4th October 1913 ï¿½ 5th July 1986
From The Argus
, 20th May 1933
MAN SHOT IN THIGH. TRIPS CONSTABLE IN CHASE. PISTOL FIRED ACCIDENTALLY.
Crowd Addressed From Tram Roof.
In the course of a chase in Sydney road, Brunswick, last night, Reginald
Patullo, labourer, of Alfred street, Port Melbourne, was accidentally shot
in the thigh by a bullet from a pistol carried by a constable.
Large numbers of police were on duty in Sydney road last night to prevent
attempts to hold street meetings. Shortly after 8 o'clock a police motor-car
in the charge of Sergeant Birch, containing Constables Wilson, Adam, Gooden,
and Ward, was being driven past the Brunswick Town Hall, when the constables
noticed Patullo on the roof of a cable tramcar which was passing along
Sydney road. The police state that Patullo was trying to address the crowds lining the road. The police motor-car followed that tramcar to
Ballarat road, where it stopped. Patullo jumped from the roof and ran along
Sydney road. Constables chased him on foot. After running about 40 or 50
yards Patullo doubled back, and in doing so tripped up Constable Gooden, who
accidentally fired his pistol as he fell. The bullet entered Patullo's left
thigh. Patullo was taken to the Melbourne Hospital and was admitted.
SPEECH FROM STEEL CAGE.
Young Man Arrested at Brunswick.
Much interest was aroused among late shopping crowds in Sydney road, Brunswick, about 20 minutes to 9 o'clock last night, when a steel cage, chained
and pad- locked, containing a young, well-dressed man, was driven out of
Victoria street on a horse lorry. The horse was taken out of the shafts in
Sydney road, and picking up a megaphone the young man began to harangue the
crowd through the bars. In large letters on the cage were the words, "We
want free speech" and "In gaol, 18 class-war prisoners, for free speech."
Mounted constables dispersed the crowd. Senior constable Mason, after
several fruitless efforts with a wooden bar, broke open the cage and
arrested the man. The lorry, with the cage still bolted to it, was taken to
the Brunswick police station. At the Brunswick police station, Noel
Cunningham, aged 19 years, labourer, was charged with offensive behaviour.
The young man in question was Noel Counihan (not Cunningham as stated in the
newspaper report although it may be possible that is the name he gave on the