It was once the biggest financial institution theft in Australian historical past. On Sunday 14 September 1828, thieves tunnelled via a sewage drain into the vault of Sydney's financial institution of Australia and stole 14 000 in notes and money - the similar of $20 million in modern-day foreign money. This audacious workforce of convicts not just defied the weekly exhortation 'thou shalt now not steal!', they particular the financial institution owned by means of the colony's self-anointed the Aristocracy.
Delighted at this affront to their betters, Sydney's mostly legal and ex-criminal inhabitants did all they can to undermine the experts' makes an attempt to trap the robbers and retrieve the spoils. whereas the determined financial institution administrators provided more and more huge rewards and the govt officials forged longing appears on the gallows, the robbers persevered to elude detection. Then at some point .
With a wealthy solid of characters who refused to abase themselves to the institution, this meticulously researched and fast moving historical past tells the tale of the bold financial institution of Australia theft and of the scheming robbers, grasping receivers and unlucky suspects whose lives have been irrevocably replaced via this outrageous crime.
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