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04/12/1863PG1864/106XII. Miscellaneous Information.  On the 4th ultimo, a skeleton apparently that of a man about 6 feet 2 or 3 inches high, was found by a Mr. S. Rolfe, partially buried on the banks of the Snowy River, about 14 miles from Buckley's Crossing-place.  It had evidently been buried for several years, as the roots of a tree were found growing over the ribs.  At an Inquest held on the 5th ultimo, before J.J. Ryall, Esq., Coroner, the following verdict was returned: - "We find that the bones shewn to us this day are those of a human being, but how death was caused is unknown to us."
30/12/1863PG1864/106About 11 a.m. on the 30th ultimo, a stack of hay containing about fifty tons, the property of John Butler, publican, Vale Road, Bathurst, was destroyed by fire, supposed to be the work of an incendiary.  The Bathurst police on proceeding to the scene of the fire, found Mr. Butler under the influence of liquor, and were prevented by the violent interference of Mrs. Butler from making any inquiry.
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Vide Government Gazette, 12th January, 1864, p. 77.

REWARD.

WHEREAS ON THE MORNING OF THE 15TH December last, a large stack of hay, the property of John Johnstone, Esq., J.P., Clydesdale, near Singleton, was destroyed by fire; and whereas at an inquest held on the 17th ultimo, before Henry Glennie, Esq., Coroner, the following verdict was returned:- "That the stack of hay, the property of Mr. Johnstone, was wilfully and maliciously set on fire and destroyed, by some person or persons unknown."  Notice is hereby given, that a reward of 50 Pounds will be paid by the Government, in addition to a reward of 100 Pounds offered by Mr. Johnstone, to any person who shall first give such information as will lead to the apprehension and conviction of the offender or offenders.

WILLIAM FORSTER

Colonial Secretary's Office,

Sydney, 11th January, 1864.

23/12/1863PG1864/0211

Vide Police Gazette, 30th December, 1863, page 398, p.I.

An inquest was held on the 6th instant, before J. S. Parker, Esq., City Coroner, touching the death of the male infant found on the 23rd ultimo, by Constable Shanahan, the following verdict returned, "That it suffered from thrush and congestion of the lungs, and that death was accelerated by the exposure it had experienced before it was found."

04/01/1864PG1864/316

ARSON.

Sometime during the night of the 4th instant, a barn, the property of John Gregg, Broughton Creek, near Shoalhaven, was destroyed by fire.  At an inquest held on the 8th instant, the following verdict was returned:- "That the barn the property of John Gregg, was wilfully and maliciously burned by some person or persons unknown, on the morning of the 5th January, 1864."  Value of property destroyed 170 Pounds.  James Freer, a resident of Broughton Creek is suspected.

16/01/1864PG1864/320At an inquest held before J.S. Parker, esq., City Corner, on the 16th instant, touching the death of an infant found in a sewer at the corner of Boomerang and Williams streets, on the 15th instant, and the following verdict returned.  "That the male infant had not arrived at maturity, and was born dead."
13/12/1863PG1864/427

Vide Police Gazette, 30th September, 1863, page 296, Para XI.

A magisterial enquiry was held at the Court House, Wellington, on the 13th ultimo, before J.E. Serisier, Esq., J.P., on the body of a man supposed to be that of George Hickman, found in the bush near Lahy's Station, Mudgee River. Verdict - "Died in the bush from exhaustion."

15/12/1863PG1864/427On the 15th ultimo, the body of a woman, name unknown, was found by William Boulton,buried in the sand on the beach at Little Berttongi, Hawkesbury River.  At a magisterial enquiry held at Brisbane Water, on the 17th instant, before B. Horsburgh, Esq., J.P., the following verdict was returned:- "Drowning, but under what circumstances there is no evidence to shew."  This woman is supposed to have been a passenger of the cutter "Black Duck," which foundered in the Hawkesbury River, on the 14th September last.
30/12/1863PG1864/0429A man of the following description was accidentally drowned in the creek near Lake Merren, Swan Hill district, on the evening of the 30th December:- Apparently not a foreigner, aged 40 or 43, 5 feet 7 or 8 inches high, about 10 stone weight, fair complexion, thin features, rather long face, long and straight light brown hair, bald on the top of the head, light brown beard and whiskers all round the face, beard very long from the point of the chin and reaching down to the breast, no moustache, slight build; wore round alpaca jacket with pockets at the sides, light-coloured linen vest, moleskin trousers inside Wellington boots, Scotch twilled shirt, and cabbagetree hat with tape for band.  His swag consisted of two blue blankets, a pepper-and-salt alpaca coat, a pair of corduroy trousers, a twilled shirt, a Bible, a Sherland's almanac for 1864, and a light felt hat, covered with white twilled calico, now at the Kerang police station. - 13th January, 1864
20/12/1863PG1864/532

MANSLAUGHTER.

