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On this day …….. 30th of June 1908

Australia’s love affair with the car as a means of travelling the continent’s huge distances began with the first transcontinental motor car trip. Engineer Horace Hooper Murrag Aunger was born on 28 April 1878 at Narridy, near Clare, South Australia. He collaborated with cycle maker Vivian Lewis and Tom O’Grady to build the first petrol-driven motorcar in South Australia. Aunger teamed up with Henry Hampden Dutton to be the first to cross Australia from south to north by motorcar. Their first attempt left Adelaide in Dutton’s Talbot car on 25 November 1907, and travelled north through countryside suitable only for a modern 4WD. When the pinion in the Talbot’s differential collapsed south of Tennant Creek, the car had to be abandoned as the wet season was approaching. Travelling on horseback, the men met the railhead at Oodnadatta, from where they returned to Adelaide. Dutton then purchased a larger, more powerful vehicle, again a Talbot. Then men made their second attempt to cross the continent from south to north, leaving Adelaide on 30 June 1908. They were joined at Alice Springs by Ern Allchurch. Reaching the abandoned Talbot at Tennant Creek, the car was repaired, and they drove in convoy to Pine Creek, where the original Talbot was freighted by train to Darwin. The men continued in the second Talbot, reaching Darwin on 20 August 1908. The car in which the men completed their journey now sits preserved in the Birdwood museum, South Australia.

ON THIS DAY – June 13, 1925
CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER.
The inquest into the death of John Adam Williams, aged 15, who fell off a motor car on June 13 and was killed, was conducted by the Coroner. Williams and five other boys were passengers in a motor car which was driven by James Harold Wicks.
The Coroner found that Williams died from injuries received through the criminal negligence of Wicks, and directed that he was to be tried on a charge of manslaughter at the sittings of the Supreme Court.

ON THIS DAY – June 5, 1916

On June 5 at Glenferrie, Norah Florence Rudge, aged 8 years, was knocked down and killed by a motor car driven by William Mackie Irving. An inquest was held today, and Irving was committed for trial on a charge of manslaughter

On this day …….. 30th of June 1908

Australia’s love affair with the car as a means of travelling the continent’s huge distances began with the first transcontinental motor car trip. Engineer Horace Hooper Murrag Aunger was born on 28 April 1878 at Narridy, near Clare, South Australia. He collaborated with cycle maker Vivian Lewis and Tom O’Grady to build the first petrol-driven motorcar in South Australia. Aunger teamed up with Henry Hampden Dutton to be the first to cross Australia from south to north by motorcar. Their first attempt left Adelaide in Dutton’s Talbot car on 25 November 1907, and travelled north through countryside suitable only for a modern 4WD. When the pinion in the Talbot’s differential collapsed south of Tennant Creek, the car had to be abandoned as the wet season was approaching. Travelling on horseback, the men met the railhead at Oodnadatta, from where they returned to Adelaide. Dutton then purchased a larger, more powerful vehicle, again a Talbot. Then men made their second attempt to cross the continent from south to north, leaving Adelaide on 30 June 1908. They were joined at Alice Springs by Ern Allchurch. Reaching the abandoned Talbot at Tennant Creek, the car was repaired, and they drove in convoy to Pine Creek, where the original Talbot was freighted by train to Darwin. The men continued in the second Talbot, reaching Darwin on 20 August 1908. The car in which the men completed their journey now sits preserved in the Birdwood museum, South Australia.

ON THIS DAY – June 13, 1925
CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER.
The inquest into the death of John Adam Williams, aged 15, who fell off a motor car on June 13 and was killed, was conducted by the Coroner. Williams and five other boys were passengers in a motor car which was driven by James Harold Wicks.
The Coroner found that Williams died from injuries received through the criminal negligence of Wicks, and directed that he was to be tried on a charge of manslaughter at the sittings of the Supreme Court.

ON THIS DAY – June 5, 1916

On June 5 at Glenferrie, Norah Florence Rudge, aged 8 years, was knocked down and killed by a motor car driven by William Mackie Irving. An inquest was held today, and Irving was committed for trial on a charge of manslaughter

On This Day ……. 19th May 1913

Enid Harris, a young married woman, was in the Geelong Court on this day in 1913, presented on several charges of having passed valueless cheques and obtained goods by false representations. She was arrested at Beechworth, when she was doing the rounds of the district in a motor car which she had obtained from a Melbourne firm. The first charge was that of passing on Brown and Bossener, drapers; of Geelong, a cheque for £55, purporting to be signed by E. O’Hara, of Inglewood. She obtained goods valued at £38 7/9 and cash for the balance. Accused was committed for trial. Harris pleaded guilty to three charges of having obtained goods by false representation. Accused admitted four prior convictions, and was sent to the Geelong gaol for four months on each of the charges with, hard labour.

 

ON THIS DAY – May 7, 1924

GEELONG

Before Judge Williams and a jury, in the Court of General Sessions, James Robertson Ritchie, butcher, Malop street, Geelong, was charged with the manslaughter of Laurie Yvonne Ackland, aged 8 years, of Western place, Geelong, who on May 7 was fatally injured by a motor-car driven by Ritchie. Mr. S. Leon, K.C., was prosecutor for the Crown and Mr, E. K. Wilson appeared for Ritchie, who pleaded not guilty. Evidence similar to that given at the inquest last week was tendered. Judge Williams, addressing the jury, said that it would be unsafe for them to consider accused guilty of criminal negligence. He thought that they should find Ritchie not guilty. After a short retirement a verdict of not guilty was returned, and Ritchie was discharged.

On This Day ……. 1st May 1930

Ramsay admitted that under the name of Edward Moloney, he had been convicted of illegally using a motor car on the 1st of May 1930, and sent to Geelong Gaol.

On this day …….. 29th April 1914

On this day in 1914, Audley Shields, aged 15, was riding a bicycle along City road, Albert Park, Melbourne. He was thrown on the road and before he could regain his feet two wheels of a waggon, weighing over a ton, passed over his right, shoulders, escaping his head by a few inches. The lad was taken to the Melbourne Hospital in a motor car that was passing at the time and admitted for treatment.

 

ON THIS DAY – April 24, 1934

PRAHRAN

CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER

A finding of criminal negligence amounting to manslaughter against a motor car driver was recorded by the corner (Mr McLean P M ) at the city morgue. At about 6.45 p m on April 24 in High street Prahran, Charles Duigan Naples, aged 70 years, salesman of High Street, Armadale was knocked down and killed by a motor car driven by John Reuben Beddlson, engineer, of 58 Barclay avenue Malvern. Constable William C Smith in evidence said that after the accident Beddlson smelt strongly of intoxicating liquor and had to catch the handle of the car door to steady himself. Beddlson had to be assisted to the police station and during tests there was unsteady on his feet and thick in his speech Dr R. Miller of High street Armadale said that in his opinion Beddlson, was not in a fit condition to drive a car. Beddlson he said, told him he had had four bottles of beer that afternoon. Beddlson was committed for trial at the Court of General Sessions on July 2 Bail of £150 and a similar surety was granted.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 14th April 1923

NORTH FITZROY

After an enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of James H. Foggie, who was killed by a motor car at North Fitzroy on this day in 1923. The City Coroner committed Matthew Curtin, the driver of the car, for trial on a charge of manslaughter.