Coonamble robbery while at Melba concert

Even in small country towns in 1909 it seems you cannot go out for the night. Take the case of Mr and Mrs Curran owners of Curran’s Hotel. They  travelled 160kms on June 14, 1909 to attend Melba’s concert at Dubbo.

The thieves were the pub’s former groom Dick Hayes and local man Alf Flaherty. Sgt Scott and his constable soon captured their men who had stolen £66 from the drawers in the Curran’s room. (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative June 17, 1909 pg3).

The Coonamble Museum is trying to find out more about the case for me.

To see the article go to:

Do you know anything about the Curran family and their hotel? Do you know what happened to our two hapless thieves?



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A journalist and historian, for many years I have studied Dame Nellie Melba and written articles, books, and given talks about her. I established the first website int he world dedicated to Melba and still maintain it today as a virtual museum.

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