Burke's gun to return to Beechworth
THE opportunity for a community to buy back a critical piece of its history comes rarely.
The Beechworth community found itself in this unique position during spring.
The collections manager at Beechworth’s Robert O’Hara Burke Museum, Linda Peacock, got a tip-off from amateur historian Matt Nolan in NSW about an item being auctioned in Dublin.
It was a revolver given to Superintendent of Police Robert O’Hara Burke by his fellow officers when he left Beechworth in November 1858.
Indigo Shire Council, recognising the value of the item, provided a contribution, as did some locals and the firends of the Burke Museum.
Linda contacted licensed valuer and auctioneer Warren Joel who agreed this was a chance in a lifetime.
Linda rang Warren, with details of the new funding limit.
When the gavel fell the gun was purchased for $18,000 – a real coup, thanks to the Beechworth community.
PIECE OF HISTORY: The historic pistol has surfaced after 155 years.