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 On This Day – August 7, 1913

When going through the many statements taken for the information of the coroner in connection with the murder, on August 7 last, of the old woodcutter, Richard Knight, outside his hut in the bush between Lilydale and Coldstream (says the Melbourne ‘Argus’). Detective-Sergeant Arthur and Detective Keily discovered certain discrepancies in the stories of several boys living in Coldstream. Information concerning their movements around the time of the murder was proffered in such a manner that many possibilities were presented, and in order to satisfy themselves that the boys were not purposely withholding certain facts, the two detectives yesterday returned from Melbourne to Coldstream. Each of the boys was seen, and though they all presisted in their previous statements, they were not able to explain whether certain of their actions were, due to a coincidence or otherwise. They could not be shaken in their first statement that they had not seen the old man after he was shot at, though one of them admitted having been at his hut just previous to the time when two residents of the neighbouring bush heard two shots fired in the direction of the hut. The boys were questioned separately, but they showed no signs of wavering, neither did their statements contradict each other. In view of this, the detectives came to the conclusion that it was useless prolonging the examination.  Unless something unforseen happens nothing more will now be done until the inquest, the date of which the coronor (Dr. Cole) will probably fix within the next few days.  Altogether, about 20 witnesses will be subpoenaed, as the police intend having everyone present who may possibly be able to assist the coroner in determining when, how, and by whom Knight was killed.

ON THIS DAY – June 24, 1907

A Charge of Murder

William Smith and Martha Ellen Webb were charged at the Melbourne Criminal sessions on June 24 with having murdering John Geoghegan at Lilydale on May 15. The allegations were that during a drunken squabble the deceased was struck on the head with an axe, and 16 days later succumbed to his injuries. The jury acquitted the accused; who were discharged.

On This Day – November 1, 1935

Charged with the murder of Luigi Marchesi, a farmer, at Gruyere, near Lilydale Victoria, on November 1, Giacomo T’arca (26), a farm laborer, who had been employed by Marchesi, was remanded today till January 3 by Mr. Freeman, P.J., in the City Court. Senior-Detective WIlliam J. Sloan gave evidence of Tarca’s arrest in Perth on December 20.

 On This Day – August 7, 1913

When going through the many statements taken for the information of the coroner in connection with the murder, on August 7 last, of the old woodcutter, Richard Knight, outside his hut in the bush between Lilydale and Coldstream (says the Melbourne ‘Argus’). Detective-Sergeant Arthur and Detective Keily discovered certain discrepancies in the stories of several boys living in Coldstream. Information concerning their movements around the time of the murder was proffered in such a manner that many possibilities were presented, and in order to satisfy themselves that the boys were not purposely withholding certain facts, the two detectives yesterday returned from Melbourne to Coldstream. Each of the boys was seen, and though they all presisted in their previous statements, they were not able to explain whether certain of their actions were, due to a coincidence or otherwise. They could not be shaken in their first statement that they had not seen the old man after he was shot at, though one of them admitted having been at his hut just previous to the time when two residents of the neighbouring bush heard two shots fired in the direction of the hut. The boys were questioned separately, but they showed no signs of wavering, neither did their statements contradict each other. In view of this, the detectives came to the conclusion that it was useless prolonging the examination.  Unless something unforseen happens nothing more will now be done until the inquest, the date of which the coronor (Dr. Cole) will probably fix within the next few days.  Altogether, about 20 witnesses will be subpoenaed, as the police intend having everyone present who may possibly be able to assist the coroner in determining when, how, and by whom Knight was killed.

ON THIS DAY – June 24, 1907

A Charge of Murder

William Smith and Martha Ellen Webb were charged at the Melbourne Criminal sessions on June 24 with having murdering John Geoghegan at Lilydale on May 15. The allegations were that during a drunken squabble the deceased was struck on the head with an axe, and 16 days later succumbed to his injuries. The jury acquitted the accused; who were discharged.

