CATTLE ROBBERIES, &c.
To the Editors of the Sydney Herald.
Gentlemen -This being a resting day with me,
I went to the public- house in this neighbourhood,
where I had an opportunity of seeing the Sydney
Monitor newspaper of the 9th instant, and the first
article that came under my notice was headed "more
desperate insubordination." This article he extracts
from your journal, and then comments on it in
rather a harsh manner, and demands data, times,
places, and circumstances.
I think the Editor of
the Monitor ought to be more temperate, and
enquire into the matter before he makes such comments
in the ears of iron gangs and road parties.
Now, Gentlemen, I shall endeavour to show Mr.
Monitor how far you were wrong in laying such
" falsehoods" before the public, and in so doing I
shall go no farther back than three months with
I shall first refer Mr. Monitor to
Acres the Veteran ; to James Podham, who found a
slaughter-house on the mountain above his house,
where there hung four quarters of beef, and 4 or 5
of Rigby's road party there busy at work ; those men
were punished, and removed to another party ; the
next is Corporal Cox's cow ; he detected a party
from Rigby's gang, where they slaughtered the
poor man's cow that gave his children milk ; those
men were nut punished, although he found a quarter
of beef where they killed it ; the next is Mr.
Collit's two working bullocks; the next Mr. Grant's
cow ; and the next poor Evans' two leaders of his
team (I offered the owner of these two bullocks £12
for them, and he would not take it).
Gentlemen, the cattle that 1 have mentioned are
not all that has been slaughtered at the yard where
Acres and Podham found the carcase of beef; there
was a fire, and a heap of ashes that would fill a cart
from hides that were burnt. When
Collit was informed
that one of the road party was seen driving
his bullocks away, his grandson and a black native
went in search of them ; they did not find the cattle,
but they found a yard where cattle were slaughtered,
for there was five hides lay there with the
brands cut out, since then the mounted police
found another slaughter house or yard, where the
hides lay with the brands cut out, and last week
there was a party sent to Bathurst to be examined
before that Bench for slaughtering cattle. So
much for cattle killing ; now for dray robbing ;
petty thefts are too numerous to mention, as they
consist chiefly of a little provision:, &c. but for
those of importance refer Mr. Monitor to Mr.
W. Bowman, of Richmond ; his dray was robbed
lately at the foot of Mount Vittoria, of one chest of
tea, two bags sugar, one cask spirits, one cask tobacco,
twelve suits of slops, and seventeen pair
boots, fire arms and ammunition. The next is
Mr. Kemmis's dray at the same place, a woman
was robbed there the same night.
Next is house
robbing; I shall refer Mr. Monitor to Mr."Gardner,
of Blackheath, near Mount Vittoria, whose
house was lately robbed to a considerable amount.
Poor Brunt, the Veteran's house, was entered, and
nine gallons of spirits and a large chest were stolen,
I suppose the whole of the poor people's property
was in it, and removing which, being heavy, awoke
the inmates, and the thieves made out with the rum.
John Walters, a shoemaker, was robbed of all his
leather and shoes. Mr. Collit's stores were entered,
and property to a large amount stolen.
I shall next give an account of highway robberies
that has come within my own knowledge for
the last six weeks. James Podham, residing at
Hassall's Walls, near to Rigby's gang, sold a bullock
to the contractor, and on his return home, he
was met by a party of the above gang, knocked
down, and while down, received several blows of a
tomahawk or shingling hammer, on the head,
pockets emptied ff their contents, and then I
they dragged him out of the road for dead. The
next is George Ross, a shoemaker, from Sydney,
and last night, not far from here, an Emigrant
lately arrived, was robbed of his money and bundle.
This I had from his own lips ; if such acts as these
does not call for the aid of the press, I know not
what does ; I think Podham's affair will come
before the Criminal Court, as he tells me there is
one of the men taken. The whole of what is here
stated can be proved any day by a reference to the
I am, Gentlemen,
your obedient servant,
Hassall's Walls, near Mount Vittoria,
Oct. 13, 1833.