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Crime on the Eureka Diggings

A man in his store at the Eureka Diggings was robbed at gunpoint.

4 September 1852
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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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EUREKA DIGGINGS. The active chief constable, Mr. Smith accompanied by serjeant Simpson, and five mounted troopers scoured the diggings on Monday last, and succeeded in apprehending two men, who are believed to be the parties who made the murderous attack on Scott’s store, to which I referred in my last letter. A more diabolical outrage was never perpetrated. The men went into the store under the pretence of looking at some boots, when one of them drew a pistol, and deliberately fired it at young Scott, grazing his cheek whilst the other rushed the elder Mr. Scott, passed the counter, and but for the noise would have effected their object. THIS IS TO CERTIFY , That I, J. S[cott], on Saturday evening, September 4, 1852, whilst serving at the counter, three men came into the shop, and asked to look at some boots; whilst showing the boots, one of the men pulled out a pistol, and fired it at my head; they all jumped over the counter at the same time, and on the scuffle knocked me down, I got up and found one of the men engaged with my father, and I took a pistol from him, and they got away from me. (Signed) J.S. Geelong Advertiser, 14 September 1852