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EXECUTION THIS DAY – April 25, 1854

 

David Magee, convicted at the last Criminal Sessions at Castlemaine of murder, under the circumstances then detailed in the Argus, suffered the extreme penalty of the law yesterday morning, at the usual place of exceution, the common gaol at Melbourne. The prisoner, who was a man nearly seventy years of age, declared his innocence to the last. He was an old sailor, and had served under Lord Nelson, at Trafalgar. He was transported for smuggling in 1821. He betrayed but little fear of death; and his body was buried in the usual place in the New Cemetery. A considerable number of people assembled to witness the execution.

 

ON THIS DAY – March 26, 1955

Father J. Daly, who returned on the 25th of March 1955, to Trafalgar from Melbourne, said he was horrified at the snatching of the body of his former housekeeper, 73-year-old Miss Catherine Counsel from her Trafalgar Cemetery grave. “This ls something you would have expected to happen about 100 years ago, but not today. Miss Counsel was a gentle, fine lady and this is a shocking thing,” he added. Miss Counsel’s body was found a week later in scrub a short distance from Yallourn. Police are convinced the body was taken from the coffin only two or three days after burial, and possibly the same night. Three homicide detectives will visit towns within a 50-mlle radius of Trafalgar in the hope of gaining a definite clue to the body snatcher.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 22, 1931

Charged with the attempted murder of Constable Hutchison at Whitfield, North East Victoria, on the 22nd February, Joseph McFarlane, 38, a rabbit trapper was remanded by the City Court, Wangaratta. The prosecuting officer alleged that Constable Hutchison tried to arrest McFarlane, the latter grabbed a gun and shot him in the leg. McFarlane was handcuffed by two men, but managed to escape into the bush and was not seen again until April 28 when he was arrested at Trafalgar. The wounded was still in Wangaratta Base Hospital.

EXECUTION THIS DAY – April 25, 1854

 

David Magee, convicted at the last Criminal Sessions at Castlemaine of murder, under the circumstances then detailed in the Argus, suffered the extreme penalty of the law yesterday morning, at the usual place of exceution, the common gaol at Melbourne. The prisoner, who was a man nearly seventy years of age, declared his innocence to the last. He was an old sailor, and had served under Lord Nelson, at Trafalgar. He was transported for smuggling in 1821. He betrayed but little fear of death; and his body was buried in the usual place in the New Cemetery. A considerable number of people assembled to witness the execution.

 

ON THIS DAY – March 26, 1955

Father J. Daly, who returned on the 25th of March 1955, to Trafalgar from Melbourne, said he was horrified at the snatching of the body of his former housekeeper, 73-year-old Miss Catherine Counsel from her Trafalgar Cemetery grave. “This ls something you would have expected to happen about 100 years ago, but not today. Miss Counsel was a gentle, fine lady and this is a shocking thing,” he added. Miss Counsel’s body was found a week later in scrub a short distance from Yallourn. Police are convinced the body was taken from the coffin only two or three days after burial, and possibly the same night. Three homicide detectives will visit towns within a 50-mlle radius of Trafalgar in the hope of gaining a definite clue to the body snatcher.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 22, 1931

Charged with the attempted murder of Constable Hutchison at Whitfield, North East Victoria, on the 22nd February, Joseph McFarlane, 38, a rabbit trapper was remanded by the City Court, Wangaratta. The prosecuting officer alleged that Constable Hutchison tried to arrest McFarlane, the latter grabbed a gun and shot him in the leg. McFarlane was handcuffed by two men, but managed to escape into the bush and was not seen again until April 28 when he was arrested at Trafalgar. The wounded was still in Wangaratta Base Hospital.

TRAFALGAR BODY SNATCHING HORRIFIES PRIEST

12387838_222014121463057_1455091270_nFather J. Daly, who returned on the 25th of March 1955, to Trafalgar from Melbourne, said he was horrified at the snatching of the body of his former housekeeper, 73-year-old Miss Catherine Counsel from her Trafalgar Cemetery grave. “This ls something you would have expected to happen about 100 years ago, but not today. Miss Counsel was a gentle, fine lady and this is a shocking thing,” he added. Miss Counsel’s body was found a week later in scrub a short distance from Yallourn. Police are convinced the body was taken from the coffin only two or three days after burial, and possibly the same night. Three homicide detectives will visit towns within a 50-mlle radius of Trafalgar in the hope of gaining a definite clue to the body snatcher.