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Decisions of the Superior Courts of New South Wales, 1788-1899

R v Thompson, Walker and Reeves [1832] NSWSupC 48


Supreme Court of New South Wales

Stephen J., 13 July 1832

Source: Sydney Herald, 16 July 1832[1 ]


George Thompson was indicted for stealing on board the ship Burrell twelve quarts of rum, the property of John Metcalf; and David Walker and William Reeves for receiving part and parcel of the said rum, well knowing it to have been before feloniously stolen, at Sydney, on the 27th June. -  All the prisoners were found guilty.  The learned Judge, in passing sentence upon them, remarked that the nature of their offence was of the most injurious tendency to the shipping interest.  The loss of ship, cargo, and crew, might have been occasioned from drunkenness, incidental to the purloining of spirituous liquors.  He was sorry to see British seamen, who were so generally admired for their bravery, in such a situation, but having been convicted by a Jury of their Country, they must be punished in common with others convicted of like offences.  The sentence of the Court was that they should each be imprisoned in the common gaol for one year.



[1 ] In 1832, the New South Wales Legislative Council passed a new Act (2 Wm 4 No. 10) to deal with the relationship between masters and servants.  The short title made clear that its aim was ``for the protection of Masters and Ships from vexatious Suits in the said Colony."  See Sydney Gazette, 29 March 1832.

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