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ON THIS DAY – July 15, 1954

BERYL JEAN BALDWIN, 40, alleged to have been murdered by her husband at St. Arnaud on July 15, had an appointment with another man on the night she died, Snr.-Detective Jack Ralph Ford told the City Court yesterday. He was giving evidence against John Henry Baldwin, 35, mill hand, of Henry st., St. Arnaud. Baldwin was remanded to the City Court until July 29.Detective Ford said Mrs. Baldwin’s body was found on July 16 in a dam four miles from St. Arnaud. A post-mortem showed she had died from extensive head wounds from an iron bar or similar instrument. A small car was found in the dam. “Admissions” Baldwin had been questioned and had made certain admissions, the detective added. Detective Ford said “It appears so” when asked by Mr. Galbally (for Baldwin) if Baldwin’s wife had been unfaithful. Mr. Galbally: From your own knowledge, do you believe she had a boyfriend at the time of her death? on that night she had an appointment with another man. Detective Ford agreed there was evidence of a minor accident near the body. He said Baldwin was favourably known in St. Arnaud where he had lived all his life.

On this day …….. 10th of June 1929

A government order came into force to restrict road transport. An extension of the Act was made to cover the Boroughs of Echuca, Horsham, Shepparton, St Arnaud and Wangaratta. The Act provided that goods should not be carted by road before 7am, or after 1pm on any afternoon which was usually a regular holiday for shops. No goods could be carted by road after 9pm on any day of the week in which shops closed late in the particular location, or after 7:30pm in the evening of any other day in the week. Road transport was beginning to seriously affect railway freight revenue.

ON THIS DAY – July 15, 1954

BERYL JEAN BALDWIN, 40, alleged to have been murdered by her husband at St. Arnaud on July 15, had an appointment with another man on the night she died, Snr.-Detective Jack Ralph Ford told the City Court yesterday. He was giving evidence against John Henry Baldwin, 35, mill hand, of Henry st., St. Arnaud. Baldwin was remanded to the City Court until July 29.Detective Ford said Mrs. Baldwin’s body was found on July 16 in a dam four miles from St. Arnaud. A post-mortem showed she had died from extensive head wounds from an iron bar or similar instrument. A small car was found in the dam. “Admissions” Baldwin had been questioned and had made certain admissions, the detective added. Detective Ford said “It appears so” when asked by Mr. Galbally (for Baldwin) if Baldwin’s wife had been unfaithful. Mr. Galbally: From your own knowledge, do you believe she had a boyfriend at the time of her death? on that night she had an appointment with another man. Detective Ford agreed there was evidence of a minor accident near the body. He said Baldwin was favourably known in St. Arnaud where he had lived all his life.

On this day …….. 10th of June 1929

A government order came into force to restrict road transport. An extension of the Act was made to cover the Boroughs of Echuca, Horsham, Shepparton, St Arnaud and Wangaratta. The Act provided that goods should not be carted by road before 7am, or after 1pm on any afternoon which was usually a regular holiday for shops. No goods could be carted by road after 9pm on any day of the week in which shops closed late in the particular location, or after 7:30pm in the evening of any other day in the week. Road transport was beginning to seriously affect railway freight revenue.

On this day ………… 5th February 1869

The world’s largest recorded gold nugget is the “Welcome Stranger”, found in Australia on 5 February 1869. The Welcome Stranger measured 61cm by 31cm and was discovered by prospectors John Deason and Richard Oates at Moliagul, about half-way between Maryborough and St Arnaud in western Victoria, Australia. No scales of the time could handle the weight of the nugget, so it was broken into three pieces by a blacksmith in order to be weighed: it weighed in at over 2300 ounces, or 70 kilograms. Deason (Deeson) and Oates were paid £19,068 for their nugget which became known as “Welcome Stranger”. It is not the same as the “Welcome Nugget” found in Ballarat in 1858.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – January 12, 1869

