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'Another case of bloodshed'

The night ended badly for a party of diggers at Fryers Creek. Whilst conversing in their tent two of the men began to quarrel. They eventually agreed to a pistol duel to end their argument. One man was shot dead.

2 February 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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MOUNT ALEXANDER (From our own correspondent). I have just heard of another case of bloodshed in an affair of honor, but in consequence of the lateness of the hour (six o’clock), and the distance to the spot, I can only give you what I have so far learned. It appears that four men, a party of diggers, were conversing together in their tent, at Fryer’s Creek, yesterday (Wednesday), when a quarrel ensued between two of them, and it was decided upon between them, that they should fight a duel, with pistols in the tent. Neither of them being backward, two shots from each being fired, the result was that one was shot dead on the spot. An inquest was held this morning, the verdict I shall endeavour to furnish in my next. The two other mates, although present, did not interfere in the arrangements. Argus, 7 February 1853