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Written by Annie O'Riley ( on July 20, 2012

This rather sad story shows us that there have always been disreputable people in our society.

Published in The Mail (Adelaide) on Saturday the 25th of March 1939.

“Saved Pennies of 15 Years: All Stolen

MELBOURNE, Saturday- Joshua Edebohls, an elderly farmer, has reported to the Belgrave police that three men robbed him £6 in notes and a paper sugar-bag half filled with pennies in his hut on a back road at Narre Warren North last night.

When Edebohls, who lives alone, answered a knock at the door, one man held him while the other two ransacked the hut. Edebohls had been saving the pennies for 15 years.”

The Edebohls were a large, interesting and well respected family. Heinrich (Henry) was born in 1826 in Hanover Germany and by 1848 was a soldier fighting in the Mexican-American war. By 1854 he was in Mebourne and married to Christina Walsdorf. Christina and Henry were very early settlers to the Berwick region and they were living in the Harkaway area by 1856. They had 10 children many of whom remained in the local area and Edebohls road in Narre Warren East is named after the family.

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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