On This Day ……. 29th of August 1882

A magisterial enquiry was hold at the Geelong gaol on this day in 1882, by Mr Heron, P.M., on the body of a prisoner named Richard Bailey, aged 51 years, who died in the gaol hospital. Mr P. Dwyer, governor of the gaol, gave evidence that the deceased was received into the Geelong gaol on the 9th February, from Melbourne, for vagrancy. He was an invalid, suffering from disease of the leg, and was placed under the doctor’s care, and attended by a man told off for the purpose. He received every attention, but died at five o’clock’on the afternoon on this day. Dr. Mackin medical officer of the goal, gave evidence that the deceased had been under his care since he arrived at the gaol. Ho was suffering from several sores on The outside of the thigh. These after a time got better, and ho was attacked by dysentery. He was then removed to the gaol hospital, where he, received every attention. The cause of death was exhaustion from dysentery. A verdict in accordance with the medical testimony was recorded by Mr Heron.


On This Day ……. 28th of August 1873

Mr. Gibson, late governor of the Geelong gaol, was transferred to the Pentridge Stockade, and is at present per- forming the duties of senior warder. Mr. William Stack, who has held the post for the last 14 years, has boon transferred to Geelong, and will have charge of thi prison until Mr. Dwyer arrives from Portland.


On This Day ……. 28th of August 1882

It was stated in Parliament on this day in 1882, that all Victorian Gaols should be made as far as possible self-supporting, except of course in the case of an institution like the Geelong Gaol, which is used as an invalid prison, to which are sent old and worn-out prisoners arrested for the most part to save them from abject destitution.


On This Day ……. 27th of August 1894

Great excitement was at the Geelong gaol on this night in 1894 was made evening by a man named John Riohardson, recently discharged after serving a short stay. A few minutes after 9 o’clock the chief warder heard an unusual noise in the labour yard, and proceeding thither armed with u revolver discovered a man crouching at the foot of a ladder near the outer wall. The ladder had been used to effect an entrance, but one of tho rungs had broken, throwing the man to the ground, he was arrested, but gave no reason for his exploit.


On This Day ……. 27th of August 1881

A young man who, named James Clay, who on this day in 1881, was confined to the Geelong gaol for having stolen a watch from the premises of Mr Daglish, South Geelong. It was also stated that he was wanted in Ballarat for a similar offence. Clay was transferred to Ballarat Gaol.


On This Day ……. 26th of August 1880

On this day in 1880, a magisterial enquiry was held into the death of a woman named Mary Wilson was held at tho gaol by Mr Heron, P.M. The governor of the gaol, Mr Dwyer, stated that the deceased was admitted on the 7th April under a sentence of six months imprisonment for having been an idle and disorderly person. The deceased had been sentenced by the Melbourne Bench of magistrates, and she was sent to the Geelong gaol as an invalid, and had been under the medical officer’s care until Tuesday afternoon, when she died. The deceased was 42 years of age. Dr. Mackin stated that death arose from exhaustion, and the magistrate gave a verdict accordingly.


On This Day ……. 25th of August 1889

John Hassett was tried along with Francis De La Veillies for attempted murder of Constable Vizard on the 25th of August 1889. The two men had been having an altercation near the intersection of Lygon Street and Queensberry Street in Carlton, when Constable Vizard asked them to move along. The men did so but began arguing again and when Vizard interfered, he was set upon by the two men. Vizard had a fractured skull and his brain was so swollen that it necessitated removal of part of his skull. Hassett’s sentence was commuted to life imprisonment on the 19th March, 1890 and he was incarcerated initially at Pentridge. In August 1898 he was transferred to the Geelong Gaol, where he was employed in the Gaol infirmary. On the 7th December 1901, Hassett had asked one of the other prisoners to say good bye to his mother for him. He returned to the infirmary and drank a poison containing belladonna, arsenic and opium. Hassett had armed himself with a lance and kept warders at bay, threatening to stab them until the poison took effect. The Doctor tried to administer a strong emetic to rid him of the poison, which at first was thought to be successful, but he succumbed to the poisoning at 6pm that evening. It was stated that Hassett had been in a melancholy state for the past few months.


