ON THIS DAY – June 10, 1930
Charged with the manslaughter of his mother, Harold Johnston, a seaman in the Royal Australian Navy, wept while giving evidence in the General Sessions. He was acquitted of the charge. Johnston’s mother was a passenger in a motor driven by him on June 10. The car crashed into a tree at Canterbury and the mother was fatally injured. Witnesses for the Crown said the car was travelling on the wrong side of the road at 60 miles an hour. Johnston said his brakes failed to act, and that he was only travelling at 30 miles an hour.