Herbert Carroll, who recently escaped from Narrabri Gaol and was at liberty for two months before he was captured, was charged at the police court yesterday. Carroll was charged with illegally using the well known race horse Repeater without authority and was sentenced to six months imprisonment in Maitland Gaol, for which he arrived today.
Mary Francis was bought before East Maitland bench today charged with stealing a copper kettle from the premises of Mr James Munn, who lived in High Street, East Maitland. Francis did not deny the charge, which was fully proved, and she was sentenced to be imprisoned for one month in Maitland Gaol.
It was announced today that Mr E.W. Jackson, who had held the position of Governor of Maitland Gaol for about two years, was retiring. It is believed that he wishes to take up a position in prison industries. Mr Samuel McCauled, Deputy Comptroller of Prisons, took charge of the Gaol pending the appointment of a successor. Later in the month the successor was appointed and began on the 13 August, his name was Mr Richard Goble. Goble had previously held the position of Governor at Young Gaol.
Another request for the transfer of tradesmen from other Gaol’s to Maitland was placed today, as the Clerk of Works had informed the staff at the Gaol that much of the timber to be used for building was now unfit for use as it had been exposed to the weather.
Ellen Stevens arrived in Maitland Gaol today after being convicted of Vagrancy. During her hearing, Senior Sergeant De Vernet deposed 'The prisoner came to me at the police station on the morning of the 2 August and stated that she wished to give herself up to the police'. Steven's stated, in the police station in Singleton, 'that she was destitute and without any means of support'. De Vernet stated that she appeared from her dress to be an object of commiseration. Stevens was sentenced to 14 days in Maitland Gaol.
A prisoner named Chapman, who is being housed in Maitland Gaol afflicted by insanity, recently came into possession of a knife. Fortunately another prisoner overheard him threatening to inflict harm on Mr Stace, the Gaol's Govenor, and made the information known to other Warders. A search was undertaken and the knife discovered which prevented any mischief from taking place. It was decided that Chapman would not be prosecuted.
Today, Patrick McNamara, who murdered his wife, escaped and Sheriff Cox, the overseer of the Gaol, is devastated. Things seem to be going from bad to worse at Maitland, he implements extra measure of security at the Gaol including an extra night watchman and the fixing of a large bell to the outside of the building, so that it’s easier to raise the alarm of an escape.
Thomas McWilliams pleaded guilty to a double charge of using obscene language in Morehead Street and behaving in a riotous manner in Elder Street, Lambton. The police stated that the accused as an old offender and although a youth a very bad character. McWilliams was ordered one month imprisonment for the first charge and seven days for the second, the judge ordered the sentence could be concurrent. McWilliams arrived back in Maitland Gaol today for another of the many stints he would have throughout the year.
1861: Today, in Maitland Gaol the specifications and contract plans were finalised for the building of six new cells for the solitary confinement of inmates. It was the first major building work carried out inside the Gaol since it had opened. During this time hard labour prisoners were undertaking the construction of a yard for juvenile prisoners. It seemed as though finally Maitland Gaol was getting approval to go ahead with much needed improvements.
1862: Sadly, today in Maitland Gaol the staff and authorities were advised that a warder named Thomas Kelly had died the previous day from the effects of a poisonous insect bite. The injury was sustained as he was taking firewood to use on the cookhouse fire. Whilst a very sad day for the other staff members at Maitland Gaol a request of an urgent nature was sent so that a suitable replacement could be appointed. Warder Richard Mason was transferred from Berrima to Maitland to fill the void left in rosters by Mr Kelly.
Edward Denny Day today returned as Police Magistrate, he settled into his residence 'Government Cottage' at East Maitland. His address to the public stated that he was unchanged since he had left the district years before and he still felt firm determination to hold the scales evenly to all men.
The coroner found today that John Golden, whose mutilated remains were found on the railway line near Singleton on Friday morning, came to his death by being run over by a railway engine and trucks. There was no evidence to show how deceased came onto the line. To identify the body they had to use evidence taken by the police and Maitland Gaol including fingerprint records. Sub Inspector Childs gave evidence stating that the fingerprints were identical with those of John Golden, alias Goldspring, convicted at Newcastle on 2 May for wilful exposure. He had been sentenced to three months gaol in Maitland Gaol and had been discharged on 1 August.
Maitland Gaol today received correspondence that a new Reverend had been appointed as the Chaplain for the Gaol. Rev B. Jackson had been appointed as one of the new Chaplains if certain conditions were met. It seemed Rev Jackson had been involved in a small scandal that involved the money belonging to the Belmont congregation. A strict condition of his appointment being that all remaining funds be placed in the bank, pending further developments.
