Volume 16 Issue 2Formerly published as the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Internet Edition' (Est. 1996) February 2011
Edited by Graeme Petterwood. © 2011.
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'TIS MUNNY IN MY PURSE!'
So said the final line in the best known of the two pieces of poetic doggerel written by Charles E. Boles.
a.k.a. - 'Black Bart - the Po8'.
Here I lay me down to sleep
To wait the coming morrow
Perhaps success, perhaps defeat
And everlasting sorrow
I've labored long and hard for bread
For honor and for riches
But on my corns too long you've tred
You fine-haired sons of bitches
Let come what will, I'll try it on
My condition can't be worse
And if there's money in that box
Tis munny in my purse.
The verse above is actually an amalgamation of the only two poems, left by the famous robber, that were acknowledged as genuine.
The innocuous looking photo (below) of an dapper, elderly man, Charles E. Boles (a.k.a. Bolles/Bowles/Bolton - and T. Z.Spalding), tends to belie the fact that he was even more infamously known as 'Black Bart' - the 'gentleman' stagecoach bandit, who was the scourge of Henry Wells and William G. Fargo (who had also helped found the American Express Company in 1850) from 1875 - 1883 when he robbed 28 of their Concord coaches.
Although some of his hauls were just a few hundred dollars or less - and barely worth the effort - he also made off with some sizeable amounts as well..
His average income from Wells Fargo has been estimated to amount to about US$6000 p.a. - a considerable amount at that time.
Other reports put the total at only $18,000 in all - and some scribes refer to Boles as a "ne'er-do-well" - while others describe him a dapper gentleman.
He was an enigma!
There were several other imitators who took to using the name 'Black Bart' - the name of a fictional dime novel desperado - but, Boles left his poems of sorts at two of his robberies - the fourth and fifth - signed - 'Black Bart the Po8' - as a cheeky 'calling-card' - after he had, single-handedly, relieved the coach of the green strong-box (shown below) - which was usually carried in the forward boot located under the driver's seat. These strong-boxes could weigh up to 150 lbs when full. of coin.
The Wells Fargo strong-box, usually painted dark-green, was normally stored under the coach-driver's seat.
J. Y. Ayer of San Francisco built them of Ponderosa pine and reinforced them with oak rims and iron straps and corners.
They weighed 24 pounds empty, measured 20" x 12" x 10" and, in the mid-1880's, they cost approximately US$10.00 to make.
Top row:- Wells Fargo wooden strong-box. Iron strong-boxes - often fixed to the coach with bolts - were also used in later times.
Middle row:- (1). Charles E. Boles - 'Black Bart'. (2). Wells Fargo original advertising prospectus 1852. (3). Wells Fargo 'Concord' coach
Bottom row:- 'Morgan' Silver Dollars (issued from 1878 - 1921) - the type of coin that 'Black Bart' would have no trouble spending.
Charles Boles preferred Gold or Silver coins and lower value paper money - and was known to have discarded Cheques and Promissory Notes.
Charles Earl Bowles (above) was born in Norfolk, England c.1829 and immigrated to America with his mother, Maria, and father, John, and a large number of brothers and sisters in 1831 -2 and the family settled in Alexandria, Jefferson County, New York state..
Charles, and two other relatives - believed to be his cousin, Robert, and his brother, David - went West on several occasions and did some gold prospecting – but, when the others fell ill and died in California during one such expedition, 'Charlie' didn’t return home for another year or so.
In 1854, Charles - who, for some reason, had changed the spelling of his last name to 'Boles' - married Mary Elizabeth Johnson of Jefferson Co. New York..
However, Charles Boles was restless after his gold-mining experience and found it hard to settle down.
Over the next 3 - 7 year period of moving backward and forward through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois - they had three girl children - Ida Martha (b.1857) Eva Ardella (b.1859) and Francis Lillian (b.1861) - and the couple finally planned to make a more permanent home in Decatur, Illinois.
However, even the best laid plans are sometimes swept aside by history - and the impending Civil War was the event that changed their lives forever!
Charles really didn't need much of an excuse - and the patriotic call to 'adventure' was strident at that time.
On August 13th 1862, Boles enlisted in the 116th Illinois Regiment – and attended several major battles, at places like Vicksburg, under the command of Ulysses S. Grant - and he was with General Sherman in his ‘March to the Sea’.
Boles was a good Union soldier throughout the Civil War and he rose through the ranks to NCO level as a First-Sergeant - and, it also known he held brevet (temporary) commissions as a 1st. and 2nd Lieutenant.
