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Below also see: Oscar Latouche, 1882 - Indecent assault, 
Henry Thomas and Mat Adams, 1889 - Sodomy,
Oscar Latouche, 1893,
Oscar Latouche, 1895

 

The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 9 Nov 1876 1

BOURKE QUARTER SESSIONS.
(By Telegraph.)

Wednesday.

The Quarter Sessions concluded to-day. The following are the sentences: Oscar La Touch, [aka Henry Thomas] larceny, three months in Bourke gaol; John O’Brien, forgery and uttering, two years’ hard labour in Bathurst gaol; Devard Chilton, attempted suicide, imprisoned till rising of the Court; Mark Flower, forgery and uttering, nine months’ imprisonment in Bathurst gaol, with hard labour; James Collman, horse stealing, twelve months’ hard labour in Bathurst gaol; Mary and Mary Ann Morgan, larceny and receiving. Acquitted; James Keenley, attempted beastiality [sic], two years hard labour in Bathurst gaol; James Fagan, receiving stolen property, twelve months’ hard labour in Bathurst gaol; Josiah Cherry, twelve months’ hard labour in Bathurst gaol.—Mr District Court Judge Josephson, presided; Mr JJ Teece, Crown Prosecutor, and Mr E Barton, barrister-at-law.—McNellis, charged with robbery with violence, jury unable to agree; locked up till 9 o’clock to-night.

 


  

Oscar Latouche, 1882 

Clerk of the Peace Registers 2

No. Prisoner. Offence. Date of committal.
 2134  Oscar Latouche  Indecent Assault  24-6-1882
Place of committal. Committed for trial at. When received. When sent. To whom sent.
 Dubbo  Dubbo  19-7-1882  22-8-1882  Deputy Dubbo

 

No. Prisoner. Offence. Date of committal.
 2135  Oscar Latouche  Burning a tent  3-7-1882
Place of committal. Committed for trial at. When received. When sent. To whom sent.
 Dubbo  Dubbo  19-7-1882  22-8-1882  Deputy Dubbo

 

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Oscar Latouche, (aka Henry Thomas, Oscar Latousse) Gaol photo sheet 3

SRNSW: NRS2397, [3/6009], Parramatta photographic description book, 1880-1891, No. 276, p. 41, R5136. Emphasis added.

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 276
Parramatta

Date when Portrait was taken: March 1883

Prisoner's Name: Oscar Latouche
(aka Henry Thomas, Oscar Latousse) 

Native place: Jamacia [sic]

Year of birth: 1863

Arrived        Ship: Annie Kinson
in Colony }   Year: 1878

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Seaman

Religion: R C

Education, degree of: Nil

Colour of hair: Black

Colour of eyes: Black

Height: 5' 5¼"

Weight     On committal: 163
in lbs     }  On discharge: 

Marks or Special Features: Two flags on fore left arm. Anchor & ⊕ on back of left hand. Two ring marks on 2 finger of left hand.

Where and when tried: Dubbo Q.S.
24th August 1882

Offence: Indecent Assault.

Sentence: 12 months HL.

Remarks:

 (No. of Previous Portrait ... 4348 ) 

PRISON HISTORY

Where and When Offence. Sentence

 Bourke

 Nov

 1876

Larceny

 3 months HL.

 


  

Henry Thomas and Mat Adams, 1889 

 

Depositions for Henry Thomas and Mat Adams 15 Feb 1889 Sydney trial 4

Water Police Court.

(M., 11 and 12 Vic., Cap. 42.)

Depositions of Witnesses.

New South Wales, City of Sydney
TO WIT.                                        }

The examination of Constable Robert Bruce of the Police Force in the Colony of New South Wales, and William Edward Strong of Sydney Government Medical Practitioner and Joseph Burgess of Government House, in the said Colony, labourer, taken on oath, this first day of February in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine at Sydney in the Colony aforesaid, before the undersigned, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the said Colony, in the presence and hearing of Henry Thomas [aka Oscar Latouche] and Mat Adams who is [sic] charged this day before me, for that they the said Henry Thomas and Mat Adams, on the 24th day of January 1889 at Sydney in the said Colony, did attempt to commit the abominable crime of buggery 

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G 172.

