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Noah Banks, 1925

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Noah Banks, 1927,
Noah Banks, 1928

 

The Maitland Daily Mercury, Wed 18 Mar 1925 1

KURRI POLICE COURT.
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    Before Mr FW Cohen, PM, today the following cases were heard:

DRUNK AND DISORDERLY

    Samuel Simpkins and Stephen Mitchell were fined 10/- each, and Andrew Victor Whitehurst 15/- with 8/- costs in each case, for being drunk and disorderly.

MOTORCYCLE WITHOUT LIGHTS.

    Hugh Lee Jenkins, was fined £1, with 8/- costs, for riding a motor cycle in the ain street, Weston, without a light.

STRAYING STOCK.

    The following were fined, with 8/- coasts, for allowing stock to stray in the streets:—John Tracy William Baker, and Evelyn Davies (5/- each), Arthur Stewart (3 head, 15/-), Charles Banner man (7 head, 35/-), and Harry Smith (42 head, £1).

LOCAL GOVERNMENT BREACH.

    Cessnock Shire Council Administrator proceeded against Noah Banks (who pleaded guilty) for a breach of the Local Government Act in plying for hire with a motor ’bus without holding a licence.

    Heavy penalty was not pressed for, and a fine of £1, with 12/- witness’ expenses, and 8/- costs, was inflicted.

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The Newcastle Sun, Wed 18 Mar 1925 2

NO LICENSE
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    Noah Banks pleaded guilty before Mr TW Cohen, PM, at Kurri today, to driving a motor ’bus without a license.

    Assistant-Inspector EK Lambert said that defendant had been repeatedly warned about plying for hire for races, not being in possession of a license.

    Inspector McGilvray said that defendant had since applied for a license, and the administrator of the shire, did not press for a heavy penalty.

    He was fined £1, with 8s costs of court, und 12s witnesses’ expenses.

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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Thu 19 Mar 1925 3

KURRI KURRI
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    Mr TW Cohen, P.M., occupied the Bench at the Kurri Kurri police Court yesterday.

    Noah Banks pleaded guilty to a charge of plying for hire with unlicensed vehicle, and was fined £1, with £1 costs.

 



Noah Banks
, 1926

 

The Maitland Daily Mercury, Wed 7 Jul 1926 4

EXPOSURE CHARGE.
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MAN SENTENCED AT KURRI.
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Kurri, Wednesday.

    Noah Banks was this morning at Kurri police court sentenced to one month’s imprisonment by Mr MH Cleeve, PM, for wilfully exposing himself. The sentence was suspended under the provisions of the Crimes Act relating to first offenders, on his entering into sureties, self in £10 and one of £10, to be of good behaviour for 12 months. Banks is a married man, with five children.

    Evidence was given by Jane Thomas and her 16-year-old daughter that they saw accused commit the act as they passed him on the footpath at 10.30 pm on Saturday night, June 19. He was then standing against the fence at the drill hall grounds.

    Mr W Enright appeared for accused, who deposed that he was formerly treasurer of the G.U.O.O.F. Lodge at Weston, and had held high rank in the Druids’ Lodge. He was not at the spot on the was not at the spot on the night mentioned, nor was he ever there day or night. He never went out at night, except to lodge meetings at Weston, two miles from the spot, and on the opposite side of the town.

    In reply to Sergeant Stein, he said he was not out of his house on certain dates given, but Constable Dimmock said he had had him under observation at night on two occasions on the dates mentioned, and saw him standing in the dark near the Co-op stores. When three women passed him he followed them till they went into a house in a lonely part of the town; then he returned to his former position, and followed two other women for a block till two men stepped out from a verandah. Then he wheeled round and went back the way he came.

    Constable Jones deposed to speaking to accused outside the Co-op stores at 12.30 in the morning of one of the dates given by the Sergeant.

    Albert Burns, ex-Councillor, stated that he had seen accused on several occasions at the drill hall corner, and had spoken to him. That would be at 10 pm or later. The last occasion was three weeks ago.

    Mr Enright asked that it be noted that the evidence of these three was inadmissible.

    William Banks, a son, said his father came home on the night in question at 8.45.

    John Banks, another son, deposed that he took his father home soon after 8 o’clock that night.

    Annie Banks, the wife, gave similar evidence and said accused’s moral character was on the highest. He very seldom went out at night.

    Arnold Bailey, blacksmith and layreader at the Church of England, and Frederick B Shortland, gave evidence as to good character.

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The Maitland Weekly Mercury, Sat 10 Jul 1926 5

EXPOSURE CHARGE.
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MAN SENTENCED AT KURRI.
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Kurri, Wednesday.

    Noah Banks was this morning at Kurri police court sentenced to one month’s imprisonment by Mr MH Cleeve, PM, for wilfully exposing himself. The sentence was suspended under the provisions of the Crimes Act relating to first offenders, on his entering into sureties, self in £10 and one of £10, to be of good behaviour for 12 months. Banks is a married man, with five children.

    Evidence was given by Jane Thomas and her 16-year-old daughter that they saw accused commit the act as they passed him on the footpath, at 10.30 pm on Saturday night, June 19. He was then standing against the fence at the drill hall grounds.

    Mr WJ Enright appeared for accused, who deposed that he was formerly treasurer of the G.U.O.O.F. Lodge at Weston, and had held high rank in the Druids’ Lodge. He was not at the spot on the night mentioned, nor was he ever there day or night. He never went out at night, except to lodge meetings at Weston, two miles from the spot, and on the opposite side of the town.

    In reply to Sergeant Stein, he [Noah Banks] said he was not out of his house on certain dates given, but Constable Dimmock said he had had him under observation at night on two occasions on the dates mentioned, and saw him standing in the dark near the Co-op stores. When three women passed him he followed them till they went into a house in a lonely part of the town; then he returned to his former position, and followed two other women for a block till two men stepped out from a verandah. Then he wheeled round and went back the way he came.