Obviously, he was an intelligent and reasonably well educated man will an urge to better his station in life..
He saw action at Chickasaw Basin, Yazoo River, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Kennesaw Mountain and Atlanta.
Shortly after his arrival home, after an honourable discharge at Washington D.C. in 1865, the family moved back to Iowa and Boles became a farmer.
Mary fell pregnant once again in 1866 with a son - but, in 1867, Charles suddenly left home.
A reason for his abrupt departure was not forthcoming but it appeared to be marital problems and the burgeoning responsibility of a family life.
Their only son, Arian, died early in c.1871 - he was only 6 years old - and he is buried in Howard Co., Iowa. .
Charles Boles wrote occasionally over the ensuing years - but, when he stopped, Mary assumed he had died.
Why Boles ever turned to his criminal vendetta, in 1875, against Wells Fargo – is still, officially, a mystery - although it has been reported that he had been in some sort of bitter incident with some Wells Fargo men..
How he was caught after such a long crime spree is also a small tale in itself.
Boles is known to have walked to the scenes of his robberies - his years of Army marching had made him fit - he was not known to ride a horse but used trains and other forms of transport available to him..
He would patiently wait in a suitable spot - perhaps, even have a meal - until the coach approached, before stepping from concealment with his shotgun - which was either plugged or unloaded. He had no intention of ever killing anyone.
A handkerchief, food, and other clothing, left at the scene of his last foiled hold-up, bore a San Francisco laundry-mark F.X.0.7.- and, the persistent Wells Fargo Chief of Detectives, James B. Hume (1827 - 1904) (who is reported to have borne a physical resemblance to Boles in his prime) used it to track the bandit down and make the arrest at Boles’ boarding-house - Room 40, 37 2nd Street, San Francisco.
Boles had been known as a married man with a family in Iowa - and was known locally, in California, as a geologist, or mining engineer, who had cause to travel a lot and enjoyed the good life on occasion when he returned to San Francisco..
He had deserted his family, years previously, - and, although his wife was prepared to accept him back. - he spurned the offer because of his life as a bandit probably held more appeal - or the reason for his original departure still mattered to him.
James B. Hume.
Wells Fargo Chief of Detectives.
That Boles never spilled any blood - although he himself was slightly wounded on the last occasion at La Porte, California, on 13th July 1882 - when he was forced to flee - may explain the fact that, when he was caught by James B. Hume in 1883, tried and imprisoned - Boles only served a little over 4 years of a 6 year term in California State (San Quentin) Prison - which is set on Point San Quentin on the northern side of San Francisco Bay.
The two slightly varying accounts (above) are well worth reading
When he was released early because of good behaviour, on 4th. January, 1888, Charles Earl Boles was only about 60 years old - but, it is known he was suffering from premature physical ageing and ‘indifferent’ health - including severe deafness in one ear.
Charles E. Boles disappeared from the 'Nevada House Hotel ' in San Francisco - reportedly, leaving his belongings behind - probably on the night of February 27th. 1888 - or early the next morning, the 28th. - and he never contacted his family again.
There was an eye-witness account, that a person of Boles' appearance bought a train ticket, early on the morning of 28th February, and headed off in the direction of Visalia in the San Joaquin Valley - which is located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Boles may have wanted to start a new life, or rekindle an old one, as far away - well, as he could afford to pay for - from where he was so well-known.
Was he depressed with what has become of his life - he had already turned his back on his wife and daughters - but, had he also made enemies in prison and was he afraid of his prospects on the outside?
Could it be that the murky waters around the bay city might possibly hold the answer to a dark secret?
Although reports of robberies by 'Black Bart' continued to surface occasionally - most were discounted as rumours, or deeds done by imitators.
It is even believed that Wells Fargo has a long-standing unclaimed reward for information on Charles Boles a.k.a. Bart Bart - or his whereabouts or fate.
Who really knows?!
The various reports - and suppositions - give just as many variations about Charles Boles' last known movements - and each is as good as the other
The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of the Old West - compiled by Peter Newark 1979.
The Story of 'Black Bart' - Charles E. Boles (c. 1829 - c.1888?). Refer:-http://www.sptddog.com/sotp/bbpo8.html
'Black Bart' - California's Infamous Stage Robber. Refer:- http://www.blackbart.com/index.php
BILL MINER - 'THE GREY FOX'
The original 'Gentleman Bandit'.