Police v. Thomas and Adams.

Attempted buggery.

    Ali Achmed on oath states:– I will truly and faithfully interpret the evidence about to be given, and all other matters and things touching on the present charge, and the French language into the Arabic language, and the Arabic language into the French language, according to the best of my skill and ability.

SO HELP ME, GOD.

[Signed] Ali (his X mark) Achmed.

Sworn at Sydney in the Colony of New South Wales, this fourth day of February AD 1889, before me.
[Signed] TE MacNevin,  WSM.

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G 172.

Police Versus Henry Thomas and Mat Adams.  

Attempted buggery.

    Charles Otto Michel Government interpreter on oath states:– I will truly and faithfully interpret the evidence about to be given, and all other matters and things touching the present charge, and the French language into the English language, and the English language into the French language, according to the best of my skill and ability.

SO HELP ME, GOD.

[Signed] CO Michel.

Sworn at Sydney in the Colony of New South Wales, this 1st day of February 1889, before me.
[Signed] TE MacNevin, WSM. 

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Henry Thomas & Mat Adams

Attempting to commit the abominable crime of buggery.
24/1/89.

    Remanded till Tuesday next – application of Police for interpreter.

[Initialled illegible]

    Postponed till Tuesday next

[Initialled] TEMN, [Thomas Edwin MacNevin] WSM, WPC, 29 Jany 1889.
WP Office Sydney 25:1:89.

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Henry Thomas and Mat Adams.

    Remanded till tomorrow.

[Signed] TE MacNevin, WSM.
31st January 1889.

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    William Edward Strong on oath states:–

    I am a legally qualified Medical Practitioner and Government Medical Officer.

    On the 24th January last about half past nine o’clock at No. 4 Police Station I examined the prisoners. The first Henry Thomas said to be the subject, I found nothing about

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the man’s fundament to indicate the commission of the alleged charge.

    I then examined Adams and found his penis in a state of semi-erection and a considerable amount of moisture upon it. The moisture consisted of natural secretion which might proceed from the excitement of the erection.

[Signed] WE Strong.

Sworn st Sydney 1.2.89.
[Signed] TE MacNevin, WSM.

Fence enclosing Government House Grounds, Tarpeian Way, n.d. Image: NSW State Library collection. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
Fence enclosing Government House Grounds, Tarpeian Way, n.d.
Image: NSW State Library collection. Reproduction: Peter de Waal

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    Constable Robert Bruce on oath states:– On last Thursday night I was on duty at Government House Grounds.  I saw the prisoners come up the Tarpeian Way. Then they got opposite to me, they lit two or three matches and looked around the ground. I looked through the paling fence and saw Thomas take

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down his trousers. He went down on his hands and knees and directly afterwards Adams took down his trousers and got in a kneeling position behind him on his back. I jumped over the fence and Adams was on top of Thomas. As soon as they saw me Adams pulled up his trousers and ran away

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I ran after him, caught him, and brought him back. A man named Burgess jumped over the fence and caught Thomas. I brought Adams back and Thomas said “He gave me five shillings to let him go for me.” 

    Thomas offered me five shillings several times to let him go. I took them to No. 4 Police Station and

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charged them with attempting to commit the abominable crime of buggery. They made no reply. I had them examined by Dr Strong.

[Signed] Robert Bruce.

Sworn at Sydney 1.2.89.
[Signed] TE MacNevin, WSM.

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    Joseph Burgess on oath states:– I am a labourer employed at Government House. On the 24th instant at about 20 minutes to 9 o’clock in the evening I was in the Government House Grounds in company with last witness and saw the prisoners come up the Tarpeian Way. They struck

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matches, Thomas pulled his trousers down and knelt down. Adams came behind him with his trousers down and got in a similar position on top of Thomas. [Constable] Bruce jumped over the fence and Adams ran away. I jumped over also and caught hold of Thomas. When I caught hold of him his

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trousers were down.

[Signed] Joseph Burgess.

Sworn at Sydney 1.2.89.
[Signed] TE MacNevin, WSM.

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(N., 11 & 12 Vic., Cap. 42.)

Statement of the Accused.

