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ON THIS DAY – JULY 7, 1929

Charged with the killing of Mark Devaney, aged 54, George Ernest Davis was arrested today. He will appear at Wodonga Court on October 17.

Mr. Mark Devaney (aged 64 years), of Wodonga Estate, Wodonga, a retired farmer, was found dead on the
Bonegilla-road, about a mile from Wodonga, on Sunday night. He had evidently been hit by a motor car, as
there was a quantity of broken glass near by, and much blood. The glass is thought to have been from the headlight of a car. There is no evidence to show that the driver of the car stopped. No one notified the police of the accident. Devaney leaves a widow and two daughters.

Wedge-tailed eagle tries to snatch Victorian boy at the Birds of Prey show in Alice Springs
A YOUNG Victorian was left shaken and bloodied after a wedge-tailed eagle tried to take off with him at the Alice Springs Desert Park during last week’s Birds of Prey show.

The encounter, on July 6, 2016 left a sizeable gash on the boy’s face, and serves as a reminder to the unpredictable nature of Australia’s wildlife. The eagle tried to snatch a young boy at the bird show.  It is believed the boy and his family were visiting Alice Springs from Albury Wodonga. Victorians Keenan Lucas and Suze Fraser were visiting the Desert Park on the same day and witnessed the ordeal. “We’re at the bird show in the afternoon, having a great time and looking forward to seeing the wedge-tailed eagle come out for the finale,” Mr Lucas said.

“The bird then flew over the crowd and tried to grab on to a young boy’s head. “He screamed, the mother was distraught, and the presenters wrapped up the show very quickly.” Desert Park said the boy was physically OK and his facial wounds were “superficial”.

Christine O’Connell told the Herald Sun it appeared the young boy wasn’t wearing camouflage which could have confused the eagle.

“He he had a green hoodie and he kept pulling the zipper up and down,” Ms O’Connell said.

“The bird seemed agitated at the noise and all he could see would be the boys face.”

Ms Connell posted the picture on her Instagram account and explained how the eagle was meant to fly over to a log for a photo opportunity.

“Instead, he flew straight to the young boy and attacked him,” she said.

“The show was quickly cancelled and the boy was taken to first aid.”

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 – December 8, 1924

The State Government has decided to offer a reward of £600 for the apprehension of Alexander Thomas, whom the Coroner declared guilty of the murder of Miss Bridget Enright at staghorn Flat, near Wodonga.

 

ON THIS DAY – JULY 7, 1929

Charged with the killing of Mark Devaney, aged 54, George Ernest Davis was arrested today. He will appear at Wodonga Court on October 17.

Mr. Mark Devaney (aged 64 years), of Wodonga Estate, Wodonga, a retired farmer, was found dead on the
Bonegilla-road, about a mile from Wodonga, on Sunday night. He had evidently been hit by a motor car, as
there was a quantity of broken glass near by, and much blood. The glass is thought to have been from the headlight of a car. There is no evidence to show that the driver of the car stopped. No one notified the police of the accident. Devaney leaves a widow and two daughters.

Wedge-tailed eagle tries to snatch Victorian boy at the Birds of Prey show in Alice Springs
A YOUNG Victorian was left shaken and bloodied after a wedge-tailed eagle tried to take off with him at the Alice Springs Desert Park during last week’s Birds of Prey show.

The encounter, on July 6, 2016 left a sizeable gash on the boy’s face, and serves as a reminder to the unpredictable nature of Australia’s wildlife. The eagle tried to snatch a young boy at the bird show.  It is believed the boy and his family were visiting Alice Springs from Albury Wodonga. Victorians Keenan Lucas and Suze Fraser were visiting the Desert Park on the same day and witnessed the ordeal. “We’re at the bird show in the afternoon, having a great time and looking forward to seeing the wedge-tailed eagle come out for the finale,” Mr Lucas said.

“The bird then flew over the crowd and tried to grab on to a young boy’s head. “He screamed, the mother was distraught, and the presenters wrapped up the show very quickly.” Desert Park said the boy was physically OK and his facial wounds were “superficial”.

Christine O’Connell told the Herald Sun it appeared the young boy wasn’t wearing camouflage which could have confused the eagle.

“He he had a green hoodie and he kept pulling the zipper up and down,” Ms O’Connell said.

“The bird seemed agitated at the noise and all he could see would be the boys face.”

Ms Connell posted the picture on her Instagram account and explained how the eagle was meant to fly over to a log for a photo opportunity.

“Instead, he flew straight to the young boy and attacked him,” she said.

“The show was quickly cancelled and the boy was taken to first aid.”

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 …….. 4th May 1878

On this day in 1878, Henry Audin attached a locally made telephone to the telegraph wire and sent a message across the border (Murray River) to Wahgunyah through Chiltern and Wodonga to arrive in Albury in the blink of an eye.  The listener at the other end of the phone heard the word …………. Cooeeee. This was the second interstate phone to ever be made. The first inter state phone call to be made was done three months earlier by Mr. McGuaran manager of the Albury telegraph office to Mr Cheyne of the Wodonga telegraph office.

On This Day……… 10th April 1894

An accident at Wangaratta railway station on this day in 1894, brought to the end one young man’s dreams of making his fortune in the golden west. It was the time of the gold discoveries at Coolgardie WA, and a young man had boarded the train at Wodonga, to join a partner already in Melbourne, before taking a boat to Western Australia. At the Wangaratta station, the young man got off the train and fell into the ash put. As he climbed out of the pit, he was hit by the Beechworth Train. At first, it was thought his name was Martin Walsh from Allens Flat, the name on the suitcase he carried. Further investigations revealed that he was William Clapton Handley, 26 and a carpenter by trade. At the inquest it was found that if the stations had been better light, the accident may not have happened.

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 6th April 1950

BONEGILLA

A Yugoslav migrant was sentenced in the Criminal Court to two years’ gaol for having fatally stabbed his wife at Bonegilla Camp, North East Victoria on this day in 1950. The migrant, Milo Radevic, is a former officer in the Yugoslav Royal bodyguard. The jury found him not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter, with a recommendation for mercy.

 

On this day ………… 8th March 1926

There was great excitement in Wodonga on this day in 1926 when the Rev. William Dawson the Congregational Minister, had been taken to Gaol in Beechworth. All over the matter of Principle….. The Rev. Had refused to pay a fine imposed on him by the court for riding his bicycle at night without a light, on the grounds that a council officer who was also without a light, was not similarly charged. His stay in gaol was brief. Within an hour, the Governor informed him that he was free to leave. Perhaps fearing the doors of the gaol may have been destroyed in an earthquake, or by some other manifestation of the heavenly wrath, someone had quietly paid his fine. He emerged from bondage still making unrepentant statements.