Saturday, August 09, 2014

Accident on Light Brigade

A serious accident occurred on board the Light Brigade on Monday afternoon, by which tho assistant engineer, Frank Williams, nearly lost bis life. There were usually two ladders at the after hatch, but when the accident happened one of them had been removed. Williams was going below, and apparently was unaware of this, for he attempted to step from the ladder he was standing on to tho other, and in doing so fell into the lower hold, a distance of from 25 to 30 feet. When he fell there were a number of loose boxes, casks, and other cargo, which of course rendered the fall the more serious. As soon as he was picked up he said he was "all right," but since then he  has been unable to move hand or foot, and apparently all his limbs arc paralysed. He retains his consciousness, however, sufficiently to express his wants. Yesterday he was brought up to town in the Kate, s., and was at once conveyed to the hospital. 

TELEGRAPHIC. (1869, December 15). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 2. TROVE

Light Brigade - 1969

December 12. Light Brigade, Black Ball
ship, 1244 tons, Captain Henry Evans, from London. J. and G. Harris, agents. Passengers: Saloon: Mr. William Samwell, Mrs. Clementina Samwell, Masters Samwells, Miss Mary Samwells, Miss Jessie Cooper, Miss Julia Loveday, and Miss Emily Loveday. Second Saloon : Miss Mary Agnes Jamieson, Miss Emma Henwood, Miss Elizabeth Stephens, Mr. and Mrs. J. Dymock, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Forbes, Masters Forbes (3), Misses Forbes, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Galloway, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Moon, Mr. and Mrs. Webb and family (2), Messrs. Daniel Marquess, Charles Smith, Robert Henwood, Thomas Henwood, Hugh Cotham, Edward Edmonds, John Hamett, William Gold, John R. Cope, Bertram Cooper, Peter Skearn, Michael Webb, Robert Buson, Martin Dyster, Smith, Arthur W. Bolton, and 316 in the steerage.

SHIPPING. (1869, December 13). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 2. TROVE

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Death of Mr. VALE

(From the Geelong correspondent of the Argus.)

Wednesday 10th March, 1858.

Another of those melancholy cases that result from the too free indulgence in ardent spirits has just occurred at Steiglitz, The deceased Mr. Yale was a few years ago one of the most sober, steady, and industrious tradesmen in Geelong. His wife was also a very circumspect woman. The wheel of fortune had been turned favourably for them, and, during the golden days, they made a comfortable independence. They visited the old country with their family, and, on returning here   Mr. Vale opened an inn at Steiglitz. Latterly he  became much addicted to drinking, and a few days ago he died a madman.

The evidence, given at the inquest, will tell a fearful tale of the altered prospects of the children.


The circumstances detailed in the following inquiry disclose one of those painful stories of domestic life that vie in their tragic character with the darkest of those crimes for which the law takes vengeance. It unsettles our confidence in the sufficiency of our institutions of punishment to see the influences by which Vale has been driven to death, and to see the immunity enjoyed by those who must be accounted, at all events, morally guilty of his murder.

The following are the particulars of the case: An inquest was held at Steiglitz, on Saturday last, before Foster Shaw, Esq.; M.D., Coroner, on the body of William Henry Vale, then and there lying dead.

Michael O'Grady sworn, stated : I am a school-master, residing in Vale's Hotel since the 26th of January last. Deceased was given to drink, and was seriously affected through its influence. About three weeks ago, being then in delirium tremens, he was very ill, and continued so for about a week. He recovered. On Friday, the 26th of February, he was again under the influence of' drink. On tho night of the 27th he was going about the house and attending to business. A party of Ger- mans were here on that night. I saw Mr. Vale come into the parlor about 12 o'clock and blow out the lights, and order Frederick Turner, a Ger- man, to leave the house. He did not go, nor did the others. Mr. Yale then fetched a gun, and threatened to shoot this Fred. The gun was not capped or loaded. Fred, laughed at him. Vale then struck Fred, who returned the blow, prostrating Vale on his side, who seemed very much shook. This occurred on Saturday evening week. Afterwards, early on Sunday morning, l saw Fred, in the bar with others. Fred, was carrying Vale in his arms through the passage. He took him to bed, and did not hurt him. The only injury I saw done to Vale was when Frederick struck him. (The witness here became confused in his statements, mingling his evidence in a singular manner for which he was severely reprimanded by the Coroner.) I saw Fred, after both rows go into the yard and take up a stick, which he brought into the house and brandished about. He was then under the influence of drink. Did not see him use any further violence. I remained in the house until the 6th March. During that time l saw Mrs. Vale strike Mr. Vale several times with her fists. On Wednesday last I sat up with deceased, who appeared to be suffering from delirium tremens. I went for Dr. Rae that night, who came and attended deceased. This was at Mrs. Vale's and Mr. Walker's suggestion. Mrs. Vale seemed very kind to Vale during his illness, and everything was easily obtained which the Doctor ordered. Had heard Vale say, that the intimacy between Fred, and his wife had disturbed deceased's peace of mind, and that his wife's conduct had driven him to drink.        

