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On this day …….. 28th of July 1921

On the 28th of July 1921 an employee at the railway station at Bundarra, New South Wales, placed a few loose bullets in his pocket after he had used his riffle. He kept tobacco in the same pocket and later put some into his pipe, unaware that one of the bullets had got mixed up with it. He sat down in his living room and lit his pipe to have a smoke. Heat from the tobacco exploded the bullet and the pipe was blown to pieces in the mans hands. The bullet lodged in the ceiling while the smoker was left shocked by his narrow escape but suffered only minor cuts.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 2, 1938

After two weeks of investigation following a tragedy outside the St. Kilda railway station on July 2, when a woman was killed, and two other persons were injured, a man was arrested early this morning and charged with murder. The man was Francis Daniel Egan, aged 36 years, car salesman, of Hennessy avenue, Elwood. Egan was charged at the South Melbourne watch-house with having murdered Mrs. Kathleen Mary Shaw, aged 55 years, of St. Kilda road, who was the woman killed when a utility truck struck three people at a tram stop In Fitzroy street, St. Kilda, at 11 p.m. on July 2.  Egan will be presented at the South Melbourne Court this morning for remand.

On This Day – September 7, 1915

Considerable interest was taken at Loch on September 7 in the investigation held before Dr. Cole, P.M., city coroner, at the Loch Courthouse, into the deaths of Elizabeth Dunbabin, spinster, who. was found dead in a paddock half a mile west of the Woodleigh railway station, on Tuesday, August 24, and Peter Allan, aged 33, married, a railway navvy, who poisoned himself in his tent at Woodleigh on the night of August 20. The postmortem examination on the body of Miss Dunbabin, who was 44 years of age, showed that she had been strangled by someone, who had attempted to criminally assault her. After Allan bad committed suicide evidence was procured that left practically no doubt that he was the murderer, and the crime had been committed while Miss Dunbabin, who had come from Melbourne by rail the previous night, was walking to her home at Grantville some four miles distant.

Superintendent Fowler of Sale looked after the. case on behalf of the police; Mr. Maxwell appeared on behalf of the relatives of Peter Allan, and addressed this, urging that it had not been shown that Allan committed the crime, whatever-ground there might be for suspicion.

Dr. Cole said that on certain points there was practically no difficulty, So far as Elizabeth Dunbabin was concerned, in finding that she was murdered, subsequent to an attempt to violate her. The attempt failed, and the reasons were plain, as the postmortem examination showed. There was no doubt that two struggles took place during the attempt at violation, and it was clear that the person who attempted the violation murdered the woman. He found in her case that she died from strangulation. As to Peter Allan, it was clear that he committed suicide. The question was, Was he the murderer? After reviewing the evidence, the Coroner said.that nothing further was required to sheet the crime home to Allan. He was the man. It was an atrocious crime, to be attributed to disease, and probably aggravated by drink.

On this day …….. 28th of July 1921

On the 28th of July 1921 an employee at the railway station at Bundarra, New South Wales, placed a few loose bullets in his pocket after he had used his riffle. He kept tobacco in the same pocket and later put some into his pipe, unaware that one of the bullets had got mixed up with it. He sat down in his living room and lit his pipe to have a smoke. Heat from the tobacco exploded the bullet and the pipe was blown to pieces in the mans hands. The bullet lodged in the ceiling while the smoker was left shocked by his narrow escape but suffered only minor cuts.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 2, 1938

After two weeks of investigation following a tragedy outside the St. Kilda railway station on July 2, when a woman was killed, and two other persons were injured, a man was arrested early this morning and charged with murder. The man was Francis Daniel Egan, aged 36 years, car salesman, of Hennessy avenue, Elwood. Egan was charged at the South Melbourne watch-house with having murdered Mrs. Kathleen Mary Shaw, aged 55 years, of St. Kilda road, who was the woman killed when a utility truck struck three people at a tram stop In Fitzroy street, St. Kilda, at 11 p.m. on July 2.  Egan will be presented at the South Melbourne Court this morning for remand.

On This Day – September 7, 1915

Considerable interest was taken at Loch on September 7 in the investigation held before Dr. Cole, P.M., city coroner, at the Loch Courthouse, into the deaths of Elizabeth Dunbabin, spinster, who. was found dead in a paddock half a mile west of the Woodleigh railway station, on Tuesday, August 24, and Peter Allan, aged 33, married, a railway navvy, who poisoned himself in his tent at Woodleigh on the night of August 20. The postmortem examination on the body of Miss Dunbabin, who was 44 years of age, showed that she had been strangled by someone, who had attempted to criminally assault her. After Allan bad committed suicide evidence was procured that left practically no doubt that he was the murderer, and the crime had been committed while Miss Dunbabin, who had come from Melbourne by rail the previous night, was walking to her home at Grantville some four miles distant.

Superintendent Fowler of Sale looked after the. case on behalf of the police; Mr. Maxwell appeared on behalf of the relatives of Peter Allan, and addressed this, urging that it had not been shown that Allan committed the crime, whatever-ground there might be for suspicion.

Dr. Cole said that on certain points there was practically no difficulty, So far as Elizabeth Dunbabin was concerned, in finding that she was murdered, subsequent to an attempt to violate her. The attempt failed, and the reasons were plain, as the postmortem examination showed. There was no doubt that two struggles took place during the attempt at violation, and it was clear that the person who attempted the violation murdered the woman. He found in her case that she died from strangulation. As to Peter Allan, it was clear that he committed suicide. The question was, Was he the murderer? After reviewing the evidence, the Coroner said.that nothing further was required to sheet the crime home to Allan. He was the man. It was an atrocious crime, to be attributed to disease, and probably aggravated by drink.

On this day …….. 28th of July 1921

On the 28th of July 1921 an employee at the railway station at Bundarra, New South Wales, placed a few loose bullets in his pocket after he had used his riffle. He kept tobacco in the same pocket and later put some into his pipe, unaware that one of the bullets had got mixed up with it. He sat down in his living room and lit his pipe to have a smoke. Heat from the tobacco exploded the bullet and the pipe was blown to pieces in the mans hands. The bullet lodged in the ceiling while the smoker was left shocked by his narrow escape but suffered only minor cuts.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 2, 1938

After two weeks of investigation following a tragedy outside the St. Kilda railway station on July 2, when a woman was killed, and two other persons were injured, a man was arrested early this morning and charged with murder. The man was Francis Daniel Egan, aged 36 years, car salesman, of Hennessy avenue, Elwood. Egan was charged at the South Melbourne watch-house with having murdered Mrs. Kathleen Mary Shaw, aged 55 years, of St. Kilda road, who was the woman killed when a utility truck struck three people at a tram stop In Fitzroy street, St. Kilda, at 11 p.m. on July 2.  Egan will be presented at the South Melbourne Court this morning for remand.