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Eric Esselen, 1927
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The Uralla Times, Mon 21 Nov 1927 1

TOOK A BUNDLE OF NOTES
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SON OF A K.C.
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    At Bundarra police court before Mr McCulloch, PM, Eric Esselen, was charged with stealing £20, the property of the Commonwealth Government. He elected to be summarily dealt with and pleaded guilty.

    Sergeant Blackwell said that the facts of the case were that about 11.30 on Saturday 5th inst accused went into the local post office and made some inquiry about the English mails. The postal assistant, J Blair, had been counting the money from the drawer at the counter and left a bundle of notes amounting to £20 on the counter while he turned to get the information from the PM. After the accused had left the office the assistant discovered that the bundle of notes had also disappeared. Upon receiving the information Sergt Blackwell ascertained that the accused had left by car for Uralla where he was arrested by the Uralla police soon after arrival.

    Sergt Willard, of Uralla said that when arrested accused had the sum of £4-0-6 on his person and £14 was found under the table cloth where he had dined. He afterwards admitted having placed the money there. A wire had been sent to police headquarters but as far as he could ascertain there were no police records against him.

    Sergeant Blackwell said he knew nothing against the accused who had been working for Mr WG Davidson, near Bundarra for some time. From there he went to Armidale and was employed by Whitby Simpson, auctioneers, afterwards returning to Bundarra in the employ of Mr Kerr, of Boxmoor.

    In reply to questions by the PM accused said his age was 27, and he came to Australia in April last from Surry. He paid his own passage out. He was educated at St Andrew’s and his father was a KC. He had served at the war in the Royal Navy, had no relatives in Australia. He had been drinking a little that morning.

    The PM adjourned that case to the Glen Innes Court pending further enquiries being made by the police.—‘Advocate’.

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Warialda Standard and Northern Districts’ Advertiser, Mon 21 Nov 1927 2

LOCAL & GENERAL NEWS.
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    THEFT OF MONEY.—Eric Esselen was sentenced at Glen Innes to 3 months imprisonment on a charge of stealing £20 from the Post Office counter at Bundarra. When arrested at the dining table in a Uralla hotel Esselen had £4 in his pocket, and £14 was found under the tablecloth which he admitted having placed there.

 


 

Eric Esselen, 1928

 

The Inverell Times, Mon 23 Jan 1928 3

SERIOUS CHARGES.
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DEFENDANT REMANDED.
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    Before Mr SA Thornton, JP, in the Police Court this morning, Eric Esselen who, it was stated, is a recent arrival from Glen Innes, was charged (1) that he did, at Goodwood, on January 17, commit an act of bestiality; and (2) that he falsely pretended to Sara Ayland, at Inverell on January 2, that a cheque for £4 was good and valid.

    Formal evidence of arrest was given, after which defendant was remanded to appear before the PM on February 6. Bail was not applied for.

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Glen Innes Examiner, Thu 26 Jan 1928 4

SERIOUS CHARGE
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DEFENDANT REMANDED
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    Before Mr SA Thornton, JP, in the Inverell Police Court on Monday, Eric Esselen who, it was stated, is a recent arrival from Glen Innes, was charged (1) that he did at Goodwood on January 17, commit an act of bestiality; and (2) that he falsely pretended to Sara Ayland, at Inverell on January 2, that a cheque for £1 was good and valid.

    Formal evidence of arrest was given, after which defendant was remanded to appear before the PM on February 6. Bail was not applied for—Inverell “Times.”

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The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser, Fri 27 Jan 1928 5

INVERELL.
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    Before Mr SA Thornton, JP, in the Police Court on Tuesday morning, Eric esselen who, it was stated, is a recent arrival from Glen Innes, was charged (1) that he did at Goodwood, on January 17, commit an act of bestiality; and (2) that he falsely presented to Sara Ayland, at Inverell, on January 2, that a cheque for £1 was good and valid. Defendant was remanded to appear before the PM on February 6. Bail was not applied for.—‘Times.’

