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Hall o' fame ranking

Rank Corrector Lines corrected
1 JohnWarren 4,364,328
2 NeilHamilton 3,036,883
3 noelwoodhouse 2,841,171
4 annmanley 2,228,110
5 John.F.Hall 2,097,340
...
229 cireen 155,833
230 johntapner 155,711
231 hindsight 154,808
232 BainaMasquelier 154,172
233 johnnan 154,129
234 SandraDianJoy 153,912

154,172 line(s) corrected.

Corrections by month

March 2017 4,190
February 2017 1,934
January 2017 3,818
December 2016 3,019
November 2016 2,077
October 2016 4,240
September 2016 6,216
August 2016 11,048
July 2016 9,863
June 2016 8,379
May 2016 1,030
March 2016 267
February 2016 4,971
January 2016 1,005
December 2015 964
November 2015 5,608
October 2015 16,538
September 2015 7,046
August 2015 6,769
July 2015 4,261
June 2015 1,232
May 2015 2,248
April 2015 5,588
March 2015 4,730
February 2015 1,861
January 2015 2,767
December 2014 152
August 2014 1,105
July 2014 3,275
April 2014 499
March 2014 3,674
February 2014 13,042
January 2014 10,756

Hall o' fame ranking

Rank Corrector Lines corrected
1 JohnWarren 4,364,325
2 NeilHamilton 3,036,883
3 noelwoodhouse 2,841,171
4 annmanley 2,228,040
5 John.F.Hall 2,097,335
...
232 SandraDianJoy 153,912
233 janetlynngibson 153,651
234 russtyb 151,662
235 BainaMasquelier 151,628
236 docaartsen 149,707
237 swade 149,121

151,628 line(s) corrected.

Corrections by month

March 2017 4,190
February 2017 1,934
January 2017 3,818
December 2016 2,967
November 2016 2,077
October 2016 4,240
September 2016 6,216
August 2016 11,048
July 2016 7,371
June 2016 8,379
May 2016 1,030
March 2016 267
February 2016 4,971
January 2016 1,005
December 2015 964
November 2015 5,608
October 2015 16,538
September 2015 7,046
August 2015 6,769
July 2015 4,261
June 2015 1,232
May 2015 2,248
April 2015 5,588
March 2015 4,730
February 2015 1,861
January 2015 2,767
December 2014 152
August 2014 1,105
July 2014 3,275
April 2014 499
March 2014 3,674
February 2014 13,042
January 2014 10,756

Hall o' fame ranking

Rank Corrector Lines corrected
1 mickbrook 72,675
2 murds5 54,162
3 jaybee67 51,863
4 PhilThomas 20,779
5 EricTheRed 20,242
...
10 poves 3,391
11 sonmaa 2,826
12 JohnMA2227 2,748
13 bainamasquelier 2,544
14 aleon 2,277
15 AngelaDay 2,039

2,544 line(s) corrected.