By the Foreman of the Jury : On Tuesday night last Vale was drunk and very violent. He was tied to the bed, hands and feet. I heard cries about three o'clock in the morning, as if the deceased was suffering punishment. He was crying out murder. Witness did not take notice of it at the time, as he knew deceased was out of his mind.    

By Mr. Barr : Another and myself saw Mrs. Vale on one occasion go into Fred's tent during the night.

Michael Hammerston, being sworn, stated: I am a miner, living close to Vale's Hotel. Have   been there for two years. Till within the last four months have been in the habit of visiting the hotel. Last Sunday week, in the forenoon, I saw Mr. Vale coming along the passage of the hotel, with his face bleeding all over. I saw Mrs. Vale come after him, and throw something at him, but could not say what it was. Thinks it was a bottle. Heard her say, " Go in, you wretch ; it's time you were dead." Heard Vale call Mrs. Vale improper names. The hotel being of wood, I could hear rows during the night. Shortly afterwards, on the same day, I saw Mr. and Mrs. Vale fighting in the yard. She was beating him with a stick, and he appeared to be almost incapable of resistance. Did not wait to see the end of the fray, as it was of such a common occurrence. I saw Vale in the evening with a gun, and heard him threaten to shoot his wife and the German.

John Schmidt sworn stated : He recollected being at Vale's Hotel on Saturday night week, but was too drunk to remember what occurred afterwards.

Catherine Bailey sworn stated (after supplicating not to be compelled to give her evidence) : I live next door but one to the hotel. Have lived there for nearly two years. Always thought Vale to be a good husband and kind father. Latterly he has been much given to drink ; but, when sober, he appeared anxious for his family. I think Mrs. Vale did not act uprightly by him. She had formed improper connections with Frederick Turner. I am of opinion this was the cause of Vale's drinking. I am aware of her assaulting and beating him. On this day week he was in my hut. He said he could not live with his wife his heart was broken. I said to him that if he took the proper course he would give her a thrashing. (Applause.) He said he would not   abuse her. I have heard repeated rows in the house. I was in the hotel on Saturday evening, or early on Sunday morning week. Saw   Fred, the German, stand over one Schmidt while he lay on the floor ; saw him deliberately tuck up his sleeves, put back his hair, seize hold of quartz pot, and strike Schmidt on the face with it as he lay. I told him he was a cowardly man for doing so, and also rebuked Mrs. Vale for encouraging   such a man. Latterly, Mrs. Vale and this Ger- man Fred, went into a room together. Saw Fred,   fetch in a stick from the back yard, flourish it over   his head, and say he would smash Vale if he did not make an apology to him. I did not see Fred, strike Vale. (The Coroner here remarked that the conduct of this man Fred, was most hideous, and ordered the police not to allow him to leave the room.) About 12 o'clock on Saturday night (the night before the death of Mr. Vale), l heard a scream, as I thought from Mr. Vale. I came quickly to the house. When I came in Mrs. Vale was sitting with Fred. Turner, taking supper. (Sensation and cries of shame.) She came to the door and brought me in, accompanying me into Vale's room. I saw that he was dying, and remained about an hour at this time. About half past 8 o'clock the following morning I was sent for by Mrs. Vale. I went and attended upon Mr. Vale. I washed his face and hands, and tried to get him to take some wine and egg. I sent for the doctor, but before he arrived Vale had died. I laid out the body. There were marks upon it, but not serious ones.

By one of the Jurors : I told Mrs. Vale when she spoke about being married to Fred, that it would be most guilty conduct to do so, or to place a ruffian like that (pointing to Fred.) over her family. (Applause from the body of the court, which the Coroner refused to suppress.)

