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William Hay, 1907

 

The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 21 Apr 1888 1

MAITLAND CIRCUIT COURT.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 19.
(Before his Honor Mr Justice Stephen.)

    The court re-opened at ten o’clock. Mr Cohen prosecuted for the Crown. In addition to the barristers already names Mr GW Fuller was present.

LARCENY.

    William Hague was charged that he, on the 23rd February, at Johnson’s Creek, did steal two coats, one vest, one shirt, and one purse, the property of John Garland. There was a second count to receiving the property well knowing it to have been stolen.

    Accused, a youth aged seventeen years, pleaded not guilty, and was undefended.

    Prosecutor and accused were in the employ of Mr S[ebastian] Wisemantel, farmer, at Johnson’s Creek, near Stroud, and occupied the same room. On Wednesday, the 22nd February, Garland started away to dispose of some grapes, and returned on Sunday, the 26th of February. The accused was not then about the premises. Prosecutor missed two coats, a shirt, waistcoat, purse and packet of needles. The purse and needles had been taken from his box, which was not locked. It seemed that the accused was apprenticed to Mr Wisemantle [sic], and went away between the 22nd and 24th February, during his master’s absence. Hague was arrested at the beginning of the present month on a charge of absenting himself from his apprenticeship. A purse which the prosecutor identified as his property was found on the person of the accused. When charged with the offence at Stroud lockup by Senior-constable Shannon he said “I see they can do nothing to me for this job (meaning his absenting himself), and want to trump up a charge against me.” He said he had the purse a good while. He was told that the article had been identified by Garland, and replied “Well the purse I might have picked, but I know nothing about the other things.”

    Accused, [William Hague], in his address to the jury, said he ran away for just cause, and it appeared that some three days afterwards the articles were missed. There were other persons about the house. Because he ran away this charge was preferred against him. Knowing that he was innocent he preferred that his case should be tried by a jury.

    Without leaving the box the jury found the prisoner guilty.

    The prisoner, who was moved to tears, said: I know I am innocent; I have never been in gaol before.

    Senior-constable Shannon said the accused had admitted to him that he ran away from the ship Vernon, and that on the 4th April he and others were arrested in Sydney for riotous conduct. His Honor said he held in his hand a telegram received from Stroud, addressed to Senior-constable Shannon, which read as follows: “Received letter from Superintendent of Vernon, who considers if the charge is proved against Hague he should be severely dealt with, as this is not the first occasion upon which he has similarly misconducted himself.”

    Prisoner said he could account for that. It was because of the treatment he received on the Vernon, and he intended to write to the newspapers on the subject.
His Honor was very much afraid that prisoner was a bad boy.

    Prisoner: No, your Honor. I have respectable people in Sydney. I know nothing about the charge.

    His Honor: Why add to your guilt by protesting that you know nothing about the matter. There can be no doubt on the evidence that you stole the purse at all events. It is quite apparent that you a very ready with excuses, and that if you do not amend you will be a very dangerous person.

    Prisoner: I will promise you will not see me before the court again.

    In answer to the Judge, Mr Watt, Governor of Maitland Gaol, said that there was no accommodation for keeping boys separate in the gaol. At Darlinghurst there was a separate yard for boys.

    His Honor said that the sentence was that Hague be imprisoned in Darlinghurst Gaol for twelve months. That was the shortest sentence he could give in the circumstances. The prisoner had twelve months to think over his past life, and to make resolutions as to his future course of conduct. There was plenty of opportunity for a man to earn his living honestly in this colony. There was no need to steal. Hard labour was added to the sentence.

    The Court adjourned till 10 o’clock yesterday morning.

 


 
William Hague, 1889

 

Evening News, Sat 27 Jul 1889 2

TO-DAY’S POLICE COURTS.
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WATER.


    William Hague was remanded till Monday, upon a charge of breaking and entering the workshop of James and Job Kingsbury, situate at 346, Upper Brougham-street, and stealing various articles.

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Evening News, Mon 29 Jul 1889 3

TRADE AFFAIRS.
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    A red-headed youth, named William Hague, was, at the WPC to-day sent up for six months, with hard labor, for larceny from a workshop of Messrs Jas and Job Kingsbury, 346, Upper Brougham-street, and stealing carpenters’ tools. Prisoner was previously known to the police.

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William Hague, Gaol photo sheet 4 

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6076], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1910-1911, No. 11758, pp. 111-2, R5114. Emphasis added.
SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6076], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1910-1911, No. 11758, pp. 111-2, R5114. Emphasis added.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 11758

Date when Portrait was taken: 18/3/1911

Name: James Hay
(aka William Mason, William Hay, William Hague)

Native place: Newcastle

Year of birth: 1-5-1869

Arrived       Ship:
in Colony }   Year: BS

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Dealer

Religion: RC

Education, degree of: R and W

Height: 5' 2¼"

Weight     On committal: 140
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Auburn

Colour of eyes: Grey

Marks or special features: Five vaccine marks outside left upper arm. Scar on left forearm. Both arms freckled. Scar over left eye. Scar left cheek broad nose, hair thin on top of head patch of hair between nipples pale brown mole right side of back, legs hairy.

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William Hay, 1907

 

Evening News, Fri 8 Nov 1907 5

MIDNIGHT IN THE DOMAIN.
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    Constable Winter was on duty in the Domain at midnight on the 2nd instant, when he saw William Hay stealing stealthily after a drunken man. The constable followed. Soon afterwards he saw Hay, stoop over a sleeping inebriate and search his vest pockets.

    “Come with me,” said the constable.

    “Very well,” said Hay.

    At the Water Police Court this morning Hay (also called Hague and Hogue), whose age was 39, was charged with frequenting the Domain with intent to steal.

    There were 17 previous convictions against him, the first dating back to 1888 at Newcastle.

    Six months’ hard labor.

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The Australian Star, Sat 9 Nov 1907 6

A DOMAIN PROWLER
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     William Hay, with the aliases of Hayes, Hogue, Brogan, and several other names, 39, came before the Water Police Court yesterday on a charge of being a suspected person found in the Domain at the midnight hour turning over persons there asleep, and going through their pockets. Seventeen times had Hay, &c, been convicted of offences of a varied character, some long sentences being recorded against him. Mr Patten, SM, passed a sentence of six months.

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    A church for children under twelve has been established by the Rev George Denyer, vicar of Christ Church, Blackburn (Eng.). It will be offered entirely by boys, and there will be a choir of girls. Two services will be held every Sunday.

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The Daily Telegraph, Sat 9 Nov 1907 7

POLICE COURTS.
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SUSPECTED PERSON.

    William Hay, alias Hague, alias Hogue, was charged at the Water Court with being a suspected person, found frequenting the Domain with intent to steal on November 3. He was seen rifling a man’s pockets, and was arrested. Hay was an old offender, there being several previous convictions.

    He was sentenced to six months.

 


1   The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 21 Apr 1888, p. 6. Emphasis added.

2   Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Sat 27 Jul 1889, p. 4.

3   Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Mon 29 Jul 1889, p. 5.

4   SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6076], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1910-1911, No. 11758, pp. 111-2, R5114. Emphasis added.

5   Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Fri 8 Nov 1907, p. 7.

6   The Australian Star, (Sydney, NSW), Sat 9 Nov 1907, p. 15. Emphasis added.

7   The Daily Telegraph, (Sydney, NSW), Sat 9 Nov 1907, p. 22.