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On This Day ……. 13th of July 1922

An elderly man called James Frederick Baensch was sent to the Geelong Gaol for three years for assault. At the Geelong gaol there are some ten warders and about 70 prisoners.

 

On This Day ……. 12th of July 1913

Governor Dwyer’s death was reported in the Geelong Paper on this day in 1913.  Mr Peter Dwyer of the ‘Bungalow,’ passed away recently at the age of 86 years. Mr Dwyer was well known in the Penal and Military Departments, ana held many leading positions. He came to Australia in 1852, and shortly after arrival entered the public service as a clerk at Pentrldge stockade. From there he was appointed an officer’ in the Volunteer Service, and was Instrumental in forming’ and drilling the Geelong Rifles. Afterwards he was connected with the Collingwood Rifles. In 1862 he was appointed as the first governor of the gaol at Maryborough. After eight years he was transferred to Portland Gaol, where he Superintended the convict labor in the construction of the breakwater. From there he went to Geelong Gaol for eleven years. He then became governor of Melbourne Gaol, which position he held for four and a half years, during which he originated many reforms, and reorganised the staff. He was then specially appointed Governor of Pentridge, a position he held until his, retirement, twenty-one years ago. Since then he has lived in retirement. He had been a widower sixteen years, and one daughter is the sole survivor of the faimily.

 

On This Day ……. 10th of July 1923

Two prisoners who are undergoing sentences respectively of three months
and 18 months, were on this day in 1923, brought from Pentridge by Constable Slatter to the Geelong gaol, where they are to complete their terms.

 

On This Day ……. 9th of July 1925

A young man named James Walker, alias Juries Lewis Welsh, who had been recently discharged from gaol after having served a sentence of six months for vagrancy, made his reappearance before the magistrates at the Geelong Police court on this day in 1925, on four charges. He stated that he had taken a few glasses of liquor on the previous day, and did not know what happened until he woke up and found himself in the lockup. He was sent to gaol for 12 months on a charge of having solicited arms in the street; and was fined £15, and three months’ imprisonment, for assaulting Constable Bishop, resisting arrest, and using indecent language in a public place.

 

On This Day ……. 9th of July 1921

Sir. Bradley, formerly Governor of the Castlemaine Gaol, has been appointed Governor of the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1921 in succession to Sir. K. J. Burke, who has been promoted to the Deputy Governorship of Pentridge.

 

On This Day ……. 8th of July 1870

Considerable excitement was created in Geelong on this day in 1870 at about 1pm by the cry of “A man over the gaol wall!” The fugitive was said to have effected his escape by scaling the wall and made his way towards the Lagoon Bridge. Horsemen rushed frantically in the direction indicated by the police and preparations where made for a hunt. With great confusion with in the gaol as all prisoners were accounted for. On interviewing the witnesses it was ascertained that some children had seen a workman, who had been employed by the Governor to repair the roof of the lock up. The worker leap down on his lunch break, which raised the cry of “a man over tho wall.”

 

On This Day ……. 7th of July 1928

Sentence of twelve months’ imprisonment was imposed on Albert Vincent Puddephatt aged 23, a sales manager, who was found guilty in the Geelong Police Court, for the manslaughter of Olive Myrtle Partlett, aged 26, a waitress, at Belmont. The evidence showed that the girl, with her two sisters, was walking to her home when she was struck by a motor car driven by defendant, and carried along
about 60 feet. Puddephatt’s car did not stop, but was overtaken by the driver of another car. Puddephatt was under the influence of liquor.

 

On This Day ……. 6th of July 1910

Mr. W. A. Callaway, acting Inspector of Penal Departments, was in Geelong on this day in 1910, and paid an official visit to the Geelong gaol. He went through theinstitution in company with the governor, Mr. G. W. Furnell, and found everything satisfactory.

 

On This Day ……. 5th of July 1910

A prisoner named Frank Tilker, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for larceny at Willaura, was brought from the Ballarat Gaol on this day in 1910 by Constable Hooley to serve his sentence in the Geelong Gaol.

 

On This Day ……. 4th of July 1924

The new Governor of the Geelong Gaol, Sir. T. Crotty, arrived on this day in 1924, to comment his duties. Mr. Crotty takes the place of Mr George Taylor who recently retired from the service, and who has been over 35 years in the Penal Department. Crotty had previously been at Pentridge, where he was head warden.

 

On This Day ……. 4th of July 1910

A postmortem examination was concluded at the Geelong gaol upon the body of a prisoner named Alexander Dickson, who was sentenced to a months imprisonment about ten days ago by the Camperdown magistrates for insulting behaviour. Death was shown to be due to a compression caused by a tumour on the brain and the coroner (Mr Read Murphy) returned a verdict accordingly.

 

On This Day ……. 3rd of July 1925

On this day in 1925, a young man, James Walker, alias Juries Lewis Welsh, who was discharged from the Geelong gaol after having served a sentence of six months for vagrancy.