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Below also see: John Clarke and John Hegarty, 1892

 

The Wagga Wagga Advertiser, Thu 12 Nov 1885 1

WAGGA WAGGA POLICE COURT.
———
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10.
(Before the Police Magistrate.)

LARCENY.

    John Clarkson [aka John Clarke; John Challinor] and William Bateman were charged with stealing in a dwelling-house, a silver watch, two gold rings, a silver ring, and a gold breast pin, of the value of £9, and property of George Thomas Brain. 

    Sergt A[rthur] J[ames] Harvison deposed that at about half-past eight o’clock on the night of the 6th instant, one George Thomas Brain reported to him that he had been robbed of the articles above mentioned; at about nine o’clock on the following night witness was spoken to in Fitzmaurice-street by Alfred Posey Lloyd, and in consequence of what he said, went with him to the shop of Mr WC Hunter, and there received from his jeweller the watch and chain produced; in consequence of a further statement made by Lloyd, went to the prisoner Clarkson, whom he found at the back of the Prince of Wales Hotel, in Wagga, and showed him the watch and chain, asking him whether he had seen them before; he was much the worse for drink, and replied, “Perhaps I did;” told him the articles were stolen from the Criterion Hotel on Friday night, and arrested him and charged him with stealing them; the prisoner replied, “Oh, is that it? I will make Brummy, the —— wretch, account for the watch and chain himself, for gave it to me to sell for him;” asked him if that was the man he had been drinking with at Croaker’s hotel, and he replied, “Yes;” after locking prisoner up returned to the Prince of Wales Hotel, and saw the prisoner Brummy, otherwise Bateman; said to him, “I have arrested a man for stealing this watch and chain, and he has informed me that you gave him them to sell;” Bateman replied, “So help me ——, I never saw him before this morning, he told me the watch was his, and that he got it at the wool shed;” asked him whether he had seen Clarkson with any rings, and he replied that he had not; told him Clarkson had stated that he first met him (Bateman) in Wagga about 12 months ago; Bateman said it was a lie, and that he had never met him before the previous Saturday; then arrested the prisoner Bateman, and after charging him similarly to the other prisoner locked him up; Bateman said in reply, “I am a hard-working man, I am innocent of this charge, and hope you will assist me to prove it;” on searching the prisoner found no money; received a gold breast-pin and gold ring (produced) from Mary McLean, of the Prince of Wales Hotel.

    Charles Frederick Lewis deposed that he was a professional comedian, at present residing at the Prince of Wales Hotel; knew the prisoner before the Court; had a transaction with one of them (Clarkson) on last Saturday morning between 10 and 11 o’clock; was sitting on the verandah of the hotel, when Clarkson came to him with a watch and chain (produced) and asked him to buy it; told him he had one, and did not want another; he then left, but returned with the prisoner Bateman; Clarkson said, “Young fellow, you can have this watch cheap;” asked him how much he wanted for it, and he replied, “Five shillings” asked him where he got it from, and Bateman spoke up and said that he got it from a wool presser at a station where he had been working; asked if the watch were stolen, and Bateman replied, “God strike me blind, God strike me dead, it is right;” then gave the prisoner Clarkson 5s, the price he had asked for the watch and chain; one Albert Posey Lloyd was with him at the time, and heard all that was said; afterwards disposed of the watch and chain to the latter; at the time of buying the watch and chain drew the attention of both the prisoners to the initials “GTB Wagga,” on the inside of the back case, and Bateman replied, “It is quite right, young fellow, the watch is safe.”

    Mary McLean deposed that she was a domestic servant in the employ of Mr H Croker, of the Prince of Wales Hotel; the gold ring and scarf pin (produced) were given to her by the prisoner Clarkson at about half-past 9 on Friday night last; he took the ring off his finger, and said that it belonged to his wife, and asked her half-a-crown for it, which she gave him; on the following morning he asked her to mind the scarf pin for him until he got sober; took the pin from him, and the next morning handed it to the police, together with the ring.

    George Thomas Brain deposed that he was the groom at the Criterion Hotel, and that on last Friday night the articles in question were stolen from his bedroom, which opens on to the back yard; last saw the articles on Friday evening on his bed; besides the articles referred to, had missed another gold ring and a silver ring; valued the property at £9; did not know either of the prisoners.

    The prisoners, being duly cautioned, made no statement, and were severally committed for trial at the next Quarter Sessions, to be held on the 26th November.

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The Wagga Wagga Advertiser, Sat 28 Nov 1885 2

THE QUARTER SESSIONS.
———
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26.
———
(Before His Honor Mr District Court Judge Forbes.)

