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Western Herald, Sat 1 May 1926 1


    On Wednesday next there will be a big court day in Bourke before the Police Magistrate, when a good number of cases under the Health Act will be heard, in one of which the Bourke Municipal Council will be a defendant.

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    The Quarter Sessions take place at Bourke on 6th May. So far only one case is listed for hearing from the Children’s Court. One District Court case EP Piquet v. Eisinora Ltd for alleged breach of fencing contract, will also be heard.

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Western Herald, Sat 8 May 1926 2



    The Bourke Quarter Sessions were opened on Thursday morning last before his Honor, Judge Armstrong.

    The lists of the jurors summoned were read and one juror fined £2 for non-attendance.

    The only case listed for hearing was that of James McDonald charged with attempted indecent assault on a male person, [Leslie Canty, 6].

    The accused, who was out on £10 bail, did not appear.

    The Judge ordered that the bail be estreated, and that a warrant be issued for his arrest.

    The Judge thanked the jurors, who were informed that their attendance was not needed.


    The death occurred on Monday morning last of Mr Samuel Leemon, of Bourke, at the age of 88 years. The deceased had been ailing for the past fortnight.

    Mr Samuel Leemon was one of the older pioneers of Bourke. In the year 1889 with his brothers, they took up land as homestead lessees, and later on acquired conditional purchases near Bourke. The brothers were well known and progressive settlers, and for many years partly supplied Bourke with meat, selling the same, twice weekly, by auction in joints to suit, at which sales the late Mr FK Bloxham officiated as auctioneer.

    Mr Samuel Leemon for some years resided as caretaker at Goodsville, and was often seen in town driving or riding an old grey horse named “Tobin,” which the deceased had purchased from the late Mr James Tobin. That old horse was driven by him prior to the big flood in 1890, so must now be about 40 years old, or more.

    The funeral took place on Tuesday morning, when the deceased was inferred in the Presbyterian portion of the general cemetery, where his brother, Mr James Leemon, was buried many years ago. The Rev Faulkner officiated at the graveside.

    Deceased leaves a widow, but no children, and to her we tender our sincere sympathy.


1     Western Herald, (Bourke, NSW), Sat 1 May 1926, p. 2.

2     Western Herald, (Bourke, NSW), Sat 8 May 1926, p. 2.