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On this day …….. 14th of December 1949

Francis Blair, 34, a dangerous criminal lunatic, who escaped on the 14th of December 1949 from Beechworth Mental Hospital, was recaptured in a Barber’s shop in Wangaratta on the 21st. He had gone into a barber’s saloon to have a shave, and was recognised by his long growth of beard. He was identified by a garage proprietor who read the criminal’s description in the newspaper soon after he had passed him in the street. Blair was sentenced in 1937 to four years imprisonment for Robbery Under Arms, Francis Blair 21 years old at the time and his mate Ronald Blackney 22 were remanded for a week, in the South Melbourne Police Court on charges of having, on July 30th, robbed Ernest George Cooper and Phillip Cohen at 2am of their money, while armed with a revolver, with having stolen a motor car valued at £160, with having had an unregistered pistol in their possession and with having loitered with Intent to commit a felony. Since then Blair has been at Royal Park and Beechworth Mental Hospital. Blair while in the airing yard at Beechworth with other patients, he climbed a loft wall and escaped into open country. He told the police that after escaping he had walked for five hours through rugged country only to find that he had circled Beechworth from his starting point. Blair then waited until dark and after finding the Beechworth Wangaratta road he then walked the 23 miles that night into Wangaratta. Police brought him back to the Asylum. Local police searched the gorge and surrounding countryside. A month ago he wrote to the police asking for legal assistance to secure his release. He had previously been charged with robbery under arms.

ON THIS DAY…… 16th August 1946

John William Yuille, 17, waiter, of Richmond, and Robert Kennedy, 16, messenger, of Collingwood, were charged yesterday with the murder of Duncan Campbell, in Coventry Street, St. Kilda, last night. Campbell was found shot through the heart.

Yuille was remanded to appear In the City Court on August 23, and Kennedy was remanded to the Children’s Court.

Yuille and Kennedy faced other charges:

• Having robbed Robert Foulshan of £4 10s at Glenhunty last night. Police allege that Foulshan was robbed after the murder of Campbell.

• Robbery under arms at Kew on Thursday night when an overcoat and wrist watch were allegedly taken from Clifford Moultham, of Kew.

• Robbery at Kew on Thursday night, when 2s 1d was allegedly taken from Keith Wilfred Baurer.

Yuille, slightly built; with a small face, and dark wavy hair, was wearing a woman’s check coat when he stood in the dock.

A man’s scream, followed by a shot, led to the finding of Campbell’s body outside a kiosk.

The scream and the shot were heard by 15-year-old Peter Jenkins and his mother and sister, who live opposite the kiosk.

 

EXECUTION THIS DAY …….. 28th March 1854

James Button was executed in the old Melbourne Gaol for robbery under arms and shooting Robert McLean. Button was not afraid of the physical pain of death, but expressed contrition for his numerous crimes, and looked forward to a future state with fear. Button was executed at 8am.

 

On this day ………… 14th February 1895

Two men who were confined in the criminal ward of tho Ararat Lunatic Asylum, Victoria escaped on the 14th of February 1895. One was Andrew Miller, aged 22, sentenced for robbery under arms, and the other Fredrick Wilson, aged 37, sentenced to death in connection with a rape at Condah swamp. Wilson sentenced was commuted to eighteen years imprisonment. While A disturbance was taking place in the adjoining airing yards, and the guards left assistance Warder Brown. During this time the two patients made a rope out of sheets and attaching a peace of angled iron to the end, then by throwing it over the wall they made their escape. In 1897, nether Miller or Wilson had been found, and there example was used in a government report about the dangers of escaped lunatics. There are either criminal lunatics with equally bad reputations enjoying complete freedom, so far as Victorian in situations are concerned. Two dangerous characters Miller and Willson escaped from the Ararat Asylum about three years ago, and nothing has since been heard of them. Last year there were nearly 4,000 lunatics in the colonies asylums. Of these 25 escaped, 18 of whom were recaptured, but the remaining seven are still “wanted.” Sarah Price, who died on 18th of December. The only additional evidence to that elicited at the of William Price, deceased’s brother, was that of Dr. Harse, of Elmore, who deposed that he attended deceased. She was suffering from paralysis resulting upon a shock to the nervous system. The body bore no traces of injuries whatever, although deceased had probably been shoved about by her brother.

 

 

On this day …….. 14th of December 1949

Francis Blair, 34, a dangerous criminal lunatic, who escaped on the 14th of December 1949 from Beechworth Mental Hospital, was recaptured in a Barber’s shop in Wangaratta on the 21st. He had gone into a barber’s saloon to have a shave, and was recognised by his long growth of beard. He was identified by a garage proprietor who read the criminal’s description in the newspaper soon after he had passed him in the street. Blair was sentenced in 1937 to four years imprisonment for Robbery Under Arms, Francis Blair 21 years old at the time and his mate Ronald Blackney 22 were remanded for a week, in the South Melbourne Police Court on charges of having, on July 30th, robbed Ernest George Cooper and Phillip Cohen at 2am of their money, while armed with a revolver, with having stolen a motor car valued at £160, with having had an unregistered pistol in their possession and with having loitered with Intent to commit a felony. Since then Blair has been at Royal Park and Beechworth Mental Hospital. Blair while in the airing yard at Beechworth with other patients, he climbed a loft wall and escaped into open country. He told the police that after escaping he had walked for five hours through rugged country only to find that he had circled Beechworth from his starting point. Blair then waited until dark and after finding the Beechworth Wangaratta road he then walked the 23 miles that night into Wangaratta. Police brought him back to the Asylum. Local police searched the gorge and surrounding countryside. A month ago he wrote to the police asking for legal assistance to secure his release. He had previously been charged with robbery under arms.

