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William McKeachie, 1905 ,

Below also see: William McKeachie, 1908,
William McKeachie, 1928 – Indecent assault
William McKeachie, 1930,
William McKeachie, 1936

 

Bombala Times and Manaro and Coast Districts General Advertiser, Fri 6 Jan 1905 1

    THE telephone between the gaol and the police barracks has been cut off. The State Government has done away with all these telephones with a view to retrenchment.

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     Mr William McKeachie, youngest son of Captain Andrew McKeachie, Bombala, and Miss Eliza Annie Allen, eldest daughter of the late Mr John Allen, were married at Cobargo on Wednesday by the Rev HW Curtis.

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    THE BEGA STANDARD now refuses to take advertisements, from travelling companies without the cash. The STANDARD has evidently been “bitten”—not an unusual experience for country papers doing business with travelling companies.

*          *          *

    THE bombastic advance agent of a travelling company skipped into the “Times” office the other morning with a half-crown job in his hand, a four-and-sixpenny advertisement in one pocket, and a six-inch free local in the other, and demanded to know with a great bluster if we could do the job at once and if not to give him the type and he’d do it himself. When calmly asked to consider the question of payment he snatched up the half-crown job and in the style of a Woolloomooloo bounder did a step-dance at the door while his tongue rattled out such vile language that he suddenly found himself outside the door taking at the air. Some of these advance agents think they own the Universe and that when they strike a country newspaper with a half crown job the proprietor should fall down and worship them.

 



William McKeachie
, 1908

 

Government Gazette of the State of NSW, Wed 29 Jan 1908 2

PROMOTIONS.
Department of Public Instruction.

THE Public Service Board have approved of the award of the undermentioned classifications to Teachers:—

BY EXAMINATION.

Name of Teacher.

School.

Date of Promotion.

Class IIIC provisionally.

William McKeachie

Sandy Flat and Wangrah.

1 January, 1908

 



William McKeachie
, 1928

 

Dismissal of teacher, William McKeachie, Feb 1928 3

Department of Education,
Sydney 17th June, 1927.

Memorandum to Mr Wm McKeachie,
  of the Public School at BUNYAN.

Mrs Bale’s Complaint.

    In a communication dated 15th instant, received from Mrs D Bale, Lambie Street, Cooma, she writes:–

    “Will you kindly inform me if the Head Master of a District Public School is allowed to take boarders at the school residence.

    The Teacher of Bunyan School who has his private residence in town also has three boarders. Will you kindly advise me re the matter.”

    You should furnish a report in regard to Mrs Bale’s representations,—such report to be forwarded through Inspector.

[Signed] GB Thomas
Deputy Chief Inspector.
Per AWG

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(Type of School)
(Name of School)
(Post Town)
(Class of School)
(Date)


Primary
Bunyan Public
Bunyan
Sixth
June 21st 1927

 


From 
(Name and office of writer): William McKeachie   Teacher
To:     GR Thomas Esq BA Dep Chief      Inspector of Schools Dept of Education, Sydney
Subject (Brief statement of subject-matter, written in red ink)
       Mrs E Bale’s Complaint
Reference: (Date and registered number of previous correspondence on this matter)

Note—Communications respecting different subjects must be made in separate letters. Sign your name at end of your letter.

    With reference to your Memorandum of June 17th in which you require a report on the representations of Mrs Bal. I beg respectfully to intimate that I reside in my own private residence in Cooma. (Which is five miles distant from Bunyan) because there is no vested school residence at Bunyan nor can a suitable residence be rented within the five mile radius.

    With respect to the other part of Mrs Bale’s complaint may I respectfully beg to state three young clerks are temporarily resident in my house, by private arrangement with Mrs McKeachie until suitable accommodation can be obtained — a rather difficult matter in Cooma.

Yours Obediently,
[Signed] William McKeachie.

GR Thomas Esq BA
Deputy Chief Inspector
Dept of Education.

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
Cooma District. — Section.
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No.
  Place Cooma
     Date 30th June 1927

Memorandum from WM West Inspector

to Chief Inspector.

Bunyan:

Mrs Bale’s complaint.

(Your Memo of 17th inst.)

I have to recommend:

(1) That Mr McKeachie be informed that his explanation with regard to Mrs Bale’s complaint is, under the circumstances, considered satisfactory.

(2) That Mrs Bale be informed that the action of Mrs McKeachie in providing a home for three young men until such times as they are able to secure other and suitable accommodation in the town is considered to be quite in order.

    Mrs Bale’s home is at present unsuitable for boarders. I understand that she is in receipt of rental from properties near Countageny.

WM West

(Enclos.)

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22nd July, 1927.
BUNYAN.

Mr W McKeachie,
Public
Mrs Bale’s Complaint.

    The explanation furnished by you in regard to Mrs Bale’s complaint is, under the circumstances, considered satisfactory.

    Copy of letter addressed to Mrs Bale is appended.

[Signed] GR Thomas,
Deputy Chief Inspector.
per
Encl.

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Bunyan parents letter. Photo: Peter de Waal
Bunyan parents letter. Photo: Peter de Waal

Bunyan
Sept 1st 1927

WM West
Inspector of Schools

Dear Sir

    We the undersigned parents of the children of Bunyan School. Require your presence at Bunyan School. At your very earliest convenience. Has [sic] a very serious offence has arisen.

Yours ect
[Signed] David Power
IA Huggett
John I Murphy
JW Miniers
J Pegram
AH McGregor

PS Kindly communicate with me and let me know the date and about the hour you can attend the Bunyan Public School 
[Signed] David Power

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The Under Secretary
  Education Department,
     SYDNEY.

Dear Sir

    We, the undersigned residents of Bunyan, and parents of children attending the Bunyan Public School, hereby make a charge on indecent interference with our sons at the school by Mr W McKeachie, the Teacher, and ask that an inquiry be made into the matter withput [sic] delay.

