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Runaways from Van Diemen’s Land

The Argus reported with some concern that convicts from Van Diemen’s Land were making their way in increasing numbers to Victoria’s goldfields.

2 October 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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VAN DIEMEN’S LAND. RUNAWAYS .—Passholders still continue to absent themselves, and slope to the Victoria Diggings. One man during the past week received £3 to fetch a horse from the interior. but he paid his passage to Melbourne with the money, and decamped. Five passholders were sentenced to various punishments within the last few days at the police office, who had been taken by the Victoria police, but where one is so taken, twenty escape. Unless the absconders are known and identified by persons from hence, the magistrates across the water cannot detain them, and the Melbourne press assert that the convict authorities here are not very anxious for them to be returned.— Colonist. Argus, 2 October 1852