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ON THIS DAY – July 21, 1943

On a charge of murdering a man who had every bone in his face broken, a soldier, Cecil John Freeman, was committed for trial in the Coroner’s Court. Freeman appeared in custody at the inquest on Ian Gordon Jeffrey, 25, who was injured in a disturbance on July 21 and died in hospital on August 4. Death was due to a fracture of the skull, acute meningitis and pneumonia. Police alleged Freeman had blood on his boots. Freeman has alleged he said he attacked Jeffrey because he was paying attention to Mrs. Freeman.

An accident, which we fear may prove fatal, occurred on Saturday last near the Culloden Castle.
A cow belonging to Mr Naylor of Duneed, was being driven along the street when she turned savage, rushing at the man who was driving her; he, however, was fortunate enough to get out of the way, and the enraged animal then turned upon a little girl of about four years of age named Cannell, throwing her down and fracturing her skull.
The child is now under the care of Dr. Reid at the hospital. After this the infuriated animal rushed into the dam, where her capers were soon put an end to by Constable Madden and Sergeant M’Sweeney.
Unfortunately the little girl did succumb to her injuries after being gored by the cow.  Sarah Cannell was just 4 years old when she died the following day. Sarah was admitted with a penetrating injury to the left side of her head with her brain exposed.  She developed paralysis and eventually died 24 hours later.
Sarah had been playing outside the Culloden Castle Hotel with a number of other children, when the cow came running down Latrobe Terrace followed closely by George Naylor and Angus McLean.  Donald Cameron had hidden behind a telegraph pole from the rampaging beast, when he noticed Sarah under its feet.  He picked up the little girl and took her to her parents house in Villamanta Street.
The cow was eventually chased into a dam where Sergeant McSweeney was taked with the unpleasant duty of shooting the cow.  It was not known what had set the cow on its destructive path.
Much of the inquest was taken up with the discussion on the legality of driving cattle through the town.  There was a by-law in place prohibiting the droving of cattle between the hours of 12 pm and 6am.  It was suggested that in future this law needed to be strictly enforced!

ON THIS DAY – November 2, 1937

William James Sharkey, of Medway street, Box Hill, was charged at the City Court yesterday with having attempted to murder Ruth Mary White, of the same address, on November 2. He was remanded by Mr. Hauser, P.M., to Box Hill Court on December 23. Bail as fixed at £350, with a similar surety. In applying for the remand, Sergeant Madin said Sharkey was arrested yesterday.  Senior-Detective Frank Simpson said Sharkey was alleged to have attempted to cut Ruth White’s throat at his home in Medway street on November 2, and then tried to commit suicide. An argument occurred over a young man who had been associated with the woman, said Detective Simpson. The woman was taken to hospital, but had returned home, and was practically normal again. She had been living at Sharkey’s house in Medway Street for some years

ON THIS DAY – October 19, 1917

 

Alfred Edward Budd, 39 Stevedore’s labourer to-day, at the City Watch house, was formally charged with the murder of Annie Elizabeth Samson, at Princess Street, Port Melbourne, on October 19. Accused was the adopted brother of deceased, who was a married woman. He attempted to commit suicide by cutting his throat and was to-day taken from the Melbourne Hospital and transfered to the Melbourne gaol hospital.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – October 19, 1917

 

Alfred Edward Budd, 39 Stevedore’s labourer to-day, at the City Watch house, was formally charged with the murder of Annie Elizabeth Samson, at Princess Street, Port Melbourne, on October 19. Accused was the adopted brother of deceased, who was a married woman. He attempted to commit suicide by cutting his throat and was to-day taken from the Melbourne Hospital and transfered to the Melbourne gaol hospital.

 

 

On This Day – September 22, 1943

Husband Charged with Murder

Charged with having murdered his wife Alice Veronica Milroy (34) on September 22, James Wallace Milroy (43), fruit hawker, of Batman-street. North Fitzroy, was remanded until September 29 when he appeared before Mr McLean, PM, in the City Court today. Milroy did not apply for bail. Det Charles Petty, asking for the remand, said it was alleged that on Saturday the accused became involved in an argument with his wife at their home and struck her several times with a piece of sawn timber, causing injuries to her body. Mrs Milroy was admitted to hospital on Tuesday and died on Wednesday.

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd August 1942

When two men became involved in an argument at the Glaxo laboratory, Port Fairy, on this day in 1942, William Moutray, 50, canmaker, of Port Fairy, was struck. As he fell he hit his head on some machinery. He died later at Port Fairy Hospital. Police arrested his fellow employee, George Archibald Gibb, 44, motor driver, on a charge of murder.

ON THIS DAY – July 21, 1943

On a charge of murdering a man who had every bone in his face broken, a soldier, Cecil John Freeman, was committed for trial in the Coroner’s Court. Freeman appeared in custody at the inquest on Ian Gordon Jeffrey, 25, who was injured in a disturbance on July 21 and died in hospital on August 4. Death was due to a fracture of the skull, acute meningitis and pneumonia. Police alleged Freeman had blood on his boots. Freeman has alleged he said he attacked Jeffrey because he was paying attention to Mrs. Freeman.

On This Day ……. 6th May 1931

On this day in 1931, after having pulled out one of her teeth, Ilma Causon aged 9, from Ballarat, Victoria thoughtlessly stuck it in her ear. When it could not be removed, she was admitted to hospital where the tooth was recovered under anaesthetic.

 

ON THIS DAY – April 27, 1929

GEELONG WEST

 

Bartolo Natoli, aged 35, an Italian, appeared at the Geelong City Court, charged with the murder of Edward Arthur Jenkins, aged 31, a laborer. The police stated that it was alleged that Natoli stabbed Jenkins three times with a knife in an affray on April 27, and Jenkins subsequently died in hospital. The police have possession of a stiletto-shaped knife, 11 inches long, alleged to have been used in the affray.

 

On this day …….. 26th April 1941

Constable L. Ferrter had his hand nearly bitten off when he put it between the bars of a lion cage at Lismore on this day in 1941. Crowbars were used to free him. The policeman later had the hand amputated in hospital. Two lions in a cage were beaten away from the stricken constable by their trainer with a fork. Ferrier then collapsed. Part of his uniform was slashed to ribbons.

 

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the annual Good Friday Appeal to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital. It began in 1931 as a sports carnival for charity but has grown into a beloved yearly appeal!

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For the history of the appeal visit the following link: Good Friday Appeal History

“On the 3rd of September 1931, a small group of journalists from The Sporting Globe organised a sports carnival for charity.

The afternoon commenced with a Cobb & Co carriage procession followed by the competing jockeys and veterans as they wound their way through the streets of Melbourne to the MCG. In front of a delighted crowd of 20,000 people, the sports carnival began with a football match involving Victorian jockeys – Flemington verses Caulfield, where Flemington came out as the victors.

This was followed by a football game of old Veterans’ representing the North and the South of the Yarra. Any retired players from World War One onwards were encouraged to put their name forward with a call out through The Sporting Globe. North of the Yarra were the clear winners of the Veterans’ match, 10: 6 to South’s 6: 7.

During the intervals The Sporting Globe journalist Dave McNamara, who also held the record for long distance football kicking, gave an exhibition of drop kicking and a fancy dress sprint event was also included as part of the Carnival program. A total of 427 pounds was raised to support the Alfred Hospital Appeal.”