New South Wales
TO WIT.                  }

Henry Thomas stands charged before the undersigned, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace in and for the Colony aforesaid, this first day of February in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine for that they, the said Henry Thomas on the 24th day of January 1889 at Sydney, in the said Colony, did attempt to commit the abominable crime of buggery and the examination of all the witnesses on the part of the prosecution having been completed, and the depositions taken against the accused having bee caused to be read to him by my, the said Justice, (by/or) before whom such examination has been so completed; and I, the said Justice, having also stated to the accused and given him clearly to understand that he has nothing to hope from any promise of favour, and nothing to fear from any threat which may have been holden out to him to induce him to make any admission or confession of his guilt, but that whatever he shall say may be given in evidence against him upon his trial, notwithstanding such promise or threat; and the said charge being read to the said Henry Thomas, and the witnesses for the prosecution Robert Bruce, William Edward Strong and Joseph Burgess being severally examined in his presence, the said Henry Thomas is now addressed by me as follows:– “Having heard the evidence, do you wish to say anything in answer to the charge? You are not obliged to say anything unless you desire to do so; but whatever you say will be taken down in writing and may be given in evidence against you upon your trial;” whereupon the said Henry Thomas saith as follows:– “I have nothing to say.”

Taken before me, at Sydney, in the said Colony, the day and year first above mentioned.
[Signed] TE MacNevin, WSM.

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(N., 11 & 12 Vic., Cap. 42.)

Statement of the Accused.

New South Wales, Sydney
TO WIT.                           }

Mat Adams stands charged before the undersigned, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace in and for the Colony aforesaid, this 1st day of February in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine for that he, the said Mat Adams on the 24th day of January 1889 at Sydney, in the Colony, did attempt to commit the abominable crime of buggery and the examination of all the witnesses on the part of the prosecution having been completed, and the depositions taken against the accused having been caused to be read to him by me, the said Justice, (by/or) before whom such an examination has been so completed; and I, the said Justice, having also stated to the accused and given him clearly to understand that he has nothing to hope from any promise of favour, and nothing to fear from any threat which may have been holden out to him to induce him to make any admission or confession of his guilt, but that whatever he shall say may be given in evidence against him upon his trial, notwithstanding such promise or threat; and the said charge being read to the said Mat Adams, and the witnesses for the prosecution Robert Bruce, William Edward Strong and Joseph Burgess being severally examined in his presence, the said Mat Adams is now addressed by me as follows:– “Having heard the evidence, do you wish to say anything in answer to the charge? You are not obliged to say anything unless you desire to do so; but whatever you say will be taken down in writing and may be given in evidence against you upon your trial;” whereupon the said Mat Adams saith as follows:– “I have nothing to say.”

Taken before me, at Sydney, in the said Colony, the day and year first abovementioned.
[Signed] TE MacNevin, WSM

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G. 190.

REGINA.
versus
Henry Thomas and Mat Adams

Offence,— attempted buggery.

    The accused stands committed to take their trial at the next Court of Gaol Delivery to be holden at Sydney, on the 11th day of February 1889. Bail allowed the accused in £ and two sureties in £ each, or one in £

[Signed] TE MacNevin, Deputy Stipendiary Magistrate.

JP.

Dated at Water Police
Office, Sydney
this first
day of February
AD 1889.
4g 416 - 88

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(O. 1, 11 & 12 Vic., Cap. 42.)

Recognizance to give Evidence.

New South Wales
TO WIT.                 }

Be it remembered, that on the first day of February in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine Ali Ahman of Steamship Janäis  in the Colony of New South Wales, personally came before the undersigned, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the Colony of New South Wales, and acknowledged themselves to owe Our Sovereign Lady the Queen the sum of

FORTY POUNDS,

of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be made and levied on their Goods and Chattels, Lands and Tenements, to the use of our said Lady the Queen, her Heirs and Successors, if they the said before mentioned persons shall fail in the condition indorsed.