Edmond Simons, medical practitioner, is charged on a Coroner's warrant, with the manslaughter of Denis Clinton, at Myall River, on the 20th ultimo.  He is about 36 years of age, 5 feet 6 inches tall, slight build, foppish, but gentlemanly in appearance and dress; generally wears a black silk guard, with an eyeglass and two sixpences attached.  Supposed to have gone to Newcastle or Sydney, accompanied by his wife.   He is supposed to have a brother residing in Pitt-street, Sydney.

17/02/1864PG1864/752A man named Alexander Richardson, charged with setting fire to the premises of Dr. Stitts, at Walla Walla, has been arrested by the Albury Police, and committed to take his trial at the next Quarter Sessions to be holden at Albury.
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ARSON

On the night of the 21st ultimo, the house of Ching and Ben (Chinese), Stroud, was destroyed by fire.  At an inquest held on the 23rd ultimo, before Thomas Nicholls, Esq., coroner, the following verdict was returned:- "That the house of Ching and Ben, containing 150 Pounds in Bank notes, was maliciously destroyed by fire on the 21st ultimo, by some person or persons unknown."

18/02/1864PG1864/966A Magisterial inquiry was held on the 18th ultimo, at the Conargo Hotel, Conargo, South-Western District, on the body of a man, name unknown, found in the Billabong Creek, on the 17th ultimo, by a man named Luke Lynch.  Deceased was seen by James Cochrane, at Conargo, on the 12th ultimo, and from his manner and conversation Cochrane believes him to have been a well-educated Englishman, but insane.  Description - about 5 feet 9 inches high, well proportioned, features regular, dark brown moustache and whiskers worn round chin, dark hair; dress, moleskin trousers, Scotch twill shirt, and Blucher boots; verdict "Found Drowned."
20/03/1864PG1864/966

Apprehensions

Three men, George Lant, Joseph Lant, and a half-caste named William Purcell, charged with cattle stealing, have been arrested by Senior Constable Ward and Constable Gill.  A fourth offender, James Lowrie (brother of the notorious Frederick Lowrie) in endeavouring to escape, was shot dead by Senior Constable Ward.  At an inquest held on the 20th instant, before John Cockburn, Esq., Coroner for the Police District of Coonabarabran, a verdict of "Justifiable homicide" was returned.  A large number of cattle and horses were found in the possession of the prisoners, most of which belonged to Mr. Edward Cox, Ulimanbri, and some to Mr. Ebenezer Orr, Garrawilla.

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Vide Police Gazette, 10th February, 1864, page 32, para I.

Edmond Simons charged on Coroner's warrant with the manslaughter of Denis Clinton, at Myall River, on the 20th January, 1864, has been arrested by Detective Conway, and remanded to Stroud to be dealt with.

02/03/1864PG1864/1183

Miscellaneous Information

On the morning of the 2nd instant, a fire broke out on the premises of Messrs. Davies, Alexander, & Co., storekeepers, Goulburn, destroying property to the value of about 2000 Pounds, uninsured.  At an inquest held on the 7th instant, before Robert Waugh, Esq., District Coroner, and a jury of twelve, the following verdict was returned: - "We find that the evidence given respecting the fire on the premises of the Australian Store, fail to shew how it originated."

15/02/1864PG1864/1183

Miscellaneous Information

An inquest was held on the 15th ultimo, at Parramatta gaol, before Charles B. Lyons, Esq., Coroner, on the body of William Steer, who was found by the 18 Mile Hollow police in a destitute state in the bush, near Springwood, and forwarded by the Penrith Bench, on the 30th January last, to Parramatta gaol under the Vagrant Act, and to receive medical treatment.  Deceased died in the Gaol Hospital on the 14th ultimo.  Verdict - "Death caused by effusion of the brain."

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EXTRACTS FROM VICTORIA POLICE GAZETTE.

[From Police Gazette, 3rd March, 1864]

See Government Gazette, 26th February, 1864, page 459.

WILFUL MURDER.

ONE HUNDRED POUNDS REWARD

WHEREAS Mary Burke, who has been missing since September, 1858, appears to have been murdered on or about the 9th of that month, at Woolert, near Epping, in the county of Bourke: And whereas an inquest has been held on her remains, and a verdict of wilful murder has been returned against Bartholomew Burke, the husband of the said Mary Burke: Notice is hereby given, that a reward of One hundred pounds will be paid by the Government for such information as shall lead to the apprehension and conviction of the said Bartholomew Burke.

