Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /nfs/c07/h03/mnt/178353/domains/unfitforpublication.org.au/html/plugins/system/gantry/gantry.php on line 406
1886, Raol Herlofsen - Unfit For Publication
Text Size



Evening News, Tue 23 Mar 1886 1


    In the summons division of the Water Police Court on Monday a trio of Paddingtonians placed their little differences on record. Robert Armstrong, of Gordon-street, Paddington, accused WJ Donaldson of having unlawfully assaulted him, and preferred a farther charge against a man named Hugh Falvey of having threatened him as follows:—“Put down those sticks, and I’ll smash your nose.” Hugh Falvey, of Elizabeth-street, Paddington, brought a cross action against Robert Armstrong for having attempted to maliciously wound him with intent to do him bodily harm.

    Robert Armstrong, commercial traveller, said that at about 6 pm on the 8th instant, at the corner of Oxford and Elizabeth streets, Paddington, he saw a person named Falvey with Donaldson. They made some remarks about him, and he said, “I’m sorry for the Paddington Council that they have such fools in it.” They were smiling at him sarcastically. Falvey crossed over and followed him up the street, and said if he (Armstrong) put down some sticks he had in his hand he would, smash his nose. Donaldson, who was about forty yards away, then pulled off his coat and made a rash at him, grinding his teeth and saying, “I’ll pay £50 for smashing you, you —.” Donaldson then made a blow at him, and he drew a sword from a cane which he had in his possession, but Donaldson picking up several stones and hitting him on the coat with one, he considered discretion the better part of valor, and decamped in the direction of his home. Falvey pursued him and kept up a volley of stones on his person.

    Hugh Falvey, a contractor and draper, deposed that Armstrong had said “I see you have your four eyes off,” and then made a lunar at him. There had not been anything said to Armstrong before he made the offensive remarks. Armstrong subsequently said that he could “belt” both their heads. The witness had replied that Armstrong was “only a cocktail.” Donaldson then came across the road, and he and Armstrong prepared to fight. Witness tried to make peace, when Armstrong drew a sword out of a stick and made a thrust at Donaldson. He would have given Armstrong in charge, only he ran off. At this stage the different cases were by consent withdrawn.


    In the Water Police Court on Monday a Frenchman, named Raoul [aka Raol] Herlofsen, 40, a soda water manufacturer, was charged with having assaulted Bernard Anderson, with intent to commit an abominable offence. He was committed for trial in the court of Quarter Sessions.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Evening News, Wed 24 Mar 1886 2


    The man Herlofsen, who was committed for trial in the Water Police Court on a charge of a most abominable nature, was a Scandinavian, not a Frenchman as reported.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 24 Mar 1886 3


    At the CENTRAL POLICE COURT yesterday, before Mr Yates, DSM,

    Mr FR Wilshire, DSM, disposed of the business in the Charge Division of the Water Police Court yesterday. A number of persons were fined for drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

    James Fox, alias John Charles Gordon Fox, was charged by warrant with larceny aa a bailee of a silver watch and chain and other articles of value belonging to one John J Cooke, a resident of Brisbane. The prisoner was remanded to Queensland, to be dealt with by the authorities.

    Alice Agnew, 35, no occupation, was fined 40s., or seven days’ gaol, for being drunk and disorderly in George-street.

    Henry Ankins, a seaman belonging to the steamer Delcomyn, was sentenced to 14 days’ gaol for being absent from his vessel without leave.

    Joshua Jones, 40, no occupation, for being drunk and disorderly in Oxford-street, was fined 40s., or to go to prison for seven days. He was further fined £3, or two months’ gaol, for using obscene language.

    A Frenchman named Alfred Labertina was fined £1, or in default seven days’ imprisonment, for assaulting a fellow-countryman named Louis Margins. The prisoner struck the complainant on the nose with his fist, inflicting a severe injury. The row, which appeared to have occurred about a woman, took place in Margins’s house, No. 44, Francis-street, on Saturday night last. M Michel acted as interpreter.

    Henry Hayke was charged with obtaining the sum of £5 by means of a false pretence, to wit, a valueless cheque, from Charles McLean, licensee of the Blue Anchor Hotel, Woolloomooloo-street. On Saturday night prisoner went into the bar of the hotel and asked the prosecutor to cash a cheque, for £5, which he said he had drawn on the Commercial Bank. Prisoner stated that he was a miner, and had had a lucky strike at the Sunny Corner Silver Mines. He had come down to Sydney to enjoy himself, and had placed the sum of £160 to his credit in the Commercial Bank. Prosecutor thought the man’s tale was genuine, and cashed the cheque, which was proved to be valueless on presentation at the bank. Prisoner, who said that he had nothing to say in his defence, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment with hard labour.

    On the previous day, before Mr FR Wilshire, DSM, Raoul Herlofsen, soda water manufacturer, was charged with having committed an unnatural offence. The prosecutor was a German named Bernard Anderson. Prisoner was committed for trial, and was allowed bail—himself in £50 and two sureties of £25 each.

