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IT BECOMES A SURGICAL TROPHY

Some curiosity has been expressed as to what would be the ultimate destination of the skull of the unfortunate Emily Mather, the victim of the Windsor murder. It will be remembered that it was an exhibit at the trial of Deeming, and now that it is not required further as evidence against the prisoner, his doom having been sealed, people have been asking whether the grave where the deceased’s body reposes would be opened, in order that it may be placed in the coffin, or whether it would be handed over to the Melbourne University for the purposes of anatomical demonstration. Neither course is to be pursued. The skull is now in the possession of the Acting District Coroner, Dr. Neild, to whom it was forwarded by Constable Davidson, the morgue orderly, on receiving a semi-official notification. As the Chief Commissioner of Police does not contemplate making any order for the interment of the skull with the other remains of Emily Mather, it is likely to remain in Dr. Neild’s surgery along with other relics of poor mortality. Its value to the University would be little, as the only remarkable feature about it is the indentation supposed to have been caused by the condemned man’s axe, which has already been fully described in these columns. Emily’s body was exhumed and her body was re buried with her head.

On this day …….. 12th of April 1865

The notorious bushranger Dan Morgan was the centre of attention in Wangaratta on this day in 1865. In response to many request, his body was put on public display in one of the police cells. Someone took a fancy to Morgan’s bushy beard, and it was flayed off. Someone suggested his head might be useful to Professor Halford at Melbourne University, so it was detached and wrapped in hessian for the trip to Melbourne. Morgan genitals were removed and made into a snuff box. The officials in Wangaratta who took liberties with Morgan’s body had some explaining to do, and were suspended from duty. Morgan is buried in Wangaratta cemetery.

 

On this day …….. 13th of December 1955

On this day in 1955, Australian housewife “superstar”, Dame Edna Everage, makes her stage debut, at Melbourne Uni. Dame Edna Everage is the brainchild and ostentatious alter-ego of Australian actor Barry Humphries. The Moonee Ponds housewife, originally created as a parody of Australian suburban insularity, has developed from her earlier dowdiness to become a satire of stardom, the gaudily dressed, ostentatious, international Housewife Gigastar with outrageous glasses.

Barry Humphries was born on the 17th of February 1934 in Melbourne, Australia. He studied law, philosophy and fine arts at Melbourne University before joining the Melbourne Theatre Group and embarking on an acting career. He created the character of Edna Everage who made her Australian debut at Melbourne’s Union theatre on the 13th of December 1955. Humphries brought her to the British stage in 1969 for his one-man show, “Just a Show”. In 1970 Barry returned to Australia, where Edna Everage made her movie debut in John B Murray’s The Naked Bunyip. Humphries has ensured his creation has kept up with the latest technology. Dame Edna now has her own website, dame-edna.com, where fans can find the latest tour dates, merchandise and information about Australia’s favourite housewife.

IT BECOMES A SURGICAL TROPHY

Some curiosity has been expressed as to what would be the ultimate destination of the skull of the unfortunate Emily Mather, the victim of the Windsor murder. It will be remembered that it was an exhibit at the trial of Deeming, and now that it is not required further as evidence against the prisoner, his doom having been sealed, people have been asking whether the grave where the deceased’s body reposes would be opened, in order that it may be placed in the coffin, or whether it would be handed over to the Melbourne University for the purposes of anatomical demonstration. Neither course is to be pursued. The skull is now in the possession of the Acting District Coroner, Dr. Neild, to whom it was forwarded by Constable Davidson, the morgue orderly, on receiving a semi-official notification. As the Chief Commissioner of Police does not contemplate making any order for the interment of the skull with the other remains of Emily Mather, it is likely to remain in Dr. Neild’s surgery along with other relics of poor mortality. Its value to the University would be little, as the only remarkable feature about it is the indentation supposed to have been caused by the condemned man’s axe, which has already been fully described in these columns. Emily’s body was exhumed and her body was re buried with her head.

On this day……….18th of May 1942

Gladys Hosking, 40, was the third and final victim, murdered by Edward Joseph Leonski an United States Army soldier stationed in Melbourne. Hoskings while walking home from work at the Chemistry Library at Melbourne University. A witness said that, on the night of the killing, a disheveled American man had approached her asking for directions, seemingly out of breath and covered with mud. This description matched the individual Pauline Thompson was seen with on the night of her murder, as well as the descriptions given by several women who had survived recent attacks.

On this day …….. 12th of April 1865

The notorious bushranger Dan Morgan was the centre of attention in Wangaratta on this day in 1865. In response to many request, his body was put on public display in one of the police cells. Someone took a fancy to Morgan’s bushy beard, and it was flayed off. Someone suggested his head might be useful to Professor Halford at Melbourne University, so it was detached and wrapped in hessian for the trip to Melbourne. Morgan genitals were removed and made into a snuff box. The officials in Wangaratta who took liberties with Morgan’s body had some explaining to do, and were suspended from duty. Morgan is buried in Wangaratta cemetery.

