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The Australian, Fri 3 Feb 1832  1

Calendar of Prisoners for Trial

    At the Assizes, commencing 1st February, 1832.—Wednesday, 1st February.

    Thomas Edwards, beastiality. [sic]

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Depositions for Thomas Edwards, 3 Feb 1832, Sydney Trial  2 


In the second Year of the Reign of Our Sovereign
by the Grace of God, of the united Kingdom
of Great Britain and Ireland, King, Defender
of the Faith.

New South Wales
(TO WIT)–         }
Be it Remembered, That John Kinchela Esquire, Doctor of Laws, His Majesty’s Attorney General for the Colony of New South Wales, who prosecutes for His Majesty in this Behalf, being present in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, now here, on the First day of February in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and thirty two at Sydney, in the Colony aforesaid, informs the said Court, that Thomas Edwards late of Maitland in the Colony aforesaid, Labourer on the twenty first day of November in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and thirty one with force and arms at Patricks Plains in the Colony aforesaid, feloniously, wickedly, and against the order of nature, did attempt to have a venereal affair with a certain bitch dog then and there being and then and there feloniously, wickedly, and against the order of nature, with the said bitch dog did attempt to commit and perpetrate the abominable crime of buggery, to the great displeasure of Almighty


God, to the great scandal and disgrace of the human kind against the form of the statutes in such case made and provided and against the peace of our said Lord the King his Crown and Dignity.
[Signed] John Kinchela, Atty. General.

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[On the reverse of the above (1-2) is the following]

Attempt at Beastiality [sic].
The King v. Thomas Edwards
Witnesses: Levit Kealing, Henry Rose

February 3rd 1832
Plea Not Guilty
Verdict Guilty, remanded
[Signed] J Gurner

February 20th 1832
Prisoner sentenced to work on the roads in irons for twelve months
[Signed] J Gurner

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The Sydney Herald, Mon 27 Feb 1832  3


Monday.– [20 Feb 1832] The three judges took their seats in banco this morning.


The Solicitor General [John Hubert Plunkett] prayed the judgment of the Court upon the following prisoners.–

    Thomas Edwards, convicted of attempting to commit an unnatural crime. To be worked in irons on the public roads for twelve months.


1  The Australian, Fri 3 Feb 1832, p. 3.

2  SRNSW: NRS880, [SC T33], 32/8, Supreme Court, Papers and depositions, 1832. The other file, CP T152, 11, for this case could not be located at SRNSW.

3  The Sydney Herald, Mon 27 Feb 1832, p. 3.