Posts in category: history

Kyneton Observer report on the charge against George Everist

Malmsbury bank scandal

The Malmsbury bank scandal gained Melbourne media attention in 1874 for the rare prosecution of a blatant white-collar crime.

The Bank of Victoria manager, George Everist, was charged and convicted of forging and uttering a cheque for 400 pounds with intent to defraud William Green of Lauriston.

A second charge of forging

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Mary Gorey v Patrick Donovan

A true story of sex, feuds and devotion

This is a true story from the 1860s of sex, feuds and devotion. It’s the story of my grandfather’s aunt, Mary Gorey, based on historical newspaper reports and documentary records.

Mary was a strong and feisty woman, passionate, practical, caring and loyal. Her elder brother Michael was a local firebrand

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James Daniel Gorey write The Boozer's Lament while serving in France

Boozer’s Lament: A poem by James Gorey

The Boozer’s Lament is a poem written by my great-uncle James Gorey during the First World War.

I found it while researching family history in a copy of the Wangaratta Chronicle. He had sent the poem in a letter home to his sister Mary.

It was written sometime in 1916, apparently in

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Gorey v Donovan

The demise of Patrick Donovan

James Gorey sued Patrick Donovan in 1865 for getting his daughter Mary pregnant, claiming one thousand pounds in damages.

The lawsuit was part of an ongoing feud between the two men, which stretched over several years and finished only when Donovan died in mysterious circumstances.

The Supreme Court action never proceeded to

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Michael Gorey in court

The original Michael Gorey in Australia

The original Michael Gorey in Australia was carried ashore by his parents at Port Phillip on 1 October 1841 when James and Elizabeth Gorey arrived as free settlers from Kilkenny, Ireland.

I’m the fourth-generation Michael Gorey from my family in Australia and my son Michael is the fifth.

The first Michael was

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Robert Winthrop

Bigamist and bounder

Bigamist and bounder Robert Winthrop was a gold digger – gold that’s in the ground and women.

Anyone familiar with the Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser will see something of his character in the man who fathered at least 18 children across three states in Australia and the two islands

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