By His Excellency's Command,

J. McCULLOCH.

Chief Secretary's Office,

Melbourne, 25th February, 1864

08/03/1864PG1864/1292

Miscellaneous Information

On the 8th instant the body of a man (name unknown) was found naked and floating in the Williams River, near Clarence Town.  Deceased is supposed to have been a passenger by the steamer 'Paterson', on the 3rd instant.   Description- About 25 years of age, 5 feet 5 inches high, stout made, light sandy hair; lost middle finger of right hand.  At a magisterial enquiry held at Clarence Town, on the 8th instant, before William Lowe, Esq., J.P., the following verdict was returned:- "That deceased was found drowned in the river Williams but how he came into the water, or the state of his mind at the time, there is no evidence to shew."

20/03/1864PG1864/14101

ARSON

On the 20th ultimo, a shed at Richmond, containing leather, wool, bacon, corn, &c., the property of George Guest, saddler, was destroyed by fire, supposed to be the work of an incendiary; value of property destroyed about 500 Pounds.  Suspicion attached to a man named Matthew Connor, lately discharged from Mr. Guest's employment.  He is about 21 years of age, 5 feet 3 or 4 inches high, black curly hair, cast in left eye, and freckled; a native of Richmond.  Connor is still at Richmond.  No warrant issued.

12/03/1864Pg1864/14105A magisterial enquiry was held at Smith's Creek, near Hargraves, on the 12th ultimo, before J.H.L. Scott, Esq., P.M., on the body of a man, supposed to be that of a Chinaman (name unknown, not described), found in Smith's Creek on the 11th ultimo.  Verdict- "Found drowned."  The body when found was in an advanced state of decomposition, and it is supposed deceased committed suicide.
10/03/1864PG1864/15110

ARSON

On the night of the 10th ultimo, two stacks of wheat, containing about 70 bushels, one the property of Michael Sheedy, the other that of John Whielding, Yarralumla, were destroyed by fire.  At an inquest held on the 18th and 21st ultimo, before A. Morton, Esq., Coroner, and a jury of twelve, the following verdict was returned:- "That the stacks were wilfully and maliciously destroyed by fire, by some person or persons unknown, on Thursday, the 10th of March, 1864, but there is not sufficient evidence before us to enable us to state who the guilty person or persons are."  A man named Thomas Kane was brought before the Coroner's Court, charged with the above offence, and discharged - insufficient evidence.

04/04/1864PG1864/15114

Miscellaneous Information

An inquest was held at Singleton on the 4th instant, before H. Glennie, Esq., Coroner, on the body of Francis Cavanagh, wheelwright, who died there on the previous day, when the following verdict was returned:- "Died from injuries received whilst fighting with one George Ross."  Ross has been committed to take his trial for manslaughter, at the next Maitland Circuit Court.

26/03/1864PG1864/15114

Miscellaneous Information

A magisterial enquiry was held at Mainie, Lower Murrumbidgee, on the 26th ultimo, before F.L. Parker, Esq., J.P., on the body of a man, name unknown, hereunder described, who died suddenly there the previous day, when the following verdict was returned:- "Died from natural causes."  Description- about 45 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches high, stout build, grey hair and eyes, long straight nose, whiskers dark, of about a week's growth.

13/04/1864PG1864/16121

Miscellaneous Information

On the 13th instant, the skeleton of a man, name unknown, was found by Mr. Joseph Elford, of Mooki, convenient to Warrah Creek, near Middle Island, Liverpool Plains, in the District of Murrurundi, apparently dead about 10 or 11 weeks- it had on moleskin trousers, white shirt, tweed vest, and short boots; no trace of violence having been used, it is supposed that he was drowned when crossing Warrah Creek, near Middle Island.

04/05/1864PG1864/18137Vide Police Gazette, 7th January, 1863, page 5, p VIII.  William Radley, charged on Coroner's warrant with having wilfully and maliciously set fire to premises occupied by him in George street, Sydney, has been arrested by the Melbourne detective force, and forwarded to Sydney.  Committed for trial.
10/05/1864PG1864/20151

Miscellaneous Information

An inquest was held on the 10th instant, before J.B. Parker, Esq., Coroner, on the body of a newly-born female infant found on the 8th instant, in rear of the residence of Dr. Roberts, Castlereagh-street, when the following verdict was returned:- "That the deceased newly-born female infant was found dead, but whether it was born alive or not there is no evidence to shew."

15/05/1864PG1864/22162

ARSON

About 9 p.m. on the 15th ultimo, a hut at Wyoming, near Gosford, the property of Hovenden Hely, Esq., was destroyed by fire, supposed to be the work of an incendiary.  Suspicion attached to a man named William Robinson, who was seen close to the hut late in the afternoon of the day on which it was burned down.  Description:- About 38 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches high, sallow complexion, brown curly hair, sandy whiskers, small scar across the point of nose; dressed in California hat, blue shirt, and moleskin trousers; a sawyer, recently in the employment of Mr. Hely.  No warrant issued.  Mr. Hely offers a reward of 5 Pounds for such information as will lead to the conviction of the guilty party.