Corrections by month

December 2016 52
July 2016 2,492


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IN BRIE[?] (Article), National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW : 1889 - 1954), Thursday 14 February 1907 page 1 2017-03-27 16:13 The labor market at Cobav is oyer
stocked^
Daniel' Neivman was, at the
Bathurst Police Court yesterday, re
jnandecl to.N'ortli Sydney on a charge
of ?wife desertion.
riding onia load of wood at Kialla,
passing ovjji' liim he waa killed.
? Mayoral elections— Oovra, Alder
man W. H, Wardsworth ; Lithgow,
Alderman Spooner j Parkes, Aider
mail S. E.j Close, -
A Cabinet meeting was held yester
day at MeqllowJBath, where the Prmier
lias been resting during the last few
days..
The proceeds of the'Burraga hospital
races, together with those of the ball at :
done, Burraga 1
to death in a house at Ballangeicli,
^Victoria.. ^ . . .
' Magic,' on a charge of indecent as
sault at Peak Hill, . '..was found not
.guilty at the Forbes Quarter Sessions
and discharged. .
Murphy, Alex. Smith, and George 1\
;lnd land.under the Pastures Protection
Act. 1 Fines of Is and 6s costs were
Whiisi returning in a conveyance
who' threw bottles at them. One man
. Mr. J. W. Gallen, statioumaster at
Byrock,; was entertained by the resi
dents o£ that place on the occasion of
presented with a silver afternoon tea ,
service..
alive and killed at the bluo metal
the skull fractured, and the thigh frac
his nose split open, his thigh dislo
to pieces by the hail last week. Tho
Aery severely cut by the sharp' hail- 1
been destroyed in tho Molong district.
mand.
——
The labor market at Cobar is over
stocked.
—:—
Daniel Newman was, at the
Bathurst Police Court yesterday, remanded
to.North Sydney on a charge
—:—
—:—
riding on a load of wood at Kialla,
passing over him he was killed.
—:—
Mayoral elections— Cowra, Alderman
W.. H. Wardsworth ; Lithgow,
Alderman Spooner ; Parkes, Alderman
S. E. Close.
—:—
at Medlow Bath, where the Premier
has been resting during the last few
—:—
The proceeds of the Burraga hospital
races, together with those of the ball at
done, Burraga !
—:—
to death in a house at Ballangeich,
—:—
" Magic," on a charge of indecent assault
at Peak Hill, was found not
guilty at the Forbes Quarter Sessions
—:—
Murphy, Alex. Smith, and George T.
and land.under the Pastures Protection
Act. Fines of 1s and 6s costs were
—:—
Whilst returning in a conveyance
who threw bottles at them. One man
—:—
Mr. J. W. Gallen, stationmaster at
of that place on the occasion of
presented with a silver afternoon tea
service.
—:—
alive and killed at the blue metal
the skull fractured, and the thigh fractured;
—:—
to pieces by the hail last week. The
very severely cut by the sharp hail-
been destroyed in the Molong district.
—:—
—:—
—:—
IN BRIE[?] (Article), National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW : 1889 - 1954), Thursday 14 February 1907 page 1 2017-03-27 16:02 charge of obtaining goods - by false
pretences from Mr. W. Foster, store
?Monday ho was 'remanded till to-day.
A prominent member of tho Educa
were scientific, biographical and his
them, and tho supply of this sort of
literature was always equal to tho de
' Mrs. Compton, of Fitzroy, Mel
times: in. the back, threo times in tho
head, 'and 10 times', in the left arm
with a- pair of scissors and a pocket
knife.: She said she did it to get evon ;
. lid attacked him when she came home.
; tnp ton's condition is-, very grave.
charge of obtaining goods by false
pretences from Mr. W. Foster, store-
Monday he was remanded till to-day.
A prominent member of the Education
them, and the supply of this sort of
literature was always equal to the de
times in the back, three times in the
head, and 10 times in the left arm
with a pair of scissors and a pocket
knife. She said she did it to get even
and attacked him when she came home.
Compton's condition is very grave.
Local and General. (Article), Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 - 1904), Wednesday 9 December 1896 page 2 2017-03-27 15:55 eastern carts.
the room at rear of shop in Howick-street.'
wholssome Tonic, such as Wolfe's 8ohnappa,
Billiard Licenses. —Holders of billiard
sines, sixty men being engaged in the
Wedding Bells. — ' Florence Dale,1'
