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The Darker Side of Victoria's History
The Darker Side of Victoria's History

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Nurse Alice Mitchell from Western Australia was charged with the unlawfully killing of Ethel Booth in 1907. Mitchell become Perth’s notorious baby-farmer, and possible Australia worst Serial Killer with police believing that she killed 37 babies. Alice…

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While cutting up a goose, Roy Stewart from Warooka, South Australia, butcher found a gold nugget in the giblet bag. He brought dozens of others from the same source hoping to repeat the find but he never again found the goose that laid the golden egg………  

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ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1947 DESPITE an intensive investigation, no evidence had been found to establish responsibility for the shooting of James Coates, 46, on July 19, Detective W. W. Mooney said yesterday at an inquest into Coates’ death. Coates was…

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ON THIS DAY – July 18, 1927 WOMAN COMMITTED FOR TRIAL From the effects of an illegal operation, Annie Florence Treagar, aged 21 years, of Paisley street, Footscray, died at the Women’s Hospital on July 18. The city coroner (Mr. D. Berriman, P.M.) held an…

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ON THIS DAY – July 16, 1900 John Pridmore, who shot and killed his wife. Annie Jane Pridmore, at Brunswick, on July 16, was to-day found guilty of wilful murder by a coroner’s jury, and was committed for trial. The inquest had been held over, pending…

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Around the World with Gerry Gee was the idea by director Denzil Howson and Ron Blasket ventriloquist in 1962. The idea was to film a show around Gerry Gee travel adventure around the would filming in Singapore, Italy and England. Denzil Howson got…

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ON THIS DAY – July 15, 1908 MURDER AND SUICIDE. The inquiry into the death of Charles Groves and Mary Walkington, who died from poison on July 15, at Toorak, was concluded on Saturday at the Morgue by the coroner (Dr. Cole).  Little fresh light was thrown…

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ON THIS DAY – July 14, 1944 Denying that he killed Mrs Nellie Shears (53), on July 14 last. William Phibbs (47) told a jury in the Criminal Court today that he went to her house about 2.30 and found Mrs. Shears. He spoke to her but she did not answer and…

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ON THIS DAY….. 10th July 1858 GREEN TENT NEAR MEREDITH Elizabeth Lowe was buried on the side of the creek, near to where she was murdered. A white picket fence was built around her burial site, which remained until a bush fire in the 1920s. Today nothing…

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ON THIS DAY – July 8, 1889 The inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the murder of the woman Annie Thornton was resumed at the morgue to-day. The self-confessed murderer, Phillip Costello, was present in custody; and although a Spanish interpreter…
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