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Clear, Emma (1854–1937)

The death has occurred at Wagga of Emma Clear, 83, who was a resident of the southern districts in the earliest days of settlement. She remembered exciting incidents with bushrangers in the wild country about Collector, when the settlers walked in fear of their lives. When 13 years of age, she was living with her godmother, Mrs. Kimberley, whose husband owned the hotel, store, and bootmaking businesses at Collector. She was present when the outlaws, Ben Hall, John Dunn, and John Gilbert, raided the premises. She was handed a big roll of bank notes and succeeded in secreting them by ramming them into a bag of grain. Policeman Nelson arrived and took cover behind a fence, but Dunn was watching from behind a tree, and as the policeman moved from post to post, Dunn shot him down. Before decamping, Dunn took possession of a pair of new Wellington boots, made for a landowner, put them on, and throwing his old pair to Kimberley, told him to keep them as a keepsake from the bushrangers.

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'Clear, Emma (1854–1937)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/clear-emma-1511/text1517, accessed 24 November 2017.

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