on Tuesday, the 1st instant, on the occa
Charlotte Ethel ('Lottie,') fourth and
youngest daughter of Mr. John Beer Pad
man. The ceremony was- performed by
the Rev. Canon Young, of George's Plains,
sequin trimmings and wreath. The brides
a sumptuous breakfast. Atter spending a
mail train, amid showers of rice, for Syd
ney, en route for Goulburn. Miss Paddi
son was the recipient of numerous pre
set silver serviette rings ; Mr. W. Chsllew,
marble ami bronze dock: Mr. J. Collins,
revolving silver cruet; Miss Maud Paddi
son, pair illuminated texts ; Miss George
jug; Mis3 Ivy Ennis, framed drawing;
Bathurst and Perth,
eastern parts.
the room at rear of shop in Howick-street.
wholesome Tonic, such as Wolfe's Schnapps,
Billiard Licenses. — Holders of billiard
since, sixty men being engaged in the
Wedding Bells. — " Florence Dale,"
Charlotte Ethel (" Lottie,") fourth and
man. The ceremony was performed by
the Rev. Canon Young, of George's Plains.
a sumptuous breakfast. After spending a
set silver serviette rings ; Mr. W. Chellew,
marble and bronze clock; Mr. J. Collins,
jug; Miss Ivy Ennis, framed drawing;
Bathurst and Perth.
Advertising (Advertising), The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), Saturday 14 December 1872 [Issue No.650] page 738 2017-03-27 15:40 NITEli BROTHERS' GOLD MINING COM
PANY, Tobin's Oakey, Wattle Flat,
Tie property of this Company, consisting of 18 acres, on
Che now famous Hill Top Reef, will shirtly be in the
market for the purpose of obtaining the neoessary funds to
ereot machinery for crushing the stone obtainable from the
above valuable reef, averaging 2 feet in thickness, whioh
has been opeined on several places in the ground,
Two crushings of stone have already baen mad?, with the
One by Professor Watt, of 10 owt. 1 qr. 14 lbs., yielde 1
as per certificate — Gold, 1169 grains, at the rite of 4 oz.
13 dwls. 3 gjrs. per ton.
The other, at the Royal Mint, of 16 owt. 3 qrs 10 lbs.,
W. HEMMING, Hon. Seo.
JL A W L E R
? Bedding Manufacturer,
| Importer of Iron Bedsteads, Pol a, Curled Horsehair, & c ,
617, George-Btreet, Sydney.
UNITED BROTHERS' GOLD MINING COMPANY,
Tobin's Oakey, Wattle Flat.
The property of this Company, consisting of 18 acres, on
the now famous Hill Top Reef, will shortly be in the
market for the purpose of obtaining the necessary funds to
erect machinery for crushing the stone obtainable from the
above valuable reef, averaging 2 feet in thickness, which
has been opened on several places in the ground.
Two crushings of stone have already been made, with the
One by Professor Watt, of 10 cwt. 1 qr. 14 lbs., yielded
as per certificate — Gold, 1159 grains, at the rate of 4 oz.
13 dwts. 3 grs. per ton.
The other, at the Royal Mint, of 16 cwt. 3 qrs 10 lbs.,
W. HEMMING, Hon. Sec.
J. LAWLER
Bedding Manufacturer,
Importer of Iron Bedsteads, Pulu, Curled Horsehair, &c.,
517, George-street, Sydney.
Advertising (Advertising), The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Monday 13 March 1865 [Issue No.8353] page 6 2017-03-27 15:23 FOR SALE.-TWO STORKS, »t SOFALA, and ono
at WATTLE FLAT, in which an extensivo gonoml
business has been carried on for many years. The increas-
ing importance of these gold-fields, together with the largo
connection alrendy atl.ached to tho promises, offers nn oppor-
tunity to an enterprising person seldom to bo mot with.
Tho above will bo sold either in ONE LOT or SEPA-
For jurtnor particulars apply to II. WILLIAMS, Messrs.
Vickery and Hall's, 399, Gcort-^-strect._
FOR SALE.— TWO STORES, at SOFALA, and one
at WATTLE FLAT, in which an extensive general
business has been carried on for many years. The increasing
ing importance of these gold-fields, together with the large
connection already attached to the promises, offers an opportunity
to an enterprising person seldom to be met with.
The above will be sold either in ONE LOT or SEPARATELY
For further particulars apply to H. WILLIAMS, Messrs.
Vickery and Hall's, 399, George-street.
MERITORIOUS CAPTURE OF A COINER. (from the Redbank Correspondent of the M. and D. Advertiser.) (Article), Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), Monday 16 September 1861 [Issue No.3103] page 8 2017-03-27 01:05 : DEATH sr DunNiNO.-A few days ago (says tho Jlfoif
