Ride for Life – The Near Execution of John Goldman

In 1853, Trooper John Goldman shot his superior Corporal William Harvey in his tent at Buningyong following an altercation with a local shopkeeper over some boxes. Harvey died 24 hours later and Goldman disappeared for 9 months before being arrested.

Goldman was convicted of wilful murder and was sentenced to death. It was to be the first public execution in the town of Geelong.

But many people were uneasy with the sentence and appealed to Governor La Trobe which were denied. The day before the scheduled execution, a local Cobb and Co man rode for Goldmans life with a last ditch appeal.

Listen to find out the full story of John Goldman and what happens next ….

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