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Below also see: Peter Edmunds, 1900,
Peter Patrick Edmunds, 1913


Evening News, Thu 24 Nov 1898
1

WANTED FAIR PLAY.
————

    At the Newtown Police Court yesterday Peter Edmonds, 24, was charged with the theft of £2 12s, the property of Ernest Phegan, on the 5th instant. The prosecutor stated that he was a house agent at Erskineville, and the accused had been employed by him to do work in the garden. On the date mentioned Edmonds went away, and afterwards witness missed the money from a drawer in the bedroom. Accused asserted that there was only £1 7s in the till. He would have fair play, and would therefore, go to the high court. He was committed for trial to the quarter sessions on December 5 next.

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Evening News, Tue 6 Dec 1898 2

A SUDDEN DISAPPEARANCE.

    A young man named Peter Edmonds pleaded not guilty at the Darlinghurst Sessions to-day to an indictment charging him with having, at Erskineville, on November 5, stolen the sum of £2 12s, the property of Ernest Foster Phegan. The accused had been employed by the prosecutor, a house agent, living at Erskineville-road, to do odd jobs about the garden. On November 5 he cleared out, and after he had gone Mr Phegan found that the sum of £2 12s, which he had in a drawer in his bedroom went with him. Information was given to the police, with the result that Senior-constable Darlington arrested the accused, who admitted having stolen £1 7s. Edmonds, who appeared of weak intellect, but who had served several sentences for larceny, was found guilty and remanded for sentence.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 7 Dec 1898 3

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before his Honor Judge Fitzhardinge and a jury
of 12.)

    Mr WL Merewether prosecuted for the Crown.

LARCENY.

    Peter Edmonds [aka Peter Patrick Edmunds] pleaded not guilty to an indictment that he did, at Erskineville, on November 5, steal the sum of £2 12s, the property of Ernest Foster Phegan.
    The case for the prosecution was that the accused was employed by Phegan as a gardener, and after he left the money was missed from a drawer in prosecutor’s bedroom. When arrested accused admitted having taken £1 7s.
    The jury returned a verdict of guilty without leaving the box, and accused was remanded for sentence.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 8 Dec 1898 4

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before his Honor Judge Fitzhardinge and juries.)

    Mr Merewether was Crown Prosecutor.

SENTENCES.


    Peter Edmonds, who was found guilty of stealing £2 12s, was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment, the sentence to be concurrent with one now being served.

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Peter Edmonds, Gaol photo sheet 5

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6063], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1898-99, No. 7603, p. 175, R5107.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 7603

Date when Portrait was taken: 6–12-1898

Name: Peter Edmonds

Native place: Pyrmont

Year of birth: 187

Arrived       Ship: –
in Colony }   Year: –

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: RC

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5' 4½"

Weight     On committal: 132
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Brown


Marks or special features: Scars on right elbow, below middle finger, on back left hand. Dimple on chin. Scar over left eye.

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 

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Later photo

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Balmain PC 

ditto

ditto
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Water PC

Central PC

Balmain PC

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Sydney Q.S

10

  9

19
19

  1

28

19

21

  6

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14

19

27
27

22
  6

11

  5

12
12

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12

  1

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  6

11

10

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  7

11
12

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1894

1894

1894

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1896

1897
1897

1898
1898

Stealing

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Drunk & disorderly
Indecent language

Deemed Insane

Indecent language

ditto

Stealing

Indecent language

Vagrancy

Stealing

Vagrancy

Stealing
ditto

ditto
ditto

7 days HL

6 months HL

20/- or 7 days HL
£5 or 3 months C  |  Cumulative

To police 4 April

40/- or 21 days C

£1 or 14 days C.

2 months HL

40/- or 1 month C.

3 months HL

3 months HL

4 months HL

6 months HL
1 month HL   |  Concurrent

3 months HL
9 months HL   |  Concurrent

 


 

Peter Edmunds, 1900


The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 6 Sep 1900
6

POLICE COURTS.
———◦———

    Stealing a Watch and Chain.—In the charge division of the Balmain Police Court yesterday, before Mr FW Edwards, SM, Peter Edmunds, 30, labourer, was charged, on remand, with stealing in a dwelling at 78 Church-street, Balmain, a silver watch and gold albert, valued at £5 10s, the property of Robert Hawkins, on August 28, 1900. Accused was committed for trial at the next Court of Quarter Sessions at Darlinghurst on November 1.

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Evening News, Fri 5 Oct 1900 7

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
————

    Mr Justice Cohen resumed the hearing of the cases at the Central Criminal Court yesterday.
    Peter Edmunds pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing, in the dwelling-house of Martha Forrester, a watch and chain, the property of Robert Hawkins. He was remanded for sentence.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 5 Oct 1900 8

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
(Before Mr Justice Cohen and juries.)

    Mr CG Wade, Crown prosecutor.

STEALING IN A DWELLING.

    Peter Edmunds pleaded guilty to a charge that on August 28, at Balmain, in the dwelling house of Martha Forrester, he did steal one watch and a watch-chain, the property of Robert Hawkins, and of the value of £5 and more. There was a second count of receiving. Accused was remanded for sentence.