Earlier in the present year the vegetable garden outside the Gaol walls was attended to by a team of prisoners under the supervision of a warder named Mr W. Curtain, who has much experience as a farmer. Under Curtain's direction a baron paddock was converted into a fine vegetable garden. Sadly for some months it has been unattended and was rapidly returning to a primitive condition. During the short time in which the Deputy Comptroller of prisons Mr S. McCaules was in charge of the Gaol there has been a return to the old order of activity. As of today it was reported that the garden again presents an attractive and flourishing appearance.
Three youths pleaded guilty yesterday before Mr Gunn, at the Newcastle Police Court. The youths were charged with theft and it was alleged that they stole, on 12 August, 55 packets of cigarettes, six packets of tobacco, 12 packets of cigarette papers and five shillings in silver and copper, all of which was the property of Henrietta Sanderman. The defendants were Cecil Smith (age 16), Norman Rodgers (age 17) and William Donald Parsett (age 17). Henrietta Sanderman presented evidence showing she kept a small shop in Maitland Road, Islington and on the day of the offence she left at about 7.30pm. James Sanderman (age 12), the shop owners son, left at 9.30pm but couldn't get the back window closed so he pulled it down as far as he could. Upon arrival the next morning the door opened without the key and Mrs Sanderman entered to find the above mentioned items missing. One of the defendants, Rodgers, admitted that the boys had stolen the items after crawling in the back window. Mr Gunn sentenced Smith and Parsett to three months imprisonment in Maitland Gaol, with hard labour as they had previously been sentenced to a month’s imprisonment that was suspended in Manilla. Rodgers was sentenced to three months imprisonment, suspended under the first offenders act. He was also required to remain on good behaviour for 12 months.
Charles Doust recently sued for divorce from his wife Isabella Doust on the grounds of adultery. It appeared they had been married for almost seven years and during this time Isabella had become addicted to the drink and claimed that she had a fondness for other men. Recently he had heard that a previous husband of Doudt's was still living, at this point he left her. During the preceding for the divorce Doust was charged with bigamy and sentenced to six months in Maitland Gaol. Today, upon her release, the proceedings continued for the divorce, it appears she not only had one husband living but also another. The divorce was granted and it is believed that Isabella moved to Woolloomooloo where she began keeping a house of ill fame.
Mr F.B. Menkens appears to be causing as much trouble to the government as they are to him. He arrived at Maitland Gaol today after being arrested for debts. In 1895 the only Gaol in the state that had a designated area for debtors was Darlinghurst and as the prisoner is called upon to pay the expense of the journey, which Menkens is refusing to do, he is currently stuck in East Maitland Gaol. Fred Menkens is a respected architect and whilst being housed in Maitland Gaol has been given decent living quarters where he is permitted to continue his profession. Mr Menkens receives his meals from a local hotel and makes daily applications to be removed to the debtor’s quarters in Darlinghurst. As the funds for the journey are not forthcoming the requests have so far been fruitless.
As the police were escorting some prisoners recently being convicted in Armidale, sentenced to imprisonment in Maitland Gaol, down the Liverpool range toward Murrurundi, a prisoner named Jackson managed to escape. Jackson who was under a sentence of five years in Maitland Gaol managed to slip out of his handcuffs and disappear into the night. The prisoners had all been attached to a chain and were walking at the time. The police, who were reported as incompetent, did not chase the prisoner because it was dark and they could only tell the investigating officers that he appeared to be headed in the direction of Murrurundi. The police in Murrurundi set to work and searched the locality so thoroughly that they were successful. Jackson was discovered near the township just over two hours after his escape.
John Murphy pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing a revolver from the hotel of Colin Christie. The prisoner, who had been lodging at Christie's house, was taken to the police station on 16 August on a charge of drunkenness. Upon a police search of his person a pawn ticket was found which was for a revolver. The police questioned both Murphy and Christie about the issue, Christie claimed the revolver was his. The prisoner was sentenced to 14 days imprisonment in Maitland Gaol for both the theft and drunkenness.
1865: After a few hours at Mile's pub in East Maitland on a Saturday night Thomas Brown was shocked to return to his horse and find his saddle missing. He reported the loss to the publican who mounted his own horse and took off in the direction of West Maitland (now Maitland) on the road he met the now prisoners who were carrying the saddle. Michael Bradley, alias Booth, was accused by Mr Miles of stealing the saddle and Bradley admitted it. The prisoner was brought to trial and pleaded guilty, in effect electing to be dealt with quickly and was sentenced to three months imprisonment with hard labour in Maitland Gaol.
1875: Tenders called for roofing the gaolers quarters at Maitland Gaol. Tenders would be accepted until 11.00am on 31 August.
