“Mademoiselle Gabrielle—the Half Lady—was a legless marvel from the early 1900’s. She was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1884 and began her freak show and exhibition career at the Paris Universal Exposition in 1900 as The Half-Woman…Mademoiselle Gabrielle possessed no legs and, according to a 1929 London Life article, she possessed no stumps whatsoever. Her torso finished just below the hip gracefully.”
Australia's first political assassination On this day …….. 5th September 1994 John Newman was born John Naumenko on 8 December 1946 to Austrian and Yugoslavian parents. He already had a strong history of involvement in the Australian Labor Party and the union movement by the time he opted to change his surname by deed poll to Newman in 1972. […]
Beaumont Children who disappeared strangely from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia on January 26, 1966 during the Australia Day celebration. The Beaumont case became the most largest police investigations in Australian criminal history and remains Australia’s most infamous cold case.
"Mr Squiggle" First Airs On this day …….. 1st of July 1959 “Mr Squiggle and Friends” was a long-running children’s television series on Australia’s ABC. It featured a marionette with a large pencil for its nose. Mr Squiggle regularly flew to Earth from his residence at 93 Crater Crescent, The Moon on his spaceship named Rocket. In each episode, […]
Four Missing From Beechworth Gaol 4th June 1946 State-wide search for four criminals who are missing from Beechworth gaol was renewed. One of the men disappeared late last year, two in April, and the fourth a week ago. The men sought are: George Albert Wilson, 36, 5ft 6in, auburn hair, brown eyes, fresh complexion, and stout build. He is a […]
Convict on the Run On this day …….. 29th of January 1947 David Henry Ecketts, 32, broke out of Beechworth reformatory prison on this day. Ecketts was serving a two and a half years’ sentence for four counts housebreaking and stealing, larceny of a bicycle, and larceny from a dwelling. He was sentenced in April, 1945. He is described: […]