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ON THIS DAY – June 10, 1930

CANTERBURY

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.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 18, 1945

YARRA RIVER

Leo Clinton Cartledge aged 23, of George Street, Fitzroy, labourer, was charged with the murder of Raymond Theodore Combs, aged 20 an American negro seaman. He was remanded until January 9. Combs’ body was found in the Yarra at Studley Park on December 24. Police allege that his skull was smashed by blows from beer bottles in an argument at a house at Fitzroy on December 18, and that he was later taken in a cab to the Yarra, where the body was thrown in. A pathologist’s report indicated that Combs was still alive when he entered the water. Combs deserted from a U.S. merchant ship in Melbourne on December 17. Motive for the crime, police say, was robbery.

ON THIS DAY – June 10, 1930

CANTERBURY

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.

 

On This Day – May 1st, 1770

Forby Sutherland was a Scottish seaman who was with James Cook during his exploration of Australia’s eastern coast. Cook sailed into Botany Bay on 29 April 1770, where he went ashore, as he and his scientists, seamen and marines explored and mapped the region. During the brief time that Cook sojourned in Botany Bay, Sutherland, who was ill with tuberculosis, died. He was buried on a southern beach in Botany Bay on 1 May 1770.

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY ……. 7th January 1886

On this day in 1886, Freeland Morell, formerly a seaman of the barque Don Nicolas, was executed at the Melbourne gaol for the murder of John Anderson, second mate of the vessel. At 9.30am as Morell walked composedly onto the drop, he said, in a clear, firm voice, “You will see how an American can die. Good-bye everyone.” The rope was placed round his neck, and in answer to the sheriff he said he had nothing to say, the bolt was drawn, but death was not instantaneous. The hands and legs twitched convulsively for fully a minute, but the neck fell forward on the breast, and was evidently broken. The continued muscular contraction was due to the great physical strength of Morell.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 18, 1945

YARRA RIVER

Leo Clinton Cartledge aged 23, of George Street, Fitzroy, labourer, was charged with the murder of Raymond Theodore Combs, aged 20 an American negro seaman. He was remanded until January 9. Combs’ body was found in the Yarra at Studley Park on December 24. Police allege that his skull was smashed by blows from beer bottles in an argument at a house at Fitzroy on December 18, and that he was later taken in a cab to the Yarra, where the body was thrown in. A pathologist’s report indicated that Combs was still alive when he entered the water. Combs deserted from a U.S. merchant ship in Melbourne on December 17. Motive for the crime, police say, was robbery.

ON THIS DAY – June 10, 1930

CANTERBURY

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.

 

On This Day – May 1st, 1770

Forby Sutherland was a Scottish seaman who was with James Cook during his exploration of Australia’s eastern coast. Cook sailed into Botany Bay on 29 April 1770, where he went ashore, as he and his scientists, seamen and marines explored and mapped the region. During the brief time that Cook sojourned in Botany Bay, Sutherland, who was ill with tuberculosis, died. He was buried on a southern beach in Botany Bay on 1 May 1770.

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY ……. 7th January 1886

On this day in 1886, Freeland Morell, formerly a seaman of the barque Don Nicolas, was executed at the Melbourne gaol for the murder of John Anderson, second mate of the vessel. At 9.30am as Morell walked composedly onto the drop, he said, in a clear, firm voice, “You will see how an American can die. Good-bye everyone.” The rope was placed round his neck, and in answer to the sheriff he said he had nothing to say, the bolt was drawn, but death was not instantaneous. The hands and legs twitched convulsively for fully a minute, but the neck fell forward on the breast, and was evidently broken. The continued muscular contraction was due to the great physical strength of Morell.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 18, 1945

YARRA RIVER

Leo Clinton Cartledge aged 23, of George Street, Fitzroy, labourer, was charged with the murder of Raymond Theodore Combs, aged 20 an American negro seaman. He was remanded until January 9. Combs’ body was found in the Yarra at Studley Park on December 24. Police allege that his skull was smashed by blows from beer bottles in an argument at a house at Fitzroy on December 18, and that he was later taken in a cab to the Yarra, where the body was thrown in. A pathologist’s report indicated that Combs was still alive when he entered the water. Combs deserted from a U.S. merchant ship in Melbourne on December 17. Motive for the crime, police say, was robbery.