18/05/1864PG1864/22162

ARSON

On the night of the 18th ultimo, a stable belonging to an unoccupied house at Collentin near Colyer's Creek, the property of Mr. John Dugal, was destroyed by fire; supposed to be the act of an incendiary.

07/06/1864PG1864/26196On the night of the 7th instant, John Gow (an aboriginal) was murdered in an affray at Wanratta station, near Bombala.  The murder is supposed to have been committed by Billy Bungell and Jemmy Ducks (aboriginals).
23/06/1864PG1864/26196

Vide Police Gazette, 22nd June, 1864, page 187, Para I.

At a Magisterial enquiry, held at Albury, on the 23rd instant, before Captain Brownrigg, Police Magistrate, on the body of Mr. John M'Lean, who was shot near Round Hill Station, on the 19th instant, a verdict of "Wilful Murder," was returned against the offender, Daniel Morgan, and a warrant issued for his arrest.

23/06/1864PG1864/26196

ARSON

On the 23rd instant, the offender Ben Hall and his two comrades proceeded to Mr. Rothery's station, near Carcoar, and burnt a stack containing about twenty tons of hay.

24/06/1864PG1864/26196

MURDER

On the 24th instant, Sergeant Maginnity, Tumberumba police, was shot dead by Daniel Morgan, whilst endeavouring to arrest that offender, between Copabella and Tumberumba.

06/06/1864PG1864/26200

Miscellaneous Information

An inquest was held on the 6th instant, at Liverpool, before C.B. Lyons, Coroner, on the body of a man hereunder described found in a creek near the Bringelly road, Camden district, on the 4th instant, by John Clavan, farmer, when a verdict of "Found drowned" was returned.  Description: About 35 years of age, 5 feet 9 inches high, dark hair, sandy whiskers and moustache turning grey, scar round the body; dressed in an old monkey jacket, red jumper, moleskin trousers, black vest, white calico shirt, and very old elastic side boots.  The body was subsequently identified by Charles Roberts, Liverpool, as that of James Byrne, a shoemaker, who was seen by him in Liverpool about a week ago.

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ARSON

Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the 21st ultimo, a shepherd's hut on Mr. Ryan's station, Breakfast Creek, near Burrowa, was destroyed by fire; supposed to be the work of an incendiary.

22/06/1864PG1864/28216

Miscellaneous Information

Vide Police Gazette, 4th May, 1864, page 133, para IV.

James Kirwan, charged on warrant with horse-stealing, was shot dead by Senior Sergeant O'Donoghue, Cooma Police, on the 22nd ultimo, when endeavouring to effect his apprehension.  At an inquest on the deceased, held at Cooma, on the 23rd ultimo, before John J. Ryall, Esq., coroner, the following verdict was returned:- "That the deceased, James Kirwan, was shot dead by Senior Sergeant O'Donoghue, in the execution of his duty, being justifiable homicide."

13/07/1864PG1864/31241

Miscellaneous Information

The body of a man, name unknown, about 40 or 50 years of age, 5 feet 3 inches high, was found (date not stated) by the blacks floating in the Edwards' River, near Woorooma station. The body appeared to have been in the water about six weeks, and when found was naked, with the exception of an old flannel and Scotch twill shirt, the hands tied behind the back, and a wound about an inch in length on the skull, inflicted apparently by some sharp instrument:- The following is the result of a Magisterial inquiry, held by F. Valiant, Esq., J.P., at Woorooma station, on the 13th ultimo:- "From the evidence I am of opinion that a foul murder has been committed, but there is no evidence to shew the name of the deceased, or by whom he has been brought to an untimely end."

19/07/1864PG1864/31241

Miscellaneous Information

A Magisterial inquiry was held on the 19th ultimo, at Deniliquin, by James Giles, Esq., Police Magistrate, on the body of a man, name unknown.  The evidence tended to shew that deceased was accidentally killed on the 18th or 19th ultimo, by a tree falling upon him.  Deceased was 5 feet 9 or 10 inches high, dark hair and whiskers, supposed to be an Englishman.

25/07/1864PG1864/32247

ARSON

On the 25th ultimo, the "Fig-Tree Hotel," Wollongong, was set on fire by some person unknown; very little damage done.  At an inquest held at Wollongong, on the 26th ultimo, before E.F. Smith, Esq., Coroner, the following verdict was returned:- "That the setting fire to the hotel was the act of an incendiary unknown."

