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Criminal business

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Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW), Saturday 20 February 1897

At the Armidale Hospital on Feb. 11 a man named Robinson Crusoe pleaded guilty to a charge of receiving property stolen from the Imperial Hotel, Armidale. On February 12 the accused was sentenced to two years and six months’ hard labor. There were three former convictions against Crusoe. Richard Greentree, a youth, aged 16 years, was found guilty of indecently assaulting Alice Lever, aged 15½ years, at Guyra. The accused was sentenced to three months. The jury in the Rockvale larceny case were unable to agree, and were discharged on February 12. The accused McDowell was remanded to the next Armidale Quarter Sessions, bail allowed. Thos. Cooper, a witness in the case, was sentenced by Judge Coffey to three days in Armidale Gaol for appearing in court on Feb. 11 in a state of intoxication and unable to give evidence, he having been detained in the lockup since then. In the case of Brigetta Morton, charged with stealing fencing wire at Cooney Creek, near Hillgrove, the jury found a verdict of not guilty. This concluded the criminal business.

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Injured boy dies of starvation

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Tuesday 19 October 1926, The Sydney Morning Herald

Armidale, Monday.

At the Armidale and New England Hospital Denis Claude Bourke, aged 4 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Bourke, of Camperdown, Rockvale, died from starvation. In May last the boy got a bottle of spirit of salts and drank some of the contents, which burnt the throat so badly that he was unable to take sufficient food to nourish his body.

The bottle of spirits of salts was found by the boy in a shearers’ hut.

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Compensation for delicensing

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Saturday 31 December 1927, The Sydney Morning Herald

LICENSES REDUCED.

Northern Tablelands.

COMPENSATION £30,130.

The Licenses Reduction Board yesterday announced its determination in regard to the compensation to be paid to licensees and owners of premises in the Northern Tablelands electorate which are to be deprived of their licenses.

The total amount of compensation to be paid in respect of publicans’ licenses is £30,130. Of this amount owners will receive £17,170, and licensees £12,960. Following is a detailed list of amounts payable:

    Hotel.                Owners. Licensees. Total. 
Belmore Arms, Elsmore ..... £830  .. £610  ..£1,440
Conrad, Howell ............. 540  ..  270  ..   810
Dinton Vale, Dinton Vale ... 920  ..  600  .. 1,520
Federal, Inverell ........ 1,590  ..  780  .. 2,370
Halfway House, Swan Vale ... 730  ..  500  .. 1,520
Halfway House, Wandsworth .. 860  ..  830  .. 1,690
Imperial, Emmaville ...... 1,590  ..  550  .. 2,140
International, Armidale .. 1,080  ..  920  .. 2,000
Junction Inn, Bald Nob ..... 570  ..  460  .. 1,030
Langham, Armidale .......... 890  ..1,700  .. 2,590
McIntyre Inn, Wallangra ...1,260  ..  800  .. 2,060
Railway, Inverell .........1,560  ..  910  .. 2.470
Rockvale, Rockvale . ........630  ..1,120  .. 1.750
Royal, Emmaville ..........1,780  ..  930  .. 2,710
Tattersalls, Metz .......... 490  ..  480  ..   970
Tattersalls, Warialda .....1,850  ..1,500  .. 3,350
   Totals   .............£17,170  £12,960   £30,130

The board also awarded £90 compensation to the licensee in respect of an Australian wine license in Glen Innes-road, Inverell, which it is proposed to delicense. Under the Act no compensation is payable to the owner of premises for which an Australian wine license has been issued.

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September 10, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Sixteen country hotels delicensed

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Tuesday 12 July 1927, The Sydney Morning Herald

At a deprivation sitting yesterday the Licenses Reduction Board announced that 16 hotels in the Northern Tableland electorate would be deprived of their licenses on June 30, 1928.

The hotels affected are:

Rockvale Hotel, Rockvale.
Tattersalls Hotel, Metz.
Halfway House Hotel, Wandsworth.
International Hotel, Armidale.
Langham Hotel, Armidale.
Royal Hotel, Emmaville.
Imperial Hotel, Emmaville.
Junction Inn Hotel, Bald Nob.
Halfway House Hotel, Swan Vale.
Belmore Arms Hotel, Elsmore.
Dinton Vale Hotel, Dinton Vale.
Conrad Hotel, Howell.
McIntyre Inn Hotel, Wallangra.
Federal Hotel, Inverell.
Railway Hotel, Inverell.
Tattersall's Hotel, Warialda.

The board added that the Australian wine license held by Elizabeth Moore for premises in Glen Innes-road, Inverell, would also cease to be in force after June 30 next.

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September 9, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Outcome of gelignite case

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Saturday 11 February 1928, The Sydney Morning Herald

EXPLOSION OF GELIGNITE.

ARMIDALE, Friday.

Without calling on the defence, the Jury in the case in which Samuel McMurray Wilson was charged at the Armidale Quarter Sessions with having exploded gelignite at Rockvale, endangering the lives of Walter Lasseter Benuchamp, company promoter, of Sydney, and William Henry Wesley, mine manager, acquitted the accused, and he was discharged.

Evidence was given that about midnight on, December 12 Beauchamp and Wesley, who were occupying the same hut at Tullock silver mines, were awakened by an explosion. They went outside, and found that portion of the hut had been blown in.

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Gelignite exploded

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Friday 23 December 1927, The Sydney Morning Herald

Miner Charged.

ARMIDALE, Thursday.

Samuel McMurray Wilson, a miner, was to-day committed for trial on a charge of having maliciously, caused gelignite to explode with intent to do grievous bodily harm to Walter Lassetter Beauchamp and William Henry Wesley. Beauchamp, who laid the charge, is a company secretary, of Willoughby, Sydney.

Beauchamp stated that about midnight of December 12 he was sleeping in a hut at Tullock silver mines, at Rockvale, near Armidale, when he was awakened by a tremendous explosion. Together with Wesley, who was also sleeping in the hut, he went outside, and found portion of the hut blown in. Accused came to the hut later, and said to Wesley, “You are a hard man, Wesley. I did it.” Next morning be found a fuse and about 12 sticks of gelignite lying near the corner of the hut.

William Henry Wesley, manager of the Rockvale silver mines, said that he was lying awake in his bunk when he heard someone outside mumbling. He recognised Wilson’s voice. Soon afterwards a most violent explosion occurred.

In reply to Mr. Simpson (for the accused), witness said that accused must have been aware, from the way the gelignite was set, that it could not blow up the hut. On the day in question he had been drinking.

Bail was granted, self in £50, with one surety of £50.

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Oath taken on Koran

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Friday 18 August 1939, The Sydney Morning Herald

ARMIDALE, Thursday.

Lacca Khan, a storekeeper, of Rockvale, took the oath on the Koran in Armidale Court of Petty Sessions to-day. The Koran was wrapped in a silk handkerchief. He kissed it, touched his forehead with it, and bowed to it. He took an oath binding him to tell the truth.

Khan was giving evidence against Ernest Andrew Smith. 21, who was charged with having broken and entered Khan’s store on July 27, and stolen goods valued at 5/6. The charge was subsequently reduced to stealing, and Smith was released on a bond of £5.

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