land Mercury) a woman namtd Mortimer, tba wife of a
mllltr, residing at Campbell's Bill, accidentally fell into
tho.fir«.,; She waa alone at tho time, but some of the
neighbours, attracted by her sctoims, came to her atáis,
tanoe, although not b olor o abo had sustained serious in-
jury. After stripping tho burning olothes from her body,
they put her to led, and sent for Dr, Wigan, but notwith-
standing tho efforts made to alleviate her sufferings, she
gradually sank,' and died yesterday morning. Tho
d>ceased wo« an elderly woman.-An inquest was.hold
ytisterday (Friday ovenlng) at II a w kin B' Thistle Inn,
Wost Maitland, and a vordiot of accidentally burned td
doa'li WAS returned.
TUB Minant)' STIHKR,--Tho NewcaitU Chronicle says :
~Wo hove reoeived information that a mooting was held
yesterday between the do'eßaloB nnd managers, In ro*
ièrenoc to..the rooent Rtrlko, «nd oro grlovotl to learn
lhat tho intonlew has anded In no good roBUlt, It just
fCBolros itself into wbnt wo'originally predicted, that
nothing but sn arbitration will ever bring this now
carious and lamenlablo question tb anything lido a satis
factor isaue. Wo 'earnestly ttuat that " common sonso"
will at litt assume tho ascendant, and that both sid ti
Will wisely acknowledge tho foroo of neoottity.
DEATH BY BURNING.— A few days ago (says the Maitland
Mercury) a woman named Mortimer, the wife of a
miller, residing at Campbell's Bill, accidentally fell into
the fire. She was alone at the time, but some of the
neighbours, attracted by her screams, came to her assistance,
although not before she had sustained serious injury.
After stripping the burning clothes from her body,
they put her tog bed, and sent for Dr. Wigan, but notwith-
standing the efforts made to alleviate her sufferings, she
gradually sank, and died yesterday morning. The
deceased was an elderly woman.—An inquest was held
yesterday (Friday evening) at Hawkins' Thistle Inn,
West Maitland, and a verdict of accidentally burned to
death was returned.
THE MINERS' STRIKE.— The Newcastle Chronicle says :
— We have received information that a meeting was held
yesterday between the delegates and managers, in reference
to the recent strike, and are grieved to learn
that the interview has ended in no good result. It just
resolves itself into what we originally predicted, that
nothing but an arbitration will ever bring this now
serious and lamentable question to anything like a satis-
factor issue. We earnestly trust that " common sense"
will at last assume the ascendant, and that both sides
will wisely acknowledge the force of necessity.
MERITORIOUS CAPTURE OF A COINER. (from the Redbank Correspondent of the M. and D. Advertiser.) (Article), Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), Monday 16 September 1861 [Issue No.3103] page 8 2017-03-27 00:55 plaoe, and the two fought'themselves olean through tbe
wall of the tent, when they suddenly oame to tho ground
by falling heavily ovdr a heap of old logs. The officer
fortunately was uppermost, and constable M'Gill having
sprang ont of bis ambush, brought forward bia hand
oqffs, and the offlosiB, by oo.operation, succeeded in
plaoing the wrist fetters on safely, but not before they had
reoeived kioka of Buob a telling nature aa will certainly
insure remembrance of the ovent for a lengthy period
to come. Upon eearohing the tent, at quantity of
tablespoons were found, bearing tho stamp of Dickson
and SOD, and their composition corresponding exactly
with tbe aoin run ont that evening, or rather morning,
for the arrest took plaoe ot balf-past one a.m. On the
fire a oruoiblo was found boiling, with a large quantity
of metal in it. A trimming file and some smoothing eaod
wera found, and upon a table a atorliog crown-piece of
ISii was discovered, and one spurious one of the some
impression. A good hall-orown was aaa found, beating
a likeness of George IV. in 1826, and the counterfeits
were Bli fao-aimiloBbf it. Tb» five-shllling mould, and
orie side of the half-crown- one, were broken in the
scrimmage, but tho other side of the half-crown was
found perfect, oloao to the logs where Mr. Boorie and
the prisoner fell. The law-breaker will be brought be-
fore the Benah to-morrow morning at tho Polioo Court,
