Pugilist dies after a fight

1880 – William Brown, a 29-year-old Englishman,  was a well-known pugilist around Charters Towers. In the days before the Marquess of Queensberry rules were enforced by the legalization of boxing in the various colonies,  watching and betting on illegal bare-knuckle fighting was a popular pastime. Brown and another fighter were arrested about four miles fromContinue reading “Pugilist dies after a fight”

Policeman hammered to death

Beverley, WA, 1884 – Constable Patrick Hackett, 26,  may have been in a great mood the Friday he was murdered. He had, after all just become a father. His first child, a boy, had died ten days after being born, but now he and his wife of two years, Mary Anne, were the proud parentsContinue reading “Policeman hammered to death”