Yours faithfully,
[Signed] David Power
IA Huggett
John I Murphy

Cooma
19th September, 1927.

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BUNYAN

Investigation by Inspector

Requesting

Bunyan
Sept 19th 1927

The Education Department

  Dear Sir

     I registered and posted a letter on the 3rd of Sept to Mr West the School Inspector Stating that we required his attention at the Bunyan Public School at his very earliest convenience. And up to date I have not received no reply from him. The day I posted the letter in Cooma I heard he was in Bega I inquired at Cooma PO later on and found out the letter had been re addressed on to Bega. Has [sic] a very serious matter has cropped up at the school that wants investigating in to. Trusting you might look it up immediately.

I remain
yours Faithfully
[Signed] David Power

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
Cooma District.

No.
Memorandum from Inspector WM West                                                                      to Chief Inspector
Bunyan:

Complaint against the Teacher Mr William McKeachie

 

Inspector West Please hold an inquiry immediately

[Signed] GR Thomas
Adm Primary
30/9/27

 

 

* not sent, it being understood that the police are holding their hands pending dept’s action.

Now decided by police to prosecute

Accountant please hold salary 12/10/27

Place     Cooma
Date      19th Sept 1927



    Herewith please find complaint made by three residents of Bunyan against the Teacher.

    A statement has already been made to the officer -in-charge of Police at Cooma by the complainants.

    As the matter has been placed in the hand of the Police, it may be considered necessary that Departmental action should be held over for the time being.

    I am awaiting instructions as to the action that should be taken by me in the matter.

[Signed] WM West

P.S. Whilst recently in (on ?) the (court ? town ? road?) I was asked by the complainants by (?) to visit Bunyan, but as no charge or definite complaint was made, the matter was (adjourned ?) to stand over until I reached Cooma.

  * The Commissioner of Police.

For favour of information as to action taken by the police in this case.

[Signed] J Lasker
Acting Under Secretary

 

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Commissioner Street
Cooma
Sep 26th 1927.

Dear Mr Lasker

    Some seventeen years ago, you did me the doubtful kindness to transfer me from two half-time schools in Gingerra District to Bunyan & Evandale half-time schools. I did not know at the time of accepting them that Bunyan was one or I may have decided to remain in the bush.

    Bunyan had always an unsavoury reputation and now I am faced probably with police court proceedings on charges of indecent behaviour towards the boys of the school.

    I wish to be granted permission to seek legal advice on the matter, and also to solicit the assistance of the Dept in supplying me with particulars for the closing of the Bunyan School by the Department of Public Instruction some 25 years ago. I think Mr Inspector J Walker who was lately retired some months ago will be able to supply the necessary information.

    I have been told that the character and reputation of every teacher appointed to Bunyan has been assailed in this outrageous manner.

    If such has been the case, the principle involved is of great moment to teachers, and I have been

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urged by friends to fight the matter to the utmost of my ability.

    The notoriety of such an action is most distasteful, but as an active member of three masonic Lodges, a Friendly Society, an elderly of the Presbyterian Church, as well the Secretary of the Teachers Federation, you will understand my appeal for assistance.

    As I am unable to come to Sydney myself at this time, I have deputed Mr McKenzie of Rocky Plains Public School to wait on you. Any further information you may require he will be glad to supply. I am endeavouring during the vacation to obtain as many statements from reputable scholars as possible.

    I have entrusted Mr McKenzie with the Quarterly returns so you may see the time at which the development took place, and how the attendance has been affected by the malicious allegations.

I am,
Yours Faithfully
[Signed] William McKeachie

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

BUNYAN:

Serious complaint against Mr W McKeachie.

    Registered letters 103683 (Memo from Insp West) and 103294 (letter from Mr D Power) reached this office, with letter signed by three residents of Bunyan, on 31st September.

    In his forwarding memo, Inspector West says – “As the matter has been placed in the hands of the police, it may be considered necessary that Departmental action should be held over for the time being” and added that he was “awaiting instructions.”

    Another paper on the file – a letter from Bunyan dated 1st Sept, written to Insp West and signed by six residents – appears, judging by a pencilled note – to have reached him on the 8th Sept. The letter asked him to visit Bunyan at his very earliest convenience “as a very serious offence has arisen.”

    This paper was handed to me on 30th Sept, by Insp West, when he was called in to see the Acting Under Secretary, and attached to the file.

    As the papers first received indicated police action, there seemed to be nothing to do but ask the Commissioner of Police for information and I marked the papers accordingly. Before they were sent out, however, Mr Lasker sent me a letter he had received from Mr McKeachie (by the hand of Mr McKeachie of Rocky Plains Public) on 28th September.

    Mr Lasker directed me to hold the reference to the Commissioner and to call Inspector West in to the office. Mr West called on 30th Sept, and was directed to make immediate inquiry, unless it were found that police action had gone too far to permit of this. He returned to the Office later, and the same day, with the information that action was being taken by the Commissioner, who had sent the papers to the Crown Solicitor.

    It appears now that the police will prosecute Mr McKeachie.

[Initialled] AMY
11-10-1927

    “Mr McKeachie arrested at 3.30 pm on 13th instant, bail being allowed. Charge made at Cooma Police Court on the 14th instant – remanded till 21st instant. Mr Mitchell, Solicitor, of Cooma is of opinion the case will be eventually tried at the Quarter Sessions in February 1928.”

Extracted from Inspector West’s memo of 14/10/1927

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(Type of School)
(Name of School
(Post Town)
(Class of School
(Date)


Primary
Bunyan
Bunyan
Sixth
Oct 14th 1927

 


From
(Name and office of writer): W McKeachie Teacher

To: Mr Inspector WM West             Inspector of Schools Cooma
Subject (Brief statement of subject-matter, written in red ink)
       Application for leave of absence
Reference: (Date and registered number of previous correspondence on this matter)

Note—Communications respecting different subjects must be made in separate letters. Sign your name at end of your letter.

