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On this day …….. 25th of September 1861

An inquest was held on this day, at Mr. Goulden’s, the Victoria Hotel, Molesworth Street, Stieglitz on the body of Robert M’Farlane, miner killed at the Portuguese Reef.

Foster Shaw, Esq., the coroner, and a respectable jury, proceeded to a tent at the rear of the hotel where the deceased body had been placed.  On examination it was found that he had received several severe bruises on the back, of the head, the right arm was broken, and the left leg also broken, several severe cuts and bruises in other parts of his person, and fracture of the right arm and left leg.

A verdict “Accidental Death, and no blame attachable to the managers of the mine.” Due to a large sandstone block falling a distance of about eight feet crushing M’Farlane.

A very large and respectable assemblage performed the last duty in attending the deceased to his resting place in the new cemetery, Stieglitz. There being

no Presbyterian minister resident on the field, to which church the unfortunate deceased belonged, the Church of England service was read in a most impressive manner by Mr Lee.

On Saturday morning an accident happened, at the North Old Chum Company’s claim, on the Ironbark line of reef, resulting in the instantaneeus death of one man and the injury of another. The two men, named respectively Thomas Pearce and Steadman, were engaged working in the 250ft. level of the above company’s shaft, when a quantity of mulloch from a slippery place in the shaft fell and almost buried them in the debris. Both, on assistance arriving, were immediately conveyed to the surface, when it was found that the unfortunate man Pearce was quite dead, but Steadman was only slightly injured, and was able to walk to his home. The corpse was conveyed to Sterry’s Goldmines hotel, where an inquest will be held. Both men were experienced miners, and had been for a considerable time working together as mates. Pearce was about thirty years of age and was unmarried. — Bendigo Evening News.

ON THIS DAY – January 12, 1869

Andrew Vair was charged with having committed wilful murder on January 12, 1859, by shooting Amos Cheale at St Arnaud. John Smith, Mining manager said — On the 12th January, 1869, about 2 o’clock, I heard the report of a gun. Opened the door, and saw a woman running from the place where I heard the report. She said, ‘Smith run.’ Proceeded to the spot, which was up a hill 130 yards to the place on a tramway. Saw Cheale lying on the ground. He said, ‘Andrew Vair has shot me.’ He repeated it three times. He appeared to be in great pain. Ran into the bush to look for the prisoner, but could not see anybody. Then returned and assisted Cheale to Cadzonv’s house. Examined him, and found two holes perforated in his body. There were stain of blood on his clothes, and a pool of blood where he was lying. Agnes Hardingham deposed — Between 1 and 2 o’clock on the 12th January, 1869, was going from my house to Mr Smith’s. Heard the report of a gun. Ran towards the place. Saw a man running in the scrub towards Walkers claim away from me. He was a middle-aged man. Did not see his face. He had on dark trousers, dirty shirt, and a black wide awake hat. Could not say if he had anything in his hand. Was frightened, and returned a little way back. Heard a man cry out. ‘Oh.’ Then same voice cried out “Murder”. Then saw Smith come out of his house. Told Smith to run, and followed Smith found Cheale lying on the ground. Cheale said ‘Vair has shot me.’ Smith went for assistance, and I remained with Cheale. Cheale said to me, ‘When he cocked the gun I did not think he would do it. Vair met me on the tramway and said, ‘Are you prepared to meet this?’ Cheale, said, ‘I am not.’ Cadzow, mining manager, St Arnaud, said — On January 12, 1869, Cheale was at my house at about ten minutes past 1 o’clock. About two minutes after he left I heard the report of a gun. Heard Cheale cry out, ‘Murder.’ Ran towards the place where I heard the report. Found Cheale lying on his side resting on his elbow. He called me by name when I came in sight, and said. ‘Vair has shot me.’ He tried to rise but could not. Assisted to remove him to my house. He lived about half an hour. Have heard Vair threaten Cheale. William Slaughter said— I was employed on the 12th January, 1869, as coachdriver between St. ‘ Arnaud and Moonambool. Left St. Arnaud on the morning of the 15th about 3 o’clock. Know the Black Range. Met the prisoner there. He called out, and I stopped the coach. I said, ‘Good God, is that you, Andrew?’ He said. ‘It is.’ He asked if Cheale was dead. I said, ‘ Yes, and buried.’ Prisoner said, ‘It was his own fault , I gave him plenty of warning.’ Prisoner told me that he asked Cheale to make him some recompense for the injury he had done him. Cheale said, ‘No.’ Prisoner then told me that he said to Cheale, ‘Are you prepared to receive this?’ He then raised the gun in his hand, but took no aim. Prisoner told me that he saw Cheale sometime before, and asked him what he would do with a man that robbed him of all his property. Cheale said, ‘I would shoot him.’ Vair told me that he told Cheale that he would shoot him. He (Vair) told me that he had shot him, and that he was not sorry for what he had done. During nearly the whole of the trial the prisoner was smiling and noticing different faces, and on several occasions got nods in return.

