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The Tenterfield Intercolonial Courier and Fairfield and Wallangarra Advocate, Tue 8 Aug 1905 1

A SERIOUS CHARGE.
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ACCUSED COMMITTED FOR TRIAL.
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A LAD named Gordon Armstrong, aged 16, was arrested on Thursday evening last on an alleged charge of beastiality [sic] in a paddock adjoining the Hospital on the previous Saturday morning. Accused was brought up next morning, and on the application of the police was remanded for eight days. On Saturday, accused was again brought up before the Police Magistrate, and His Worship, after hearing the evidence, which was of a most disgusting and revolting nature, committed the lad to take his trial at the next Court of Quarter Sessions to be held at Tenterfield in November next. Bail was allowed accused in £40 and two sureties of £20 each, or one in £40.

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The Tenterfield Star, Tue 8 Aug 1905 2

Tenterfield (formerly Mr Donaldson’s Station) courthouse, built 1859. Source: Australian Town and Country Journal, Sat 30 Aug 1879, p.408. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
Tenterfield (formerly Mr Donaldson’s Station) courthouse, built 1859.
Source: Australian Town and Country Journal, Sat 30 Aug 1879, p.408.
Reproduction: Peter de Waal

SERIOUS CHARGE.
     A VERY serious charge, has been preferred against a local youth named [Gordon] Armstrong. The case was heard on Saturday before the PM, Mr Thomas representing the accused, who was formally committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions to be held here on 16th November.

ADVANCED STEINBROOK.
    WE understand that the Tenterfield Dairy Co have arranged to erect their Steinbrook branch cheese factory on a portion of Mr R Priddles, 40 acres block close to the six mile peg at the bridge. This is a very central spot and it is thought will suit the Steinbrook farmers.

TENNIS.
    THE return match between the School of Arts team and the Drake Club will be played at Drake on Saturday next. The following will represent the School of Arts team:—Mr S Shipp and Miss Williams; Mr A Purkis, and Miss Carolan; Mr OJ Atkinson and Miss Matheson; Mr Harold McKerihan and Miss Imberger.

    CUSHION renowned Irish Ointment for Cuts, Burns, Chilblains, &c, &c, still holds the lead.—New Tenterfield Pharmacy.

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The Tenterfield Intercolonial Courier and Fairfield and Wallangarra Advocate, Tue 7 Nov 1905 3

LOCAL AND GENERAL.
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    QUARTER SESSIONS.—At the Tenterfield Quarter Sessions, which will be held on the 16th instant, Mr Herbert Harris, Crown Prosecutor, has been gazetted as Acting Judge for the occasion, whilst the position of Crown Prosecutor will be filled by Mr Sidney Mack, barrister-at-law.

    SPECIAL COURTS.—A special Court of Petty Sessions for the purpose of correcting and allowing the Jury List for the year 1906, is gazetted to be held at Tenterfield at 11 am on 6th December next. The scope of the jury is now decreased to within 10 miles of the Court House.

    The annual meeting of the Justices of the Peace, for the purpose of considering applications for Auctioneers’ Licenses for the ensuing year, is fixed to be held at Tenterfield on 28th instant, at 11 am. To-day is the last date for the receipt of such applications.

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The Tenterfield Intercolonial Courier and Fairfield and Wallangarra Advocate, Fri 17 Nov 1905 4

QUARTER SESSIONS.
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THE half-yearly Court of Quarter Sessions was opened at Tenterfield yesterday before Acting-Judge Harris. Mr RHV Allnutt, Police Magistrate and Deputy Sheriff, occupied a seat on the Bench beside His Honor, and Mr JW Forrest acted as Clerk of the Court.

    The barristers in attendance were Mr SM Mack (Crown Prosecutor), and Mr EW Warren, and Solicitors PP Abbott (Glen Innes) and JF Thomas (Tenterfield)

    Mr P Hannay was fined L2 for non-attendance as a juryman. Mr Thomas apologised on his behalf owing to ill-heath, but as there was no medical certificate forthcoming, His Honor said he would inflict the fine, and Mr Hannay could show cause at the next court.

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The Tenterfield Star, Fri 17 Nov 1905 5

TENTERFIELD QUARTER SESSIONS.
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THURSDAY, NOV 16.
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BEFORE His Honor Acting-Judge Harris. Mr Mack, barrister at-law, was Crown Prosecutor.

    An absent juryman was fine 40s with with [sic] right of explanation next court.

