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Henry Harry Harland, 1925
Below also see: Henry Harry Harland, 1950 


The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 22 Oct 1925 1

Thursday, October 22.


    Frederick Joseph Leonard, indecency; Cecil Francis McCue, false pretences; Henry Harry Harland, indecency.

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The Daily Telegraph, Fri 23 Oct 1925 2

(Before Judge Cohen.)


    Henry Harry Harland, who was defended by Mr HR Hunt, was convicted of indecency. He was ordered to find a surety in the sum of £30 to come up for sentence if called upon within two years.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 23 Oct 1925 3

(Before Judge Cohen.)
Crown Prosecutor, Mr LJ McKean.


    Henry Harry Harland, 40, caretaker, was charged with indecent exposure at Sydney on September 13.

    Accused was convicted, and bound over in recognisances of himself and one surety in £30 each to come up for sentence if called upon within two years. Mr HR Hunt appeared for the accused.


Henry Harry Harland
, 1950

The Evening Advocate, Thu 12 Oct 1950 4


     SYDNEY.—Loudly protesting that he was a teetotaller (“I never touch the stuff, and I’m not going to start now”), 65-year-old Henry Harry Harland was before Central Court for drunkenness—his sixth appearance on that charge in 12 months.

    Sergeant Jefferson Davis Browne and Constable Kenneth Mervyn Ross had found him lying in a William Street Gutter.

    “What are you doing here?” the police had asked him.

    “I had a few too many beers and thought I would lie down” the old man had replied.

    Henry Harry lives in a charity institution at Randwick where he does odd jobs.


He told Sergeant Brown that he was one of the Grimsby fishermen shelled by the Russian fleet in the North Sea on the night of October 21 1904.

    “We held up fish to catch the searchlight beams so that the Russians would know we were unarmed fishermen,” said Henry Harry.

    The Russian Baltic Fleet was on its way to the Russo-Japanese War.

    The Russians feared attack in the North Sea by Japanese torpedo boats, and, in their excitement they shelled a fleet of British trawlers on the Dogger Bank.

    That is Henry Harry Harlands background.

    When Constable Ross had told the story of Henry Harry’s latest adventure, Magistrate Hodgson invited the old man to cross-examine.

    With a hand cupped to his ear, Henry Harry shouted: “Ask him why he brought me here?”

    “He has given evidence that you were drunk” said Mr Hodgson.


“Then he’s unlucky,” Henry Harry yelled.

“I don’t drink. Only a cuppa tea and boiling water. Boiling water at 4.30 in the morning and boiling water at 6.30 at night.

    “I could have a drink every Sunday dinner time. But I don’t. I’d rather have a cuppa tea.”

    Then the old man mounted the witness-box, piously blessed himself and bestowed a smacking kiss on the Bible.


    Henry Harry entered upon a rambling explanation about a friend named Mister Moody. “Very sick he is,: said Henry Harry.

    So I didn’t like to go across to see how he was.

    Mister Moody wanted to give me a present a few years ago £150 it was.

“The AJC wouldn’t give him a licence for the liquor booth.

“So I said put in the daughter’s name.”

    When the recital ended, Police Prosecutor Squires said: “I don’t know if he has any witnesses.”

    “He wasn’t there so he can’t have witnesses,” said Mr Hodgson.

    Fined £1, in default 48 hours. Henry Harry. Shouted from the dock: “I can’t pay it. You’ll have to wait until I get the old age pension.”


1     The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 22 Oct 1925, p. 6.

2     The Daily Telegraph, Fri 23 Oct 1925, p. 2.

3     The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 23 Oct 1925, p. 7.

4     The Evening Advocate, (Innisfail, Qld), Thu 12 Oct 1950, p. 6. Emphasis in original.