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Murder at the Narrogin Inn

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'The wretch has shot me, Send for a doctor'
The City of Armadale and the Birtwistle Local Studies Library are proud to present Murder at the Narrogin Inn. Listen as the story of William Foster and John Gill unfolds before your very eyes.

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The Narrogin Inn

Re-live a sorry tale of murder at Ye Olde Narrogin Inne in Armadale on Wednesday 8th May, 2013, between 5.30pm and 7pm. The story of William Foster and John Gill and what happened one fateful night one hundred and forty years ago.

Come along and hear the grim story of murder and mystery, at the actual scene of the crime, re-told by actor and performer Simon James.

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Simon James

It was February 1874. History has it that John Gill was employed by William Foster at the Narrogin Inn. John Gill complained to William Fosters daughter, Matilda, that his food was not satisfactory. Gill had been in a foul mood for several days and, later on, had a heated argument with William Foster about the food, throwing a piece of meat in his face.

Later in the day the mood had subsided. However, at about 10pm it was noticed that John Gill was missing. William Foster took a lantern and set out to search for him. He had not gone very far when there was a flash of light and a gun shot. Foster had been shot in the side of the head and exclaimed that Gill had shot him, saying 'The wretch has shot me! Send for a doctor!' William Foster died the next morning and John Gill was arrested three days later and charged with murder.

John Gill was convicted and sentenced to death on 18th March, 1874. He was hanged at Perth Gaol on 4th April, 1874.

Come along and enjoy this unique event, a little bit spooky, made all the more so as it is performed on the very site where this shocking murder took place.

Bookings are essential. Phone 93990125 to book. Light refreshments will be served.

Visit the City of Armadale website for further details.
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Why? For an Evening of History, Mystery and Murder
When: Wednesday 8th May, 2013
Phone: (08) 9399 0125
Where: Ye Olde Narrogin Inne
Cost: To be advised
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