- Bushranging with all its fury
Reports of bushrangers terrorising the Victorian countryside proliferated in newspapers. The Argus reported that on Wednesday last, a party of armed gunmen robbed several inhabitants at Campbells Creek. The Mounted Police caught three of the offending bushrangers.
- 26 May 1853
- Published Source
- 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
- This material is provided by the Australian National Dictionary Centre, a joint project of the Australian National University and Oxford University Press Australia.
TranscriptMOUNT ALEXANDER. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT .)
Forest Creek, 21st May, 1853.
Bushranging has commenced again with all its fury. On Wednesday night last, a party of five men, well armed with revolvers and mounted, robbed several persons on Campbell’s Creek. Having completed their depradations at that locality, they proceeded to Golden Point, and called at a store belonging to Mr. Osborne, having represented themselves to that gentleman as belonging to the detective force, and sent by Detective Sergeant Kennedy to get the full particulars of a robbery of some bacon, which occurred at Mr. Osborne’s a night or two previous. That gentleman kindly entertained them, and gave them full particulars as to the whereabouts of everything in the store, and actually commenced an examination of the revolvers and life-protectors which they carried, wishing to know from them the mode of using the life protectors. They answered him by demanding his money, and having only obtained £40, told Mr. Osborne they expected £400 or £500, as the proceeds of an auction sale which he had held a day or two previous. Mr. Osborne told them he was not so foolish as to keep any large sum about him, but they could have the receipts for the cash and gold deposited in the Escort, if they wished it. They declined the offer, and immediately started for Mount M’Ivor, with a body of the Mounted Police in full chase. Three men in custody of the Mounted Police, and answering the description of three of the men in Wednesday night’s affair, passed this office this evening. In justice to the Mounted Police, I must state that no exertions are wanting on their part to capture bushrangers and horsestealers, as of late several of this description have been triumphantly led past this office.
Argus,26 May 1853
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