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Stamps, gelignite, and revolvers (part 2 of 3)

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The Northern Daily Leader (Tamworth, NSW : 1921), Tuesday 22 March 1921



What the Police Found.


GLEN INNES, Thursday.

At the local police court this morning before Mr W. S Perry, Jack McCarthy Woodburn was charged with having stolen from the Hillgrove Post Office postal notes, stamps and money, to the value of £200.

Defendant, a young man about 26 years of age, well groomed, appeared unconcerned during the court proceedings.

Sergeant McGrath stated that about 1.30 p.m on the 19th instant, in company with Constables Stewart and Cumming he went to No. 12 room at Tattersall’s Hotel where he saw defendant lying on a bed. Witness inquired his name. Defendant replied “McCarthy”. In reply to witness defendant said he had come from Armidale that morning by car. Witness asked when he arrived at Armidale and he replied “by train from Sydney last Wednesday.” “Have you ever been in Hillgrove?” asked witness” “No never”, replied defendant. Constable Stewart asked “Isn’t your name Woodburn.” Defendant replied in the negative. “What is it all about anyhow?” asked defendant. ‘The Post Office at Hillgrove,” witness replied ”was broken into last night, and a quantity of stamps and money stolen.” Witness asked defendant if the bag in the room belonged to him. He replied “yes.” The bag was then opened by Constable Stewart, who said “it’s all-right Sergeant; he has all the stamps and paraphernalia here.” Defendant was taken to the lockup and when formally charged replied “right.” Drawing an automatic revolver from the bag witness asked where did you get this?” Defendant replied, “I got it from a friend of mine yesterday.” The Sergeant said, “where did you get all these stamps in your bag.” Defendant replied, “I got them from the same friend, at the same time.” Witness said “there are several plugs of gelignite, a fuse and detonators in the bag. Where did you get them?” Defendant replied “I bought them in Sydney. I have often to use them at my work as a carpenter.” The portmanteau was further examined and was found to contain an automatic revolver loaded in two chambers, an extra revolver magazine, 13 revolver cartridges, two coils of fuse, a box of detonators, 23 sticks of gelignite, two sticks of blasting gelignite, one stick of dynamite, a file, a gelignite piercer, 12 Chub lock keys, a lady’s pocket knife and a mouth organ. There was also an envelope addressed to the Postmaster at Hillgrove, containing stamps to the value of £5/11/7. A second envelope was found to contain stamps to the value of £1/1. There were also in the bag 270 stamps at 1/, 180 at 9d, 290 at 6d, 240 at 5d, 440 at 3d, 120 at 2½d 1302 at 1½d, 938 at 1d, 1163 at 2d, 556 at 1d, 4768 at 2d, 1219 at a half-penny, representing a total value of £112/4/10. Witness said “Do you still say you got these things from your friends?” Defendant replied “I’ll say nothing, I will take my gruel.” On searching defendant at the lockup witness found £4/10 on him.

Constable Stewart said he charged defendant and said “Is it correct you went to Hillgrove last Friday?” Defendant replied “Yes.” “How many shots did you put in the safe?” witness asked, and defendant replied “One.” In reply to witness defendant said he did it between 12 o’clock and 1 o’clock. “Did you have a car waiting for you?” witness asked, and defendant replied “No, I pulled the mail driver out of bed and he drove me to Armidale.” Further questioned defendant said “I had a mate.” He followed on behind on a motor cycle.” Witness said “You paid Mackenzie and Sons £4/3 on Saturday for clothing. You also paid £2/10 to Mrs. Turnbull for board in advance. Is that right?” Defendant replied ‘That is correct.” “What did you pay for the car from Armidale to here?” asked witness. Defendant replied, “£6; my mate gave me the money to pay for board and car.”

Defendant refused to give witness a signed statement.

Defendant was remanded to Hillgrove and intimated that he did not wish to apply for bail.


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Hillgrove Post Office Robbed (part 1 of 3)

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The Northern Daily Leader (Tamworth, NSW : 1921), Monday 21 March 1921


Hillgrove Post Office Robbed


Arrest Made and £200 Recovered.

The Hillgrove Post Office was broken into on Friday night when a safe was burst open and £200 in cash stolen.