    I beg to apply for leave of absence from the 14th October inst owing to certain charges preferred against me by certain persons at Bunyan.
 
    The case has been remanded from today to the 21st inst.
 
    In view of the circumstances I deem it advisable that I should cease duty for the time being.
[Signed] W McKeachie
Teacher.
 
Chief Inspector,
 
    I have granted Mr McKeachie the Leave of Absence under the circumstances. I have to ask for approval of my action. Mr McKeachie was arrested at 3.30 pm 13th inst at Bunyan, but being allowed
 
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    The charge was made at the Cooma Police Court to-day (14th inst), but leave was granted for a remand till Friday 21st inst.
 
    Under the circumstances, it has appeared to me advisable that the Bunyan school should be closed for the time being (the attendance has fallen to three pupils).
 
    Mr Mitchell Solicitor, of Cooma is of the opinion that the case will be eventually tried at the Quarter Sessions in February 1928.
 
    I was advised of the action taken by the Police, by phone, at 8 am to-day at Adaminaby.
 
[Signed] WM West
 
Cooma
  14th Oct, 1927.
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COPY.
18th October, 1927.
 
Mr W McKeachie,

Public
BUNYAN.
 
Your suspension from duty.
 
    In view of the fact that you were arrested on the afternoon of the 13th instant, on a criminal charge, I hereby suspend you from duty under the provisions of sect. 56 of the Public Service Act, as from the 14th inst.
 
[Signed] S Lasker
Acting Under Secretary.
 
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
 
B U N Y A N:
Case of Mr W McKeachie, Teacher.
    Under Secretary,
 
    Papers appended show that Mr McKeachie was arrested on the afternoon of the 13th instant, on a criminal charge, and that he appeared before the Cooma Police Court on the 14th instant, when a remand was granted till the 21st instant.
 
    In view of the circumstances, I recommend that Mr McKeachie be suspended from duty under the provisions of Sect 56 of the Public Service Act , as from the 14th instant.

[Initialled] GRT
18. 10. ’27.

Approved.
[Initialled] SL
18. 10. ’27

Letters JR. (Mr McK)
Insptr
18/10/27 PSB

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B U N Y A N:

Case of Mr W McKeachie, Teacher.

    Under Secretary.

    Papers appended show that Mr McKeachie was arrested on the afternoon of the 13th instant, on a criminal charge, and that he appeared before the Cooma Police Court on the 14th instant, when a remand was granted till the 21st inst.

    In view of the circumstances, I recommend that Mr McKeachie be suspended from duty under the provisions of sect 56 of the Public Service Act , as from the 14th instant.

[signature illegible]
18. 10. ’27.

Approved.
SL
18. 10. ’27.

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Department of Education.
Sydney 18th October 1927
(In Your Reply, please quote 19            )

Bunyan

Public Service Board.

SUBJECT:  Suspension from duty of Mr W McKeachie, Teacher, Bunyan Public School.

————————————

    In view of the fact that Mr W McKeachie, Teacher, Bunyan Public School, was arrested on the afternoon of the 17th instant, on a criminal charge, I have suspended him from duty under the provisions of Section 56 of the Public Service Act , 1902, as from the 14th instant.

    Copy of the letter of suspension is appended.

[Signed] S Lasker
Acting Under Secretary.

    Seen by the Public Service Board who have decided not to take action under Section 56 of the Public Service Act , 1902, until the result of the trial is known.

[Signed] TS Champion
Secretary.

The Acting Under Secretary
  Department of Public Instruction.
     25 Oct 1927
Paid to 6th October ’27 inclusive.

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Commissioner Street
Cooma Nov 1st 1927.

Dear Mr Harkness,

    At the conclusion of the preliminary hearing on the 27th of October last, I was committed to take my trial at the next quarter sessions at a date to be fixed, presumably some time in February.

    I regret it was unable to avert a committal, owing to our inability to obtain information as to the specific nature of the charges on the advice of my solicitor Mr FF Mitchell of Cooma. I am reserving my defence..

    I handed over the keys of the school to Mr Davy last week. I trust he has been made acquainted with as much of the place’s history as it was expedient he should know.

    Should I make application for such of the school records, Class Roll, Admission Register etc as I may need to assist me in instructing as strong a defence as possible, may I expect that the application will be favourably considered?

    Thus far the evidence educed is revolting and ridiculous in the extreme but it is corroborative in many places though contradicted in others, and Mr Mitchell tells me had he been the Magistrate he could not have done otherwise than commit.

    The enforced idleness for four months will be hard to

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submit to “Work is the pity of the Angels” as I daresay you have found.

    The suspense tells, to say nothing of how worry augments minor considerations.

    I would be glad if you would pass on the information as to the progress of the case to Mr Tasker (unofficially of course)

    Thanking you in anticipation

Yours Gratefully,
[Signed] William McKeachie.

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2nd November, 1927.

Dear Mr McKeachie,

    With reference to you letter of 1st instant, relative to school records, I desire to inform you that I see no objection to your getting possession of such records as you may need. You may show this letter to Mr Davy, who will no doubt meet your wishes in this matter.

    I shall, as you wish, inform Mr Lasker of the progress of your case.

Your faithfully,
Assist Under-Secretary.

Mr Wm McKeachie,
  Commissioner Street.
     COOMA. 

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C.P.16.