Taken and acknowledged, the day and year first above mentioned, at Sydney in the said Colony, before me.
[Signed] George Henry Smithers,  JP

The Condition of the within written Recognizance is such, that whereas Henry Thomas and Mat Adams was this day charged before Thomas E McNiven Esquire, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the said Colony, with sodomy. If therefore, they the before mentioned persons shall appear at the next Court of Gaol Delivery to be holden at Darlinghurst in and for the Colony of New South Wales, on the 11th day of February next, at nine of the clock in the forenoon and then and there give such evidence as they know, upon an information to be then and there preferred against the said Henry Thomas and Mat Adams for the offence aforesaid, to the Jurors who shall pass upon the trial of the said Henry Thomas and Mat Adams then the said Recognizance to be void, or else to stand in full force and virtue.

[Signed] GH Smithers, JP.

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(O. 1, 11 & 12 Vic., Cap. 42.)

Recognizance to give Evidence.

New South Wales
TO WIT.                  }

Be it remembered, that on the first day of February in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine Robert Bruce a Constable of the Police Force, Joseph Burgess of Government House in the Colony of New South Wales, personally came before the undersigned, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the Colony of New South Wales, and acknowledged themselves to owe Our Sovereign Lady the Queen the sum of

FORTY POUNDS EACH,

of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be made and levied on their Goods and Chattels, Lands and Tenements, to the use of our said Lady the Queen, her Heirs and Successors, if they the said before mentioned persons shall fail in the condition indorsed. [Signed] Robert Bruce Joseph Burgess.

Taken and acknowledged, the day and year first above mentioned at Sydney in the said Colony, before me.
[Signed] GH Smithers, JP.

The condition of the within written Recognizance is such, that whereas Henry Thomas and Mat Adams was this day charged before Thomas E McNiven Esquire, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the said Colony, with sodomy. If therefore, they the before mentioned persons shall appear at the next Court of Gaol Delivery to be holden at Darlinghurst in and for the Colony of New South Wales, on the 11th day of February next, at nine of the clock in the forenoon, and then and there give such evidence as they know, upon an information to be then and there preferred against the said Henry Thomas and Mat Adams for the offence aforesaid, to the Jurors who shall pass upon the trial of the said Henry Thomas and Mat Adams then the Recognizance to be void, or else to stand in full force and virtue.

[Signed] GH Smithers, JP.

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154

Thomas Edwin MacNevin,
Water Police Office
8th February 1889

Secretary, Attorney General, Sydney

    Regina v. Henry Thomas and Mat Adams, attempt to commit an unnatural offence, Central Criminal Court, 11/2/89.

5   In forwarding a report on third side from Inspector Donohoe for the information of the Hon the Attorney General I beg to state that I was obliged to adjourn the above case for the attendance of an Arabic interpreter as it appeared that “Mat Adams” one of the accused spoke some Arabic dialect while the other prisoner spoke French which was interpreted through Charles Michel the Government interpreter, I therefore requested the police to obtain the services of an Arabic interpreter and Ali Achmed was sent by the Messageries Maritimes company for that purpose. On the conclusion of the case I was informed that this interpreter did not properly interpret the evidence and that it would be better to obtain the services of another interpreter at the trial. As Inspector Donohoe submits the name of a competent interpreter to attend I beg to suggest that a subpoena be forwarded to Inspector Donohoe for service on “Azzopardi” and that

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“Ali Achmed” be notified through the Messageries Maritimes company that he will not be required to attend under his Recognizance at the trial, as the vessel on which he is employed sails on Thursday next.

[Signed] TE MacNevin, WSM

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Inspector John Donohoe, Police Sub-Inspector,
Water Police Station
Sydney 8th February 1889

Thomas Edwin MacNevin, DS Magistrate,
Water Police Court, Sydney

Sir
    I would respectfully beg to report for your information that I have succeeded in obtaining the services of a person named Azzopardi who is willing to act as an interpreter in the case of an Arab prisoner now awaiting trial at the next sitting of the Criminal Court to be holden at Darlinghurst on the 11th instant.

    This interpreter accompanied the Sudan Contingent from Sydney some time ago as a servant to Major McKenzie who states that he’s quite competent to discharge the duties of interpreter in the above case.

    Azzopardi requests that a letter may be sent to him to enable him to get permission from his employer to attend the Court, his address is Mark Street Hunter’s Hill.

[Signed] J Donohoe, Inspector.