 

On this day …….. 13th of December 1955

On this day in 1955, Australian housewife “superstar”, Dame Edna Everage, makes her stage debut, at Melbourne Uni. Dame Edna Everage is the brainchild and ostentatious alter-ego of Australian actor Barry Humphries. The Moonee Ponds housewife, originally created as a parody of Australian suburban insularity, has developed from her earlier dowdiness to become a satire of stardom, the gaudily dressed, ostentatious, international Housewife Gigastar with outrageous glasses.

Barry Humphries was born on the 17th of February 1934 in Melbourne, Australia. He studied law, philosophy and fine arts at Melbourne University before joining the Melbourne Theatre Group and embarking on an acting career. He created the character of Edna Everage who made her Australian debut at Melbourne’s Union theatre on the 13th of December 1955. Humphries brought her to the British stage in 1969 for his one-man show, “Just a Show”. In 1970 Barry returned to Australia, where Edna Everage made her movie debut in John B Murray’s The Naked Bunyip. Humphries has ensured his creation has kept up with the latest technology. Dame Edna now has her own website, dame-edna.com, where fans can find the latest tour dates, merchandise and information about Australia’s favourite housewife.

IT BECOMES A SURGICAL TROPHY

Some curiosity has been expressed as to what would be the ultimate destination of the skull of the unfortunate Emily Mather, the victim of the Windsor murder. It will be remembered that it was an exhibit at the trial of Deeming, and now that it is not required further as evidence against the prisoner, his doom having been sealed, people have been asking whether the grave where the deceased’s body reposes would be opened, in order that it may be placed in the coffin, or whether it would be handed over to the Melbourne University for the purposes of anatomical demonstration. Neither course is to be pursued. The skull is now in the possession of the Acting District Coroner, Dr. Neild, to whom it was forwarded by Constable Davidson, the morgue orderly, on receiving a semi-official notification. As the Chief Commissioner of Police does not contemplate making any order for the interment of the skull with the other remains of Emily Mather, it is likely to remain in Dr. Neild’s surgery along with other relics of poor mortality. Its value to the University would be little, as the only remarkable feature about it is the indentation supposed to have been caused by the condemned man’s axe, which has already been fully described in these columns. Emily’s body was exhumed and her body was re buried with her head.

On this day……….18th of May 1942

Gladys Hosking, 40, was the third and final victim, murdered by Edward Joseph Leonski an United States Army soldier stationed in Melbourne. Hoskings while walking home from work at the Chemistry Library at Melbourne University. A witness said that, on the night of the killing, a disheveled American man had approached her asking for directions, seemingly out of breath and covered with mud. This description matched the individual Pauline Thompson was seen with on the night of her murder, as well as the descriptions given by several women who had survived recent attacks.

On this day …….. 12th of April 1865

The notorious bushranger Dan Morgan was the centre of attention in Wangaratta on this day in 1865. In response to many request, his body was put on public display in one of the police cells. Someone took a fancy to Morgan’s bushy beard, and it was flayed off. Someone suggested his head might be useful to Professor Halford at Melbourne University, so it was detached and wrapped in hessian for the trip to Melbourne. Morgan genitals were removed and made into a snuff box. The officials in Wangaratta who took liberties with Morgan’s body had some explaining to do, and were suspended from duty. Morgan is buried in Wangaratta cemetery.

 

12366517_221974258133710_738936951_nOn this day in 1955, Australian housewife “superstar”, Dame Edna Everage, makes her stage debut, at Melbourne Uni. Dame Edna Everage is the brainchild and ostentatious alter-ego of Australian actor Barry Humphries. The Moonee Ponds housewife, originally created as a parody of Australian suburban insularity, has developed from her earlier dowdiness to become a satire of stardom, the gaudily dressed, ostentatious, international Housewife Gigastar with outrageous glasses.

Barry Humphries was born on the 17th of February 1934 in Melbourne, Australia. He studied law, philosophy and fine arts at Melbourne University before joining the Melbourne Theatre Group and embarking on an acting career. He created the character of Edna Everage who made her Australian debut at Melbourne’s Union theatre on the 13th of December 1955. Humphries brought her to the British stage in 1969 for his one-man show, “Just a Show”. In 1970 Barry returned to Australia, where Edna Everage made her movie debut in John B Murray’s The Naked Bunyip. Humphries has ensured his creation has kept up with the latest technology. Dame Edna now has her own website, dame-edna.com, where fans can find the latest tour dates, merchandise and information about Australia’s favourite housewife.