By Carol Baxter
It was once the most important financial institution theft in Australian background. On Sunday 14 September 1828, thieves tunnelled via a sewage drain into the vault of Sydney's financial institution of Australia and stole 14 000 in notes and funds - the an identical of $20 million in modern-day forex. This audacious staff of convicts not just defied the weekly exhortation 'thou shalt no longer steal!', they exact the financial institution owned by means of the colony's self-anointed the Aristocracy.
Delighted at this affront to their betters, Sydney's principally felony and ex-criminal inhabitants did all they can to undermine the specialists' makes an attempt to trap the robbers and retrieve the spoils. whereas the determined financial institution administrators provided more and more huge rewards and the govt. officials forged longing appears on the gallows, the robbers endured to elude detection. Then sooner or later .
With a wealthy solid of characters who refused to abase themselves to the institution, this meticulously researched and fast moving historical past tells the tale of the bold financial institution of Australia theft and of the scheming robbers, grasping receivers and unlucky suspects whose lives have been irrevocably replaced through this outrageous crime.
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'. a piece that captures the reader. . . a great instance of ways an excellent tale can light up the past.' - affiliate Professor Gregory Melleuish, Australian Literary Review
'. [told] with a good eye for the complicated motivations, either political and private, of characters [Baxter] paints a shiny photograph of Jane New's world.' - Dr Kirsten McKenzie, Sydney Morning Herald
'. [a] vibrant social history.' Canberra Times
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Reformation or Recidivism? It is satisfactory to be able to testify that amongst the thousands transported to New South Wales many became reformed and really good men. Sir Roger Therry, Reminiscences U nlike many of his colonial brethren, Thomas Turner had been born into a supportive, successful and well-respected family who trained him in the family stonemasonry business. It was a useful trade and Turner, an intelligent man, became a skilled tradesman. Destitution does not appear to have induced his criminality.
Piled in the middle of the square was the timber brought from the settlements at Parramatta and Newcastle. Beyond, the polluted Tank Stream eddied, providing the water needed by the lumber yard workers. The smith who had yearned for riches and a better life was directed to the nailmakers’ workshop. He spent hour after endless hour melting metal, pouring it into moulds and pounding the resulting rods into shape. His nails joined the timbers in the wooden boats constructed in Sydney Cove and in the buildings erected under Governor Macquarie’s ambitious program of public works.
The others were workshops for the nailmakers, harness-makers and locksmiths, the carpenters, sawyers and coopers, and the tailors, shoemakers and other artisans who supplied necessities for the colonial community. Piled in the middle of the square was the timber brought from the settlements at Parramatta and Newcastle. Beyond, the polluted Tank Stream eddied, providing the water needed by the lumber yard workers. The smith who had yearned for riches and a better life was directed to the nailmakers’ workshop.