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ON THIS DAY – June 1, 1857

JAMES WOODLOCK – MELBOURNE GAOL

This unhappy man underwent the extreme penalty of the law yesterday morning, at eight o’clock, in the Melbourne gaol. James Woodlock formerly kept the Rose, Shamrock, and Thistle public-house, in Elizabeth-street, but at the time of his commission of the crime which led to his death, was living at Castlemaine. He had a wife and five children, and, it appears, had conceived a jealousy of a man named Charles Vick, whom he believed to be the lover of his wife, and slabbed him. Committed for trial by the coroner, he subsequently absconded from his bail, but was again arrested by the detective police in February last, at Kilmore. He died with firmness, and suffered apparently but little.  He was about forty years of age, and a member of the Catholic faith.

On this day …….. 12th of December 1902

There was great excitement in Lancefield with the news that a lunatic was at large on the Lancefield road, near Forbes. When the police arrived at the place found a man behaving in a violent manner, with almost all his clothes off. With considerable difficulty he was arrested, and it was found that he was George Weir, who escaped from the Sunbury Asylum on the 12th December 1902. Weir was previously arrested in Kilmore in February of last year, when he threatened to burn the whole country down. He was brought before the court, were he was pronounced a dangerous lunatic by the doctors. Weir was removed to the Kew Asylum.

 

On this day …….. 30th September 1864

Escape of a Notorious Bushranger. A notorious bushranger was arrested near Seymour and charged with horse-stealing. On being brought before the Kilmore bench he gave the name of Lowry, but he was known to the police under the aliases of ‘Cook and Davis, and was suspected of several robberies in the neighbourhood of Heathcote and at other places. When he was arrested, by Constable Deasy, Lowry, it appears, he firer at the constable as he approached the hut, the constable returning the fire, his shot carrying away a portion of the bushranger’s lip. In consequence of having given refuge to the bushranger the hut keeper was also arrested. The prisoner, who was remanded by the Kilmore bench, effected his escape from the gaol, and has not since been recaptured.

 

On this day …….. 20th September 1859

An Escaped Lunatic, John Hoolahan, alias Harrington, was brought up by Police Contable Brennan as a dangerous lunatic escaped from the Yarra Bend Asylum. The prisoner had been apprehended at Kilmore. He was remanded back to the Asylum

 

On this day …….. 17th September 1909

A young man who escaped from Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum was captured on the 16th of September 1909 in Kilmore. We was brought back to Melbourne.

 

ON THIS DAY…… 11th August 1862

Senior Constable Book and his assistants have been were brought before the Kilmore Court, for the wilful murder of Mr Cosgrove, shot at Yea on this day in 1862.  The police believed he was the notorious bushranger Gardiner. He wasn’t ………

ON THIS DAY – June 1, 1857

JAMES WOODLOCK – MELBOURNE GAOL

This unhappy man underwent the extreme penalty of the law yesterday morning, at eight o’clock, in the Melbourne gaol. James Woodlock formerly kept the Rose, Shamrock, and Thistle public-house, in Elizabeth-street, but at the time of his commission of the crime which led to his death, was living at Castlemaine. He had a wife and five children, and, it appears, had conceived a jealousy of a man named Charles Vick, whom he believed to be the lover of his wife, and slabbed him. Committed for trial by the coroner, he subsequently absconded from his bail, but was again arrested by the detective police in February last, at Kilmore. He died with firmness, and suffered apparently but little.  He was about forty years of age, and a member of the Catholic faith.

ON THIS DAY – March 1, 1999

On the 1st of March 1999, the body of Rachel Elizabeth Barber was unceremoniously dumped in the wardrobe of a second-floor flat in Trinian Street, Prahran, an inner suburb of Melbourne. A black, old-fashioned telecommunications cable was still tight around her neck. In another room were all sorts of scribblings: hate lists, catalogues, notes about Rachel, her family, her personality, her likes and dislikes – and one note in particular with the ominous words, ‘All things come to pass’. Caroline Reed Robertson a teenager and friend of the family was charged with her murder. Robertson told police that Rachel was lured to Robertsons Prahran flat with the promise of money for taking part in a secret psychological survey. She was drugged and murdered and her body placed in a wardrobe for 2 days. Rachel’s body was then taken to Robertsons father’s farm in Kilmore and buried in a shallow grave before it was discovered 2 weeks later. Robertson’s motive was to assume Rachel’s identity.

 

 

On this day …….. 30th of December 1864

About six weeks ago a notorious bushranger was arrested near Seymour, charged with horse-stealing. On being brought before the Kilmore bench he gave the name of Lowry, but had been known to the police under the aliases of Cook and Davis, and was suspected of several robberies in the neighbourhood of Heathcote and at other places. When he was arrested, by Constable Deasy, Lowry, it appears, fired at the constable as he approached the hut, the constable returning the fire, his shot carrying away a portion of the bushranger’s lip. In consequence of having given refuge to the bushranger the hutkeeper was also arrested. The prisoner, who was remanded by the Kilmore bench, effected his escape from the Kilmore gaol on this day in 1864.

 

On this day …….. 12th of December 1902

There was great excitement in Lancefield with the news that a lunatic was at large on the Lancefield road, near Forbes. When the police arrived at the place found a man behaving in a violent manner, with almost all his clothes off. With considerable difficulty he was arrested, and it was found that he was George Weir, who escaped from the Sunbury Asylum on the 12th December 1902. Weir was previously arrested in Kilmore in February of last year, when he threatened to burn the whole country down. He was brought before the court, were he was pronounced a dangerous lunatic by the doctors. Weir was removed to the Kew Asylum.

 

On this day …….. 30th September 1864

Escape of a Notorious Bushranger. A notorious bushranger was arrested near Seymour and charged with horse-stealing. On being brought before the Kilmore bench he gave the name of Lowry, but he was known to the police under the aliases of ‘Cook and Davis, and was suspected of several robberies in the neighbourhood of Heathcote and at other places. When he was arrested, by Constable Deasy, Lowry, it appears, he firer at the constable as he approached the hut, the constable returning the fire, his shot carrying away a portion of the bushranger’s lip. In consequence of having given refuge to the bushranger the hut keeper was also arrested. The prisoner, who was remanded by the Kilmore bench, effected his escape from the gaol, and has not since been recaptured.

 

On this day …….. 20th September 1859

An Escaped Lunatic, John Hoolahan, alias Harrington, was brought up by Police Contable Brennan as a dangerous lunatic escaped from the Yarra Bend Asylum. The prisoner had been apprehended at Kilmore. He was remanded back to the Asylum