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On this day in 1835, the settlement that became Victoria's capital city was dubbed Batmania, after John Batman who, upon arriving in the area had declared, "This will be the place for a village." The name was used in an account of Batman's journey in the Cornwall Chronicle, a Launceston newspaper. It was one of many interim names suggested until the city was officially named in honour of Lord Melbourne in 1837. Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria
The Execution of Constantia James
Newgate Prison was a prison in London, at the corner of Newgate Street and Old Bailey just inside the City of London. It was originally located at the site of Newgate, a gate in the Roman London Wall. The gate/prison was rebuilt in the 12th century, and demolished in 1777. The prison was extended and rebuilt many times, and remained in use for over 700 years, from 1188 to 1902.