    Constable Jones deposed to speaking to accused outside the Co-op stores at 12.30 in the morning of one of the dates given by the Sergeant.

    Albert Burns, ex-Councillor, stated that he had seen accused on several occasions at the drill hall corner, and had spoken to him. That would be at 10 pm or later. The last occasion was three weeks ago.

    Mr Enright asked that it be noted that the evidence of these three was inadmissible.

    William Banks, a son, said his father came home on the night in question at 8.45.

    John Banks, another son, deposed that he took his father home soon after 8 o’clock that night.

    Annie Banks, the wife, gave similar evidence and said accused’s moral character was on the highest. He very seldom went out at night.

    Arnold Bailey, blacksmith and layreader at the Church of England, and Frederick B Shortland, gave evidence as to good character.

 



Noah Banks
, 1927

 

Kurri Kurri Orpheus Club. Image: Sydney Mail, (NSW), Wed 2 Apr 1924, p. 44. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
Kurri Kurri Orpheus Club. Image: Sydney Mail, (NSW), Wed 2 Apr
1924, p. 44. Reproduction: Peter de Waal

The Maitland Daily Mercury, Thu 15 Sep 1927 6

LOCAL & GENERAL
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“Offensive” at Kurri.

    For behaving in an offensive manner and making improper suggestions before some young cadets at Hebburn, Noah Banks, aged 42, a married man, was fined £5 before Mr AE Stonham at Kurri Police Court.

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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Thu 15 Sep 1927 7

KURRI KURRI
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    Noah Banks was charged before Mr AE Stonham, JP, at the Kurri Kurri Police Court, yesterday, with having behaved in an offensive manner in Station street, Weston, on Tuesday night.

    Sergeant Read explained that defendant was in the company of young boys at the time of the offence. A fine of £5, in default two months’ imprisonment, was imposed, and in allowing a week to pay the fine Mr Stonham told defendant that he did not deserve any consideration.

    Mr M McNeil, who in contesting the electorate as an Independent, will speak in Cessnock to-morrow evening.

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South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus, Fri 23 Sep 1927 8

NEWCASTLE
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    Superintendent Childs paid a farewell visit to the West Maitland Police Station, and addressing the officers and men expressed his appreciation for their co-operation, which had materially assisted him in the discharge of his duties. Inspector Graham tendered the congratulations of the district police on the superintendent’s promotion, and wished him every success in his future work.

    A Carrara marble cross on a granite base has been erected in Kurri Kurri cemetery in memory of the late Rev Hugh Cullen, who was in charge of Kurri Kurri parish, diocese of Maitland, for seventeen years. It is a tribute from his old parishioners.

    While working on a machine at Newcastle recently K Walbridge (16) had his hand caught in a loop of wire that was revolving at a terrific speed, and three fingers were torn off.

    Noah Banks was charged before Mr AE Stonham, JP, at the Kurri Kurri Police Court, with having behaved in an offensive manner in Station-street, Weston. Sergeant Read explained that defendant was in the company of young boys at the time of the offence. A fine of £5, in default two months’ imprisonment, was imposed, and in allowing a week to pay the fine Mr Stonham told defendant that he did not deserve any consideration.

    Newcastle City Council, like the other councils of the district, has to contend with a great deal of vandalism in the parks and gardens coming under its control, and although rewards of as much as £5 and £10 have been offered at frequent intervals for information that will lead to the conviction of offenders, vandalism is as rife as ever it was. The council are now in the possession of the names of five juveniles who are known to have broken the windows of the grandstand in the National Park Sports Ground by stone-throwing, and summonses have been issued.

    Norman Hunt McClung, aged 47 years, living at George-street, East Maitland, was fatally injured near the East Maitland railway station. He was returning from Raworth on a flat trolly [sic] on the Morpeth line, accompanied by William Kelly, Walter Elsley, and Arthur Keevers, when he was struck behind the ear by a “pump stick,” which apparently slipped off the spindle, and he was knocked of the trolly. He was admitted to the Maitland Hospital in an unconscious condition by the Maitland Ambulance, but died at 4.35 pm. Deceased is survived by his wife and one son.

 



Noah Banks
, 1928

 

The Maitland Daily Mercury, Thu 23 Feb 1928 9

KURRI KURRI.
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POLICE COURT.
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    Mr DW Reed, PM, presided at the Kurri Kurri Police Court.

    For having been found on licensed premises, Noah Banks, against whom a prohibition, order is in force, was fined £2, with 8/- court costs. Banks stated that although he was on the premises he was not drinking and added that he went to the hotel to see a man who owed him some money, and he thought he was quite within his rights. “Well, you will know the difference now,” said the PM, in imposing the fine.

 


1     The Maitland Daily Mercury, (NSW), Wed 18 Mar 1925, p. 4. Emphasis added.

2     The Newcastle Sun, (NSW), Wed 18 Mar 1925, p. 5. Emphasis added.

3     Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, (NSW), Thu 19 Mar 1925, p. 6 .

4     The Maitland Daily Mercury, (NSW), Wed 7 Jul 1926, p. 2. Emphasis added.

5     The Maitland Weekly Mercury, (NSW), Sat 10 Jul 1926, p. 7. Emphasis added.

6     The Maitland Daily Mercury, (NSW), Thu 15 Sep 1927, p. 4.

7     Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, (NSW), Thu 15 Sep 1927, p. 6 . Emphasis added.

8     South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus, (NSW), Fri 23 Sep 1927, p. 3. Emphasis added.

9     The Maitland Daily Mercury, (NSW), Thu 23 Feb 1928, p. 8.