Convict Relics Unearthed – 1923

The Maitland Daily Mercury, Saturday 21 April 1923, page 4

Convict Chain Gang early 1800s

Convict Chain Gang – early 1800s

CONVICT RELICS UNEARTHED.

A report from Wyong states that ploughing new land on his holding at Yarramalong, near Wyong, John A. Hill unearthed a pair of leg irons and two links of what had evidently been the connecting chain. The irons were locked, and had been half eaten through with rust. The land had not previously been touched. Mr. Hill states that he has heard his father, one of the district pioneers, mention that convicts, once worked in gangs in the district but it is considered probable that an escaped convict, from the Hawkesbury, may have got rid of the irons and “planted” them, which would account for the two irons being separated from the links.

The rusted leg irons may have been similar to this set in the Powerhouse Museum Collection.

The rusted leg irons John A. Hill found while ploughing at Yarramalong may have been similar to this set in the Powerhouse Museum Collection.

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Sources: Wyong Museum & Historical Society Archives; Trove Digital Newspaper Archive; Powerhouse Museum Online Collection;

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