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1895, Michael Morrissey - Unfit For Publication
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The Maitland Daily Mercury, Mon 17 Jun 1895 1


    The June sittings of the Maitland Quarter Sessions was opened at East Maitland this morning before his Honor Mr District Court Judge Backhouse. Mr Dawson prosecuted for the Crown. Mr JN Brooks, PM, was the Deputy Sheriff and handed in his authority to act. The members of the bar present were–Mr Wilfred Blacket, Mr Windeyer, and Mr Watt. The lower branch of the profession was represented by Messrs RW Thompson, TA Hill, and JHF Waller.

    On the names of the jurors being called over several did not answer. One man was dead. Two others were excused for valid reasons. In the case of Jas C Beattie, a fine of 40s was inflicted, but as he afterwards appeared it was remitted.


    Michael Morrisey [aka Morrissey], was arraigned for that he did on the 11th April last, at Upper Myall, commit an unnatural offence [bestiality]. He pleaded not guilty. The Crown Prosecutor said that accused had informed the deputy-gaoler and others that he intended to plead guilty and the witnesses had not been brought to the court. Accused was remanded to the next Court of Quarter Sessions or such other place as the Attorney General might appoint.

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Evening News, Tue 18 Jun 1895 2


    EAST MAITLAND, Monday.—The quarter sessions commenced at East Maitland to-day before his Honor Judge Backhouse.

    Michael Morrissey, charged with committing an unnatural offence, was remanded to the next court, and such place as the Attorney-General should appoint.

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Evening News, Tue 25 Jun 1895 3


    SINGLETON, Tuesday.—At the quarter sessions yesterday, before Judge Backhouse,

    Michael Morrissey, a young man, late of train[ing] ship Vernon, unnatural offence, six months;

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Singleton Argus, Wed 26 Jun 1895 4

Monday, June 24th.
(Before His Honor Judge Backhouse.)


    Edwin Leon Dawes did not answer to his name when called as a juror. From the evidence of Mr RH Dangar, it appeared that the absent juror had made arrangements to start for Aberdeen with cattle before receiving the summons to act as a juror. His Honor, therefore, excused the absent juror’s attendance.


    Michael Morrison [aka Morrisey, Morrissey], a lad of 16, from Myall, near Gosford, was charged as above, and pleaded not guilty. The evidence was unfit for publication. 

    All women and persons under 21 years of age were ordered to leave the court.

    The jury found the prisoner, who, it appeared, was a Vernon boy, guilty, and asked the court to deal leniently with him on account of his youth. The judge said he would do so, and sentenced the prisoner to six months imprisonment.

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Michael Morrisey, Gaol photo sheet template 5

SRNSW: NRS2327, [3/5987], Maitland Gaol photographic description book, 1875-1930, No. 982, p. 38, R5130.

Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 982

Date when Portrait was taken: 22-5-1895


Name: Michael Morrisey

Native place: BC Sydney

Year of birth: 1880

Arrived       Ship: –
in Colony }   Year: –

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Farm laborer

Religion: R.C.

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 4' 11"

Weight     On committal: 107
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Brown

Marks or special features: ABM on left arm. JM on right arm. Vernon Boy

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 


Where and When Offence. Sentence

Singleton Q.S





6 months HL


1     The Maitland Daily Mercury, Mon 17 Jun 1895, p. 2.

2     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Tue 18 Jun 1895, p. 5.

3     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Tue 25 Jun 1895, p. 3.

4     Singleton Argus, Wed 26 Jun 1895, p. 2.

5     SRNSW: NRS2327, [3/5987], Maitland Gaol photographic description book, 1875-1930, No. 982, p. 38, R5130.