Herman Moritz, sworn, stated : I am a German teacher of music. I have been here since the row on Saturday evening. Saw Fred, carry Vale   away. There were two rows. After this was over, several of us were in the little parlor. Vale   had told Fred, to go away, as he was the destruction of his family. Vale again came in, and seeing Fred., he called him a low-lived fellow, and asked him to go He refused, and struck Vale, knocking him down, giving him the marks he carries to his grave. Smith interfered, and a general scuffle took place. I left the house, and took home Smith. I sat up with Mr. Vale on Thursday and Friday night. On Saturday night, the evening previous to his death, I went into the bar parlor, having been attracted by Vale's cry of " Murder," he being in delirium tremens at the time. Saw Mr. Fred. with his feet coolly elevated on a chair, and Mrs. Vale serving him with some lemonade. (Sensation.) Mary Marr sworn, stated; l am a servant.

Have lived in Vale's Hotel for four months. About three weeks ago he was ill. Since then he has again been bad with drink. I have never seen Mrs. Vale beat her husband. I saw his face covered with blood last Sunday week, in the yard. He came into the kitchen. He said the mistress had given it him. I never did see her strike him at any time. Whilst he was ill Mrs. Vale attended him, and so did I. Mr. Vale has told me that he took to drinking because his wife was too intimate with Fred. Turner. I have seen Mrs. Vale go into Fred's tent twice in the night. I have known   her to be absent for hours during the night.   This morning (the morning after Vale's death)   Mrs. Vale said that she would make Fred. her husband, and that the people might then talk away. Mr. Vale was then lying dead as she said so. (Great sensation, and Indignant whispers from the body of the room.)  

James Allison Rae, M D., sworn, stated : I at-   tended the late Mr. Vale when he was under   delirium tremens about three weeks ago. He recovered from that attack. On Thursday morn-   ing last I was called in again. Deceased was   then delirious and feverish. His right eye was discolored, and he had a few scratches on his face. I treated deceased for delirium tremens, and am of opinion that he died from that disease.  

W. P. Geoghegan, M.D., being sworn, stated   that he had made a post mortem examination of the body of the deceased. Found a black circle over the right eye, which appeared of some days   standing, there was also a slight wound or scratch over the left eyebrow. Inspected the body about   three hours after death, saw no particular mark.  There was a slight mark on the right side, which   appeared to be passing away. On turning the   body, there were the usual marks of gravitation of the blood. There were no other marks of violence except those already mentioned. Made a careful   examination, and found the heart and lungs quite   healthy. From the deceased's known habits,   was astonished to find the liver healthy also.   The stomach was empty and slightly discolored.   The general appearance of the intestines was   healthy. After close examination from the absence of all organic injury, and from the known   habits of deceased, I consider that his death resulted from delirium tremens.  

By a Juror : The appearance of the body did not indicate the want of nourishment.  

The Coroner, in addressing the jury, commented in strong terms on the conduct of the German and Mrs. Vale, and recommended him to retire to that obscurity which suited men of his stamp.

The jury returned the following verdict:-That deceased died from delirium tremens ; and regretted that it was not in the power of the law to punish the profligate widow and her vagabond paramour.
FATAL CONSEQUENCES OF CONJUGAL INFIDELITY. (1858, March 27). The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861), p. 3. TROVE

Friday, July 25, 2014


Henry Robert BELCHER, aged 1 year, arrived on the Indus 29/12/1874 with his parents and two older siblings. On 7/11/1895 he married Ellen MADDEN at her parents property in Jackson, her parents being Michael MADDEN and Mary Elizabeth FANNING. Henry worked for Qld rail from Chinchilla in 1903, Gin Gin 1908, Childers 1913, Kingaroy 1913, then as a labourer Wondai 1919, Banana 1925, Gowrie Junction 1930 and as a farmer Kingsthorpe 1936. Henry died 7/6/1937 and was buried Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery.

Ellen MADDEN was born 22/10/1875 and was recorded living with Henry between 1903 and 1913. An Ellen CAREW died 22/2/1957 and her parents were Michael MADDIN and Elizabeth FLEMING.

