ON THIS DAY – April 26, 1948


A Greek fishmonger who was alleged to have stab bed his employee on April 26, died in the Pentridge Gaol hospital on Sunday, it was stated in North Melbourne. John Athenis, 59 year old fishmonger of West Melbourne, had been charged with having wounded Stanley Banos, his employee, with intent to murder him. Banos was still in the Royal Melbourne Hospital recovering from wounds, it was stated. The charge against the dead man was withdrawn.


ON THIS DAY – April 18, 1894


Alfred Douglas and James Charles Watson were placed on trial at the Criminal Court, today on a charge of murder of the Frenchman, Eugene Possett, on April 18 at North Melbourne. The accused pleaded not guilty. The case remains unfinished.

The police hold warrants for the arrest of two men on a charge of the murder of the Frenchman Eugene Possett last Tuesday night, but up to a late hour tonight the arrests had not been affected. One of the suspects is an half-cast (a native of Bombay), aged twenty-two years, and the other is a Victorian criminal, aged twenty-eight years, who has served seven or eight sentences already. The police ascertained that these two men were recommended to Possett for a bed. They called at his house the night before the murder, and on the day after they pawned some of Possett’s jewellery.

ON THIS DAY ……. 10th April 1920

Following upon the Coroner’s inquiry into the death of William James Thomas, 23 years of age, at the Melbourne Hospital on this day in 1920, from gunshot wounds received on Good Friday at North Melbourne, and the verdict that the wound had been inflicted by Charles Wallace in self defence, the proceedings at the North Melbourne Police Court were of a formal character. On the application of Police-sergeant Matthews, before a bench of justices, consisting of Messrs W H Fuller (chairman), J Gardiner, T Crosbv, W. R Portingale and H Purkiss, the charge against Wallace was withdrawn.


ON THIS DAY …….. 26th March 1911

Thomas Hill, aged 72 years, an inmate of the Benevolent Asylum at North Melbourne, died on this day in 1911, under peculiar circumstances. He complained to Nurse Moroney that he was not well, and about three tablespoonful of rum in water were given to him. Subsequently he became ill, and Dr. Woinarski was telephoned for. Hill, however, died, and as there were signs of strychnine poisoning the body was removed to the morgue, and the contents of the bottle from which Nurse Moroney had obtained the rum have been forwarded to the Government analyst for examination. The officials of the asylum state that it is the custom when inmates bring in bottles of liquor to take it away from them and place it in the dispensary for medicinal purposes. This particular bottle of rum had been taken, it is alleged, from an inmate, and had been sent to the dispensary from which Nurse Moroney obtained it.



ON THIS DAY ……… 20th March 1909

Melbourne Harold Reidy, from North Melbourne, was crossing Sydney rd on this day, in 1909. While at the intersection of Gatehouse street in Parkville, when he collided with the dummy of a passing tram. He sustained severe injuries to his face and head, and was admitted to the Melbourne Hospital where he died.



ON THIS DAY ………… 14th March 1933


The body of Grace Weston, aged 31, was found in a bedroom of her home on this day in 1933, with her throat cut. John McKenzie Weston, a butcher of Brunswick, was committed for trial by the Coroner, for the murder of his wife. The police alleged that in a signed statement he made to them Weston accused his wife of going out with another man. She promised to have nothing more to do with the man, but on the. 14th of March the man drove his wife home in a car. She told him she was going away with the man. That night he pushed her into the bedroom, locked the door, and cut her throat with a razor. A constable then smashed the door in and took him outside.


Murray McWilliams, a furrier, of North Melbourne, said he had known Mrs. Weston for about six months, and had seen her two or three times a week. He had taken her for drives in his car, but had done nothing improper. He promised Weston that he would not see her again, but on March 14 he saw her by chance, and offered to take her home, where she had an appointment. Later they had tea at St. Kilda, and drove to Black Rock. Mrs. Weston, did not appear to want to go home. On the way back, when they were nearing Weston’s home. Weston jumped on to the running board. Weston laid his hands on his wife. She screamed for help, and McWilliams struck Weston.



On this day ………… 13th March 1912

An accident which occurred on this day in 1912, resulted in the death of Robert Palmer, 22 years of age. Palmer worked at a case factory in North Melbourne and while working a circular saw a piece of wood flew from it and struck him on the abdomen. He died at Melbourne Hospital.



ON THIS DAY – March 12, 1939


After an inquest lasting two days, the City Coroner (Mr. Tingate, P.M.) committed Joshua Henry Cowell, of North Melbourne, for trial, on a charge of manslaughter. He found that he had unlawfully killed Beljean Henrietta Jenkins (18), of Ivor Place, North Melbourne, who was a passenger in Cowell’s car, when it crashed into the rear of a petrol wagon while the party was returning from a dance at Donnybrook on March 12.



ON THIS DAY – March 9, 1911


An inquest was held concerning the death of Ettie Smith, 4 1/2 years of age, whose throat was cut by her father, William Thomas Smith, at North Melbourne, on the 9th of March 1911. The Coroner returned a verdict of wilful murder against Smith, and committed him for trial.



ON THIS DAY – March 2, 1953


Melbourne homicide detectives charged a 56 year-old Greek with the murder of Mrs. Everdike Politis, 55, at North Melbourne on the 2nd of March 1953. Mrs. Palitis. a widow, was found lying in the front bed room of her home. She had been stabbed.



ON THIS DAY – March 1, 1927

Arthur John Kotsiakos, aged 39, a Greek fishmonger, was found guilty of the murder of his wife, Josephine Elizabeth Mary Kotsiakos, on the 1st of March, in their home in North Melbourne at the conclusion of his trial at the Criminal Court. In passing sentence of death the Chief Justice, Sir William Irvine said that the jury had returned the only reasonable verdict on the evidence. Evidence was given that Kotsiakos, although divorced from his wife, had been living with her on account of the children. Two of the children, a boy, aged 10 1/2, and a younger girl, gave evidence that their parents had quarrelled on the night of the tragedy and they had heard the accused ask their mother “to make friends again.” When their mother replied in the negative the accused, they said, drew a revolver from his hip pocket and fired five shots at their mother. The children ran for the police, and when they returned their mother had the revolver clutched in her left hand as she lay on the stair way. Accused gave evidence that his wife attempted to shoot him and he closed with her. During the struggle which ensued, he said the revolver exploded and his wife fell dead. He said that his wife was keeping company with another man, and shortly before the tragedy he had accused her of that. She then intimated that she intended committing suicide. The jury returned to court shortly after retiring and announced the verdict of murder with a strong recommendation of mercy on the ground that Kotsiakos acted under an impulse.



ON THIS DAY – February 8, 1926

James Davidson, aged 29 years, labourer, of Franklin street, city, was admitted to the Melbourne Hospital on February the 8th, with a gash in his throat and wounds in his wrists. He was detained, however, by Senior detective Madin and Detective Banner and taken to police headquarters. At the city watchhouse he was charged with having attempted to murder Mrs. Caroline Ross, and with having attempted to commit suicide. On the 8th of February, an altercation, took place between a man and a woman, Mrs. Caroline Ross, aged 28 years, of Pilgrim Street Footscray, at a house in Glass Street, North Melbourne. Davidson is alleged to have stabbed the woman and then attempted to commit suicide. Mrs. Ross was taken to the Melbourne Hospital. Davidson received two year at Pentrige Prison.