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Goulburn Evening Penny Post, Tue 13 Jan 1925 1

“MUST BE PUT AWAY”
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PM TO INDECENT OFFENDER
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Protection for Women and Children
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    “There is only one thing to do with a man like you; you must be put away for some considerable time. Men of your stamp are a menace to girls and women,” said Mr GR Williams, PM, at the Goulburn Police Court on Monday.

    Joseph Kirkham, who pleaded guilty to behaving indecently on two occasions in Belmore Park, asked for leniency.

    Defendant stated that he was a slave to liquor. He had, he said, been expelled from school for drinking, and it was now impossible for him to leave it alone.

    “I have been drinking methylated spirits of late,” added Kirkham, who is a man of about fifty, well-educated, and bearing “evidence” of having seen better days.

    “I simply must have drink, and methylated spirit is cheap when you are on your last shilling” he remarked. “It is then that I don’t know what I am doing and I certainly have never before been charged with such an offence as this.”

    Sergeant Hooper said that Kirkham had behaved in a revolting manner on two days. In each instance the offence was committed in Belmore Park and in close proximity to women and children.

    The PM:– For the first offence you are fined £5, or three months gaol. For the second, you will go to gaol for six months.
“Signed My Death Warrant.”

    Kirkham: I will never see it out. I won’t live as long as that in gaol. You have signed my death warrant.

    “I can’t help that” said Mr Williams, who did not seem to have any fears regarding defendant’s early demise. “You are evidently not responsible when in this state and you must be removed to a place where you won’t get liquor. I am going to protect our women and young girls from men of your stamp. On your own admission you twice behaved in this vile manner.”

    “I’ve been unfairly treated—” began Kirkham.

    “Take him away” said Inspector Sinclair.

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The National Advocate, Mon 19 Jan 1925 2

SLAVE TO DRINK
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REVOLTING CASE OF INDECENCY
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Goulburn, Saturday.

    “There is only one thing to do with a man like you; you must be put away for some considerable time. Men of your stamp are a menace to girls and women,: said Mr GR Williams, PM at the Goulburn Police Court.

    Joseph Kirkham, who pleaded guilty to behaving indecently on two occasions in Belmore Park, asked for leniency.

    Defendant stated that he was a slave to liquor. He had, he said, been expelled from school for drinking, and it was now impossible for him to leave it alone.

    “I have been drinking methylated spirits of late,” added Kirkham, who is a man of about fifty, well educated, and bearing evidence of having seen better days.

    “I simply must have drink, and methylated spirits are cheap when you are on your last shilling.” he remarked. “It is then that I don’t know what I am doing and I certainly have never before been charged with such an offence as this.”

    Sergeant Hooper said that Kirkham had behaved in a revolting manner on two days. In each instance the offence was committed in Belmore Park and in close proximity to women and children.

    The PM.—For the first offence you are fined £5, or three months gaol. For the second, you will go to gaol for six months.

    Kirkham: I will never see it out. I won’t live as long as that in gaol. You have signed my death warrant.

    “I can’t help that” said Mr Williams, who did not seem to have any fears regarding defendant’s early demise. “You are evidently not responsible when in this state and you must be removed to a place where you won’t get liquor. I am going to protect our women and young girls from men of your stamp. On your own admission you twice behaved in this vile manner.

    “I’ve been unfairly treated—“ began Kirkham.

    “Take him away,” said Inspector Sinclair.

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The Richmond River Herald and Northern Districts Advertiser, Tue 20 Jan 1925 3

NEWS AND NOTES.
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    “You have signed my death warrant. I will never live that long in gaol. I’ll never see it out.” Joseph Kirkham, 54, made that dramatic statement at the Goulburn Police Court after he had been fined £5, in default three months’ imprisonment, and sentenced to six months’ hard labor without the option on two charges of indecent behaviour. Kirkham stated that he was a slave to drink, and when intoxicated was not responsible for his actions.

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The Hillston Spectator and Lachlan River Advertiser, Fri 23 Jan 1925 4

    “You have signed my death warrant I will never live that long in gaol. I’ll never see it out” Joseph Kirkham, 54, made that dramatic statement at the Goulburn Police Court after he had been fined £5, in default three months’ imprisonment, and sentenced to six months’ hard labor without the option on two charges on indecent behaviour. Kirkham stated that he was a slave to drink, and when intoxicated was not responsible for his actions.

 


1     Goulburn Evening Penny Post, Tue 13 Jan 1925, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2     The National Advocate, Mon 19 Jan 1925, p. 3. Emphasis added.

3     The Richmond River Herald and Northern Districts Advertiser, (NSW), Tue 20 Jan 1925, p. 1.

4     The Hillston Spectator and Lachlan River Advertiser, Fri 23 Jan 1925, p. 7.