15 January, 2014

January 15 Hot, stormy and theft!

1888
A dreadful day 110 degrees with a strong northerly blowing clouds of dust and fruit from trees.

1864 CURIOUS ROBBERY.- 

A rascal at Dunolly, this week, accomplished a feat that all the police in New South Wales were unable to effect, by sticking up the celebrated bush- ranger Frank Gardiner, and robbing him of his revolver. A collection of waxworks was being exhibited at Frayne's Theatre, and amongst them was the representation of this colonial Claude Duval, revolver in hand, supposed to be in the very act of politely re- questing some unfortunate traveller to " level up;" and we are informed that some indi- vidual, doubtless in a state of happy ignorance as to the existence of the old rule of meum and tuum, went in in the night with the intention of purloining the pistol, and finding that he was unable to wrest it from the hand of the figure, actually broke off the hand, and carried it away with the revolver. It was certainly an audacious proceeding. The model will have to be sent to Melbourne to be repaired.

1936 

Heavy electrical storm lightning struck the wires in a fence between properties of Councillor McPherson and Mr Howard at Betley. A small grass fire began but was extinguished by the efforts of neighbours and showers.

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