On this day …….. 6th of October 1942


On the 6th of October 1942, a military prisoner scaling the 20-ft wall of the Geelong  Gaol.  The prisoner who had served 15 days of a 28 days’ sentence escaped. The man being on parole was allowed access to different exercise yards, where in one he found a ladder from the carpenter’s shop, which he used to scale the outer wall.  Constable Simons who happened to be cycling down Swanston st, saw the prisoner drop from the wall. After warning the guard he went after the man, but was unable to catch up with him before he disappeared down a lane off Little Ryrie st. Later the clothes which the prisoner had been wearing were found in the garden of a private house.  He was the first prisoner to escape since Angus Murray in 1923.

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