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143

Thomas Edwin MacNevin
Water Police Office
Sydney, 5th February 1889

Secretary, Attorney General, Sydney

Sir
    6 I have the honour to forward to you for the information of the Honourable the Attorney General, the enclosed letter addressed to Inspector Donohoe, and handed by him to me, from Mr Possell sub agent of the Messageries Maratimes company respecting the attendance of the Arabic interpreter in the case named in the margin, in which the accused were committed

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by me for trial at the ensuing Central Criminal Court on 11th instant. I beg respectfully to suggest, that the interpreter be notified that he will not be required to attend at the trial of the above named accused, as I am informed it will be desirable to employ a more proficient interpreter in the language required to be interpreted, and the Inspector General of Police will, no doubt, be able to secure the services of a competent Arabic interpreter before the trial of the case in question.

  I have the honor to be
Sir
  Your obedient servant.
[Signed] TE MacNevin, WSM

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No. 37

Compagnie Messageries Maritimes 
Sydney, le 4th February 1889

J Donohoe Esquire
Sub-Inspector of Police, Water Police Sydney.

Dear Sir,
    I beg to inform you that the Serang of the “Janäis”,  who acted as interpreter on the first instant in the case Henry Thomas and Mat Adams, will not be able to attend on the 11th instant, when the case will come before the Court of Gaol Delivery at Darlinghurst. 

    The Captain of the “Janäis” was kind enough to authorise him, at my request and with a view to oblige you, as no other interpreter, it seems, could be found at the time, to come on shore on the first instant, it being then supposed that the affair would only last about a couple of hours. The eleventh being the day previous to the departure, the services of the Serang, on that day, are particularly required on board in the engine room, to look after the stokers under his care. The Captain cannot allow him to come on shore on that day without great inconvenience to the steamer.

    The Court will have no difficulty, I expect,

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in dispensing with his services, as Mr MacNevin to whom I explained the matter on the 1st instant, was kind enough to assure me that he would relieve him of the necessity of appearing again.

    Will you kindly therefore convey the foregoing to Mr MacNevin’s knowledge or to the information of whom it may be concerned.

    Yours faithfully,
    [Signed] Mr Possell, Sub-Agent.

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[On the depositions’ cover sheet is the following]

Central Criminal Court
Sydney
11th February 1889
AG’s No. 19
Depositions.
CS’s No. 13
Regina
v.
Henry Thomas
and
Mat Adams
Attempt to commit sodomy
See within [initialled] E[dmund] B[arton] AG 6.2.89
Committed at: Sydney
on: 1st February 1889

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Central Criminal Court Darlinghurst Coram Stephen J & jury of 12.
Cohen for Crown
Prisoners undefended
Verdict: Guilty with recommendation to Mercy
Sentence:  Adams 2 yrs hl Darlinghurst Gaol
     “          Thomas 2 yrs & 6 mths with hl Darlinghurst Gaol

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Against the two prisoners accused, (joint indictment) s. 60
Thomas Adams Attempt to commit buggery
Adams Thomas, consent thereto
[Initialled] EB [AG]
9.2.89
Separate indictment against Mat Adams alone, for Indecent assault on a male person.
s. 60
[Initialled EB [AG]
9.2.89

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Dr Strong, not having been bound, is to be subpoenaed. As to the Arabic interpreter, Ali Achmed, see my memo on margin of Mr MacNevin’s letter of 5.2.89 

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Justice MH Stephen’s notebook 7

207

[15 Feb 1889]

Mat Adams (Arab) Henry Thomas – attempt to commit crime of buggery. [Section] 60
Pleas – not guilty 

    Robert Bruce. Constable Police Force – On 24 January last I was on duty in Government House grounds. I saw two prisoners about 20 minutes to 9 – I was inside the grounds – saw them first come up Tarpeian – stopped opposite where I was – on the road – I saw Adams I think, one of them strike matches & look about – I was 6 yards away inside fence – I saw Thomas put down his trowsers & go over on his hands & knees. Adams took his down & got up behind the other man & got on top of him – I jumped over the fence & went towards prisoners … Adams ran away – pulling up trowsers with one hand – Thomas stood there pulling up his trowsers when I ran after Adams. I took him back to where Burgess had hold of Thomas … Thomas said that Adams gave him (7 shillings ?) 8 to let him go with him – Thomas said that he would give me 7 shillings to let him go … He offered me 7 shillings several times … Both were examined by Dr Strong … electric light

208

& gas & I saw distinctly …

    Cross-examined. I saw Adams move when on top of you.

