Friday, May 31, 2013


On Saturday last, a person named Henry GIBBS, who has lately committed several robberies on board the shipping in harbour, was apprehended by Inspector PEARCE while passing the Police Office.  Numerous articles of dress, since identified as the property of various persons on board the ships Navigator, Louisa, Sultana, and other vessels, were found concealed at his lodgings.  This scoundrel had been bragging at the public houses he frequented that he was able to change his dress fifty times in the course of twenty-four hours, and judging from the stock of wearing apparel found in his possession, there is little doubt but the fellow, Proteus-like, assumed that number of disguises to enable him the more effectually to carry on his depredations.  On Monday the prisoner was taken before the Mayor, and subsequently was committed to take his trial at the ensuing Quarter Sessions.  This accomplished youth is a late importation from Van Diemen's Land, and it is to be hoped that that he will be shortly sent back to that colony.

The Sydney Record, dated 30 March 1844

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