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The Gold Swindlers

A gold swindler was brought to justice and sentenced to five years labour on the roads.

20 April 1853
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Australian National Dictionary Centre, The Gold Rushes and Australian English: a resource for researchers, teachers and students, Australian National University, 2005, http://www.anu.edu.au/andc/res/aus_words/gold/index.php. Details
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THE GOLD SWINDLERS. After having so incessantly warned the more ignorant, or more careless of the diggers, of the gross frauds perpetrated upon them by many of the gold purchasers now swarming our streets, it is with considerable pleasure that we notice that one at least of the herd has met with his deserts, and is now fairly sentenced to five years upon the roads. The man who has been the means of thus bringing one of these rascals to justice, deserves the thanks of the community; and if amongst the thousands of fraudulent transactions which have taken place, any other gold-seller can sheet home a similar charge against any of these swindlers, we hope that the success of the present experiment will encourage him to proceed. The mal-practices of this sort have long been a disgrace to the colony; and some of the evil-doers would be justly served by being sent to keep company with their old associated. Argus, 20 April 1853