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Written by Annie O'Riley ( on July 14, 2012

This article was published on Tuesday the 7th of July, 1914 in The Register (Adelaide, S.A.)




Albert Carter, aged 28, a baker, was arrested yesterday by Constable Hehir in a paddock at Narre Warren North on a charge of having stolen a watch and money from a dwelling. When he saw the police, Carter drew a revolver and shot himself above the right temple. The wounded man was taken in a motor car to Berwick. There the bullet was extracted, and the accused was taken to the watchhouse.”

Poor old Albert. There is another article in 1921 where an Albert Carter (occupation baker) was involved in a bar brawl and charged with robbery at a hotel in Melbourne. I cannot clearly connect him with the Narre Warren Albert but I like to think it was him.  The charges were dropped because no theft was proven and the altercation was the result of Albert protecting a lady from offensive behavior.

Mr. Rowe (Albert’s employer) proved himself worthy of the district.  In 1918 he won a competition against 400 other bakers for the best bread. He was also the victim of another robbery. In 1913, a horse he owned was stolen from his paddock by a local youth.

Written by Annie O'Riley. Annie is the author of and has been researching local history for over 30 years. She is constantly finding new stories and characters to write about.

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