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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 10 Feb 1903 1


    Committed for Trial.—Before Mr CN Payten, SM, yesterday, at North Sydney Police Court, Edward Hill, 55, a labourer, was charged with committing a serious offence at Mosman on February 6. Accused was committed for trial at the next Court of Gaol Delivery. Bail was allowed, self in £60 and two sureties in £30 each, or one in £60.

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The North Shore and Manly Times, Sat 14 Feb 1903 2

Monday, February 9.
(Before Mr Payten, SM.)


    The hot weather would appear too much for Henry Chuter, who eased his mind by howling forth language more forcible than polite on Blues’ Point Road. The language was of a character that made plain-clothes Constable Gates blush. The pious Gates was now instrumental for Henry’s appearance. The offence took place on February 7th, and Chuter was fined 40s, with the option of 14 days’ imprisonment.


    Ross Ramsay figured in court “like the last rose of summer all blooming alone.” He had been drunk in Ridge-street, and Constables Sydenham and Smith brought Ross “in.” He was fined 5s with the option of 24 hours.


    Charles Navish for cruelly ill-treating a horse was proceeded against by Constable Paul. Fined 10s, with the alternative of 4 days. 


    Alexander Robinson alias Parkinson breasted the rail charged, at the instance of Detective Hodkinson, with attempting to defraud Charles Henry Hodges, the head-master of the Church of England Grammar School, North Sydney, on the 22nd of February, 1901.

    Accused, it seems, was being held in custody on another charge when the lynx-eyed detective spotted Alexander as being the “gentleman” who had participated in the Grammar School


    Mr Hodges, sworn, was asked if he identified the prisoner. The head-master looked hard. “The man that came to me,” said Mr Hodges “had a big brown beard”—now there was no hirsute adornment about the shin of the man in court.

    “Come up closer” said the detective to the accused, upon whom the prison dock was quickly opened, and he was told to approach the principal of the college.

    “Yes, that’s the man,” said Mr Hodges. The schoolmaster went on to describe how on the memorable date he had an interview in his (the headmaster’s) study. Prisoner, who wore a big brown beard, represented himself as a grazier “in luck.” He had a boy up country whom he wished to send to college. Other conversation ensued amongst the topics touched upon being that all-absorbing subject, the Drought. The man who said he was a grazier, then left the establishment. He returned next day bearing what purported to be a telegram, in which it was stated his wife and son would be down next day. Eventually, Mr Hodges states, he exchanged cheques to the extent of £10 with the accused, in whom he, by this time, had full confidence. The prisoner with the cheque (an open one) then left, and the headmaster returned to his room. Later it dawned on Mr Hodges that all was not as it might have been, and he rang up the Bank of New South Wales and attempted to stop the cheque.

    John Kendall, an official at the Bank, having given evidence, the accused, who reserved his defence, was committed for trial.
An Offence at Mosman.

    Edward Hill, 55, a laborer, charged as above – the offence, [bestiality], it is alleged, having been committed at Cowles-road, Mosman, on the 6th February. Accused was committed for trial. Sergeant Brennan had the conduct of proceedings. The court was cleared during the hearing. No application was made for bail.

Thursday February 12.


    Mary Ann Bong, an elderly woman, with a baby in her arms appeared on bail, charged with having been drunk at Chatswood. She was fined 5s with the alternative of 3 days imprisonment with light labour.


    George Fray was proceeded against for allowing eleven cows to wander at Chatswood. Whether they were hunting round looking for a team to challenge in a cricket match, did not transpire. Mr Fray was fined 20s with 2s 6d costs.
Mr Owen’s Horse.

    Mr Owen was the next gentleman to figure before the court. His trouble was a wandering horse. Fined 2s 6d with 2s 6d costs. This also eventuated in Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.


    Charles Moore was summoned at the instance of the North Sydney Council, for removing sand from the carriageway. Inspector Bennett had charge of the case. Fined 20s with 5s 6d costs, in default seven days gaol— Constable Quinn had a hand in the engineering of the matter.


    Plain clothes Constable Chivers presented a young man named William J McLelland, whom he charged with having on the 28th of January, stolen a pair of lawn tennis shoes and a pair of tan boots, from Mr Fredk Ernest Tighe of Ernest-street North Sydney. The boots were jointly valued at about £1.

    Chivers narrated how he was accused in Miller-street on the date mentioned, wearing the tennis shoes (produced) and asked him where he got them, William he [sic] said, “why, my uncle made me a present of them.”

    “When?” asked the constable.

    “A fortnight ago,” was the reply.

    Chivers, however, has a habit of not taking everything he hears as being gospel truth, so he persuaded William to accompany him to the lock-up.

    Here the accused made a clean breast of it and said the other pair of boots were at his place in Woolloomooloo. “I beg your pardon!” said the accused at this stage, “but will you allow me time to pay the fine.”

    Mr Payton smilingly reminded the man that as yet no fine had been imposed.

    The owner of the property having identified his “crab shells” William was fined £3 in default a month, and has three weeks in which to get “the gilt.”


    Inspector Bennett sued Mr F Sylvester, a furrier, carrying on business in Walker-street, under the following circumstances. Mr Bennet said from complaints that had reached him he visited defendants place of business and made an inspection. He laid his report before the Mayor, and acting under instructions took the present proceeding. At the time of his visit he found a large quantity of stagnant water, and 4 vats containing dye in which to all appearance skins had been steeped. There was an offensive smell. The witness was accompanied by a Factories Inspector. Asked what kind of a smell, Mr Bennett made reply, “almost inpescribable [sic].” The Inspector went minutely into details of the alleged offence, after which Mr TJ Grainger, Inspector under the Factory’s [sic] Act, gave evidence.

    The offence was a point blank denial.

    Inspector Bennett asked for a heavy penalty.

    The bench, after hearing Mrs Sylvester and a Mr W Dorrie, a neighbour dismissed the case. No costs were allowed.


    Henry Murray, a colored man, who has been repeatedly before the court on remand, was charged with having maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm on Henry Henly a labourer, on 3rd February last at Blues Point Road. Accused was committed for trial

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The Daily Telegraph, Sat 28 Feb 1903 3

(Before Mr Justice GB Simpson.)
Mr Hugh Pollock prosecuted for the Crown.


    An old man named Edward Hill was charged with having attempted to commit an indecent offence [bestiality] at Mosman on February 6 last. He pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr N Montagu. He was found not guilty, and discharged.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 28 Feb 1903 4

(Before Mr Justice GB Simpson and juries.)

    Mr Hugh Pollock (Solicitor-General) was the Crown Prosecutor.


    Edward Hill pleaded not guilty to a charge of having on February 6 committed a serious offence at Mosman. Mr N Montagu appeared for the defence. The jury, after long consideration of the case, returned a verdict of not guilty, and the accused was discharged.


1    The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 10 Feb 1903, p. 7.

2     The North Shore and Manly Times, Sat 14 Feb 1903, p. 7. Emphasis added.

3     The Daily Telegraph, Sat 28 Feb 1903, p. 14.

4     The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 28 Feb 1903, p. 11.