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Berriman, Thomas Reginald (1872–1923)

Mr T. R. V. [Thomas Reginald Victor] Berriman, who was shot and robbed at Glenferrie on October 8, died in a private hospital at about half-past 9 o'clock last night.

On the morning of October 8 two armed men intercepted Mr. Berriman, who was the manager of the Hawthorn branch of the Commercial Bank, outside the Glenferrie station, and tried to wrest a suitcase containing £1,851 in notes from him. When he resisted one of the men shot him, and took the money. A thick wad of papers in Mr. Berriman's breast pocket deflected the bullet, but he sustained a serious wound in the right chest. The robbers ran along a narrow footway, at the end of which they were picked up by a waiting motor-car and escaped.

Following the occurrence, Mr. Berriman was admitted to the hospital in a serious condition. On Saturday week an operation was performed with the object of removing the bullet, but it could not be extracted. Mr. Berriman, however, was reported to be progressing favourably, and hopes were held out for his recovery. There followed a relapse, and his condition became very low. On Thursday the wound was found to be septic, and as Mr. Berriman's condition was then extremely critical his dying depositions were taken. He was able to relate clearly the details of the shooting.

As late as Friday hopes were still entertained for his recovery, but there was no improvement in his condition at the weekend, and throughout yesterday his wife and family were at his bedside. The body will be removed to the Morgue to-day.

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'Berriman, Thomas Reginald (1872–1923)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/berriman-thomas-reginald-16110/text28051, accessed 15 September 2019.

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