Andrew Vair was charged with having committed wilful murder on January 12, 1859, by shooting Amos Cheale at St Arnaud. John Smith, Mining manager said — On the 12th January, 1869, about 2 o’clock, I heard the report of a gun. Opened the door, and saw a woman running from the place where I heard the report. She said, ‘Smith run.’ Proceeded to the spot, which was up a hill 130 yards to the place on a tramway. Saw Cheale lying on the ground. He said, ‘Andrew Vair has shot me.’ He repeated it three times. He appeared to be in great pain. Ran into the bush to look for the prisoner, but could not see anybody. Then returned and assisted Cheale to Cadzonv’s house. Examined him, and found two holes perforated in his body. There were stain of blood on his clothes, and a pool of blood where he was lying. Agnes Hardingham deposed — Between 1 and 2 o’clock on the 12th January, 1869, was going from my house to Mr Smith’s. Heard the report of a gun. Ran towards the place. Saw a man running in the scrub towards Walkers claim away from me. He was a middle-aged man. Did not see his face. He had on dark trousers, dirty shirt, and a black wide awake hat. Could not say if he had anything in his hand. Was frightened, and returned a little way back. Heard a man cry out. ‘Oh.’ Then same voice cried out “Murder”. Then saw Smith come out of his house. Told Smith to run, and followed Smith found Cheale lying on the ground. Cheale said ‘Vair has shot me.’ Smith went for assistance, and I remained with Cheale. Cheale said to me, ‘When he cocked the gun I did not think he would do it. Vair met me on the tramway and said, ‘Are you prepared to meet this?’ Cheale, said, ‘I am not.’ Cadzow, mining manager, St Arnaud, said — On January 12, 1869, Cheale was at my house at about ten minutes past 1 o’clock. About two minutes after he left I heard the report of a gun. Heard Cheale cry out, ‘Murder.’ Ran towards the place where I heard the report. Found Cheale lying on his side resting on his elbow. He called me by name when I came in sight, and said. ‘Vair has shot me.’ He tried to rise but could not. Assisted to remove him to my house. He lived about half an hour. Have heard Vair threaten Cheale. William Slaughter said— I was employed on the 12th January, 1869, as coachdriver between St. ‘ Arnaud and Moonambool. Left St. Arnaud on the morning of the 15th about 3 o’clock. Know the Black Range. Met the prisoner there. He called out, and I stopped the coach. I said, ‘Good God, is that you, Andrew?’ He said. ‘It is.’ He asked if Cheale was dead. I said, ‘ Yes, and buried.’ Prisoner said, ‘It was his own fault , I gave him plenty of warning.’ Prisoner told me that he asked Cheale to make him some recompense for the injury he had done him. Cheale said, ‘No.’ Prisoner then told me that he said to Cheale, ‘Are you prepared to receive this?’ He then raised the gun in his hand, but took no aim. Prisoner told me that he saw Cheale sometime before, and asked him what he would do with a man that robbed him of all his property. Cheale said, ‘I would shoot him.’ Vair told me that he told Cheale that he would shoot him. He (Vair) told me that he had shot him, and that he was not sorry for what he had done. During nearly the whole of the trial the prisoner was smiling and noticing different faces, and on several occasions got nods in return.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 15, 1954

BERYL JEAN BALDWIN, 40, alleged to have been murdered by her husband at St. Arnaud on July 15, had an appointment with another man on the night she died, Snr.-Detective Jack Ralph Ford told the City Court yesterday. He was giving evidence against John Henry Baldwin, 35, mill hand, of Henry st., St. Arnaud. Baldwin was remanded to the City Court until July 29.Detective Ford said Mrs. Baldwin’s body was found on July 16 in a dam four miles from St. Arnaud. A post-mortem showed she had died from extensive head wounds from an iron bar or similar instrument. A small car was found in the dam. “Admissions” Baldwin had been questioned and had made certain admissions, the detective added. Detective Ford said “It appears so” when asked by Mr. Galbally (for Baldwin) if Baldwin’s wife had been unfaithful. Mr. Galbally: From your own knowledge, do you believe she had a boyfriend at the time of her death? on that night she had an appointment with another man. Detective Ford agreed there was evidence of a minor accident near the body. He said Baldwin was favourably known in St. Arnaud where he had lived all his life.

