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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 24 Mar 1874 1

WATER POLICE COURT.
MONDAY.

BEFORE the Water Police Magistrate and Mr Smithers.

    William Black was brought before the Court on warrant charged with attempting to commit an unnatural offence, and was remanded until Thursday.

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Empire, Fri 27 Mar 1874 2

WATER POLICE COURT.—THURSDAY.
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(Before the WPM and Messrs Raphael, Evans, and Smithers.)


    William Black was committed for trial for committing an unnatural offence.

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Empire, Thu 14 May 1874 3

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.—WEDNESDAY.
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(Before his Honor Mr Justice Hargrave.)

    Mr WJ Foster prosecuted for the Crown

OBTAINING MONEY UNDER FALSE PRETENCES.

   Bartholomew Keely was charged with having, by means of false pretences, obtained from one Robert Mitchell the sum of £1.

    Mr Windeyer appeared for the defence, and, acting upon his advice, prisoner pleaded guilty.

    He was remanded for sentence.

UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    William Black, a man about thirty years of age, was charged with having, at Sydney, on the 20th March, attempted to commit an unnatural offence.

    The jury found the prisoner guilty, and he was sentenced to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour in Darlinghurst gaol for two years.

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Evening News, Thu 14 May 1874 4

CRIMINAL COURT.
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(Before his Honor Mr Justice Hargrave.)

    Mr WJ Foster prosecuted for the Crown.

UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    William Black, a man about thirty years of age, was charged with having, at Sydney, on the 20th of March, attempted to commit an unnatural offence.

    The jury found the prisoner guilty, and he was sentenced to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour in Darlinghurst gaol for two years.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 14 May 1874 5

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
WEDNESDAY.

BEFORE his Honor Mr Justice HARGRAVE.
    Mr WJ Foster appeared as Crown Prosecutor.

UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    William Black was charged with an attempt to commit an unnatural offence [bestiality with a goat ].

    Verdict: Guilty.

    Sentence: To be imprisoned in Darlinghurst gaol, and there kept to hard labour for two years.

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William Black, Gaol photo sheet 6 

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/14031], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1873-1874, No. 1021, p. 154, R5098. p.1. SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/14031], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1873-1874, No. 1021, p. 154, R5098. p.2.

Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

Page No. 154

No. 1021
No. on Gaol Register: 1213/74

Portrait taken: 13th May 1874

Name: William Black

Native place: Nova Scotia

Year of birth: 1843

Arrived        Ship: Sidenham [sic] Sydenham
in Colony }   Year: 1873

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Seaman

Religion: RC

Education, degree of: R&W

Colour of hair: Black

Colour of eyes: Blue

Height: 5' 8¼"

Weight     On committal: 149 lbs
in lbs     }  On discharge:  "

Marks or Special Features: S.M.C. and 1844 on left fore arm. Crucifixion on right fore arm

Remarks:

 

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PRISON HISTORY

Where and When Offence. Sentence

 Sydney Criminal Court

 13

1874 

Attempt unnatural offence

 2 years L[abour]

 


1  The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 24 Mar 1874, p. 2.

2  Empire, Fri 27 Mar 1874, p. 2.

3  Empire, Thu 14 May 1874, p. 4. Emphasis added.

4  Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Thu 14 May 1874, p. 3.

5  The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 14 May 1874, p. 7.

6  SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/14031], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1873-1874, No. 1021, p. 154, R5098.