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On This Day……… 9th April 1865

The notorious bushranger Dan Morgan was shot on this day in 1865, at a homestead at Peechelba. He layed wounded for a number of hours with out medical attention, before dying at 2:15pm. His body was taken to the woolshed, and placed on public display. Photographers from Beechworth and Chiltern arrived and took photos of his corpse. John Wendlan, the man who shot him also had his photo taken. Pieces of Morgan’s beard and hair began to disappear to souvenir hunters.

 

 

On This Day……… 9th April 1865

The notorious bushranger Dan Morgan was shot on this day in 1865, at a homestead at Peechelba. He layed wounded for a number of hours with out medical attention, before dying at 2:15pm. His body was taken to the woolshed, and placed on public display. Photographers from Beechworth and Chiltern arrived and took photos of his corps. John Wendlan, the man who shot him also had his photo taken. Pieces of Morgan’s beard and hair began to disappear to souvenir hunters.

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 23rd August 1910

Reuben Charles Williams was employed as a contractor building for the Woolshed Sluicing Claim, where he had worked for years. Each day he would walk from Beechworth to the Woolshed and home again. Reuben was in charge of the men in his team, one being Walter Murphy. After some very heated words on the 23rd of August, Walter punched Reuben in the side of the head. Immediately he became quite insensible and unable to right, his eyes became very bloodshot and he was unable to talk. A carriage was called for and Reuben was taken home where he slipped into a state of unconsciousness and died the next day. The inquest found he died of a cerebral haemorrhage as a result of a blow or fall. Walter was charged with manslaughter. However on the 12th of October 1910 after only half an hour of deliberation, the jury found him to be not guilty and he was discharged.

On This Day……… 9th April 1865

The notorious bushranger Dan Morgan was shot on this day in 1865, at a homestead at Peechelba. He layed wounded for a number of hours with out medical attention, before dying at 2:15pm. His body was taken to the woolshed, and placed on public display. Photographers from Beechworth and Chiltern arrived and took photos of his corps. John Wendlan, the man who shot him also had his photo taken. Pieces of Morgan’s beard and hair began to disappear to souvenir hunters.