On this day ………… 2nd March 1909

A severe accident, befell a young man named Bert Westmore, 26 years of age, a resident of Malvern. Westmore who worked as a shipping clerk for Welch, Perrin and Co., in South Melbourne on this day in 1909 walking in the yard at the rear of the firm’s premises when a kerosene stove, on which some iron was being heated, exploded. Westmore was severely burnt on the face and arms. He was taken in a St. John ambulance to the Melbourne Hospital.



ON THIS DAY – February 29, 1916

Leslie Taylor, aged 27 years, and John Williamson aged 42 years, were both charged in the city court with having murdered on the 29th of February 1916, William Patrick Haines. Detective Glugston, stated, that on February 28 a telephone message was received by the Globe Motor taxi Company at South Melbourne, asking, for a touring car be sent to Cliveden Mansions the following morning for Mr L’Estrange. William Haines who was in-charge of the open touring car was sent. At 11am on the 29th of February, the car was found standing at the corner of Bulleen and Thompson roads, and the body of the driver was under a rug in the front portion of the car. Haines was shot.




John Stacey, was charged with the murder of a child named Daniel McDonnell, at Emerald Hill, (South Melbourne) on the 28th of February 1865. Stacey was sentenced to be executed at the old Melbourne Gaol.



ON THIS DAY – February 27, 1927

Robert Brown, barman of the Wayside Inn, South Melbourne, was committed for trial at the Criminal Court on a charge of murder following an inquest into the death of Stanley Brockenshire, aged 47 years, of Cliff-street, Essendon, in the Melbourne Hospital, on this day in February 1927. Evidence was given that Brown attacked Brockenshire without any provocation and punched him until he fell, striking his head heavily on the pavement. Previously Brown had been charged with manslaughter.



ON THIS DAY – February 25, 1896


Enquiries made concerning the murder and suicide at Albert Park on this day in 1896, were not altogether successful in demonstrating a motive for the crime. Some additional facts were discovered, however, which tend to show that John Priestley was probably seriously involved in domestic troubles, and might by them have been driven to murder his child and kill himself. Priestley came from Adelaide to Melbourne about six years prior accompanied by a woman who joined him about the time of the disagreement with his wife. When he arrived here he had in his possession over £600. With this sum of money he entered into occupation of a free hotel at Carlton. Within two years he ran through all his money, and quarrelled with his female companion, who passed herself off as his wife. He sought, to shake her off, and suddenly and secretly left for Adelaide by sea. She learned of his intention somehow, and, taking the child with her, journeyed to Adelaide by express train, and was the same woman he saw as the boat reached the wharf. The quarrel was patched up, and they returned to Melbourne together. They quarrelled again, and Priestley finally deserted the woman. He went to South Melbourne and took service with the Gas Company. The woman remained in Carlton, where she was arrested on some minor charge. Priestley attended the Court when her case, came up for hearing. He undertook the care of their child, but refused to have anything to say to the woman. The child was the one he killed.



ON THIS DAY – February 22, 1924

William Thomas Warren Brooke, was charged with murdering David Wilson at South Melbourne on the 22nd of February. lt is alleged that Brooke knocked Wilson down outside the Silver Gate Hotel after, it was alleged, that Wilson had stolen his beer. The hotel was demolished on the 1st May 1978, in order to build the Westgate Bridge freeway, there is now a McDonalds built on the location.



12336242_221005428230593_213413339_nSOUTH MELBOURNE

A tragedy occurred at South Melbourne to-day, when a married woman named Alice Wiggins, wife of a travelling cutler living in Coventry-place, murdered her infant son by cutting his throat. She then committed suicide by cutting her own throat. It appears Mrs. Wiggins had been confined several times in the Kew Lunatic Asylum.

12346699_220950038236132_54273387_nIn the bush at Olinda, in the Dandenong Ranges, the police early found the body of a 19-year-old girl. She had been throttled, and a mark on the back of the head indicated that she had either fallen on a sharp stone or had been struck. Letters found beneath the body gave police a clue to the name of the girl, Iris Lorna May Jeffries, of Ross st, South Melbourne. A phone call to Belgrave police from a man who said he was at Olinda Post Office caused PC Bentley to hurry to Olinda., “I have just killed a girl,” the caller ls alleged to have said. When Bentley reached the post office he was met by a youth. Together they walked along Ridge-road about quarter of a mlle from Mt. Dandenong Hotel, where they came upon the body of the girl. She had been dead some hours and her clothing had been saturated by rain. She was clothed except for the skirt which lay alongside. She had been seen for almost a fortnight in the ranges with a young man whom she met at Luna Park, in St. Kilda. They moved from one township to another, staying some nights at guest houses and others sleeping in the bush. On the afternoon of the 10th of December 1944 Daniel Ainslie Sutton 19, married seaman, of Stockton, NSW, was arrested on a charge of murder.