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On This Day – April 8, 1939

A miscalculation while giving a sword-swallowing exhibition at Mordialloc Carnival on April 8, led to the death of Johan Lilja, 52, of Taylor Street, Yarraville, the Acting City Coroner (Mr Beers, P.M.) was told today.

He recorded a finding of accidental death.

Medical evidence showed that, when examined at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Lilja had a perforated wound in the gullet. He died from pleurisy and pneumonia on April 11.

Mrs Lilja said that she accompanied her husband to Mordialloc Carnival, where he gave an exhibition of sword-swallowing. That night he said he thought he had injured himself, and appeared to be very ill. He was examined by a doctor next day. and ordered to hospital.

ON THIS DAY – December 21, 1939

NORTH MELBOURNE

Following an altercation at North Melbourne, Frederick Stringer, aged 42 years, died while being taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In the City Court James Simpson, 33, wharf labourer, of Buncle street, North Melbourne, was charged with having murdered Stringer. Asking for a remand, Sub-inspector Charlesworth said that at about 10 p.m. on the 21st December, an altercation occurred between the accused, James Simpson, and Frederick Stringer at a house in Buncle street, where both men lived. The police alleged that Simpson obtained a butcher’s knife and attacked Stringer with it, inflicting a deep wound in the front of the chest and one in the region of the heart. Simpson was remanded until the 29th December.

 

ON THIS DAY…… 15th August 1952

Thomas William Harrison, aged 44, laborer, of Little Elgin st., in Carlton, was charged at the city watch-house with having murdered Frederick McDonald, a 70 year-old, of the same address.  McDonald died in the Royal Melbourne Hospital.  He was admitted to hospital after a brawl at his home on this day in 1952.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – April 26, 1948

MELBOURNE

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 The charge against the dead man was withdrawn.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 – January 28, 1936

At the city watch house, Herbert Nelson Lane was charged with having murdered James Taylor. It was stated that about 8pm on this day in 1936, a taxi-cab drew up at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and a man who gave his name as Hill, of Collingwood, carried another man in from the taxi. Both, were covered with blood, and the second man was bleeding from terrible wounds on the arms, chest, and back, and collapsed and died 40 minutes later. Hill told the police that Taylor’ had received his injuries in a yard at the rear of Don’s Billiard Saloon at Colllngwood. Evidence was given that Taylor and Lane had been drinking on the afternoon of the tragedy. It was also stated that Taylor had a reputation of being a bully when he had had drink and that he did not need much liquor to make him want to start a fight. Taylor was known as the “knock-down man of Collingwood.” There were people In Collingwood who would cross the road rather than meet Taylor.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – January 8, 1943

Detectives inquiring into the death of Staff-sgt James Reid Tobin, 35, RAAF instructor at a WAAAF training school near Melbourne, who was fatally injured after an alleged altercation at a Bourke st theatre on this day in 1943, charged an aircraftman from an Air Force centre in northern NSW with murder. Tobin, it is alleged, was struck by another RAAF man in the foyer of the theatre after a quarrel, and when he fell he struck his head on the tiled floor. He died later at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Det-sgt S. H. McGuffle, who was in charge of inquiries, and a sergeant attached to the RAAF service police, after travelling 900 miles to a northern NSW Air Force centre, detained a cook at an RAAF officers’ mess. He was returned under escort on a charge of having violated an Air Force regulation. Later at the city watchhouse Kevin Evans, 21, of Mackay was charged with the murder of Tobin.

Note: Kevin Evans was ultimately acquitted of the manslaughter (not murder) of Flt-Sgt James Tobin, after Jury deliberation of 15 minutes on February 10th, 1943.

ON THIS DAY – December 23, 1962

MELBOURNE

Three youths were committed for trial on a charge of having murdered a 34 year-old mechanic. The mechanic, Raymond Albert Frederick Shannon, 34, of Collins Street, Carlton, died in Royal Melbourne Hospital from injuries which the City Coroner, Mr. Pascoe, said had been maliciously inflicted by the three youths. The youths are Anthony Kevin Joseph Amad, 19, panel beater, of Rathdown Street, Carlton; Keith Albert Collingburn, 20, labourer, of Ross Street, Richmond; and Frederick Thomas Haar, 21, of Tait Street, North Fitzroy. Each was granted bail of £500 with a similar surety of £500 or two of £250. Peacemaker Shannon received his injuries outside a cafe in Flinders Street, City, early on December 23. Mr. Pascoe said he was satisfied that Shannon had played the role of a peacemaker. “They all had the same idea—to beat into submission a man named Albert Frederick Coulter and any other person with him,” he said. “In this case it was the unfortunate man Shannon,’ he added.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 21, 1939

NORTH MELBOURNE

Following an altercation at North Melbourne, Frederick Stringer, aged 42 years, died while being taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In the City Court James Simpson, 33, wharf labourer, of Buncle street, North Melbourne, was charged with having murdered Stringer. Asking for a remand, Sub-inspector Charlesworth said that at about 10 p.m. on the 21st December, an altercation occurred between the accused, James Simpson, and Frederick Stringer at a house in Buncle street, where both men lived. The police alleged that Simpson obtained a butcher’s knife and attacked Stringer with it, inflicting a deep wound in the front of the chest and one in the region of the heart. Simpson was remanded until the 29th December.

 

ON THIS DAY…… 15th August 1952

Thomas William Harrison, aged 44, laborer, of Little Elgin st., in Carlton, was charged at the city watch-house with having murdered Frederick McDonald, a 70 year-old, of the same address.  McDonald died in the Royal Melbourne Hospital.  He was admitted to hospital after a brawl at his home on this day in 1952.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – April 26, 1948

MELBOURNE

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 – January 28, 1936

At the city watch house, Herbert Nelson Lane was charged with having murdered James Taylor. It was stated that about 8pm on this day in 1936, a taxi-cab drew up at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and a man who gave his name as Hill, of Collingwood, carried another man in from the taxi. Both, were covered with blood, and the second man was bleeding from terrible wounds on the arms, chest, and back, and collapsed and died 40 minutes later. Hill told the police that Taylor’ had received his injuries in a yard at the rear of Don’s Billiard Saloon at Colllngwood. Evidence was given that Taylor and Lane had been drinking on the afternoon of the tragedy. It was also stated that Taylor had a reputation of being a bully when he had had drink and that he did not need much liquor to make him want to start a fight. Taylor was known as the “knock-down man of Collingwood.” There were people In Collingwood who would cross the road rather than meet Taylor.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – January 8, 1943

Detectives inquiring into the death of Staff-sgt James Reid Tobin, 35, RAAF instructor at a WAAAF training school near Melbourne, who was fatally injured after an alleged altercation at a Bourke st theatre on this day in 1943, charged an aircraftman from an Air Force centre in northern NSW with murder. Tobin, it is alleged, was struck by another RAAF man in the foyer of the theatre after a quarrel, and when he fell he struck his head on the tiled floor. He died later at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Det-sgt S. H. McGuffle, who was in charge of inquiries, and a sergeant attached to the RAAF service police, after travelling 900 miles to a northern NSW Air Force centre, detained a cook at an RAAF officers’ mess. He was returned under escort on a charge of having violated an Air Force regulation. Later at the city watchhouse Kevin Evans, 21, of Mackay was charged with the murder of Tobin.