It wasn't the case but the people involved which make the scene so memorable.
One of the police magistrates was Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, the son of Charles Dickens, and one of the prosecution witnesses was Frederick James Anthony Trollope, the son of the novelist Anthony Trollope.
Wilcannia is located 948 km north west of Sydney via the Great Western, Mitchell and Barrier Highways.
It is only 78 m above sea-level and the average rainfall is 252 mm per annum.
It is impossible to write about Wilcannia without discussing what white visitors describe as "the Aboriginal problem".
There has long been a perception, fuelled by newspaper reports and images of groups of local Aborigines standing around outside the pubs in the main street, that the town is a hotbed of violence, dysfunctional behaviour and "problems".
The best views of the bridge are from the banks of the river below the Court House and Police Station.
The records: "The central span lifts vertically on wire ropes, balanced by counterweights in corner towers, which are portal-braced and connected across the span.
The Athenaeum's original committee included Edward Dickens (Charles Dickens's son).
London Standard Chartered Bank (1887) Further along Reid Street, over Byrne Street, is the London Standard Chartered Bank, a reminder of how in the 19th century, a bank could look more like an elegant house than a business building. It is now used as the Central Darling Shire Council Chambers.
It was not dissimilar to creating a camp in the Balkans and putting a mix of Croats, Serbs, Macedonians and Greeks together because they all look white and surely they will all get along with each other.