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Sydney Ferris, 1902

Below also see: Sydney Ferris, 1906,
Sydney Ferris, 1907,
Sydney Ferris, 1910,
Arthur Jones, 1913

Sidney Ferris, 1914 – Indecent assault

 

The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 21 Oct 1902 1

PARRAMATTA DISTRICT.
———◦———
POLICE.
———

    At the Parramatta Police Court yesterday morning, before Mr TE MacNevin, PM, and Mr JR Armitage, JP

    Sydney Ferris was charged with breaking and entering the shop of Mrs Hughes, of Dundas, and stealing a box of cigars, valued at 12s 6d. The Bench reduced the charge to one of common larceny, to which defendant pleaded guilty, and elected to be dealt with summarily. He was sentenced to undergo three months’ imprisonment in Parramatta Gaol, separate treatment, under seventh class regulations.

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The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Advocate, Wed 22 Oct 1902 2

PARRAMATTA POLICE COURT.
————
Friday, October 17.
(Before Mr TE MacNevin, PM.)

Monday, October 20.
(Before Mr TE MacNevin, PM, and Mr
JR Armitage, JP.)

ALLEGED BREAKING AND ENTERING.

    Sydney Ferris was charged with breaking and entering the shop of Mrs Hughes, Dundas, on the 19th inst, and stealing therefrom a box of cigars valued at 12s 6d.

    Michael W Howard, constable, stationed at Dundas, deposed that from information he received he arrested the defendant in an unoccupied house at Ermington. Asked, “Have you got any things here belonging to you.” He said, “No, I have nothing except what I stand up in.” Made a search of the premises and found a locker in which was a box containing clothing. The defendant admitted that the clothing was his. Found a box containing 32 cigars, on a shelf in the locker. The defendant stated that the box containing the cigars was his property, that he had had the cigars about a week and had obtained them in Sydney. Then cautioned the defendant and asked him again where he got the cigars. He said—as someone else was present—“Come out into another room, I don’t want this man to hear. I’d chance three months and tell you about it.” He added, “About 1 o’clock to-day I was passing Mrs Hughes’ shop on the Kissing Point-road, I saw the window broken and I put my hand through and took the box of cigars.” Witness said, “Didn’t you break the window.” He said, “No, I did not. It was broken.” Witness said, “Where is the glass belonging to the window—did you take it away.” He said, “The glass was then scattered about when I was there.” Said, “Are you sure you did not break the window?” He said, “No.” Then took the defendant to Mrs Hughes’ shop. Took him in and said to Mrs Hughes in his presence, “You reported to me to day that your shop window was broken and that you had lost a box of cigars. Do you know what brand of cigars they were.” She mentioned a brand corresponding with that on the box of cigars. She said that the cigars in witness’ hand were the same. She said that she knew the defendant who had been in her shop on Saturday evening and was questioning her as to what time she retired at night. Then brought the defendant to Parramatta. Charged him with breaking and entering and stealing from the shop of Mrs Hughes. He made no reply. Searched the defendant. Found on him 1s 3d in money and several pieces of broken glass corresponding with the glass in the broken widow at Mrs Hughes’ shop. Said, “Where did you get this glass?” He said, “It is the glass belonging to the window.” He said, “Yes.”

    The defendant had no questions to ask.

    Ellen Hughes, a widow, keeping a store at Dundas, deposed that she closed her store at 10 pm on Saturday. About 3 pm found that the shop window was broken. It was not broken on Saturday night. Missed a box containing about 40 cigars. Knew the defendant by the name of “Ferris.” Did not sell the box of cigars to him or give them to him. The value of the cigars stolen would be about 10s. Saw the defendant in the shop on Saturday. He asked her at what time she shut up the shop. She did not answer. He said that if he were shop keeping he should go to bed when he felt sleepy. Did not see the defendant from Saturday night till the constable brought him to her shop on Sunday.

    The sergeant (to defendant): Do you want to ask Mrs Hughes and questions?

    Defendant: No. The box only had 33 cigars in.

    Mary Thompson, living at Dundas, deposed that she saw the defendant on the verandah of Mrs Hughes’ shop. Saw him like touching the window with something. He knocked at the door first. Whilst he was at the window she heard a crash. He came from the shop on to the road. He stood in the middle of the road and looked up and down. Then he went back again to the shop. Then she saw him running up the road as fast as he could go. He held his arms straight of his side.

