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Rocky River; Duffy fund

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Monday 2 June 1856, Empire (Sydney)

(From the Armidale Express, May 24.)

FATAL ACCIDENT. – We regret to state that a fatal accident occurred on Friday (yesterday), at the Rocky River diggings, by which a person named George Vickers, better known as “Yorky,” lost his life. We understand that Vickers was riding on a dray, which capsized, and a part of it falling upon his neck, instant death was the result. The deceased was above sixty years of age.

RICHNESS OF THE ROCKY RIVER DIGGINGS. – We have received information from the Rocky River to the effect that the quantity of two pounds weight of gold to the load has been washed out recently ; and that in one instance thirty-six ounces were obtained from one load. We have every reason to believe that the above information is authentic.

GAVAN DUFFY QUALIFICATION FUND. – On Tuesday evening last, a preliminary meeting was held at Mr. B. Naughten’s, Royal Hotel, Armidale, for the purpose of assisting in the qualification of Mr. Charles Gavan Duffy for a seat in the Legislature of Victoria. The meeting was thinly attended – no doubt owing to the evening being rainy. Mr. B. Naughton moved, seconded by Mr. J. Patterson, that D. Byrnes, Esq., take the chair. The Chairman read the advertisement convening the meeting, and clearly and forcibly explained the object for which they had met. He hoped that Mr. Duffy’s friends and countrymen in New England would rally round and assist in placing Mr. Duffy in an independent position, so that his distinguished abilities might be made available to the colonists. After some further appropriate remarks the chairman sat down amidst great applause. Mr. Naughton and other gentlemen then addressed the meeting, Mr. N. objected strongly to the conduct of those who refused to support the present movement, because Mr. Duffy had given the preference to Victoria in choosing his future sphere. He thought they were narrow-minded in so doing (cheers). After a committee had been appointed, a vote of thanks was given by acclamation to the Chairman, who briefly returned thanks. The sum of £44 19s. was collected at the close of the meeting.

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