ON THIS DAY…… 23rd September 1905

One of the opium smugglers from the S.S. Empire, Ah Han has been unable to raise his fine of £25, and is still detained in the Geelong gaol. He is in a sorry state through want of opium, and as longing for freedom and another puff at the enticing bowl. Ah Han had made all arrangements for a trip to China, and had transferred his property to one of many cousins named Hong Hang. He made a declaration when applying for an exemption certificate that lie was possessed of property valued at £70. His worldly possessions and tools of trade accounted for £20. and the balance of £50 represented the cash value of Iris vegetable round. Still he declares his inability to meet the fine, and is due for liberation from gaol at the end of two months.’ Even having undergone that punishment he is still liable for the fine.


ON THIS DAY…… 22nd September 1869

About a fortnight since, a man named McHenry escaped from the Geelong Gaol, and has not since been heard of. This successful escape appears to have emboldened others to try a similar venture. On Saturday night last it transpired that a second attempt was to have been made. Four prisoners Dupondt, committed’ on a charge of rape; Fuller, charged with murder; and Meredith and Taylor, with burglary, have, it is reported, been all occupying one cell. This cell opens into tho mess-room, which adjoins tho lobby. These men, noticing that tho lobby door was frequently left open, conceived the idea of effecting their escape by it. They began last week to take out the bricks from the wall of their cell, making an aperture sufficiently large to enable them to pass through, replacing the bricks from time to time as the prison authorities were expected. The arrangements were completed, and the attempt was to be made on the night specified. As the warder made his appearance, he was to be surprised and silenced. Unfortunately for their success, however, two of the bricks were not replaced on the day in question, having been left in Fuller’s bed, and, being found by one of the warders, led to examination, when the plot was discovered, and their well-laid scheme rendered abortive. Had it been successful, two men charged with capital offences would have been let loose “upon society, and the consequences might have been serious. To allow four persons to occupy one cell, betrays either great carelessness on the part of those in charge, or a want of sufficient accommodation. A rigid inquiry should be made into the matter.


ON THIS DAY…… 21st September 1901

The woman Henrietta Dixon, suspected of having murdered her husband, Harry Dixon, was found to be seriously ill from inflammation of the lungs, and was removed from the Castlemain Gaol to the Geelong Gaol hospital.


ON THIS DAY…… 20th September 1882

A man named Charles West, who escaped from the gaol on this day in 1882 afternoon, was captured this morning at half-past 7 o’clock on the common near the eastern side of the Corio Cricket-ground by Warder Wheatland, Mr. Dwyer, the governor of the gaol, being also present. West, who was in prison garb, shivering from the cold and exposure all night, made no resistance. He stated that he escaped from the gaol while one of the warders was admitting Dr. Mackin into a side yard, and escaped into the street by unlocking a small gate leading from the yard. West will be brought before the visiting magistrates on a charge of absconding.


ON THIS DAY…… 19th September 1900

A remarkable escape happened in the female exercise yard of the Geelong Gaol on the 19th September 1900. An old feeble inmate, Mary Thompson, alias Stripling who was on charges of stealing linen from hotels made a daring escape. She was removed to the exercise yard along with several other inmates. On choosing a moment when the attendant’s, back was turned, she made a dash for the fence and scrambled over, only to find a 8 foot galvanised iron fence. The noise of the prisoner climbing the second fence made her escape known and the alarm was sounded and the other prisoners cheered. After her escape her movements were traced to a neighbouring hotel, but she eluded the police by, getting into the artillery grounds, and slipping through the Orderly room into McKillop Street. There all traces of her were lost, but she was later apprehended on the Moorabool street wharf whilst making her way to the steamboat for Melbourne.


ON THIS DAY…… 18th September 1904


The Argus News Paper reported on this day, “Australia has another record to place
to its list. Frederick Clarke died in a Geelong gaol last week. Born in 1829, he had been sentenced to terms aggregating 72 years and six months.


ON THIS DAY…… 17th September 1902

A young man named John O’Brien, 28 years, on this day in 1902 threatened if he
were not locked up he would commit suicide, and he was placed in the watch-
house on a charge of vagrancy, and given a month’s imprisonment. O’Brien appears to be in the last stages of consumption, and states that he was un-
able to eat food or provide for himself. He came to Geelong from Melbourne by


ON THIS DAY…… 16th September 1861

On this day in 1861, there were altogether 291 prisonors in the gaols of Melbourne; 214 males and 3 females in the Central Gaol; 31 males and 43 females in the Western Gaol. Tho prisoners are classified as follow:-Awaiting trial at the Police Court, 18 males, 1 female ; under remand from magistrate, 9 malee., 7 females; belonging to other stations, 2 males; road-gang, 2 males; hard labour, 124 males, 6 females; imprisonment only, 47 males, 32 females; lunatics, 14 males, 8 females; in default of surettes, 8 males debtors, 8 males ; contempt of court, 1 male.


ON THIS DAY…… 15th September 1910

Timothy Trueman a one time a prosperous citizen of Geelong but later incarcerated for vagrancy at the Geelong Gaol. Trueman escorted from the Geelong gaol to Pentridge on this day 1910. He was placed into a special departments for probationary treatment.


ON THIS DAY…… 14th September 1900

9 Convicts Arrive

A batch of nine prisoners arrived from Melbourne to the Geelong gaol on this day in1900 to complete sentences. They were escorted by three constables.


ON THIS DAY…… 14th September 1908

A prisoner named John Jackson, described as a watchmaker, died in the Geelong gaol on this day in 1908. He was in a sentence of five years’ imprisonment imposed in Melbourne in April for larceny. In March of the present year he was transferred from Pentridge to the Geelong gaol suffering from lung troubles. He had been in the gaol hospital some time. The death has been reported to the coroner.


ON THIS DAY…… 14th September 1900

The prisoner, Percy Ramage, who himself conspicuous at the Bendigo gaol few days ago by misconduct, was on this day in 1900 brought to the Geelong gaol to complete a lengthy sentence for an assault with violets. He was removed from Bendigo to Geelong account of ill-health.