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1927, William Dorney - Unfit For Publication
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Evening News, Tue 22 Mar 1927 1

LIFE-SAVER GAOLED
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FOR OBSCENE BEHAVIOR
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WILLIAM DORNNEY, 22, laborer, who was sentenced at the Central Court to-day to six months’ gaol for obscene behaviour at Long Bay, was said by his counsel, Mr Clive Evatt, to be member of the Long Bay Lifesavings Club, and to have figured in seven brave surf rescues. He had a good character, and had never been before a Court before.

    Mr Laidlaw, SM, said it was a remarkable thing that men who came before him on charges of his description were invariably of irreproachable character. He could not, however, give defendant the benefit of the First Offenders’ Act.

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Opening of the Long Bay Life-Savers’ club-house. Image: Sydney Mail, (NSW), Wed 29 Mar 1933, p. 30. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
Opening of the Long Bay Life-Savers’ club-house. Image: Sydney Mail, (NSW), Wed 29 Mar 1933, p. 30.
Reproduction: Peter de Waal

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The Sun, Tue 22 Mar 1927 2

GAOL FOR INDECENCY

    Mr Laidlaw, SM, at the Central Police Court to-day sentenced William Dorney, 22, laborer, to six months’ imprisonment for indecency in Dacre-street, Long Bay, last Saturday.

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Northern Star, Wed 23 Mar 1927 3

LIFESAVER SENT TO PRISON
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SYDNEY, Tuesday.

    At the Central Police Court to-day William Dorney (22), a labourer, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for obscene behaviour. It was stated that defendant was a member of Long Bay Life Saving Club, and had figured in several brave rescues. He had an excellent character, and had never been before a court before.

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Tweed Daily, Wed 23 Mar 1927 4

LIFE SAVER SENTENCED
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GAOL FOR OBSCENE BEHAVIOUR.
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    SYDNEY, Tuesday.— At the- Central Police Court to-day, William Dorney (22), a laborer, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for obscene behaviour. It was stated that defendant was a member, of the Long Bay Life Saving Club, and had figured in several brave rescues. He had an excellent character; and had never been before a court previously.

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William Dorney, Gaol photo sheet  5

 250, R5158. SRNSW: NRS2467, [3/6118], State Penitentiary photographic description book, 19 Nov 1926–5 May 1927, No. 22159, p. 243 or


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 22159

Date when Portrait was taken: 23-3-1927

Name: William Dorney

Native place: Sydney

Year of birth: 2-11-1904

Arrived       Ship: B.S.
in Colony }   Year:

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: R. C.

Education, degree of: R & W

Height:

Weight     On committal: 5' 8⅛"
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Blue

Marks or special features: Scar on junction left hand

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 

CONVICTIONS

Where and When

Offence.

Sentence

Central PC

22

1927

Wilful and obscene expose his person

6 months HL

 


1     Evening News, (Syd, NSW), Tue 22 Mar 1927, p. 10. Emphasis added.

2     The Sun, (Syd, NSW), Tue 22 Mar 1927, p. 13.

3     Northern Star (Lismore, NSW), Wed 23 Mar 1927, p. 4.

4     Tweed Daily, (Murwillumbah, NSW), Wed 23 Mar 1927, p. 3.

5     SRNSW: NRS2467, [3/6118], State Penitentiary photographic description book, 19 Nov 1926–5 May 1927, No. 22159, p. 243 or 250, R5158.