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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Tue 14 Jun 1881 1

NEWCASTLE POLICE COURT.
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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 1881.
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(Before the Police Magistrate)


    BEASTIALITY.[sic] – Chas Campbell, a seaman, was convicted for having committed the above offence on Saturday night last, and committed to take his trial at the next Maitland Circuit Court, on October 20th.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 18 Oct 1881 2

MAITLAND CIRCUIT COURT.
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    The Maitland Circuit Court will open at East Maitland on Thursday morning next at 10 o’clock. We are indebted to the gaol officials for the forthcoming list of cases in which the accused are in custody:—

    Henry C Want, shooting with intent to murder; Newcastle bench.
    James Black, bestiality; Newcastle bench.
    Charles Campbell, bestiality; Newcastle bench.
    Sydney Ardinale, horse stealing; Merriwa bench.
    John Hurley, stealing in a dwelling; Bullahdelah bench.
    Joel B Hood, false pretences; Copeland bench.
    Alexander Smith, inflicting grievous bodily harm; West Maitland bench.
    Thomas Hockham, stealing a watch and chain, Dungog bench.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 25 Oct 1881 3

MAITLAND CIRCUIT COURT.
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    The October sitting of the above Court commenced yesterday morning, before his Honor Judge Windeyer. Mr Addison, PM, was present as the representative of the Sheriff. Mr Gibson was the judge’s Associate, and Mr J Want prosecuted for the Crown. The other members of the bar present were Mr FW Meymott, Mr R Pitcairn, and CG Heydon.

    The jury list was called, and the civil panel were informed that they would not be required till Wednesday morning.

    The usual proclamation against vice, immorality, and crime was read by the Associate.

ATTEMPT TO COMMIT AN UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    Charles Campbell was arranged [sic] on the charge of having on the 11th of June, at Newcastle, attempted to commit an unnatural offence, [bestiality with a cow ]. Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr Pitcairn, instructed by Mr Thompson.

    The evidence of Constable Hugh Thompson; Maud Boyce, a married woman; Andrew Boar, a boy fifteen; and W Oswald, a miner; was clear that the offence had been made, if the full purpose was not accomplished.

    For the defence, a number of characters extending over some years, being the discharge notes from a prisoner’s ships, were put in all; in his conduct, character, and qualification, were described as good. The learned counsel argued that it was improbable that the prisoner was doing what the witnesses had described; but it was more probable that having come off his ship, he was having a spree, and was only easing himself when he was seen, being drunk and staggering about.

    His Honor summed up the case.

    The jury, after twenty minutes consideration found the prisoner guilty, and he was sentenced to two years’ hard labour in Maitland gaol.

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Charles Campbell, Gaol photo sheet 4

SRNSW: NRS2327, [3/5984] , Maitland Gaol photographic description book, 1875-1930, No. 394, p. 86, R5129.

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 394
M[aitland]

Date when Portrait taken: 23rd November 1881

Name: Charles Campbell

Native place: Prussia

Year of birth: 1835

Arrived        Ship: Cannamaore
in Colony }   Year: 1881

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Sailor

Religion: Lutheran

Education, degree of: R&W

Colour of hair: Dark

Colour of eyes: Brown

Height: 5' 8½"

Weight     On committal:
in lbs     }  On discharge:  

Marks or Special Features: 

Where and when tried: Maitland C Court
25th October 1881

Offence: Attempt to commit bestiality

Sentence: 2 years HL

Remarks: 

 

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1  Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Tue 14 Jun 1881, p. 3.

2  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 18 Oct 1881, p. 3. Emphasis added.

3  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 25 Oct 1881, pp. 4, 5. Emphasis added.

4  SRNSW: NRS2327, [3/5984], Maitland Gaol photographic description book, 1875-1930, No. 394, p. 86, R5129.