Death of Gilbert, the bushranger [15 May 1865]

[Editor: A brief report on the shooting of the bushranger John Gilbert. Published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 May 1865.]

Death of Gilbert, the bushranger.

Saturday, 8-5 p.m.

Trooper Bright of the Binalong police arrived in Yass this evening, and states that senior constable Hales and three troopers, from information they received, proceeded from Binalong in the direction of one Kelly’s, a settler, about one mile from Binalong, near Mr. Edgar Beckham’s station, near which place they encountered Gilbert and Dunn. After a severe encounter and exchanges of shots, Gilbert was shot dead and Dunn escaped on foot. Constable King was wounded in the ancle.

Gilbert’s body is now lying in the Binalong lockup.

Dr. Campbell has gone to attend the wounded trooper.

No further particulars are yet to hand. Binalong is about twenty-five miles from Yass.

The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, NSW), Monday 15 May 1865, page 4 [in the “Telegraphic messages” section]

Editor’s notes:
ancle = older spelling of ankle, from the Anglo-Saxon word “ancleow”

Kelly = John Kelly, the grandfather of John Dunn (Dunn was a known associate of the bushranger John Gilbert)

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