At one o’clock on Saturday morning a man who runs a motor car service between Hillgrove and Armidale was awakened by a man who told him that he must get to Armidale urgently. It has been ascertained that the same man engaged an Armidale taxi-driver to take him to Glen Innes, and left there at four o’clock on Saturday morning. The police think that it is quite probable that Glen Innes was not the real destination, but that the route was altered afterwards to throw the police off the track. Nothing since has been heard of the taxi driver.

Inquiry by the police shows that the suspect had been in Armidale for the past week staying at one of the hotels. The postal assistant at Armidale who knew him by sight said that he had frequently seen him looking through the window of the post office after nightfall.

An arrest was made later at Glen Innes, and all the stolen notes were recovered.

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May 5, 2013 at 8:36 am

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Alluvial mining near Armidale.

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Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 – 1904), Thursday 29 June 1893


The latest information to hand with regard to the alluvial mining north of this place (says the Hillgrove Guardian) is quite satisfactory enough to bear out what appeared in our columns just about a month ago ; there is safe tucker to be made at any time. Saunders, Prowl, and Jones are still working away in Cameron’s Creek, and driving through some good wash in search of the main lode.

The two young men reported previously as working in Log Hut Gully are still fossicking and doing fairly well, Hetherington, Reid, and Croke have cleared out an old shaft in the gully, and have bottomed on good tucker wash; they in tend to hole through into Lardner’s ground now left, and will use it for stowing their headings, and then continue on the lode.

Two young men, on the strength of good reports, have gone fossicking ; they are working on 11ft. of wash near Faint’s old sawmill, on the junction of the right and left hand tracks at the head of the gully, but have not bottomed yet. Another party is fossicking about, can get plenty of colors, but has not yet decided where to pitch in.

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Ambush at Hill Grove

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The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 – 1919), Wednesday 24 January 1912




SYDNEY, Tuesday. — Samuel Walker has been shot dead from ambush at Hill Grove. No reason is known for the outrage, the perpetrator of which is still at large.

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Cooney Creek Tragedy

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 20 November 1919


ARMIDALE, Wednesday.

The inquest in connection with the Cooney Creek tragedy was resumed at Hillgrove this morning.

Dr. Harris, of Armidale, said a lot of force had been used to kill the deceased. He did not think the girl (deceased’s daughter) could have done it.

After a short adjournment the coroner returned an open verdict. The accused girl, Ida Willmott, was then formally brought before the Police Court and discharged.

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Murdered woman’s daughter … calm

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 17 November 1919


ARMIDALE, Saturday.

The inquiry, regarding the death of Mrs. Willmott, whose body was found under a tree near her residence, was resumed at Hillgrove to-day before the Coroner, Mr. W. Morgan. Clara Cameron, living at Wollomombi, stated that early on Friday morning, the 7th inst., she and her husband called at Willmott’s house. When she first saw Ida Willmott the latter was not crying, and seemed calm. The girl asked Mrs. Cameron to get her clothes, and she dressed herself, leaving Mrs. Cameron and her husband in the front room. The body could be seen from the room where the girl dressed her hair.

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November 10, 2011 at 8:07 am

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Woman’s daughter arrested for her murder

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Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW), Wednesday 12 November 1919



Svdney, Wednesday.

Ida Willmott (22), daughter of the victim of the Cooney Creek tragedy, appeared before the magistrate at Hillgrove yesterday, charged with having feloniously and maliciously slain Rose Willmott.

On the application of a detective the accused was remanded until Saturday, and was later brought into Armidale and removed to the gaol there.

A recent message from Sydney stated that a lonely residence some 10 miles from Armidale, on the Hillgrove-road, was the scene shortly after midnight on Thursday of a ghastly murder.

Mrs. Harry Willmott and her 22 year-old daughter were the sole occupants of the house. Mr. Willmott being absent some miles away. Shortly after midnight a mysterious knock came on the door, and Mrs. Willmott, who inquired if it was her husband, received a reply in the negative. There was a short silence, then a man suddenly jumped through the bedroom window. A life-and-death struggle between Mrs. Willmott and the intruder followed. Mrs. Willmott must have freed herself, for her daughter saw her jump through the window, followed by the man, and apparently the struggle was continued in the yard outside. The girl saw no more, for in her state of hopeless terror she hid herself under a bed.

A man named Angus Cameron casually visited the residence in the morning and found Mrs. Willmott lying dead in the yard with terrible injuries to her head. Searching the house Cameron found the terror-stricken girl still in her hiding place.

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