Blake the Bold – ripping yarn

In the town of Mt Magnet, one of the local public figures, a police constable, became very unpopular due to his making a point of closing the Grand Hotel at night whilst allowing the Royal Mail Hotel to keep trading.  This situation came to a head when he arrested a man for swearing in the Grand Hotel and held him without bail.

Hepburn Street, Mount Magnet

The following ditty was to appear in the local paper:-

I’m Blake the bold
and I’ll have you told
I’m here on dooty bint
to stop your quarrels
and mind your morals
by act of Parlimint.

Tennis and ball
I won’t have at all
and cards ye cannot play
and ye’ll not pitch a wicket
or av a game of cricket
on the lowley sabbath day

I’m a dandy cop
when I’m on the hop
The drunks and larrikins flee
or I’ll chain them tight
both day and night
to a Government Mulga tree.

Shortly after this he was transferred to Cue.

Mt Magnet Police Station


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My name is Moya Sharp, I live in Kalgoorlie Western Australia and have worked most of my adult life in the history/museum industry. I have been passionate about history for as long as I can remember and in particular the history of my adopted home the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Through my website I am committed to providing as many records and photographs free to any one who is interested in the family and local history of the region.

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  1. James Parker says:

    Great little story Moya, especially having worked at both Cue and Magnet. I don’t think I’ve seen that old pic of the station. A new one was built in 1979 then replaced again in 2012.

  2. Steven Balcombe says:

    A good story Moya. As a former police officer I had a laugh, and wondered if the publican of the Royal Mail was a former detective I once knew! But my friend had the Royal Mail in Meekatharra!

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