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On This Day……..17th July 1946

Scores of people on the main platform at Spencer Street Railway Station in Melbourne and hundreds of others going to work early saw a warder firing shots at an escaping prisoner. The man had jumped from a train as it was leaving the station. He was chased for 250 yards before he fell with a bullet in the head. His condition was not considered serious. The fugitive, Ian Mitchell, 34, whose address was given as Pentridge Prison, was taken to hospital, handcuffed to the warder. He was handcuffed to his escort while being examined by doctors in the casualty section and was still handcuffed to the warder when taken to the X-ray department. Although wounded in the head the escapee was recaptured. Two prisoners, each escorted by an armed warder, were brought from Pentridge in a police car to be taken to Ballarat Gaol by train, leaving Spencer Street at 8.50 am Prisoners and warders were all in civilian clothes, and, to save the prisoners from embarrassment on the train, the warders had not handcuffed them. Warder John Eddy Dihm had charge of Mitchell, and Warder Mervyn Aldous was escorting the other prisoner, who was a clergyman and was wearing clerical dress. He is serving a five-year sentence. Both were being transferred from Pentridge to serve the rest of their gaol sentences. The train was on No. 1 plat form and the prisoners and their escorts were sitting together in a compartment. As the train was pulling out of the station. Mitchell sprang to his feet, raced along the corridor and leapt on to the platform at the back of the cloak room. Business people coming from that part of the station along the concourse scattered in alarm when they heard shots bring fired and railwaymen and people who had seen passengers off fled for cover. Calling on the fugitive to stop, Dihm fired four shots as he chased him to the enclosed end of No. 1 platform and along a barricaded concourse past the end of several adjoining platforms.

 

On This Day….. 9th July 1947

Two convicts break gaol, for only a brief hour of liberty was enjoyed by two prisoners who scaled the exercise yard wall of Ballarat Gaol and were later captured by a party of police near the Grant street bridge, over the Yarrawee Creek, about half a mile away. They were Eric Ivan Wilson, 26, of North Clunes, who was on remand on a car-stealing charge, and Ian Mitchell, 32, a prisoner serving a sentence imposed on him at Ballarat early in the year for house breaking and larceny. Following their getaway, the two men were seen running across White Flat into the bed of the Yarrawee Creek channel, and a local resident telephoned tile police. A search party organised by Inspector Abbot, Sergeant Tysoe, and Senior-Detective Hackwill, and including Senior-Constable McCahon, First-Constable Orr, and Constable Coghlin, was examining the area when the two fugitives bolted in different directions. A warning that shots would be fired was called as the men separated and both surrendered at gunpoint. A month ago Mervyn Clifford Richards, 25, of Nerrina, while awaiting trial on four robbery charges, escaped from the gaol by climbing the walls. Search for him so far has been unsuccessful.

On This Day……..17th July 1946

Scores of people on the main platform at Spencer Street Railway Station in Melbourne and hundreds of others going to work early saw a warder firing shots at an escaping prisoner. The man had jumped from a train as it was leaving the station. He was chased for 250 yards before he fell with a bullet in the head. His condition was not considered serious. The fugitive, Ian Mitchell, 34, whose address was given as Pentridge Prison, was taken to hospital, handcuffed to the warder. He was handcuffed to his escort while being examined by doctors in the casualty section and was still handcuffed to the warder when taken to the X-ray department. Although wounded in the head the escapee was recaptured. Two prisoners, each escorted by an armed warder, were brought from Pentridge in a police car to be taken to Ballarat Gaol by train, leaving Spencer Street at 8.50 am Prisoners and warders were all in civilian clothes, and, to save the prisoners from embarrassment on the train, the warders had not handcuffed them. Warder John Eddy Dihm had charge of Mitchell, and Warder Mervyn Aldous was escorting the other prisoner, who was a clergyman and was wearing clerical dress. He is serving a five-year sentence. Both were being transferred from Pentridge to serve the rest of their gaol sentences. The train was on No. 1 plat form and the prisoners and their escorts were sitting together in a compartment. As the train was pulling out of the station. Mitchell sprang to his feet, raced along the corridor and leapt on to the platform at the back of the cloak room. Business people coming from that part of the station along the concourse scattered in alarm when they heard shots bring fired and railwaymen and people who had seen passengers off fled for cover. Calling on the fugitive to stop, Dihm fired four shots as he chased him to the enclosed end of No. 1 platform and along a barricaded concourse past the end of several adjoining platforms.

