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Evening News, Wed 11 Feb 1891 1


    At the Redfern Police Court, yesterday, an Assyrian named Joseph Gregory, 34, was charged with having committed an unnatural offence at Glen Innes on the 17th ultimo. Constable Maclean, who arrested accused on the strength of a telegram from Glen Innes, asked for a remand to that place. Mr Williamson, for accused, asked for bail, stating that £1000 bail could be obtained. Mr Delohery, DSM, however, refused it, but subsequently ordered a telegram to be sent to the Glen Innes authorities for the purpose of ascertaining who the prosecutors were. No reply was received up to a late hour, so nothing was done in the matter.

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Evening News, Thu 12 Feb 1891 2


    The Assyrian Joseph Gregory, whoo was charged at Redfern Police Court, yesterday, with committing an unnatural offence at Glen Innes, was conveyed by train to Glen Innes this morning, bail, although a substantial amount was offered, being refused.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 12 Feb 1891 3

(From Greville’s Co.)

Wednesday, received 7.20 evening.

    On the wharves this morning there was a good supply of Hunter River lucerne hay forward; prime green in demand, from £3 to £3 10s; old hay, £2 to £3 5s; maize, wholesale, 2s 6d; oats, 1s 10d to 2s; bran, 7d to 7¼d; pollard, 8s [sic–8d] to 8¼d; Hunter River potatoes £4, Warrnambool, £3 5s; Melbourne onions, £3 5s; butter, keg, 8d, separator, 9d, factory, 10d to 11d; eggs, 1s 1d to 1s 4d; cheese, 3d to 5d; bacon, 4d to 7d; ham, 1s; New Zealand bacon, 9d; New Zealand ham, 1s; lard, bulk, 3d, bladder, 4d; honey, 4½d; beeswax, 10d.

    Sir Henry Parkes received a telegram to-day from the Premier of Queensland, stating the date originally fixed for the meeting of the Federal Convention would suit that colony. The Conference will therefore meet on the 3rd proximo, even at the risk of Tasmania and West Australia not being represented.

    A cheque for £300 was paid over this morning by the Sydney Amateur Gymnastic Club to Goddard, winner of the fight last night.

    In reply to a deputation from the Gardeners’ Union, the Minister of Lands promised to obtain all necessary information to enable the Union to take up Crown land at Gosford or the neighbourhood, to be irrigated and utilised for the purpose of fruit and flower growing, on the co-operative principle, by members of the Union.
    The ship Sobraon, purchased by the Government for a training ship to replace the Vernon, arrived this morning.

Received 8.45 pm.

    The Assyrian, Joseph Gregory, who was charged at the Redfern police court yesterday with committing an unnatural offence, [bestiality], at Glen Innes, was conveyed by train to Glen Innes this morning. Bail, although a substantial amount was offered, was refused.


    CORRECTION.—In the list of Directors of the New North West Sunlight Gold and Antimony Mining and Reduction Company, advertised in our columns, the name Hon E Morley should read Hon E Morey, MLC, Victoria.

    NATHAN'S WEATHER FORECAST.—We have a jubilant note by post card from Mr Nathan, to the following effect: “Tuesday, Nathan’s weather forecast quite correct. 10th to 17th rain. Raining again, SN.”

    CRICKET.—The following will represent the 2nd Albions against the Northumberland on the Park on Saturday next, 14th February, for the Junior Badges:—L Jacob, H Jacob, Watters, Herrmann, Pedder, Harden, B Ross, Thompson, McCaffrey, R Lindsay, J Lindsay, J Scobie (12), Wilkinson (13), Crutch (14).

    THE HUNTER RIVER FARMERS COMPANY.—The eleventh half-yearly meeting of the above Company takes place at their office, Morpeth, on Saturday next. The hour is three o’clock in the afternoon. The half-yearly report and balance sheet will be submitted, and any other business transacted that may be legally brought forward.

    THE BISHOP ELECT OF NEWCASTLE.—From a private letter we learn that the Right Rev Doctor Stanton, Bishop-elect of Newcastle, is coming to Sydney this week to confer with the Primate on several matters. The Bishop-elect then purposes to run to Newcastle and spend some little time with his new brethren. Dr Stanton refers, with evidently pleasurable recollections, to a visit which he had some years ago to Maitland. He expects to reach Sydney about February 12. It seems that Dr Stanton has come somewhat earlier than was expected. The Newcastle Herald yesterday says: The Right Rev Bishop Stanton, Bishop-elect of the diocese of Newcastle, arrived here on Tuesday upon an informal visit to his new episcopate. The Bishop intends to return in a few days to Townsville, where he has yet many matters to arrange before his final departure, and it is expected that he will again come to Newcastle in about a month, when he will be officially welcomed by the synod of the diocese, and installed in his new see. The Bishop, who is very popular in North Queensland, was much pleased with the apparent prosperity of the city. On Tuesday he was closeted for some time with the Rev Canon Selwyn, and with him discussed diocesan business, afterwards proceeding to Sydney, whence he will return in a day or two.—The Armidale Express of Feb 10 says:—On Sunday morning last his Lordship Bishop Turner preached a sermon in the Anglican Cathedral before a large and attractive congregation, and at night Bishop Stanton, late of North Queensland, where he was most popular, and now Bishop of Newcastle, delivered an extemporaneous sermon that was listened to with rapt attention by a large congregation. The address while eloquent, was soundly practical and argumentative, and appealed strongly to the feelings of the congregation, who appeared to fully appreciate the pulpit utterances of the Right Reverend gentleman in question. We are pleased to welcome his Lordship Bishop Stanton to Armidale, and are pleased to learn that he is charmed with our admirable climate, though not very much impressed with the condition of our roads and streets.

    CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN THE DIOCESE OF MAITLAND.—A copy of Father O’Donohue’s report on the Catholic Schools in the diocese of Maitland has been sent to us. A table shows statistics for the years 1882-1890 inclusive, but omitting 1888 and 1889, when no report was put forth. The schools in 1882 numbered 19, last year they were increased to 27; in 1882 there were 22 religious teachers and 28 secular teachers, last year the numbers were 63 religious, 9 secular. The pupils enrolled in 1882 numbered 2,609 including 235 non-catholics; in 1890 they numbered 2,846, including 273 non-catholics. The average attendance last year was 2,054 or 73.8 per cent of the enrolment. The reports points out that the average attendance in the State Public Schools in 1889 was 69.5 per cent. The fees payable last year averaged 4.8d per week for each child. At the annual examinations 2,253 pupils were present, or nearly 80 per cent of the enrolment for the quarter in which the examination was held. Of the 2,814 examined in the Primary Departments 94 per cent were up to or over the requirements of the standards of proficiency. The report is accompanied by tables showing the results in detail of the examinations, each school being specified.

    VALUABLE CHARITABLE DONATIONS.—It is always a pleasure to chronicle acts of kindness and forethought for the poor and the indigent sick. Such an act has just been brought under our notice in the donation of £50 by a very old resident of the town to the Maitland Hospital and the Benevolent Asylum. The officials of both those institutions have just received from Mr William Bruce, of West Maitland, though [sic] Mr Sölling, solicitor, a cheque of £25 each, to be disposed of as the governing bodies of those institutions think fit, in the assistance of the inmates of the Asylum and Hospital. This is an example that others of our well-to-do citizens would do well to follow. In another coloumn [sic] will be found an acknowledgement, over the signature of the Treasurer of the Benevolent Asylum, of the liberal donation to that institution.

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Singleton Argus, Sat 14 Feb 1891 4


    The Assyrian, Joseph Gregory, who was charged at the Redfern police court on Tuesday with committing an unnatural offence at Glen Innes, was convyed by train to Glen Innes on Wednesday morning. Bail, although although a substantial amount was offered, was refused.

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Glen Innes Examiner and General Advertiser, Tue 17 Feb 1891 5

(Before Mr George Martin, PM.)



    Joseph Gregory (an Assyrian hawker), arrested in Sydney, was brought up on a charged of committing an unnatural offence at Glen Innes on 17th of January. Mr Fitzhardinge appeared for prisoner who was remanded till Monday.

    The accused was again brought up yesterday morning, and remanded till this day.

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Evening News, Tue 24 Feb 1891 6


    The Quarter Sessions opened at Inverell on Monday morning, when Mr Mayne, on behalf of the legal procession, cordially welcomed his Honor Judge Murray once more to the district.

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Glen Innes Examiner and General Advertiser, Tue 24 Feb 1891 7



    The case referred to in our last issue as having been initiated on Saturday, in which Joseph Gregory (one of the hawkers supposed to have been robbed at Glencoe) appeared in custody, charged with an unnatural offence, was concluded on Tuesday, when prisoner was committed to take his trial at the Inverell Sessions, which commenced yesterday. The facts of the case upon which the prosecution relied are somewhat singular. On the morning of the 17th January last three boys while out rat hunting at Doyle’s Sheep Station saw a Syrian, whom they all positively swore to as Gregory, commit the offence alleged, and they all concurred the time was about 12 noon. In answer to the charge an alibi was sought to be proved on the evidence of Joseph Beshoatly, Geval Taher, and Joseph Taher (countrymen of prisoner), who distinctly swore that Gregory was with them, and not out of their company, at Reading’s boarding house, the whole day. This evidence was substantiated by Joseph Reading, Patrick Percy Murphy, Hugh Sweeney, and William Low, who deposed that they saw prisoner at the boarding house at the time the offence was alleged to have been committed. Constable Taylor, who examined the place where the boys say that the offence took place, testified that it would take an average walker 35 minutes to walk there from the boarding house, at the rate of four miles an hour. Previous to the commitment the Bench had a number of Syrians brought into the court, and the prisoner was ranged up with them. The three boys were then asked to look at the men, and say if they had any doubt as to the identity of prisoner without the least hesitation, they stated they were sure as to the identification of Gregory. Mr JA Boyd conducted the prosecution, and Mr Fitzhardinge appeared for prisoner.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 24 Feb 1891 8

(By Telegraph.)
(From Our Correspondents.)

Inverell, Monday.

    A number of prominent residents, headed by the Mayor, met his Honor Judge Murray at Long Plain, on Sunday, on his return to the Inverell circuit. The Mayor drove the Judge to his private residence, where his health was drunk and suitably responded to.

    The Quarter Sessions opened this morning, when Mr Mayne, on behalf of the legal profession, cordially welcomed his Honor Judge Murray once more to the district.


1     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Wed 11 Feb 1891, p. 5.

2     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Thu 12 Feb 1891, p. 6.

3     The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 12 Feb 1891, p. 5.. Emphasis added..

4     Singleton Argus, Sat 14 Feb 1891, p. 2.

5     Glen Innes Examiner and General Advertiser, Tue 17 Feb 1891, p. 2.

6     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Tue 24 Feb 1891, p. 6.

7     Glen Innes Examiner and General Advertiser, Tue 24 Feb 1891, p. 2.

8     The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 24 Feb 1891, p. 5.