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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Man Prefers Deportation to Marriage

From the Yorkshire (U. K.) Evening Post of Aug. 23, 2005:

Back at the court of our Aussie ancestor

BY CHRIS MURPHY

WHEN mischievous John Naylor stood before magistrates in Ripon after pinching a bag of coal in 1836 he was warned another misdemeanour could result in his deportation down under.

But quick as a flash, Naylor informed the bench he wanted to go to Australia immediately – just to get away from his wife.

And his wish was granted when he was sentenced to a seven-year stint working as part of the Gold Rush. He went on to become a successful farmer and married again twice.

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