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Evening News, Mon 8 Nov 1886 1

METROPOLITAN QUARTER SESSIONS.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8.

    The sittings of the Metropolitan Court of Quarter Sessions was continued this morning, in Darlinghurst Courthouse.

    Alleged Attempt to Commit an Unnatural Offence.—Walter Wallace and Joseph Ulma [sic] were arraigned upon a charge of having attempted to commit an unnatural offence. It appeared that Senior-constable Taylor and Constable Murrell, at about 12 o’clock on Saturday night, October 9, found the prisoners on Queen’s Wharf, Circular Quay, in the act of attempting the crime with which they were charged. (Case proceeding.)

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Evening News, Tue 9 Nov 1886 2

QUARTER SESSIONS.

    Attempted Unnatural Offence.—Walter Wallace and Joseph Allma [sic] were found guilty of the above offence, and the prisoner Allma who is a Frenchman, against whom there had been several previous convictions, was sentenced to five years’ penal servitude, and 20 lashes to be administered on December 6; and the prisoner Wallace in consequence of his youth, and it being his first offence, was sentenced to three years penal servitude with 20 lashes, to be administered on Monday, November 29.

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The Daily Telegraph, Tue 9 Nov 1886 3

QUARTER SESSIONS.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8.
(Before His Honor Judge Wilkinson.)

    Mr PJ Healey prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    Walter Wallace and Joseph Alma were arrainged [sic] on a charge of attempting to commit an unnatural offence. The jury, after deliberating over two hours, brought in a verdict of guilty against both prisoners. His Honor sentenced Alma to five years’ penal servitude, and to receive 20 lashes on December 6, and Wallace was sentenced to three years’ penal servitude, with 20 lashes, to be administered on November 20. Alma was charged two and a half years ago at the Water Police Court with selling indecent photographs and was convicted.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 9 Nov 1886 4

METROPOLITAN QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Mr District Court Judge Wilkinson.)

    Mr Healey prosecuted for the Crown.

UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    Walter Wallace and Joseph Alma were charged with attempting to commit an unnatural offence.
    Mr T Williamson appeared for Wallace.
    Both prisoners were found guilty, after the jury had deliberated for several hours.
    The police reported that Alma had been previously convicted for selling obscene pictures.
    Alma was sentenced to five years’ penal servitude, with one whipping of 20 lashes to be administered on the 6th of December.
    Wallace was sentenced to three years’ penal servitude, with one whipping of 20 lashes to be administered on the 29th of November.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 30 Nov 1886 5

NEWS OF THE DAY.
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    An Executive Council meeting was held yesterday afternoon, and the appointment of Mr FM Darley, QC, as Chief Justice, was formally approved.
    An extraordinary to the Government Gazette, published yesterday, notifies the appointment of Mr Frederick Matthew Darley as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, vice Mr Julian E Salomons, resigned.

    Yesterday afternoon the punishment of flogging was inflicted in Darlinghurst Gaol upon a prisoner named Walter Wallace. Wallace has been sentenced by his Honor Judge Wilkinson at the Quarter Sessions, on November 8, to three years’ penal servitude and one whipping of 20 lashes, for an unnatural offence. The prisoner is a muscular, powerful man, and was triced up to the frame to receive his punishment. He endeavoured to bear the lashes without winching, but the punishment was so severe that he writhed and groaned under the infliction. The flogging was administered in the presence of Dr O’Connor, medical officer to the gaol, the officials of the prison, and several representatives of the press.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 8 Dec 1886 6

NEWS OF THE DAY.
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    The Hon FM Darley, QC, was sworn in yesterday morning as Chief Justice of the colony, in the presence of his brother Judges, a full attendance of members of both branches of the legal profession, and a large gathering of ladies and gentlemen. Their Honors the Judges of the Supreme Court appeared on the bench in their robes of scarlet and ermine. The oath was administered to the new Chief Justice by Mr Justice Faucett as senior puisne Judge, and the ceremony was followed by the customary handshaking, and very cordial greetings on the part of Mr Justice Faucett, the Primary Judge, Mr Justice Windeyer, and Mr Justice Innes. The Attorney-General, on behalf of the Bar, congratulated Mr Darley on his elevation to the Chief Justiceship, and the Chief Justice replied in graceful and suitable terms. Mr WJ Foster and Mr GB Simpson announced their appointments as Queen’s Counsel, and the Chief Justice said it was peculiarly gratifying to him that his first duty on the bench was to welcome within the inner bar two very old friends. The ordinary business of the Court was afterwards proceeded with.