Ellen was known as Nell, Nellie and either MADDEN or MADDIN. I haven't found a marriage to a CAREW and haven't been able to locate where the death occurred. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who is researching the name CAREW and who knows about this Ellen (if only to cross her off the list).

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Sometime during Monday night or early on Tuesday morning last, the house of a man, named Duffy, at Kangaroo Point, was entered by-the window, and an inner door being opened, a box, the key of which was lying on the table, was unlocked by the thief, and a £1 note and three penny pieces abstracted. It appears that Duffy was absent from Brisbane, and his wife was sleeping at a friend's house, as was customary during the absence of her husband. On returning to her own house in the morning, the robbery was discovered, and information given to the police. The suspicion of District Constable-Murphy fell upon a ticket-of-leave holder by the Mountstuart Elphinstone, named Isaac Tomlin, and, finding that gentleman at the Police Office, where he was making a modest request to be allowed a pass to remain in Brisbane, Murphy took the liberty of searching him, and found on his person a £1 note, which was positively sworn to by Mrs. Duffy as the one stolen from her house; she identified it by the peculiar way in which it had been folded, and by some remarkable stains upon it. On comparing the prisoner's boots with the foot-prints near Duffy's house, Murphy found them to agree exactly, and a nail being out of one of the boots, that deficiency appeared also in the track on the soft soil. The prisoner declined saying anything in his defence, and was, last Wednesday, sentenced to be worked in an ironed gang for six months. It was lucky for him that he was not a free man, or he would probably have been tried at the Circuit Court, and sentenced to something much more serious.

To the Editor of the Moreton Bay Courier. (1850, July 20). The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861), p. 2. TROVE

Two points about this article - I just love the way the English language was used in days past. Look at the ending of the first sentence "and a £1 note and three penny pieces abstracted", such a nice way of saying they were stolen. The second point was the fact that because he was a 'ticket of leave' man, he only got six months in an iron gang, whereas if he had been a free man, the sentence would have been more severe.


The undermentioned prisoners of the Crown (per Mounstuart Elphinstone) obtained tickets-of-leave for the district of Moreton Bay since the last day of publication :—
Anderson William (I), Adams Henry, Anstey Richard, Adams Henry, Anderson William (2)— Butterfield George, Bradshaw William, Brandon Richard, Barrymore James, Benyon William, Bromley Samuel, alias George Kirkham, Barge John, Brickell John, Bunn Henry, Butler John, Bleasdale John, Brown John, Brown Thomas, Brickett Enos, Bartlett John, Bruton Frederick, Brassington Samuel, Bright William, Beston Frederick, Bailey Charles William, Begley Thomas, Brockie John, Brown Alexander, alias Browning, Brennan John, Church Thomas, Cooper Ralph, Chant James, Cooper John, Cooper Isaac, Clarke Patrick, Cannon Thomas, Chick John, Crack Richard, Cummins Daniel, Cotterill John, Cheadle Charles, Clarke Robert, Christie James, Dudderidge James Robert, Davis John, Davis William, Diehl James, Drummond Alexander, Eldridge Robert, Evans Henry, Elliott Griffith, Ellis Thomas, Earley James—Flaxman Charles, Francis William, Febbutt William, Felthouse James, Fielder William—Gates Thomas, Griffiths Edward, Goulden John, Gerry John, Gilbert George, Gray John, alias John Bugden, Gough Edwin—Heath William, Hatton John, Harding John, Hughan Robert, Harrison Ralph, Heil Carl August, Hocking John, Hughes Thomas, Hutchins Francis, Hepton Henry, Hart Benjamin, Hughes William, Hannant Jeremiah, Humby John Cross, Harborne James, Holland James, Hughes John, Howie Robert, Heaton Samuel—Jones William, Jones John, Johnson Thomas James, Jenkins William, Jones James, James William—Kendall James, Kirby William, Kirk Robert, Kelly James— Lloyd William, Lawrence John, Lambert Spencer, Livermore Thomas, Lingard Ellis, Lambert James, Long William, Lace Thomas, Lee Charles, Lyon Robert, Lynch Peter, Leighton Alexander—Maskell Richard, Moore Henry, Muires John, Millstead Josiah, Marshall Charles, Millwater Thomas,     McConvill William, Mullen Peter, Mackay John, Morton Charles, Morton George, Miller James, Milner Richard, McGill Robert, McIntyre Duncan, McGraham Peter, McIntosh Hawthorn, Martin James, Millar Elliot, McLeod Daniel—Nason John —Noott John—Probert, Edward, Potter Henry, Punter John, Podmore Andrew, Pickering William, Potter William, Parker John, Pinner Robert, Pallant William, Pitt William, Pilling James—Robertson John, Ryle Christopher, Roberts Isaac, Riley William, Rands James, Richards William, Rushton Thomas, Rooney John, Ridyard John, Rudkin Thomas, Riches William, Redman Frederick, Reid Peter, Robinson George—Simmons Emanuel, Sadler Henry (1), Smith George, Smith William, Sharp John, Sullivan Dennis, Smith William, Sales James, Snell William, Searle Cornelius, Stephens Joseph, Saker John, Smith John, Smith Samuel, Silvester George, Sadler Henry, Sherring John, Skelton Thomas, Shirley Charles, Saville Thomas, Smith James, Stewart James, Stewart James, Sheehane David, Smith John— Tindall John, alias Mapton, Thacker Abraham, Torrens William, alias William Brillen, Taylor George, Tomlin William, Tomlin Isaac, Thacker Reuben,Thomas George, Tebbutt William, Thompson George, Thomas George, Thompson Mathew, Tidd Matthew, Tannocks John—Vincent Samuel Wilson Henry, Ward Able, Williams William, White Henry Frederick, Wheeler Charles, Walker Christopher, Woods John, Wallacroft George Estabrook, Whittle William, William George Ralph, Winter-Anthony, Williams John, Wood John, Walsh Martin, Wish John, Walker William, Walker James, Wood Thomas, Williams John, Westiff Samuel, White George, Wright John, Williams Joseph, Ward John, Whitworth Luke, Wilson David, alias Mathew Baillie, Wotherspoon William, alias Cowley — Yardley James, Young John.—In the absence of the Prin. Sup. of Convicts,—-THOMAS RYAN, Chief Clerk.—Prin. Sup. of Con. Office, Sydney, 11th March, 1850.—