28/07/1864PG1864/33254

ARSON

About 4 a.m. on the 28th ultimo, a barn containing about 150 bushels of wheat and 12 tons of hay, the property of John Blakemore, innkeeper, Cobbora, was discovered to be on fire.  The following is the result of a Magisterial enquiry held by George Rouse, Esq., J.P.:- "That the fire was the work of an incendiary."

19/08/1864PG1864/35270

ARSON

About 4 a.m. on the 19th instant, a quantity of flooring boards, scantlings, and slabs, value 5 Pounds, was maliciously set on fire.  Suspicion attached to a man, named Charles Doswell, a resident of Araluen, and well known to the Police.  No warrant issued.

31/08/1864PG1864/36283

Apprehensions

A woman named Elizabeth Jones, charged on a Coroner's warrant with the wilful murder of her infant son, at Quirindi, on the 30th ultimo, has been arrested by Senior Sergeant Sheridan, Murrurundi Police, and committed for trial at the next Circuit Court to be holden at Maitland.

03/09/1864PG1864/37289Vide Police Gazette, 31st August, 1864, page 270, p.III.   The offender, John Clayton, who was wounded whilst attempting to rob three Chinese at Gilmandyke Creek, on the 20th ultimo, died on the 3rd instant.  The following is the result of a Magisterial enquiry he;d at Bathurst by W. H. Palmer, Esq., P.M.- "That deceased came by his death by a gun-shot wound and from a fracture of the skull caused by a blow from a shovel, the same wounds having been occasioned by two Chinamen in self-defence.
10/09/1864PG1864/37289

Miscellaneous Information

An inquest was held on the 10th instant, at the Police Station, Balmain, before John S. Parker, Esq., Coroner, on the body of a new-born female infant, which was found naked on the beach, near the residence of Thomas Patterson, Birch Grove, Balmain, about 6 p.m. on the 9th instant.  The following verdict was returned:- "That the body of the deceased was found on the Balmain shore, on the evening of the 9th instant; but how it came there, or whether it was born alive or not, there is no evidence to determine."

13/08/1864PG1864/37289

Miscellaneous Information

An inquest was held at Picton on the 13th ultimo, before J.M. Antill, Esq., Coroner, on the body of a man, name unknown, hereunder described, who was killed on the 12th ultimo, at Abbotsford, near Picton, by the upsetting of a bullock dray belonging to David Dunk, farmer, Oakes.  Description:- About 60 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches high, grey hair and short grey whiskers, tip of nose bent to the right side of the face, no teeth, an old sore on right shin. - Dress: blue pilot coat, dirty moleskin trousers, white California hat, and old boots.  Verdict - "Accidentally killed by the upsetting of a dray."

01/03/1863PG1864/38297

Miscellaneous Information

On the 30th ultimo part of a skeleton, apparently that of a man, was found at Molly's crossing-place, Namoi River, by Mr. E. Lamb.  It is supposed to be part of the remains of the late Constable Thomas Cavanan, who was drowned at Glenquinn, in the month of March, 1863.  The following is the result of inquiry held before J. Moseley, Esq., J.P.:- "Supposed to have been drowned."

30/10/1864PG1864/38297On the 30th ultimo part of a skeleton, apparently that of a man, was found at Molly's crossing place, Namoi River, by Mr. E. Lamb.  It is supposed to be part of the remains of the late Constable Thomas Cavanan, who was drowned at Glenquinn, in the month of March, 1863.  The following is the result of inquiry held before J. Moseley, Esq., J.P. :- "Supposed to have been drowned."
06/09/1864PG1864/40315

Vide Police Gazette, 14th September, 1864, page 290, para IX

George Sims has been committed to take his trial at the Circuit Court, Maitland, on the 3rd instant, on a charge of having caused the death of Thomas Greer (not Green - error in report received), publican, Blandford.  At an inquest held at Murrurundi, on the 12th ultimo, before Henry Wheeler, Esq., Coroner, touching the death of the above named Thomas Greer, the following verdict was returned:- "That George Sims did, on the 6th day of September, 1864, at Murrurundi, feloniously and unlawfully kill and slay the said Thomas Greer, by striking him with his fist, thereby causing the said Thomas Greer to fall to the ground, from his horse, which fall caused a concussion of the brain, and of which said fall and concussion the said Thomas Greer did languish until the 11th day of September, 1864, on which day he died from the effects of the said fall and concussion, and not otherwise."  The following rider was also attached to the verdict:- "The Jury wish to express their approbation of the conduct of Senior Sergeant Sheridan, for his exertions in getting up the evidence in this case."

11/09/1864PG1864/40315

Vide Police Gazette, 14th September, 1864, page 290, p. IX.

