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Colonial Cases

Minor cases 1865

The North-China Herald, 14 January 1865


The Consular Court has again been occupied in considering claims for damages arising out of loss and detention sustained thorough the sinking of the General Meslin by the Primrose. The evidence adduced and the judgments given, in the case of several, will be found elsewhere.

An interesting case of alleged breach of contract, in refusing to take delivery of cotton contracted for, is now being heard.


The North-China Herald, 28 January 1865


A SUMMARY of events during the past fortnight implies a summary of consular cases, for little else of interest has occurred in the settlement.

A full report of the case in which Somerville, Primrose & Co. were plaintiffs, and Fletcher & Co. defendants, was published in our last issue, a copy of the judgment since delivered will be found in another column.

For the benefit of readers at the outports, we to-day reproduce a report of a case in which the  owners of the ship Her Majesty sued Messrs. Dadabhoy & Co. for breach of a charter-party, which the Court decided remained intact.  Our readers will, we think, agree with a remark by the Counsel for the defendants, that the case should not have been brought into Court.


The North-China Herald, 8 April 1865


The British Consular Court has been occupied by two important cases, viz: the Queen v. Baynton (resistance offered to the Customs authorities at Ningpo, and breach of treaty), in which the prisoner was on the first charge sentenced to six months imprisonment, to date from the first day of his confinement, but with respect to the second no additional penalty was inflicted, in consideration of the five months compulsory detention in Shanghai to which the prisoner had been subjected, over and above the said term of confinement; and that of the Fore Dart v. the Emperor (Collision), the decision in which was given this morning, in favor of the defendants, with costs.  The Court held that the master of the Fire Dart was in fault in porting his helm to avoid the Emperor, and that he should subsequently have stopped and reversed his engines, which he omitted to do.


The North-China Herald, 3 June 1865


Before - Sir HARRY S. PARKES, H.B.M. Consul.

June 2nd, 1865.

GYE versus BROOM.

The charge was to the effect that the defendant did, in company with others, break a lamp placed over the door of the Shanghai Medical Hall.

The evidence on behalf of the defendant was given so positively that the charge was dismissed.


The North-China Herald, 30 September 1865


Notice of Adjudication and First Meeting of Creditors.

CHARLES BRADLEY BARKER, late a prisoner in the Consular Gaol of Shanghai, having been adjudged a bankrupt ...


The North-China Herald, 2 December 1865


On the 25th November, Mansfield, the Englishman charged with trading in arms with the insurgents, was brought before the Supreme Court, and having been bound over to appear again when called upon, was set at liberty.

Stevens, Gerard and Watt, the men charged with the murder of Macdonald  at Hankow, have been sent down to Shanghai, and now lie in the British Consular jail, awaiting trial.

Published by Centre for Comparative Law, History and Governance at Macquarie Law School