On this day ………… 15th March 1899

A sad accident happened on this day in 1899, to Mr Harry Smedley. Mr Smedley, who has been working for Mr Gillies, timber contractor, decided to go to Gippsland with the other employees of Mr Gillies. A number of men set out on a large wagon drawn by a team of bullocks and loaded with the various articles necessary for forming a camp. When the party was passing Coldstream Mr Smedley, by some means, fell under one of the wheels which partly passed over him, crushing him badly. He was taken with all speed to Lilydale, where it was found that the case was a serious one. His relatives were hastily summoned, and everything done to alleviate his suffering.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – March 6, 1925

LILYDALE

His Honour, Sir Leo Cussen, in the Criminal Court, sentenced Edward Vernon (39), painter, who was found guilty, of the manslaughter of William Bent (17), railway employee, at Lilydale on the 6th of March, to 12 years’ imprisonment with hard labour. Sir Leo Cussen said he took the jury’s verdict as meaning no more than that Vernon did not intend to hit the unfortunate boy he killed. The fact that Vernon followed the boy and girl, who was his companion, for some distance, so that the meeting was not accidental, made the crime more serious. He had some hesitation as to whether he could impose the maximum penalty, but he took into consideration the fact that Vernon had borne a good character, and that he appeared to have an emotional and unstable nature. Vernon took the sentence calmly.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – February 7, 1875

Lilydale

John Nicholson aged 20, a soda water manufacturer in Carlton, was shot and murdered on this day in 1875, by Philip Dobel in Lilydale. Nicholson had gone to Lilydale on the 6th in company with a men named Bowie with a load of soda waters. They were drinking with Dobel and some others in a wine-shop, kept by a man named Slater. A dispute arose, and Dobel went to his house for a gun, and returning fired at the deceased and inflicted such injuries that he died in a very short time. The deceased was a remarkably powerful young man, much liked by his comrades, and said to be of a quiet disposition.

 

 

On This Day – November 1, 1935

Charged with the murder of Luigi Marchesi, a farmer, at Gruyere, near Lilydale Victoria, on November 1, Giacomo T’arca (26), a farm laborer, who had been employed by Marchesi, was remanded today till January 3 by Mr. Freeman, P.J., in the City Court. Senior-Detective WIlliam J. Sloan gave evidence of Tarca’s arrest in Perth on December 20.

 On This Day – August 7, 1913

When going through the many statements taken for the information of the coroner in connection with the murder, on August 7 last, of the old woodcutter, Richard Knight, outside his hut in the bush between Lilydale and Coldstream (says the Melbourne ‘Argus’). Detective-Sergeant Arthur and Detective Keily discovered certain discrepancies in the stories of several boys living in Coldstream. Information concerning their movements around the time of the murder was proffered in such a manner that many possibilities were presented, and in order to satisfy themselves that the boys were not purposely withholding certain facts, the two detectives yesterday returned from Melbourne to Coldstream. Each of the boys was seen, and though they all presisted in their previous statements, they were not able to explain whether certain of their actions were, due to a coincidence or otherwise. They could not be shaken in their first statement that they had not seen the old man after he was shot at, though one of them admitted having been at his hut just previous to the time when two residents of the neighbouring bush heard two shots fired in the direction of the hut. The boys were questioned separately, but they showed no signs of wavering, neither did their statements contradict each other. In view of this, the detectives came to the conclusion that it was useless prolonging the examination.  Unless something unforseen happens nothing more will now be done until the inquest, the date of which the coronor (Dr. Cole) will probably fix within the next few days.  Altogether, about 20 witnesses will be subpoenaed, as the police intend having everyone present who may possibly be able to assist the coroner in determining when, how, and by whom Knight was killed.

ON THIS DAY – June 24, 1907

A Charge of Murder

William Smith and Martha Ellen Webb were charged at the Melbourne Criminal sessions on June 24 with having murdering John Geoghegan at Lilydale on May 15. The allegations were that during a drunken squabble the deceased was struck on the head with an axe, and 16 days later succumbed to his injuries. The jury acquitted the accused; who were discharged.

On this day ………… 15th March 1899

A sad accident happened on this day in 1899, to Mr Harry Smedley. Mr Smedley, who has been working for Mr Gillies, timber contractor, decided to go to Gippsland with the other employees of Mr Gillies. A number of men set out on a large wagon drawn by a team of bullocks and loaded with the various articles necessary for forming a camp. When the party was passing Coldstream Mr Smedley, by some means, fell under one of the wheels which partly passed over him, crushing him badly. He was taken with all speed to Lilydale, where it was found that the case was a serious one. His relatives were hastily summoned, and everything done to alleviate his suffering.