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See below also Frederick William Pidcock, 1909-29


The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 9 Apr 1903 1


    At the Water Police Court yesterday, before Mr King, DSM, Frederick William Pidcock, 28, a music teacher, was charged with having committed a serious offence at Addiscombe Park, 2 near Manly, on April 5. Accused was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions to be held on April 26.

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The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Advocate, Sat 11 Apr 1903 3


    At the Water Police Court, Sydney, on Wednesday, Frederick William Pidcock (28), music teacher, was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions on a charge of criminal assault. The offence was alleged to have taken place at Addiscombe Park, near Manly, on April 5.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 24 Apr 1903 4


    The list of cases to be heard at the Quarter Sessions, to be commenced at Darlinghurst, before Judge Backhouse, on Monday next, is as follows:—

    William John Paine, forgery; Alfred Edwards, Herbert Sharp, and Michael Calshan, horse stealing (two charges) and housebreaking and stealing; John Bolingbrooke Hilaire, bigamy; Robert George Andrews and Richard Andrews, breaking, entering, and stealing; George Hay, transmitting false certificate; Walter Mercer, uttering counterfeit coin; Jeremiah McCarthy, burglary; George Clough, burglary; Margaret Baines and William Baines, stealing in a dwelling; Frederick William Pidcock, indecent assault; Abraham Frawley, attempt to steal from the person; James Carny, horsestealing and larceny; William Dawson, cattle stealing; John Walker, alias Castle, housebreaking and stealing; James Perry, criminal assault; William T Smith, receiving stolen property; James Flood, receiving stolen property; Ah Ming and Ah On, receiving stolen property; Joseph Patrick Shann, stealing in a dwelling; Charles Parker (or Baker), stealing in a dwelling; Albert George Bishop, stealing and receiving; William Joseph Moroney, horsestealing; George Murray, breaking, entering, and stealing; William Dawson, cattlestealing (three charges); Elizabeth Hopson, false pretences; Frederick Albert Moore, larceny; Leslie White, stealing in a dwelling; Max Revelman, grievous bodily harm; John Tarlington, breaking, entering, and stealing; George Thompson, alias “Wilson Williams the Squatter,” stealing from the person; Henry Hoadley, larceny and receiving; Andrew Strachan, Winter Amy, and Martha Amy, larceny; James Hough, perjury, Denis Treacy, perjury; George Richardson, horsestealing; William Hartman and Collins Fletcher, attempting to break and enter; Peter Hodgson Sanderson, assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 29 Apr 1903 5


Wednesday, April 29.

    William John Paine, forgery; Abraham Frawley, attempt to steal from the person; Frederick William Pidcock, assault; Elise Ellis, embezzlement; James Perry, assault with intent; Harold Paul Murphy and Samuel Keyvar, larceny and receiving.

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The Daily Telegraph, Thu 30 Apr 1903 6

(Before Judge Backhouse.)

    Mr Herbert Harris prosecuted for the Crown.


    Frederick William Pidcock appeared to answer a charge of assault upon George Picton Phillip Pooley, a youth, on April 5. The accused, who pleaded not guilty, was defended by Mr PK White, who was instructed by Mr Mimna.

    In the box the accused denied the statement made by Pooley.

    The jury, after a short absence, found Pidcock not guilty, and he was discharged.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 30 Apr 1903 7

(Before Judge Backhouse and juries.)

    Mr Herbert Harris, Crown Prosecutor.


    Frederick William Pidcock, a young man, who said that he was an organist and music teacher, pleaded not guilty to a charge of having on April 5 last at Manly committed an assault upon a boy. Mr PK White, instructed by Mr JB Mimna, appeared for the defence. The accused was shown to have born a good character. The jury acquitted the accused, and he was discharged.

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The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Advocate, Sat 2 May 1903 8


    At the Syd Quarter Sessions, on Wednesday, before his Honor Judge Backhouse, and a jury, Frederick William Pidcock was charged with assaulting a boy named George Picton Philip Pooley, at Manly, on Sunday, April 5th.

    Mr Herbert Harris was the Crown Prosecutor; and PK White, instructed by Mr JB Minna, appeared for accused.

    Accused pleaded not guilty.

    George Picton Philip Pooley stated that he was 14 years of age, living with his parents at Manly. Knew accused. Met him on 5th at Manly. Accused assaulted witness. Witness went homewards, and accused came after him. When he got home he informed his mother.

