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1906, William McCormack - Unfit For Publication
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The Bathurst Daily Argus, Thu 11 Oct 1906 1

Monday, October 10.
(Before Mr Justice Cohen).

    Mr H De Lissa acted as Judge’s Associate, Mr WH Webb, Deputy Sheriff, Mr JD Fitzgerald, Crown Prosecutor, Mr Nicholls represented the Crown Solicitor.

    The barristers present were: Messrs Boyce, Rutherford, and HA Manning. All the local attorneys were represented, those from other centres being: Messrs EA McIntosh (Parkes), H McLaughlin (Orange), A Pile (Blayney), and HF Thompson (Lithgow).

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The National Advocate, Tue 16 Oct 1906 2


    The Postmaster-General has in his mind’s eye the delivery of mails by motor-cars. In the event of the adoption of this idea, mail coaches will ultimately be replaced by the automobile.


    The fine of £2 imposed on Robert Hall Thompson for non-attendance as a special juror at the Bathurst Circuit Court on Thursday was remitted by his Honor Mr Justice Cohen yesterday.


    The sittings of the Bathurst Circuit Court will be concluded to-day. The only case remaining to be dealt with is one of alleged bestiality, which will be taken at 10 o’clock this morning. Jurors are requested to be in attendance at that hour.


    One witness was asked yesterday at the Circuit Court if he had borrowed money from Mr C Hade, and he replied in the affirmative, whereupon the Crown Prosecutor said “I suppose too, that you have paid the money back.” The witness, after some slight hesitation, smilingly declared “That is for him to say, I suppose he will look after that.” (Laughter)


    While the jury in connection with an alleged sheep stealing case was being empanelled at the Bathurst Circuit Court yesterday, the Judge’s Associate accidentally called out the name of a juror who had been sworn in a couple of minute previously, when much to the merriment of court the Crown Prosecutor, who had already asked half a dozen jurors to stand aside, called out “Challenge.” The juror having been sworn in unchallenged just previously, this challenge was invalid.

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The Bathurst Daily Argus, Wed 17 Oct 1906 3


    A long, dreary sittings of the Assize Court closed last evening, after continuing since Wednesday morning. Interest was chiefly centred in the Fifield case, which lasted 2½ days. Yesterday the whole time of the Court was occupied in the hearing of a charge against a young man named William McCormack; for alleged [sic] attempting to commit a horrible offence [bestiality ]. The jury were only a few minutes considering their verdict, which was one of guilty. His Honor expressed regret that he could not deal with accused under the First Offenders’ Act , but the offence was not a minor crime. He sentenced him to 18 months’ hard labour in Goulburn gaol.

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The National Advocate, Wed 17 Oct 1906 4


    For committing an unnatural offence at Portland a young man named William McCormack was, at the Bathurst Circuit Court yesterday, sentenced to 18 months hard labor in Goulburn gaol. The court then adjourned sine die.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 17 Oct 1906 5



Bathurst, Tuesday.

    The Circuit Court closed this evening. The whole day was spent in hearing a case against a young man, William McCormack, charged with having attempted to commit a crime at Lithgow. After a short retirement the jury returned a verdict of guilty. Accused was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment with hard labour in Goulburn Gaol.

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William McCormack, Gaol photo sheet 6

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6071], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1905-1907, No. 10183, p. 272, R5111.

Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 10183

Date when Portrait was taken: 23-10-1906

Name: William McCormack

Native place: Mudgee

Year of birth: 26 September 1888

Arrived       Ship:
in Colony }   Year: BS

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: R Cath

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5' 5½"

Weight     On committal: 144
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Blue

Marks or special features: Two moles right side of neck. Scar left-eyebrow. Mole left-side of chest. Scar centre of chest. Mole centre of back. Scar right side of body. Mole on stomach. Scar left kneecap. Scar outside right thigh.

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 


Where and When Offence. Sentence

Bathurst CC




Attempted bestiality

18 months HL


1     The Bathurst Daily Argus, Thu 11 Oct 1906, p. 2.

2     The National Advocate, Tue 16 Oct 1906, pp. 1, 2.

3     The Bathurst Daily Argus, Wed 17 Oct 1906, p. 2.

4     The National Advocate, Wed 17 Oct 1906, p. 2.

5     The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 17 Oct 1906, p. 7.

6     SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6071], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1905-1907, No. 10183, p. 272, R5111.