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Newspaper clipping from April 13th 1865 relating to Alexander Mussen

2006.0085.0025

Newspaper clipping from April 13th 1865 relating to Alexander Mussen

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Physical description

A newspaper cutting in five columns, the first of which is headed "THURSDAY, APRIL 13th, 1865 / ARREST OF BURKE. James Burke was placed in the dock, ...". The article concerns the trial of those involved in the death of Alexander Mussen, and it is in part a transcription of the trial. There are vertical and horizontal crease marks in the paper, and a small piece forming the fifth column is detached from the main part of the cutting.

Statement of significance

The Alexander Mussen Collection consists of 3 sketches, one ambrotype portrait, newspaper clippings, 13 letters and a death certificate relating to Alexander Mussen, his time on the NSW goldfields and his death, in 1864, at the hand of bushrangers. Alexander Mussen was a young Canadian, the son of a well known merchant in Montreal. It seems he fell into some disrepute and debt in Canada and travelled to the NSW goldfields to both try his luck and redeem the family name.

The gold rush in Australia had a major impact on society, culture, the environment and politics. The population increased dramatically, society became more diversified, colonial governments had to respond to the changes and the rest of the world became increasingly aware of Australia's wealth. The Mussen collection provides a personal and intimate insight into the practical workings of some New South Wales diggings, society more generally, law and order on the goldfields and the continuing connection between those who came to Australia and family left behind.

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