Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Modern-day Aboriginal outlaw, Malcolm Naden, has stolen an automatic rifle and amunition from a home at Gloucester, and is now being pursued by bounty hunters.
Here is a newspaper report about Jimmy and Joe Governor when they were in a similar position at the nearby area of Nowendoc in October 1900.
The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate, Saturday 27 October 1900
THE wife of Barrabry, the half-caste, who is nearly white, and is a prepossing and intelligent young man of 33 years, gives the following particulars relating to the visit of the Breelong blacks to Yarnold's camp, at Charity Creek:
"On the Friday preceeding the day they robbed Hanney's camp, the two Governors came to the camp just before sundown.
Jimmy Governor had on very old trousers, with a handkerchief with red dots on it, tied round his head, an old shirt with a sleeve hanging out of it, and waistcoat.
Joe Governor was dressd in trousers, vest, and shirt and felt hat.
His pants were ripped from the thigh nearly to the bottom.
Each carried a 3.2 Winchester rifle, and both of them had handbags, in which they carried ammunition, strapped round their shoulders.
This was all they carried.
There were at the camp Dan Yarnold, son of W.Yarnold, Mary and Bella Yarnold, daughters, and a little boy.
The father was at Barraby's Camp, about three miles away from the Charity Creek Camp.
The boy Dan, 17 years of age, was sitting down at the fire when the Governors walked up.
They were all frightened.
Jimmy asked Dan if he knew who they were.
Dan said 'Yes.'
He asked, ' Did  any police come here?' and was told ' No.'  
Jimmy told him there were a lot of police after them, and asked him what kind of a rifle his father was using. The boy told him a 2.2 Remington.
Jimmy said, ' I thought if your father was using a 3.2, I would get some caps off him.'
He then asked Dan if he would give him some tucker, and the reply was that he could only give a bit of bread; he had no tea and sugar.
He said that would do.
Jimmy then said,' Come on, Joe; we will eat it down at the creek here.
We will make the white ---- sit up for it.'
He then walked straight away.
Mrs. Barraby says it is absolutely untrue, as alleged, that the Governors gave the Yarnold's father or children any money whatever.
Mr.Yarnold had a note, but he got this from one of the local storekeepers (Mr. Garlick) for skins sold, and the report that the Yarnolds lent the Governors horses to get away after robbing Hanney's, is equally untrue. She stated also that that the rumour current that Yarnold carried flour to them on the occasion of the last visit has no foundation either.
Yarnold has a sick boy in his camp, and he has has not left him for more than an hour at a time, which would not be a sufficient length of time to go and leave the flour where it is alleged it was left.
Mrs. Barraby says it is terrible thing for them, the false statements that are being made, and she is anxious they should be contradicted.
Word having been received at Walcha on Thursday that the Governors were near Cooplacurripa, near the Hastings Range, at the head of the Nowendoc River, Superintendent Garvin left for that place last night.
It is believed that the outlaws were informed of the police movements, and beat a hurried retreat.
[Source: NLA 72411136]