12 Mar 1868 - first assassination attempt in Australia

#OnThisDay 12 March 1868 Australia's first attempted political assassination occurred when Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, was shot while picnicking at Clontarf beach by Henry James O'Farrell.

The Prince was shot in the back and was hospitalised for two weeks. O'Farrell was arrested at the scene and quickly tried, convicted and then hanged on 21 April 21 1868.

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