    A Frenchman named Joseph Alma, who was on the 6th ultimo convicted at the Darlinghurst Quarter Sessions of an attempt to commit an unnatural offence in company with a man named Walter Wallace, and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment with 20 lashes, underwent the latter portion of his punishment within the precincts of the Parramatta gaol on Monday evening. The whipping, which called forth frequent cries from the culprit, was administered in the presence of the prison officials and the gaol surgeon, Dr Rowling. Wallace, Alma’s companion in crime, underwent a similar punishment at Darlinghurst gaol on the 29th ultimo.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 11 Dec 1886 7

ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE.
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    Joseph Alma, the Frenchman who was on the 6th ultimo convicted at the Darlinghurst Quarter Sessions of an attempt to commit an unnatural offence in company with a man named Walter Wallace, and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment with 20 lashes, underwent the latter portion of his punishment within the precincts of Parramatta gaol on Monday evening. The whipping, which called forth frequent cries from the culprit, was administered in the presence of the prison officials and the gaol surgeon, Dr Rowling. Wallace, Alma’s companion in crime, underwent a similar punishment at Darlinghurst gaol on the 29th ultimo.

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Walter Wallace, Gaol photo sheet 8

SRNSW: NRS2138, [19/9835], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1886, No. 3741, p. 210, R5102.

Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 3741
9758-86

Date when Portrait was taken: 12-10-1886

Name: Walter Wallace

Native place: London

Year of birth: 1863

Arrived       Ship: John Elder
in Colony }   Year: 1879

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Seaman

Religion: Ch of Eng

Education, degree of: R&W

Height: 5' 6"

Weight     On committal: 168
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Black

Colour of eyes: Brown

Marks or special features:

Where and when tried: Sydney Q.S.
8 November 1886

Offence: Attempt to commit buggery

Sentence: 3 years PS & 20 lashes 29/11/1886

Remarks:

 (No. of Previous Portrait ...  ) 

PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

WPO

28

 8

1886

Attempt stealing

Exam[ined] 31 August

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Joseph Alma, Gaol photo sheet 9

SRNSW: NRS2138, [19/9835], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1886, No. 3742, p. 211, R5102.

Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 3742                                                                                   
9757-86                                                  

Date when Portrait was taken: 19-8-1886

Name: Joseph Alma
(aka Joseph Harmans, Joseph Harmant)

Native place: Belgium

Year of birth: 1842

Arrived       Ship: Adria
in Colony }   Year: 1880

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Cook

Religion: R Cath

Education, degree of: R&W

Height: 5' 4"

Weight     On committal: 148
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Black

Colour of eyes: Brown

Marks or special features:

Where and when tried: Sydney Q.S.
8 November 1886

Offence: Attempt to commit buggery

Sentence: 5 yrs P.S. & 20 lashes on 6-12-1886

Remarks:

 (No. of Previous Portrait ...  ) 

PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

WPO

Newtown PO

Sydney Q.S.

10

12

27

 6

  8

  9

1885

1886

1886

Drunk

Damage Government Property

Attempt to stab

48 hours C

21 days C

1 fortnight H.L.

 

 


1   Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Mon 8 Nov 1886, p. 5.

2   Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Tue 9 Nov 1886, p. 5.

3   The Daily Telegraph, Tue 9 Nov 1886, p. 3.

4   The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 9 Nov 1886, p. 4.

5   The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 30 Nov 1886, p. 7. Emphasis added.

6   The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 8 Dec 1886, p. 9. Emphasis added.

7   The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 11 Dec 1886, p. 12.

8   SRNSW: NRS2138, [19/9835] , Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1886, No. 3741, p. 210, R5102.

9   SRNSW: NRS2138, [19/9835] , Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1886, No. 3742, p. 211, R5102.