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Arson : £150 reward : whereas on the afternoon of the 7th day of April instant two large stacks of hay and straw were willfully and maliciously set on fire, on the farm of Mr. John Butler, near Kilmore
Bib ID 5980849
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Author
Butler, John
 
Online Versions
Description Kilmore, Vic. : Examiner Office 1863 
1 broadside ; 46 x 30 cm. 
Summary

"The small town of Kilmore is a settlement north of Melbourne, and was infamous at the time for brawling and political strife, so it is possible that this arson attack relates to some of those ructions." --Hordern House catalogue, The collection of Robert Edwards AO (2012), no. 23.

Biography/History

John Butler's farm, Bylands, was located near Kilmore. It is not clear whether the reward was offered by John Butler senior or junior. Both were born in Tipperary, Ireland. The son appears to have arrived in the area first and worked there as a blacksmith from the early 1850s. He was the proprietor of the Red Lion hotel in Kilmore from 1856. Both died in 1865, the son aged 44 on 16 August, and the father aged 77 on 23 September.

Notes

Caption title.

"This is to give notice that the sum of fifty pounds will be paid by the undersigned for such information as will lead to the apprehension of the incendiary, and a further sum of one hundred pounds upon conviction of such person or his accomplices".

"Dated at Kilmore, this 7th April, 1863".

An example of jobbing printing undertaken by the Kilmore Examiner newspaper, using wood type, in a combination of a bold Antique (or Egyptian) and a fat face Roman font with hairline serifs.

Also available online at: http:/­/­nla.gov.au/­nla.aus-vn5980849

Subjects Butler, John.  |  Broadsides - Victoria - Kilmore.  |  Arson - Victoria - Kilmore.  |  Wanted posters - Victoria - Kilmore.  |  Offenses against property - Victoria - Kilmore.  |  Australian
Also Titled

£150 reward

One hundred and fifty pounds reward

Two large stacks of hay and straw

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