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01 January - 4 Aussies killed on Picnic Train

Unread postby Max ADU » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:31 pm

Today in Australian History
Friday, January 1, 1915.

Four Australians are killed when two Turks attack a picnic train near Broken Hill.

Each New Year's Day in Australia, the Manchester Unity Lodge customarily held a picnic at Silverton, 25km northwest of Broken Hill in far western New South Wales.

On 1 January 1915, at 10:00am,
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a train pulled out of the Broken Hill railway station at Sulphide Street, carrying 1200 men, women and children in 40 open trucks fitted with wooden seats. Just a few kilometres out of Broken Hill the train passed an ice-cream cart bearing a Turkish flag.

Two Muslim Turks ( both former camel-drivers working at Broken Hill) shot dead four people and wounded seven more, before being killed by police and military officers. While the attack was politically and religiously inspired, as declared by the perpetrators in notes, the men were not members of any sanctioned armed force.

Badsha Mahommed Gool (born c. 1874), an ice-cream vendor, and Mullah Abdullah (born c. 1854) a local imam and halal butcher, positioned themselves on an embankment located about 30 metres from the tracks.

As the train passed they opened fire with two rifles, discharging 20 to 30 shots while lying in wait started shooting at the train, killing two picnickers immediately.

A pipeline inspector cycling
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alongside the train was also killed, whilst a man chopping wood in the yard of a local hotel was killed by a ricocheting bullet from the Turks.

Police and locals quickly descended on the scene and a gun battle ensued, during which the snipers were killed.

Looking for scapegoats, the public descended on the local Muslim community, but further bloodshed was prevented by police and militia. Local Muslims did not condone the shooting and refused to be responsible for the burial of the Turks.

The bodies were later buried away from the local cemetery, in an undisclosed location.

Believing the Germans had agitated the assailants to attack, the local German Club was burnt to ground, the angry mob cutting the hoses of the firemen who came to fight the flames.

The next day the mines of Broken Hill fired all employees deemed 'enemy aliens' under the 1914 Commonwealth War Precautions Act. Six Austrians, four Germans and one Turk were ordered out of town by the public.
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Re: 01 January - 4 Aussies killed on Picnic Train

Unread postby Max ADU » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:12 am

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