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The Daily Telegraph, Tue 1 Sep 1885 1


    The Central Police Court sat with closed doors yesterday for the purpose of taking evidence in the case of one John Smith, a labourer, charged with an unnatural crime. He was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 1 Sep 1885 2


    Mr Yates, DSM, presided in the Charge division of the WATER POLICE COURT yesterday.

    John Smith, or Schmidt, a fireman and wharf labourer, was committed for trial at the ensuing Court of Quarter Sessions upon a charge of having committed a revolting crime. The case was heard with closed doors.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 26 Sep 1885 3


    The Court of Quarter Sessions will commence its sittings at the Darlinghurst Courthouse, on Monday, at 10 o’clock am. Judge Docker will preside during next week, and Judge Murray during the following week. The following is the list of cases for trial:—William Morrissey and William Lewis, robbery with violence; Annie Thompson and Bella Coulter, stealing from the person; John Sugden Berry, nuisance; Joseph Williams and Hugh Laing, stealing from a ship in port (two charges); James Rose and William Green, larceny, (two charges); James Johnson and Edward Bowra, garotting, robbing in company; Robert Spencer and Henry Mercer, burglary and larceny; Joseph Wright, assault with intent to commit &c; John Sanderson, stealing from the person; John Burns, assaulting an officer in the execution of his duty; Kate Lebean and Agnes Colman, abandoning an infant; Arthur Currant and John Moore, attempting to murder; William Collins, burglary; Charles Francis King, forgery and uttering (two charges), larceny (two charges); Alexander Constantine, larceny from a vessel; John Gerald Bede O’Grady, forgery and uttering, (two charges); George Herbert, larceny; Edward Tyler, attempting to obtain property by false pretences; Thomas Dobbie, robbery in company; George Dowler, attempting to wound, assault; Percy Howard Warren, embezzlement by a person in the Public service, forgery and uttering (two charges); Charles King Boyd, forgery and uttering (two charges); John Smith, infamous offence; Patrick Saville and Susanna Saville, robbery in company, with violence; Ellen Kite, bigamy; John Elias Wilkins, stealing a letter (two charges); John Dent, bigamy; James Robinson, larceny; Sarah Tucker, breaking and entering a house and stealing therein; Fuzzledene, larceny; Frederick Quinn, breaking and entering a house and stealing therein; Patrick Downey, larceny and receiving; Catherine Heggarty, attempting to commit suicide; James Herford, larceny, receiving; James Thoeburn, obtaining property by false pretences; John Scott, robbery with violence; Robert Hurley, larceny; Thomas Jones and Thomas Joseph Edwards, larceny; Samuel Dykes, larceny; John Graham, stealing from the person; Reginald Carew Reid, arson; Grace White, larceny (3 charges); Elizabeth Miller, larceny from a ship; William Carroll, maliciously wounding; Francis Allen, larceny.

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The Daily Telegraph, Wed 7 Oct 1885 4

(Before his Honor Judge Murray and juries of twelve.)

    Mr PJ Healy prosecuted for the Crown.

    The following jurors were fined 40s for non-attendance yesterday:—Henry Oulton, 112 Abercrombie-street; John Cann, 96 Albion-street; James Richard Woodland, 31 Taylor-street; Charles Cullen, Frederick-street, Ashfield; Thomas Coleman, 431 Bourke-street.


    John Smith, charged with having committed an unnatural crime, [on female fowl] , pleaded not guilty, but the jury brought in a verdict against him which resulted in a sentence of five years’ hard labour in Darlinghurst Gaol.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 7 Oct 1885 5

(Before Mr District Court Judge MURRAY.)

    The sittings of the Metropolitan Court of Quarter Sessions were continued yesterday at the Darlinghurst Courthouse, before his Honor Judge Murray. Mr Healy prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.
Jurors Fined.

    The following furors were fined £2 for non-attendance:—Henry Oulton, Abercrombie-street; John Cain, Albion-street; James Richard Woodland, Taylor-street; Charles Cullen, Ashfield; and James Coleman, Bourke-street.


    John Smith, or Schmidt, was found guilty of having committed an abominable crime, and he was sentenced to five years’ penal servitude, the sentence being the lowest which is provided for under the Act.

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John Smith, Gaol photo sheet 6

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6047], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1885-1885, No. 3444, p. 178, R5101.

Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 3444

Date when Portrait was taken: 3-9-1885

Name: John Smith

Native place: Germany

Year of birth: 1859

Arrived       Ship: Jessie
in Colony }   Year: 1883

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: R Catholic

Education, degree of: Nil

Height: 5' 7½"

Weight     On committal: 166
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Black

Colour of eyes: Hazel

Marks or special features: Female on left forearm cross & wreath of flowers on right forearm

Where and when tried: Sydney Q.S.
6 Oct 1885

Offence: Commit an unnatural offence on a female fowl

Sentence: 5 years PS

Remarks: Guilty

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Where and When Offence. Sentence








1   The Daily Telegraph, Tue 1 Sep 1885, p. 3.

2   The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 1 Sep 1885, p. 4.

3   The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 26 Sep 1885, p. 9. Emphasis added.

4   The Daily Telegraph, Wed 7 Oct 1885, p. 7.

5   The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 7 Oct 1885, p. 7.

6   SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6047], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1885-1885, No. 3444, p. 178, R5101.