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The Queensland National Bank Robbery.

A robbery surrounded by a good deal of mystery, and characterised by considerable ingenuity, was recently effected on the premises of the South Brisbane branch of the Queensland National Bank. The • Brisbane Courier' gives further details of tho crime : kept very quiet, and it was difficult to glean any particulars relating to it. From the information obtainable, it would appear that shortly before the bank was opened in the morning it was found that something like L 3.800 in gold and notes had been abstracted from the treasury safe. How the robbery was effected seems involved in doubt, but it was apparently carried out with such astuteness as to leave no trace behind. The bank had not been broken into, the safe had not been forced, but the robber had carried off his booty with as much ease a3 if he had been in possession of the keys of the treasury chest. The bank was closed at tho customary hour on the previous afternoon, and books and cash were placed in the safe according to the usual practice. In the evening two of the officers —the manager and the ledgerkeeper—were, however, working until about half - past nine on the premises. The ledger-keeper, a youth named Twyne, was- the only person living at the bank, and he retired to bed shortly after the manager had left. Before he did so, and before his superior officer left, everything was looked up and made secure. Nothing happened during the night to disturb Twyne, and when the other officers of the bank arrived in the morning the bank presented its usual appearance. The doors had apparently remained unopened, and the safe was locked as it had been on the previous evening. There was nothing to show that anything unusual had taken place. On the teller (Mr Shooter) going to the treasury to get his cash, he found that with the exception of about L3OO in silver it had all been removed. He at once made the fact known to the manager, and an examination was made of the safe. The locks were found to be in good order and did not appear to have been tampered with, and the premises themselves showed no signs of having been enteredjj On further

investigation it was ascertained that the missing money was made up of about L 1.500 in gold, LI,IOO in notes of other banks, and the remainder in the notes of the Queensland National Bank. The securities in the safe had not been touched, and the robber or robbers had scrupulously avoided taking anything that could be easily traced. The notes themselves were mostly old ones, and could not with any certainty be ideutified. The whole thing seemed inexplicable, except under the hypothesis that the key sof the bank, or duplicates of them, had been employed. Under theße circumstances the police naturally refrained from giving the occurrenceany publicity, and so carefully was it concealed that tho next door neighbor of the bank was ignorant that it had happened. The keys of the safe and treasury were distributed amongst the manager, the accountant, and the ledgerkeeper. There were two keys to the outer compartments of the safe, where books and documents were kept, and there were two keys for the treasury and some drawers respectively. In all, six keys would have been required to rifle the safe as had been done. Neither of these keys, so far as can be ascertained, had left the hands of their legal custodians. The ledgerkeeper, for the purpose of gaining access to his books, had a key to tho outer part of the safe, but none to the inner compartments. Jn addition to the set of keys in use, there was a duplicate set at the head office. On the robbery being discovered an examination was made of these to see if they had been tampered with. They were found sealed up where they had been placed in safe keeping. An examination was then made of the locks of the safe, but they withstood the test, and had, to all appearance, not been tampered with."

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The Queensland National Bank Robbery., Evening Star, Issue 8045, 23 October 1889

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The Queensland National Bank Robbery. Evening Star, Issue 8045, 23 October 1889

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