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Below also see: Leonard Dowling, 1909,
Harry Downing, 1916,
Harry Downing, 1922


Evening News, We 15 Feb 1899
1

CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED
BURGLARY.
————

    Luke Dowling, 27, painter, of low stature, and somewhat hard of hearing, was at the Water Police Court yesterday before Mr Wilshire, SM, charged on remand with attempting to break and enter the premises of Messrs Lloyd and Collins, 304 George-street. Dowling was arrested by Constable Cox. Shortly after midnight on February 7 the constable saw him in Hunter-street. He was acting suspiciously, taking stock of the various business premises he passed, so the constable decided to follow him. Dowling turned into George-street, and on reaching the shop of Messrs Lloyd and Collins disappeared into the doorway recess. After the lapse of a few minutes he came out on to the footway, and had a look round. He went back again, and stayed about five minutes. As Cox approached, Dowling reappeared on the footway, and started off at a brisk pace towards Hunter-street. The officer overhauled and arrested him. On being searched, Dowling was found in possession pf a piece of horseshoe, sharpened to a fine edge at one end. An examination of the premises showed that the doors had been tampered with. Pieces of wood which had been splintered from the door, were picked up by Cox. Accused when arrested remarked that he was hard of hearing. Evidence was given by Richard Corcoran, night watchman, to the effect that while on the opposite side of George-street he saw Dowling endeavouring to force the door of the shop. Frank Lloyd, manager of the firm of Lloyd and Collins, gave evidence to certain marks being found upon the door of the premises. Accused, who reserved his defence, was committed for trial, bail being allowed.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 25 Feb 1899 2

POLICE COURTS.
———◦———


    A Charge of Breaking and Entering.—At the Water Police Court yesterday, before Mr Edwards, SM, Luke Dowling, 27, a painter, was charged with breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Alexander E Papps, at Charles-street, Woolloomooloo, and stealing therein a lady’s purse, a gold ring, and 3s 6d in money, the Property of Margaret Kennedy.

    Accused was committed for trial at the ensuing Quarter Sessions.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 3 Mar 1899 3

LAW NOTICES.

QUARTER SESSIONS.—
Friday, March 3.

    Luke Dowling, attempt to break and enter a shop, burglary; Arthur Williams, assault and robbery; Edwin Elliott, larceny (two charges), stealing; Thomas Summers, inflicting grievous bodily harm.

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The Daily Telegraph, Sat 4 Mar 1899 4

QUARTER SESSIONS.
————
(Before Judge Backhouse and Juries.)

    Mr WL Merewether Appeared for the Crown.

ATTEMPT TO BREAK AND ENTER.

    Luke Dowling was indicted for having on February 8 last attempted to break and enter the premises of Messrs Lloyd and Collins, in George-street. Evidence was tendered by the Crown to show that accused was seen “prizing” open the door, and when arrested a piece of horse-shoe was found in his pocket. Accused, who was undefended, said in defence that he was a painter by trade, and merely wanted too see how the door was painted. The jury returned a verdict of guilty. Prisoner was remanded for sentence.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 4 Mar 1899 5

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Backhouse and juries of 12.)

    Mr WL Merewether was Crown prosecutor.

ATTEMPT TO BREAK AND ENTER.

    Luke Dowling was charged with attempting to break and enter the shop of Lloyd and Collins, George-street, at midnight on February 8. Accused pleaded not guilty. Evidence was given by the arresting constable and Corcoran, a night watchman. The latter said that he had seen accused endeavouring to force the door open for some minutes. He informed Constable Cox, who arrested the accused at the corner of Hunter-street. He found a piece of horseshoe in the pocket of the accused. This corresponded with marks on the door of the shop. Accused stated that he had inspected the door to see how it was made. He pleaded deafness. The jury, after a short retirement, returned a verdict of guilty. Accused was remanded for sentence.

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The Daily Telegraph, Wed 15 Mar 1899 6

METROPOLITAN QUARTER
SESSIONS.
————
Before Judge Backhouse and juries.)

    Mr WL Merewether prosecuted for the Crown.

SENTENCES.


    Luke Dowling, convicted of attempting to break and enter the premises of Robert BR Lloyd, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in Darlinghurst Gaol, with hard labor

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 15 Mar 1899 7

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Backhouse and juries of 12.)

    Mr WL Merewether prosecuted for the Crown.

SENTENCES.


    Luke Dowling, a middle-aged man, who was found guilty of attempting to break and enter a shop of Benjamin R Lloyd, Sydney, with intent to steal, was brought up for sentence. His Honor said this was a very serious offence, as the prisoner had been found at a very late hour attempting to enter business premises. The prisoner was sentenced to three years, with hard labour, in Darlinghurst Gaol.

    The Court adjourned till the following morning at 10 o’clock.