ON THIS DAY…… 16th August 1946

John William Yuille, 17, waiter, of Richmond, and Robert Kennedy, 16, messenger, of Collingwood, were charged yesterday with the murder of Duncan Campbell, in Coventry Street, St. Kilda, last night. Campbell was found shot through the heart.

Yuille was remanded to appear In the City Court on August 23, and Kennedy was remanded to the Children’s Court.

Yuille and Kennedy faced other charges:

• Having robbed Robert Foulshan of £4 10s at Glenhunty last night. Police allege that Foulshan was robbed after the murder of Campbell.

• Robbery under arms at Kew on Thursday night when an overcoat and wrist watch were allegedly taken from Clifford Moultham, of Kew.

• Robbery at Kew on Thursday night, when 2s 1d was allegedly taken from Keith Wilfred Baurer.

Yuille, slightly built; with a small face, and dark wavy hair, was wearing a woman’s check coat when he stood in the dock.

A man’s scream, followed by a shot, led to the finding of Campbell’s body outside a kiosk.

The scream and the shot were heard by 15-year-old Peter Jenkins and his mother and sister, who live opposite the kiosk.

 

EXECUTION THIS DAY …….. 28th March 1854

James Button was executed in the old Melbourne Gaol for robbery under arms and shooting Robert McLean. Button was not afraid of the physical pain of death, but expressed contrition for his numerous crimes, and looked forward to a future state with fear. Button was executed at 8am.

 

On this day ………… 14th February 1895

Two men who were confined in the criminal ward of tho Ararat Lunatic Asylum, Victoria escaped on the 14th of February 1895. One was Andrew Miller, aged 22, sentenced for robbery under arms, and the other Fredrick Wilson, aged 37, sentenced to death in connection with a rape at Condah swamp. Wilson sentenced was commuted to eighteen years imprisonment. While A disturbance was taking place in the adjoining airing yards, and the guards left assistance Warder Brown. During this time the two patients made a rope out of sheets and attaching a peace of angled iron to the end, then by throwing it over the wall they made their escape. In 1897, nether Miller or Wilson had been found, and there example was used in a government report about the dangers of escaped lunatics. There are either criminal lunatics with equally bad reputations enjoying complete freedom, so far as Victorian in situations are concerned. Two dangerous characters Miller and Willson escaped from the Ararat Asylum about three years ago, and nothing has since been heard of them. Last year there were nearly 4,000 lunatics in the colonies asylums. Of these 25 escaped, 18 of whom were recaptured, but the remaining seven are still “wanted.” Sarah Price, who died on 18th of December. The only additional evidence to that elicited at the of William Price, deceased’s brother, was that of Dr. Harse, of Elmore, who deposed that he attended deceased. She was suffering from paralysis resulting upon a shock to the nervous system. The body bore no traces of injuries whatever, although deceased had probably been shoved about by her brother.

 

 

On this day …….. 14th of December 1949

12366973_222304504767352_1753347140_nFrancis Blair, 34, a dangerous criminal lunatic, who escaped on the 14th of December 1949 from Beechworth Mental Hospital, was recaptured in a Barber’s shop in Wangaratta on the 21st. He had gone into a barber’s saloon to have a shave, and was recognised by his long growth of beard. He was identified by a garage proprietor who read the criminal’s description in the newspaper soon after he had passed him in the street. Blair was sentenced in 1937 to four years imprisonment for Robbery Under Arms, Francis Blair 21 years old at the time and his mate Ronald Blackney 22 were remanded for a week, in the South Melbourne Police Court on charges of having, on July 30th, robbed Ernest George Cooper and Phillip Cohen at 2am of their money, while armed with a revolver, with having stolen a motor car valued at £160, with having had an unregistered pistol in their possession and with having loitered with Intent to commit a felony. Since then Blair has been at Royal Park and Beechworth Mental Hospital. Blair while in the airing yard at Beechworth with other patients, he climbed a loft wall and escaped into open country. He told the police that after escaping he had walked for five hours through rugged country only to find that he had circled Beechworth from his starting point. Blair then waited until dark and after finding the Beechworth Wangaratta road he then walked the 23 miles that night into Wangaratta. Police brought him back to the Asylum. Local police searched the gorge and surrounding countryside. A month ago he wrote to the police asking for legal assistance to secure his release. He had previously been charged with robbery under arms.