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The only murder in Boolarra for 90 years

February 13, 2017 2:40 pm Published by Comments Off on The only murder in Boolarra for 90 years

The only murder in Boolarra (for 90 years) occurred on the first day of the 20th Century. A man was found on the roadway deceased. Groups of people had passed by him on their way home. One group had beat the life out of him. Breaking his ribs and causing blood vessels in his brain […]


Morwell River Prison escapes

February 7, 2017 2:57 pm Published by Comments Off on Morwell River Prison escapes

An escape occurred 1962, 1967 and 1968, four times over six years. (As reported in the Canberra Times at those times.) The Morwell River Prison was more commonly known as Morwell River Farm housing offenders, established in 1951. Off Olsens Road, on the Morwell River. In 1962 the escape occurred with two prisoners. Edward Blackmore […]


Man dressed as a ghost receives jail sentence

February 1, 2017 2:34 pm Published by Comments Off on Man dressed as a ghost receives jail sentence

In October 1918, Neils Christian Hanson wrapped in a white sheet was causing ghost sightings all over the neighbourhood. He said he was dressed as a druid. When that didn’t suffice he told the court he was keeping the dew off him. Court was adjourned and witnesses called. Witnesses said they only saw him dressed in […]


Strange’s murderous action at Cunnginhame

January 25, 2017 2:29 pm Published by Comments Off on Strange’s murderous action at Cunnginhame

The crime: In 1895, at Roadknight’s Hill, Cunninghame, Charles Strange stopped for the night with his fellow swagman. During the night Charles determined to kill the man. Knowing if he could get a days head start he’d never be caught by the Melbourne Police who’d investigate. The two men had spent a night in Orbost […]


Bandit planned shootout with police at Turton’s Creek

January 18, 2017 2:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Bandit planned shootout with police at Turton’s Creek

Assault with intent to commit offense: On the 8th of May 1942, a trapper (Edward Charles Davis) saw a woman walking down Nerrena School Road, who was heading for a drink of water after helping her husband work a nearby farm. He caught her from behind, she screamed, he muffled her screams by pressing his […]