When a solicitor complained he found it hard to concentrate because of the noise outside, the country magistrate made a quick decision.
He quickly adjourned the hearing before Horsham Court of Petty Sessions, in western Victoria.
It was September 1, 1945, the day the nation held its breath.
British Prime Minister Clement Attlee had just announced the end of World War II and news quickly spread in the smart country town.
Within minutes, residents were outside in the street, cheering, singing and revelling in the announcement.
But according to a report of the day from The Horsham Times, one man held back on the celebrations, trying to proceed with his case before the court.
After he complained of the noise, "the magistrate replied that he appreciated the position, but was prepared for the court to continue," The Times reported.
"The magistrate was informed that the cases to come would last another couple hours, to which he said, 'I think we have had enough today. No doubt those present want to see some of the fun going on outside.'"
"The court was quickly deserted."
The Times said the official announcement of the end of World War II took the town by surprise.
"People were arriving at work when Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Clement Attlee was concluding his dramatic announcement," the paper reported.
"Residents took a while to come to the realisation that it was all over.
"A few who had heard Mr Attlee's broadcast excitedly told others, and as the good news spread like wildfire, it was not long before the whole town stirred as never before in its history.
"A car - horn loudly and continuously tooting with several exuberant youths sitting on its body - raced up and down Firebrace and Wilson Streets [Horsham], and it was not long before others similarly displayed their joy.
"Before shops closed for the day they were besieged by hundreds of shoppers anxious to buy miniature flags and red, white and blue ribbons.
"From 10am crowds began to pour into Firebrace Street, where the celebrations reached their peak.
"Overcrowded trucks and cars of yelling and cheering revellers, some of whom had precarious seats on the sides of the vehicles, raced up and down the street.
"Some dragged along tins of various sorts just to add to the din.
"Both the Horsham Town and Pipe Bands turned out and wherever they went large crowds followed.
"Some danced to the music at the corner of the White Hart Hotel, while others joined hands and sang when the Horsham Town Band played popular patriotic tunes.
"A small boy with a drum almost as big as himself was having the time of his life, and he certainly contributed his share of the noise.
"Several children hurried up and down Firebrace Street ringing bells, and the staff of a hotel were seen banging a tray.
"The siren of the Horsham Fire Brigade sung throughout the day and into the night, and the bells of the school and the Horsham churches sent forth their victory peals.
"Revellers, many of whom had never before met, joined hands and danced. Boys appeared with decorated bicycles, tins dragging behind.
"A big, white bulldog with a Union Jack in its collar watched the crowd milling up and down Firebrace Street. It typified the Victory spirit and gave the impression that is was ready for any future eventuality.
"At midday, the mayor addressed the crowded Wilson Street from the balcony of the Town Hall.
"The mayor, dressed in his robes of office, said: "I am sure you are all delighted with the glad news that peace has at last been declared and at the cessation of hostilities in both Europe and in the Pacific.
"'We all rejoice at Victory and eagerly look forward to the near future when our loved one will again be home with us.
"'This is a time of thanksgiving and rejoicing for many, but let us also remember those who need our sympathies and prayers.'
"The mayor called for three victory cheers, which were loudly given.
"Horsham hailed victory and the war's end."