Copy

NEW SOUTH WALES

    Thomas Simpson Crawford Esquire being the Officer duly appointed to prosecute for His Majesty in this behalf, by virtue of the Act in such case made, being present in the Court of Quarter Sessions at Cooma, on the sixth day of February in the year one thousand nine hundred and twenty eight, charges that William McKeachie on the some day of in the month of April in the year one thousand nine hundred and twenty seven at Bunyan in the State of New South Wales, indecently did assault Thomas Matthew Power, a male person and the said Thomas Simpson Crawford further charges that the said William McKeachie afterwards, to wit, some day in the month of May in the year and at the place aforesaid indecently did assault Thomas Matthew Power a male person and the said Thomas Simpson Crawford further charges that the said William McKeachie afterwards, to wit, on some day in the month of June in the year and at the place aforesaid indecently did assault Thomas Matthew Power, a male person.

(Signed) TS Crawford.
8/2/28

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Cooma
QUARTER SESSIONS.

————————————

THE KING
against
William McKeachie

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INDICTMENT.
For

Under Act No. 40-1900, Sec.

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WITNESSES.


Cor. Cecil Albon White Esquire, Chairman.

Date of Plea 6th Feb 1928
Plea Not guilty

Date of Trial 6th, 7th, 8th February 1928

Names of Jurors.
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4..................................................
5..................................................
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7..................................................
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9..................................................
10...................................................
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Verdict Guilty on 2nd & 3rd Counts.

Not Guilty on 1st Count.

Jury makes strong recommendation for mercy on account of Mrs McKeachie & on account of Age of accused.

 

Date of Sentence 8th February, 1928

Sentence To be imprisoned & kept to hard labor for two years on each charge. Sentences concurrent.

 

(Signature) Daniel Moriarty

Clerk of the Peach.
8/2/28.

 

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COUNTRY NEWS.
———▴———
QUARTER SESSIONS.

Cooma, Wednesday

    Before Judge White and a jury, William McKeachie, teacher for 17 years at the Bunyan public school, four miles from Cooma, was found guilty on two charges of indecent assault on a schoolboy. The jury recommended mercy on account of the health of his wife and the age of accused ( 59 years). Thirty seven witnesses gave evidence of abominable practices, extending over many years.

    The judge referred in the case as a most painful one, and sentenced McKeachie to two years’ imprisonment on each count, terms to be concurrent. But for the jury’s recommendation, he said, the sentence would have been more severe.

    Henry Jones, alias Ronald Kimber, pleaded guilty to a charge of breaking and entering Hayes and Russels’s store, Queanbeyan, on January 24, and one of escaping the custody of Constable RG Williams, near Bungendore, on February 4. He was remanded for sentence.

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
Cooma District. — Section.
———◦———

No.
Memorandum from WM West Inspector                                                                      to Chief Inspector
     Bunyan:    Trial of Teacher Mr William McKeachie, in the case — Rex v McKeachie.

    I have to forward herewith an official copy of the charges preferred and the Sentence pronounced against William McKeachie, Teacher of the Bunyan Public School.

    The hearing of the case occupied three days, 6th, 7th and 8th inst during which period I was detained as a witness, and gave evidence as to the good character of Mr McKeachie.

    The case was prolonged owing to the lengthy evidence of thirty-seven witnesses, the deliberations of the jurors, the addresses of counsels, and the summing up of the judge.

[Signed] WM West

Place     Cooma
     Date    9th February 1928

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B U N Y A N:

Recommending dismissal of Mr William McKeachie.

    On the 13th October last Mr McKeachie, the teacher, was arrested on a criminal charge and he was suspended from duty in terms of section 56 of the Public Service Act , 1902, as from the 14th October.

    The case was reported to the Public Service Board who decided not to take action until the result of the trial was known.

    The trial was held during 6th, 7th and 8th February instant. Mr McKeachie was found guilty and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, with hard labour.

    Under the circumstances Mr McKeachie should be summarily dismissed from the Service in terms of Section 61of the Public Service Act ,

17. 2. ‘28.

1902. Last day of service — 14th October 1927.

[illegible initials]
Under Secretary
I concur.
GRT
17/2/28.

The Public Service Board

I concur.
HCH
for US
17/2/28.

    The Public Service Board have decided to recommend that Mr McKeachie be dismissed the Public Service as from the date of his conviction, viz, 6th February, 1928 – minute for Executive approval herewith.

    The Board have decided that Mr McKeachie should be paid no salary since suspension.

[signed] TH Champion
Secretary
Returned
2 Mar 1928

The Under Secretary
  Department of Public Instruction
     1 Mar 1928

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28/2198

    Recommending that Mr W McKeachie, Teacher, Bunyan Public School, Department of Public Instruction, be dismissed the Public Service.

1 Mar 1928

    Mr William McKeachie, Teacher, Bunyan Public School, Department of Public Instruction, was suspended from duty by the Permanent Head of that Department as from the 14th October, 1927, in view of the fact that he had been arrested on the afternoon of the 13th idem upon a criminal charge.

    Charges were preferred by the Police Authorities against Mr McKeachie and he was committed for trial. The trial was held at the Court of Quarter Sessions at Cooma on the 6th, 7th and 8th February, 1928, and Mr McKeachie was found guilty and sentenced to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for two years on each charge – the sentences to be concurrent.

    In view of the conviction, the Public Service Board have the honour to recommend for the approval of His Excellency the Governor and the Executive Council, in pursuance of the provisions of Section 61(1) of the Public Service Act , 1902, that Mr William McKeachie be dismissed the Public Service — with last day of service 8th February, 1928.

JL Williams
Chairman.
John Spence
JB Telfer
  Members of the
Public Service Board.


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BUNYAN

Minute Paper for the Executive Council.

No. 156.

    I advise that this recommendation by the Public Service Board be approved by His Excellency the Governor and Executive Council.

[Signed] DH Drummond
6/3/1928

 

His Excellency the Governor
                          And
the Executive Council.

 

APPROVED BY EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

[Signature illegible]
Clerk of the Council

Minute No.     12
Date    22 Mar 1928
Confirmed    27 Mar 1928

 

APPROVED.

