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On This Day ……. 12th April 1923

After remaining a mystery for more than, 30 years the solution of the method by which the convict Frederick Clark escaped, from Geelong gaol in 1889 has now been found. A larger brass key was discovered while prisoners were clearing the grounds of the Geelong Supreme Court. It suggests crude workmanship, Investigations proved it was a master-key for every lock in the gaol at the Clark made his sensational escape. Records show that Clark was crafty, clever and incorrigible. Prison officials are unanimous that the key is the solution of Clark’s escape. Clark came to Victoria in 1852 from Van Dieman’s Land, whither he was transported from England in 1847. He spent more time in gaol than out. When he died in Geelong gaol, he had sentences aggregating 85 years.

WHERE IS THIS KEY NOW

 

On This Day……… 9th April 1950

Smoke rising from a smouldering doily in a Kalgoorlie Hotel, Western Australia, on the 9th April 1950 solved a month long mystery. Doilies were being continually replaced in one room because of burn marks, and the rooms long term occupant, a male non smoker, was nevertheless admonished for carelessly leaving lit cigarettes on the table top, causing damage. He protested his innocence and blamed the hotel staff for being careless with cigarettes while making the bed. They too protested their innocence. The mystery however was solved when the boarder happened to look up from his news paper and saw the doily smoking. He was able to prove that the scorch marks were caused by sun’s rays been magnified though a water carafe.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – May 3, 1946

MURDER MYSTERY

In the city hotel room from which a man disappeared on May 3 was a book by Ellery Queen, a murder suicide mystery, which he had apparently been reading. A few days later clothing was found on the end of Frankston pier. The name of John Wilson was on an envelope in a coat pocket. Description of the missing man is: 5ft 8in, blue eyes, dark hair, sallow complexion. He is a diabetic, and may be suffering from loss of memory. Russell st police are seeking information.

On This Day ……. 12th April 1923

After remaining a mystery for more than, 30 years the solution of the method by which the convict Frederick Clark escaped, from Geelong gaol in 1889 has now been found. A larger brass key was discovered while prisoners were clearing the grounds of the Geelong Supreme Court. It suggests crude workmanship, Investigations proved it was a master-key for every lock in the gaol at the Clark made his sensational escape. Records show that Clark was crafty, clever and incorrigible. Prison officials are unanimous that the key is the solution of Clark’s escape. Clark came to Victoria in 1852 from Van Dieman’s Land, whither he was transported from England in 1847. He spent more time in gaol than out. When he died in Geelong gaol, he had sentences aggregating 85 years.

WHERE IS THIS KEY NOW

 

On This Day……… 9th April 1950

Smoke rising from a smouldering doily in a Kalgoorlie Hotel, Western Australia, on the 9th April 1950 solved a month long mystery. Doilies were being continually replaced in one room because of burn marks, and the rooms long term occupant, a male non smoker, was nevertheless admonished for carelessly leaving lit cigarettes on the table top, causing damage. He protested his innocence and blamed the hotel staff for being careless with cigarettes while making the bed. They too protested their innocence. The mystery however was solved when the boarder happened to look up from his news paper and saw the doily smoking. He was able to prove that the scorch marks were caused by sun’s rays been magnified though a water carafe.

 

 

ON THIS DAY ……… 21st March 1931

A massive air search got underway, on this day in 1931, following the disappearance of the airliner ‘Southern Cloud’. The airliner had taken off from Sydney at 8am and was expected to arrive in Melbourne at 130pm. Bad weather delayed it’s expected arrival until late in the afternoon, extra fuel was sent out to Bowser airstrip just out side of Wangaratta. The Southern Cloud was seen to circle Bowser, but it suddenly turned away in the direction of Benalla, but failed to make an emergency landing. The disappearance of the Southern Cloud remained a mystery until the wreckage was found in the Snowy Mountains after the 2nd World War, 14 years later.

 

 

On this day ………… 28th February 1932

“Myrtleford, in the Mount Buffalo district of North East Victoria, has a mysterious animal, which stands like a human being, and is described as being 7ft high, with a large round hairy head, carrying four tusks. Search parties tried to capture the creature, but an all-night search failed to locate it. That the animal does exist and that it is savage is vouched for by Mr. William Nutall of Myrtleford. “He was returning home from Brighton with his sister and a companion, when, nearing Europa railway station, he alighted from his horse to adjust the saddle gear, the others riding on. Suddenly, he said, he was attacked by the strange animal. It snarled at him and charged, tearing his shirt to ribbons.” While the startled rider’s horse managed to break free, poor Nutall was chased onto the railway line. Luckily, for Nutall, the animal was prevented from continuing the pursuit by a wire fence, through which the terrified man made good his escape.

 

 

On this day ………… 13th February 1900

A rather alarming discovery was made on Bungonia road, in the Goulburn district of New South Wales, when the wheel of a dray broke through a cover about half a foot thick over an abandoned mine shaft 20ft. deep. It is said the shaft was sunk thirty years before, but how it came to be overlooked when the road was formed is a mystery. A pole was placed in the hole to warn others of the danger. However on this night in 1900 the mailman’s horse shied at it, and jumped over the embankment into the creek. The mailman jumped out of the vehicle as it was going over the edge.

 

 

On this day ………… 7th February 1829

 

During an expedition exploring inland Australia, Captain Charles Sturt recorded an unusual phenomenon. It occurred on this day in 1829 near the location of present day town of Bourke in New South Wales. They had stopped in flat, wooded country on a clear, calm day when the party heard a cannon like noise coming from five to six miles away. No one was sure which direction the sound had come from. One of the party climbed a tree to get a better view but saw nothing. To the end of Sturts’ days, it remained a mystery.

 

ON THIS DAY – May 3, 1946

MURDER MYSTERY

In the city hotel room from which a man disappeared on May 3 was a book by Ellery Queen, a murder suicide mystery, which he had apparently been reading. A few days later clothing was found on the end of Frankston pier. The name of John Wilson was on an envelope in a coat pocket. Description of the missing man is: 5ft 8in, blue eyes, dark hair, sallow complexion. He is a diabetic, and may be suffering from loss of memory. Russell st police are seeking information.

On This Day ……. 12th April 1923

After remaining a mystery for more than, 30 years the solution of the method by which the convict Frederick Clark escaped, from Geelong gaol in 1889 has now been found. A larger brass key was discovered while prisoners were clearing the grounds of the Geelong Supreme Court. It suggests crude workmanship, Investigations proved it was a master-key for every lock in the gaol at the Clark made his sensational escape. Records show that Clark was crafty, clever and incorrigible. Prison officials are unanimous that the key is the solution of Clark’s escape. Clark came to Victoria in 1852 from Van Dieman’s Land, whither he was transported from England in 1847. He spent more time in gaol than out. When he died in Geelong gaol, he had sentences aggregating 85 years.

WHERE IS THIS KEY NOW

 

On This Day……… 9th April 1950

Smoke rising from a smouldering doily in a Kalgoorlie Hotel, Western Australia, on the 9th April 1950 solved a month long mystery. Doilies were being continually replaced in one room because of burn marks, and the rooms long term occupant, a male non smoker, was nevertheless admonished for carelessly leaving lit cigarettes on the table top, causing damage. He protested his innocence and blamed the hotel staff for being careless with cigarettes while making the bed. They too protested their innocence. The mystery however was solved when the boarder happened to look up from his news paper and saw the doily smoking. He was able to prove that the scorch marks were caused by sun’s rays been magnified though a water carafe.