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Evening News, Sat 6 Oct 1900 9

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
————

    The following sentences were passed at the Central Criminal Court on Friday by Mr Justice Cohen:—
    Peter Edmunds, who had pleaded guilty to stealing in the dwelling house of Martha Forrester, Balmain, eighteen months’ hard labor.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 6 Oct 1900 10

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
(Before Mr Justice Cohen and juries.)

    Mr L Whitfield Crown Prosecutor.

SENTENCES.

    Peter Edmunds, who had pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing a watch and chain at Balmain, was sentenced to imprisonment for 18 months, with hard labour.

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Peter Edmunds, Gaol photo sheet 11

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6065], Darlinghurst gaol photograph description books, 1900, No. 8172, p. 250, R5108.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 8172

Date when Portrait was taken: 4-10-1900

Name: Peter Edmunds

Native place: Pyrmont

Year of birth: 1873

Arrived       Ship:
in Colony }   Year:

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: RC

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5' 4½"

Weight     On committal: 126
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Brown


Marks or special features: Scar on inside left thumb, & outside heels of both big toes & one left eye

(No. of previous Portrait ... 7603 ) 

PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Balmain PC 

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Central PC 

Balmain PC

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ditto

ditto

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ditto

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Sydney Q.S

Sydney GD

10

  9

19
19

28

19

21

  6

  2

14

19

27

27

22

  6

  4

11

  5

12
12

12

  1

  2

  6

11

10

  6

  7

  7

11

12

10

1891

1892

1892
1892

1893

1894

1894

1894

1894

1895

1896

1897

1897

1898

1898

1900

Stealing

ditto

Drunk & disorderly
Indecent language

Indecent language

ditto

Stealing

Indecent language

Vagrancy

Stealing

Vagrancy

Stealing

ditto

ditto

ditto

ditto

7 days HL

6 months HL

£1 or 7 days HL
£5 or 3 months C  |  Accumulative

£2 or 21 days C

£1 or 14 days C.

2 months HL

£2 or 1 month C.

3 months HL

3 months HL

4 months HL

6 months HL

1 month HL

3 months HL

9 months HL

18 months HL

 


 

Peter Patrick Edmunds, 1913


The Daily Telegraph, Tue 2 Sep 1913
12

QUARTER SESSIONS.
———
(Before Judge Murray and juries.)

    Mr Bevan, Crown Prosecutor.

ASSAULT ON A CHILD.

    For a criminal assault [on William Nolan, 4] at Balmain on July 30, Peter Patrick Edmunds, aged 40, was sentenced to five years’ penal servitude. It was stated by Mr G Forbes, who appeared for Edmunds, that the prisoner had spent eight years in a lunatic asylum, and was still under observation.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 2 Sep 1913 13

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Murray and juries.)
Mr W Bevan, Crown Prosecutor.

BOY ASSAULTED.

    Peter Patrick Edmunds, 40, was found guilty of having assaulted a boy aged 3 years, at Balmain, on July 30, and was sentenced to five years’ penal servitude.

    Mr G Forbes, who appeared for the defended, told his Honor that the accused had spent eight years in a lunatic asylum, and was still under observation.
During his term in gaol, the Executive might find that the accused had reformed, his Honor said. As soon as the Executive was satisfied that the accused could be trusted to keep away from public-houses, then it could exercise its power, and he could become a man again. He was something less than a man now.

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Peter Patrick Edmunds, Gaol photo sheet 14

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6083], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1913-1914, No. 13182, p. 137, R5117.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 13182

Date when Portrait was taken: 1-9-1913

Name: Peter Patrick Edmunds
(aka Peter Edmunds)

Native place: Pyrmont

Year of birth: 10-11-1873

Arrived       Ship:
in Colony }   Year: B.S

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: RC

Education, degree of: R and W

Height: 5' 4¾"

Weight     On committal: 140
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Dark brown

Colour of eyes: Brown


Marks or special features: Minus all teeth, nail of left thumb injured, small mole on right side of chin, mole under right shoulder blade.

(No. of previous Portrait ... 7603, 8172 ) 

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Balmain PC

Sydney Q.S

Balmain PC

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Central PC

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  6

  1

14

16

20

13

  8

  9

11

  9

10

  1

1913

1913

1917

1918

1920

1938

Indecent language

Indecent assault on a male person

Suspected person

Vagrancy

Vagrancy

Trespass on railway premises

10/ or 48 hours HL

5 years PS

2 months HL

3 months HL

14 days HL

44/- or 4 days HL

And 14 previous convictions for which see Photo No. as above

 


1     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Thu 24 Nov 1898, p. 7.

2     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Tue 6 Dec 1898, p. 4.

3     The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 7 Dec 1898, p. 4.

4     The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 8 Dec 1898, p. 7.

5     SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6063], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1898-99, No. 7603, p. 175, R5107.

6     The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 6 Sep 1900, p. 7.

7     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Fri 5 Oct 1900, p. 3.

8     The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 5 Oct 1900, p. 8.

9     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Sat 6 Oct 1900, p. 7.

10   The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 6 Oct 1900, p. 7.

11   SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6065], Darlinghurst gaol photograph description books, 1900, No. 8172, p. 250, R5108.

12   The Daily Telegraph, Tue 2 Sep 1913, p. 7.

13   The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 2 Sep 1913, p. 5.

14   SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6083], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1913-1914, No. 13182, p. 137, R5117.