The Museum has acquired several important items over the past two years under this program, including a rare ceramic spoon from the personal dinner service of Quong Tart, the "Perseverance" wool wagon which carted Braidwood wool to coastal steamers in the s, and a fine collection of Chinese blanc de chine libation dishes. The latest acquisition will be installed using display material donated by the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
Escorts in goulburn
Shortly after gold was discovered near Goilburn Creek in a flood of prospectors arrived to stake their claims. The wealth generated on the goldfields also attracted people who were prepared to take enormous risks to steal the gold from miners both on the fields and en-route to bigger centres.
An armed Gold Escort was established within a few years of the gold discoveries to protect the prospector's interests, and comprised a privately contracted carriage in which a gold bullion safe, a cash safe and a book with a register of the property on board were carried. The escort was generally in the charge of a professional driver with an armed trooper beside him and two more on the back of the carriage.
Four additional armed mounted troopers travelled ahead of and behind the vehicle.
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The gold safe and cash box were securely bolted to the floor of the carriage. In Braidwood, the escort would travel every week or so between Araluen, Major's Creek and Braidwood where it would meet the stage coach travelling to Goulburn or Queanbeyan, and these would also have been heavily armed.
In Marchthe bushranger Ben Hall and his gang rode to Braidwood and ed with notorious local Tom Clarke in holding up the gold escort as it travelled up the hill to Major's Creek carrying a large sum of gold belonging to the prosperous Araluen gold buyer Mr John Huxham Blatchford, who accompanied the coach. Four troopers defended the coach, and after a vicious fight managed to hold off the attackers, Horny women in Pollock, ID one trooper, Constable Kelly, was injured.
Blatchford ran back wscort Araluen to sound the alarm and shortly after Inspector Orridge rode out from the temporary police barracks at Tidmarsh in Braidwood to assist.
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The bushrangers fled into the bush and escaped. Many gold escort coaches were two wheeled vehicles but the Braidwood vehicle was required to pass up the treacherously steep track to Major's Creek, where a two wheeled cart would have been liable to tip up.
After the Gold Rush it went to Goulburn where it was used as a light delivery vehicle for about 50 years, finally being purchased in for an historical collection in rural NSW. It is in remarkably original order despite some minor modifications.
The Flandrau coachbuilding family operated together, and then as three separate businesses, between the s and the s. Flandrau were particularly famous for their excellent high speed dog carts.
This particular carriage would have been ordered specially by Mr Blatchford and has the unusual features of heavy wheels, a foulburn compartment and securing holes for the bullion safe. Conservation and restoration work was completed by Antony Davies at Jembaicumbene, who drove the carriage in the Braidwood Festival Parade together with a mounted escort of 19th century troopers. It was goulnurn formally handed over to the Museum and installed in our new downstairs Gold Rush display.