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The Bathurst Times, Wed 9 Dec 1874 1

(Before Mr District Judge Josephson.)

    His Honor took his seat at 10 o’clock.
    The barristers present were Mr RM Isaacs (Crown Prosecutor), Mr CE Pilcher, and Mr D Buchanan.
    Attorneys: Messrs McIntosh, Morgan, West Heydon, and H Driver.
    Mr Frazer, Clerk of the Peace, was also present.


    Frederick Purcell was indicted for indecently assaulting Isabella Popalari  [aka Popalane],  on the 24th November last at Bathurst, and for beating and ill-treating her.

    The defendant, who was undefended, pleaded not guilty.

    The evidence as taken in this case at the Police Court was published a week ago, and it is unnecessary to repeat it now. The facts were briefly that, on the night of the 24th, prisoner forcible entered Mrs Popalari’s house, knocked her down, pulled her hair, bumped her head against the ground, tore her dress, and otherwise maltreated her. Her husband was away, and she had only a young child in the house, and this child the defendant threatened to kill if she sang out. She managed, however, to get away, and gave information to the police. The man was under the influence of drink at the time, and from what he said it appeared that he had met some woman in Barrack-lane, to whom he had given 4s. 6d., and that he had been directed to the house, as the residence of this woman. It was late at night, or rather early in the morning when the assault occurred, and defendant was apprehended at his lodgings.

    After hearing the evidence, the jury found the prisoner guilty, and he was remanded for sentence.


    His Honor took his seat at a quarter past 9.


    The following prisoners were brought up and sentenced:—

    Frederick Purcell, found guilty of assaulting a woman, six months’ hard labour in Bathurst gaol.

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Frederick Purcell, Gaol photo sheet 2 

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/14031], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, Nov 1873-Dec 1874, No. 1017, p. 150, R5098.


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 332/74

Date when Portrait was taken: 22nd December 1874

Name: Frederick Purcell

Native place: Wales

Year of birth: 1836

Arrived        Ship: Earl of Chester 
in Colony }   Year: 1855

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Engine fitter

Religion: Church of England

Education, degree of: Read & Write

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Hazel

Height: 5' 4¼"

Weight     On committal: 132 lbs
in lbs     }  On discharge: 

Marks or special features: Blind of left eye

Where and when tried: Bathurst Q.S. 5 December 1874

Offence: Assault

Sentence: 6 months HL Bathurst


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Where and When Offence. Sentence
        No record



1  The Bathurst Times, Wed 9 Dec 1874, pp. 2, 3.

2  SRNSW: NRS1998, [3/5955], Bathurst Gaol photographic description book, 1874-1930, No. 5, p. 5, R5084.