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Goulburn Evening Penny Post, Tue 19 Jan 1897 1

GOULBURN QUARTER SESSIONS.

    The above sessions opened this morning before his Honor Judge Fitzhardinge. Mr Moriarty acted as deputy sheriff. Mr J Armstrong prosecuted for the Crown.

BESTIALITY.

    Henry Rushworth, a young man 19 years of age, was charged with committing an unnatural offence at Mittagong on 25th December, 1896. He was also charged with an attempt.

    Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was undefended.

    There were four witnesses for the prosecution. Prisoner [Henry Rushworth] gave evidence on his own behalf, and denied the charge. The jury, after a short retirement, returned with a verdict of guilty of attempt.

    Prisoner said he belonged to O’Connell in the Bathurst district. He was working on the deviation works for a man named Smith.
His Honor said the jury had taken a merciful view of the case. As accused’s character hitherto appeared to have been good he would pass a light sentence. He sentenced prisoner to six months’ imprisonment with hard labour in Goulburn gaol. His Honor directed that prisoner should be given separate treatment.

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The Goulburn Herald, Wed 20 Jan 1897 2

GOULBURN QUARTER SESSIONS.

    Opened yesterday before his Honor Judge Fitzhardinge. Mr Moriarty acted as deputy sheriff. Mr Armstrong prosecuted. The other members of the legal profession present were Messrs Betts, O’Brien, Howard, and McCarthy.

OFFENCE AT MITTAGONG.

    Henry Rushworth nineteen, was charged with committing an unnatural offence, [bestiality ], at Mittagong on 25th December, 1896. He was further charged with an attempt to commit the offence.

    Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was undefended. One juror was ordered to stand aside by the crown.

    Three witnesses deposed that they saw prisoner commit the offence and that when Mr Greer called out to him he run away. The arresting constable said prisoner first denied being away from his camp, but afterwards admitted that he was, but said that he ran away because Mr Greer threatened to give him into custody.

    Prisoner [Henry Rushworth] went into the box, and repeated the latter statement.

    His Honor briefly summed up; and the jury after half-an-hour’s deliberation found prisoner guilty of attempt.

    The arresting constable said prisoner’s previous character had been good and that his employer, Mr Smith, contractor for the railway deviation works at Mittagong, was very much surprised to hear of his misconduct.

    Prisoner said he came from O’Connell, near Bathurst, and had been working for Mr Smith for six months, first at Katoomba and then at Mittagong.

    His Honor said the jury had taken a very merciful view of the case, a course he fully agreed with, because it was safer than convicting on the full charge.

    Sentence—Six months with hard labor, Goulburn jail. As prisoner is under twenty-five, he will undergo separate treatment, will sleep on a plank bed, and will at stated periods have a bread and water diet.

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Bowral Free Press and Berrima District Intelligencer, Sat 23 Jan 1897 3

OFFENCE AT MITTAGONG.
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AT the Goulburn Quarter Sessions on Tuesday last before Judge Fitzhardinge,

    Henry Rushworth, nineteen, was charged with committing an unnatural offence at Mittagong on 25th December, 1896. He was further charged with an attempt to commit the offence.

    Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was undefended. One juror was ordered to stand aside by the crown.

    Three witnesses deposed that they saw prisoner commit the offence and that when Mr Greer called out to him he ran away. The arresting constable said prisoner first denied being away from his camp, but afterwards admitted that he was, but said that he ran away because Mr Greer threatened to give him into custody.

    Prisoner went into the box, and repeated the latter statement.

    His Honor briefly summed up; and the jury after half-an-hour’s deliberation found prisoner guilty of attempt.

    The arresting constable said prisoner’s previous character had been good and that his employer, Mr Smith, contractor for the railway deviation works at Mittagong, was very much surprised to hear of his misconduct.

    Prisoner said he came from O’Connell, near Bathurst, and had been working for Mr Smith for six months, first at Katoomba and then at Mittagong.

    His Honor said the jury had taken a very merciful view of the case, a course he fully agreed with, because it was safer than convicting on the full charge.

    Sentence—Six months with hard labor, Goulburn jail. As prisoner is under twenty-five, he will undergo separate treatment, will sleep on a plank bed, and will at stated periods have a bread and water diet.—Goulburn Herald.

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Henry Rushworth, Gaol photo sheet 4

SRNSW: NRS2232, [3/5972], Goulburn Gaol photographic description book, 17 Dec 1896-28 Jun 1899, No. 1147, p. 37, R5120.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 1147
Goulburn

Date when Portrait was taken: 19th March 1897.

Name: Henry Rushworth

Native place: O’Connell near Bathurst

Year of birth: 1877

Arrived       Ship:
in Colony }   Year:

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: C of E

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5' 10¼"

Weight     On committal: 160
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: dark brown

Colour of eyes: hazel


Marks or special features: Large brown patch back of right shoulder, mole on left breast close to arm pit, scar left shoulder blade, both knees, and on little finger left hand.

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Goulburn Q.S

19

1

1897

Attempting to commit bestiality

6 months H.L.

 


 

Henry Rushworth, 1920

The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 21 Feb 1920 5

CASUALTIES.
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    WELLINGTON, Friday.—Henry Rushworth, 45, a returned soldier, 6 committed suicide by taking poison. The deceased married in England, and since coming to Australia has not lived happily. Deceased served through the late war, and also in the South African war.

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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Tue 24 Feb 1920 7

NEWS OF THE DAY.
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    When a constable went to the residence of Henry Rushworth, at Wellington, New South Wales, to serve him with a summons in connection with wife maintenance, he was informed that he was dead, having taken poison a few minutes previously. Rushworth, who was a returned soldier, was married in England. A day or two before his death he said he would rather shoot himself sooner than support his wife.

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Northern Star, Tue 24 Feb 1920 8

GENERAL TELEGRAMS.
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RETURNED SOLDER’S DEATH.
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    SYDNEY, Monday.—Henry Rushworth, a returned soldier, of Wellington, NSW, informed his wife that he would rather die than support her. He then took a dose of strychnine, dying an hour later. Deceased was married in England. Since coming to Australia he had not lived happily with his wife.

 


1     Goulburn Evening Penny Post, Tue 19 Jan 1897, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2     The Goulburn Herald, Wed 20 Jan 1897, p. 2. Emphasis added.

3     Bowral Free Press and Berrima District Intelligencer, (NSW), Sat 23 Jan 1897, p. 3. Emphasis added.

4     SRNSW: NRS2232, [3/5972], Goulburn Gaol photographic description book, 17 Dec 1896-28 Jun 1899, No. 1147, p. 37, R5120.

5     The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 21 Feb 1920, p. 15.

6     To view the digitised service record (service number 2002, barcode 8071526) of Henry Rushworth go to: www.naa.gov.au

7     Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Tue 24 Feb 1920, p. 3.

8     Northern Star (Lismore, NSW), Tue 24 Feb 1920, p. 5.