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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 13 Feb 1890 1

(By Telegraph.)
(From Our Correspondent.)

Bourke, Wednesday.

    The Quarter Sessions were opened to-day. The following new magistrates were sworn in by acting-Judge Bennett:—Messrs H Bull, H Bloxham, F Crosby, and K McKenzie. Jno Mullins, charged with the larceny of a cheque for £44 11s, was found guilty. George Corbett, charged with assault with intent, was found guilty. John Hunt, for larceny from a dwelling in Cobar, was found not guilty. The last case excited great interest.

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The Western Herald and Darling River Advocate, Sat 15 Feb 1890 2

(Before his Honor Acting Judge Bennet.)

    Barristers: JJ Armstrong (Crown Prosecutor) D Buchanan. Solicitors: Bolton (Cobar), Nevile, Biddulph and Ryan.
    His Honor intimated that he had received Her Majesty’s Commission to hold this Court in the absence of Judge Fitzhardinge.
    The following gentlemen were then sworn in as JsP, and were accommodated with seats on the Bench— Messrs McKenzie, HTR Bull, HK Bloxham and T Crosby.


    George Corbett pleaded not guilty to the above charge, alleged to have been committed at Louth on Xmas day last.

    The prosecutor, Charles Richards, deposed that on Xmas day last prisoner came into a bedroom where he was sleeping at Toy’s hotel at Louth, and attempted to take liberties with him, which he resisted. Did not see him again for two days, when he accused prisoner of the crime and he remarked “if I did do it I must have been mad or drunk.” On senior-constable Young apprending [sic] prisoner at Louth and charging him in Richard’s [sic] presence, with the offence he denied it. The jury found a verdict of guilty, and prisoner was remanded for sentence.

(His Honor took his seat at 10 o’clock.)


    George Corbett, convicted of assault with intent at Louth on the previous day, was sentenced to one year with hard labor in Bourke gaol.


    George Corbett was charged the second time with this offence, but the case was not proceeded with.

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George Corbett, 
Gaol photo sheet 3

SRNSW: NRS1998, [3/5957], Bathurst Gaol photographic description book, 1874-1930, No. 614, p. 120, R5084.

Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 614

 Date when Portrait was taken: 27-5-1890   

Name: George Corbett

Native place: BC Sydney

Year of birth: 1849

Arrived       Ship:
in Colony }   Year:

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Cook

Religion: RC

Education, degree of: Nil

Height: 5' 5"

Weight     On committal:
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Dark

Colour of eyes: Dark Brown

Marks or special features: Instep of right foot cut.

Where and when tried: Bourke Q.S.

Offence: Attempted Sodomy

Sentence: 12 months HL


(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 


Where and When Offence. Sentence









1   The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 13 Feb 1890, p. 5. Emphasis added.

2   The Western Herald and Darling River Advocate, Sat 15 Feb 1890, p. 7. Emphasis added.

3   SRNSW: NRS1998, [3/5957], Bathurst Gaol photographic description book, 1874-1930, No. 614, p. 120, R5084.