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Colonial Times, Fri 19 Mar 1830 1

March 15.

    Isaac Leach, receiving stolen property, guilty.
    James Porter, absconding when under sentence of transportation, guilty.
    Matthew Walker, stealing from the person of Rueben [sic] Martin, guilty.
    John Walsh, stealing in a dwelling-house. Guilty.

March 16.

    Andrew McCue, burglary, guilty.
    John Tarphey, a nameless offence, guilty.
    Michael Downey, stealing fat, guilty.

March 17.

    Joseph Massey and James Taylor, stealing in a dwelling, guilty; and Ralph Harris, for receiving, not guilty.
    John Rayner, having in his possession stolen bags, not guilty.

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Colonial Times, Fri 7 May 1830 2

Monday, May 3.

Photograph of - Sketch of Supreme Court and Police Office, Murray Street Hobart, 1838. Source: AOT PH30-1-631. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
Photograph of - Sketch of Supreme Court and Police Office,
Murray Street Hobart, 1838. Source: AOT PH30-1-631.
Reproduction: Peter de Waal

    The prisoners who had been capitally convicted were then brought into Court heavily ironed, and placed in rotation within the balustrade; there were 27 in number, and no one present could look upon so many of his fellow creators about to receive the awful sentence of the law without shuddering—no one could have on the sorrowful occasion than His Honor—we could hardly distinguish what he said, so much was he affected, and his articulation impeded by the force of his feelings. We can scarcely picture a more dreadful moment than that when a Judge has this awful duty to perform. Every criminal convicted has still a hope that at this crisis there will be some commiseration shewn him—it is his last hope—his only resource—and, like the drowning man, it is the straw he grasps at. To him whose duty it is to pronounce the doom, it must be of all others a most painful task; every felling of the man must be reluctantly stiffed in his breast, and the impartial, unbiased, and just principles of the Judge predominate; such was the apparent situation of the Chief Justice, [Pedder], when commenting upon the various grades of depravity that had placed these miserable men before him as awful examples, whose sacrifice Justice required for the protection of that society which they had outraged, by almost every species of wickedness and crime. His Honor then proceeded to pass the following sentences:—

    John Tarphey,

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Launceston Advertiser, Mon 10 May 1830 3


SUPREME COURT—Criminal Side.
Monday, May 3,
(From the Tasmanian.)

    This day his Honor the Chief Justice Pedder passed sentence upon the whole of the prisoners convicted during the last session. It is a dreadful catalogue We trust that His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor and the Council, will be graciously pleased to temper justice with mercy.


    John Tarpheys [sic]


1     Colonial Times, (Hobart, Tas), Fri 19 Mar 1830, p. 3. Emphasis added.

2     Colonial Times, (Hobart, Tas), Fri 7 May 1830, pp. 2, 3.

3     Launceston Advertiser, (Tas), Mon 10 May 1830, p. 3.