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The Armidale Chronicle, Sat 28 Jan 1928 6

SERIOUS CHARGES.
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DEFENDANT REMANDED.
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    Before Mr SA Thornton, JP, in the Inverell Police Court, Eric Esselen, who, it was stated is a recent arrival from Glen Innes was, charged (1) that he did, at Goodwood, on January 17, commit an act of bestiality; and (2) that he falsely pretended to Sara Ayland, at Inverell on January 2, that a cheque for £1 was good and valid.

    Formal evidence of arrest was given, after which defendant was remanded to appear before the PM on February 6. Bail was not applied for.

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The Inverell Times, Mon 6 Feb 1928 7

LOCAL AND GENERAL
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COMMITTED FOR TRIAL.

    At the Police Court this afternoon before Mr JE McCullock, PM, Eric Esselin, [sic] appeared on remand, charged with alleged bestiality at Goodwood, on January 17. After the Crown case was concluded Esselin reserved his defence and was committed for trial at Inverell on February 16. Bail was allowed, self in £100, one surety of the Quarter Sessions to be held at In [sic] £100 or two sureties of £50.

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Glen Innes Examiner, Thu 9 Feb 1928 8

COMMITTED FOR TRIAL.
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    At the Inverell Police Court on Monday, before Mr JE McCulloch, PM, Eric Esselin, [sic] appeared on remand, charged with alleged bestiality, at Goodwood, on January 17. After the crown case was concluded Esselin reserved his defence and was committed for trial at Inverell Quarter Sessions to be held on February 16. Bail was allowed, self in £100, one surety of £100, or two sureties of £50 each.

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The Inverell Times, Wed 15 Feb 1928 9

LOCAL AND GENERAL
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QUARTER SESSIONS.

    Only one case is listed for hearing at the sitting of the Quarter Sessions on Thursday, that in which Eric Esselin [sic] is charged with bestiality.

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The Inverell Times, Fri 17 Feb 1928 10

QUARTER SESSIONS
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Thursday, February 16th.
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    Before His Honor, Judge Mocatta.

AN UNSAVOURY CASE.

    The only criminal case before the Quarter Sessions, which were held at the Inverell Court House yesterday, was that of a young English immigrant, Eric Esselin, [aka Eric Esselen] who was charged with having attempted to commit the awful offence of bestiality at Goodwood, Inverell, on January 17th last.

    Defendant, who conducted his own case, pleaded not guilty.

    Mr RJ Browning was Crown Prosecutor.

    The jury comprised the following: WB McGregor, Chas Lundie, HG Bulluss, GH Barnes, MH Girle, WT McCosker, GT McRae, JT O’Brien, HJ Burton, FA Lewin, CH Graham and HL Mackie.

    In outlining the case to the jury, Mr Browning explained that the accused at the time of the alleged offence was working for a Mr HJ Morrison, a farmer on Inverell Station.

    Evidence in support of the prosecution was given by Inspector McDonald and [HJ] Morrison and his wife.

    The accused made out quite a good case on his own behalf, and also addressed the jury at length.

NOT GUILTY.

    After a retirement of 50 minutes the jury returned into Court with a verdict of not guilty.

    His Honor: The responsibility is yours, gentlemen.

    Accused was then remanded to his former custody.

LOCAL AND GENERAL
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“ROSE MARIE” BOOKINGS.

    The public is reminded that the box plan for “Rose Marie” will close definitely at 4 pm of the days of each performance, viz, Tuesday and Wednesday next. Tickets not taken delivery of by that time each day will be considered cancelled.

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SHOW JUMPERS.

    Mr AL Payne, of Newcastle, has entered some of his prize-winning horses for the Inverell show. The champion “Hector,” which holds the world’s record for a pony high jumper, will also compete.

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URALLA EASTER SPORTS

    Uralla Sports Club announces that entries for its annual Easter Monday sports close on 10th March. For bicycle events £116 has been allotted and £30 for footraces, in addition to prizes for high jump, etc. The full programme of events will be posted on application to the secretary.

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VISITING CYCLISTS.

