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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Fri 11 Aug 1899 1

NEWCASTLE POLICE COURT.
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Thursday, August 10.
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(Before Mr LS Donaldson, SM.)
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DESERTION.

    James Kelly, Ola Anderson, and James Miller were each sentenced to four week’s imprisonment, with hard labour, for having, on the 8th inst, deserted the British registered ship Metropolis.

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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Sat 12 Aug 1899 2

NEWCASTLE POLICE COURT.
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Friday, August 11.
(Before Mr LS Donaldson, SM.)
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ALLEGED UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    The greater part of the day was occupied by the hearing, with closed doors, of a charge against a seaman named James Kelly, who early in the morning of the 10th inst, was arrested by Water-police Constable Bell, for having on board the ship Metropolis, lying at the wharf, it is alleged, committed an unnatural offence.

    Sud-inspector Hinds prosecuted, and accused was undefended.

    The circumstances disclosed by the evidence are extremely revolting.

Having heard the evidence of Water-police Constable Bell, William Parry, the boy, Dr Harris, and Lawrence Robertson, Charles Taylor, Ferdinand Harmsen, and Robert Davies (seaman of the Metropolis), accused was committed for trial at the Newcastle Quarter Sessions on the 4th proximo.

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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Wed 6 Sep 1899 3

NEWCASTLE QUARTER SESSIONS.
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SEPTEMBER SITTINGS.
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(Before His Honor Judge Docker.)
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    The September sittings of the Quarter Sessions were continued yesterday, his Honor Judge Docker presiding. Mr AF Dawson prosecuted on behalf of the Crown. Sub-inspector Hinds being also present, and Mr WH Shaw, Deputy-Sheriff, occupied a seat beside his Honor.

A SERIOUS CHARGE.
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    A seaman named James Kelly, who was arrested early on the morning of 10th August by Water Police Constable Bell, was arraigned on a serious charge. He was undefended.
    The offence complained of was alleged to have taken place on board the ship Metropolis.
    After hearing the evidence of the arresting constable, William Parry, the boy, Dr John Harris, and others.
    The jury found the accused “guilty.”
    The prisoner, who took the verdict with melancholy stillness, was remanded for sentence.

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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Thu 7 Sep 1899 4

NEWCASTLE QUARTER SESSIONS.
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THE DAY OF RETRIBUTION.
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SEPTEMBER SITTINGS.
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(Before His Honor Judge Docker.)
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    The September sittings of the Quarter Sessions were continued yesterday his Honor Judge Docker presiding. Mr AF Dawson prosecuted on behalf of the Crown, Sub-Inspector Hinds being also present, and Mr WH Shaw, Deputy-Sheriff, occupied a seat beside his Honor.

A SENTENCE OF SEVEN YEARS.
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    James Kelly, the seaman belonging to the ship Metropolis, who was found guilty upon a serious charge, was sentenced to seven years’ penal servitude.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 7 Sep 1899 5

NEWCASTLE.
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THE QUARTER SESSIONS.
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Newcastle, Wednesday.

    The sittings of the Newcastle Court of Quarter Sessions were resumed and concluded before his Honor Judge Docker at the City Courthouse to-day. Mr Dawson prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

    William Campbell was arraigned on an indictment charging him with having assaulted William Pendlebury, thereby occasioning him actual bodily harm. There was a second count of common assault. Both prosecutor and accused were employed as wheelers at the Burwood colliery, where the assault was alleged to have taken place. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and the accused was thereupon discharged from custody.

    Joseph Brilley was arraigned on an indictment charging him with having maliciously set fire to a kapok bed in his dwelling-house in Lower Church-street, Newcastle, on July 8. Dr John Harris, Government medical officer, deposed that accused at the time was suffering from the effect of a recent fit. The jury acquitted the accused on the ground that he was temporarily insane at the time of the alleged offence.

    John Powell, charged with assault, occasioning actual bodily harm, at Broadmeadow on July 15, was found guilty, and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, with hard labour.

    Alick Israel, who pleaded guilty at the opening of the sessions to a charge of having, under provocation, inflicted grievous bodily harm on one Genot Allie at Newcastle on July 14, was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment, with hard labour.

    Henry Smith, who was found guilty at Monday’s sitting of having stolen a clock from a dwelling-house was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment, with hard labour.

    Thomas Watson, who had pleaded guilty to a charge of theft in a dwelling-house, was, in consequence of his previous career, sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, with hard labour.

    James Brown, who had pleaded guilty to a charge of having forged a cheque and uttered the same, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, with hard labour.

    James Kelly, found guilty of a serious offence on board a vessel in port, was sentenced to seven years’ penal servitude.

    William John Sparks, who was yesterday found guilty on a charge of the abduction of a girl named Florence Victoria May Sparks, 16 years and 11 months of age, was sentenced to three years’ penal servitude.

    His Honor delivered his reserved judgment in the appeal of the newsboy named James Johnson against his conviction and sentence of six months’ imprisonment on a charge of vagrancy. His Honor upheld the appeal, and remarked that had the same evidence been adduced at the trial the magistrate would not have convicted the appellant.

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James Kelly, Gaol photo sheet 6

SRNSW: NRS2397, [3/6010], Parramatta photographic description book, 1880-1930, No. 632, p. 47, R5137


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 632
Parramatta

Date when Portrait was taken: 26-9-1899

Name: James Kelly

Native place: Ireland

Year of birth: 1855

Arrived       Ship: Metropolis
in Colony }   Year: 1899

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Seaman

Religion: R. C.

Education, degree of: R. W.

Height: 5' 4½"

Weight     On committal: 149
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Light brown


Marks or special features: Full rigged ship on breast, ½ Bracelet on right wrist. Finger right hand crooked

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Newcastle PC
Newcastle Q.S

10
  5

8
9

1899
1899

Desert ship
Sodomy

4 weeks H.L.
7 years P.S.    | Concurrent

 


1     Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Fri 11 Aug 1899, p. 6. Emphasis added.

2     Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Sat 12 Aug 1899, p. 6.

3     Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Wed 6 Sep 1899, p. 7. Emphasis added.

4     Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Thu 7 Sep 1899, p. 6.

5     The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 7 Sep 1899, p. 8. Emphasis added.

6     SRNSW: NRS2397, [3/6010], Parramatta photographic description book, 1880-1930, No. 632, p. 47, R5137