    To Mr White: Was employed as a telephone boy. Was going for a swim with a towel round his neck when he met accused. Had a big St Bernard dog with him. The dog look ferocious, but was not. Accused pointed out a policeman to him. Accused said to him that the policeman seemed not to be satisfied about something; he seemed to be watching some ladies who, he thought, had been swimming. Knew that he might be punished if he went in swimming without any clothes. Said to accused, “I’d like to see the policeman who would catch me if this dog was with me.” Said that in case accused might try any tricks on him, because he did not like accused saying to him, “Don’t go home.” His mother had read to him out of the papers about children being taken into the bush and ill-treated. Remembered, on the way back, passing the Catholic Orphanage. Children played inside the ground near there. Said to accused, “That’s a nice quiet place of night for loving couples.” He guessed that, having seen couples at Fairlight. Lived about a mile and a half from this place. Had never spied after or followed “loving couples.” His brother had lost a search light when doing so. Remembered accused telling him he would get into trouble if he went in swimming without bathing trousers. Had them on. After telling his mother about what had occurred, he went to the police station and gave the information. Had told the accused he was going to school, which was not true.

    Sergeant McMillan, stationed at Manly, deposed that he arrested accused. On being formally charged, accused said, “This is the result of drink.”

    Accused, [Frederick William Pidcock], giving evidence on his own behalf, stated that he was an organist by occupation and music teacher. Had a large number of pupils about the age of complainant. Met the boy at Manly after he had got out of the tram. Went with him to the lagoon. There were numbers of people and vehicles about. It was about 3.30 pm. The boy undressed, put on trunks and went in to swim. In going there the boy pointed out what he thought “a nice quiet place for loving couples,” and said that he had lost a search light. When the boy saw the policeman, he came out of the water saying he might get into trouble as he thought his trunks were insufficient, also adding the remark about the dog. He played about for about 10 minutes and then said he thought he must be getting home, as he did not wish to miss the afternoon tea. Witness said he might as well be going home, too, and he accompanied him. Went back along the tram-line. On the way accused stopped for a few minutes and the boy waited for him. Was absolutely sober at the time. Was organist at the Presbyterian Church, Marrickville. Had said to the Sergeant that this was the indirect result of having been drinking. He had been drinking on the Friday before, and went to Manly for a pick-me-up.

    To Mr Harris: Did not take particular notice of the boy’s remarks. Had no thought about the lad’s character. Meant, by what he had said to the Sergeant, that, if he had not been drinking on the Friday, he would not have gone to Manly.

    Mr White, in addressing the jury, contended that the boy was one of those afflicted with a peculiar and inexplicable twist in the mind, and that, therefore, his “hysterical story” was unworthy of belief.

    Accused was shown to have born a good character.

    The jury acquitted accused, who was discharged.



Frederick William Pidcock, 1909-29

The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 17 Dec 1909



    At the prize distribution at the Ashfield Boys’ College, the headmaster (Mr FW Pidcock) presided. Mr GP Barbour, MA, of the Sydney Grammar School, presented a favourable report as the result of his annual examination of the school, and congratulated the headmaster and boys. At the close of the proceedings a presentation was made by the boys to Mrs Alphen, who, after 28 years, has retired from the principalship of the college.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 20 Dec 1910 10



    The annual distribution of prizes at the Ashfield Preparatory School took place in the school-hall on Thursday afternoon. The head master, Mr FW Pidcock, stated that there had been a steady increase in the number of pupils, who now totalled 59. The Rev A Yarnold presided, and the Revs Cunliffe Jones and John Dempsey, MA, spoke. Mr Pidcock was presented by the boys with a suit case, and Mr and Mrs Pidcock entertained their guests at afternoon tea.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 22 Sep 1911 11


    The portraits of King George V and Queen Mary, which have been presented by his Majesty to the primary schools of New South Wales, have been packed under the supervision of the Countess of Minto for shipment. The Agent-General is arranging for their despatch. The Under-Secretary for Education has submitted to the Premier a distribution list, which has been approved by the Lieutenant-Governor. The pictures number 120. As it is understood that the presentation is not to be confined to Government schools, it has been arranged for private preparatory schools to receive them as follows:—Chatswood, Mr L Bavin; Forbes-street, Darlinghurst Mr McEwen; Shadforth-street, Mosman, C of E Preparatory School; Hayfield, Carlingford, Mr Tait; Ashfield, Mr Pidcock; Manly, Mr Lound; Berry-street, North Sydney, Miss Crisford; Hunter’s Hill Preparatory School, Mr Frith; and 20 to the authorities controlling the Roman Catholic primary schools of the State. The remaining 92 are to be distributed among the Public schools under the department.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 15 Oct 1921 12


