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1910, Benjamin Skinner - Unfit For Publication
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Evening News, Thu 10 Mar 1910 1

A WHARF LAB0RER WITH OPIUM
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    A wharf laborer named Frank Plambeck was charged at the Water Police Court this morning with imparting opium.

    Customs Inspector Donohoe, said that accused was employed at the China Navigation Company’s Wharf, Circular Quay, and on Wednesday, on coming from the steamer Taiyuan, he was stopped by a Customs official and searched, when six tins of opium were found on him. Accused, who pleaded guilty, bore an excellent character, and took the risk of bringing the opium ashore for another person, who was to pay him a sovereign for it, and, being a poor man, had given way to temptation.

North Sydney courthouse and Police Station, n.d. Photo ID: SRNSW 4346_a020_a020000137.jpg. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
North Sydney courthouse and Police Station, n.d. Photo ID:
SRNSW 4346_a020_a020000137.jpg. Reproduction: Peter de Waal

    The magistrate imposed a fine of £10, or a month’s gaol.

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    Arthur Fisher, 54, residing at 1 Kellet-street, Darlinghurst, was driving his cab along Oxford-street early this morning, and when near the corner of Ocean and Oxford streets, he fell, from his seat on to the roadway. He was picked up by the occupants of a motor car, and conveyed to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he was admitted suffering from four fractured ribs and abrasions to his head.

    Benjamin Skinner, 49, appeared at the North Sydney Police Court this morning charged with offences against decency. It was stated that the man had acted offensively towards ladies on ferry-boats between Sydney and Mosman. Skinner pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment on each charge, the terms to be cumulative.

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The Daily Telegraph, Fri 11 Mar 1910 2

A HEAVY SENTENCE.

    At the North Sydney Court, Mr Smithers, SM, sentenced Benjamin Skinner, an elderly man, to six months’ imprisonment with hard labor on each of two charges of' behaving in an improper manner on a Sydney Ferries steamer between Sydney and Mosman, the sentences to be cumulative.

 


1     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Thu 10 Mar 1920, p. 3. Emphasis added.

2     The Daily Telegraph, (Sydney, NSW), Fri 11 Mar 1910, p. 10.