A very highly acclaimed film, made in Canada during 1982-3, entitled 'The Grey Fox' - starring the late Richard Farnsworth - and issued 1984, bore some uncanny likeness to the story of Charles E. Boles - a.k.a. 'Black Bart' - who, as mentioned, often posed as a mining engineer to explain his long absences from home. The film was glamorized - of course - but it drew heavily on actual court documentation from the late 1800's - early 1900's era to develop the plausible story-line - and the fine portrayal by the soft-spoken Farnsworth as Ezra Allen 'Bill' Miner has become a classic.
The film story, set in 1901, tells of the first ‘Gentleman Bandit' - another true-life stage-coach robber, 60 y.o. 'Bill' Miner, from Kentucky- who is reputed to have originated the term 'Hands up!' Like Charles E. Boles, 'Bill' Miner refrained from profanity, he was always relatively polite - and, he never took a life. He treated his victims, particularly the ladies, with some respect - and rarely took private possessions and was known to hand some back.!
Miner went to Canada after finding it impossible to fit into the mediocrity of modern society in the U.S. when he was released after spending two long terms, totalling over 33 years, in San Quentin Prison and other institutions..
It is quite feasible that Bill Miner may have even known Charles E. Boles, as they were both inmates at San Quentin during the same period.
Ezra Allen 'Bill' Miner (c.1847 - 1913) - and character actor Richard Farnsworth (1920 - 2000)
'Bill ' Miner (played by Richard Farnsworth) took on the persona of 'George Edwards' - an itinerant mining engineer - who had varied interests.
As George Edwards ('Bill' Miner) was trying to seek a new life - and a new love - after being released from prison - but, after seeing his first silent movie depicting a train robbery, Miner decided to set himself up by robbing a train – the Canadian Pacific (Transcontinental) Railway - in British Columbia and then sailing off to Europe or Australia to enjoy the sunset of his life.
A happy ending - that didn't quite happen that way in real life - but it made a really great movie!
The real 'Bill ' Miner was caught and imprisoned in British Columbia, Canada but he escaped and returned to the US - he tried to return to his old 'profession' but was caught and imprisoned once more.
It is reported from some sources that Miner escaped again and yet others say he died in Georgia State Prison on 2nd September, 1913 at Milledgeville - whatever happened - the truth is that he is buried in 'Memory Hill' Cemetery - East Side, Section J - Plot 7.
Even in death, 'Bill' Miner - 'The Grey Fox' - eluded detection.
For some considerable time, another grave marker - that bore his name - was thought to be his - but that was found to be incorrect - and it is now determined that Plot 7 is where he has finally found his peace!.
Many other Charles E. Boles/'Black Bart' Internet sites.
'The Grey Fox' - a MERCURY PICTURES/Peter O'Brian production movie (1983) - starring Richard Farnsworth
The Story of the real Bill Miner (c.1847 - 1913). Refer:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Miner - (Recommended reading
San Quentin Prison. Refer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Quentin_State_Prison
THE FAMOUS FRANKLINS!
On 21 January, 2000. the Royal Canadian Mint, in Ottawa, issued a $100 coin of 14 carat Gold to mark the 150th anniversary of the first search - for the missing expedition of Sir John Franklin - by Captain Robert McClure in 1850.
2000 Canadian $100 (14Carat Gold) coin - McClure- Franklin rescue expedition 150th. Anniversary. (Not to scale)
Sir John had set out in 1845 with two ships, the 'Erebus' and the 'Terror', in an endeavour to find a north-western sea passage over the Canadian Arctic that would lead towards Europe and enable commercial maritime enterprises to cut out the far longer North Atlantic route.
The whole expedition disappeared into the white hell of the Arctic and its members were never seen alive again - at least, not by European eyes.
Several costly rescue expeditions were mounted - but all were in vain.
In 1854, a rumour circulated that Eskimos had news of a party of white men who had perished some years before, this prompted Jane, Lady Franklin to raise funds for another expedition. Tasmanians made a large donation towards the cost - as Sir John and Lady Jane had been highly thought of during their 6-year stay in Government House from 1837 - 1843.
In 1987, the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' issued for general sale a very limited edition of (40) Sterling Silver and (150) Olympic Bronze (65mm x 4mm) numbered medallions with an accompanying brochure, in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the arrival of the couple in Tasmania to take up their vice-regal position. The following detail about this adventuresome duo is taken directly from the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' brochure and highlights the Tasmanian connection.
"Perhaps the best known of all Tasmania's governors was Rear-Admiral, Sir John Franklin, who arrived in Hobart with his wife, Jane, in 1837.
