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On This Day ……. 3rd of August 1887

David Craweonr, pawnbroker, pleaded guilty on the charges of using false
pretences, on this day in 1887. He was sentenced to two years imprisonment in the Geelong gaol with hard labor. His Honour said that due to the prisoner’s age he would refrain from adding to the sentence terms of solitary confinement.

 

ON THIS DAY – October 25, 1933

 

On the application of Sergeant de la Rue at the City Court yesterday, Robert Ernest von Geyer painter aged 50 years of Argyle Square Carlton and Albert Lewis; labourer aged 49 years of Peel street North Melbourne who were charged with having murdered Maurice Langley pawnbroker of Elizabeth street city on October 25 were remanded to appear before the City Court on November 17.  Sergeant de la Rue explained to Mr Bond P M that no date had been fixed for the hearing of the inquest.

On This Day ……. 3rd of August 1887

David Craweonr, pawnbroker, pleaded guilty on the charges of using false
pretences, on this day in 1887. He was sentenced to two years imprisonment in the Geelong gaol with hard labor. His Honour said that due to the prisoner’s age he would refrain from adding to the sentence terms of solitary confinement.

 

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY ………. 19th of March 1894

Ernest Knox, aged 21 was executed in Old Melbourne gaol

In the early morning hours of 12 January 1894, two burglars entered the house of Mr. Michael Crawcour, a pawnbroker and financial agent, in Nelson Place, Williamstown. Mr. Crawcour was alarmed by electric burglar alarms in his bedroom and came downstairs with a bulldog revolver to catch the burglars. One of the men, Charles Jent, managed to escape, the other one, Ernest Knox (alias Walter Jamieson) had a fight with young Isaac Crawcour in which the latter was wounded by one bullet. Knox was arrested immediately and Jent shortly afterwards. Young Crawcour died of his wounds on the next day. Knox and Jent were arrested on the 13th of January, and found a revolver and 11 charges of cartridges in his box in Jent’s bedroom. Knox immediately admitted that he fired two shots at somebody who came downstairs in Crawcour’s place, which Jent corroborated. They were charged with murder, stood trial at the Supreme Court in Melbourne, and were convicted on the 17th of February 1894, Knox being sentenced to death and Jent to three years imprisonment with hard labour. Knox was hanged at Melbourne at 10am on je 19th of March 1894.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – March 9, 1921

Francis William Wright, Bernard Patrick Brady, and John Henry Lawson, were charged with the murder of Jacob Borkheim, a pawnbroker, at High-street, Northcote, on the 9th of March 1921. After a retirement of two hours and 40 minutes the jury announced their findings on the murder count, all three men were found not guilty. On the alternative count, manslaughter, Lawson was found not guilty and Wright and Brady guilty. On Lawson being discharged, he remarked “Your Honor and gentlemen of the jury – I thank you.” He then turned to the two prisoners, and shook hands with them vigorously. Wright and Brady were remanded for sentence.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – October 25, 1933

 

On the application of Sergeant de la Rue at the City Court yesterday, Robert Ernest von Geyer painter aged 50 years of Argyle Square Carlton and Albert Lewis; labourer aged 49 years of Peel street North Melbourne who were charged with having murdered Maurice Langley pawnbroker of Elizabeth street city on October 25 were remanded to appear before the City Court on November 17.  Sergeant de la Rue explained to Mr Bond P M that no date had been fixed for the hearing of the inquest.

On This Day ……. 3rd of August 1887

David Craweonr, pawnbroker, pleaded guilty on the charges of using false
pretences, on this day in 1887. He was sentenced to two years imprisonment in the Geelong gaol with hard labor. His Honour said that due to the prisoner’s age he would refrain from adding to the sentence terms of solitary confinement.

 

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY ………. 19th of March 1894

Ernest Knox, aged 21 was executed in Old Melbourne gaol

In the early morning hours of 12 January 1894, two burglars entered the house of Mr. Michael Crawcour, a pawnbroker and financial agent, in Nelson Place, Williamstown. Mr. Crawcour was alarmed by electric burglar alarms in his bedroom and came downstairs with a bulldog revolver to catch the burglars. One of the men, Charles Jent, managed to escape, the other one, Ernest Knox (alias Walter Jamieson) had a fight with young Isaac Crawcour in which the latter was wounded by one bullet. Knox was arrested immediately and Jent shortly afterwards. Young Crawcour died of his wounds on the next day. Knox and Jent were arrested on the 13th of January, and found a revolver and 11 charges of cartridges in his box in Jent’s bedroom. Knox immediately admitted that he fired two shots at somebody who came downstairs in Crawcour’s place, which Jent corroborated. They were charged with murder, stood trial at the Supreme Court in Melbourne, and were convicted on the 17th of February 1894, Knox being sentenced to death and Jent to three years imprisonment with hard labour. Knox was hanged at Melbourne at 10am on je 19th of March 1894.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – March 9, 1921

Francis William Wright, Bernard Patrick Brady, and John Henry Lawson, were charged with the murder of Jacob Borkheim, a pawnbroker, at High-street, Northcote, on the 9th of March 1921. After a retirement of two hours and 40 minutes the jury announced their findings on the murder count, all three men were found not guilty. On the alternative count, manslaughter, Lawson was found not guilty and Wright and Brady guilty. On Lawson being discharged, he remarked “Your Honor and gentlemen of the jury – I thank you.” He then turned to the two prisoners, and shook hands with them vigorously. Wright and Brady were remanded for sentence.