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On this day …….. 23rd of July 1913

Rutherglen switched to electricity on this day in 1913. Before that, electric lighting had been confined to the mines around the town, and Rutherglen’s were illuminated by kerosene lamps. With new generated equipment in place, and Mrs Henrietta Gollings, on hand to officiate at the ceremony, Rutherglen took the plunge from darkness into light. Rutherglen changed over to State generated power in 1926.

 

On this day ……… 31st of March 1897

Rutherglen in North East Victoria played host to the Victorian Governor Lord Brassey, who opened the district’s new Viticulture Collage. The college had been the dream of the. Rutherglen vigneron a since the 1880s. They proposed the building of an institution which could carry out practical experiments for vine culture and wine making, and also train skilled staff for the industry. Rutherglen at the time was the centre of the wine growing industry. There was 350 vigneron’s within a 35 mile radius of the town.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – October 28, 1917

 

At the Rutherglen Coroner’s Court to day Joseph Butler was committed for trial on a change of having murdered Samuel Costin, his step-father, at Gooramadda on October 28. Edward Butler, the accused’s brother, said that on the day of Costin’s death he heard a shot, and thought he heard the old man call out, “You have shot me” In the kitchen afterwards his brother Joe handed witness 8/ in silver. Joe said, “The old chap is lying out there and it is out of his pocket, and this is half of what I got” His brother said he had only given the old man a fright, and that he was always growling at him. Another witness stated that accused had come to pay the balance for the purchase of a mare with bank notes which were perforated with holes.

 

 

On this day …….. 9th September 1902

Hugh M’Leod a patient who escaped from the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, North East Victoria on the 9th of September 1902 was arrested at Rutherglen wearing a woman’s hat and carrying a tomahawk in his hand. He was taken back to Beechworth Asylum.

 

On this day …….. 9th September 1902

Hugh M’Leod a patient who escaped from the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, North East Victoria on the 9th of September 1902 was arrested at Rutherglen wearing a woman’s hat and carrying a tomahawk in his hand. He was taken back to Beechworth Asylum.

 

On this day …….. 23rd of July 1913

Rutherglen switched to electricity on this day in 1913. Before that, electric lighting had been confined to the mines around the town, and Rutherglen’s were illuminated by kerosene lamps. With new generated equipment in place, and Mrs Henrietta Gollings, on hand to officiate at the ceremony, Rutherglen took the plunge from darkness into light. Rutherglen changed over to State generated power in 1926.

 

On this day ……… 31st of March 1897

Rutherglen in North East Victoria played host to the Victorian Governor Lord Brassey, who opened the district’s new Viticulture Collage. The college had been the dream of the. Rutherglen vigneron a since the 1880s. They proposed the building of an institution which could carry out practical experiments for vine culture and wine making, and also train skilled staff for the industry. Rutherglen at the time was the centre of the wine growing industry. There was 350 vigneron’s within a 35 mile radius of the town.

 

 

On this day ………… 9th March 1901

The Rutherglen Coffee Palace, on Browns Plains Rd, (North East Victoria), opposite the train station was destroyed by fire on this day in 1901. The old building, of 20 rooms, was set alight when a breeze blew a curtain against a lighted candle one of the upstairs bedroom.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – February 10, 1907

An apparent attempt at murder took place at North Prentice, 5km from Rutherglen, on this day in 1907. Joseph Deane, with his wife and family (two children, about 5 and 3 years of age), arrived at Rutherglen from Myrtleford, and put up at the Shamrock Hotel. The following day they visited the residence of Deane’s brother-in-law, McNeill and after being at McNeill’s for some time Deane noticed a pea rifle, and said he would have a shot. He was advised not to do so, as it was against the law on Sunday. Deane persisted, and placed a cartridge in the rifle. Mrs. Deane went into one of the bedrooms, and Deane followed her. Shortly afterwards McNeill heard a scream and the report of a rifle. He rushed to the door and met Deane who exclaimed, “Oh, shoot me.” McNeill took the rifle away, and Deane ran into the yard. McNeill went to the bedroom and found Mrs. Deane on the floor with blood flowing from a wound in her head, the bullet having entered behind one of the ears and passed through the jawbone. A neighbour discovered Deane in the corner shed with a gash in his throat. Deane and his wife were removed to the Corowa Hospital, New South Wales, the woman recovery, but Deane died. When Deane and his wife arrived at McNeill’s they appeared to be on very friendly terms, but Deane seemed worried. He said that he had a little trouble, conveying the idea that it was domestic trouble.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – January 24, 1930

The bodies of Theodore Dugay a retired farmer, aged 70. and his wife Emily aged 54, were found at a farm near Rutherglen on this day in 1930. Both died from pea rifle wounds in the head. Dugay had lived in the district for 60 years, and was recently released from the Beechworth mental institution. It is thought that he shot his wife, and then committed suicide.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – October 28, 1917

 

At the Rutherglen Coroner’s Court to day Joseph Butler was committed for trial on a change of having murdered Samuel Costin, his step-father, at Gooramadda on October 28. Edward Butler, the accused’s brother, said that on the day of Costin’s death he heard a shot, and thought he heard the old man call out, “You have shot me” In the kitchen afterwards his brother Joe handed witness 8/ in silver. Joe said, “The old chap is lying out there and it is out of his pocket, and this is half of what I got” His brother said he had only given the old man a fright, and that he was always growling at him. Another witness stated that accused had come to pay the balance for the purchase of a mare with bank notes which were perforated with holes.

 

 

On this day …….. 9th September 1902

Hugh M’Leod a patient who escaped from the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, North East Victoria on the 9th of September 1902 was arrested at Rutherglen wearing a woman’s hat and carrying a tomahawk in his hand. He was taken back to Beechworth Asylum.