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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 19 May 1892 1

(From Our Various Correspondents.)


    Mrs Cooper, one of the oldest residents of this district, died at an advanced age on Saturday. The late Mrs Cooper was, I am informed, storekeeper to Sir John Jamison, so that another connecting link of the past and present are has been broken. Much sympathy is expressed with the family. The old lady has lived at Wittenbri for a number of years.—The infant son of Mr WD Wright died yesterday. This is one of the twins, the other having died some three or four months ago.

    A young man named Everson was brought into the gaol on Friday last charged with forging and uttering. A remand was granted to the police for a week for the production of other witnesses. This is a peculiar case; the name of the cheque is F Finlay, and it is doubtful if there is a person of that name. It is also post-dated till November next, despite this it has passed through several hands.

    A man named [Daniel] McGuinness [aka Daniel McGuiness] was committed last week for an unnatural offence.

    A young fellow from near Binnaway, named F Macdonald, shot himself accidentally through the calf of the leg last week. He is now in the Hospital and progressing favourably.

    The new Co-operative mill is being built, and in about a month should be in going order. The building is a substantial one, and will when finished be a first-class building.

    A cricket match, Coonabarabran v. All Comers, will be played on the 24th May. A pigeon match is also be shot off.

    Mr Neilson, in order to keep pace with the times, is about to run a sawing machine, planing bench, and chaff-cutting machine in conjunction with his flour mill. The flour now turned out from this mill is equal to anything in the colony.

    Weather dry. A couple of inches of rain would do a good deal of good. Stock are poor to face a hard winter.

    Mr J Jones, who has the contract for the bridge over Belar Creek, will commence operations in a few days.

    Coonabarabran, May 16, 1892.

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Evening News, Fri 24 Jun 1892 2


    At the Coonabarabran Quarter Sessions to-day

    McGuinness, for bestiality, to three year’s penal servitude;

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 25 Jun 1892 3

(From Our Correspondents.)

Friday night.

    The weather here is very trying. Yesterday was the coldest day for the season; to-day we have had rain, with high bleak wind. Sea rough.
    Burglars have been operating freely in outside districts. Waratah had a sensation. Several houses were entered, and some money and clothes lifted.
    Constable Strachan left yesterday for Perth, to bring back Hickenbotham, who recently assigned his estate.
    Serious damage was done in Hamilton to gas-lamps. Thirty were broken on Monday last.
    Two domestic servants were yesterday arrested on a charge of forging and uttering cheques.
    The steamer Lekoa loaded about 6,000 carcases of frozen mutton yesterday. Another vessel is to arrive to take cargo of same kind.
    Other shipping is dull, very few vessels being in port.
    The mines have worked better during the last fortnight, averaging about four days.
    An old man, Kiddie, was found lying under an old bridge at Islington early yesterday. Both his legs were broken. He was going to his work at the slaughter yards.
    The small debts court and Bankruptcy Court are fully occupied.
    Shops are being every day emptied.
    Hamilton railway yards are in full swing.



    Tilly Blackman, for concealment of birth, was sentenced to three months in Mudgee gaol. [Daniel] McGuiness, bestiality, three years’ penal servitude. Charles Contest, forgery, two years in Mudgee gaol. John Jones, uttering, one month in Coonabarabran gaol.
    John Everson was arrested to-day in connection with the forgery case.
    The Land Board is still sitting.
    Mr R Read spoke last night in the Mechanics’ Institute, in favour of the establishment of a co-operative butter factory.
    Weather intensely cold.

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Daniel McGuiness, Gaol photo sheet 4

SRNSW: NRS1998, [3/5958], Bathurst Gaol photographic description book, 1874-1930, No. 805, p. 135, R5085.

Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 805

Date when Portrait was taken: 21-11-1892

Name: Daniel McGuiness

Native place: Ireland

Year of birth: 1858

Arrived       Ship: La Hague
in Colony }   Year: 1882

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: Roman Catholic

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5" 10½'

Weight     On committal:
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Dark

Colour of eyes: Grey

Marks or special features: Nose broken . Left arm anchor & scars. Right arm crocked & star tattoo

Where and when tried: Coonabarabran Q.S.
2nd June 1892

Offence: Attempt buggery

Sentence: 3 years PS


(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 


Where and When Offence. Sentence








1     The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 19 May 1892, p. 7. Emphasis added.

2     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Fri 24 Jun 1892, p. 6.

3     The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 25 Jun 1892, p. 5. Emphasis added.

4     SRNSW: NRS1998, [3/5958], Bathurst Gaol photographic description book, 1874-1930, No. 805, p. 135, R5085.