    The defendant: I never ran up the road at all.

    The Bench reduced the case to one of common larceny, and the defendant elected to be dealt with summarily, and pleaded guilty.

    The police stated that the defendant had been discharged from the Reformatory in September.

    The Bench sent the defendant to Parramatta gaol there to undergo three months’ separate treatment under Seventh Class regulations.

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Evening News, Wed 22 Oct 1902 3

BREVITIES.
———◦———


    Mr Henry Sylvester Darley has resigned his appointment as Associate to the Chief Justice.

    Sydney Ferris, who, the police stated, was only discharged from the Reformatory in September last, was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment at Parramatta Court, for stealing a box of cigars from Mrs Hughes’ shop at Dundas. The sentence to be separate treatment, under the seventh-class regulations.

 


 

Sydney Ferris, 1906


The Bega Budget, Wed 2 May 1906
4

POLICE COURT.
———◦———
Tuesday, 1st May.
———
(Before Mr HS Hawkins, PM.)


    Sydney Cassey, [sic] alias Doyle, a young man, was charged with fraudulently appropriating a bicycle, the property of WF Watson, Bega. Accused was arrested at Pambula last week and at a hearing in Bega on Wednesday he was remanded.

    Donald Hespe, storekeeper, of Moruya, deposed: Know accused; saw him at Moruya on 12th March last; he had a bicycle in his possession; he came to me and said “I have a bicycle I want to sell”; I said “I don’t wish to purchase”; he then went away and came back shortly afterwards bringing the machine with him; he said “this is the bicycle,” and I said again “I don’t wish to purchase”; he said “I have no money to go on with—I must sell the bicycle—you can have the machine for £4”; after a little conversation I agreed to take it; that it the machine (produced); this is the receipt for the £4 (produced); that is the man in the dock; I wrote out the receipt and he signed it; the transaction took place in my shop, Queen Street, Moruya; I carry on a bicycle business as well as a bakery; the number of the bicycle is 123119; accused left the bike in my possession and went away; I never saw him again until now; on March 19th I handed the bike to Constable Lawrence, at Moruya; on the 29th April Lawrence handed it back to me and I brought it through to Bega; was subpoenaed to attend the court here to-day.

    Accused: Didn’t I ask you £5 for the bike and you beat me down to £4?

    Witness: I believe you did ask £5 for the bike when you first came to me.

    W[illiam] F Watson, harness-maker, Bega, deposed: The bicycle produced is mine, know it by the No. 123119; last had it in my possession on the 10th March, 1906, at Bega; value it at £15; saw accused on 10th March at my shop; on that day accused came and asked if we had a bicycle for hire; from something my sister-in-law said to me I came into the shop; accused said, “Can I have the bike, and what would it be”; I said he could have it for 1s an hour; he said he would want it all next day; he paid me 5s and took the bike; he said he’d keep it until Sunday evening; I saw him on Sunday morning; he was riding the bicycle then; that was the last I saw of him or the bike till now; he did not return the bike; I made inquiries about him when the bike wasn’t returned; laid an information against him; did not sell the bike to him nor authorise him to dispose of it in any way,

    Cassey pleaded guilty. The Sub-Inspector, who conducted the prosecution, read out a list of previous convictions as follows: At Parramatta, on the 20th October, 1902, sentenced to three months hard labor for stealing; at Gilgandra 4 months for illegally using a horse, and on two charges of larceny.

    Accused was sentenced to three months hard labor, and the bike was ordered to be returned to Watson.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 31 May 1906 5

PARRAMATTA DISTRICT.
———◦———
STEALING A BICYCLE.
———

    At the Parramatta police court on Wednesday, before Mr W Clarke, DSM, Sydney Ferris (alias Casey, alias Doyle) was charged with stealing, on April 8, a bicycle, the property of AW Brown, bicycle agent, valued at £18. The evidence was to the effect that the accused hired the machine on the day named, on the understanding that he was to return it at night. He rode away, and that was the last seen of him later on he was seen by Constable Gibson, of Pambula, when he stated that he owned the bicycle, and that it had been given to him by his father. The accused, who pleaded not guilty and elected to be dealt with summarily, stated that he had no intention of stealing the machine. When he was arrested on another charge he told the police the person to whom the machine belonged. He was at present serving a sentence of three months for fraudulently appropriating a bicycle at Bega. His name was Casey. Accused was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, with hard labour, in Parramatta Gaol, the term to commence at the expiration of the sentence he was now serving.

