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January 4, 1905

On Monday night, between 12 and 1 o’clock, the licensee of the Railway Hotel, heard loud knocking at the door of the hotel, but declined to respond.

A little later the thirsty ones returned, and broke seven of the plate-glass windows facing Broadway with bricks, which were thrown
with force through tho windows. The ruffians then took to their heels and got away.

The matter was at once reported to the police, who have the affair in hand, and believe they have a clue to the guilty persons.

ON THIS DAY – July 14, 1942

Search for Soldier

Detectives have searched without avail for an Australian soldier who was seen in a Fitzroy hotel with Miss Mary Agnes Earls, 42, invalid pensioner, and for a woman who was in her company a few hours before her death on July 14. It has not been ascertained whether the soldier was a casual acquaintance or a friend of Miss Earls. Detectives are anxious to clear up the direction in which Miss Earls went when they separated. The soldier it is thought could give this and other important information It has been established that from 4 40pm until about 6pm on the day before her death Miss Earls was near the vacant allotment adjoining St Vincent’s Hospital, where her body was found. Questions to which police are seeking answers are Where did Miss Earls go after meeting the soldier outside the hotel on the corner of Brunswick and Gertrude sts? Did she meet her death in a house near by, and was her body then carried to where It was found? Did she go to the vacant allotment voluntarily, and was she killed and concealed under cover of darkness? Why did the murderer strip and scratch the body, and how was the clothing disposed of? Motive for the crime is also puzzling police. Does the absence of her handbag suggest robbery? Was the crime one of vengeance or rage?

On This Day – June 13, 1940

Because her husband was in gaol and she wanted to be with him a woman threw a stone through a £15 window of the City Court Hotel on June 13, according to evidence given in the City Court today. Lorna Fay McLeod. of no fixed address, was charged with wilful damage. John O’Riley, lessee of the hotel said that when the stone came, through the window it showered the bar with broken glass. A moment later the woman accused entered, and said “I broke your window, and I want you to give me in charge.” Detective William Tremewen said that the woman said, “If you don’t lock me up I will do it again.” McLeod was fined £2. in default seven days’ imprisonment, and was ordered to pay £15 damages, in default one month.

Blackwood Hotel is a great haunted location in Victoria close to Ballarat. Fantastic meals, and open fireplace for those cold and foggy nights. Three known hauntings ……. will you see the ghost of Laura Dalton.

The cellar also doubled as the town morgue.

On this day …….. 14th of December 1938

Found guilty of the murder of two prospectors at Dunolly on the 3rd of October 1938. Thomas William Johnson (36). labourer, was sentenced to death at the Ballarat Supreme Court to-night The jury reached their verdict after deliberating for five and a half hours. Both men were found with their heads battered in a locked room at a delicensed hotel at Dunolly.

ON THIS DAY – November 9, 1937

After enquiring into the death of Edmund Robertson (44), unemployed, who died on November 9 from head injuries, the coroner today committed George Anthony Powell, postal employee, for trial on a charge of murder.  Evidence was given that after an argument in an hotel on November 5 Robertson was assaulted in a street. He fell and his head struck the pavement.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – October 27, 1927

Hailing a taxi-cab in Lonsdale Street at 5 o’clock on October 27, 1927, Squizzy Taylor, accompanied by two men, ordered the driver, John Hall, to go to Carlton. When he hailed the cab Taylor gave no indication of his destination beyond saying that he wished to visit a hotel in Carlton. Calls were made to several hotels in the vicinity of Rathdowne, Lygon, and Elgin streets. The movements of the men indicated that they were in search of another person or persons. Their conversation, however, gave no clue as to whom they were seeking. Eventually Taylor told the driver to go to Barkly Street. Turning from Rathdowne Street the cab had only travelled a few yards in a northerly direction along Barkly street, when the driver was told to stop. Taylor, accompanied by one of his friends left the cab, and walking some distance along the northern side of the street went into one of a terrace of houses.

The house belonged to Bridget Cutmore, mother of Snowy Cutmore.  Cutmore’s bedroom would be the scene of the final shootout with Snowy dying in his bed and Squizzy dying in St Vincents Hospital a few hours later.

 

 

On the night of the 11th of September 1879, a daring robbery was committed at the Mistletoe Hotel, Mackenzie-street, Melbourne, belonging to Mr. Charles Wright, who also conducts the Colosseum Hotel. Wright was away at the Colosseum, leaving his bed-room at the Misletoe locked up. During the evening the barmaid heard a noise in the room, but took no notice, knowing nothing was loose. When Wright returned home he found that an entrance had been gained to his bedroom by the burglars getting on the roof, removing the slates, and making a hole in the ceiling and lowering them selves by a rope into the room, from which they had taken £200 in cash. Clearing out long before Wright returned.

Photo of an archeological dig of Mistletoe Hotel – Melbourne

On this day …….. 27th of August 1921

During a big flood at Kempsey, New South Wales, in August 1921, a log struck Toose’s Temperance Hotel on Belgrave st. On examining it, hotel owner Howard Toose was astonished to find that it was the same log on which he had carved his brother’s initials at Five Day Creek several years before. The log had come some 150 kms in the flood to end up at Toose’s feet.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 14, 1942

Search for Soldier

Detectives have searched without avail for an Australian soldier who was seen in a Fitzroy hotel with Miss Mary Agnes Earls, 42, invalid pensioner, and for a woman who was in her company a few hours before her death on July 14. It has not been ascertained whether the soldier was a casual acquaintance or a friend of Miss Earls. Detectives are anxious to clear up the direction in which Miss Earls went when they separated. The soldier it is thought could give this and other important information It has been established that from 4 40pm until about 6pm on the day before her death Miss Earls was near the vacant allotment adjoining St Vincent’s Hospital, where her body was found. Questions to which police are seeking answers are Where did Miss Earls go after meeting the soldier outside the hotel on the corner of Brunswick and Gertrude sts? Did she meet her death in a house near by, and was her body then carried to where It was found? Did she go to the vacant allotment voluntarily, and was she killed and concealed under cover of darkness? Why did the murderer strip and scratch the body, and how was the clothing disposed of? Motive for the crime is also puzzling police. Does the absence of her handbag suggest robbery? Was the crime one of vengeance or rage?

On this day …….. 10th May 1902

Patrick McDonnell landlord of the Railway Hotel in Glenrowan, North East Victoria, who became known as part of the folklore of the Kelly Gang years, died on this day. It was from this hotel that the rockets were fired as part of the plan built around the Siege of Glenrowan. Patrick had come to Australia in 1850 at the age of eighteen. He tryed his luck on the Ovens Goldfields, by fore opening a brewery with his uncle.

On This Day ……. 10th May 1900

An assault of a most unprovoked character was committed outside of Menzies’ hotel, in Bourke street, Melbourne on this day in 1900, the assailant being a man named Patrick Prendereast. Whilst Michael Gosa a warder in the Geelong gaol, was passing in front of the hotel, he was suddenly struck-by Prendergast a violent blow. Turning round, Goss saw his assailant in a fighting attitude, but before Prendergast could deliver another blow, Goss had grappled him and thrown him down. At the City Court, Prendergast was charged with unlawful assault, and sentenced to three months’ imprisonment.