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"Murder in Mount Martha" - An Evening with Janice Simpson
June 30th
Join Hybrid Publishing and Twisted History in a night of Murder when we present Janice Simpson, author of "Murder in Mount Martha".  Step back in time for an unforgettable evening, as you are incarcerated in the historic Bourke Street West Police Cells at the Royal Melbourne Hotel.  
 
The evening includes dinner, followed by talk on crime history by Twisted History before Janice Simpson will take the stage to talk about her new book based on the unsolved murder of 14 year old Shirley Collins in 1953.
 
Price includes dinner, talks and a copy of the book "Murder in Mount Martha"
 
For information and bookings please call 1300865800 or you can book online at www.trybooking.com/LOUD
 
Queens Elizabeth II - 90th Birthday
On the 21st of April, The Queen turn 90, although her official birthday is the 11th June. To celebrate her milestone Twisted History would like to share five unusual facts about Queens Elizabeth II.
1) In 2015, Elizabeth II become the longest reigning Brittish monarch taking the honour from her Great Grandmother Queen Victoria. All though Elizabeth II has a way to go, before she overtakes the record of the world's longest serving monarch. King Sobhuza II ruled Swaziland for an incredible 82 years from 10.12.1899 to 21.08.1982.
2) The queen once demoted a footman for giving her corgis whiskey.
3) Elizabeth II is believed to be the only monarch in British history who has been properly trained to change a flat tyre or a spark plug having served in the wartime ATS as 2nd Lieutenant Elizabeth Windsor.
4) Elizabeth II retains ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water. Technically, the Queen also owns all the dolphins, whales and sturgeons within 3 miles of UK shores.
5) The official wedding cake at the Queen's wedding was made by McVitie and Price Ltd, using ingredients given as a wedding gift by the Australian Girl Guides Association.
 
 
The Shortest Day of the Year
In the Southern Hemisphere, the shortest day and the longest night of the year is usually on the 21st June, but can occur anywhere between the 20th and the 22nd of June. The Winter Solstice is known as Yule in the Pagan religion. A lot of the traditions associated with Christmas are observed at Yule by Pagans in the Southern Hemisphere, such as the traditional colours of red and green. It is a time of feasting to celebrate the births of Dionysus (the god of fertility and wine), Mithras (an Iranian god) and Baal (the king of the Gods). In some Northern Hemisphere pagan and wiccan traditions, the celebration of Yule came from the Celtic story of the battle between the Oak King (the light of the New Year), and the Holly King (representative of darkness), and to this day, that battle is sometimes re-enacted. Historically, The Romans held a weeklong festival called Saturnalia, honouring the god Saturn and, like in Paganism, involved rituals like feasts and gift-giving, and also sacrifices. The Ancient Egyptians celebrated the rebirth of the Sun God, Ra. Celts in the British Isles celebrated the winter solstice as well, and some of their traditions persist to this day in modern Christmas traditions.
 
Long Weekend at the Geelong Gaol - June 10th, 11th ,12th
Join the team at Twisted History this Queens Birthday long weekend for a tour on the darker side of Victoria's history.
Explore the old Geelong's Prison after dark and be haunted by stories of convicts, murderers and lunatics who once called this three story blue stone building home.
If you dare become a Paranormal investigator for the night. This building has witnessed scores of deaths, assaults and murders, which makes it perfect to investigate. Tiny cells, no toilets and freezing cold conditions made the Geelong Gaol a virtual dungeon till the day it closed in 1991. Groups will be provided with Night Vision Cameras, Infrared Goggles, Laser Grids, EMF Detectors, Spirit Box, Motion Sensors and a range of other equipment. Tours run 7 nights a week.
But if crime and murder is what your interested in explore the dark lanes around Melbourne's Chinatown, the oldest Chinese community in the western world. Let the team guide you to opium dens, cocaine housese and brothels as we share stories of ghosts, murder and prostitution. From Squizzy Taylor to Chang the Chinese giant. You won't believe what has happened in just three blocks of Little Bourke St. Tours run Friday and Saturday nights.
Bookings essential for all tours on 1300865800
 
Blackwood Hotel - Next Investigation July 5th
Joined the team of Twisted History at one of Victoria's most haunted Hotels on the 5th of July.
 
Nestled in the Wombat State Forest, the town of Blackwood has an interesting past from the early days of the Victorian gold rush until the present. This hotel opened in 1869, and quickly became the heart of the community, being the office for Cobb and Co, coroners court and even the town morgue. This building has seen more than it's fair share of death, and claims a number of resident ghosts, which makes it perfect to investigate.
 
Join the team at Twisted History for a meal at the hotel, before a tour of the hill top cemetery. Once night falls, we will return to the haunted hotel to investigate. Groups will be provided with Night Vision Cameras, Infrared Goggles, Laser Grids, EMF Detectors, Spirit Box, Motion Sensors and a range of other equipment.
 