On This Day ……. 24th of August 1923

On the 24th of August 1923, Angus Murray, who is serving a sentence of 15 years for robbery under arms, made his escape, by means of a small saw, he removed the stones at the base of his window. The bars were then loosened, leaving him sufficient room to squeeze through. Murray had torn his bedclothes into shreds to form a rope to lower himself to the ground. He was then able to scale the outside wall were a motor car was waiting for him. A boy, passing the Gaol at the time of the escape saw Murray clamber down from his cell and spring into a car. The police scoured the district, but could not find any trace of the fugitive. On the morning of the 9th of October 1923, Murray shot Mr Berriman the manager of the Glenferrie branch of the Commercial Bank and robbed him of £1851. Berriman died the on the 22nd of October. A large force of detectives raided, a house in St, Kilda at 5am, arresting Angus Murray, Leslie (Squizzy) Taylor, and Ida Pender. Angus Murray was charged with the Glenferrie robbery and with escaping from custody. Taylor and Pender were locked up on holding charges, but were later released. A few days after Berriman’s death Murray was charged with his murder and on 14th of April 1924, he was executed in the Melbourne Gaol. Murray stood on the scaffold and made the following statement: “Never in my life have I done anything to justify the extreme penalty being passed upon me. I have prayed hard for those who have acted against me, and I hope that those whom I have injured will forgive me.” Turning to the hangman as the rope was passed around his neck, he said: “Pull it tight.” Murray’s death was instantaneous.


On This Day ……. 23rd of August 1873

How the Geelong gaol and police authorities contrived to rid Geelong of Emily Green by transporting her to Melbourne is thus related by the Geelong Advertiser :-” On this day in 1873, it was arranged that she should be conducted from gaol, on her liberation, to the Despatch steamer, by Sergeant Morton, who had instructions to pay her fare in the saloon, and give her a half-crown on leaving, at the expense of the poor-box. This was carried out, but on the arrival of the pair at the steamer, Captain Webb, who had on a previous occasion to place two men in charge of Emily, at once objected to this passenger. The sergeant remonstrated, and Emily indignantly remarked that he (the captain) must he a strange man to object to the society of a lady.’ The captain, however, was not to be persuaded, and Morton and his fair companion were obliged to march to the railway terminus, where they arrived just in time to witness the depaitureof the Melbourne train. Emily was reconnected to the watch house, where she dined with a congenial fruiterer, and boasted that when she got to Melbourne she would disguise herself in mourning, get on board the steamer, and make things ‘hot for the skipper.’ Eventually she was placed inside a railway carriage for Melbourne, and here a most amusing adven- ture occurred. Owing to the accident tho only carriages available were first-class ones, and into one of these the notorious Emily Green was placed. She was followed by Mr. Panton, the police magistrate, and the two were in danger of being unavoidably compelled to share the same compartment, when Mr. Panton suddenly recognising the features of his companion traveller, exclaimed in horror, ‘Emily Green.’ Of course he demanded at once to be liberated, and found a more suitable and less dangerous carriage, while Emily was left alone in her glory.’ ”


On This Day ……. 22nd of August 1885

Charles Cleveland, was on remand for drunkenness. He was arrested on the 3rd of August at Queensclift and not having recovered next day, was remanded to the Geelong gaol for a week on this day in 1885.


On This Day ……. 21st of August 1883

Ah Cheong, the Chinese cook who assaulted Mr Anderson, the second officer of the pilot schooner Mavis, on this day in 1883, was remanded for eight days to the Geelong gaol. Mr Anderson is progressing favourably, and was sent to the Geelong Hospital by this evenings train.


On This Day ……. 20th of August 1887

On this day in 1887 a prisoner named John Delaney, aged 57 years, died from
exhaustion, consequent upon exposure. At the formal enquiry held during the afternoon it was stated that he was admitted to the gaol on the 27th of July., having been picked up in the Campwell junction district in a starving and weak condition. His death makes the sixth which has occurred in the gaol hospital this month, and the fourteenth since the beginning of the year. Eleven of the deaths have been those of males, and the remaining three of females. Last year the total number of was fifteen, so that up to the present there has been an increase in the mortality this year. Of these fifteen, thirteen were between the ages of 60 and 80 years.