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1882, Michael Reedy, George Pollett and Daniel Perry - Unfit For Publication

 

Australian Town and Country Journal, Sat 3 Jun 1882 1

COLONIAL AND INTERCOLONIAL
TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGES.
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(FROM OUR CORRESPONDENTS.)
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NEW SOUTH WALES.

Wednesday, May 31.


    At the Port Macquarie Quarter Sessions yesterday, three men named Perry, Reedy and Pallett, charged with conspiracy to extort money by threatening to bring a false charge of bestiality, were found guilty by the jury, who also found that Reedy and Pallett were mere tools in the hands of Perry. Mr WW Tarleton prosecuted. Judge Murray sentenced Reedy and Pallett to two years each, and Perry to 10 years’ imprisonment. The Court was crowded during the whole trial, which lasted the whole of yesterday.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 3 Jun 1882 2

TELEGRAPHIC INTELLIGENCE.
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(From the Herald, Echo, and Evening News.)
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GUNNEDAH.

Wednesday.

    (Herald.)—The Narrabri coach arrived late, owing to heavy roads at Boggabri. The horses bolted, and Mr Duncan Macrae, one of the passengers, sustained a severe fall in jumping out.

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TAMWORTH.

Wednesday.

    (Herald.)—At the Licensing Court to-day there were 59 publicans’ applications, and five wine applications. Twenty were postponed from one to four months, to enable applicants to meet the requirements of the Act. Eight passed without objection. The Court adjourned to 14th June.

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PORT MACQUARIE.

Wednesday.

    (Evening News.)—At the [Quarter] Sessions yesterday, three man named [Daniel] Perry, [Michael] Reedy, and [George] Pallett [aka George Pollett], charged with conspiracy to extort money by threatening to bring a false charge [against Michael Taylor ] of bestiality, [with a mare], were found guilty by the jury, who also found that Reedy and Pallett were mere tools in the hands of Perry. Mr WW Tarleton prosecuted. Judge Murray sentenced Reedy and Pallett to two years each, and Perry to 10 years’ imprisonment. The Court was crowded during the whole trial, which lasted the whole of yesterday.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 8 Jun 1882 3

PORT MACQUARIE.

    A court of Quarter Sessions was held here on Tuesday and Wednesday last, 30th and 31st May. Judge Murray presided, and Mr Tarlton [sic] prosecuted for the Crown. The legal representatives of the law present were Mr O’Meara, barrister, and Messrs Kerrigan, Walker, and Fitzgerald.—Ann Jane Wall, on bail, was called, and charged with having cut and wounded OO Dangar, while in the execution of his duty as a Magistrate. Mr O’Meara, instructed by Mr Kerrigan, appeared for the accused. Mr Walker instructed by the Crown Prosecutor. This case caused much excitement, being the second time Mrs Wall had been tried for the same offence. Last Quarter Sessions the jury disagreed and prisoner was discharged on bail. The circumstances of the case are that Mr Dangar heard at night a disturbance in a street in Kempsey; he went in company with a constable in the direction of the row, and saw in the crowd Mrs Wall’s son, Archie Smith, who ran when he saw the constable approach him. Mr Dangar pursued Smith towards his mother’s house, and alleged he arrested him, but subsequently got away; he then followed into the house; a struggle then ensued, and Mrs Wall was called by one of her daughters that Mr Dangar had Archie. The offence was then stated to have been committed by Mrs Wall striking Mr Dangar with a heavy candlestick on the head near the temple, causing great pain and loss of blood, and Smith escaped. The jury, after being locked up for six or seven hours, returned a verdict of common assault. Prisoner was fined £5 or seven days in gaol. The fine was paid at once.

    Daniel Perry, Michael Reedy, and George Pollett, who were in custody, were then charged with having in November last threatened to accuse of crime (beastiality) [sic] with intent to extort money. The case against them was that they went to the house of an old man named Taylor, residing on the Bellinger River, late at night, and represented to him and his wife and family that they were police, and had a warrant to arrest his son (a boy about 16 years old, who was not at home that night) on a charge of beastiality, but if old Taylor gave them £5 they would settle the matter out of court, as the money should be paid into court at once. Old Taylor and his wife and young family (who are not more than 12 or 18 months in the colony, and from appearance came from some remote part of the green isle) were put in great fear for some time. Mrs Taylor however said to her husband she did not think they were police, as the police at home near where they lived never took money to settle things out of court. They did not pay any money. The evidence was very strong and conclusive against Perry, who schemed the plot, and to carry it out afterwards sworn an information against young Taylor, who was honourably acquitted at the police court. After a short consultation the jury found the prisoners guilty, and the judge commented strongly on the vile act of Perry, and sentenced him to ten years hard labour on the roads or other public works of the colony. And Reedy and Pollett were each sentenced to two years hard labour in Darlinghurst gaol. This concluded the business of the first day and part of the night, being then after 11 pm.