and ns the oaso is so remarkably conclusive against him,
be no doubt will bo told that bis appearance will bs ne
aeasary nt tbe'next Ararat Cironit Court, Hil mino is
Jamos S-voeney, sud hooinims St. Patrick os tbe patron
saint ol tho land of bia birth. He ia a particular
aoqnaiutonoe of Smith, ahd the polios ore strongly ol
opinion that an .. understanding" bas existed between
th« pair for lorne lime pas'.
'Ii.finite credit is due to otlluor Bourka for the oound
discretion he exeralsed in not making the arrent when
the two were, in the tent, ai tbo bellows-blower sat
against the door, and would bavo to bo tbe first Belied
upon, and in tbe meantime, though but a seoond or ¿we,
tho chief actor in the coining drama would bare sprung
through tho oanvaa sides of the tont, and certainly
would have. destroyed the moulds, even if be
hid been mot by Constable M'Gill outside. AB the
publio have boen frightfully swindled in thoio districts,
it is to be hopod that tho auocossful arresting effloer will
not be forgotten in bead quarters.
' TASMANIA.-Tho Molbourne papers 'quote Hobart
Town nowa to tho 17th instant:-A woman mm ed Mary
Foy his bean found murdered at Swansea, and the jury
had found a vordiot of wilful murder against ber bus.
band, Fatrlok Foy. An Inquest had been held on a
lárgo fire that bid ooourrea in Mr. John King's hay
storr, St. John's, street, Launceston, but the jury oould
ooma to' no conclusion aa ta whether it waa aooideatal
place, and the two fought themselves clean through the
wall of the tent, when they suddenly came to the ground
by falling heavily over a heap of old logs. The officer
fortunately was uppermost, and constable McGill having
sprang out of his ambush, brought forward his hand-
cuffs, and the officers, by co-operation, succeeded in
placing the wrist fetters on safely, but not before they had
received kicks of such a telling nature as will certainly
insure remembrance of the event for a lengthy period
to come. Upon searching the tent, at quantity of
tablespoons were found, bearing the stamp of Dickson
and Sov, and their composition corresponding exactly
with the coin run out that evening, or rather morning,
for the arrest took place at half-past one a.m. On the
fire a crucible was found boiling, with a large quantity
of metal in it. A trimming file and some smoothing sand
were found, and upon a table a sterling crown-piece of
1844 was discovered, and one spurious one of the some
impression. A good half-crown was also found, bearing
a likeness of George IV. in 1825, and the counterfeits
were all fac-similes of it. The five-shilling mould, and
one side of the half-crown one, were broken in the
scrimmage, but the other side of the half-crown was
found perfect, close to the logs where Mr. Rourke and
the Bench to-morrow morning at the Police Court,
and as the case is so remarkably conclusive against him,
he no doubt will be told that his appearance will be necessary
at the next Ararat Circuit Court. His name is
James Sveeney, and he claims St. Patrick as the patron
saint of the land of his birth. He is a particular
acquaintance of Smith, and the police are strongly of
opinion that an "understanding" has existed between
the pair for some time past.
Infinite credit is due to officer Bourke for the sound
discretion he exercised in not making the arrest when
the two were, in the tent, as the bellows-blower sat
against the door, and would have to be the first seized
upon, and in the meantime, though but a second or two,
the chief actor in the coining drama would have sprung
through the canvas sides of the tent, and certainly
would have destroyed the moulds, even if he
had been met by Constable McGill outside. As the
public have been frightfully swindled in these districts,
it is to be hoped that the successful arresting officer will
not be forgotten in head quarters.
TASMANIA.— The Melbourne papers quote Hobart
Town news to the 17th instant:— A woman named Mary
Foy has bean found murdered at Swansea, and the jury
had found a verdict of wilful murder against her husband,
Patrick Foy. An inquest had been held on a
large fire that had occurred in Mr. John King's hay
store, St. John's street, Launceston, but the jury could