George Sims has been committed to take his trial at the Circuit Court, Maitland, on the 3rd instant, on a charge of having caused the death of Thomas Greer (not Green - error in report received), publican, Blandford.  At an inquest held at Murrurundi, on the 12th ultimo, before Henry Wheeler, Esq., Coroner, touching the death of the above named Thomas Greer, the following verdict was returned:- "That George Sims did, feloniously and unlawfully kill and slay the said Thomas Greer, by striking him with his fist, thereby causing the said Thomas Greer to fall to the ground, from his horse, which fall caused a concussion of the brain, and of which said fall and concussion the said Thomas Greer did languish until the 11th day of September, 1864, on which day he died from the effects of the aforesaid fall and concussion, and not otherwise."  The following rider was also attached to the verdict:- "The Jury wish to express their approbation of the conduct of Senior Sergeant Sheridan, for his exertions in getting up the evidence in this case."

05/10/1864PG1864/40316

Apprehensions

Thomas Newey, charged on warrant (issued by J.S.Parker, Esq. Coroner), with manslaughter of his wife, Susan Newey, has surrendered to Senior Constable Dick, Water Police.

05/10/1864PG1864/40316

Apprehensions

A man named Eugene McCarthy, has been arrested by Senior Sergeant Musgrove, Young Police, on suspicion of having caused the death of one Mary Roberts, at Bendick Morell, on trhe 1st ultimo.

16/10/1864PG1864/42326John Quilan (Vide Police Gazette, 10th August, 1864, page 250, p.XII) is charged with the murder of a man named Henry Thomas, at Murruwulga, on the 16th instant.  He is about 26 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches high, very stout built, stoop shouldered, slightly pock-pitted, dark hair, small whiskers, and clipped moustache.
04/10/1864PG1864/42330On the 4th instant the undermentioned persons, viz: Thomas Dukes Greig, Susannah Gay Greig, Mrs Greig, senr., and George and Henry Greig, left their homes for the purpose of going outside the Heads to fish, in a large sailing boat, which they hired from a Mr Buckley.  On the evening of the same day the boat was seen beating up the harbour by the Signal Master, South Head, since when it has not been seen, and it is feared that the whole party has been drowned. [The body of Susannah Gay Greig, also part of the boat's gear, have since been found.]
19/05/1864PG1864/43337

Miscellaneous Information.

On or about the 19th May last, the remains of a man apparent;y 5 feet 9 or 10 inches high, with the figure of a tree tattoed on the left arm, supposed to be that of John Lumsdan, missing from Mr M'Callum's station some months since, was found by a shepherd at Karolke, on Mr N Chadwick's station, about 45 miles from Balranald.  A gold ring. two 1 Pound notes, 16s. in silver, and a cheque for 2 Pounds, drawn by Sparkes, Crannie & Co., Balranald, in favour of Change, found with the remains, is now in Mr. Chadwick's possession.  The remains have not been identified.

26/10/1864PG1864/43338A man named Barney Nowlan has been committed for trial by the Forbes Bench, for the manslaughter of Robert Gilchrist, alias Scotty.
26/10/1864PG1864/43339Vide Police Gazette, 10th August and 19th October, 1864, pages 250 and 326, ps, XII & I.  John Quinlan, charged with the murder of Henry Thomas, has been arrested by Senior Constable Webb, Mudgee Police.  Committed for trial at the next Circuit Court to be holden at Bathurst.
28/09/1864PG1864/44341

ARSON.

On the 28th September last, the "Fig Tree Hotel" Wollongong, was destroyed by fire.  At an inquest held on the 29th September, before E.F. Smith, Esq., Coroner, the following verdict was returned:- "That the "Fig Tree Hotel" was, on the night of the 27th, or morning of the 28th September last, wilfully and maliciously set on fire by some person or persons unknown."

23/09/1864PG1864/44347A magisterial inquiry was held at Warialda, on the 23rd September last, by Edward Sharpe, Esq., JP, on the body of a man, name unknown, who was killed by the upsetting of a bullock dray (driven by a man named Patrick Gannon) at Coolatai, on the 20th September.  Deceased was about 45 years of age, 5 feet 6 inches high, and stout built, and had been hired as a shepherd for the "Lambing Down" at Coolatai Station.  The following is the result of the inquiry:- "Having taken the evidence and duly considered it, and having also inspected the locality where the occurrence took place, I am of opinion that it was purely accidental.  Edwd Sharpe, JP."
01/11/1864PG1864/45355At an inquest held on the 1st instant, at the "Observer Tavern," George-street, Sydney, before J.S. Parker, Esq., City Coroner, on the body of a newly born female infant, found at Mossman's Bay, the following verdict was returned:- "That the deceased new-born infant was found at Mossman's Bay on the 30th ultimo, and we believe it was born alive, but how it came by its death there is no evidence to shew."
09/11/1864PG1864/45356

Vide Police Gazette, 19th October, 1864, page 330, p. XII.

