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Help in tracing my Grandmothers side of the family

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Re: Help in tracing my Grandmothers side of the family

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Racecourse connection, Maurice Condon, last paragraph.

The Argus, Saturday 17 November 1934 (Source: TROVE)


An attempt to blow up the power house at the Williamstown Racecourse, and thereby disable the three automatic totalisators on the course, was prevented last night by a night watchman. Officials of the course and of the Auto- matic Totalisators Pty. Ltd., which controls the betting machines are mystified by the attempt, which seems to have been senseless.

As Mr. Edward Dryden, night watchman of the racecourse, was making his rounds late last night his suspicions were aroused by a man near the door of the power house, which is situated by the bridge entrance. It appeared to Mr. Dry- den that the man was trying to force an entry into the building. He called out, and the man immediately ran away. Mr. Dryden fired several shots at the intruder as he pursued him toward the gate, but none of the bullets took effect. The man escaped in the darkness. It is believed that he had a bicycle hidden near by.

On the steps of the power house the watchman discovered an improvised bomb. It was a treacle tin packed with high ex- plosives, and it had four long fuses running from holes in the lid. The fuses had not been lighted. The intruder had not broken into the house, which supplies the electric power for all the totalisators on the course. If the bomb had exploded machinery valued at several thousands of pounds would have been thrown out of operation, and the totalisators would have been out of operation at the Williamstown Cup meeting today.

Mr. Dryden reported his discovery to Mr. Maurice Condon, ranger of the course, who communicated with the police. A wireless patrol hurried to the course and took charge of the bomb."
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