Past Times: November 1, 1957 | Canberra Times

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Anyone who lived in Canberra and owned a brass nameplate was to be on guard on this day in 1957. A series of thefts of brass nameplates had taken place during the previous week, with seven plates being screwed off the doors of doctors, dentists , chemists and other companies. The thefts all took place in southern Canberra, which was the only pattern the thief had left behind. Apart from this, the Canberra police had no knowledge of the culprits as they chose to attack random companies with no obvious motive. Two brass nameplates had been taken from the Manuka Arcade, from a Dr. BW Monaghan and a Dr. A. Wearne. A few days later, in Griffith, a Dr. WA Saw taken his plate, as well as a dentist, Mr. L. Currie. A brass plate belonging to the Bank of NSW was removed from its Narrabundah branch as well as from Mr. A Rollason, a Narrabundah chemist. Police suspected the thief or thieves were young and asked those in possession of information about the disappearing brass nameplates to contact them. See:


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