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1905, James Welch and Harry Cleary - Unfit For Publication
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The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 28 Apr 1905 1

LAW NOTICES.
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Friday, April 28.

SYDNEY QUARTER SESSIONS.

    Daniel Rosier, sending indecent letter by post; James Welch and Harry Cleary, offence; Albert Edward Rissman, stealing; Annie Nolan, keeping disorderly house; George Elgar, uttering counterfeit coins.

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The Daily Telegraph, Sat 29 Apr 1905 2

QUARTER SESSIONS.
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(Before Judge Docker and juries.)

    Mr Herbert Harris prosecuted for the Crown.

A SERIOUS OFFENCE.

    Harry Cleary (15) and James Welch (54) pleaded not guilty to a serious offence at North Sydney on March 18. The boy was defended by Mr ER Abigail. The jury found Cleary not guilty, on account of domination by Welch,, whom they found guilty. Cleary was then discharged, and his Honor sentenced Welch to seven years’ penal servitude.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 29 Apr 1905 3

METROPOLITAN QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Docker and juries.)

    Mr Herbert Harris was Crown Prosecutor.

A SERIOUS OFFENCE.

    Harry Cleary, aged 15 years, a tinsmith, and James Welch, a middle-aged man, pleaded not guilty to a charge of having committed a serious offence at North Sydney on March 18 last.

    Mr ER Abigail appeared for the boy Cleary, who said Welch threatened to kill him.

    The jury found the accused Harry Cleary not guilty on account of domination by Welch, and he was discharged. The accused Welch was found guilty.

    His Honor said the accused was liable to penal servitude for life, and not very long since he would have been liable to be hanged. He was sentenced to seven years’ penal servitude.

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James Welch, Gaol photo sheet 4

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6070], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1904-1905, No. 9698, p. 152, R5111.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 9698

Date when Portrait was taken: 29-4-1905

Name: James Welch
(aka James Shortall)

Native place: Ireland

Year of birth: Date unknown 1850

Arrived       Ship: City of Rome
in Colony }   Year: 1877

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: Roman Cath

Education, degree of: R&W

Height: 5' 3⅞"

Weight     On committal: 124
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown to grey

Colour of eyes: Grey

Marks or special features: One vaccine mark outside left upper arm. Blue spot on right wrist. Red mole on left cheek. Brown patch between nipples on chest. Scar on back in lumbar region. Pale mole below left shoulder blade. Scar right knee cap.

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Water PC 

Central PC

Sydney Q.S

  2

27

28

  4

12

  4

1885

1902

1905

Indecent language

Expose person

Consenting to the commission of sodomy

1 month HL C

£1 or 14 days HL. Served

7 years PS

 


1     The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 28 Apr 1905, p. 8. Emphasis added.

2     The Daily Telegraph, Sat 29 Apr 1905, p. 18.

3     The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 29 Apr 1905, p. 9.

4     SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6070], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1904-1905, No. 9698, p. 152, R5111.