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The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Advocate, Sat 2 Jun 1906 6

PARRAMATTA POLICE COURT.
————
Wednesday, May 30.
(Before Mr W Clarke, DSM.)

BIKE LIFTING.

    Sydney Ferris (alias Casey, alias Doyle) was charged with stealing, on April 8, a bicycle, the property of AW Brown, and valued at £18.

    Constable John Cooper Gibson (Pambula) deposed that he read the warrant to the accused that morning at Parramatta. It was dated April 12, and was under the hand and seal of a magistrate. He made no reply. Saw the accused in Bega, in possession of the bicycle, on Saturday, 26th April. Had a conversation with him. Said, “Do you claim this bicycle?” He said, “I do; it’s my bicycle. My father gave it to me.”

    A[rthur] WG Brown, bicycle builder and repairer, residing at Parramatta, deposed that he knew Ferris. Saw him on Saturday, 7th April, at his (witness’s) shop, Parramatta. He ordered a machine for the following day (Sunday. He came and got the machine on the Sunday morning. A man named Freeman was present. The accused took the bicycle. He paid 7s 6d. He said, “I’ll take the bike for the day, and bring it back at night.” He added, “If I like it I’ll keep it.” Went away with Freeman and accused. Gathered mushrooms at Rosehill. Then the accused disappeared; and that was the last that witness saw of him till that day (in court). Valued the bicycle at £18. Laid an information, and obtained the warrant for the man’s arrest. The machine was the property of the Massey-Harris Company. Witness was their agent. Witness was responsible for the machine.

    The accused had no questions to ask.

    Charles Freeman, commission agent, Parramatta, remembered being at Mr Brown’s shop on April 8th. Saw the accused there. The accused came across the road from the hotel to the shop. Brown said, “This is the man who hired the machine for the day.” Witness said, “You have only got the machine for the day?” He said, “Yes; I’ll be back to-night.” The three of them went to Rosehill together. On the way to Rosehill he said that he was going to ride about Flemington and Ryde. Then accused disappeared.

    The accused was then formerly charged by the Bench. He elected to be dealt with summarily, and pleaded not guilty.

    In the box the accused swore that his name was Sidney Casey. He deposed also that he was an acrobat, and he had been in a circus. He was residing in gaol—at Darlinghurst, at present. He had no chance to take the bike back; had been in gaol. Had no intention of stealing the bike, when he had it. Told the police to whom the machine belonged when he was arrested on the 19th of April. Had no intention of stealing the bicycle. Did agree to return the machine on the night of the 18th of April. Was in trouble now over a bike. His name was Casey. Was not known as Doyle. They knew him in Parramatta as Ferris. Was serving three months’ hard labor now, for fraudulently appropriating a bike at Bega.

    There was a long list of convictions against the accused.

    Ferris (or Casey) was convicted, and sentenced to six months’ imprisonment with hard labor in Parramatta Gaol, the term to commence at the expiration of the sentence he was now serving.

 


 

Sydney Ferris, 1907


The Cootamundra Herald, Sat 6 Apr 1907
7

QUARTER SESSIONS.
———
Thursday.

    Before Mr Acting Judge J Armstrong, KC.
    Mr JF Barnes, JP, acting Deputy Sheriff.
    Mr WL Merewether, Crown Prosecutor.
    Professional gentlemen present at the opening of the court:—Messrs TP MacMahon, FA Morgan (for Messrs Morgan and Morgan), CA Vaughan, and JJ Quirk (Narandera). [sic]
    Seven jurymen were excused, one for one day only.

Friday.
———

LARCENY FROM A DWELLING.

    Sydney Ferris pleaded guilty to stealing clothes and other articles from a dwelling at Berthong on 5th March.

    Remanded till Saturday for sentence.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 8 Apr 1907 8

COUNTRY NEWS.
———◦———

QUARTER SESSIONS.
———

Cootamundra, Saturday.

    At the Sessions Richard Collins was found guilty of three charges of larceny, and sentenced to 12 months on each charge. The sentences are concurrent. Sydney Ferris pleaded guilty to larceny, and was sentenced to three years.

