'the lot' is now a part of history

THE Murwillumbah Historical Society will celebrate History Week by holding a site talk about Australia's biggest bank robbery that occurred in November 1978 at the Bank of New South Wales (Westpac) when They Got the Lot - $1,763,000.

On Friday between 2pm and 3pm on the Westpac Street corner there will be photographs and newspaper cuttings documenting the robbery and a talk by society president Ron Johansen.

Bullamakanka's band member Paul Ensby will sing the band's famous song They Got the Lot.

There will also be a mini-display related to the robbery on view to the public at the museum during History Week, Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am to 4pm..

Theme of the week is: Scandals, Crime and Corruption.

According to newspaper reports and Mr Johansen, on November 23, 1978, the town awoke to the news that Murwillumbah had been the scene of Australia's biggest bank robbery.

At 7am a security guard noticed a rear door ajar and found the dials of the strong room door had been removed.

Nine hours later a hole was smashed through the strong room and police revealed that the robbers had got the lot, $1.7million in cash, packed in cardboard cartons.

A reward was offered but nobody was ever charged.

Peter Moore from the local menswear shop printed T- shirts which were sold far and wide.



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