STEAM COMMUNICATION. (1850, March 30). The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861), p. 3. TROVE

Maurice MURPHY

Maurice MURPHY - died 5 September 1899 in Brisbane General Hospital and was buried Nudgee Catholic Cemetery. His parents were John MURPHY and Norah CURTIS

According to the hospital report published in The Brisbane Courier, Thursday 28th September, 1899, Maurice MURPHY, 40 years, was admitted 31st August and died 5th instant

BRISBANE GENERAL HOSPITAL,. (1899, September 28). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 7. TROVE


A Maurice MURPHY aged 23 years arrived on Dacca 14/12/1887, he was from Limerick, Ireland and was Roman Catholic


Do these articles in the newspaper refer to the same Maurice MURPHY ?

The magisterial inquiry held before Mr. O'Malley, P.M., in the Cairns Police Court on Thursday, into the circumstances of the death of Patrick Stapleton, on the second section of the Cairns-Herberton railway, elicited nothing further beyond that already published in our columns. Maurice Murphy, labourer, of Stoney Creak, gave a lucid account of the sad affair, stating that Stapleton had tried a hole, which missed fire, and he then was handed some dynamite, after jumping out the powder. The fatal report, however, seemed to show that there was a residuum of powder in the hole. Witness was severely hit on the head with a stone. On returning to the shot he found Stapleton lying on his back. He could not speak, but still breathed, and shortly afterwards expired. The poor fellow's eyes and nose were completely blown away. James M'Donald, navvy, who was picking that day, deposed that Stapleton did not use a hammer with the jumper ; he used water. The report was that of powder. Martin Kain was in the habit of firing the shots, but was not at work that day. Dr. Mackenzie deposed to meeting Stapleton near Wright's boarding-house. Found he was dead. Ordered the men to carry him to Kamerunga. His face was unrecognisable, and black as if from powder marks. He must have died shortly after receiving the injuries. The papers with the evidence will be forwarded in due course to the Attorney General.

Local Items. (1888, February 25). Cairns Post (Qld. : 1884 - 1893), p. 2. TROVE


On Saturday morning before the P.M. Maurice Murphy was sentenced to a month in Townsville for haviug no visible weans of support.

General News. (1890, October 29). Cairns Post (Qld. : 1884 - 1893), p. 2. TROVE