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Evening News, Mon 5 Apr 1880 1



    dubbo, Saturday.—The Circuit Court opened yesterday, His Honor Sir William Manning presiding. There are seven cases on the calendar. Yesterday a blackfellow charged with saddle stealing, was acquitted. John Hatton, for an assault with intent to murder, near Canonbar, was sentenced to two years’ hard labour. A man named Reynolds is now being tried for beastiality [sic]. It is not expected that the Criminal Court will conclude until Tuesday.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 13 Apr 1880 2

(Abridged from the Dubbo Dispatch.)

    The Court commenced its sittings on Friday, the 2nd of April, before his Honor Sir William Manning.

    Thomas Ray, alias McPhail, was charged with stealing at Cannonbar, a saddle, the property of Henry Rider. The prosecutor, prisoner, and others were at Simpson’s races and left their saddles in a shed. The prisoner and a man named Brown left during the night, and in the morning prosecutor missed his saddle, which was one high behind and before. On being accosted by a constable, the prisoner admitted having ridden in such a saddle, and that it was Rider’s, but said he had received it from Brown, and had returned it to him again. Brown could not be found. Prisoner was found not guilty.

    Alfred Hatton was charged with having at Pigeon Holes, on the Cobar Road, on 5th March, unlawfully assaulted John Collins, with intent to murder. The prosecutor and his son drove up to Hall’s public house on the Cobar road, and bought some beef from Hall. The prisoner and another man named Newsome were there and when prosecutor started, the prisoner wanted him to stop, and when he refused Hatton followed Collins, and turned his horses into the bush. On Collins remonstrating Hatton threatened to put the former under the wheels and draw the wagon over him. He then got off his horse to attack Collins, and the latter got his gun. Hatton got a stick and held it over Collins’ head in a threatening manner. Hatton afterwards struck Collins and ill treated him, and finally with the assistance of his son the latter got away from Hatton after hitting him with his whip and returned to Hall’s for safety. Hall placed them in a back room and Hatton threatened to stay all night and kill Collins and his son. They were afterwards let out the back way and returned to their teams one of which was bogged. While trying to get the team out, the prisoner and Newsome came up. Prisoner pulled out a tomahawk from the side of his own waggon and faced Collins, threatening to give him some of it. Collins threatened to shoot him if they were not let alone, and after some further quarrelling they both rushed their horses at Collins, who fired and hit Newsome on the leg above the knee. Hatton again threatened to put his horse on top of Collins, but was deterred by the latter threatening to give him the contents of the other barrel. Collins had been tried at Cannonbar for shooting Newsome, but had been acquitted. Prisoner was found guilty, and sentenced to two years’ hard labour in Bathurst Gaol.

    Patrick James Reynolds was charged with having, at Wellington, committed an unnatural offence, [bestiality with a turkey]. The offence was proved, prisoner found guilty, and the sentence of death recorded.

    Alfred (an aboriginal) was charged with having, at Baradine, on the 15th March, feloniously, wilfully, and of malice aforethought killed and murdered one Nugle Jack. The prisoner admitted to several persons that he killed the deceased, and that it was all through a gin, Nugle Jack’s gin; he crawled up to them when they lay asleep and shot Nugle Jack; he also said that if he had not killed Nugle Jack the latter would have killed him. Other circumstantial evidence proved that the shot was fired from the prisoner’s gun. The jury found prisoner guilty. The prisoner had been engaged as a police tracker for many months. Sentence of death was passed in the usual way.

    Henry Ellis, Charles Fowler, and Michael Daley, was [sic] charged with stealing a bullock the property of Messrs Hay and Bean, of Maryanbone. On the 29th January the police went to Ellis’ place and found him and the other two prisoners killing a bullock; it was dark when they got there and after the skin was taken off they lit a match and examined it, and found that the brand was that of the prosecutor. When Ellis was asked if he knew what brand was on the beast he said he did not, that it had been running some time, and he had shot it by mistake. When arrested Ellis said the other two prisoners had nothing to do with killing of the beast, he had only asked them to assist him. On Mrs Ellis asking what was the matter, her husband said “I have made a mess of it this time.” For the defence Henry Davis, a stockman of the prosecutor’s, stated that they had lent a number of milking cows to Ellis, and that the latter was milking the mother of the steer killed. The steer was two years old. On the day the beast was shot Ellis told him he was going to kill, and that he could have some beef if he wanted it, it being a common thing for them to exchange beef. The jury acquitted Daley before they retired. They retired to consider their verdict against Ellis and fowler at six o’clock, and were locked up till half-past nine the next morning, and not having agreed they and the prisoners were discharged—Ellis on his own recognisances and Fowler on bail, Ellis’s bail being accepted for the latter.

    Charles Atwell charged with assaulting at Lawson’s, near Cannonbar, one Ah You a chinaman, [sic] pleaded not guilty. Atwell was in charge of Lawson’s House, while Lawson was in Sydney. He had a row with the Chinaman, who was a cook. The prosecutor said he gave no provocation; while for the defence, it was contended that the Chinaman drew a knife on Atwell before the assault. The jury after a short retirement, brought in a verdict of not guilty and Atwell was discharged.

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Patrick James Reynolds, Gaol photo sheet 3

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6043] , Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1879-1881, No. 2258, p. 221, R5100.


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 2258

Date when Portrait taken: 7th June 1880

Name: Patrick James Reynolds

Native place: Ireland

Year of birth: 1845

Arrived        Ship: 
in Colony }   Year: 

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: RC

Education, degree of: R & W

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Gray

Height: 5' 8"

Weight     On committal: 176
in lbs     }  On discharge:  

Marks or Special Features: 

Where and when tried: Dubbo C.C,
3 April 1880

Offence: Bestiality

Sentence: Death recorded commuted to 4 years Roads

Remarks: 2nd July 1880 to Berrima Gaol


 (No. of Previous Portrait ... ) 


Where and When Offence. Sentence








1  Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Mon 5 Apr 1880, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 13 Apr 1880, p. 2. Emphasis added.

3  SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6043], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1879-1881, No. 2258, p. 221, R5100.