Patreon only: 1b: Australia’s Best Coin Counterfeiter

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1b: Australia’s Best Coin Counterfeiter


Synopsis – Henry Holroyd episode

This Patreon only episode is about one of Australia’s best coin counterfeiters Henry Holroyd arrived on the Thurland Castle – not like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. It was the name of a ship. He was born alongside his twin brother to humble farmers caring for his grandfather. He worked many jobs, but it appears none as diligently as coin creation. Unfortunately for him he did not work for the Australian Mint and was often on the wrong side of the law.

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History and current events collide:

We recognise this has become a timely discussion, due to the fact a potentially fake $20 bill was the instigating event of George Floyd’s arrest which led to his murder by the knees of the police. The arrest is not a licence to murder. We stand with the black community in the United States.
*We recognise Australia and America have very different legal systems, however,  discrimination is baked into both systems.
Do you think things might have gone differently for Henry if he was in America 1920s? If he was a black man? Do you think he’d have experienced something different in the 1920s as an Aboriginal man?
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most of them occurred too long ago to be appropriate however, these discussions create an interesting contrast of values. The offences covered reflect the rural nature of our towns, shedding light on some of the people we don’t usually talk about and what is and was considered criminal.

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Police Court. – THURSDAY, MARCH 156. (Before the Police Magistrate.) DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. – Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW: 1851 – 1904) – 15 Mar 1900 (2020). Available at: (Accessed: 27 January 2020).

Muswellbrook Police Court. – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1ST. (Before Mr. C. H. Gale, P.M) UTTERING COUNTERFEIT COIN. – The Muswellbrook Chronicle (NSW: 1898 – 1955) – 4 Aug 1906 (2020).  (Accessed: 27 January 2020).

COINING CHARGE. – Henry Holroyd Committed for Trial. – Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920) – 26 May 1917 (2020). Available at: (Accessed: 14 February 2020).

COINER GOES TO GAOL. – The Corowa Free Press (NSW: 1875 – 1954) – 3 Aug 1920 (2020). (Accessed: 14 February 2020).

SUSPECTED COUNTERFEITER – SEPTUAGENARLAN’S BOAST. – Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1915 – 1954) – 19 Nov 1924 (2020). (Accessed: 14 February 2020).

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