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

Woman's Death in Valley

Tests by the Government Analyst have failed to disclose any trace of poison in the organs of May Condon, whose body was found in a railway cutting in the Valley, Brisbane, about a fortnight ago. The report confirms the police theory that the woman died from malnutrition and exposure.

State News In Brief. (1935, November 7). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 46. TROVE


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Valley Mystery

Valley Mystery. - "Bubbles", a diminutive fox terrier, was the clue that led to the identification of the body of May Condon (23), whose body was found in the railway cutting behind Foy and Gibson's old premises in the Valley, Brisbane. All indications point to the dog, the woman's inseparable companion, having stood guard over his dead mistress for three days, when weakened by starvation, he made his way back to the residential where she had lived. At first it was thought that the woman was the victim of foul play, but a post-mortem examination showed no marks of violence, nor suggested any cause of death. Until the Government Analyst's report on his analysis of the contents of the stomach is received the Government Pathologist (Dr. Derrick) will not furnish a certificate of death.

State News In Brief. (1935, October 31). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 46. TROVE



Body On Railway Embankment Toowoomba. Monday

Evidence that Mary Condon, late of Quay Street, North Quay, Brisbane, was always half fed was given at the inquest into her death before Mr. M. Gallagher, P.M., in the coroners Court to-day. Condon's body was found on the railway embankment at the rear of Foy and Gibson's premises, Wickham Street, Valley, on October 24. Daphne Logan, a married woman living apart from her husband and residing in Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, said she had known the deceased for three and a half years. Witness last saw her alive on the Monday night prior to her death about 9.30 o'clock. The deceased was walking at the rear of a furniture shop in Gotha Street. On the afternoon of October 24 witness identified the body at the city morgue. About four months prior to this the witness and a friend had met the deceased in Barry Parade. The deceased said she was worried because she had had nothing to eat for a couple of days. Witness gave her some apples and pears. The deceased was of a quiet nature, and kept very much to herself. She drank only in moderation. Witness had always considered deceased to be somewhat 'mental.' She was always half fed and was under-nourished. She used to spend her money on dog racing, and had owned a greyhound known as Alison's   Whisper.   The inquiry was adjourned back to Brisbane.

DEAD WOMAN WAS HALF FED. (1935, December 24). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 15. TROVE

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Hoped One Would Win Race

Evidence that the deceased used to buy plenty of food, but that she used to give it to her dogs, with one of which she hoped to win a race at Kedron Park, was given at the inquest yesterday into the death of Mary Condon (31), of Quay Street, North Quay. Plainclothes Constable Robert Gordon Hayes said the deceased was found dead in a laneway off Gipps Street Valley, near the railway line, on the morning of October 28. The Government Pathologist (Dr. E. H.   Derrick) issued a post-mortem certificate showing the cause of death as under-nourishment and heart failure. It appeared that she bought food, but she gave it to her dogs, doing without herself. Her kangaroo dog had not won any races, although it had been entered. As far as he could find out she had paid the entrance fees. She was known as Mary Condon. May Condon, Mary May Condon, and May Magdalene Condon.


Robert John Lawson Brahe, of Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill, said the deceased used to have a room at the house where he lived. She had two dogs - a kangaroo dog with a broken tail, named Alison's Wish or Alison's Whisper; and a fox terrier with a broken tail, called Bubbles. She kept the fox terrier in her room and the kangaroo dog under the house. She said she had entered the kangaroo dog in coursing events at Kedron Park, and she appeared to have hopes of winning a prize. The dog was well enough nourished to win a race. She used to buy plenty of "'tucker", but she was frail, and appeared to be delicate. Mr. J. W. Cockings (Deputy Coroner) adjourned the hearing to a date to be fixed.

WENT WITHOUT FOOD FOR DOGS. (1935, December 6). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 12. TROVE