    His Honour took his seat upon the bench at 10 o’clock.
    The numbers of the legal profession present were—Barristers: Messrs The McCulloch (Crown Prosecutor), R Colonna-Close, WH Coffey. Solicitors: Messrs HB Fitzhardinge, JR Garland, EB Tompson, JW Anderson, and G Coleman.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27.

    His Honor took his seat at 10 o’clock.

STEALING IN A DWELLING.

    John Clarkson and William Bateman were indicted with having at at [sic] the Criterion Hotel, Wagga, on the 9th November, stolen a watch, watch chain, scarf pin, and four finger rings, the property of George Thomas Brain.

    The prisoner Clarkson pleaded guilty, and Bateman not guilty.

    George Thomas Brain gave evidence that he was a groom at Millinet’s hotel, and on the day in question he left the property in his room, and on his return in the evening found it missing.

    Charles Frederick Lewis gave evidence that Clarkson and the prisoner went to him; he was sitting under the verandah of the Prince of Wales Hotel; Clarkson said, “Will you buy this watch, young fellow?” asked him what he wanted for it, and he replied, “Five shillings;” asked him if it was his own or if it was stolen; Bateman, with an oath, declared that it was right, and said that Clarkson had got it from a wool-presser at a station where he had been working; drew his attention to the initials on the case of the watch, “GTB, Wagga;” bought the watch for 5s, and exchanged it with Albert Posie Lloyd, who was sitting beside him; subsequently gave Clarkson another shilling.

    The prisoner was allowed to question the witness, but he only made a rambling statement.

    Sergeant AJ Harvison gave evidence that he saw the prisoner at Croker’s Prince of Wales Hotel on the night of the 9th November; told him that he had a man named Clarkson in custody for stealing a watch and other jewellery, and that the latter had said that he (prisoner) had given it to him for sale; he denied it, saying that he had not met the prisoner before that morning (the 9th November); told prisoner that Clarkson had informed him he had met him (prisoner) in Wagga 12 months ago.

    At this stage of the case the Judge said that the jury in the previous case were desirous of asking him a question, and they came into court.

    The foreman of the jury desired to ask the witness Bayliss the following question:– “From the time the mail train passed did you see any other person knocking about?” and the witness replied in the negative, when the jury retired, but immediately afterwards returned into court, and returned a verdict of guilty, with a recommendation to mercy on account of the prisoner’s youth.

    In reply to his Honour’s questions as to whether anything was known of the prisoner, Subinspector Brennan stated that inquiries had been made at Kilmore, Victoria, and at Tatura, and he had ascertained that the prisoner had been convicted twice for larceny, and that his father could do nothing with him; also that his cousin, who was a dressmaker at Tatura, would have nothing to do with him.

    His Honour, addressing the prisoner, said that he entirely concurred with the verdict, and pointed out that under the Act a sentence of imprisonment for life could be inflicted for the offence of which he had been found guilty; but the jury had recommended the prisoner to mercy, and he (the Judge) always paid the fullest attention to such recommendations. The sentence upon the prisoner would be the minimum one of 7 years’ imprisonment.

    The prisoner said “I am quite innocent.”

    His Honour said that if the prisoner could get two or three reliable witnesses to show on affidavit that he (the prisoner) was not near the spot when the offence was committed he would bring the case before the Executive.

    The prisoner Clarkson, who had pleaded guilty, was place in the witness box, at the request of the prisoner, and stated that he did not remember ever having seen the prisoner before; he had been drinking heavily, the remembered nothing about the affair.

    The prisoner addressed the jury, stating that he was drunk at the time, and that he knew nothing of the offence.

    The jury, after an absence of a couple of minutes, found the prisoner guilty of receiving.

    The prisoner Clarkson, addressing the Judge, said that he was under the influence of drink when he committed the offence.

    His Honor sentenced Clarkson to two years’ imprisonment, with hard labour, in Darlinghurst gaol, and Bateman to one year’s imprisonment, with hard labour, in the same gaol.

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John Clarkson, Gaol photo sheet 3

SRNSW: NRS2232, [3/5969A], Goulburn Gaol photographic description book, Dec 1884-May 1890, No. 498, p.64, R5119.

