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ON THIS DAY – December 22, 1912

ALBERT PARK
DEATH SENTENCE FOR MURDER.

At the Criminal Court Joseph Victor Pfeffer, 32, butcher’s assistant, was charged with having on the 22nd of December, at Albert Park, murdered Florence Victoria Whitley, aged 23, domestic servant and sister-in-law of the accused. The Crown Prosecutor stated that the murdered girl had for three or four years prior to the tragedy been living at the accused’s house. During lunch hour on December 12 Pfeffer clambered over the back gate of Kennett’s house, in Mill-street, Albert Park, and made his way into the kitchen, where the maid and her mistress were seated at a table together. Then the accused shot the girl. Evidence in support of the Crown case was given by a number of witnesses, and the defendant made a statement from the dock. He said, ‘From when I woke up on the morning of the murder until I saw the police I remember nothing of what happened. I have my brother here in court. He has wandered out of his mind, and has roamed about the country in that condition for three weeks before being arrested. At Geelong I had an accident before I went to the war. and was laid up in the hospital for a fortnight. While in South Africa, I had several bullet wounds, and was hurt inwardly through the fall off a horse. Another time when taken prisoner I was hit on the head with the butt end of a rifle, and I have since suffered from headaches off and on, and I really think there are times when I don’t know what I am doing. There was insanity on my father’s side and on my mother’s. One or my relatives hanged himself, another shot himself, and my brother has been in a lunatic asylum for some years. I do not remember anything at all about the murder. After rather more than an hour’s retirement the jury returned with a verdict of guilty, adding a rider expressing regret that in view of the character of the defence, no evidence had been brought forward to settle the question of the accused’s sanity. Mr. Woinarski said the Crown, was in a position to rebut any evidence on that point that might have been brought forward. His Honor would take a note of the jury’s rider. He then passed sentence of death upon the accused,

 

On This Day……… 2nd April 1911

A young boy aged 12 years, residing with his parent in Euroa was admitted to the Melbourne Hospital on this day in 1911, suffering from injuries to his hand and log. The lad throw a bullets into the fire in the kitchen of the house to see what would happen.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – December 22, 1912

ALBERT PARK
DEATH SENTENCE FOR MURDER.

At the Criminal Court Joseph Victor Pfeffer, 32, butcher’s assistant, was charged with having on the 22nd of December, at Albert Park, murdered Florence Victoria Whitley, aged 23, domestic servant and sister-in-law of the accused. The Crown Prosecutor stated that the murdered girl had for three or four years prior to the tragedy been living at the accused’s house. During lunch hour on December 12 Pfeffer clambered over the back gate of Kennett’s house, in Mill-street, Albert Park, and made his way into the kitchen, where the maid and her mistress were seated at a table together. Then the accused shot the girl. Evidence in support of the Crown case was given by a number of witnesses, and the defendant made a statement from the dock. He said, ‘From when I woke up on the morning of the murder until I saw the police I remember nothing of what happened. I have my brother here in court. He has wandered out of his mind, and has roamed about the country in that condition for three weeks before being arrested. At Geelong I had an accident before I went to the war. and was laid up in the hospital for a fortnight. While in South Africa, I had several bullet wounds, and was hurt inwardly through the fall off a horse. Another time when taken prisoner I was hit on the head with the butt end of a rifle, and I have since suffered from headaches off and on, and I really think there are times when I don’t know what I am doing. There was insanity on my father’s side and on my mother’s. One or my relatives hanged himself, another shot himself, and my brother has been in a lunatic asylum for some years. I do not remember anything at all about the murder. After rather more than an hour’s retirement the jury returned with a verdict of guilty, adding a rider expressing regret that in view of the character of the defence, no evidence had been brought forward to settle the question of the accused’s sanity. Mr. Woinarski said the Crown, was in a position to rebut any evidence on that point that might have been brought forward. His Honor would take a note of the jury’s rider. He then passed sentence of death upon the accused,

 

ON THIS DAY – July 24, 1944

Noises were heard by a neighbour named McNally at the home of Mrs. Nellie Shears (50), yesterday, about three hours before her son Edward, aged 16, came home from work to find that his mother had been stabbed to death. McNally told the police that when he heard a noise he looked over the fence and saw a light burning in the bedroom. It was then about 2 p.m. He called out to Mrs. Shears but receiving no reply went to the front door and then to the back of the house. He saw no indication of anything wrong and returned home again. McNally did not realise what had happened until late In the afternoon when Edward Shears rushed into his house to say his mother was dead. Edward had lunch with his mother yesterday and left for work again about 1 p.m. Late In the afternoon when he came home be found the house locked but he climbed through an open window. In the kitchen he found his mother lying dead on the floor with gashes in her throat, face and hands. A bread-knife was lying near her. Last night they detained a local resident who was visiting another house in Tennyson-street and took him to the C.I.B, to be questioned.

On This Day……… 2nd April 1911

A young boy aged 12 years, residing with his parent in Euroa was admitted to the Melbourne Hospital on this day in 1911, suffering from injuries to his hand and log. The lad throw a bullets into the fire in the kitchen of the house to see what would happen.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – December 22, 1912

ALBERT PARK
DEATH SENTENCE FOR MURDER.

At the Criminal Court Joseph Victor Pfeffer, 32, butcher’s assistant, was charged with having on the 22nd of December, at Albert Park, murdered Florence Victoria Whitley, aged 23, domestic servant and sister-in-law of the accused. The Crown Prosecutor stated that the murdered girl had for three or four years prior to the tragedy been living at the accused’s house. During lunch hour on December 12 Pfeffer clambered over the back gate of Kennett’s house, in Mill-street, Albert Park, and made his way into the kitchen, where the maid and her mistress were seated at a table together. Then the accused shot the girl. Evidence in support of the Crown case was given by a number of witnesses, and the defendant made a statement from the dock. He said, ‘From when I woke up on the morning of the murder until I saw the police I remember nothing of what happened. I have my brother here in court. He has wandered out of his mind, and has roamed about the country in that condition for three weeks before being arrested. At Geelong I had an accident before I went to the war. and was laid up in the hospital for a fortnight. While in South Africa, I had several bullet wounds, and was hurt inwardly through the fall off a horse. Another time when taken prisoner I was hit on the head with the butt end of a rifle, and I have since suffered from headaches off and on, and I really think there are times when I don’t know what I am doing. There was insanity on my father’s side and on my mother’s. One or my relatives hanged himself, another shot himself, and my brother has been in a lunatic asylum for some years. I do not remember anything at all about the murder. After rather more than an hour’s retirement the jury returned with a verdict of guilty, adding a rider expressing regret that in view of the character of the defence, no evidence had been brought forward to settle the question of the accused’s sanity. Mr. Woinarski said the Crown, was in a position to rebut any evidence on that point that might have been brought forward. His Honor would take a note of the jury’s rider. He then passed sentence of death upon the accused,

 

GEELONG GAOL KITCHEN – 1867

The cook-house was on the ground floor, and contains a large fire range built of brick, fixed into which are four large iron boilers where the prisoners food is cooked. There are also large ovens for the baking of bread, and altogether the room is fitted up in a very comfortable style, having every necessary convenience. Two of the prisoners are to be seen here, one acting as cook and the other as his assistant, and well they know their work, if we may judge of the savoury smells, proceeding from the iron boilers on the fire, of good boiled beef and potatoes.