Origin of buckley-s-chance
- Again a reference to Mars Buckley, not in connection with Crumpton Nunn (as above, re Buckley's and none), but rather in relation to an 1893 run on banks, when Buckley ensured that the Bank of Australasia would have no chance of using his money to pay other depositors. The bank thus had “Buckley′s chance” of getting his money. This etymology is arguably the more likely since the phrase was first cited three years after this incident
- A reference to Mr Buckley of the Bombala region of southern New South Wales, who sued the government over title to land, the action seeming to have little prospect of success.
- From Buckley's and none (see that entry), presuming that expression derives from the Melbourne department store.