    Joseph Burgess. Labourer employed at Government House – remember 24 January last. I was inside Government House grounds with the constable: 20 minutes to 9 – I saw prisoners outside the fence come up the Tarpeian Road – I saw them stop & strike matches just where we were standing – when I looked over the fence they were both down on the ground with their trowsers down – Thomas kneeling, Adams behind him on top of him – Constable got over the fence & Adams ran away … I held Thomas till Bruce brought Adams back – Thomas’s trowsers were down.

    WE Strong. Government medical officer. 24 January last I examined the two prisoners … I examined Thomas (said to be the subject) his fundament – I found nothing to show the crime. I examined Adams – I found his penis in a state of semi erection – also covered with slight moisture – slightly wet …

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    By Juror – Bruce re-examined. I saw no signs of them having eased themselves – neither of them made any such defence – I went back to look.

Guilty  – recommendation to mercy.

Thomas.   Two years & 6 months imprisonment,  hard labour  Darlinghurst Gaol.
Adams.     Two years imprisonment, hard labour                          “          “
Thomas.
November 76    Larceny – 3 months hard labour
August 82        Indecent assault
November 83    Stealing
January 84      Larceny – 1 month
CPO 86           Stealing 6 months
WPO 88          Vagrancy

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The Daily Telegraph, Sat 16 Feb 1889 9

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15.
(Before Mr Justice Stephen.)

    Mr HE Cohen  prosecuted for the Crown.

AN ABOMINABLE CRIME..

    Two colored men, Mat Adams (a Soudanese) and Henry Thomas (a Persian), were arraigned upon an indictment which charged them with attempting to commit an abominable crime at Sydney on January 24. The jury convicted the prisoners. Adams was sentenced to two years’ hard labour, and Thomas received two and half years’ hard labour.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 16 Feb 1889 10

    The sittings of the Central Criminal Court were concluded shortly after 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon. There were only four cases on the list, and as they were not of a very difficult nature they were speedily disposed of. James Ramsay, charged with the manslaughter of Frederick Heron, was acquitted upon the ground of insanity, but was ordered to be kept in confinement until the pleasure of his Excellency the Governor was known. Archibald McIntyre, a young man was acquitted upon a charge of indecent assault. Two men named Mat Adams (a Soudanese) and Henry Thomas (a Persian) were convicted upon a charge of attempting to commit an offence, and were sentenced the first named to two years and the other to two years and six months’ imprisonment. Francis Whalen and Michael Kelly, who had been found guilty of an attempt to break and enter a dwelling house, were sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.

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Mat Adams, Gaol photo sheet 11 

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6050], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1888-1889, No. 4349, p. 99, R5103.

 

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 4349

Date when Portrait was taken: 2nd February 1889

Prisoner's Name: Mat Adams

Native place: Arabia

Year of birth: 1864

Arrived        Ship: Sydney
in Colony }   Year: 1889

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Fireman

Religion: Mahom't [sic - Muslim]

Education, degree of: Nil

Colour of hair: Black

Colour of eyes: Brown

Height: 5' 3½"

Weight     On committal: 120
in lbs     }  On discharge: 

Marks or Special Features: Half caste

Where and when tried: Sydney GD [General Delivery - Darlinghurst Gaol]
15 Feb 1889

Offence: Attempted Buggery

Sentence: 2 years H.L. Syd Gaol

Remarks: Guilty

 (Previous Portrait ...  ) 

PRISON HISTORY

Where and When Offence. Sentence

 

 

 

 

Nil

 

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Henry Thomas (aka Oscar Latouche), Gaol photo sheet 12

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6050], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1888-1889, No. 4348, p. 98, R5103.

