January, 2019

100-year-old Anzac artefacts stolen and recovered in hours

A section of Private James Nicholas Murray’s diary made during World War I. Photo: Supplied A map Mark Murray painstakingly created from his grandfather Private James Nicholas Murray made during World War I Photo: Supplied
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Emerald surveyor Mark Murray had just finished reconstructing his grandfather’s painstaking mapping work from World War I when the original documents were stolen from him and returned, all in a matter of hours.

He used the field observations and measurements of Private James Nicholas Murray, also a surveyor, to create what’s believed to be the most detailed map of Russell’s Top, a strategically important ridge in Anzac Cove.

The work is so historically significant the Australian War Memorial is looking at ways to digitise and display it in the lead-up to Anzac centenary commemorations.

The 69-year-old finished the maps late last year but on January 11, a thief allegedly broke into his office and stole laptops, other office equipment, and an inconspicuous briefcase containing the Private’s rough notes and diary.

Police began investigating and fortunately Mr Murray didn’t have long to wait to get them back.

“I didn’t have long to think about it,” he said.

“They had them back in two-and-a-half hours.

“I went and had a beer and then I got the call and they said we’ve got the suitcase and it looks like everything’s here.”

Plain Clothes Senior Constable Stephen Waderson said police spotted someone acting suspiciously and gave chase.

The man dropped two suitcases, which allegedly helped police link back to the robbery at Mark’s business, make an arrest and recover Mr Murray’s suitcase at another address.

“As if discovering your business had been broken into wasn’t bad enough – imagine the feeling of realising that something very valuable, something described as having ‘national significance’ had also been stolen,” Snr Const Waderson said.

“Maps like these are very rare and help to shed new light on those last few months on the Gallipoli peninsula.”

Private Murray’s diary gives a detailed account of the months he spent at Anzac Cove. He writes about everything from being shot at by the enemy and losing several fellow soldiers to more mundane matters such as reduced rations.

“Our company was the last of battalion in crossing this open space where we ran clearly troubled with our heavy packs we survived properly our baptism of fire. The Turks had the range, & their direction was pretty right,” he writes in one passage.

“Three or four who were 2 or 3 men away from me, before & behind, were wounded. How severely I do not know. 1 man was killed.

“The sound of flying shrapnel is very weird, first a boom, then a vicious swish, like swing of a whip.”

Even before they were stolen, the rare artefacts almost didn’t see the light of day.

Mr Murray has had them since he was married 25 years ago but hadn’t showed them to anyone who knew how historically significant they were.

“I kept them at home in a drawer,” he said.

“Occasionally you pull them out if friends came up or other surveyors came up but apart from that we didn’t look at it.

“They didn’t take on any great significance until 2015 when the local historical society got very interested in them in the lead-up to the centenary.”

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Queensland Election 2015: LNP and Labor’s policies in 10 key areas

LNP state leader Campbell Newman and Labor state leader Annastacia Palaszczuk. The LNP have been seen as the more comprehensive and adept in areas of finance. Photo: Renee Melides
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The Baird government plans to spend proceeds from the sale of electricity assets to fund infrastructure projects.

Coal miners may return to profitability. Photo: Nic Walker

Both parties have tried to land stinging blows on education. Photo: Tony Moore

An artist’s depiction of the promised Townsville Stadium and surrounding precinct. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Annastacia Palaszczuk and Jackie Trad get a close-up view of the Great Barrier Reef.

Bikies like Angelo Garozzo have taken umbrage with the LNP’s crackdown on gangs, but both parties promise to remain tough on crime. Photo: Facebook

Brisbane’s planned BaT Tunnel under the LNP. Photo: Supplied

Premier Campbell Newman at the Emerald Sales Yard. Regions will be crucial to the balance of power. Photo: Renee Melides

Don’t become a scam victim

WODONGA resident Margaret Purss had the foresight to realise calls from those purporting to be offering her a tax refund were a fraud.
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But she fears other elderly residents won’t be quite so lucky to recognise the scammers and will give away valuable personal details including their bank account numbers before they realise what they have done.

Police have acknowledged the fraudsters came to their attention earlier this month and are focusing on those who have been scam victims in the past.

The Australian Taxation Office also issued a warning midway through last year about a similar scam affecting those who been tricked into believing they had a tax refund owed to them.

Once again the message to the public is not to believe those who telephone asking for personal details.

Instead those who receive a call from those purporting to be from the tax office should ask for the caller’s name and phone them back through the tax office switchboard.

Everyone should treat their personal information, particularly bank account details, with the greatest care and not give them to anyone, particularly over the telephone.

It’s imperative to be cautious.

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Court delays answered

NSW’S chief magistrate, Judge Graeme Henson, has listened to concerns about lengthening delays for the listing of hearing matters at Albury Local Court.
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Mr Henson has written to magistrate Tony Murray offering almost three weeks of additional court time at Albury with the allocation of a second magistrate in March, May and July.

The second magistrate will sit in Albury for four days in March, five days in May and five days in July.

The offer comes after solicitors and visiting magistrates raised the issue of the delays earlier this month.

It’s a welcome outcome that will help ease the listing backlog, but as Labor candidate for Albury, Ross Jackson has said, it is only a temporary solution.

Previously Albury has had a second magistrate for at least 20 weeks each year to ensure defended hearings could be listed in a timely manner without lengthy waits.

But this is at least a step in the right direction and will help improve the situation.

Hopefully, Mr Henson and the Attorney-General’s office continue to monitor listings in Albury to ensure any further delays can be quickly addressed and rectified.

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Star Brumbies in for a gallop

AS promised, most of the big name ACT Brumbies players will play in the trial against Otago Highlanders in Wagga tomorrow.
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Both teams announced their squads yesterday, with the Brumbies line-up brimming with Wallabies.

David Pocock, Christian Lealiifano, Henry Speight, Joe Tomane and Nic White are the Brumbies’ Australian players who played last week, with Ben Alexander, Scott Sio, Tevita Kuridani and Sam Carter coming into the 28-man squad for the Equex Centre game.

Captain Stephen Moore is still on the injured list.

The Highlanders will be without internationals Ben Smith, Aaron Smith, Malaki Fekitoa and Fumiaki Tanaka from the match and are bringing a squad of 27.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said his team was eager to prove itself before the start of the Super Rugby season.

“This is an important match for us and the players are keen to put their pre-season training into practice and make a big impression on Saturday night,” he said.

“We have a good mix of experienced internationals and up-and-coming players in the team who will all be looking for a win prior to the season.

“The Highlanders are always a tough side to beat so it should be an entertaining game of rugby.”

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