On this day …….. 19th of October 1946
A STARTLING STORY of the gold-rush days, and a woman’s resourcefulness, is told by a friend of mine about the new gold signet ring he wears. While his grandparents, then a young couple newly arrived from England, were on the Bendigo goldfields, his grandmother entered their tent after a short absence one night, just in time to see a knife slitting the canvas over the spot where her husband had hidden a sizeable sum in nuggets. As a hand appeared through the slit she grabbed the handiest weapon in sight, a carving knife lying on the table. An agonised oath from the marauder accompanied the split-second withdrawal of the hand, minus- the greater part of two fingers – one of which wore a heavy gold Signet ring – Haddon Morrison, Ascotvale.