Once I finished yesterdays post about the Sir Charles Hotham Hotel I couldn’t help myself and kept looking for the follow ups on the articles I used.
The article I put in about James Creely being found dead in the loo of the Sir Charles Hotham Hotel in November 1949, had a twist when a 27-year-old labourer named Albert Anderson was arrested for his murder in December 1949.
Further articles tell me that in early March, after two trials in two weeks (the first jury failed to reach a verdict), he was finally aquitted of the murder and the death of Creely was found to have been caused by a fall. Two trials in two weeks! The wheels of justice move far more slowly these days.
When I read the article yesterday about the miner having his thirty pounds worth of gold stolen I wondered what he was doing with that much gold in his hotel room. It would appear that the gold, like the miner, never made it to the hotel room and that the miner was too drunk to know where he had been robbed that night. I wonder if he had been robbed at all, did he just leave the gold-filled bag in a gutter and stagger off for the next drink?
This article also has a reference to the Queen’s donkey and her ‘strapping gillie’ so I get to add a buried word to this post. A gillie is a Scot word for a hunting or fishing guide and also used for the male attendant of a Highland chieftain. A gillie is also a shoe without a tongue, but I doubt the Queen took a special shoe with her everywhere she went. I wonder why the Florentines thought her gillie was a male ballet dancer. Muscular calves?
The donkey part of the article was a surprise to me. Queen Victoria was a large lady and suffered from rheumatism and had donkeys that she used with a donkey-chaise to transport herself around instead of walking. The donkey and chaise were transported with her on all her journeys abroad and one of her last acts before her death in 1901 was to drive her donkey-chaise around the grounds of Osbourne House.