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Luke Dowling, Gaol photo sheet 8

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6063], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1898-99, No. 7660, p. 240, R5107.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 7660

Date when Portrait was taken: 3-3-1899

Name: Luke Dowling

Native place: England

Year of birth: 1872

Arrived       Ship: Croz
in Colony }   Year: 1885

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Painter

Religion: C of E

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5' 4"

Weight     On committal: 131
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Grey


Marks or special features: Female bust above heart anchor & cross inside right forearm, at forefinger bent nude female with wreath inside left forearm, ½ bracelet on left wrist. Ring on left 3rd finger scar on left eyebrow. Tattoo spot junction left middle & forefinger. Slightly deaf.

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 

PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Sydney Q.S

Central PC

Central PC

Water PC

3
 

13

19

9

 3

2

1

9

1899
 

1904

1905

1907

Attempt to break and enter a shop with
intent to steal

Stealing

Stealing

ditto

3 years H.L.
[Discharged 11-7-1901]

6 months HL

6 months HL

6 months HL

 


 

Leonard Dowling, 1909


Evening News, Thu 11 Feb 1909
9

BREVITIES.
———◦———


    At the Balmain Police Court, Leonard Dowling, 36, painter, charged with assaulting Arthur Veil at Balmain on January 28, was committed for trial.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 11 Feb 1909 10

POLICE COURTS.
———◦———

COMMITTED FOR TRIAL.

    At the Balmain Police Court, before Mr CN Payten, SM, Leonard Dowling, 36, painter, was committed for trial on a charge of assault.

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The Daily Telegraph, Fri 16 Apr 1909 11

QUARTER SESSIONS.
———
(Before Judge Murray and juries.)

    Mr H. Harris prosecuted for the Crown.

IMPROPER ACTS.

    Leonard Dowling (defended by Mr EJ Spear), and Giovanni Re (defended by Mr James W Abigail) were convicted of separate acts of indecency, and were remanded for sentence.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 16 Apr 1909 12

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Murray and juries.)

    Leonard Dowling pleaded not guilty to a charge that on January 28, 1909, at Balmain, he did commit a serious offence. Mr Spear appeared for the accused.
    Accused was found guilty, and remanded for sentence.

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The Daily Telegraph, Sat 17 Apr 1909 13

QUARTER SESSIONS.
———
(Before Judge Murray and Juries.)

    Mr H. Harris prosecuted for the Crown.

SENTENCED.

    Leonard Dowling (38), found guilty of an indecent assault, was sentenced to undergo a term of two years’ imprisonment, with hard labour, in Grafton Gaol.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 17 Apr 1909 14

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Murray and juries.)

SENTENCE.

    Leonard Dowling, convicted of a serious offence, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, with hard labour, in Grafton Gaol.

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Leonard Dowling, Gaol photo sheet 15

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6074], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1909-1910, No. 10957, p. 77, R5113.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 10957

Date when Portrait was taken: 15-4-1909

Name: Leonard Dowling
(aka Luke Dowling)

Native place: England

Year of birth: 3-5-1870

Arrived       Ship: Delmira
in Colony }   Year: 1870

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Painter

Religion: C of E

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5' 4½"

Weight     On committal: 157
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Brown


Marks or special features: Nude female standing on a flower and holding a wreath with both hands on left forearm. Bracelet back of left wrist. Ring junction left thumb. Bust of female with hat on above anchor, cross and heart on right forearm. Blue spot back of right forearm large scar down centre of back. Badly ruptured nude female with legs spread on inside left calf. Scar back of head

(No. of previous Portrait .. 7660)

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Central PC

ditto

Water PC

Sydney Q.S

13

19

9

14

2

1

9

4

1904

1905

1907

1909

Stealing

ditto

ditto

Indecent assault on a male person

6 months HL

6 months HL

6 months HL

2 years HL

And 1 previous conviction for which see Photo No. as above

 

 


 

Harry Downing, 1916


The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 18 Sep 1916
16

LAW NOTICES.
———
Monday, September 18.
———

QUARTER SESSIONS.

    Patrick McGrath, larceny; William Robinson and Minna Robinson, receiving stolen property; Harry Downing, misconduct.

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The Daily Telegraph, Tue 19 Sep 1916 17

CRIMINAL.
——

    At the Sydney Quarter Sessions, before Judge Docker and a jury.

    Harry Downing, found guilty of attempting to commit a serious offence, [twice on David Gilbert Ford, William Frend, Frederick Roberts], was sentenced to penal servitude for five years.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 19 Sep 1916 18

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Docker and juries.)

    Mr AF Dawson, Crown Prosecutor.

FIVE YEARS’ PENAL SERVITUDE.

    Harry Downing, an elderly man, was convicted on a charge of having attempted to commit a serious offence at Sydney on June 12. He was sentenced to five years’ penal servitude.

