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On This Day ……. 24th of July 1910

John Williams, an elderly man, received on transfer in December last from the Ballarat Gaol, died in the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1910. On the 12th instant he had a series of paralytic fits which deprived him of speech, and pleurisy afterwards developed. Dr. Croker certified that death was due to pleurisy and debility, and Mr. Murphy, P.M., who held an inquiry, found accordingly.

 

On This Day ……. 23rd of July 1945

In one of Victoria’s biggest gaol break, 22 men escaped from the old Geelong gaol on this day in 1945. Tired and hungry, four of the men, including the ringleader, were captured at Werribee on the 24th. The escape, which had been well planned, occurred at 12.30pm when the men were having lunch in the gaol yard. Without warning they rushed a stone wall, and, using tins as steps, scrambled over into a store yard. The guard on the watchtower tried to raise the alarm by telephoning the gaol orderly room, but the men had cut the wires. Grabbing several ladders they scrambled over the outer 15ft stone wall and dropped into the street. They were then seen to divide into several parties. Meanwhile the guard, unaware that the telephone wires were cut, was still frantically trying to raise the orderly room, and it is believed the first intimation the orderly room had of the escape came from an outside source. Military police in Melbourne were immediately notified and all roads and railway stations were watched. Police, however, were hampered by heavy football traffic from Geelong, and it in the confusion most of the escapees had made it to Melbourne, where their homes were. The four men captured at Werribee said they had no complaint against their treatment or against conditions in gaol. They had just seen the chance to escape and had taken it. Only one of the escapees was still a member of the Army, it was stated last night. Several of the men had civil convictions, and most of them had not served outside Australia. When they escaped the men were wearing Army clothes. The remainder of the men were found in Melbourne.

 

On This Day ……. 22nd of July 1921

Representing the wages due to the 12 seamen who were sent to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1921, as a result of their refusal to obey the orders of the captain of
the barque Archibald Russell, £931/10/ has been received by the Customs officials. The men were each sentenced to two months’ imprisonment, and their wages will be paid to them when they are liberated.

 

On This Day ……. 21st of July 1923

An elderly woman Mrs Drew, who was found under filthy conditions in an outhouse in the Market Square several weeks earlier was placed under arrest by Constable Jackson and remanded to the Geelong Gaol Hospital, she died suddenly at 9pm on this day in 1923. The matter has been reported to the police with a view to the facts being placed before the coroner.

 

On This Day ……. 20th of July 1923

There was considerable surprise in Geelong on this day in 1923, when it was
learned that a well-known citizen had been committed to Geelong Gaol by Judge Wasley, for having disobeyed an order of the Court. He had been ordered by the Court to file cash books and vouchers relating to certain estates. His failure comply with the order led to his committal for disobedience.

 

On This Day ……. 19th of July 1910

Five prisoners were brought from Melbourne by the midday train on this day in 1910, to complete their term of imprisonment at the Geelong gaol. Most of them were of the harmless feeble class usually housed at the local establishment.” Signs of mental weakness have been developed by the Austrian fisherman. Dominick Tarrabuchia, who was taken from the Geelong gaol for medical treatment at Pentridge.

 

On This Day ……. 18th of July 1913

Two prisoners were transferred from Pentridge to the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1913.

 

On This Day ……. 18th of July 1860

A. Amos and Co. won the tender to make additional fencing to the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1860, for £59 19s.

 

On This Day ……. 17th of July 1923

A blind man named Columbine was sent to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1923, to awaiting trial. He was to have been tried, at Ballarat the previous week, but the case had been adjourned till August 18. Columbine,who is said to have been a league footballer in pre-war days lost the sight of one eye at the war. After his return, it is alleged, he separated from his wife, who went to live with her parents at Maryborough. Columbine went to his mother-in-law’s house, where a disturbance occurred, as a result of which he was given into custody. Subsequently acute inflammation of the good eye set in, and the eye had to be removed.

 

On This Day ……. 16th of July 1914

Two old men of the Geelong Benevolent Asylum had a disagreement on this day in 1914, over the cleaning up of their dining-room, and one, a recent transfer from the Geelong Gaol, is alleged to have struck a deaf and dumb Chinaman with a stick, injuring his arm. The police have taken up the case, and it is likely that the aggressor will return whence he came.

 

On This Day ……. 15th of July 1911

Five prisoners from Melbourne penal establishments were received on transfer to the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1911. They were all of the harmless class usually
sent to Geelong to recuperate.

 

On This Day ……. 14th of July 1924

Reginald Lewton was remanded at the City Court on this day in 1924, to appear at the Geelong Court of Petty Sessions on a charge of having, in March, broken and entered the tailor’s shop of Deakes and Bowden, Geelong, and stolen a quantity of suiting valued at £200.