Burke's gun to re­turn to Beech­worth

North East Tourist News - - 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.

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