The body of George Greig has been found at Spring Cove, near the Quarantine Ground.

29/10/1864PG1864/45357A man named John Hall has been arrested by Sergeant Tant, Goulburn Police, on suspicion of having murdered his wife, Bridget Hall, at Gundairy, near Goulburn, on the 29th ultimo.  Remanded.
04/11/1864PG1864/45357A man named Patrick McGlinn, charged with having on the 4th instant, in King-st, wilfully murdered George Whitfield, gunsmith, has been arrested by Constable Thompson, Sydney Police.  Committed for trial, at the next Criminal Court, Sydney.
05/10/1864PG1864/46360

Murder.

Three aboriginals, known by the names of Paddy, Peter, and Cockey Byrne, are charged with the murder of another aboriginal named Port Philip Neddy, on Mr Charles Byrne's run, at Cadgee, near Nerrigundah, on or about the 5th ultimo.  Description:- Paddy is about 32 years of age, 6 feet high, curly hair, carries his head on one side; is well known to Mr E Smith, Jerabat Gully, Jingera.  Peter is about 30 years of age, 5 feet 6 inches high, stout build, open countenance, curly hair, generally wears a drab riding coat, and good cabbage tree hat.  Byrne is about 20 years of age, 5 feet 5 inches high, slight build, wears a beard Yankee fashion.  Supposed to have gone to Mr Edward Smith's station, Terabat Gully.

02/11/1864PG1864/46360

Vide Police Gazette, 9th November, 1864, page 350, p. I.

Further particulars of the outrage at Mr J Sharp's store, Pyramul Creek, on the 2nd instant, and murder of Alexander Masson.   Description of offenders and details of weapons.

09/11/1864PG1864/46360

Arson.

About 2 am on the 9th instant, an attempt was made to set fire to a shed at Wattle Flat, the property of Jonathan Lee.  Suspicion attaches to a woman named Toft.  No warrant issued.

16/11/1864PG1864/46364Two aboriginals named Simon and Billy have been arrested by Senior Constable Scott, Kempsey Police, charged with aiding and abetting in the murder of an aboriginal known as Cranky Micky, on Sunday, the 30th ultimo, at the Macleay River.  Remanded.
15/11/1864PG1864/46368

(Vide Government Gazette, 22nd November, 1864, page 2658

Colonial Secretary's Office, Sydney, 22nd November, 1864.

REWARD.

WHEREAS, on the 15th instant, the Mail from Gundagai to Yass was stopped about four miles from Jugiong, by three armed men, supposed to be Banjamin Hall, John Gilbert, and John Dunn, who fired upon the Police forming the Escort, killing Edmund Parry, Sergeant of Police; and whereas, at an inquest held upon the body of the said Edmund Parry, a verdict of "Wilful Murder" was returned against John Gilbert, assisted by Benjamin Hall and John Dunn: And whereas, under notice dated 27th October, 1863, a reward of 1,000 Pounds each was offered by the Government for the apprehension of the said John Gilbert and Benjamin Hall, together with a reward of 100 Pounds for information leading to the conviction of parties for harboring, assisting, or maintaining the above named offenders, - it is now hereby notified, that a reward of 250 Pounds will be paid for any information or assistance which may be instrumental in effecting the arrest of the man stated to be John Dunn, or any other offender concerned in the said outrage and Murder, besides the above named Gilbert and Hall: And all parties are cautioned, that by harboring, assisting or maintaining any of the above named offenders they will make themselves accessories to the crime of Murder, and render themselves liable to prosecution accordingly.  William Foster.

15/11/1864PG1864/47368

Highway Robbery and Murder.

About 6 pm on the 15th instant, the down mail from Gundagai to Yass, under the escort of Sub Inspector O'Neill, Sergeant Parry, and Constable Roach, was stopped about 4 miles from Jugiong, by Ben Hall, John Gilbert, and John Dunn.  An encounter ensued between the police and the offenders, in which Sergeant Parry was shot dead, and Sub Inspector O'Neill, after expending his ammunition, disarmed.  The offenders rifled the mail bags.  At an inquest held at Jugiong, on the body of Sergeant Parry, a verdict of wilful murder was returned against the above named offenders.  There were several carriers and Chinamen at the scene of the encounter, who had also been robbed by the same offenders, prior to the arrival of the mail.  Dunn is about 19 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches high, small sharp features, no beard; dressed in cord pants, strapped with moleskin, long riding boots, poncho, and cabbagetree hat. [See notice of reward.]

