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On this day …….. 27th of June 1880

Aaron Sherritt’s body still lay in a pool of blood on the floor of his hut in the Woolshed Valley near Beechworth, North East Victoria after being murdered by the Kelly Gang. Police in his hut affrayed that Ned Kelly and his gang were still outside waiting to ambush them. The idea behind killing Sherritt was for the police watch Aaron would ride into Beechworth raise alarm so a special train full of police would leave Melbourne for North East Victoria. However the police to scared to leave would wait over 12 hours before leaving Sherritt’s hut. The police train finally left Melbourne at 10pm.

On this day …….. 8th of June 1916

Peculiar and painful complications occurred on the 8th of June 1916 in connection with the burial of two soldiers in training, Private Thomas Crockett, of Milawa, and Private Pollard, of Wodonga, who died in Melbourne from meningitis. The remains were placed in the van of the morning train at Melbourne, and on arrival at Wangaratta one coffin was taken away by an undertaker, assisted by a member of the railway staff. On the arrival of the train at Wodonga it was discovered that an error had been made, and that Private Pollard’s coffin remained at Wangaratta instead of Private Crockett’s. The information was telegraphed to Wangaratta, and a motor car despatched by the stationmaster overtook Private Crockett’s funeral procession, nine miles away, and within three miles of the cemetery. A special engine and truck were sent to Wangaratta for Private Pollard’s coffin, and the remains were taken to Wodonga at 4 p.m. By a curious omission, the special train did not bring Private Crockett’s coffin, but the ordinary train shortly followed the special, and only a brief delay fortunately occurred.

On this day …….. 27th of June 1880

Aaron Sherritt’s body still lay in a pool of blood on the floor of his hut in the Woolshed Valley near Beechworth, North East Victoria after being murdered by the Kelly Gang. Police in his hut affrayed that Ned Kelly and his gang were still outside waiting to ambush them. The idea behind killing Sherritt was for the police watch Aaron would ride into Beechworth raise alarm so a special train full of police would leave Melbourne for North East Victoria. However the police to scared to leave would wait over 12 hours before leaving Sherritt’s hut. The police train finally left Melbourne at 10pm.

On this day …….. 8th of June 1916

Peculiar and painful complications occurred on the 8th of June 1916 in connection with the burial of two soldiers in training, Private Thomas Crockett, of Milawa, and Private Pollard, of Wodonga, who died in Melbourne from meningitis. The remains were placed in the van of the morning train at Melbourne, and on arrival at Wangaratta one coffin was taken away by an undertaker, assisted by a member of the railway staff. On the arrival of the train at Wodonga it was discovered that an error had been made, and that Private Pollard’s coffin remained at Wangaratta instead of Private Crockett’s. The information was telegraphed to Wangaratta, and a motor car despatched by the stationmaster overtook Private Crockett’s funeral procession, nine miles away, and within three miles of the cemetery. A special engine and truck were sent to Wangaratta for Private Pollard’s coffin, and the remains were taken to Wodonga at 4 p.m. By a curious omission, the special train did not bring Private Crockett’s coffin, but the ordinary train shortly followed the special, and only a brief delay fortunately occurred.

On This Day ……. 17th May 1901

Tremendous excitement in North East Victorias on this day in 1901, as preparation was made for the progress by the Duke and Duchess of York travelling though to Sydney the following day. Spontaneous welcomes were planned at railway stations where brief glimpses of the Royals could be expected. Euroa, Benalla, Wangaratta and Wodonga were promised short stops, although Wodonga’s chances were not good, as the train would need to stop at Albury. Every bridge along the track, every crossing, was to be manned by guards, until the special train, comprising two Royal cars, the Governor’s car and two more vans had passed.

On this day……. 5th May 1901

There was great excitement in North East Victora, in site of it being a Sunday, as the whole district looked forwarded to the week of celebration involving a Royal Visit to Melbourne, and the opening of the first Federal Parliament. Already the week, 60 passengers had left by special trains and 120 by ordinary regular services from Wangaratta alone, and with the following week declared to be almost entirely filled with holidays, officials, andi officials, anticipation in young and old alike was intense.

 

On this day …….. 27th of June 1880

Aaron Sherritt’s body still lay in a pool of blood on the floor of his hut in the Woolshed Valley near Beechworth, North East Victoria after being murdered by the Kelly Gang. Police in his hut affrayed that Ned Kelly and his gang were still outside waiting to ambush them. The idea behind killing Sherritt was for the police watch Aaron would ride into Beechworth raise alarm so a special train full of police would leave Melbourne for North East Victoria. However the police to scared to leave would wait over 12 hours before leaving Sherritt’s hut. The police train finally left Melbourne at 10pm.

On this day …….. 8th of June 1916

Peculiar and painful complications occurred on the 8th of June 1916 in connection with the burial of two soldiers in training, Private Thomas Crockett, of Milawa, and Private Pollard, of Wodonga, who died in Melbourne from meningitis. The remains were placed in the van of the morning train at Melbourne, and on arrival at Wangaratta one coffin was taken away by an undertaker, assisted by a member of the railway staff. On the arrival of the train at Wodonga it was discovered that an error had been made, and that Private Pollard’s coffin remained at Wangaratta instead of Private Crockett’s. The information was telegraphed to Wangaratta, and a motor car despatched by the stationmaster overtook Private Crockett’s funeral procession, nine miles away, and within three miles of the cemetery. A special engine and truck were sent to Wangaratta for Private Pollard’s coffin, and the remains were taken to Wodonga at 4 p.m. By a curious omission, the special train did not bring Private Crockett’s coffin, but the ordinary train shortly followed the special, and only a brief delay fortunately occurred.

On This Day ……. 17th May 1901

Tremendous excitement in North East Victorias on this day in 1901, as preparation was made for the progress by the Duke and Duchess of York travelling though to Sydney the following day. Spontaneous welcomes were planned at railway stations where brief glimpses of the Royals could be expected. Euroa, Benalla, Wangaratta and Wodonga were promised short stops, although Wodonga’s chances were not good, as the train would need to stop at Albury. Every bridge along the track, every crossing, was to be manned by guards, until the special train, comprising two Royal cars, the Governor’s car and two more vans had passed.

On this day……. 5th May 1901

There was great excitement in North East Victora, in site of it being a Sunday, as the whole district looked forwarded to the week of celebration involving a Royal Visit to Melbourne, and the opening of the first Federal Parliament. Already the week, 60 passengers had left by special trains and 120 by ordinary regular services from Wangaratta alone, and with the following week declared to be almost entirely filled with holidays, officials, andi officials, anticipation in young and old alike was intense.