On this day …….. 10th of June 1929

A government order came into force to restrict road transport. An extension of the Act was made to cover the Boroughs of Echuca, Horsham, Shepparton, St Arnaud and Wangaratta. The Act provided that goods should not be carted by road before 7am, or after 1pm on any afternoon which was usually a regular holiday for shops. No goods could be carted by road after 9pm on any day of the week in which shops closed late in the particular location, or after 7:30pm in the evening of any other day in the week. Road transport was beginning to seriously affect railway freight revenue.

On this day ………… 5th February 1869

The world’s largest recorded gold nugget is the “Welcome Stranger”, found in Australia on 5 February 1869. The Welcome Stranger measured 61cm by 31cm and was discovered by prospectors John Deason and Richard Oates at Moliagul, about half-way between Maryborough and St Arnaud in western Victoria, Australia. No scales of the time could handle the weight of the nugget, so it was broken into three pieces by a blacksmith in order to be weighed: it weighed in at over 2300 ounces, or 70 kilograms. Deason (Deeson) and Oates were paid £19,068 for their nugget which became known as “Welcome Stranger”. It is not the same as the “Welcome Nugget” found in Ballarat in 1858.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – January 12, 1869

Andrew Vair was charged with having committed wilful murder on January 12, 1859, by shooting Amos Cheale at St Arnaud. John Smith, Mining manager said — On the 12th January, 1869, about 2 o’clock, I heard the report of a gun. Opened the door, and saw a woman running from the place where I heard the report. She said, ‘Smith run.’ Proceeded to the spot, which was up a hill 130 yards to the place on a tramway. Saw Cheale lying on the ground. He said, ‘Andrew Vair has shot me.’ He repeated it three times. He appeared to be in great pain. Ran into the bush to look for the prisoner, but could not see anybody. Then returned and assisted Cheale to Cadzonv’s house. Examined him, and found two holes perforated in his body. There were stain of blood on his clothes, and a pool of blood where he was lying. Agnes Hardingham deposed — Between 1 and 2 o’clock on the 12th January, 1869, was going from my house to Mr Smith’s. Heard the report of a gun. Ran towards the place. Saw a man running in the scrub towards Walkers claim away from me. He was a middle-aged man. Did not see his face. He had on dark trousers, dirty shirt, and a black wide awake hat. Could not say if he had anything in his hand. Was frightened, and returned a little way back. Heard a man cry out. ‘Oh.’ Then same voice cried out “Murder”. Then saw Smith come out of his house. Told Smith to run, and followed Smith found Cheale lying on the ground. Cheale said ‘Vair has shot me.’ Smith went for assistance, and I remained with Cheale. Cheale said to me, ‘When he cocked the gun I did not think he would do it. Vair met me on the tramway and said, ‘Are you prepared to meet this?’ Cheale, said, ‘I am not.’ Cadzow, mining manager, St Arnaud, said — On January 12, 1869, Cheale was at my house at about ten minutes past 1 o’clock. About two minutes after he left I heard the report of a gun. Heard Cheale cry out, ‘Murder.’ Ran towards the place where I heard the report. Found Cheale lying on his side resting on his elbow. He called me by name when I came in sight, and said. ‘Vair has shot me.’ He tried to rise but could not. Assisted to remove him to my house. He lived about half an hour. Have heard Vair threaten Cheale. William Slaughter said— I was employed on the 12th January, 1869, as coachdriver between St. ‘ Arnaud and Moonambool. Left St. Arnaud on the morning of the 15th about 3 o’clock. Know the Black Range. Met the prisoner there. He called out, and I stopped the coach. I said, ‘Good God, is that you, Andrew?’ He said. ‘It is.’ He asked if Cheale was dead. I said, ‘ Yes, and buried.’ Prisoner said, ‘It was his own fault , I gave him plenty of warning.’ Prisoner told me that he asked Cheale to make him some recompense for the injury he had done him. Cheale said, ‘No.’ Prisoner then told me that he said to Cheale, ‘Are you prepared to receive this?’ He then raised the gun in his hand, but took no aim. Prisoner told me that he saw Cheale sometime before, and asked him what he would do with a man that robbed him of all his property. Cheale said, ‘I would shoot him.’ Vair told me that he told Cheale that he would shoot him. He (Vair) told me that he had shot him, and that he was not sorry for what he had done. During nearly the whole of the trial the prisoner was smiling and noticing different faces, and on several occasions got nods in return.