[Signed] DRS de Chair
Governor
22 Mar 1928



Subject:   Recommending that Mr W McKeachie, Teacher, Bunyan Public School, Department of Public Instruction, be dismissed the Public Service.

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Public Service Board,
Sydney 1 Mar 1928                                                                                                                         

    Mr William McKeachie, Teacher, Bunyan Public School, Department of Public Instruction, was suspended from duty by the Permanent Head of that Department as from the 14th October, 1927, in view of the fact that he had been arrested on the afternoon of the 13th idem upon a criminal charge.

    Charges were preferred by the Police Authorities against Mr McKeachie and he was committed for trial. The trial was held at the Court of Quarter Sessions at Cooma on the 6th, 7th and 8th February, 1928, and Mr McKeachie was found guilty and sentenced to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for two years on each charge — the sentences to be concurrent.

    In view of the conviction, the Public Service Board have the honour to recommend for the approval of His Excellency the Governor and the Executive Council, in pursuance of the provisions of Section 61(1) of the Public Service Act , 1902, that Mr William McKeachie be dismissed the Public Service — with last day of service 8th February, 1928.

 

 

William McKeachie’s dismissal Minute Paper for the NSW Executive Council, March 1928. Photo: Peter de Waal
William McKeachie’s dismissal Minute Paper for the NSW Executive Council, March 1928. Photo: Peter de Waal


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[Draft letter]

Dear Madam

    In reply to your undated letter regarding the payment the payment made to the Super Fund by Mr William McKeachie, and the granting of Sp Leave to him, I have to inform you that your school in connection with the fence first mentioned matter that you should communicate with the Secty of the State Supe Bd, Challis House, Martin Place, Sydney when to whom when the papers xxxxx xxxxx in the case have been forwarded. Xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxx

    With regardin [sic] to the granting of long service leave to Mr McK or the payment of the money value thereof, I have to inform you

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that in view of the circumstances of the case neither L/S Leave nor the payment of the money value of same can be granted.

[illegible initials]
per

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BUNYAN

W McKeachie.  Applic for money due to

83 Kincaid St
Wagga Wagga
25-3-28.

Dear Mr Hedges,

    Mr Norris wrote me that he had spoken to you about moneys due to Mr McKeachie from the Department of Education.

    Since then I have received word from the Dept that the money paid to Superannuation would be refunded but nothing for long Service leave. A form was enclosed which I filled in & returned, but have heard nothing further.

    My husband was suspended from duty on 14th October & the last payment made on his salary reached Cooma ABC Bank on 8th October. So

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that almost a week’s salary is due.

    Mr West sent my husbands Birth Certificate & Three Insurance Policies to the Department when application was made for moneys due. I would be grateful if you would do what you can for us in this matter. I have been under a great deal of expense & as my health is very poor, I am debarred from taking up any work to improve our financial position.

    Thanking you in anticipation.

I am
Yours Gratefully,
EA McKeachie.

Mr W Hedges
Parliament House
Sydney.

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4th April, 1928.

Mr W McKeachie.
YOUR DISMISSAL.

    In view of your being convicted and sentenced by the Court upon a criminal charge preferred by the Police Authorities, His Excellency the Governor and the Executive Council have approved of your dismissal from the Public Service, under Section 61 (1) of the Public Service Act , 1902 — with the last day of service, 8th February, 1928.

    The Public Service Board have decided that you should be paid no salary since suspension.

[Signed] SH Smith,
Under Secretary,
per

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4th April, [19]28.

The Comptroller-General of Prisons,
  Prisons Department,
     SYDNEY.

Case of Mr William McKeachie.

    I shall be glad if you will kindly cause the enclosed communication to be forwarded to Mr William McKeachie, formerly a teacher under this Department, who has been convicted and sentenced by the Court upon a criminal charge preferred by the Police Authorities.

[Signed] SH Smith,
Under Secretary,
per

Encl.

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DISMISSAL.

    The following dismissal, under section 61 (1) of the Public Service Act , 1902, is hereby notified, last day of service being indicated within brackets :—

    Mr William McKeachie, Teacher, Public School, Bunyan (8th February, 1928).

TR Bavin, Premier.

————————

The Government Printer,
    For insertion in the next issue of the “Special” Government Gazette.

SH SMITH,
Under Secretary,
per

4.4.28

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26th April, 1928.
28/L

Dear Madam,

    In reply to your undated letter regarding the payments made to the State Superannuation Fund by Mr William McKeachie, formerly Teacher Public School, Bunyan, and the granting of long-service leave to him, I have to inform yo in connection with th first mentioned matter that you should communicate with the Secretary of the State Superannuation Board Challis House, Martin Place, Sydney, to whom the papers in the case have been forwarded.

    With regard to the granting of long-service leave to Mr McKeachie or the payment of the money value thereof, I have to inform you that in view of the circumstances of the case neither long-service leave nor the payment of the money value of same can be granted.

[Signed] SH Smith,
Under Secretary.
per

Mrs E McKeachie,
C/- Mr A[ndrew] J[ames] McEwan,
Commercial Banking CO.,
WAGGA, NSW.

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The Manaro Mercury and Cooma and Bombala Advertiser, Mon 6 Feb 1928 4

COOMA QUARTER SESSIONS
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Monday, 6th February.
————

    His Honor Judge CA White occupied the Bench. Mr J Dawson JP sat as Deputy Sheriff, Mr TS Crawford instructed by Mr J Gonsalves, Clerk of the Peace prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

    The following jurors were excused from attendance: Messrs CA Ferguson, D Perry, and Charles McNab.

————
CHARGE OF INDECENT
ASSAULT

    William McKeachie, formerly schoolmaster at the Bunyan School, was indicted on three counts for having indecently assaulted a lad named Thomas Matthew Power during the months of April, May, and June 1927.

