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« on: September 24, 2011, 06:20:16 pm »
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In this, the digital age, I thought I would begin searching the internet for a possible cache or two here in Queensland. Thought too, I would ask for help on this forum as I begin this search.

Here's the first story I have begun research on. Note, as stated this is an armchair search first so all of you can become involved with possible questions to ask, research areas I can look into, keywords that might help me find it, etc... Any and all help will be appreciated and after determining if it is worth looking into maybe an invite or two to go on the actual search.

May 1st 1890 - Queensland

The victim was a french recluse, who after long wanderings had taken up his abode in the vicinity of the Queensland watering place and there led a kind of hermit like existance.His  career presented some singular transformations. A gentleman by birth and education, he manifested in the extremity of povertyan independence of spirit and courtliness of manner which betokened good breeding though signs were not wanting that excentricy had developed into aberration of mind.

Ten years ago he came to the Sydney Exhibition as the accredited representative of a large Parisian firm of manufacturing jewelers and after the exhibition was over he traveled to Queensland disposing of his wares. Finally he started in business in Rockhampton and there illness or other predisposing curses clouded his brain. He became possessed of the idea that he had been robbed of all his "Huh?" (can not read this word) and after his discharge from the hospital, he walked overland to Brisbane and after many vicissitude settled down in the Sandgate district where he constructed a crude habitation and taught himself, with infanite patience and labor, the art of basket making. He gained a very precarious livelihood at the best but he would accept no assistance. "He was not a begger", he said and ":asked for nothing".

According to the Brisbane Currier, he suffered from the fixed idea that he had been a lifelong object of an ememy's hatred. He had seen his face amid the crowds of Paris, of Melbourne and of Sidney. This was the man who, tracking him from paris to Sydney, thence to Rockhampton, had stolen his goods and wrought his ruin and in his sleep he saw the dreaded features of the enemy who so relentlessly haunted him. He was sure, he said, that he would meet him face to face, once again in life and when he did he would demand his revenge. What foundation there may have been for this monomania, who can tell?

On Good Friday, the discovery of his murder was made. Attention was attracted by the actions of his dog, who rushing out from the undergrowth in a paddock, resisted all attempts of the men who noticed something was wrong, to approach the body. When the police arrived an examination of the remains left no doubt that a murder had been committed.  The skull had been battered in and numerous clean cut wounds inflicted by some sharp instrument were also on the scalp, some of which, by the medical testimony, were inflicted after death. There were evident signs of a severe struggle.

Among the theories of the murder is one founded on the idea of "a secret enemy". another on the belief that Dubrocca was a miser who had hoarded wealth and was murdered for the plunder, and the third and more probable one, that he had caught a thief in the act of pilfering his goods and was worsted in the repeated struggles which ensued.  The police profess to have a clue, but as yet no results of thier effers have been seen.


Okay.  Now here's two links to the story as told above. The first is the actual story as written above, the second is more information from the Brisbane Courier. 

Let's see what a combined effort of the armchair cache hunters make of the tale, and if there is a potential cache within it.  Any takers?

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http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/page/5975816?zoomLevel=4&&searchTerm=(queensland
hermit buried) date:[* TO 1910]&searchLimits=q-type0=all|||q-term0=queensland+hermit+buried|||q-field1=title%3A|||q-type1=all|||q-field2=creator%3A|||q-type2=all|||q-field3=subject%3A|||q-type3=all|||q-year2-date=1910


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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2011, 07:20:11 pm »
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What makes you think there is a cache?

The first thing I would do is check the county records and see if the man owned any property or bank accounts etc.

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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2011, 07:36:07 pm »
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No mention is made any money found, at this point.  I don't know if there is a cache....yet....  That's part of this.  It is a potential that I have only just begun researching.

I'm working on some very sketchy assumptions.  He made have been paranoid, which would cause a potential of his hiding his money.  He may have actually have had someone looking to murder him, which too would cause him to want to hide his money. He beleived someone wanted him dead. He thought itr was the person, whom he said robbed him.  Why would he think that person would come back?



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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2011, 07:41:56 pm »
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I don't see it Lost but I have found caches with less info to start. You got to follow your gut you may be on to something.

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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2011, 08:03:29 pm »
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Okay.  Now here is some info on the killer.

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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2011, 08:21:07 pm »
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 HI LOSTCHAPTER have you found out the last residence of this guy. Could be worth having a look around the property if its not too much effort.

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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2011, 08:42:34 pm »
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Yes.  The second link gives a pretty good description of where his hut was.  I'm off to use google earth next to try to center it alittle more, and then maybe a drive by to see the area and see if it has been over developed by now, though the description of the mud banks would indiate it might still be open ground.

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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2012, 06:39:45 am »
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Hello Lostchapterbooks

Hows the search going on up your way? I hear its been pretty wet this year.

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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2017, 06:49:00 am »
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Hello Lostchapterbooks,
how are you going with your research on Dubrocca? I have been researching him. I have my own theories on his death. I suspect someone from his past may have been the murderer. Because he was murdered 8 months after the article in the Courier that could have disclosed his whereabouts. I would love to know if you have found any more information about him. I have a great photo of him.

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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2017, 10:19:59 am »
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This post is over 5 years old.  Who knows what has happened.   Huh?

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