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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Fri 10 May 1907 1

LAMBTON POLICE COURT.
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Thursday, May 9.
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(Before Mr GF Scott, SM.)
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    Jonathan Rees, miner, was charged with wilful improper exposure at New Lambton, and on a second summons with wilful exposure. Sub-Inspector Brennan prosecuted, and Mr TA Braye 2 (Messrs Braye and Cohen) defended. The further hearing of the case was adjourned until to-morrow afternoon.

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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Sat 11 May 1907 3

The Lambton courthouse, 62 years old, being demolished. Image: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Wed 25 Aug 1937, p. 5. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
The Lambton courthouse, 62 years old, being demolished.
Image: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate,
Wed 25 Aug 1937, p. 5. Reproduction: Peter de Waal

LAMBTON.
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    At Lambton Police Court yesterday the case against Jonathan Rees for alleged impropriety, was further heard before Mr GF Scott, SM. At the conclusion of the evidence for the prosecution, the accused was committed for trial at the Newcastle Quarter Sessions.

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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Wed 22 May 1907 4

NEWCASTLE SESSIONS COURT.
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    The Court of Quarter Sessions was continued at Newcastle yesterday before his Honor Judge Fitzhardinge. Mr J Armstrong, KC, prosecuted for the Crown.

ALLEGED IMPROPRIETY.

    Jonathan Rees, on bail, was charged with impropriety, at New Lambton, on April 6th and 8th. Mr R Cowan, instructed by Mr TA Braye (Messrs Braye and Cohen) appeared for accused, who pleaded not guilty. First-class Constable Brady deposed to seeing accused walking from one room to the other in his own house, not properly clothed. The accused was having a bath, and could be seen by people resident in the neighbourhood. When spoken to by the constable, accused expressed regret if there was anything in his conduct to occasion offence. Ethel Rogers, Ester Bray, Edith Hawkins, and John S Brain stated they saw accused on different days offensively exposed. Accused [Jonathan Rees], on oath, stated that he regularly bathed in the kitchen after returning from work in a mine, but he was always careful in his conduct. On one occasion he had walked out on to a verandah, but was covered over with a towel. There was no truth in the charge that he had wilfully misconducted himself. Edward Gray, George Thomson, and accused’s wife were called for the defence, and accused was given a good character by two neighbours. Mr Cowan submitted that there was no intentional offence, if there was any offence at all. Accused was found not guilty and discharged.

 


1     Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Fri 10 May 1907, p. 3.

2     See: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Wed 28 Jun 1950, p. 2.

“MR TA BRAYE DEAD; LONG CAREER

       Mr Thomas Alfred Inglis Braye, one of the best-known members of the legal profession in Newcastle, and founder of the firm Braye, Cragg, Cohen and Chapmen, died at his home at Braye Point, Teralba, yesterday.
       Mr Braye, who had suffered a long and serious illness, was 79.
       A former Mayor of Waratah, he performed the foundation stone ceremony at St Phillip’s Church of England, Waratah, where the funeral service will be held tomorrow.
       Mr Braye was born at Waratah, and went to school there. He began work in Sydney, but returned to Newcastle to study law as an articled clerk.
       After his admission as a solicitor in May, 1896, he began his own practice. It developed into one of the largest in the Sate.
       Before the first World War, Mr HM Cohen became his partner. Mr Cohen died in 1925. After their return from the war, Mr NT Cragg and Mr Colyn AK Cohen (son of the late Judge Cohen and nephew of Mr HM Cohen) joined the firm. Mr SV Chapman later became a partner. Since World War 2, Messrs NI Braye, K Chapman and KW Barnett have joined.
       Mr TA Braye continued in active practice until 1945, when he retired because of illness. In 1946 he underwent a major operation.
       During his illness he was attended at home by two of his daughters, Dr Helen Braye and Miss Kathleen Braye who is a nurse.

PROMINENT FIGURE

       A prominent figure in civic affairs, Mr Braye was also a member of a large number of organisations, among them the Masonic Lodge, in which he was a past Junior Grand Warden.
       Before being admitted as a solicitor, he married Miss Sarah Williams, of Tarro. Mrs Braye died in 1947.
       There were five daughters and two sons, both of whom served with the RAAF in the last war. Ross was killed in action in 1941.
       The surviving son and daughters are: Mr Alfred Braye (Sydney), Mrs C Firkin (Wallsend), Dr Helen Braye (Teralba), Mrs A Hewson (Sydney), Mrs N Cragg (Adamstown Heights), and Miss Kathleen Braye (Teralba).
       Ald Braye and Mr NI Braye are nephews.
       After the service at St Phillip’s, the funeral will be to Toronto.”

3     Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Sat 11 May 1907, p. 3.

4     Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Wed 22 May 1907, p. 7. Emphasis added.