    Jury: Xavier Wm Quail, Samuel Clarke, Athol Leslie Brooks, Henry Plackett, Cecil Wm Patrick Kennedy, James Oswald Ryall, Eric Samuel Watkins Mackay, George Constance, George Albert Clarke, Lancelot Day, Hubert Albert Dulhunty, Herbert Daniel McGregor, (Foreman).

    Accused challenged six jurors, and the Crown a like number, some of whom were objected to on account of being related to parties in the case. Mr Mitchell defended accused, who pleaded not guilty.

    The Crown prosecutor opened the case which he described as one of the most sordid in the annals of the country, and evidence was entered upon. At the time of going to press the case was proceeding.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 9 Feb 1928 5

COUNTRY NEWS.
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QUARTER SESSIONS.

Cooma, Wednesday.

    Before Judge White and a jury, William McKeachie, teacher for 17 years at the Bunyan public school, four miles from Cooma, was found guilty on two charges of indecent assault on a schoolboy. The jury recommended mercy on account of the health of his wife and the age of the accused (50 years). Thirty-seven witnesses gave evidence of abominable practises, extending of many years.

    The judge referred to the case as a most painful one, and sentenced McKeachie to two years’ imprisonment on each count, terms to be concurrent. But for the jury’s recommendation, he said, the sentence would have been more severe.

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The Cooma Express, Fri 10 Feb 1928 6

COOMA QUARTER SESSIONS
——–—
(Before Judge CA White.)
Mr Jas Dawson, Deputy Sheriff
——–—
Monday, 6th February, 1928
To Wednesday, 8th February

INDECENT ASSAULT

    William McKeachie was charged on three counts with indecent assault on a lad Thomas Matthew Power in April, May and June, respectively, 1927.

    Mr TS Crawford (instructed by Mr J Gonsalves, Clerk of the Peace) was Crown Prosecutor.

    Mr FF Mitchell appeared for accused.

    The following jury was empanelled:—
    XW Quail, Samuel Clarke, Athol L Brooks, Henry Plackett, Cecil WP Kennedy, James O Ryall, Eric SW Mackay, George Constance, George A Clarke, Lancelot Day, Hubert A Dulhunty, Herbert S McGregor (Foreman).

    Accused had been teacher of Bunyan Public School for about 17 years past until August, 1927.

    The Crown presented a very strong case, submitting evidence in proof of the charges, which were based on the alleged commission of certain morally indecent and perverted acts, some of which were stated to be committed more or less openly before the assembled pupils of the school, and others in the privacy of the locked schoolroom during recess. In the submission of evidence in chief and later of evidence in regard to general character, the Crown called witnesses of various ages, including school pupils of tender years, ex-pupils now grown to manhood, and parents of school children, a story of shocking depravity extending over many years being unfolded.

    The defence was an absolute denial of the charges, and in addition to witnesses as to good character, school pupil witnesses deposed to having seen or experienced no wrong happenings, as alleged, in the conduct of the accused. Contradictory statements by certain witnesses were also the subject of evidence. 37 witnesses gave evidence.

    The Crown case occupied all Monday and a short time on Tuesday, the case for the defence lasting until after tea on Tuesday.

    Mr Mitchell entered on his address to the jury on Tuesday night, concluding on Wednesday morning. He dealt with the differing mentality and psychology of children and adults, certain discrepancies in the Crown evidence, the extreme improbabilities of certain aspects of the case, particularly physical, and stressed the extraordinarily painful nature of the case generally.

    Mr Crawford submitted the strength of the Crown case generally in the quantity and variety of the evidence submitted, evidence which could only be forthcoming from a powerful sense of duty to Society on the part of the parents. He dealt with the terrible and unbelievable problems of moral perversion, which existed where least expected.

    His Honor summed-up thoroughly and impartially.

    Whatever the feelings of horror inspired in listening to the repulsive details which could not be glossed over, the jury must view the evidence dispassionately, being prejudiced neither for nor against the accused, doing their duty regardless of consequences. The Crown must satisfy the jury, beyond any measure of doubt as to the accused’s guilt.

    He dealt with the legal definition of assault, the matter of corroboration, and the value of evidence as to good and bad character.

    Following a visit to Bunyan to inspect the school premises and surroundings, the jury retired at 1 pm to consider their verdict.

    Shortly after 5 o’clock they intimated that they had agreed, and in a voice betokening considerable emotion the foreman announced verdicts of “Not guilty” on the first charge and “guilty” on the second and third charges.

    They added a strong recommendation to mercy on account of prisoner’s wife, and also on account of prisoner’s age.

    His Honor in discharging the jury thanked them and expressed sympathy in having had such a trying and difficult time.

    Mr Mitchell, speaking in a low voice, said that His Honor would realise that this was possibly one of the most painful cases ever heard in that court. It was very difficult indeed for an advocate after the jury had returned its verdict to put forward any special matter. The strongest plea was that which came from the jury itself, that His Honor exercise mercy in whatever sentence he might see fit to pass.

    His Honor had seen prisoner’s wife, a frail woman, and could realise as the jury did, her position.

    There was also the age of accused—50 years, his wife being nearly the same.

    The judge and jury might also feel that there was some special merit (if he might use the word) in the prisoner’s civic character for all these years.

    He asked that the fullest effect be given to the jury’s recommendations and if it were at all possible that His Honor avoid sending him away from his family and wife. He was sure it was not due to viciousness of character [sic] that what had happened had happened, but as the Crown Solicitor had suggested something in the mind and habit of accused—not from desire.

    He asked that he be allowed to remain without sentence to actual imprisonment, under such sureties as may be thought fit.

    His Honor said he would not be consistent with his duty if he took the last course suggested by Mr Mitchell.

