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Buckley, Richard (1863–1953)

Richard Buckley, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Thomas Berriman, was buried quietly in Melbourne yesterday. He died on Tuesday, aged 90, at his home in Port Melbourne.

Buckley was released from gaol in 1946, when, according to medical opinion, he was close to death.

His death severs one of the last remaining links with the toughest, the most aggressive, and the most dramatic underworld Melbourne has known.

His first criminal highlight was his part in the sensational gunfight at the Trades Hall in the early hours of October 1, 1915, in which Constable McGrath was shot dead.

Buckley was gaoled for six years and was released on parole in 1922.

A year later, with Angus Murray, he held up Thomas Berriman, a bank manager, at Glenferrie Station, and snatched from him a case containing £1851.

Buckley shot Berriman fatally in the chest.

Murray was hanged for the murder, but Buckley eluded capture for seven years. Caught at last in a cottage in Ascotvale, he was sentenced to death for murder, but the sentence was commuted.

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