come to no conclusion as to whether it was accidental
MERITORIOUS CAPTURE OF A COINER. (from the Redbank Correspondent of the M. and D. Advertiser.) (Article), Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), Monday 16 September 1861 [Issue No.3103] page 8 2017-03-27 00:36 MERITORIOUS CAPTURE OP A COINER.
(from the Redbank Correspondent of the JU. and D.
AdvcrtUcr.)
Every reider of your jaurnal will doubtless remember
fully tbe accounts which appeared ot late in your oo
lomos bearing upon the atteiing of aounterfeit ooins at
Rostron and Hind's on the 33rd and 31th' of last month,
by one George Robert Smith, and also by bis wife, and
the committal of'the two for trial at the next Ararat
residing in one of tho districts surrounding thia
town, and although lead waB found in Smith's
tent at Hind's, still a more likely coiner waa suspected
to be in existenoe. Deteotive Rourke at onoe oommenoed
a quiet hunt, and first took in hand thu Rostron rnBb,
where Smith had "passed BO many half.orowna at tho
. atora of Mr. Maloolm, on Friday, the 23rd of August
last. The officer spent several sleepless nights watohing
varions tents, especially those wherein light was percep-
tible after a reasonable hour, and situated in a seoluded
spot. However, bia vigilance proved of no avail, and
eventually ha directed bis attention to Hind's, where
Smitb was and ÍB a resident. From some-information
he reoeived, hs became suspicious of a spot
in Wattle Flat, a, distonoe . ol Bomttbing
nnder a "mile from . Smith's residence.
Yesterday evening Mr. Rourke and Constable M'.Qill
prooeeded in oompany from Redbank woll armed, and
wended their wey towards tbe flat mentioned. Upon
arriving at it abouti eight o'olook, and whilst yet aome
little distanoo from the exact spot suspected, tboy, pass-
ing through the sorub of wattle trees, observed two tenta
in a very seoluded spot, and1 a light burning in one of
them. Although they hod no sn pioion whatever of
any ono in those tents, they aocidently stood for a
few minutes and listened ' to some conversation
being oarrled on between two of the inmutes
of the lighted tent. Moat extraordinary, and indeed ro
' to the neighbouring tent, and in an audible tone of voice,
requested the loan of a pair of - hollows, Bloting to the
perron intide that be wanted to melt down some metal
that evening. The bellows nose lent, and tho boirojver
returned to his own calioo home. Tho officer having
heard plainly the' termB "metal" and .'melting," deter-
mined upon making a dead Bot for the night upon tho
tent where the melting prooess was to be oarried on.
Deteotive Rourke . orept noiselessly npon hands and
knees; towards the tent, but failed to bear ony distinct
conversation relative to money ooining. After tho lapsa
of an bonr or so, the two mon came out of tho tent toge-
ther, and prooeeded on to the diggings for some
purpose or other, but moat probably to some shanty fer
drinks. Mr. Rourke quiokly entered the tont, and found
in it a fine fire, and two ooining ball mould», nowly made
earthen plateB. He immediately stopped out and aent
Constable M'Gill in to witness tho articles, so aa to give
corroborative evldenoe, should an arrest be made, The
two officers then.threw themselves on their faces bobind
some sornb, and waited tho return of the men.' Betweon
ten end eleven they came, and entered the tent, little
suspecting the inBpeotion that had been made of their
premises during . their abuonoe. Mr. ' Bourke
again orept towards tba tent, ' and 1 distinctly
beard ona of the men Buy to tbe other,
" Now you'll iee what b-y fine coin I'll run
oain of the realm f The detective now risked a nearer
approaob, and succeeded in getting to tho side of the
chimney ; fortunately, a small orovice in tba calico pre-
sented itself before bim, through wbioh bo could plainly
see wbat was going on inside of the premises. One man
blew ibo fire, and the other sat and oommencod fingering
the moulds as a step towards ooining.. By and by some
moiton lead waa spooned out of a crucible into tho
mould, and five or six bolf-orowns were Boon turned out
upon a table. ' The coiner said to the bellows,
blowor, "Now .we con 'afford a nobbler ;
let's go out abd get ono." Mr. Boutke
hastily removed from, the chimney to avoid
