Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Singleton Argus, Thursday 6 September 1900
The scene of Saturday's robbery by the blacks is about 10 miles from Murrurundli.
They also visited two more places, the first Mr George Hamilton's house on Mr Henry Hall's selection.
The Hamiltons were away when the blacks arrived.
Coming home they heard voices inside, and peeped in, and saw the Governors.
Then they rode to Ardglen for assistance, and on returning surrounded the bouse, but the blacks had decamped.
They turned the houso up side down, took eggs, flour, tea, a new .32 Winchester, 87 cartridges, and a felt hat, leaving an old felt hat, burnt from lifting the pot off the fire.
Later on they stuck up Mr Michael Harper, a boundary rider, at Colly Creek.
They had previously robbed Mr Baker's three houses on Chilcott's Creek.
They pointed a rifle at Harper, and asked for tucker, and told him to tell Hamilton that his rifle was a good one, and better because they got it for nothing.
They had tried it at a tin.
Harper gave them provisions, and they left.
At Harper's Sub-Inspector Galbraith's party and about 25 civilians were met by a messenger who stated that the party sent north-east by Galbraith had met and exchanged 14 shots with the Governors. Smith, the messenger, was nearly shot.
He left two mates watching them.
On arrival they found that they had let the outlaws escape.
The blacks had stuck up the McCulloch's, and given letters to them, addressed to the police, "from the Breelong murderers."