    The jury had shown throughout the case that they had considered every act with great care, and had paid great attention to every aspect of the case, as evidenced by the discrimination of their verdict.

    No doubt in finding accused guilty on two counts they considered that the practice had been going on for a long time, as it was established that the prisoner had debauched the little boy, and had become so careless that he did it in such a way that he left it open to be observed by other pupils with the risk of contaminating them.

    It had been a very painful case to judge and jury, and particularly in the case of a man who had been held in such high esteem, and in other walks of life had done good work for the community, and even in his chosen profession.

    There was also the painful circumstances that his wife was a delicate woman.

    But for the jury’s recommendation he would have been bound to pass sentence of penal servitude involving a longer term.

    His Honor then passed sentence of hard labour for two years on each of the two counts, to be served concurrently.

    But for the jury’s recommendation the sentence would have been more severe. The sentence would be served in Maitland or such other gaol as might be prescribed by the authorities.

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The Manaro Mercury and Cooma and Bombala Advertiser, Fri 10 Feb 1928 7

COOMA QUARTER SESSIONS.
——–▴——–

    His Honour Judge CA White occupied the Bench. Mr J Dawson JP sat as Deputy Sheriff, Mr TS Crawford instructed by Mr J Gonsalves, Clerk of the Peace prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

    Jury: Xavier Wm Quail, Samuel Clarke, Athol Leslie Brooks, Henry Plackett, Cecil Wm Patrick Kennedy, John Oswald Ryall, Eric Samuel Watkins Mackay, George Constance, George Albert Clarke, Lancelot Day, Hubert Albert Dulhunty, Herbert Daniel McGregor.

INDECENT ASSAULT.

    The hearing of the charge involving three counts, against William McKeachie, formerly teacher at the Bunyan School, of indecent assault upon a lad named Thomas Matthew Power during the months of April, May, and June 1927, which commenced on Monday, was resumed on Tuesday.

    Voluminous evidence, of a nature which precludes its publication, was given, the case lasting throughout Tuesday and Wednesday. No less than 37 witnesses were examined viz 17 for the Crown and 20 in defence, the evidence closing at 8.30 on Tuesday night.

    Apart from the main evidence in relation to the charges, accused [William McKeachie] gave evidence in reply, making a complete denial of the allegations of the Crown witnesses. Evidence of good character was given on his behalf, and in rebuttal the Crown Prosecutor called several present, and former, pupils of the school.

    Mr Mitchell commenced his address to the jury at the close of the evidence on Tuesday night, and continued it on Wednesday morning, occupying 3 hours and 10 minutes. The Crown Prosecutor followed, his address lasting half an hour.

    His Honor reviewed the evidence in an address which lasted 1 hour and 10 minutes, and at noon on Wednesday the Jury left in the custody of the Sheriff’s Officer to view the school and its immediate surroundings. They returned and were locked up to consider their verdict at 1pm and at 5.15 announced agreement.

    The Jury found accused not guilty on the first count as regarded the month of April, but guilty on the 2nd and third, which related to the months of May and June. The jury added a strong recommendation to mercy on account of Mrs McKeachie, and also on account of the age of accused.

    His Honor in dismissing the jury thanked them for their attendance, and sympathised with them for having such a trying and difficult task.

    Mr Mitchell, on behalf of the accused, said it was one of the most painful cases heard. It was very difficult for an advocate when a jury had found a verdict in a case like that to put forward any special matter for the consideration of the Court. The strongest plea he could submit came from the jury itself; that his Honour would exercise mercy in whatever manner he might see fit. The accused had a wife, a frail, delicate woman, who had been a loyal wife to him and the circumstances urged the jury to make the recommendation. The Court had noticed the wife and his Honour would realise, as the jury had, the position which she would now be placed in, and also take into consideration the age of accused, 50 years; his wife was also of that age. The jury must have felt there was some special measure of consideration to be given to the character of the accused on his civil life over all those years. He assumed his Honour would give the very fullest possible effect to the recommendations the jury had made. He asked his Honour not to impose any sentence by which the accused would have to be imprisoned. If his Honour could see his way clear to allow him to remain outside, without sentencing him to imprisonment, he would find such sureties as his Honour might desire.

    His Honour said he was afraid he could not consistently with his duty take the course suggested by Mr Mitchell. The jury had considered every aspect of the case. In their distinction between the counts of the indictment they had shown real discrimination as to the dates alone; they had closely followed the explanation he had given to them of the nature of the charges and the way they were presented. The jury had found accused guilty on the second and third counts—all the counts were of the same nature—so that the verdict of the jury was a conviction on two offences of indecent assault against that little boy, and no doubt in coming to that conclusion they must have properly come to the conclusion that a great deal of the evidence given against accused, that the thing went on for a long time, was true. The accused became so careless that he acted in a way which left him open to be observed by other school pupils, with the risk of contaminating and demoralising them. It was a painful matter, particularly in the case of a man like accused who held a high position, and who was capable of such good work in other walks of life. It was a painful situation that accused had a wife dependent upon him, a delicate woman. The jury had strongly recommended him to mercy on account of his age, and for the sake of his wife. A judge would always find it difficult to consider matters of that nature; but for the recommendation of the jury he thought he would have been bound to pass a sentence of penal servitude, which would have involved a longer term of detention. The sentence he felt compelled to pass upon the accused was that he be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for a period of two years on each of those counts, which would be concurrent; that was to say a period in all of two years, in Maitland gaol, or such gaol as might be decided upon by the ahthorities [sic] in such cases.

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The Braidwood Review and District Advocate, Tue 14 Feb 1928 8

GROSS INDECENCY
———▴———

    At the Cooma Quarter Sessions last week a school teacher named William McKeachie, a married man aged 50, was arraigned on three counts of indecent assault on a lad named Thomas Matthew Power in April, May and June last. The accused had been teacher of the Bunyan public school for about 17 years till August last.

