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On This Day ….. 26th of July 1898

A woman named Ellis, who has been an inmate of the Lunatic Asylum at Sunbury, Victoria, for a few years, escaped from the institution, and walked to her former residence, situated between Campbell’s Creek and Fryerstown. She was found there by the police, and sent back to Sunbury.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 3, 1865

An inquest was held at Sunbury by the district coroner on the body of a man named Henry Junod, who met his death by violence on Sunday night. From the evidence it appeared that the deceased was found on Monday morning last by a teamster named George Hoinville, lying at his garden gate fence. His face was covered with blood, and when found
he was quite dead. A. woman named Diana Walton gave evidence to the effect that on Sunday morning she bad seen three men pass her house, and heard one of them say “I’ll give it him.” One of them had a knife in his hand, and that she saw one of them stoop, and with something he had in his hand strike at the ground. Deceased was not of the party. The three men then went away.
Mr John Shaw Miles, surgeon, made the post mortem examination, and he described the wounds on the man’s face and head, and said the cause of death was fracture of the skull and extravasation of blood on and in the brain and laceration of the brain. Two wounds above and below the right eye were made with a blunt instrument, such as the
rail of a fence, and by the exertion of great strength. Another wound near the ear was caused by a sharp instrument, such as a knife.
The inquest was adjourned till Friday for the analysis of blood on the trousers, and the production of further witnesses.

ON THIS DAY…… 29th October 1870

The Geelong Gaol, which for some twelve months was used as an industrial school for girls, was re-converted to the purposes for which it was built, and the children in the school, were removed to Sunbury.

 

MURDERED ON THIS DAY ………. 20th of October 2003

A $200,000 was offered to help solve a double murder in Victoria. Istvan (Steve) Gulyas and Duang Chith (Tina) Nhonthachith were killed at their farm in Wildwood Road, Wildwood, northwest of Melbourne, sometime on the 20th of October 2003.

Both were shot in the head. Homicide detectives said the couple did not have a criminal history and it is believed the victims knew their killers. Detective Inspector Bernie Edwards said the $200,000 reward could hold the key to unlocking crucial information surrounding their deaths. “We believe there are people in the community who are in possession of vital information regarding this murder,” he said. “A significant reward of $200,000 we hope will encourage anybody who knows anything about this incident to come forward.” The reward will be paid for information leading to the arrest and subsequent conviction of those responsible. The Director of Public Prosecutions will also consider granting indemnity to anyone who helps solve the murders.

 

 

On this day …….. 26th September 1896

An inmate of the Lunatic Asylum at Sunbury, names John O’Brien made his escape on the 26th of September 1896, got on the railway line and walked towards Footscray. He was followed by a warder on horseback, but through the horse, breaking, down a ceed any further. A telephone message was therefore sent to the Footscray police and Senior-Constable McGrath and Constable Gierck proceeded to Victoria street, near where they met the escapee. He was detained here for the night, and sent back next morning in charge of warder. It appears that O’Brien, who is a powerful man, has been an inmate of the asylum for 9 years, and has often shown signs of violence, but although he endeavoured to avoid arrest, he submitted quietly when he saw no chance of escape.

 

On this day …….. 14th September 1922

The Sunbury authorities informed the Geelong police on the 14th of September that a lunatic had escaped, and as he formerly lived in Geelong West it was thought, he would be found in the district. The man was apprehended at Geelong West, by
Constables Wilson, Collins and Shields, he was escorted back to Sunbury Asylum.

 

On This Day ….. 26th of July 1898

A woman named Ellis, who has been an inmate of the Lunatic Asylum at Sunbury, Victoria, for a few years, escaped from the institution, and walked to her former residence, situated between Campbell’s Creek and Fryerstown. She was found there by the police, and sent back to Sunbury.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 3, 1865

An inquest was held at Sunbury by the district coroner on the body of a man named Henry Junod, who met his death by violence on Sunday night. From the evidence it appeared that the deceased was found on Monday morning last by a teamster named George Hoinville, lying at his garden gate fence. His face was covered with blood, and when found
he was quite dead. A. woman named Diana Walton gave evidence to the effect that on Sunday morning she bad seen three men pass her house, and heard one of them say “I’ll give it him.” One of them had a knife in his hand, and that she saw one of them stoop, and with something he had in his hand strike at the ground. Deceased was not of the party. The three men then went away.
Mr John Shaw Miles, surgeon, made the post mortem examination, and he described the wounds on the man’s face and head, and said the cause of death was fracture of the skull and extravasation of blood on and in the brain and laceration of the brain. Two wounds above and below the right eye were made with a blunt instrument, such as the
rail of a fence, and by the exertion of great strength. Another wound near the ear was caused by a sharp instrument, such as a knife.
The inquest was adjourned till Friday for the analysis of blood on the trousers, and the production of further witnesses.

On This Day……… 3rd April 1884

There was great excitement in Sunbury on this day in 1884, when the goods train from Melbourne exploded. The train left the Melbourne terminus at 2am, and made it as far as Sunbury when the boiler of the engine burst with a terrific explosion, killing the fireman instantaneously and the drive shortly after.

 

 

ON THIS DAY …….. 22nd March 1889

Sir William Clarke was elected Master of the United Masonic Lodge in Melbourne on this day in 1889. Sir William and Lady Clarke had issued invitations to 1500 guests for a concert at their house Rupertswood in Sunbury, to celebrate.

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 29th October 1870

The Geelong Gaol, which for some twelve months was used as an industrial school for girls, was re-converted to the purposes for which it was built, and the children in the school, were removed to Sunbury.

 

MURDERED ON THIS DAY ………. 20th of October 2003

A $200,000 was offered to help solve a double murder in Victoria. Istvan (Steve) Gulyas and Duang Chith (Tina) Nhonthachith were killed at their farm in Wildwood Road, Wildwood, northwest of Melbourne, sometime on the 20th of October 2003.

Both were shot in the head. Homicide detectives said the couple did not have a criminal history and it is believed the victims knew their killers. Detective Inspector Bernie Edwards said the $200,000 reward could hold the key to unlocking crucial information surrounding their deaths. “We believe there are people in the community who are in possession of vital information regarding this murder,” he said. “A significant reward of $200,000 we hope will encourage anybody who knows anything about this incident to come forward.” The reward will be paid for information leading to the arrest and subsequent conviction of those responsible. The Director of Public Prosecutions will also consider granting indemnity to anyone who helps solve the murders.