10 old-timey crimes that prove we've always had a wild side
BAD behaviour isn't just limited to the modern era, as a quick flick back through local history shows.
Men get violent after drinks refusal
With myriad initiatives to get people to behave on their nights out, you could be forgiven for thinking the olden days were a quieter time.
Not quite so much...
In 1903, the quiet township of Mt Perry was the scene of a ruckus when two men were refused drinks one Sunday night.
John Robertson and Frank White were less than impressed with their predicament and started using stones to smash in the Railway Hotel's doors.
One of the stones hit the pub owner, Mrs Anderson.
Jail for indecent behaviour at botanic gardens
Ellen Bradford was sentenced to a lengthy six-month prison stay for indecent behaviour and exposure at the botanic gardens.
A man named Alix Solomon was also sentenced to 14 days' jail for a similar offence.
When did this happen? 1901, of course.
Sickening attack on man's cow
In 1900, an elderly man who made a living selling milk realised one of his cows had gone missing.
Horrifically, Mr Ogg found his cow beheaded one night, its head resting a metres from its body.
The act was reported to police though it is not sure if anyone was ever caught.
The newspaper at the time said there were hopes police would succeed in "running the perpetrator of the fiendish act to earth".
'Drunken white men' cause a stir
In 1904, the newspaper reported that a "pitched battle was fought at McIlwraith St, Childers, between drunken white men and police".
The incident happened after a fight broke out outside the Royal Hotel, and when police tried to intervene, bystanders interfered - violently.
Sickening flasher gets hard labour
In a punishment that many would prefer to today's methods, a flasher was sentenced to hard labour in Bundaberg.
Gustav Larsen got six months prison time and hard labour after flashing a 12-year-old girl and a "married woman" in 1904.
He was charged with "wilful and obscene exposure of the grossest nature".
Scoundrels attempt to rob pastor on bridge
A church pastor taught robbers a painful lesson on the Burnett Traffic Bridge one day in 1907.
Walking along the Burnett Traffic Bridge on a Wednesday afternoon, Reverend Frederick Radcliffe became the target of a group of robbers.
But they got swift justice from the reverend in the form of a buggy whip wielded with vigour.
Police caught them soon after.
Woman shot in cruel attack
The Bundaberg Mail and Burnett Advertiser, on December 22, 1913, mentioned that a wave of crimes of jealousy - what we now understand to be domestic violence - had been taking over the country.
An English engineer, William Alfred Broadbridge, claimed he was perfectly sane and "not the least bit sorry" when he decided to shoot 22-year-old Christina Mewburn three times as she carried a watermelon at her mother's refreshment rooms in the city.
One shot missed, but the other two struck Miss Mewburn in each of her breasts.
Mr Broadbridge was charged with attempted murder and while Miss Mewburn recovered, one bullet remained lodged in one breast.
Fire alarms smashed by party-goers
Young people wandering home from dances were said to be to blame for the smashing glass on fire alarms in the city.
The revelations came at a fire brigade board meeting in 1921.
Superintendent Hampson said it tended to happen from time to time.
Shopkeeper fined for rip-off
A small business owner was prosecuted in Bundaberg for overcharging for Nestle condensed milk.
In 1921, it was reported that the milk was being sold for a third more than it should have been.
The shopkeeper received a fine for the offence.
Ratbags! Delinquents charged for encouraging critters
A strange trend seemed to have popped up across Queensland where groups of delinquents would throw cake, fruit and peanuts shells in places that would attract rats.
The bizarre trend was reported to mostly be happening in threatres and other public gathering places.