Authorities decided that Mr F.B. Menkens would be removed from Maitland Gaol today to the debtors prison in Darlinghurst. It is expected that he will remain in Darlinghurst until 8 August 1896, unless he is released from payment of costs in an action alleged for slander. Mr Menkens, from accounts, is fully determined to remain incarcerated rather than submit to what he believes is an unjust decision.
Elizabeth Sampson was transported to court today from Maitland Gaol to be indicted for the manslaughter of her infant child named Richard William Driver. The prisoner pleaded not guilty and was undefended. Sadly the child had died in Maitland Gaol a few nights previous and was lodged there as his mother had been committed on another charge. The evidence presented by both Dr Wilton and women who lived around Sampson proved that the child had been treated with great neglect. During Dr Wilton's evidence he said he had no doubt that the child died of neglect and want of proper nourishment. The Jury quickly returned a verdict of guilty and Elizabeth Sampson was sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard labour to begin at the end of her current sentence.
Before Mr R.H.V. Allnut P.M. at the Muswellbrook Police Court, Francis Schmidtaux pleaded guilty to four charges of obtaining money under false pretences. He was sentenced to four months imprisonment in Maitland Gaol on each charge, the first two sentences to be cumulative and the others concurrent.
Today James Cox and his wife are dismissed as Gaoler's due to the increased number of escapes and the fact that Patrick McNamara is still at large.
Sadly, Dr William Wilton's death was reported today in the Maitland Mercury. Dr Wilton had been the Gaol's medical officer from it's opening up until two years ago when he'd been forced to retire from infirmity. He had lived for 34 years in East Maitland and had been in the colony for 43 years. Before arriving in NSW, Dr Wilton had been a professional surgeon in Gloucester. Whilst he had resided for many years in East Maitland he had lived a mostly private life except for his stint as Magistrate, which he had only accepted with reluctance. Sadly it was unknown by the reporter how old Dr Wilton was at the time of his death.
Mr Maurice Doherty who from today began a three month sentence in Maitland Gaol appeared to be a born trouble maker. After some discussion with the Police in Merriwa it was found that he had been the cause of many disturbances in that area for the last six months. His long stay in the area had been due to the fact he was waiting for things to improve and he had hoped to find a job. Whilst in the region he had become a bold bad man who was addicted to drinking beer and the constant use of vile language. As his addiction grew stronger he lost his lodgings, mercifully for the people of Merriwa, he was charged under the Vagrancy Act. Sadly for the staff at Maitland Gaol he would continue to be a pain in the backside throughout his stay.
Mr C.E. Bowen, of the British and Foreign Bible Society, on Sunday morning gave the address at an early service at Maitland Gaol. After which he conducted a service in Newcastle at the Central Methodist Mission. It was always well received when speakers came into the Gaol and we have no reason to believe that this instance was any different.
Reginald Evans (age 23), a fireman, was charged with stealing at Cessnock one bicycle valued at 12 pounds. A plain clothed officer presented evidence for the crown stating that he had questioned Evans about his trip to Cessnock and informed him that he was under suspicion of theft. Evans pleaded guilty in court after the bicycle was found in the possession of the person Evans had sold it to for five pounds. The accused was sentenced to six months hard labour in Maitland Gaol and was transferred by train today.
In connection with the Maitland Branch of the Prisoners Aid Association Rev S. Varcee Cock visited Maitland Gaol this afternoon. He gave an address to the prisoners and his visit was much appreciated. As was the effort made to conduct the usual morning service the next morning.
Mrs C. Logan of Brookstown, Wallsend, was charged with making use of indecent language to Mr M. Andrews of Brookstown. Mrs Margaret Andrews deposed that on 21 August, whilst sitting on her veranda in Platt Street, that the defendant, who resided on the opposite side of the street, made use of the language complained of. Anne Lewis, Jane Lewis and Jane Smith all gave evidence as to the language complained of and said the defendant addressed herself to the complainant. The Police Magistrate considered all of the evidence and inflicted a fine of 20s, 21s professional costs and 5s cost of court or 14 days in Maitland Gaol. The defendant expressed her determination to accept the alternative.
Sergeant McVane charged Albert Cooper yesterday with having neglected to contribute to the support of his illegitimate child. It was stated in the evidence that the defendant had a wife and two children and that he received 35 shiliings per week from his employment. The illegitimate child was six years old and payments of six shillings a week had been made up until 10 June. The bench ordered that the defendant be sent straight to Maitland Gaol until the order was complied with, it was also ordered that this term was not to exceed 12 months.
A woman appeared in Newcastle Police Court this morning on a charge of vagrancy. Annie Shepperd was found in the house of the Chinese in Devonshire Street, Newcastle West at about 7.40pm. According to evidence presented Shepperd was in a filthy condition and drunk when found. Mr Shropshire sentenced her to three months in Maitland Gaol and was transported there today.