Sir John, born in 1786, had served with Flinders during his Australian voyage of discovery in 1801-4.
Later he was present at the Battle of Trafalgar and took part in two Arctic expeditions.
Franklin's first wife, Eleanor Anne Porden - whom he had married in 1823 after returning from his first expedition - died of Tuberculosis in 1825 while Franklin was planning his second expedition back to the Arctic. However, Eleanor had borne him a daughter in 1824 , who was named Eleanor Isabella. - and it was she also insisted he continue his mission despite her failing health.
In early November 1828, after his return from the Arctic, Franklin married Jane Griffin (4th. Dec. 1791 - 18th. July 1875) - who had been a close friend of his late wife.
Jane was the intelligent and idealistic daughter of a wealthy London merchant - a descendant of French Huguenots - and a seasoned European traveller.
When Franklin was knighted in 1829 - the popular couple were ideally suited to be chosen for colonial vice-regal duties - and these arrived in due course.
The Franklins were greeted with great enthusiasm by the Van Diemen's Land colonists, many of whom had disliked Governor Arthur's strict rule. Nevertheless, the Franklins had a daunting task ahead. Van Diemen's Land population of 43,000 was made up of 19,000 convicts and many more ex-convicts; the free settlers tended to be argumentative, and resented many aspects of English control, which Franklin had to implement.
Moreover, Franklin inherited Arthur's officials, particularly his nephews-by-marriage, John Montagu and Matthew Forster, and these two made difficulties for him.
The Franklins tried to raise the colony from a gaol mentality into a free society, by fostering culture and understanding.
Franklin reorganised and improved the state's education system and he and his wife founded Christ's College, a private boy's school.
They also began the Tasmanian Natural History Society, at one meeting of which Sir John went to sleep and 'snored like a hog and blew like a grampus'. Despite this, the society fostered learning and its journal, the Tasmanian Journal of Natural History, became widely respected.
Lady Franklin, always keen to promote the colony's interests, sent copies to London as well as various pieces of 'Tasmaniana', such as a white Kangaroo for Queen Victoria.
Lady Franklin also had built a small Greek temple, 'Ancanthe', (in Hobart) to be a library and museum.
It was said at this time that Van Diemen's Land was the intellectual centre of the Australian colonies, a boast which has rarely been made since.
The Franklins also promoted various charitable enterprises.
Lady Franklin bought land in the Huon and settled farmers there, and she adopted an Aboriginal girl, Mathinna, and treated her as one of the family - an unheard-of action for a governor's wife.
The Franklins also instigated the Hobart Regatta, first held in 1838, and Lady Franklin tried to improve the island by eradicating snakes, which she loathed. She offered a shilling for every snake killed, and in 1838 paid for over 12,000 snakes.
The Franklins - particularly Lady Franklin - loved travel.
She was the first woman to climb Mount Wellington and she accompanied Sir John on many tours around the island.
Their most famous exploit was a trip overland from Lake St. Clair to Macquarie harbour.
This was a journey that was meant to take eight days but which lasted, largely due to bad weather, for three weeks.
The Franklins' tents were soaked, they had waded through mud and crossed rivers on fallen logs, but both apparently enjoyed it and were described as good-humoured companions.
Lady Franklin also journeyed overland from Melbourne to Sydney, and visited New Zealand, leaving Sir John to govern the colony.
This was proving an extremely difficult task, especially when depression in the 1840's brought bankruptcies and unemployment, for which Franklin's policies were blamed. Franklin was a good, noble and upright man, but he had no administrative experience and was unprepared for the devious tactics of his enemies, particularly Montagu.
After many disputes, Montagu wrote Franklin an insolent letter implying that he, Franklin, was an imbecile.
Franklin dismissed him!
Montagu went to England and appealed, successfully, against his dismissal.
He wrote his version of the affair in a book that accused Sir John of ineptitude and Lady Franklin of interfering in government, a dreadful action at a period when women were expected to have nothing to do with public affairs.
The Franklins were extremely upset, especially when some of Montagu's writings were published in England.
Nevertheless, many colonists admired the couple; "Sir John had many enemies that any man should be proud of," - wrote one newspaper.
In 1843, Franklin was recalled, though he only knew this when he read it in a newspaper.
When the Franklins sailed, one of the colony's newspapers wrote:
'They are really gone at last! '- and the other rival paper added in reply '- and with the good will of most and the esteem of all'.
Back in England, Sir John was placed in charge of an expedition to discover the North-West passage believed to be to the north of Canada, and left in 1845.
