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A case of sheep-stealing

Having stolen a sheep carcass from a butcher, a man carried the carcass back to his tent and called for his mate to come outside. Unfortunately he had lost his way in the dark, and was instead standing outside the police station. He was later charged with sheep-stealing.

29 April 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.) Forest Creek, 2nd May, 1853. A case of sheep-stealing was heard at the Police Court, Castlemaine, on Friday last, which resulted in the committal of the delinquent. The most amusing part of the affair was the detection and capture of the thief. It appears that the thief, Jospeh Flanders, went to the shop of a butcher in the neighborhood, and abstracted therefrom the whole carcass of a sheep hanging there for sale, which he carried away on his back. The night being very dark, the thief lost his way home, and found himself at the police station, at the rear of this office; and, on seeing the light, called out for assistance, upon which the sergeant at the station came out and questioned him, and finding his answers were anything but satisfactory, took him into custody. A constable was then sent off to the butchers’ shops in the neighborhood, and at length the one from whence the meat was taken was found. From the answers given by the thief to the questions of the sergeant, it was gleaned, that upon taking the carcass, Flanders intended making his way with his load to his tent at Adelaide Flat; but the night being very dark, he took an opposite direction, until he reached the police station, and, supposing it to be his tent, was calling out for his mate, when he was taken into custody. Argus, 5 May 1853