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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

Nurse Mitchell Murder Charge ON THIS DAY – January 27, 1925 At the Richmond Court, Hannah Elizabeth Mitchell was charged with having murdered Eva Malcina Pitt on the 27th of January. Nurse Mitchell had previously been arrested on a charge of having performed an illegal operation. She was remanded for a week on bail of £1000.

Accused Murderer Only Sixteen ON THIS DAY – July 20, 1919 INTENT TO MURDER CHARGE. David Alexander Perkin, a, sailor, appeared again at the City Police Court on a charge of having attempted to shoot James Bennett Cariton on July 20, with intent to commit murder. The charge arose out of the affray at the St. Kilda road Barracks, […]

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 […]

Murdered by Lunatic Brother ON THIS DAY – January 28, 1934 At the inquest at Maryborough into the death of Henry George Vincombe, aged 59, of Red Lion, near Talbot, the Coroner found that he had been feloniously murdered by his brother, William Vincombe. Vincombe was committed for trial at the Supreme Court at Ballarat on February the 11th. […]

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.

Cousin Sent for Trial ON THIS DAY – March 10, 1900 KYNETON The trial has been commenced in the Criminal Court of Ronald Kennedy, who is charged with the wilful murder of Sarah McLennan, at Kyneton, on the 10th of March 1900. The accused was a brother of the deceased.

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 […]

Railway Employees in the Dock ON THIS DAY ……. 3rd April 1909 CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER. Two employees of the Victorian Railway, named William Harry, a driver, and David Thomas, a fireman, were placed on their trial in Geelong on a charge of manslaughter. The case arose out of the death of James Boxell, a gatekeeper, who was killed by an […]

The St Kilda Murder ON THIS DAY …….. 24th March 1890 ST KILDA Henry Bennett was charged with the murder of his uncle, George Thomas May, at St. Kilda, on this day in 1890. A plea of insanity was advanced by the defence. Bennett, who is a youth, shot May alleging that he had mistreated his mother, Mrs. Bennett. […]