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ON THIS DAY – July 15, 1945

The jury returned a verdict of not guilty when Mrs. Ruby Nina Carlos, 56, of Myrtle-street, South Yarra, a widow, was charged with the murder of Corporal Vera Matilda Wiper. W.A.A.A.F., 23, of Adelaide. A previous jury had failed to agree on the verdict. Corporal Wiper’s body, was found in Burgess-street, Hawthorn, on July 15. A post-mortem examination revealed that death was due to shock, following an attempted illegal operation. The jury, in reply to questions, said they agreed the accused woman had used an instrument on the girl to procure miscarriage, but they did not believe death had resulted from this action. Mr. Justice Gavin Duffy then directed them to return a verdict of not guilty.

ON THIS DAY – June 18, 1923

When Constable Davies, of Hawthorn, was assisting Samuel Lazarus, aged 76 years, of Alma road, Camberwell, across the road at the corner of Leura grove and Burke road, Camberwell, Lazarus was struck by a passing motor-lorry. He was taken to the Alfred Hospital, where he died shortly after admittance. Lazarus, who was a cripple, had alighted from a tram on which Constable Davies had been travelling. The driver of the motor-lorry, David Robert Burns, aged 30 yean, carrier, of Burke road, South Camberwell, was charged with manslaughter.

 

ON THIS DAY – October 23, 1918

HAWTHORN

CHEMIST AND MURDER CHARGE

Arthur William Allwright, an assistant chemist, was committed for trial by the Melbourne city coroner (Dr. R. H. Cole) on November 28, on a charge of the wilful murder of George Simpson, aged 59 years, of 120 Manningtree road, Hawthorn. Evidence was given that on October 23 Mr. Simpson became ill and was attended by Dr. W. R. Boyd, of Richmond, who prescribed for him. The prescriptions (a draught and some powders which should have contained acid acetylsal and barbitone) were dispensed at the pharmacy of Mr. D. ‘A. Cossar, 84 Burwood road, Hawthorn. On October 29, after taking one of the powders, Mr. Simpson became unconscious, and remained so until his death on November 1. Dr. Cole said that the case looked more like one of murder than of manslaughter. Death was due to narcotic poison, which the deceased received in the sachets containing the powders made up at the pharmacy of D. A. Cossar. These powders had contained heroin, which in its action was allied with morphia. The question arose, which of the two persons in the shop had dispensed the drug? He thought it was evident that Allwright had done so. His evidence in the witness-box was unsatisfactory, whereas the evidence, of the other witness (Eileen Alice Angwin, a qualified chemist, employed by Mr. Cossar) seemed satisfactory. The motive was difficult to judge. There was, however, a suggestion of motive in the fact that Allwright did not approve of a woman in a chemist’s shop. If he knew what he was doing, it was a case of murder. He (Dr. Cole) committed Allwright for trial on that charge.

 

 

On this day …….. 18th September 1874

A man whose Iname is unknown, and who it is believed is a lunatic escaped from the Yarra Bend Asylum, has been frightening women and children at Hawthorn and the neighbourhood by going about enveloped in a sheet and personating a ghost. One young girl named Brookfield, a servant, was so frightened by his antics and appearance that she had a succession of fits and had to be sent home. The man has since then,” it is said, been found drowned in a waterhole, at Boroondara.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 15, 1945

The jury returned a verdict of not guilty when Mrs. Ruby Nina Carlos, 56, of Myrtle-street, South Yarra, a widow, was charged with the murder of Corporal Vera Matilda Wiper. W.A.A.A.F., 23, of Adelaide. A previous jury had failed to agree on the verdict. Corporal Wiper’s body, was found in Burgess-street, Hawthorn, on July 15. A post-mortem examination revealed that death was due to shock, following an attempted illegal operation. The jury, in reply to questions, said they agreed the accused woman had used an instrument on the girl to procure miscarriage, but they did not believe death had resulted from this action. Mr. Justice Gavin Duffy then directed them to return a verdict of not guilty.

ON THIS DAY – June 18, 1923

When Constable Davies, of Hawthorn, was assisting Samuel Lazarus, aged 76 years, of Alma road, Camberwell, across the road at the corner of Leura grove and Burke road, Camberwell, Lazarus was struck by a passing motor-lorry. He was taken to the Alfred Hospital, where he died shortly after admittance. Lazarus, who was a cripple, had alighted from a tram on which Constable Davies had been travelling. The driver of the motor-lorry, David Robert Burns, aged 30 yean, carrier, of Burke road, South Camberwell, was charged with manslaughter.

 

On this day …….. 16th of April 1892

Mrs. Rebecca Spurting, who lives at Hawthorn, completed her hundredth year. She was born at Curston Hall, Norfolk, on April 15, 1792, while she and her family arrived in Victoria in 1848. Her father lived to within three months of the same age. Mrs. Spurling has had 13 children, and the youngest daughter is now attending upon her. She is said to enjoy remarkably good health, and the people of Hawthorn, where she has lived For many years, induced her to hold quiet a levee on her hundredth anniversary.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 13th April 1940

EAST HAWTHORN

Douglas Ernest Evans aged 27, of Hawthorn, was committed for trial on a charge of having murdered James Charles Edwards aged 47, on this day in 1940. Senior-Detective Deslamen said that Evans had told the police that he was at the garage in Burke road, Camberwell, where Edwards was murdered on April 13, from 11.40am to 12.00pm, and that an Air Force man who was there also was angry Edwards about some repair work to a car he had done. Evans was charged with the murder.

 

On this day ………… 14th March 1915

Mr. T. G. Turton, aged 61 years, from Hawthorn, was killed in Union street, Windsor, on this day in 1915, as a result of being run over by his own motor car. Turton, accompanied by his wife, went to the Melbourne Bowling Club’s green at “Windsor in order to play croquet. They left there shortly after 7pm, and Mrs. Turton took her seat in the motor car. Mr. Turton went to crank the engine, but when he entered the car it refused to start. He then got out, and turned the handle a second time, but omitted to see that the clutch was out of gear. Immediately the engine started the motor car bounded forward and ran over him. Dr. Brown, of Windsor, was called, but on arrival life was extinct.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – March 7, 1932

HAWTHORN

An inquest was held today on the bones of an infant child which, it was alleged by the police, were found under a copper in the backyard of a house in Lisson Grove, Hawthorn, on March 7. The coroner committed Clarice Edith Mills, 23, nurse, and Sidney Wightwick, 29, for trial on a charge of murder.

Clarice Mills would be acquitted while Sidney Wightwick would be sentenced to 2 years of which he would serve 12 months

 

ON THIS DAY – February 19, 1914

HAWTHORN

In the Criminal Court, Henry Reginald Ilsley, chauffeur, was charged with manslaughter, following on the death of John Carr Ellis, who, while riding a bicycle at Hawthorn on February 19, was run down by a motor car driven by Ilsley. After a few minutes deliberation the Jury found Ilsley not guilty, and he was discharged.

 

On This Day – January 29, 2009

Arthur Phillip Freeman, threw his four-year-old daughter off Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge, on this day in 2009. A jury of five men and seven women, after five days of difficult deliberation, found that Freeman, 37, of Hawthorn, had consciously, voluntarily and intentionally tossed Darcey Iris Freeman to her death at 9.15am on January 29, 2009. Freeman remained motionless with his hands clasped as the jury foreman announced his fate following a two-week trial in Victoria’s Supreme Court.