By Carol Baxter

ISBN-10: 1741754496

ISBN-13: 9781741754490

It was once the most important financial institution theft in Australian historical past. On Sunday 14 September 1828, thieves tunnelled via a sewage drain into the vault of Sydney's financial institution of Australia and stole 14 000 in notes and funds - the similar of $20 million in cutting-edge forex. This audacious team of convicts not just defied the weekly exhortation 'thou shalt no longer steal!', they distinct the financial institution owned by way of the colony's self-anointed the Aristocracy.

Delighted at this affront to their betters, Sydney's mostly legal and ex-criminal inhabitants did all they can to undermine the experts' makes an attempt to trap the robbers and retrieve the spoils. whereas the determined financial institution administrators provided more and more huge rewards and the govt officials solid longing appears on the gallows, the robbers persisted to elude detection. Then someday .

With a wealthy solid of characters who refused to abase themselves to the institution, this meticulously researched and fast moving background tells the tale of the bold financial institution of Australia theft and of the scheming robbers, grasping receivers and unlucky suspects whose lives have been irrevocably replaced by way of this outrageous crime.

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'. a piece that captures the reader. . . a good instance of ways an excellent tale can light up the past.' - affiliate Professor Gregory Melleuish, Australian Literary Review

'. [told] with a good eye for the complicated motivations, either political and private, of characters [Baxter] paints a shiny photograph of Jane New's world.' - Dr Kirsten McKenzie, Sydney Morning Herald

'. [a] vibrant social history.' Canberra Times

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