 

On This Day….. 9th July 1947

Two convicts break gaol, for only a brief hour of liberty was enjoyed by two prisoners who scaled the exercise yard wall of Ballarat Gaol and were later captured by a party of police near the Grant street bridge, over the Yarrawee Creek, about half a mile away. They were Eric Ivan Wilson, 26, of North Clunes, who was on remand on a car-stealing charge, and Ian Mitchell, 32, a prisoner serving a sentence imposed on him at Ballarat early in the year for house breaking and larceny. Following their getaway, the two men were seen running across White Flat into the bed of the Yarrawee Creek channel, and a local resident telephoned tile police. A search party organised by Inspector Abbot, Sergeant Tysoe, and Senior-Detective Hackwill, and including Senior-Constable McCahon, First-Constable Orr, and Constable Coghlin, was examining the area when the two fugitives bolted in different directions. A warning that shots would be fired was called as the men separated and both surrendered at gunpoint. A month ago Mervyn Clifford Richards, 25, of Nerrina, while awaiting trial on four robbery charges, escaped from the gaol by climbing the walls. Search for him so far has been unsuccessful.

On This Day……..17th July 1946

Scores of people on the main platform at Spencer Street Railway Station in Melbourne and hundreds of others going to work early saw a warder firing shots at an escaping prisoner. The man had jumped from a train as it was leaving the station. He was chased for 250 yards before he fell with a bullet in the head. His condition was not considered serious. The fugitive, Ian Mitchell, 34, whose address was given as Pentridge Prison, was taken to hospital, handcuffed to the warder. He was handcuffed to his escort while being examined by doctors in the casualty section and was still handcuffed to the warder when taken to the X-ray department. Although wounded in the head the escapee was recaptured. Two prisoners, each escorted by an armed warder, were brought from Pentridge in a police car to be taken to Ballarat Gaol by train, leaving Spencer Street at 8.50 am Prisoners and warders were all in civilian clothes, and, to save the prisoners from embarrassment on the train, the warders had not handcuffed them. Warder John Eddy Dihm had charge of Mitchell, and Warder Mervyn Aldous was escorting the other prisoner, who was a clergyman and was wearing clerical dress. He is serving a five-year sentence. Both were being transferred from Pentridge to serve the rest of their gaol sentences. The train was on No. 1 plat form and the prisoners and their escorts were sitting together in a compartment. As the train was pulling out of the station. Mitchell sprang to his feet, raced along the corridor and leapt on to the platform at the back of the cloak room. Business people coming from that part of the station along the concourse scattered in alarm when they heard shots bring fired and railwaymen and people who had seen passengers off fled for cover. Calling on the fugitive to stop, Dihm fired four shots as he chased him to the enclosed end of No. 1 platform and along a barricaded concourse past the end of several adjoining platforms.

 

On This Day….. 9th July 1947

Two convicts break gaol, for only a brief hour of liberty was enjoyed by two prisoners who scaled the exercise yard wall of Ballarat Gaol and were later captured by a party of police near the Grant street bridge, over the Yarrawee Creek, about half a mile away. They were Eric Ivan Wilson, 26, of North Clunes, who was on remand on a car-stealing charge, and Ian Mitchell, 32, a prisoner serving a sentence imposed on him at Ballarat early in the year for house breaking and larceny. Following their getaway, the two men were seen running across White Flat into the bed of the Yarrawee Creek channel, and a local resident telephoned tile police. A search party organised by Inspector Abbot, Sergeant Tysoe, and Senior-Detective Hackwill, and including Senior-Constable McCahon, First-Constable Orr, and Constable Coghlin, was examining the area when the two fugitives bolted in different directions. A warning that shots would be fired was called as the men separated and both surrendered at gunpoint. A month ago Mervyn Clifford Richards, 25, of Nerrina, while awaiting trial on four robbery charges, escaped from the gaol by climbing the walls. Search for him so far has been unsuccessful.