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The Hobart Town Courier, Sat 30 Jan 1830 1

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Saturday, Jan 23.

    Joseph Fogg was convicted of an unnatural crime, committed in September last at Pittwater.

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Colonial Times, Fri 5 Feb 1830 2


    John Killen and Samuel Jones, sheep-stealing, guilty.—
    Joseph Ashton, stealing a saddle, &c., guilty.—
    Joseph Fogg, for a nameless offence, guilty.—
    Robert Bottley, stealing in the dwelling, guilty, death recorded.—
    George Appleby, being found at large before the expiration of his sentence, guilty.—
    John Turner and Isaac Houghton, stealing a watch, not guilty.—
    William Kelly, stealing a boat sail, guilty.—
    Joseph Avery, stealing two shirts, guilty.—
    Sarah Wilson, stealing in the dwelling-house, guilty.—
    Robert Ryan, stealing wood, guilty; John Cooper, receiving the same, not guilty.—
    William Weir, shooting with intent to kill, not guilty.—
    Rosina Smith, stealing stockings, guilty.—
    Stephen Meggott, stealing tea, guilty.—
    John Thomas, stealing penny-pieces, guilty.—
    John Leighton, Robert McLeod, James Child, Andrew Bates, and Edmund Daniels, burglary, guilty.—
    John Jubb, embezzling wheat, guilty.—
    Thomas Naylor, burglary, guilty.—
    Thomas Hudson, burglary, not guilty.—
    William Broadmeadow, embezzlement, guilty.—
    John Leighton, Robert McLeod, James Child, Andrew Bates, and Edmund Daniels, shooting with intent to kill, guilty.—
    John Carter, embezzlement, not guilty.

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Colonial Times, Fri 19 Feb 1830 3


    On Monday last, Feb 15, sentences were passed on the following persons:—

    Death.—John Killen, Samuel Jones, Joseph Fogg, George Appleby, Thomas Goodwin, and James White.

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The Hobart Town Courier, Sat 20 Feb 1830 4

Friday Feb 12.


    On Monday morning at eight o’clock, being the time appointed by His Honour the Chief Justice for passing sentence on the prisoners under conviction in Gaol, the seven men guilty of capital offences being placed at the bar, His Honour addressed them, observing, that they must have known perfectly well at the time they committed their crimes, that they were subjecting themselves to the punishment of death. One of them, however, William Perry, convicted of a burglary in the dwelling-house of Mr Askin Morrison in Liverpool-street, was barely included in the same class, and His Honour, glad to catch at any circumstance (as he was at all times) that could operate in favour of any of the prisoners brought before him, felt himself justified in his case in passing the sentence of death recorded.

    The two sheep stealers, John Killeen and Samuel Jones, convicted of killing a sheep with intent to steal the carcass, belonging to Captain George Robson of the Macquarie river, on being asked as usual by the Clerk of the Court, if they had anything to say why the sentence of death should not be passed upon them, stated that they never saw the sheep. Upon this His Honour remarked, that if the witnesses in their case were at all to be believed, and the jury believed them, & he himself saw no reason why they should not be believed, their case was most distinctly proved. They had even chased one of the prosecutors, who chanced to discover them, and fired at them. They in fact belonged to the class of bushrangers who have so long been a pest to this colony, and His Honour warned them that he saw no reason to believe that the sentence of death he was about to pass upon them would not be carried into effect.

    The guilt of Thomas [sic] Fogg, charged with an unnatural crime, had also been most clearly established, and no possible circumstance could alleviate his case.

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Colonial Times, Fri 26 Feb 1830 5


    John Oxley, for the horrible murder of Susan Corfield, of which we gave some particulars in our last, was tried on Monday,
and found guilty. He was desirous to plead to that effect, but the Judge humanely recommended him to reconsider the plea, and stand his trial. The evidence being of the clearest nature, he was found guilty, and sentenced to be hung on Wednesday morning, when that sentence was carried into effect accordingly, and witnessed by an unusual number of spectators. The unhappy man previously to his execution, confessed that it was the intention of the deceased and himself to murder Mr Reid the same evening, and that they had sharpened the razor for that purpose; but some words arising between them (the woman being much inebriated), whilst he had the razor in his hand, he suddenly perpetrated the act for which he was about to suffer. He solemnly disclaimed having ever been concerned in any other murder.

    This morning, the awful sentence of the law was carried into execution upon four other persons, viz.—John Jones and Samuel Killen, for sheep-stealing; Joseph Fogg, for a nameless offence, and Thomas Goodwin, for cutting and maiming, with intent to kill. The attention of the Rev Mr Bedford to these wretched men were unremitting, and we are assured, in those cases produced the best effect. The Rev Mr Carvosso, of the Wesleyan Mission, also contributed his spiritual aid with much earnestness, and with the Rev Mr Bedford, attended the unhappy men in their last moments.

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The Hobart Town Courier, Sat 27 Feb 1830 6

Saturday, February 27, 1830.

    Yesterday morning the four unhappy men who had been convicted and sentenced to die the week previous suffered the awful penalty of their crimes, viz:—Samuel Jones and John Killen for sheep-stealing, Joseph Fogg for an unnatural crime, and Thomas Goodwin for an attempt to kill. They died very penitent.


1     The Hobart Town Courier, (Tas), Sat 30 Jan 1830 p. 2.

2     Colonial Times, (Hobart, Tas), Fri 5 Feb 1830 p. 3. Emphasis added.

3     Colonial Times, (Hobart, Tas), Fri 19 Feb 1830 p. 3. Emphasis added.

4     The Hobart Town Courier, (Tas), Sat 20 Feb 1830 p. 2. Emphasis added.

5     Colonial Times, (Hobart, Tas), Fri 26 Feb 1830 p. 3. Emphasis added.<

6     The Hobart Town Courier, (Tas), Sat 27 Feb 1830 pp. 2, 3. Emphasis added.