Murder on the goldfields? When the gold rush and wild west came to Newtown.
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Murder on the goldfields? When the gold rush and wild west came to Newtown.

By Elliot Lindsay There is gold in Newtown!  Thursday, 4 November 1852, a local landholder, Mr D. Cooper, claimed to have found gold while panning in Johnstons Creek (today, the creek is buried under Bedford Street). Cooper took several nuggets into town for all to see, triggering a gold rush. By Saturday, the hotels were…