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Australia’s first political assassination is just as mysterious today as it was a century ago – ABC News

In 1921, a charismatic NSW MP who supported the Russian Revolution was shot at a rural railway station as he tried to disarm an itinerant Russian migrant. Was Percy…

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The basic details sound like the ingredients of a wild west movie: a country town, a lone gunman, armed police and a shootout at the local railway station.
Key points:

  • Socialist MP Percy Brookfield was fatally shot at Riverton in 1921
  • His killer was Koorman Tomayeff, a migrant originally from Russia
  • Both men had been on the same train from Broken Hill, but Tomayeff’s motive remains a mystery

But unlike a Hollywood blockbuster, the events at the small South Australian settlement of Riverton on March…

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