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The Cootamundra Herald, Wed 10 Apr 1907 9

QUARTER SESSIONS.
————
Saturday.
————

    Before his Honor Judge J Armstrong, KC.

SYDNEY FERRIS.

    Accused said he had pleaded guilty to the stealing of the clothes—not the £2/10/, as there were only 16/- in the purse, as his evidence would show as given in the police court.

    This was the case of the Berthong larceny.

    A long list of convictions against was read, from various parts of the country, including three at Cootamundra. He was 26 years of age, a native of Sydney, and a comparative stranger in these parts.

    His Honor said short sentences appeared to be wasted upon accused, and he sentenced him to three years hard labour in Darlinghurst, to be concurrent for the convictions.

    Accused: No fine, your Honor!

    His Honor declined the request, saying he deserved an increase of sentence for it.

    Accused wanted to know what was to be done with the property before he left the dock.

    His Honor: It will be returned to the owners.

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Sydney Ferris, Gaol photo sheet 10

SRNSW: NRS2397, [3/6011], Parramatta gaol photographic description book, 29 Aug 1905-11 Nov 1909, No. 899, p. 61, R5137.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 899
Parramatta

Date when Portrait was taken: 1-5-1907

Name: Sydney Ferris
(aka Sydney Doyle, Sydney Cassey)

Native place: Sydney

Year of birth: 15 Dec 1881

Arrived       Ship:
in Colony }   Year:

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Labourer

Religion: C of E

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5' 7"

Weight     On committal: 140
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Light brown

Colour of eyes: Blue

Marks or special features: Scar over right eye. Scar little finger. Scars on palms of both hands. Scar inside right knee. Scar above left knee. Birth marks near top inside left hip

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Parramatta Q.S

Parramatta PC

Glebe PC

Gilgandra PC 
ditto
ditto

Bega PC
Parramatta PC

Cootamundra PC
ditto
ditto

Cootamundra Q.S

14

20

24

30
30
30

  1
30

25
25
25

  5

  2

10

  2

  9
  9
  9

  5
  5

  3
  3
  3

  4

1899

1902

1903

1904
1904
1904

1906
1906

1907
1907
1907

1907

Stealing in a dwelling

Stealing

Stealing

Illegally using a horse
Stealing
Stealing

Fraudulently appropriating
Stealing 

Stealing
Stealing
Stealing

Stealing in a dwelling to the
value of £5

5 years Carpentarian Reformatory

3 months HL

4 months HL

3 months HL
3 months HL
3 months HL. Concurrent

3 months HL
6 months. Cumulative

6 months HL
6 months HL
6 months HL. Concurrent

3 years HL

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Sydney Ferris, Gaol photo sheet 11

SRNSW: NRS1998, [3/5963], Bathurst Gaol photographic description book, 1874-1930, No.1848, p. 128, R5086.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 1848
Bathurst

Date when Portrait was taken: 5-7-1909

Name: Sydney Ferris
(aka Sydney Casey, Sydney Doyle)

Native place: Sydney

Year of birth: 18-12-1884

Arrived       Ship:
in Colony }   Year: BS

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: C. E.

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5' 7"

Weight     On committal: 140
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Light brown

Colour of eyes: Blue

Marks or special features: Scar over right eye. Scars on palms of both hands. Scar inside right knee. Scar above left knee. Birth marks near top inside left hip

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Parramatta Q.S

Parramatta PC

Glebe PC

Central PC

Gilgandra PC 
ditto
ditto

Bega PC
Parramatta PC

Cootamundra PC

Cootamundra Q.S

14

20

14

10

30
30
30

  1
30

25

  5

  2

10

  2

  2

  9
  9
  9

  5
  5

  3

  4

1899

1902

1903

1904

1904
1904
1904

1906
1906

1907

1907

Stealing in a dwelling

Stealing

ditto

ditto

Illegally use a horse
Stealing
Stealing

Fraudulent appropriation
Stealing 

ditto

Stealing in a dwelling 

5 years in Reformatory

2 months HL.

4 months HL.

4 months HL.

3 months HL
3 months HL  | Concurrent
3 months HL. 