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 498
G[oulburn]

Date when Portrait was taken: March 1886                                   

Name: John Clarkson

Native place: England

Year of birth: 1844

Arrived       Ship: Soutan
in Colony }   Year: 1882

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Tailor

Religion: Ch of England

Education, degree of: R&W

Height: 5' 9½"

Weight     On committal:
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Fair

Colour of eyes: Blue

Marks or special features: C Tattoo on left arm

Where and when tried: Wagga Q.S.
27 November 1885

Offence: Stealing in Dwelling to the value of £9

Sentence: 2 years H.L. Concurrent with a Sentence of 6 months in Albury Gaol from Water Police Court

Remarks:

 

 (No. of Previous Portrait ... ) 

PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

WPC

ditto

12

24

  3

11

1884

1885

Stealing to the value of £1

Stealing

3 months HL Wagga Gaol

6 months HL Albury Gaol


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William Bateman, Gaol photo sheet 4

SRNSW: NRS2232, [3/5969A], Goulburn Gaol photographic description book, Dec 1884-May 1890, No. 501, p.67, R5119.

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 501
G[oulburn]

Date when Portrait was taken: March 1886                                    

Name: William Bateman

Native place: England

Year of birth: 1825

Arrived       Ship:
in Colony }   Year: 1834

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: Church of Eng

Education, degree of: R&W

Height: 5' 8"

Weight     On committal:
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Grey

Colour of eyes: Blue

Marks or special features: Bald top of head

Where and when tried: Wagga Q.S.
27 November 1885

Offence: Receiving stolen property

Sentence: 12 months HL

Remarks: 

 (No. of Previous Portrait ... ) 

PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

WPO

 

28

 

  9

 

1885

Obscene Language

Fined £1.0.0 & 2/6 costs or 14 days imprisonment - fine paid.

   


 

John Clarke and John Hegarty, 1892

 

[No newspaper report(s) could be found for Clarke and Hegarty's attempted
sodomy trial on 7th March 1892 at the Coonamble Quarter Sessions.] 

 

John Clarke, Gaol photo sheet 5

SRNSW: NRS1998, [3/5958], Bathurst Gaol photographic description book, 1874-1930, No. 745, p. 75, R5085.

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 745
Bathurst

Date when Portrait was taken: 29-3-1892                                   

Name: John Clarke
(aka John Challinor)

Native place: England

Year of birth: 1838

Arrived       Ship: Himalaya

in Colony }   Year: 1868

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Tailor

Religion: Church of England

Education, degree of: R&W

Height: 5' 8"

Weight     On committal:
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Light brown

Colour of eyes: Hazel

Marks or special features: Tattoo mark on left arm. Prominent nose. Big toe of left foot broken & 2nd toe cut off

Where and when tried: Coonamble Q.S. 
7th March 1892

Offence: Attempt to commit Sodomy

Sentence: 3 years P.S.

Remarks:

 

 (No. of Previous Portrait ... 987 Bathurst ) 

PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Wagga PO

ditto

Wagga Q.S.

Cobar P.O.

ditto

Dubbo P.O.

Coonamble

12

24

27

  4

24

29

  6

12

11

11

12

  1

  4

  6

1884

1885

1885

1890

1891

1891

1891

Stealing to the value of £1

Stealing

Stealing in a dwelling

Vagrancy

Larceny

Stealing

False pretences

3 months HL 

6 months HL

2 years HL       | Concurrent with
above sentence

14 days HL

3 moths HL

1 month HL

6 months HL


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John Heggarty, Gaol photo sheet 6

SRNSW: NRS1998, [3/5958], Bathurst Gaol photographic description book, 1874-1930, No. 755, p. 85, R5085.

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 755
Bathurst

Date when Portrait was taken: 29-3-1892                                                                                   

Name: John Heggarty
(aka Miller)

Native place: Scotland

Year of birth: 1832

Arrived       Ship: Prince of Wales
in Colony }   Year: 1858

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Baker

Religion: Church of England

Education, degree of: R&W

Height: 5' 5½"

Weight     On committal:
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Grey

Colour of eyes: Brown

Marks or special features: Broken nose. Scar left temple

Where and when tried: Coonamble Q.S.
7th March 1892

Offence: Indecently assault a male person

Sentence: 3 Years P.S.

Remarks: 

 (No. of Previous Portrait ...  ) 

PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1  The Wagga Wagga Advertiser, Thu 12 Nov 1885, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2  The Wagga Wagga Advertiser,  Sat 28 Nov 1885, p. 2. Emphasis added.

3  SRNSW: NRS2232, [3/5969A], Goulburn Gaol photographic description book, Dec 1884-May 1890, No. 498, p.64, R5119.

4  SRNSW: NRS2232, [3/5969A], Goulburn Gaol photographic description book, Dec 1884-May 1890, No. 501, p.67, R5119.

5  SRNSW: NRS1998, [3/5958], Bathurst Gaol photographic description book, 1874-1930, No. 745, p. 75, R5085.

6  SRNSW: NRS1998, [3/5958], Bathurst Gaol photographic description book, 1874-1930, No. 755, p. 85, R5085.