 

ON THIS DAY – January 12, 1869

Andrew Vair was charged with having committed wilful murder on January 12, 1859, by shooting Amos Cheale at St Arnaud. John Smith, Mining manager said — On the 12th January, 1869, about 2 o’clock, I heard the report of a gun. Opened the door, and saw a woman running from the place where I heard the report. She said, ‘Smith run.’ Proceeded to the spot, which was up a hill 130 yards to the place on a tramway. Saw Cheale lying on the ground. He said, ‘Andrew Vair has shot me.’ He repeated it three times. He appeared to be in great pain. Ran into the bush to look for the prisoner, but could not see anybody. Then returned and assisted Cheale to Cadzonv’s house. Examined him, and found two holes perforated in his body. There were stain of blood on his clothes, and a pool of blood where he was lying. Agnes Hardingham deposed — Between 1 and 2 o’clock on the 12th January, 1869, was going from my house to Mr Smith’s. Heard the report of a gun. Ran towards the place. Saw a man running in the scrub towards Walkers claim away from me. He was a middle-aged man. Did not see his face. He had on dark trousers, dirty shirt, and a black wide awake hat. Could not say if he had anything in his hand. Was frightened, and returned a little way back. Heard a man cry out. ‘Oh.’ Then same voice cried out “Murder”. Then saw Smith come out of his house. Told Smith to run, and followed Smith found Cheale lying on the ground. Cheale said ‘Vair has shot me.’ Smith went for assistance, and I remained with Cheale. Cheale said to me, ‘When he cocked the gun I did not think he would do it. Vair met me on the tramway and said, ‘Are you prepared to meet this?’ Cheale, said, ‘I am not.’ Cadzow, mining manager, St Arnaud, said — On January 12, 1869, Cheale was at my house at about ten minutes past 1 o’clock. About two minutes after he left I heard the report of a gun. Heard Cheale cry out, ‘Murder.’ Ran towards the place where I heard the report. Found Cheale lying on his side resting on his elbow. He called me by name when I came in sight, and said. ‘Vair has shot me.’ He tried to rise but could not. Assisted to remove him to my house. He lived about half an hour. Have heard Vair threaten Cheale. William Slaughter said— I was employed on the 12th January, 1869, as coachdriver between St. ‘ Arnaud and Moonambool. Left St. Arnaud on the morning of the 15th about 3 o’clock. Know the Black Range. Met the prisoner there. He called out, and I stopped the coach. I said, ‘Good God, is that you, Andrew?’ He said. ‘It is.’ He asked if Cheale was dead. I said, ‘ Yes, and buried.’ Prisoner said, ‘It was his own fault , I gave him plenty of warning.’ Prisoner told me that he asked Cheale to make him some recompense for the injury he had done him. Cheale said, ‘No.’ Prisoner then told me that he said to Cheale, ‘Are you prepared to receive this?’ He then raised the gun in his hand, but took no aim. Prisoner told me that he saw Cheale sometime before, and asked him what he would do with a man that robbed him of all his property. Cheale said, ‘I would shoot him.’ Vair told me that he told Cheale that he would shoot him. He (Vair) told me that he had shot him, and that he was not sorry for what he had done. During nearly the whole of the trial the prisoner was smiling and noticing different faces, and on several occasions got nods in return.