    The Crown presented a very strong case, submitting evidence in proof of the charges, which were based on the commission of certain morally indecent and perverted acts, some of which were stated to be committed more or less openly before the assembled pupils of the school, and others in the privacy of the locked school-room during recess. In the submission of evidence in chief and later of evidence in regard to general character, the Crown called witnesses of various ages, including school pupils of tender years, ex-pupils now grown to manhood, and parents of school children, a story of shocking depravity extending over many years being unfolded.

    The defence was an absolute denial of the charges, and in addition to witnesses as to good character, school pupil witnesses deposed to having seen or experienced no wrong happenings, as alleged, in the conduct of the accused. Contradictory statements by certain witnesses were also the subject of evidence. Thirty-seven witnesses gave evidence.

    The jury after four hours’ retirement returned with a verdict of not guilty on the first charge and guilty on the second and third charges. They added a strong recommendation to mercy on account of the prisoner’s wife and also on account of his age.

    The Judge refused an application that the accused be allowed to remain without sentence to actual imprisonment under such sureties as he thought fit. He sentenced him to two years’ gaol on each of the two counts, the sentences to be served concurrently.

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Government Gazette of the State of NSW, Fri 13 Apr 1928 9

DISMISSAL.
Department of Education.

    THE following dismissal, under section 61(1) of the Public Service Act, 1902, is hereby notified, the last day of service being indicated within brackets:—

    Mr William Mckeachie, Teacher, Public School, Bunyan.

    (8th February, 1928).

TR Bavin, Premier.

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William McKeachie, Gaol photo sheet
10

SRNSW: NRS2327, [3/5992], Maitland Gaol Photograph description sheets, 1875-1930, No. 2038, p. 2, R5132.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 2038
Maitland

Date when Portrait was taken: 22 Feb 1928

Name: William McKeachie

Native place: Monaro

Year of birth: 24-2-1878

Arrived       Ship:
in Colony }   Year:

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } School-Teacher

Religion: Presbyterian

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 6' –

Weight     On committal: 168
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Grey

Colour of eyes: Blue

Marks or special features: Right little finger deformed

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Cooma Q.S

9

2

1928

Indecent assault on a male person (2 charges)

2 years H.L.

 



William McKeachie
, 1930

 

The Tumut and Adelong Times, Tue 9 Sep 1930 11

LOCAL & GENERAL
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Commercial Bank, Wagga Wagga. Image: Illustrated Sydney News, (NSW), Sat 17 Mar 1883, p. 1. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
Commercial Bank, Wagga Wagga. Image: Illustrated Sydney News,
(NSW), Sat 17 Mar 1883, p. 1. Reproduction: Peter de Waal


    The annual conference of the N«w South Wales Country Press Association has been postponed from October to November 11 and 12, on account of the State elections.

    There was no police court at Adelong on Wednesday. Dealings were confined to the Warden’s Court, and applications to enter dealt with. All together in the last few weeks, 37 applications to enter on private property have been lodged.

    Sympathy goes out to Mr Andrew James McEwan, of the Commercial Banking Co’s Wagga staff in the loss at a nursing home on Tuesday morning of his young wife, Mrs. Elizabeth McEwan, aged 24 years. Deceased, who was the only child of Mr and Mrs William McKeachie, of Fairfield, Sydney, leaves her husband, a son aged three years and an infant daughter.

 



William McKeachie
, 1936

 

The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 2 Sep 1936 12

FAMILY NOTICES.

FUNERALS.


McKEACHIE.—The Relatives and Friends of Mr WILLIAM McKEACHIE are invited to attend the Funeral of his beloved Wife, Elisa Annie McKeachie; to leave her late residence, Glenayr, Rawson-road, Smithfield, TOMORROW(Thursday) MORNING, at 10 o’clock for the Crematorium, Rookwood.

METCALFE and MORRIS, Ltd.

Funeral Directors, Parramatta.

UW8891

DEATHS.


    McKEACHIE.—September 1, 1936, at her residence, Glenayr, Rawson-road, Smithfield, Elisa Annie, beloved wife of William McKeachie, aged 59 years.

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The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Advocate, Thu 3 Sep 1936 13

BREVITIES
———◦———


    Mrs Elisa Annie McKeachie (59), wife of Mr William McKeachie, of Rawson-road, Smithfield, died at that address on Tuesday. The body will be cremated at Rookwood cemetery this afternoon.

 


1     Bombala Times and Manaro and Coast Districts General Advertiser, (NSW), Fri 6 Jan 1905, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2     Government Gazette of the State of NSW, (Sydney, NSW), Wed 29 Jan 1908, p. 568.

3     SRNSW: NRS3829, [5/15174.2], School files, Bunyan. Emphasis added.

4     The Manaro Mercury and Cooma and Bombala Advertiser, Mon 6 Feb 1928, p. 2.

5     The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 9 Feb 1928, p. 12.

6     The Cooma Express, Fri 10 Feb 1928, p. 2.

7     The Manaro Mercury and Cooma and Bombala Advertiser, Fri 10 Feb 1928, p. 2. Emphasis added.

8     The Braidwood Review and District Advocate, (NSW), Tue 14 Feb 1928, p. 3.

9     Government Gazette of the State of NSW, (Sydney, NSW), Fri 13 Apr 1928, p. 1730.

10   SRNSW: NRS2327, [3/5992], Maitland Gaol Photograph description sheets, 1875-1930, No. 2038, p. 2, R5132.

11   The Tumut and Adelong Times, (NSW), Tue 9 Sep 1930 p. 2. Emphasis added.

12   The Sydney Morning Herald, (NSW), Wed 2 Sep 1936, pp. 13, 14.

13   The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Advocate (Parramatta), Thu 3 Sep 1936, p. 1.