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Stokes, Henry John (1882–1945)

The death occurred on Friday of 62-year-old Henry John Stokes, known in recent years in Melbourne as “The Baccarat King.” Stokes who had been in ill-health for two years, collapsed. It is believed that Stokes amassed a fortune from his many interests, which included sports clubs where games of chance were played nightly, often for large stakes. The winners of large sums were provided with escorts and losers often obtained substantial accommodation to tide them over. Stokes was sentenced in 1935 to four years imprisonment for having conspired to rob the Ballarat branch of the Commonwealth Bank, which held about £80,000 at that time. About 20 years ago Stokes was involved in a feud with the notorious "Squizzy" Taylor gang.

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