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Merchant seamen deserting to the diggings

After deserting their ship for the goldfields, the Merchant Seamen of the Sir Robert Sale announced they would return to duty, each some 1500 pounds richer from the Eureka Diggings.

29 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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GENEROUS CONDUCT. In these days of desertion, particularly on the part of Merchant Seamen, it is gratifying to learn that the whole of the seamen who left the Sir Robert Sale, about two months ago, after having realised some very large sums, to the extent of £1500 per man, at the Eureka Diggings, have one and all made their intentions known of again joining their old ship under Captain Loder, and making up, by assiduous attention to their duty, any differences which may now prevail. This will enable the gallant old seman to get-off sometime about Christmas. Geelong Advertiser, 29 October 1852