being seen, and the two borne out for the purpose, of
prooecding for the refreshing beverage, proposed by the
seoonds before his companion, and it appearo observed
that Ibo shanty was closed wherein the nobblers were to
be ned. He called put to the coiner that Boob was the
fact, and reoeived a reply, that lt would bo useless to go
any further. For some reaBon or other the ooiuer only
returned into tbe tent, and Mr. Rourke, seeing this,
deemed it nebesBary to make an immediate arrest, for
fear of Joeing the two. He again "orept lo the chimney,
and 'saw plainly the coining prooess resumed. After
waiting to see some few half-crowns turned out, ho as
.quietly approached tho entronco into the tent, and
..succeeded in plaoing one foot safely; in balbra
'the coiner lifted his eyes to look at bim. He, with
'tho agility of a leopard, sprang towards his msn, volzed
by the' throat with' one hand, and with tho other the
right band of the coiner, in wbioh one of the half-moulds
waa held. A determined straggle instantaneously took
MERITORIOUS CAPTURE OF A COINER.
(From the Redbank Correspondent of the M. and D.
Advertiser.)
Every reader of your journal will doubtless remember
fully the accounts which appeared of late in your columns
bearing upon the uttering of counterfeit coins at
Rostron and Hind's on the 23rd and 24th of last month,
by one George Robert Smith, and also by his wife, and
the committal of the two for trial at the next Ararat
residing in one of the districts surrounding this
town, and although lead was found in Smith's
tent at Hind's, still a more likely coiner was suspected
to be in existence. Detective Rourke at once commenced
a quiet hunt, and first took in hand the Rostron rush,
where Smith had passed so many half-crowns at the
store of Mr. Malcolm, on Friday, the 23rd of August
last. The officer spent several sleepless nights watching
various tents, especially those wherein light was perceptible
after a reasonable hour, and situated in a secluded
spot. However, his vigilance proved of no avail, and
eventually he directed his attention to Hind's, where
Smith was and is a resident. From some information
he received, he became suspicious of a spot
in Wattle Flat, a distance of something
under a mile from Smith's residence.
Yesterday evening Mr. Rourke and Constable McGill
proceeded in company from Redbank well armed, and
wended their way towards the flat mentioned. Upon
arriving at it about eight o'clock, and whilst yet some
little distance from the exact spot suspected, they, passing
through the scrub of wattle trees, observed two tents
in a very secluded spot, and a light burning in one of
them. Although they had no suspicion whatever of
any one in those tents, they accidentally stood for a
few minutes and listened to some conversation
being carried on between two of the inmates
of the lighted tent. Most extraordinary, and indeed romantic
to the neighbouring tent, and in an audible tone of voice,
requested the loan of a pair of bellows, stating to the
person inside that he wanted to melt down some metal
that evening. The bellows were lent, and the borrower
returned to his own calico home. The officer having
heard plainly the terms "metal" and "melting," determined
upon making a dead set for the night upon the
tent where the melting process was to be carried on.
Detective Rourke crept noiselessly upon hands and
knees towards the tent, but failed to hear any distinct
conversation relative to money coining. After the lapse
of an hour or so, the two men came out of the tent together,
and proceeded on to the diggings for some
purpose or other, but most probably to some shanty for
drinks. Mr. Rourke quickly entered the tent, and found
in it a fine fire, and two coining ball moulds, newly made
earthen plates. He immediately stopped out and sent
Constable McGill in to witness the articles, so as to give
corroborative evidence, should an arrest be made. The
two officers then threw themselves on their faces behind
some scrub, and waited the return of the men. Between
ten and eleven they came, and entered the tent, little
suspecting the inspection that had been made of their
premises during their absence. Mr. Bourke
again crept towards the tent, and distinctly