    At the Sydney Sports Ground yesterday the Association of Preparatory Schools of New South Wales held its fifth annual combined sports meeting. There was a good attendance. The competing schools were Ashfield, Coogee, Edgecliff, North Sydney, Wychbury, Mosman and Manly Church of England. The championship points scored were: Wychbury, 46; Edgecliff, 35; Mosman, 29½; Coogee, 29; Ashfield 16 4-5; North Sydney, 10 2-5; Manly, 5. Officials: Judges, H Waring, CH Harrison, HF Cortis-Jones; referee, R Coombes; starter, H Hall; recorder, FW Pidcock; hon secretary, A Hanson-Norman.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 15 Dec 1923 13



    Alderman GH Rose presided at the fourteenth prize-giving for the Ashfield Preparatory School, when the headmaster, Mr FW Pidcock, reported a successful year in school work, in games, and in sport. Mrs Rose distributed the prizes and trophies won by the pupils at the combined preparatory school sports, and an address was given by the Rev WG Hilliard.

    The distribution of prizes was made by Mr A Giles, of Sydney Grammar School, the dux in each form being as follows:—Form VA: Barry. Form VB: K Jones. Form IVA: Neale. Form IVB: C Coote. Form IIIA: J Kaye. Form IIIB: Watkin.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 12 Dec 1925 14



    The seventeenth annual prize giving of the Ashfield Boys’ Preparatory School, was presided over by Judge Edwards, at St John’s Parish Hall, Ashfield, on Thursday evening.

    The report of the headmaster, Mr Pidcock, disclosed a year of progress and achievement. Addresses were given by the chairman—who distributed the sports’ certificates–Rev WG Hilliard, and Mr A Giles, supervising master of the Sydney Grammar School. The school prizes were distributed by Mr Giles as follow:—
    Form 1.—Hinxman, Fraser, Stuart, Allcock.
    Form 2b.—Barkas ii, Allum, Stones, Jackson ii.
    Form 2a.—Brown i, Brown ii, Wimble ii, Walker ii, Anderson.
    Form 3b.—McQueen (form prize), Pidcock ii (second in form), Brown ii (first-class prize), Kerr ii (second-class prize), Smith ii (third-class prize), Moore (special prize).
    Form 3a.—Kerr i (form prize), Coombs (second in form), Cooper ii (first-class prize), Saunders (second-class prize), Greville (special prize).
    Form 4a.—Cooper i (form prize), Walker i (second in form).
    Form 4b.—Goward i (form prize), Goward ii (second in form), Watkin (first-class prize), Meares (second-class prize), Stevens (third-class prize), Bowen i (special prize).
    Form 5c.—Wigan (form prize), Peters (second in form), L’Estrange (third in form), Coote (second-class prize), Paterson ii (second-class prize). Paterson i (special prize for Science).
    Form 5b.—Wimble (form prize), Antill (second in form), Neale (third in form), Beards (special prize).
    Form 5a.—Dent (dux of school), Jones (second), Spence (third), Cull (special History and Geography).
    Boxing.—Neale (best boxer), Spence (most progress).
    Physical Culture.—Senior: Dent 1, Neale 2, Pidcock 3. Junior: Kerr i 1, Pidcock ii 2, McQueen 3.
    Best Cricketer.—Dent.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 1 Jul 1929 15

Mr WE [sic] PIDCOCK.

    Mr Frederick William Pidcock, principal of the Ashfield Preparatory School, died last Thursday, aged 51 years. Mr Pidcock was educated at the Parramatta South Public School, and for some years was a member of the staff of the Western Australian railways. About 20 years ago he purchased the Ashfield Preparatory School, and had conducted it ever since.

    He was choir master at St Paul’s, Burwood, for some years, and was associated with Masonic Lodge Edward. Mrs Pidcock, three daughters and two sons survive. The remains were cremated at Rookwood on Saturday.


1     The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 9 Apr 1903, p. 4.

2     The National Library of Australia holds a map of Addiscombe Park, go to: www.nla.gov.au/cdview/nla.map-lfsp1410&mode=moreinfo

3     The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Advocate (Parramatta), Sat 11 Apr 1903, p. 6.

4     The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 24 Apr 1903, p. 7. Emphasis added.

5     The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 29 Apr 1903, p. 4. Emphasis added.

6     The Daily Telegraph, Thu 30 Apr 1903, p. 8.

7     The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 30 Apr 1903, p. 7.

8     The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Advocate (Parramatta), Sat 2 May 1903, p. 11.

9     The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 17 Dec 1909, p. 3. Emphasis added.

10   The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 20 Dec 1910, p. 4. Emphasis added.

11   The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 22 Sep 1911, p. 10. Emphasis added.

12   The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 15 Oct 1921, p. 14. Emphasis added.

13   The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 15 Dec 1923, p. 13. Emphasis added.

14   The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 12 Dec 1925, p. 18. Emphasis added.

15   The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 1 Jul 1929, p. 17.