    Percy W Gannon was charged with stealing a pair of field-glasses, the property of Harry Smith, of 72, Stanley-street. He was found guilty, and was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Evening News, Sat 3 Apr 1886 4


    CAPITALIST IMMIGRATION. — Some months ago a scheme was suggested in the Auckland papers for securing the immigration of capitalists to New Zealand, by giving a saloon passage to such emigrants as could satisfy the Agent-General’s department that they possessed a given amount of capital, and were desirous of going out to New Zealand and investing it there. The other day Mr Oliver Mays received a letter addressed to “The Agent-General of Immigration, Auckland,” in which the writer, a gentleman residing near Exmouth, said that he had seen some of the articles in question in the New Zealand papers; that he was possessed of £2000, half of which he would at once deposit with a given bank in proof of his bona fides, and half he would bring to the colony with him, with his wife and family and servant. He desired to know whether for that sum he would get a saloon passage, or a contribution thereto. Mr Mays has referred the writer to another “Agent-General,” Sir Dillon Bell, in London, for an answer.

    SYDNEY QUARTER SESSIONS. — The third sittings for the year of the Sydney Quarter Sessions will begin at Darlinghurst on Monday, before Mr District Court Judge Wilkinson. Following is the calendar:—

    Raone [sic] Herlofsen, attempting to commit an unnatural offence.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Daily Telegraph, Tue 13 Apr 1886 5

Monday, April 12.
(Before His Honor Judge Wilkinson,)


    Raoulf Herlofsen was charged with attempting to commit an unnatural offence on one Bernard Anderson on March 21 last. Prisoner pleaded not guilty. Mr Butterworth, instructed by Mr C Davis, appeared for the defence.

    Evidence for the prosecution was given by Constable Adair and the prosecutor, a Norwegian seaman. Prisoner, who had served as an officer in the French army in the Franco-German war, called a number of gentlemen, who testified to the high moral character which he had borne. He also produced a number of letters of recommendation from persons holding high positions in French society, including M de Lesseps.

    Prisoner was found not guilty, and discharged.


~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Freeman’s Journal, Sat 11 Jun 1887 6


    The Nouvelliste de Rouen of May 2 says :—

    “The ship-brokers of Rouen (Normandy) celebrated yesterday the fiftieth anniversary of Mr Herlofsen’s Consulship for Sweden and Norway, and, as a token, of their friendship, presented him with a crystal ewer richly set in silver. Mr Herlofsen, who was deeply moved, most heartily thanked the ship-brokers of Rouen for this mark of sympathetic attention.

    On the same occasion the representatives of the other nations handed to their colleague a congratulatory testimonial engrossed on parchment, with a view of the town, the escutcheon of Sweden and Norway, and the arms of the city of Rouen. The vessels in port were all dressed for the occasion.”

    The Mr Herlofsen alluded to above is the father of Mr R[aol] N Herlofsen, a respected citizen
of ours, who is the head of the Sydney Syphon Aerated Water Co., at 15 Church Hill.— Ed. F. J.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 31 Jan 1889 7

    LARGE CELLAR, OFFICE, STABLES, to LET in city, £2-10s weekly. For particulars, write to

N. Herlofsen, 73 Parramatta-road,

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Freeman’s Journal, Sat 16 Aug 1890 8

(From Our Correspondent.)

    A PLEASANT DINNER PARTY—On Wednesday week a dinner party was given by Mr [Raol] N Herlofsen at his residence, Camperdown, the company consisting of the following gentlemen:—The Rev Charles Clark, Mr J Garland, Mr C Griffiths, Dr McDonagh, Mr John Try, Mr Smythe, Dr Fjeldstad, Dr Phillips, Mr Henri Kowalski, Mons [Horace] Poussard, Messrs AE Harper F McQuade, J Roth, Leforestier, Van Alkemade, FR Morris, Arthur Wright, and JT Donovan.

    During dinner, in compliment to the host, the health of his father, whose eighty-third birthday was that day celebrated, was drunk, and reference was made in eulogistic terms to his career, he having occupied the positions of Swedish and Norwegian Consul for France during a period of fifty-two years.

    After dinner vocal and instrumental selections were given; amongst others the favourite duet, “Les Huguenots,” was played by MM Kowalski and Poussard.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Sun, Sun 18 Nov 1917 9

(Notices in this column 18 words 1/-
for each insertion).

    FULLBROOK. — Will any person knowing the whereabouts of Ethel Frances Fullbrook please communicate with this office? (Late of London. England).

    HERLOFSEN. — Will any person knowing the whereabouts of any members or descendants of a Norwegian family named Herlofsen please communicate with this office?

    KELLY. — Will any person knowing the whereabouts of Francis Joseph Kelly, late of Wattle Flat, Victoria, please communicate with this office?

    LUCAS (Ernest Charles), left Melbourne for WA about 20 years ago, will hear something to his advantage on communicating with Haynes, Robinson and Cox, Solicitors, 20 Howard-street, Perth.

    TAYLOR. — Will anyone knowing th whereabouts of John Henry Taylor, late of Manchester, England, please communicate with this office?


1     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Tue 23 Mar 1886, p. 3. Emphasis added.

2     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Wed 22 Mar 1886, p. 5.

3     The Sydney Morning Herald, (NSW), Wed 24 Mar 1886, p. 6. Emphasis added.

4     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Sat 3 Apr 1886, p. 6.

5     The Daily Telegraph, (Sydney, NSW), Tue 13 Apr 1886, p. 3. Emphasis added.

6     Freeman’s Journal, (Syd, NSW), Sat 11 Jun 1887, p. 16. Emphasis added.

7     The Sydney Morning Herald, (NSW), Thu 31 Jan 1889, p. 13.

8     Freeman’s Journal, (Syd, NSW), Sat 16 Aug 1890, p. 19. Emphasis added.

9     The Sun, (Kalgoorlie, WA) Sun 18 Nov 1917, p. 5. Emphasis added.