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1885, John Rogers - Unfit For Publication
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The Wilcannia Times, Fri 10 Oct 1885 1

WE have frequently called attention to the want of ordinary convenience in the Court House, and the near approach of the [Wilcannia] Quarter Sessions recalls the subject to our memory. The place is wholly without furniture, the only conveniences being the bench, the dock, the witness and jury boxes. It is scandalous that there is not a single seat for witnesses or jury panel, nor a lamp or candlestick belonging to the place, let alone seats for the general public. When the Sessions are on, those conveniences have to be borrowed wherever they can. The matter has been several times brought before the Department of Justice, but no attention has been paid to the representations made. We think the attention of Judge Backhouse might be called to the subject when he arrives. If his sympathies could be enlisted in the matter, there can be little doubt a word from him would have considerable weight with the Department. But besides what is required in the interior of the building there are conveniences required outside. There ought to be seats provided for the witnesses who have to remain outside until called to give their evidence, and the other natural conveniences should be left unlocked for their use. We trust that before the next sessions are held something will have been done to remedy the present shameful state of affairs complained of.

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Clerk of the Peace Registers 2

No. Prisoner. Offence. Date of committal.
 458  John Rogers  Bestiality  22nd September 1885
Place of committal. Committed for trial at. When received. When sent. To whom sent.
 Tibooburra  Wilcannia  29th September 1885  23-10-1885  Deputy Wilcannia

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John Rogers, Gaol photo sheet 3

SRNSW: NRS2397, [3/6009], Parramatta photographic description book, 1880-1891, No. 350, p. 115, R5136.

Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 350

Date when Portrait was taken: 10th February 1886

Name: John Rogers

Native place: Adelaide SA

Year of birth: 1855

Arrived       Ship: –
in Colony }   Year: –

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Blacksmith

Religion: C of E

Education, degree of: (?)

Height: 5' 7"
Weight     On committal: –
in lbs     } On discharge: 

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Blue

Marks or special features: Scars outside right eyebrow & nose & neck

Where and when tried: Wilcannia Q.S.
2nd November 1885

Offence: Bestiality

Sentence: 3 years H.L.


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Where and When Offence. Sentence








1   The Wilcannia Times, Fri 10 Oct 1885, p. 2.

2   SRNSW: NRS849, [5/3082], Clerk of the peace registers of criminal depositions received, Jan 1884-Oct 1889, p. 70, R2761.

3   SRNSW: NRS2397, [3/6009], Parramatta photographic description book, 1880-1891, No. 350, p. 115, R5136.