Foul play for a fowl foiled on the road to Trentham
One fine spring morning in 1867, Ah Chuck, the keeper of an eating house in Blackwood, set off early on foot to buy chickens and ducks in Kyneton. He roped the baskets to his carry poles, tied his money bag on a string around his waist and, in high spirits, started on the road to Trentham. Ah Chuck was looking forward to negotiating with the farmer as he took pride in his good eye for fowl. His daydreaming was abruptly interrupted by two strangers emerging from behind a tree bailing him up at gunpoint. They took him down into a gully, out of sight, and fleeced him of his valuables: the four pounds of money for the fowl and a silk handkerchief.
- Ferguson, J. Blackwood correspondent, Bacchus Marsh Express, 1850s-1892.
- The Kyneton Guardian, 22 November 1867.
- The Melbourne Advocate, 7 March 1868.