Almost overnight, Maud Armstrong, a housemaid at the Jamestown Globe Hotel, became a very wealthy heiress. As the sole beneficiary of her late uncle’s will, Maud inherited a Toorak property, Wirranda Station in the Gippsland and £30,000 cash! Maud was soon the talk of the town, as everyone believed her romantic rags to riches story.
However, when Maud’s mother caught wind of the tale, she had a very different opinion. Maud’s mother informed local reporters that it was all a joke! The will was a fake and the rich uncle a myth! In fact, Maud’s mother stated that ‘the family has no relatives living who could bequeath £10, let alone a large fortune’.
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