Lady Franklin travelled widely before returning to England to wait for news.
Despite the efforts of several relief expeditions, no tidings came until 1854 when Lady Franklin heard that a party of white men had perished.
She raised money, including a very large donation from Tasmania, to send a ship to the area, only to learn that Franklin had indeed discovered the North-West passage but had perished in 1847 - seven years earlier..
Lady Franklin continued to spend much of the rest of her life travelling, and died on 18th July 1875 - after, stubbornly, refusing to take her medication.
She was aged eighty-four.
Portrait of Jane, Lady Franklin - age 24
Print from a drawing in chalks by Swiss artist - Melle. Amalie Munier Romilly (1788 - 1875)
Original held in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
THE STAMP PLACE - TASMANIA
Northern Tasmanian Collector Events
Devonport Stamp, Coin and Militaria Fair
Don Memorial Hall,
10am to 3pm
LPS Market Day
Max Fry Hall,
10am to 4pm
Devonport Stamp, Coin and Militaria Fair
Don Memorial Hall,
10am to 3pm
June 10 – 13
Tasmanian Antiques Fair, Launceston
Fri: 6pm to 10pm
LPS Market Day
Max Fry Hall,
10am to 4pm
Devonport Stamp, Coin and Militaria Fair
Don Memorial Hall,
10am to 3pm
The Stamp Place We buy and sell
110 Collins Street, Hobart Postcards
Ph (03) 6224 3536, Email email@example.com Catalogues and other accessories.
Website - http://www.thestampplace.com Professional medal mounting and framing service
David and Kim Newell of 'The Stamp Place' - located in Hobart - have been long-time supporters of Australian - and particularly Tasmanian - philatelists (for those who like sticky little pieces of paper art) - but, many of us know that they are also suppliers of quality numismatic merchandise. 'The Stamp Place' has been a family business over two generations and it has become an institution in its own right,
As a regular 'Stamp Place' numismatic customer for well over 20 years, I have found David and Kim to be both attentive and knowledgeable - they are always most welcoming to myself, and those members of my family who have also developed the numismatic habit - especially, when it comes to the 'bottom line' - when we conclude a mutually satisfying deal!
'The Stamp Place' has always had a great range of world coins and banknotes that are priced to please - and they carry good stocks of the literary aids and quality accessories that are essential to make life easy for any level of collector.
I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them as special friends to our local Tasmanian numismatic community! So, if you plan to attend any of the functions listed in the above Schedule, tell them - "I sent you!" - and you, too, may be pleasantly surprised!
GENERAL INDEX UPDATE.
'TASMANIAN NUMISMATIST - INTERNET EDITION' 1996 - June 2007
'NUMISNET WORLD' July 2007 - December 2010
Early issues of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition', from 1995 - 1999. were permanently archived in 2000 and articles are not linked directly.
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/aug03.htm - 1995, 1996 - 1997 (Volumes 1 and 2) Archived. Content detail only.
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/Sept2003.htm - 1998 - 1999 (Volumes 3 and 4) Archived. Content detail only.
By referring to the 'Newsletter Archives' or 'Search' function located on the Home Page, you can directly access all current Volumes online.
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/tns.html - January 2000 (Volumes 5 - to date).
In January 2006 it was decided to grant each new issue its own URL link. which would henceforth appear in the current Index.
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/mar07.htm - 2006 (Volume 11)
The final Index of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition'
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec07.htm - 2007 (Volume 12 - Issues 1 - 6)
Full details of initial 'Numisnet World' - incorporating 'Tasmanian Numismatist' (2007)
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec07.htm - (Volume 12 - Issues 7 - 12)
For full details of 'Numisnet World' (2008)
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec08.htm - (Volume 13 - Issues 1 - 12)
For full details of 'Numisnet World' (2009)
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec09.htm - (Volume 14 - Issues 1 - 12)
For full details of 'Numisnet World' (2010)
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec10.htm - (Volume 15 - Issues 1 - 12)
'NUMISNET WORLD' - December 2010 Reminder
Issue 12. December 2010:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec10.htm
Australian Federation Pre-decimal Coins - "The Mints that made Oz Coins" is a condensed version of the coin minting process. It is presented to new-comers to Australian numismatics as a fairly simple aid - for a complicated subject - and, it is designed, basically, to be a 'first-step' up the ladder of knowledge. It is not meant to be a replacement for a properly constructed Australian coin catalogue of which we are blessed with several each year..