03/11/1864PG1864/47372

Miscellaneous Information.

On the afternoon of the 3rd instant, a man named Charles Brooks, a sheep shearer, was accidentally drowned in the Barwon River, at Morabee, about 27 miles from Walgett.  The body has not yet been recovered.

21/11/1864PG1864/47372An inquest was held on the 21st instant, at the "Observer Tavern", George street, Sydney, before J S Parker, Esq., City Coroner, on the body of a woman, name unknown, who was found drowned in Sydney Harbor on the 19th instant.  Verdict:- "That the deceased, name unknown, was found drowned, but how she got into the water there is no evidence to show."  Description: About 60 years of age, 5 feet 4 inches high, short brown hair intermixed with grey, prominent nose and chin, several teeth out in front; dressed in an old fashioned black bonnet, mourning dress, plaid petticoat, white worsted stockings, and no shoes.
25/11/1864PG1864/48382

Miscellaneous Information.

An inquest was held on the 25th instant, at Wells' "Royal Hotel", North Shore, before J S Parker, Esq., City Coroner, on the body of a newly born male child, found in the bush, near the Milsom's Point Road, St Leonard's, on the 23rd instant, when the following verdict was returned:- "That the deceased male infant had not arrived at maturity, and was born dead."

16/11/1864PG1864/48382The following is the result of a Magisterial Enquiry, held by Joseph Eade Pearce, Esq., PM, on the 15th instant, at Possum Gully, near Young, on the body of Favel Samuel Salloway, a child 6 years of age - Result: "That deceased died from maltreatment on the part of the medical attendant."  Deceased was attended by a Mr O Lindser, who is not a legally qualified medical practitioner.
30/11/1864PG1864/48386James Jackson, charged on warrant, issued by the Windeyer Bench, with having caused the death (by malpractice during confinement) of Anne Priest, has been arrested by Senior Constable Ewing, Windeyer Police.  Committed for trial at the next Circuit Court to be holden at Bathurst.  Admitted to bail, self in 100 Pounds and two sureties in 50 Pounds each.
18/11/1864PG1864/49390

Miscellaneous Information.

On the morning of the 18th ultimo, the Nottingham Store, Cooma-street, Yass, the property of Bridget Turner, was destroyed by fire.  At an inquest held on the 18th and 22nd ultimo, before J.M. Blake, Esq., Coroner, Yass, the following verdict was returned:- We find that the premises known as the Nottingham Store was consumed by fire, on the morning of the 18th ultimo; but how the fire originated there is no evidence to shew."

17/10/1864PG1864/49390

Miscellaneous Information.

On the 17th October last, the body of a man was found floating in the Murrumbidgee River, opposite the Township of Wagga Wagga.  The body has since been identified as that of William Chapman, who was drowned in the flood at Wantabadgery, on the 16th July last.

31/10/1864PG1864/51404

Arson.

About 10 am on the 31st October last, a stack of hay and part of an out building, vale 40 Pounds, the property of Mrs. M.A. Hoath, "Warren Hotel" Walgett, was destroyed by fire.

20/11/1864PG1864/51409

Miscellaneous Information.

A Magisterial enquiry was held (date not stated) by John Kennedy, Esq., JP, on the body of a man named Thomas Barfield, found drowned on the 20th ultimo, by Senior Constable Newman, in the Tally Walka Creek, about 4 miles from Perry. - Result of enquiry:- "That deceased was accidentally drowned."

07/12/1864PG1864/51409On the 7th instant, the body of a man (supposed to be that of John Windeyer, a shepherd, formerly in the employ of Mr Broughton, of Muttama), in an advanced state of decomposition, was found in the bush at Ironbong, near Bethungra, by a man named Murdoch McKenzie.  The following is the result of a Magisterial enquiry held by Thomas Hammond, Esq., JP., :- "That there is no evidence to shew how deceased came by his death."  Description: - About 30 years of age, 5 feet 6 or 7 inches high, sandy hair and whiskers, wore blue serge shirt, moleskin trousers, and drab California hat.  Two grey rugs, one blue and white do., tablecloth pattern, and one white flannel shirt, were found near the body.
21/12/1864PG1864/51409A woman named Mary Bulger has been committed by J S Parker, Esq., City Coroner, to take her trial for the manslaughter of a child, 4 months old, named Sarah Moloy.  Discharged.
18/12/1864PG1864/52417

Vide Police Gazette, 14th December, 1864, page 397, p.V.

William Miles, missing friend, was found drowned in the Shoalhaven River, at Larbert, on the 18th instant.  A Magisterial enquiry was held on the following day, when the evidence adduced shewed that he was accidentally drowned.

 

 

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