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

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 On This Day – August 7, 1913 When going through the many statements taken for the information of the coroner in connection with the murder, on August 7 last, of the old woodcutter, Richard Knight, outside his hut in the bush between Lilydale…
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On this day …….. 7th of August 1948 Bricks and masonry weighing between three and four tons crashed to the footpath early this morning when lightning struck the gable end of -the two-storey Bunbury Convent School building in, Wellington-street, extremely…
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In 1993 naturalist Harry Frauca received a bite 2 cm deep into the flesh of his leg, right through his rubber boot, trousers and thick woollen socks. In a different incident a young boy entered an enclosure to feed a wombat at a caravan park, he was…
Wombat attacks
Wombat attacks
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On this day …….. 6th of August 1906 A lunatic by the name Thomas Parker Ewing, whilst being transferred from Dr. Mailer’s home in Ballarat to the Ararat Asylum, escaped on the 6th of August 1906, from his attendant at the railway station. Ewig was found…
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ON THIS DAY …….6th August 1938 After a retirement of four hours a jury in the Criminal Court found Edward Allan May aged 30, laborer, not guilty of having murdered Mrs. Yoland Joan Shirley Bordin aged 21, of Carlton, but guilty of manslaughter. He was…
Guilty of Manslaughter
Guilty of Manslaughter
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ON THIS DAY …….6th August 1955 Domenic “Mick” Gatto was born on the 6th of August 1955. Mick is an Italian-Australian man widely suspected to be involved in the Melbourne underworld. Gatto is a ‘professional mediator’ within the building industry in…
Birthday of Mick Gatto
Birthday of Mick Gatto
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Photo published in Sydney newspapers at the behest of police in 1933 to show that detectives didn’t need to look like typical burly coppers.  
First Undercover Police in NSW
First Undercover Police in NSW
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A rare photo of Ned Kelly not seen by the public in 138 years has resurfaced A RARE photo of outlaw bushranger Ned Kelly not seen by the public for 138 years went under the hammer at auction in February 2016. The photo has only previously been seen by a…
Rare Ned Kelly Photo auctioned
Rare Ned Kelly Photo auctioned
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On This Day ……. 6th of August 1873 The notorious Emily Green, who for some time past has been diverting herself at Ballarat by getting drunk and uncontrollable, and destroying Government property when incarcerated, has again visited this town. Last…
Notorious Emily Green
Notorious Emily Green
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Frank Gardiner, born in 1830 Scotland and shipped out to Australia as a child with his parents, made an illustrious career out of horse thievery and highway robbery. On 15 June 1862, Gardiner along with Ben Hall, John Gilbert and associates held up a gold…
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