Grading Paper Bank-notes - A quick way to assess a banknote's condition before you start to haggle about price. What to look for to push the price down - if you're game enough to challenge a dealer's grading! At least, you can walk away without wasting money on an over-graded piece of paper or plastic..
Friendly Reminder! - If you are a "Tasmanian Numismatic Society" member - your Annual Subs. for the next 12 months (2011) are due in January.
'NUMISNET WORLD' - January 2011 to date.
Issue 1. January 2011:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/jan11.htm
HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2011 - Note Montage - Every one of our previous New Year newsletter header montages had a story to tell - and this one, the first for 2011, was also selected to create a moment of interest about international currency, the old and the more recent. This is a small essay of homework to start off a new year and, perhaps, a lifetime of searching and understanding the fascinating and intricate world of banknotes et al..
HOLIDAY READING - We have re-presented three articles from 2003 that have snippets of information that may prove to be useful to our new collectors - or a reminder to our older friends about forgotten aspects of our hobby, Numismatics is always growing and exploring a whole spectrum of knowledge.
(a) - Hi Ho! Silver! - A review of the impact that Silver has had on our Australian coinage.
(b) - and ... at the other end of the scale! - We must remember, that these days, the intrinsic value of coinage has virtually disappeared - and more common metals - such as Aluminium - are more likely to be used with a stated value to signify purchasing worth in our commercial world.
(c) - Unofficial Orders, Decorations & Medals - A preponderance of facsimiles and fantasy items, in the personal decorations area of our hobby, are lurking in cupboards all around the world just awaiting future generations to stumble upon them and to ask the questions- What are these - and what are they worth?" They are well-made - even crafted from noble metals in some instances - and obviously have value - they even look official - BUT - they are not!
In years to come it may be hard to find out the 'raison d'etre' of these fantasies - so if any do come into your possession. make sure that any product information is passed along with the item to maintain its provenance and resale value
Editor's Personal Note - The ANS (Anniversary of National Service 1951 - 1972) Medal. - It took 50 years for the Australian Government to be forced to acknowledge the part that underage National Servicemen played in our more recent military history. Politicians are still in a state of denial about some aspects of the old National Service scheme but, at least, we have a medal to commemorative the sacrifices made between 1951 - 1972 - including some of which are still ongoing for some 'Nashos'.
The issuance, in 2008, of the ADM (Australian Defence Medal) also took up some of the slack in the area of neglect suffered by those Regular and Reserve force personnel who had nothing to show for years of service to our nation
Issue 2. February 2011:-
'TIS MUNNY IN MY PURSE!' - The story of Charles Earl Bowles (aka Bolles/Boles/Bolton and T.Z. Spalding) - better known to those who like to study Old Western history as 'Black Bart''. This is another fascinating tale of retribution for a perceived abuse perpetrated by Wells Fargo against a man who had a long memory and a desire to get even. A retribution that caused him to rob, at least, 28 of Wells Fargo's Concord stage-coaches over a period of 8 years.
Some reports indicate that the polite 'Gentleman Bandit' may never have even loaded his shotgun before a robbery.
His mysterious disappearance a month after his release from San Quentin Prison still has us baffled - and a Wells Fargo reward that went unclaimed.
THE GREY FOX - an observation. - Bill Miner was another stage-coach robber who never killed or used profanity - another character who visited San Quentin Prison..
THE FRANKLINS! - A retrospective look at a Tasmanian Numismatic Society commemorative medallion which was issued to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Sir John Franklin and his wife, Jane, Lady Franklin to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) in 1837, to assume the Governorship of the island.
NORTHERN TASMANIAN NUMISMATIC & PHILATELIC EVENTS 2011 - A schedule of forthcoming events in Northern Tasmania has been kindly supplied by our good friends from Hobart, David & Kim Newell of "The Stamp Place". See you there!
The ‘'NumisNet World'’ (Internet Edition) newsletter has been provided with space on this privately maintained Internet site and is currently presented free on a monthly basis with the aim of promoting the hobby of numismatics.
The ''NumisNet World'' (Internet Edition) newsletter abides by the same basic guidelines suggested for the official 'Tasmanian Numismatist' newsletter.
The ‘Tasmanian Numismatist’ newsletter is the only official newsletter of the ‘Tasmanian Numismatic Society’ and it is published periodically and distributed by post, or hand delivered, directly to members of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society and selected associates and institutions. All matters pertaining to the T.N.S. are re-published with the permission of the current Executive Committee of the ‘Tasmanian Numismatic Society’.
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