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This Week in Port Phillip 1841: 1-7 October 1841

‘Scrutator’ fall-out One of the problems of writing a libelous letter against the only Judge in town is that, when you’re hauled over the coals for it, it will be before that very same Judge. So 21-year-old George Arden was … Continue reading ?
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