    Mr Thomas stated that he was under medical treatment and had left for Brisbane about a week ago.

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The Tenterfield Intercolonial Courier and Fairfield and Wallangarra Advocate, Tue 21 Nov 1905 6

QUARTER SESSIONS.
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Friday, November 17.
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BEFORE His Honor Acting Judge Harris.

BEASTIALITY. [sic]

    Gordon Armstrong appeared on bail, charged with beastiality.

    Mr JF Thomas appeared for the accused, who pleaded not guilty.

    The following jury was empannelled, [sic] after the accused had challenged five jurors:—Messrs E McKerihan (foreman), FW Rolph, M Lawlor, W Cohen, John Hunting, T Pitkin, P Connolly, AJ Taylor, T Boston, RN Gunn, J Lomax, D O’Leary.

    His Honor said that seeing the case was a particularly nasty one and also that the principal evidence was to be given by a young lady, he felt sure he would only have to appeal to the better instincts of those present to leave the Court during the hearing, although he had no power to order anyone to leave the Court excepting those under 21 and women and children. The crowd then filed out, and when evidence was sommenced [sic] there was no one present who was not directly interested in the case.

    Evidence for the prosecution was given by Sergeant Eather, Edith Marsh, W Hicks, and P Roos, whilst the accused [Gordon Armstrong] made a statement totally denying the alleged charge.

    Mr Thomas having addressed the jury, His Honor briefly summed up, and the jury retired at 10 minutes to 12 to consider their verdict, and returned into Court ten minutes later with a verdict of not guilty.

    The announcement of the verdict was received with loud applause by the onlookers, which was immediately suppressed and His Honor ordered the Court to be cleared at once.

    His Honor, in discharging the accused, said from accused’s own defence he would say he was a dirty-minded little boy, and would advise him to give up such filthy practices, otherwise they would lead him into serious trouble.

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The Tenterfield Star, Tue 21 Nov 1905 7

Presumably ‘Star’ newspaper printing office. Source: Australian Town and Country Journal, Sat 30 Aug 1879, p.408. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
Presumably ‘Star’ newspaper printing office. Source: Australian Town and
Country Journal
, Sat 30 Aug 1879, p.408. Reproduction: Peter de Waal

QUARTER SESSIONS.
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Friday, Nov 17.
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GORDON Armstrong was charged with committing a very serious offence on 29th July last. Mr Thomas appeared for the accused, who pleaded “Not Guilty.” Several jurors were challenged by the defence and the following jury were finally empanelled:—FW Rolph, W Lawlor, T Cohen, J Hunting, E McKerihan, T Pitkin, P Connolly, AJ Taylor, T Boston, J Lomax, RN Gunn, D O’Leary.

    His Honor said he could not think the large crowd present had come to the Court for the purpose of hearing the details of this case. He had the power to order persons under 21 out of court, but he felt quite certain he had only to appeal to the better instincts of the rest to leave the Court while the case was in progress, or at any rate while the principal witness, a young woman, was giving her evidence.

    Everyone then left the court and remained outside till the case was finished, except those whose attendance was required.

    We think it sufficient to say that after hearing the evidence, which was not very lengthy—the accused himself going into the witness-box,—and the address of his advocate and the judge’s summing up, the jury after a short retirement returned a verdict of “Not Guilty.” By this time the crowd had returned into Court and the verdict was the signal for some applause, which was instantly suppressed by the judge. Before discharging the accused the judge rebuked him in respect of certain admissions made by him saying: “If you do not desist from this sort of thing it will wreck you as a man.”

 


1     The Tenterfield Intercolonial Courier & Fairfield & Wallangarra Advocate, (NSW), Tue 8 Aug 1905, p. 2.

2     The Tenterfield Star, Tue 8 Aug 1905, p. 2. Emphasis added.

3     The Tenterfield Intercolonial Courier & Fairfield & Wallangarra Advocate, (NSW), Tue 7 Nov 1905, p. 2.

4     The Tenterfield Intercolonial Courier & Fairfield & Wallangarra Advocate, (NSW), Fri 17 Nov 1905, p. 2.

5     The Tenterfield Star, Fri 17 Nov 1905, p. 2.

6     The Tenterfield Intercolonial Courier & Fairfield & Wallangarra Advocate, (NSW), Tue 21 Nov 1905, p. 2.

7     The Tenterfield Star, Tue 21 Nov 1905, p. 2.