    Mr Leo Harris, the noted “Norton” reliability rider, and Mr John Honeyman, a well-known long distance cycle rider, are at present in town, and can be interviewed at Tattersall’s Hotel or at Mr J Seagrott’s cycle depot. Messrs Harris and Honeyman are representing LJ Finch and Co of Sydney, and have on show “Superb” cycles and “Norton,” “Matchless” and “Humber” motor cycles.

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HOLIDAY FOR SHOW.

    Mr Gilroy, clerk of the Bannockburn Shire, has received the following from Mr SH Smith, Under-Secretary of the Education Department:—“In reply to your letter of the 6th instant, requesting that schools in the Bannockburn Shire be granted a holiday on Wednesday, 29th February, on the occasion of the Inverell annual show, I have to inform you that sanction has been given to the closing of those schools which have not closed, and will not close for any other show this year.”

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PAYING JUST DEBTS.

    The Tick Board of Control yesterday considered the matter of dismissing a member of the staff who had not paid his debts. The chairman’s (Major CJ Sanderson) opinion was that credit was far too easily obtained. Business men did not act wisely in allowing more than £20 credit to men who received their wages regularly. It was resolved to give the official in question an opportunity to “square up,” but the board enunciated the policy that officials should pay their debts or leave the service, unless there were any ameliorating circumstances in connection with a particular case.

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A NEAT PUN.

    At the Quarter Sessions yesterday, HF Winter, baker, applied to be excused from attendance as a juror. He stated that it would be inconvenient for his employer (Milne) is he should be detained at the Court all day, as it was almost impossible to procure a substitute. His Honor was proceeding to refuse the request, pointing out that most people found it inconvenient to act as jurymen, when the Crown Prosecutor (Mr RJ Browning) explained that if Winter was taken away from his work there would possibly be a shortage of bread in the town. “Although he makes bread he is not necessarily a loafer,” added Mr Browning amid laughter. “I don’t want to starve the community,” replied His Honor, “nor do I want the atmosphere charged with new bread.” The application was granted.

ABOUT PEOPLE.
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    Mrs RH Saunders and Miss Saunders, Myall Creek, are spending a holiday at Terrigal.

    Miss Ivan Morse, Myall Creek, has returned from an extended visit to Brisbane, where her people reside.

    Mr and Mrs WS Napier, Paxton, Delungra, spent a lengthy holiday recently in Sydney and Goulburn.

    Mrs AE Tomlinson, Eureka, Delungra, has returned home after a visit, with her children, to Sydney and Goulburn.

    Mr Colin Cross, police constable, stationed at Eastwood, is spending a holiday with his mother, Mrs C Cross, of Wallangra.

    Probate of the will of the late James Healey, of Glen Innes, who died in July last, has been sworn at approximately £9180.

    The death has occurred in London of the Earl of Oxford and Asquith, one of England’s greatest statesmen and Prime Minister during the first three years of the Great War.

    Mrs Ramp, daughter of Mrs Hasselmann, of Myall Creek, who has been residing with her husband in Austria for the past six years, is about to visit her mother, accompanied by her two children.

    At the Quarter Sessions yesterday the following were sworn in as Justices of the Peace by His Honor, Judge Mocatta: CS Moore, RF Ryan, NW Farrand, Hugh Wyndham, Harold Edwards, HF Baker.

 


1     The Uralla Times, (NSW), Mon 21 Nov 1927, p. 3. Emphasis added.

2     Warialda Standard and Northern  Districts’ Advertiser, (NSW), Mon 21 Nov 1927, p. 2.

3     The Inverell Times, (NSW), Mon 23 Jan 1928, p. 4.

4     Glen Innes Examiner, (NSW), Thu 26 Jan 1928, p. 6.

5     The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser, (NSW), Fri 27 Jan 1928, p. 11.

6     The Armidale Chronicle, (NSW), Sat 28 Jan 1928, p. 5.

7     The Inverell Times, (NSW), Mon 6 Feb 1928, p. 4.

8     Glen Innes Examiner, (NSW), Thu 9 Feb 1928, p. 2.

9     The Inverell Times, (NSW), Wed 15 Feb 1928, p. 4.

10   The Inverell Times, (NSW), Fri 17 Feb 1928, pp. 4, 8. Emphasis added.