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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 31 Mar 1863 1


To the Editor of the Herald.

Sir,—Our commanding officer having given up the idea of encampment this season, would it not be advisable to have some little affair on Easter Monday? We have two English-men-of-war in port, and a field-day would do their crews as much good as it would be regulars and Volunteers; even an attack on the fort at Lady Macquarie’s chair, defended by regulars and riflemen, would be better than nothing.
    I recommend the idea to those who have the good of the Volunteers at heart.
    March 30.



To the Editor of the Herald.

Sir,—Have the churchwardens, and the respected clergyman of St Mary’s, done their duty in delaying to put up the church-bell. Sunday after Sunday passes away, and no bell is heard to call the people together. During this week there are to be three services at the church, and, excepting to those who may have heard the notice, there will be no sound to remind them of the opportunity to attend the services of this solemn week.


    Balmain, 30th March.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 1 Apr 1863 2


BEFORE the Mayor and the Police Magistrate, with Messrs Hogg, Day, Stewart, Hill, Asher. Oatley, Peden, and Pearce.

    Peter Mitchell, for being drunk and riotous, was sentenced to pay 20s, or to be imprisoned three days; Bridget Moylan, a vagrant, found drunk, was sentenced to be imprisoned three months; and four other persons too drunk to be riotous, were discharged.

    William Simmons was fined 20s for having assaulted a woman named Lily Brooks. Some words occurred it seemed between the parties, and the man laid hands upon the woman, and she fell; it did not clearly appear whether she was pushed or knocked down, but she received a slight injury on her forehead, which justified the constable in apprehending the defendant.

    Michael Pidgeon, was found guilty of having exposed himself on Hyde Park, but, under the circumstances described by himself, their Worships considered that the justice of the case would be met by sentence of twenty-four hours’ imprisonment.

    Charles Bennett, 19, and David Simpson, 16, were summarily convicted of having stolen from the shop of John Skinner, one silk handkerchief, of the value of 5s 6d, and were sentenced to be imprisoned two months. They went into the shop on pretence of purchasing, but their manner was so extraordinary as to attract an especial degree of attention to their motions. William Hawkes, one of the assistants, saw the larceny perpetrated, and gave the youths into custody.

    Henry Bird and Caroline Healey, found guilty of indecent conduct within view of a public street, were sentenced to pay 40s each, or to be imprisoned seven days.

    Alexander Porter, a passenger from Wollongong to Sydney per steamer, and on arrival refusing to pay his fare, was given into custody, and was sentenced in default of paying 7s 6d, the amount claimed, to be imprisoned three days.

    John Murphy and Henry Hanlin, charged by senior sergeant Taylor with having endangered public safety by furiously driving their drays on the Newtown Road, were sentenced to pay 20s each; Edward Parsons, for allowing a horse the property, to be at large, was fined 2s 6d. Costs 2s 6d were in each case added to the amount of penalty.

    Four publicans were fined for violation of the Act under which they were licensed:—James Flanady 10s for permitting dancing in his house without having first obtained the written permission required by law; James W Jackson 20s, for allowing the game of bagatelle to be played on Sunday morning; George Scott 10s, for keeping open house for the sale of liquors on Sunday; and John McKone 10s, for permitting prostitutes to remain in his house. 


1  The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 31 Mar 1863, p. 3.

2  The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 1 Apr 1863, p. 5. Emphasis added.