For information and bookings please call 1300865800.
 
Don't Forget June 30th - Murder in Mount Martha Event
 
 
SPECIAL EVENTS
Muder in Mount Martha at Royal Melbourne Hotel, June 30th
 
TOURS
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour
Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour
7 nights a week!!
 
Chinatown Murder Tour
Friday and Saturday nights
 
Carlton Murder Tour
First Friday of the month or by appointment
 
Blackwood Hotel
First Tuesday of the month
 
GIFT VOUCHERS
Do you know someone who is hard to buy for, or a person that has every thing. Why not buy them a gift voucher for a Ghost Tour, Investigation Tour or a Murder Tour!! For more information and to order, please call 1300865800


 
Friday, 10th June
 
Chinatown Murder Tour
Carlton Murder Tour
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour
Geelong Gaol Deadtime Tour

Saturday, 11th June
 
Chinatown Murder Tour Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour
Geelong Gaol Escapes Tour

Sunday, 12th June
 
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour
Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour
Friday, 17th June
 
Chinatown Murder Tour Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour
Saturday, 18th June
 
Chinatown Murder Tour
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour
Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour

Friday, 24th June
 
Chinatown Murder Tour
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour
Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour

Saturday, 25th June
 
Chinatown Murder Tour
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour
Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour

Friday, 1st July
 
Chinatown Murder Tour
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour
Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour
Saturday, 2nd July
 
Chinatown Murder Tour
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour
Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour

 
40 MINUTES IN A DOGS STOMACH
 
On this day ........ 3rd of June 2008   

On the 3rd of June 2008, a cane toad emerged unharmed after spending 40 minutes in a dog's stomach. Bella swallowed the toad after mistaking if for some meat pies her owner had tossed onto the lawn for her to eat at Bakewell, Palmerston, Northern Territory. The dog's owner, Jackson Crews, saw Bella swallow the toxic amphibian and immediately took her to a local vet, where she was given an injection to induce vomiting. Fortunately, Bella had swallowed the toad whole without chewing.
 
 
WRONG COFFIN TAKEN - Wangaratta
 
On this day ........ 8th of June 1916
 
Peculiar and painful complications occurred on the 8th of June 1916 in connection with the burial of two soldiers in training, Private Thomas Crockett, of Milawa, and Private Pollard, of Wodonga, who died in Melbourne from meningitis. The remains were placed in the van of the morning train at Melbourne, and on arrival at Wangaratta one coffin was taken away by an undertaker, assisted by a member of the railway staff. On the arrival of the train at Wodonga it was discovered that an error had been made, and that Private Pollard's coffin remained at Wangaratta instead of Private Crockett's. The information was telegraphed to Wangaratta, and a motor car despatched by the stationmaster overtook Private Crockett's funeral procession, nine miles away, and within three miles of the cemetery. A special engine and truck were sent to Wangaratta for Private Pollard's coffin, and the remains were taken to Wodonga at 4 p.m. By a curious omission, the special train did not bring Private Crockett's coffin, but the ordinary train shortly followed the special, and only a brief delay fortunately occurred.
 
 
STOLEN CAGE - BIRD LEFT
 
On this day ........ 21st of June 1947

An elderly woman from Wollstonecraft in Sydney returned home on this day in 1947 to find her pet canary tied by one leg to a brick and happily chirping. A thief had taken the bird's cage from the veranda, but had left if and a two shilling coin as compensation

 
THE FLYING BAKER

On this day ........ 4th September 1905

While Mr R. Billsborow was delivering bread in Molesworth St, North Adelaide, during a storm on this day in 1945, his horse become scared and bolted. Billsborow gave chase but could not keep up, when suddenly the wind caught him and lifted him of the ground and blew him in front of the horse and cart. Billsborow was blown to the ground, but got up to stop the runaway horse just as it passed him.
 
NASA fined by the Western Australia Government

On this day ........ 11th of July 1979

After the Skylab space station accidentally crashed into Western Australia during re-entry on this date in 1979, the Shire of Esperance fined NASA $400 for littering. The fine was finally paid in April 2009, when Californian radio host Scott Barley raised the funds from his Highway Radio listeners
 
NED KELLY's NEMESIS GOALED - Con Alexander Fitzpatrick
 
On this day ........ 9th of July 1894

A leading player from the Kelly drama of a decade earlier appeared in the Melbourne Court on this day in 1894. Alexander Fitzpatrick, the form police constable who had set off the Kelly outbreak in 1878, appeared to face charge of obtaining money by false pretences, by presenting a dud cheque to the licensee of the Scaracen's Head Hotel in Bourke Street, Melbourne. He was committed for trail and subsequently sentenced to twelve months gaol.