Text Size


The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 15 Mar 1866 1


    MAITLAND PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY.—The third quarterly concert of this society was given in the hall of the School of Arts, on Tuesday evening, before a large and indulgent audience. The programme, which was a very lengthy one, was divided into sacred and miscellaneous parts. In the former the orchestra did not succeed so well as at some of the previous concert. Blockley’s duet, “A Psalm of Life,” and a chorus from the Messiah, “Worthy is the Lamb,” were the best executed pieces of the first part. In the second, the principal item was a well-played pianoforte solo, “The Standard Bearer,” played with artistic skill and good effect by Mrs Balfour. On being encored this lady favoured the audience with a short fantaisie. [sic] Of the vocal pieces, the fine old duet, “The Larboard Watch,” was well received. Two other duets—“The Voice of the Summer Wind,” and “The Messenger Swallow”—were favourably received. The ballad, “Who shall be fairest,” was sweetly sung, and received an encore. “The Wishing Gate” was also encored. The concert terminated with the National Anthem. The Philharmonic Society has now been established nearly a year, and since its formation it has done something to cultivate a taste for true music, and with this object in view it deserves of the public every encouragement that can be given to it. We would like to see a large accession to its numbers; there are many in this and the neighbouring towns, whose accession to the ranks of the society is very desirable, and the chorus would be much improved by a few more tenor and bass voices.

    VOLUNTEER BAND.—Friday Evening’s Programme: 1, The Alliance Slow March, by Glover; 2, Forget-me-not Valse, G Lambert; 3, Sun Ray Polka, Lanner; 4, The Fairy Quick March, Walker. Part II. 5, Grand March, “The Blue Bells of Scotland,” JM Gates; 6, Selection from “Lucie [sic] di Lammermoor,” Donnizetti; 7, Osborne Quadrilles, arranged by JM Gates; Prince Imperial Galop, C Cook; God save the Queen.

    EAST MAITLAND SAVINGS BANK.—The Rev W Purves has been appointed a trustee of the Savings Bank at East Maitland, in the room of Frederic Nainby, Esq, resigned.—Gazette, March 13.

    IMPOUNDING FEES UNCLAIMED.—In the Gazette of Tuesday appears a list of unclaimed balances of sums paid by poundkeepers into the treasury during the year 1853, in conformity with and available for the purpose specified in the Impounding Act of 1855. The total is £3,398.

    RAYMOND TERRACE BENCH.—Mr Henry James Bolding has been appointed Clerk of Petty Sessions at Raymond Terrace, the appointment to take effect from the 22nd ultimo.—Gazette, March 13.

    INDECENT EXPOSURE.—At the East Maitland police court, on Tuesday, James Marshall was convicted of wilfully and indecently exposing his person in Newcastle-street, East Maitland, in the presence of a number of children. He was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment in Maitland gaol.

    RIDING ON DRAYS.—Walter Knee pleaded guilty before the bench at East Maitland, on Tuesday, of riding on his dray, contrary to the provisions of the Town’s Police Act. He was fined 10s, and 2s 6d costs.

    ALLOWING ANIMALS TO STRAY.—At the East Maitland police court, on Tuesday, the following persons were fined for allowing horses or cattle to stray in the town:—Mrs Muir and John Kaffer, 5s each; Enoch Cobcroft and Joshua Smith, 10s each; Francis Bell, 15s; and 2s 6d costs in each case.

    CHARGE OF STESLING SHINGLES.—Samuel Sidebottom appeared before the bench at West Maitland on Tuesday, on summons charged by Thomas Leonard with stealing 5,000 shingles. At the defendant’s request the case was post-poned for a week. Bail allowed.

    WAGES CASE.—Robert Swan v. James Doyle: There were no parties present when this case was called upon at the Morpeth police court, yesterday.

    POLICE BUSINESS.—Nine cases were disposed of by the bench at East Maitland on Tuesday. Messrs Day and Morrisset presided.—Two cases were disposed of by Mr ED Day at the Morpeth police court yesterday.

    INSULTING LANGUAGE.—Ellen Taylor v. Rosannah Spence: This case, when called upon at the Morpeth police court, yesterday, was postponed on the application of complainant, who was not prepared to proceed with the case. Mr Chambers appeared for complainant, and Mr J O’Meagher for defendant.

    GORRICK AND SON’S SALES.—We are requested to draw attention to the sale by Messrs Isaac Gorrick and Son, at the Campbell’s Hill sale yards, to-morrow, of 100 head of superior horse stock (Messrs White’s, of Martindale), and 285 head of fat, boiling, and store cattle.—Communicated.

    SALE OF PASTORAL PROPERTIES.—We are requested to call attention to an alteration in the day appointed for the sale of the Dareel, Koreelah, and Wee Waa South Stations, by Messrs T and A Cadell. According to the advertisements that have hitherto appeared, the sale was to take place on Friday, March 30th; but as that day will be Good Friday, the date has been altered to Saturday 31st March—Communicated.


1  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 15 Mar 1866, pp. 2, 3. Emphasis added.