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Colonial Cases


R. v. Blue [1824] NSWSupC 6

R. v. Bradney [1824] NSWSupC 9

R. v. Charland or Sharland [1824] NSWSupC 13 and 19

R. v. Donovan [1824] NSWSupC 14

R. v. Fitzpatrick and Colville [1824] NSWKR 2; [1824] NSWSupC 3

R. v. Foley [1824] NSWSupC 12

R. v. Gore [1824] NSWKR 1; [1824] NSWSupC 29

R. v. Johnson [1824] NSWSupC 7

R. v. Johnston, Clarke, Nicholson, Castles, and Crear [1824] NSWSupC 8

R. v. Lewsy [1824] NSWSupC 18

R. v. Miller [1824] NSWSupC 30

R. v. Minton [1824] NSWSupC 16

R. v. Murphy and Sullivan [1824] NSWSupC 1

R. v. Stack and Hand [1824] NSWSupC 15



The Australian, Thursday 2 December 1824

A Coroner's Inquest was held on Thursday at the Cheshire Cheese, on the Parramatta Road, on the body of a man unknown, who was found dead in the bush on Wednesday last.  The body appeared to have lain there a length of time.  The features were not distinguishable; and, it was therefore impossible to judge whether the deceased had been murdered, or had died a natural death.  Verdict---"Found dead, whether from violence is not known."


The Australian, Thursday 9 December 1824

Jeremiah Ryan, James Bryan, and Charles Rider, were placed at the bar, charged with the wilful murder of John Lowe, at Ballifield, in the district of Bathurst, and pleaded Not Guilty.


The Australian, Thursday 16 December 1824

   On Friday morning (3d inst.), a man named William Yardley, in the employ of Mr. Robert Cooper, was stung in the leg by a snake.  He did not see the reptile, but felt an acute pain, occasioned as he at the moment imagined, by a prick from a grass tree, of which he took no notice till growing faint, he with difficulty reached home.  It appears that the accident happened while employed in his labour of a stonemason at Mr. Robert Cooper's new building on South Head road.  It was only when the poison began to operate, and the unfortunate man had fallen down several times, that his comrades began to suspect what had really befallen him.  Mr. Bland was sent for, but being professionally engaged at the time, nearly an hour elapsed before he was able to attend to the unfortunate man.  The wounded part was immediately cut out, but not until the venom had contaminated the whole mass of blood.  All means were resorted to to counteract the bite of this poisonous reptile.  Strong stimulants were applied externally and internally, and the patient was kept walking day and night; but all proved ineffectual.  The poison had penetrated into the springs of life before the unfortunate man discovered the nature of his ailment.  A Coroner's Inquest was held on Monday on the body.  Verdict---Died in consequence of the bite of a snake.

   An Inquisition was held on Saturday, at Hill's Tavern, on the body of Elizabeth Marman, a child about three years of age, who met her death by falling into a well adjoining Hyde Park Barracks, ninety feet deep.  Verdict---Accidental death.


The Australian, Thursday 23 December 1824

   On Friday morning a man named Benjamin Earl, government servant to Mrs. Slade, residing in Macquarie-street, feeling himself indisposed, sent into a fowl-house adjoining the premises, and sat down, leaning his head against a wall; a few minutes had scarcely elapsed before he was found stretched on the ground, a corpse.  The deceased was a sober and industrious man; about 30 years of age.  An inquest was about to be held on Saturday at Hill's on the body, but the absence of the surgeon who had viewed it, prevented the jury from proceeding in their inquiries; they therefore adjourned to this day.

   A Waggoner in the employment of Capt. Cox, of Clarendon, was coming to Sydney on Monday, with his cart, on the shaft of which he was riding; he fell, and the wheel passing over his head, he was so dreadfully hurt, that he immediately expired.  A Coroner's Inquest, at the Cheshire Cheese, Parramatta Road, on Tuesday.  Verdict, "accidental death."


The Australian, Thursday 30 December 1824

   A Coroner's Inquest assembled at Abraham Horne's farm, at Cobberty, in the district of Cook, on view of the body of William Harcourt, government servant to Mr. H. Macarthur, he having been unfortunately killed in a scuffle after a quarrel, on Monday night the 22d instant.  It appears the unfortunate deceased came to Abraham Horne's house in a state of intoxication on the Wednesday night, where he obtained some spirits, which he drank there. During this period Harcourt behaved very improperly and indecently before Horne's wife, which caused a quarrel between Horne and him; the latter struck Horne violently several times, who, to defend himself, seized a stick or bludgeon (Harcourt being a very strong powerful man), with which he struck him down, and repeated his blows several times.  The poor man died in five minutes.  The whole circumstances of the unfortunate affair were fully investigated before a most respectable jury, who sat from 1 o'clock until 3 the following morning, when they returned as verdict of manslaughter against Abraham Horne, who was immediately committed (by Mr. Eyre, the Coroner) to take his trial for the offence.

ANOTHER DREADFUL MURDER.---A woman, named Bates, the wife of a sawyer at Kissing Point, was, on Saturday night, barbarously murdered.  Her husband has been taken into custody on suspicion of being the destroyer.  Particulars are not yet known.


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