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Harry Downing, Gaol photo sheet 19

SRNSW: NRS2467, [3/6094], State Penitentiary photographic description book, 29 Aug 1916-15 Dec 1916, No. 15275, p. –.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 15275

Date when Portrait was taken: 19-9-1916

Name: Harry Downing
(aka Leonard Dowling, Leonard Bolton, Luke Dowling)

Native place: Yorkshire England

Year of birth: 3-5-1870 or 1860

Arrived       Ship: Delmira
in Colony }   Year: 1873

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Printer or Cook

Religion: C of E

Education, degree of: R&W

Height: 5' 4"

Weight     On committal: 170
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown to Grey

Colour of eyes: Brown


Marks or special features: Nude woman standing on flower, holding wreath with both hands on left forearm. Bracelet back of left wrist. Ring on left 3rd finger. Ring on junction of left thumb. Female Bust with Hat on above Heart anchor & cross on right forearm. Blue spot back right forearm. Large scar down centre of back Badly ruptured. Nude female with legs spread out on inside left calf. Scar on back of Head.

(No. of previous Portrait .. 7760, 7660, 10957, 14229)

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Sydney Q.S

18

9

1916

Assault with intent to commit Sodomy

5 years P.S.

and 7 previous Convictions for which see photo Nos. as above

 

 


 

 

Harry Downing, 1922


The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 22 Sep 1922
20

LAW NOTICES.
———
Friday, September 22.

QUARTER SESSIONS.

    Henry Dowling, [aka Harry Downing], indecency; William Mowbray, larceny; Arthur Melville, false pretences; George Daniel Budd, larceny.

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The Daily Telegraph, Sat 23 Sep 1922 21

CRIMINAL

THREE YEARS’ PENAL SERVITUDE.

    Henry Dowling, an elderly man, was convicted at the Quarter Sessions, [before Judge White], on a charge of having committed a serious offence, [an indecent assault on Milton Richmond Prior, 22 15 years of age], at Sydney on August 9. Accused against whom there were several convictions, was sentenced to penal servitude for three years.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 23 Sep 1922 23

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge White.)

    Mr LJ McKean, Crown Prosecutor.

SERIOUS OFFENCE.

    Henry Dowling pleaded not guilty to a charge of committing a serious offence at Sydney on August 9. The jury returned a verdict of guilty, the accused, against whom a long list of previous convictions was read, was sentenced to three years’ penal servitude.

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Henry Dowling, Gaol photo sheet 24

SRNSW: NRS2467, [3/6108], State Penitentiary photographic description book, 5 Sep 1922-24 Mar 1923, No. 18853, p. 36.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 18853 

Date when Portrait was taken: 23-9-1922

Name: Henry Dowling
(aka Leonard Dowling, Leonard Bolton, Luke Dowling)

Native place: England

Year of birth: 3-5-1870 or 1860

Arrived       Ship: Delmira
in Colony }   Year: 1873

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Painter or Cook

Religion: C of E

Education, degree of: R&W

Height: 5' 4¾"

Weight     On committal: 173
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown to grey

Colour of eyes: Brown


Marks or special features: Nude woman standing on flower holding wreath with both hands on left forearm. Bracelet on back of left wrist. Ring on left third finger. Ring on junction of left thumb. Female bust with hat on above heart, anchor and cross on right forearm. Blue spot on back of right forearm. Large scar down centre of back. Badly ruptured. Nude female with legs spread out on inside left calf. Scar on back of head

(No. of previous Portrait .. 7660, 10957, 14229, 15275)

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Sydney Q.S

22

9

1922

Indecent assault on a male person

3 years HL.

And 8 previous convictions for which see Photo Nos. as above

 


1     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Wed 15 Feb 1899, p. 3.

2     The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 25 11 Feb 1899, p. 7.

3     The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 3 Mar 1899, p. 8. Emphasis added.

4     The Daily Telegraph, Sat 4 Mar 1899, p. 12.

5     The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 4 Mar 1899, p. 7.

6     The Daily Telegraph, Wed 15 Mar 1899, p. 8.

7     The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 15 Mar 1899, p. 4.

8     SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6063], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1898-99, No. 7660, p. 240, R5107.

9     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Thu 11 Feb 1909, p. 1.

10   The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 11 Feb 1909, p. 4.

11   The Daily Telegraph, Fri 16 Apr 1909, p. 10. Emphasis added.

12   The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 16 Apr 1909, p. 5.

13   The Daily Telegraph, Sat 17 Apr 1909, p. 22.

14   The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 17 Apr 1909, p. 10.

15   SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6074], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1909-1910, No. 10957, p. 77, R5113.

16   The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 18 Sep 1916, p. 5. Emphasis added.

17   The Daily Telegraph, Tue 19 Sep 1916, p. 4.

18   The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 19 Sep 1916, p. 6.

19   SRNSW: NRS2467, [3/6094], State Penitentiary photographic description book, 29 Aug 1916-15 Dec 1916, No. 15275, p. –.

20   The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 22 Sep 1922, p. 6. Emphasis added.

21   The Daily Telegraph, Sat 23 Sep 1922, p. 4.

22   Milton Richmond Prior also appears in the Henry Johnson, 1922 case.

23   The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 23 Sep 1922, p. 9.

24   SRNSW: NRS2467, [3/6108], State Penitentiary photographic description book, 5 Sep 1922-24 Mar 1923, No. 18853, p. 36.