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…

The Narrabeen Kidnapping – Australia’s first kidnapping for ransom.
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The Narrabeen Kidnapping – Australia’s first kidnapping for ransom.

By ELLIOT LINDSAY Ronald Powles lived with his wife and son in their home on Pacific Parade, DeeWhy. He was a projectionist at the Narrabeen Roxy Theatre at 15 Waterloo Street. His wife was pregnant with their second child and was due to give birth any day. Ronald ran the night sessions at the theatre…