heard one of the men say to the other,
" Now you'll see what b——y fine coin I'll run
coin of the realm?" The detective now risked a nearer
approach, and succeeded in getting to the side of the
chimney ; fortunately, a small crevice in the calico presented
itself before him, through which he could plainly
see what was going on inside of the premises. One man
blew the fire, and the other sat and commenced fingering
the moulds as a step towards coining. By and by some
molten lead was spooned out of a crucible into the
mould, and five or six half-crowns were soon turned out
upon a table. The coiner said to the bellows-
blower, "Now we can afford a nobbler ;
let's go out and get one." Mr. Rourke
hastily removed from the chimney to avoid
being seen, and the two came out for the purpose of
proceeding for the refreshing beverage, proposed by the
seconds before his companion, and it appears observed
that the shanty was closed wherein the nobblers were to
be had. He called put to the coiner that such was the
fact, and received a reply, that it would be useless to go
any further. For some reason or other the coiner only
returned into the tent, and Mr. Rourke, seeing this,
deemed it necessary to make an immediate arrest, for
fear of losing the two. He again crept to the chimney,
and saw plainly the coining process resumed. After
waiting to see some few half-crowns turned out, he as
quietly approached the entrance into the tent, and
succeeded in placing one foot safely; in before
the coiner lifted his eyes to look at him. He, with
the agility of a leopard, sprang towards his man, seized
by the throat with one hand, and with the other the
right hand of the coiner, in which one of the half-moulds
was held. A determined straggle instantaneously took
SHORTAGE OF SHEARERS (Article), Western Herald (Bourke, NSW : 1887 - 1970), Friday 8 May 1964 page 12 2017-03-26 23:57 after 50 years in the shear
Important men; in Australia,
.,, Some Graziers can give
iaiou^ai^;^-offci-ounds;-^o«
*ams, but th^ wouldi. not
llpa^a ^few; -pence %r a^funjl
^Ssnablej shearers to live
ii|§iQtty in their old age.
I Mope^ soineo^jife more abl^
*han.?;il^elf wiU^^wne for
^raixl^and express :Ms views
ter.' ' ? ''
^;;:^?SE3B®;iHEAiaiy.,;:;-:v»-^
'*;-^~'-'- wattle Itt&tr '' v ' '? '
important men in Australia,
Some Graziers can give
thousands of pounds for
rams, but they would not
give a few pence to a fund
to enable shearers to live
decently in their old age.
I hope someone more able
than myself will come forward
and express his views
on this very important mat
ter.
HERB. HEALEY,
Wattle Flat.
SHORTAGE OF SHEARERS (Article), Western Herald (Bourke, NSW : 1887 - 1970), Friday 8 May 1964 page 12 2017-03-26 23:53 SHEARERS
and in the Press about tbe
M my opinion, the graz
contractors' are^to blame.
tfiiey don't cwant %irners
in the she-r^ ' '
have a slogan 'No time for
a learner.'
The rule which provide?
joke. ??-.;.. ?-?'. vi; * .
years. w. .
their eyes tso 'the learner
as- the* shearing cradle in
the last' strike:' '?- \
instead of throwing .them
on the scrapheap. r ~
shearers ;in most country
live in shacks or on the riv
er banks. ?? ???? .. ? v'/ v ?; ; ??
Unlike most other work
pay and^other advantages.
In fact, a shearer; gets no
holidays and has^to travel
thpusands of , jmiles. during
wori^p^o gets jfree travel
jcan'=6eelai^fe is no future
cides on^ffiiJbther.occupa*
tion in wiiicKSthe %ork is
Some will say, 'Cannot
pe^^^W^uige%^can:1
SHORTAGE OF SHEARERS
and in the Press about the
In my opinion, the graziers
contractors are to blame.
They don't want learners
in the shed.
have a slogan "No time for
a learner."
The rule which provides
joke.
years.
their eyes to the learner
as the shearing cradle in
the last strike.
instead of throwing them
on the scrapheap.
shearers in most country
banks.
pay and other advantages.
In fact, a shearer gets no
holidays and has to travel
thousands of miles during
the season at his own expense
worker, who gets free travel
on holidays.
The young man of today
can see there is no future
in being a shearer, so he decides
on some other occupation
in which the work is
not so hard.
Some will say, "Cannot
the shearer get the old age
pension?" Of course he can.

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