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Men Grapple For Axe ON THIS DAY …….. 22nd March 1934 RICHMOND Ernest Kirkwood, a young man, was charged with having murdered Claude Leslie Cooper at Richmond on this day in 1934. Death was alleged to have been caused through a blow on the head by an axe. Kirkwood maintained a quiet demeanour in court when the charge

Richmond Shooting Tragedy On This Day – August 9, 1907 The adjourned inquest in connection with the death of John Colin Cunningham, engine-driver, 34 years of age, who was shot at Richmond on the night of 9th August, was continued at the Morgue on 22nd August before City Coroner, Mr Candler. William Lewis, the young man who is alleged to have […]

Murder Charge in Melbourne ON THIS DAY – March 5, 1950 FITZROY Stanley Henry Shaw, at Fitzroy, was arrested and charged with murder of a woman more than 14 months earlier. She was Sylvia Holmes, 22, who was strangled in the bedroom of a house in Cremorne St., Fitzroy, on March 5.

Youth on Trial ON THIS DAY – June 4, 1909 CHARGE OF MURDER – CONVICTED OF MANSLAUGHTER. At the Shepparton Supreme Court to-day Ernest Carmody, aged 17 years, was charged with the wilful murder, on June 4, of an elderly man named John Robinson. The accused pleaded not guilty. The deceased resided in a hut at Youanamite, near […]

Brunswick Charge of Murder ON THIS DAY….. 10th July 1914 In the Brunswick court when Frank White (22) appeared on a charge of having inflicted grievous bodily harm upon Richard Wood on July 10, the charge was altered to one of the murder. Sergeant McLoughlin said Wood died in the Melbourne Hospital as the result of a depressed fracture […]

THE BAIRNSDALE TRAGEDY ON THIS DAY – June 11, 1910 POLICE COURT PROCEEDINGS. At the Bairnsdale Police Court, Ernest Peeck was again remanded for a week on charges of having, on June 11, murdered his wife, and attempted suicide. The police stated that the accused was not in a fit state to appear in court. His breathing was […]

Almost Executed On This Day……… 7th April 1857 On this day in 1857, Rosanna Nicholls had the dubious honour of being the first person to be sentenced to death in Beechworth. Rosanna was convicted of murdering her child and ordered to be sent to Melbourne for sentence to be carried out. Rosanna missed another first, if […]

The Yarra Tragedy - Woman's Death ON THIS DAY – March 25, 1924 STUDLEY PARK Yarra Tragedy Arthur Pauthenet (50), was tried for the murder of Maud Ada Anderson (47) at Studley Park, on March 25. The Crown alleged that the woman had been thrown into the Yarra River by the accused, who was one of a drinking party on the […]

The Attempted Double Murder ON THIS DAY – February 7, 1889 CAMPBELL’S CREEK James Fawkes was charged with wounding with intent to murder his uncle John Rogers at Campbell’s Creek, Castlemaine, on February 7. The prisoner went to his uncle’s house on February 7 and deliberately shot him in the head, and afterwards also wounded James Hocking when he […]