    The court cases on Wednesday were unimportant. Joseph Barber, charged robbery under arms, discharged. Daniel Cunning, stealing a bullock yoke and chain, discharged. John W Peterson and Peter Whelan, charged with maliciously killing a horse, were also discharged.

    This finish the Criminal business.

    Port Macquarie, 1st June, 1882.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 27 Jun 1882 4

PORT MACQUARIE.

    Our town and district is very quiet of late, the most interesting news being the copious fall of rain we had during the past week.

    The steamer Ne Oblie left here on Thursday morning last, 15th inst, for Sydney; her departure being delayed through being a day stuck on a sand-bank when coming down the river. There were a good number of passengers on board for Sydney, among whom were the prisoners Perry, Pollett, and Reedy, sentenced at the last Quarter Sessions here, in charge of Senior constable Ryan and Constable Stone. Perry, I understand, sentenced to 10 years, was en route, to Berrima gaol, and the others to Darlinghurst.

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George Pollet, Gaol photo sheet 5

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6044] , Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1881-1883, No. 2612, p. 140, R5100.

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 2612
4390.82

Date when Portrait taken: 16th June 1882

Name: George Pollett

Native place: England

Year of birth: 1855

Arrived        Ship: Alexandria
in Colony }   Year: 1870 

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Sawyer

Religion: C of England

Education, degree of: R&W

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Blue

Height: 5' 8"

Weight     On committal: 150
in lbs     }  On discharge:  

Marks or Special Features: 

Where and when tried: Port Macquarie Q.S.
30th May 1882

Offence: Threatening to accuse of crime of Bestiality to extort money

Sentence: 2 years HL

Remarks: 

 

 (No. of Previous Portrait ... ) 

PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

 

 

 

 

Nil

 

 
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Michael Reedy, Gaol photo sheet 6

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6044] , Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1881-1883, No. 2613, p. 141, R5100.

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 2613
4391/82

Date when Portrait taken: 16th June 1882

Name: Michael Reedy

Native place: BC Wollongong

Year of birth: 1852

Arrived        Ship: 
in Colony }   Year: 

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: R Cath

Education, degree of: R&W

Colour of hair: Light brown

Colour of eyes: Brown

Height: 5' 11"

Weight     On committal: 161

Marks or Special Features: 

Where and when tried: Port Macquarie Q.S.
30th May 1882

Offence: Threatening to accuse of crime of Bestiality to extort money

Sentence: 2 years HL

Remarks: 

 

 (No. of Previous Portrait ... ) 

PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

 

 

 

 

Nil

 

 
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Daniel Perry, Gaol photo sheet 7

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6044] , Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1881-1883, No. 2614, p. 142, R5100.

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 2614
4389.82

Date when Portrait taken: 16th June 1882

Name: Michael Reedy

Native place: BC Hastings River

Year of birth: 1852

Arrived        Ship: 
in Colony }   Year: 

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: R Catholic

Education, degree of: R&W

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Blue

Height: 5' 8"

Weight     On committal: 164

Marks or Special Features: 

Where and when tried: Port Macquarie Q.S.
30th May 1882

Offence: Threatening to accuse of crime of Bestiality to extort money

Sentence: 10 years Roads

Remarks: To Berrima Gaol 30 June 1882

 

 (No. of Previous Portrait ... ) 

PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

 

 

 

 

Nil

 

 


1  Australian Town and Country Journal, Sat 3 Jun 1882, p. 1018. 

2  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 3 Jun 1882, p. 14. Emphasis added.

3  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 8 Jun 1882, p. 7. Emphasis added. 

4  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 27 Jun 1882, p. 7. Emphasis added. 

5  SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6044], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1881-1883, No. 2612, p. 140, R5100.

6  SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6044], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1881-1883, No. 2613, p. 141, R5100.

7  SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6044], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1881-1883, No. 2614, p. 142, R5100.