstable nature. Vernon took the sentence calmly.

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 6th Janurary 1906

John Hall was then sentenced to four years hard labour on the first charge in connection with receiving property stolen from Swanston street State school, in March the previous year. Two years hard labour for receiving property stolen from Windmill’s, Newtown, on this day in January. One year for receiving property stolen from Tutosli’s, on the 10th January; and one year each, concurrent in regard to the four other charges, in addition to the one year’s sentence already imposed at the police court. Thus Hall was sentenced in all to twelve years’ imprisonment, but, taking the four years’ concurrent, his servitude will be reduced to eight years. Hall, on hearing his sentence, seemed stupefied with emotion, and had to be dragged from the dock.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 28, 1915

Francis Elliott (34) was, at the Criminal Court, convicted on a charge of attempting to murder Arthur Henry Mace, driver, at Box Hill on the 28th of December. It was alleged that the accused, on the evening of December 28, called at Mace’s house and a disturbance took place. He left after threatening to shoot Mace and Mrs. Mace. Mace and his wife went to bed and were aroused about midnight by the report of a gunshot. The walls of the house were marked with gunshot pellets. The accused was remanded for sentence. Elliott received 5 years hard labour.

On This Day ……. 19th May 1913

Enid Harris, a young married woman, was in the Geelong Court on this day in 1913, presented on several charges of having passed valueless cheques and obtained goods by false representations. She was arrested at Beechworth, when she was doing the rounds of the district in a motor car which she had obtained from a Melbourne firm. The first charge was that of passing on Brown and Bossener, drapers; of Geelong, a cheque for £55, purporting to be signed by E. O’Hara, of Inglewood. She obtained goods valued at £38 7/9 and cash for the balance. Accused was committed for trial. Harris pleaded guilty to three charges of having obtained goods by false representation. Accused admitted four prior convictions, and was sent to the Geelong gaol for four months on each of the charges with, hard labour.

 

On This Day ……. 22nd April 1870

William Henry Ailsop, convicted of robbery with violence on an old man at Sandridge, was sent to Geelong Gaol for five years with hard labour.

 

On This Day …….. 21st April 1858

One of the most shocking murders which has ever been seen in Beechworth occurred at Chinaman’s Flat. Luke Lyons and Patrick Saxton arrived in the Colony together and were believed to be sharing a claim. The murderer and his victim were mates and up until the time of the fatal occurrence lived next to each other on terms of great friendship. On the evening of the murder the men were drinking together, in the company of Patrick’s family. After two bottles of brandy were drunk, the conversation turned to arranging a marriage alliance between Luke and Patrick’s sister. After all the brandy was finished, Luke left the tent for the purpose of procuring more brandy. Instead of going for the liquor as he intended he loitered outside the tent, and heard himself spoken of by the Saxton’s in terms of disparagement. Rushing into the tent, Luke started a violent rant before leaving the tent. Patrick followed and the fight began. The argument was taken into Luke’s tent and whilst in the tent Patrick was stabbed by Luke. When they both struggled out together, it was discovered that a wound from a knife, or another sharp instrument, had been inflicted, and that Patrick’s entrails were protruding some inches from his stomach. A blow was also made at Patrick’s brother with a knife by Luke, but he was only slightly hurt. Patrick died in front of his tent. Luke, having run off in the bush, was apprehended about an hour afterwards by Detective Alexander. An inquest was held on the body of Patrick Saxton, and after hearing the evidence, the Jury was divided in opinion but a majority concurred in the verdict of wilful murder, and the prisoner was committed for trial. On July the 21st, Luke Lyons was found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to three years hard labour on the roads.

 

ON THIS DAY – March 12, 1929

ERICA

Anna Elizabeth Hillard, convicted of the manslaughter of David Wilson, at Erica, Gippsland nearly collapsed when, at the Criminal Court, Justice MacFarlane sentenced her to 10 years’ hard labour. She clutched at the rail of the dock, swayed, and then steadied herself again. Anna Hillard (36) and Albert George Wilson (23) were charged with having murdered Wilson’s father, David Wilson (55), at Erica, on March 12. Wilson was acquitted and Hillard was found guilty of manslaughter, after a trial which lasted three days. Hillard’s eight children will probably be cared for by the State.