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 4348

Date when Portrait was taken: 2 February 1889

Prisoner's Name: Henry Thomas
(aka Oscar Latouche)

Native place: Mauritius

Year of birth: 1860

Arrived        Ship: Annie Kinson
in Colony }   Year: 

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer or Seaman

Religion: Cath

Education, degree of: Nil

Colour of hair: Black

Colour of eyes: Black

Height: 5' 5¼"

Weight     On committal: 130
in lbs     }  On discharge: 

Marks or Special Features: Dancing girl on half globe outside right forearm. Naked woman inside - Union Jack + indistinct marks left forearm - anchor on back of left hand - 2 rings on left hand

Where and when tried: Sydney GD [General Delivery - Darlinghurst Gaol]
15 Feb 1889

Offence: Attempted Buggery

Sentence: 2 years + 6 months L

Remarks: Prisoner asked His Honor, could he petition?
His Honor said no!

 (No. of Previous Portrait ... 276 Parramatta ) 

PRISON HISTORY

Where and When Offence. Sentence

 Bourke

Dubbo Q.S

WPC

ditto

CPC

ditto

WPC

Water Police Court

Water Police Court

Water Police Court

Water Police Court

  6

 24

  3

17

27

29

26

  8

24

 9

14

11

  8

11

  1

  2

12

12

  2

  6

  6

  7

1876

1882

1883

1884

1884

1886

1888

1892

1893

1894

1894 

Larceny

Indecent Assault

Steal cheque value £3

Larceny

indecent language

Stealing

Vagrancy

Indecent language

Vagrancy

Assault

Malicious Damage to Property

 3 months L

12 months L

1 month L

1 month L

1 month L

6 months L to Maitland

14 days L

1 month C

6 months HL

£1 or 21 days C

£10.10.0 or 6 months C

  


 

Oscar Latouche, 1893 

 

The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 26 Jun 1893 13

POLICE.
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    Mr Whittingdale Johnson, SM, presided at the Central Police on Saturday.

    Captain Fisher, SM, presided in the Water Police Court. Oscar Latouche, 27, labourer, on a charge of having insufficient lawful means of support, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, with hard labour.

 


 

Oscar Latouche, 1895 

 

The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 4 May 1895 14

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ANOTHER FUR CASE.

    At the Water Police Court yesterday, before Mr GH Smithers, SM,

SUPPOSED TO BE STOLEN.

    Yesterday, at the Water Police Court, before Mr GH Smithers, SM, Oscar Latouche was sent to gaol for two months for being in possession of an opossumskin of which he could not give any satisfactory account.

 


1    The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 9 Nov 1876, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2    SRNSW: NRS849, [5/3081], Clerk of the peace registers of criminal depositions received, Jan 1878-Dec 1883, p. 216, R2760.

3    SRNSW: NRS2397, [3/6009], Parramatta photographic description book, 1880-1891, No. 276, p. 41, R5136. Emphasis added.

4    SRNSW: NRS880, [9/6770], Supreme Court, Papers and depositions, Sydney, Feb 1889, No. 19. Emphasis added.

5    Mn: Depositions &c herewith returned. Submitted in reference to minute of Attorney General, 9 Feb /89. Approved [initialled] E[dmund] B[arton, AG] 9.2.89

6    Mn: “Henry Thomas & Mat Adams. Attempt to commit an unnatural offence. Central Criminal Court 11/2/89. Is one of the accused an Arab?” On the depositions’ cover sheet is the following: “Do not show that an interpreter was required. This being ascertained that a more competent interpreter of arabic can has been found and that his attendance assumed, the attendance of Ali Achmed the Serang of the Janäis  may be dispensed with [initialled] EB AG 6.2.89. Will Mr MacNevin please report as to above. 7 Feb /89.”

7    SRNSW: NRS7704, [2/7130], Judiciary, MH Stephen, J. Notebooks Criminal, 1886-1904, pp. 207-9. Emphasis added.

8    5 shillings in transcript of depositions.

9    The Daily Telegraph, Sat 16 Feb 1889, p. 10.

10  The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 16 Feb 1889, p. 11. Emphasis added.

11  SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6050], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1888-1889, No. 4349, p. 99, R5103.

12  SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6050], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1888-1889, No. 4348, p. 98, R5103.

13  The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 26 Jun 1893, p. 5.

14  The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 4 May 1895, p. 12.