3 months HL
6 months HL  | accumulative

6 months HL

3 years HL

 


 

Sydney Ferris, 1910

The Cobar Herald, Fri 8 Apr 1910 12

CONCENTRATES.
———


    Judge Docker is still distributing compliments. The other day he alluded to a Forbes jury as being either soft-hearted or soft-headed, and now the jurymen are after his judicial scalp.

    On Tuesday Sydney Ferris was remanded at the Cobar Police Court until Monday next on a charge of false pretences.

 


 

Arthur Jones, 1913


The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 3 Jun 1913
13

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Rogers and juries.)
Mr CA White, Crown Prosecutor.

PLEAS OF GUILTY.

    The following pleaded guilty, and were remanded for sentence:—

    Arthur Jones, [aka Sidney Ferris] 29 larceny, and also a charge of stealing in the dwelling house of Alfred Baker, at Albion-street, Sydney, a quantity of clothing, jewellery, and tools, on April 17.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 4 Jun 1913 14

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Rogers and juries.)
Mr CA White, Crown Prosecutor.

SENTENCES.


    Arthur Jones, who had pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing in a dwelling, was sentenced to 18 months in Bathurst Gaol on the first charge, and to nine months’ hard labour on the charge of larceny, the sentences to be concurrent. There was a long list of previous convictions against the prisoner.

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Arthur Jones, Gaol photo sheet 15

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6082], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1912-1913, No. 13000, p. 161, R5116.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 13000

Date when Portrait was taken: 2-6-1913

Name: Arthur Jones
(aka Sydney Ferris, Sydney Carey, Arthur Doyle)

Native place: Sydney

Year of birth: 18-12-1884

Arrived       Ship:
in Colony }   Year: B.S.

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: C of E

Education, degree of: R and W

Height: 5' 6½"

Weight     On committal: 144
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Grey

Marks or special features: Four scars on left thumb, scars on right palm and on right forearm, scar on right forehead, scar inside right knee, brown birthmark on back of left thigh

(No. of previous Portrait .. 1848 Bathurst)

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Cobar PC
ditto

Sydney Q.S
ditto

11
11

  2
  2

 4
 4

 6
 6

1910
1910

1913
1913

Embezzlement
False pretences

1) Larceny
2) Stealing in a dwelling house

6 months HL
6 months HL  |  Accumulative

9 months HL
18 Months HL  | Concurrent

And 9 previous convictions for which see Photo No. as above

 


 

Sidney Ferris, 1914 – Indecent assault

    The New South Wales Police Gazette, 18 Nov 1914, No. 46, p. 557, as the following entry:

    “Sidney Ferris (aka Arthur Jones; Sydney Casey; Sydney Doyle), charged with indecent assaulting Hector Hind (8 yrs 3 mths), has been arrested by Dets Turbet and Robertson [Syd Police]. Committed for trial at QSS. Identical with discharged prisoner [1. Larceny; 2. Steal in dwelling] Arthur Jones (aka Sydney Ferris) (vide NSWPG 1914, p. 435).”

    Unfortunately no newspaper(s) or other report(s) could be located regarding the above offence nor a trial.

 


1     The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 21 Oct 1902, p. 7.

2     The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Advocate (Parramatta), Wed 22 Oct 1902, p. 1. Emphasis added.

3     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Wed 22 Oct 1902, p. 5.

4     The Bega Budget, (NSW), Wed 2 May 1906, p. 3. Emphasis added.

5     The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 31 May 1906, p. 9.

6     The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Advocate (Parramatta), Sat 2 Jun 1906, p. 6. Emphasis added.

7     The Cootamundra Herald, Sat 6 Apr 1907, p. 2.

8     The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 8 Apr 1907, p. 8. Emphasis added.

9     The Cootamundra Herald, Wed 10 Apr 1907, p. 3. Emphasis added.

10   SRNSW: NRS2397, [3/6011], Parramatta gaol photographic description book, 29 Aug 1905-11 Nov 1909, No. 899, p. 61, R5137.

11   SRNSW: NRS1998, [3/5963], Bathurst Gaol photographic description book, 1874-1930, No.1848, p. 128, R5086.

12   The Cobar Herald, (NSW), Fri 8 Apr 1910, p. 4. Emphasis added.

13   The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 3 Jun 1913, p. 6.

14   The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 4 Jun 1913, p. 8.

15   SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6082], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1912-1913, No. 13000, p. 161, R5116.