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On this day …….. 19th of April 1930

Percy Broyd, aged six years, of Whitby-street, West Brunswick, and William Evans, a youth, of Moonee Ponds, were wounded this afternoon while shooting rabbits at Broadmeadows. Both the boys were admitted to the hospital for treatment.

 

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.

ON THIS DAY – October 29, 1893

MOONEE PONDS

Moonee Ponds Shooting Case.

VERDICT OF MURDER.

The coroner’s inquest concerning the death of Caleb Bennett, an auctioneer, who was shot by Lieutenant William Henry Main in mistake for a burglar at Moonee Ponds on Sunday, October 29, was concluded yesterday. The jury found that deceased died from a bullet wound in the heart caused by William Main while in commission of an unlawful act, and they found that Main had committed murder. The foreman and another juryman disagreed with the verdict, for which they would have substituted one of manslaughter. The accused was committed for trial at the Criminal Court on the 15th instant. Bail was refused.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – October 24, 1944

 

Intercepting a seven-year-old girl on her way home from school on October 24, Ronald Morgan, 24, of Moonee Ponds, processor, took her into the lounge of his house and there attacked her with the jagged end of an exploded mortar bomb, the Crown Prosecutor (Mr. Sproule. K.C.) suggested in the Criminal Court today. Later, Morgan carried the child into a lane, where he committed a serious offence, claimed Mr. Sproule. Morgan pleaded not guilty to the murder of Janice Marie Baul, of Moonee Ponds. who died in the Children’s Hospital on October 26 from injuries which, the Crown alleged, had been inflicted by Morgan. Mr. Sproule said Morgan had made a statement to Senior Detective Donnelly, in which he said he was sitting on the steps outside his home reading, when he became dizzy in the sun, and put the paper down. The next thing he knew was that he had the little girl in the lounge room.

 

 

On This Day – October 4, 1944

On a charge of having murdered Janice Baul at Moonee Ponds on October 4. Ronald Morgan, 24, of Moonee Ponds, was remanded in the City Court today until October 20. The charge that he had carnally known and abused a girl under the age of 10 was withdrawn.

VERDICT OF GUILTY IN MURDER CASE

In the Criminal Court to-day, Ronald Morgan (24). of Moonee Ponds, was found guilty of the murder of Janice Marie Baul of Moonee Ponds, with a strong recommendatlon to mercy. He was sentenced to death. The Crown alleged that Morgan, on October 4, took the little girl to his home, struck her with a fragment of an exploded mortar bomb, and committed a further offence in a lane. The child died in hospital on October 6

ON THIS DAY…… 26th August 1956

A 15-YEAR-OLD, dark-eyed Italian girl told the Criminal Court that a man who was shot, dead at her home on this day in 1956, had forced his attentions on her. She said the man Vincenzo Impiombato 32, of Lygon st., Carlton forced her to accompany him to Brisbane. The girl Grace Riotto, of Severn st., Moonee Ponds, said she was terrified of Impiombato, who, she alleged, had threatened to kill her and carried a rifle with him in his car and when he went to bed. Her brother, Marco Riotto, 16, has pleaded not guilty to having murdered Impiombato. The girl told the Court Impiombato was a boarder at her home last April.  After he left there, he began meeting her. One night he took her to his place in Lygon st., Carlton, and next day they drove off to Brisbane, sleeping in the car on the way. After a week in Brisbane as man and wife, they re turned to Melbourne. “Threat” She said she returned to live with her parents on August 23. Three days later Impiombato called for her and said he would shoot some bf her family unless she told her parents she wanted to go to Western Australia with him. She said she warned her father, because Impiombato had a rifle. She was in a bedroom when she heard two shots. Before the second shot, she heard her mother tell Marco that Impiombato had come “to kill all the family.” To Mr. F. Galbally (for the defence), the girl said she went away with Impiombato because she was afraid of him. He said he would kill her if she did not do what he told’ her. She had begged him to let her go home. “Might kill” Guiseppe Riotto, father of the accused man, said his daughter told him: “Father, there is Vincenzo with a rifle in his hand. You be careful because he might kill you.” He said he went to the door and Impiomoato called cut to him, “If you move I’ll blow your head off.” He said Impiombato was coming toward him with a rifle when he heard a gun go off, and Impiombato, who was coming up the steps, said: “And now I,am going to kill you and all your family.” His son Marco pushed him aside and he heard another gunshot and Impiombato fell to the ground.  Riotto told Mr. Galbally he reported his daughter missing to the police when he went away from home. Later, he laid charges against Impiombato, alleging abduction and rape.

On this day …….. 19th of April 1930

Percy Broyd, aged six years, of Whitby-street, West Brunswick, and William Evans, a youth, of Moonee Ponds, were wounded this afternoon while shooting rabbits at Broadmeadows. Both the boys were admitted to the hospital for treatment.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1904

Shortly before 8pm on this day in 1904 a shocking railway accident happened at Richmond station, resulting in the death of an elderly man named George Buckham, a resident of Moonee Ponds. It appears that at the time mentioned Mr. Buckham was boarding the Essendon train, which was then in motion. He slipped and fell between the platform and footboard. The unfortunate man was dragged along the line for some distance, and when picked up it was found that he had sustained terrible injuries. The train was stopped, and the injured man was conveyed in it to Flinders street. He was removed to the Melbourne Hospital, but on his arrival life was pronounced to be extinct.

 

 

On This Day – 14th March 1865

Alfred Felstead, a very respectable-looking and well-dressed young man, who lives at Moonee Ponds, was charged by Mr. Robert Chirnside with wilfully and maliciously setting fire in the grass on the station of Mr. Thomas Chirnside at Werrlbee, on the 27th of February causing damage to the amount of £3,600.

 

 

On this day …….. 17th of January 1915

An old and familiar resident of Moonee Ponds, in the form of a pet emu, died on this day in 1915. For 32 years the bird, known as “Joe” prowled his enclosure in front of Coilsfield the home of Mr Alexander Smith. It was very popular with residents, who made gifts of food, which it seemed to appreciate. Joe might have lived a longer life if not for an unlucky chance. A young boy threw a bottle breaking the birds leg. Despite the service of a veterinary surgeon, “Joe” did not recover.

 

 

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.

ON THIS DAY – October 29, 1893

MOONEE PONDS

Moonee Ponds Shooting Case.

VERDICT OF MURDER.

The coroner’s inquest concerning the death of Caleb Bennett, an auctioneer, who was shot by Lieutenant William Henry Main in mistake for a burglar at Moonee Ponds on Sunday, October 29, was concluded yesterday. The jury found that deceased died from a bullet wound in the heart caused by William Main while in commission of an unlawful act, and they found that Main had committed murder. The foreman and another juryman disagreed with the verdict, for which they would have substituted one of manslaughter. The accused was committed for trial at the Criminal Court on the 15th instant. Bail was refused.