Monday, November 6, 2017

Evelyn Violet Courtney Robbery

Evelyn Violet Courtney was born on 18 Dec 1901 in Hamilton, Tasmania, Australia, to Thomas Courtney and May Elizabeth Woolley.  Who were married in 1901 in Tasmania, Australia.

I did find that Evelyn's mom did re-marry to a William Henry Harbuckle and they had several children. Date and place unknown

Above are 2 birth records I found for Evelyn.

She had the following siblings:

Thomas Henry Courtney born 8 Nov 1903 in New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia, died 1958 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Below are some of his mug shots. he was arrest on many larceny charges and loitering, drunk and disorderly indecent language. between 1922-1949

Ella May Courtney born 17 Mar 1905 Glenora, Tasmania, Australia.

David Clarence Courtney born 25 Nov 1906 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He died 16 Dec 1980 in Glrnora, Tasmania, Australia and is buried in Cornelian Bay Cemetery in Cornelian Bay Tasmania, Australia. He married Lillian Ada Steed they had a daughter name unknown.

Eva Eileen Courtney Born 27 Nov 1908 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Died in Victoria, Australia. She married Leslie Richardson Miller.

Edward Vincent Courtney born 27 Jan 1911 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He died 6 Jul 1983 in Hobart. He married Florence Victoria.

Stanley James Courtney born 27 Jun 1912 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

John Frederick Courtney born 11 Jun 1913 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Dorothy Isabel Courtney born 28 Mar 1915 in Tasmania,, Australia.

Lucille Helen Courtney born 1916 in Tasmania, Australia, died 7 Jun 1933 in Tasmania, Australia.

Children of May Elizabeth Woolley 7 William Henry Harbuckle:

William Robert Henry Harbuckle born 2 Jul 1923 in Australia, died 29 Oct 1998 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 

Phyllis Jean Harbuckle born 1927 in Australia she died in Victoria, Australia.

 Gloria Dawn Harbuckle born 1913 in Australia.

In my research I found some citations of psychological profiles in an index with no record or image attached. For Henry Thomas Courtney, John Frederick Courtney, Stanley James Courtney, and Edward Vincent Courtney.

Here's the source I found them at:

Series Details
Series Number: AA9

Creating Agency:
Description (Content/Function):
These are examination papers completed by individual patients many of them children. The papers may also include correspondence from the Clinic's psychologist and a certificate of examination summarising the results and observations. The examinations seem to have been conducted for a variety of reasons ranging from the need to prove mental deficiency (and certification) to a need for vocational and educational guidance. The indiividuals for whom there are papers do not appear to be in the series AA8 nor AA4.
Start Date: 01 Jan 1923
End Date: 31 Dec 1970
Contents Start Date:
Contents End Date:
Date Range of Holdings:
Access: D75 Years

AA9/1/555 Courtney, Edward Vincent dob 26/1/1911 19 Sep 1922 19 Sep 1922
AA9/1/556 Courtney, Frederick John dob 6/11/1913 29 Jul 1925 27 May 1928
AA9/1/557 Courtney, James Stanley dob 27/6/1913 19 Sep 1922 19 Sep 1922
AA9/1/558 Courtney, Phyllis dob 31/1/1927 03 Apr 1940 03 Apr 1940

AA9/1/559 Courtney, Thomas Henry dob 2/11/1904 06 Apr 1927 06 Apr 1927

On 22 Nov 1919 in Hobart, Tasmania Evelyn married Ivan David Thomas Dunn son of Daivd William Dunn and Mary Ann Finch. I have no idea if they had any children or not. But Ivan was a sailor at the time of their marriage.

Above are 2 marriage records I found for Evelyn and Ivan.
In the 1920's something went terribly wrong for Evelyn she was arrested on 11 Mar 1920 and 3 Nov 1920 she was sent to State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay, NSW.  
Evelyn Courtney stole a remarkable array of items, ranging from an umbrella to Irish linen napkins. She was a suspect in at least seven different robberies during 1920. 

Evelyn Courtney, criminal record number 493LB, 3 November 1920. State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay, NSW. 

 Part of an archive of forensic photography created by the NSW Police between

1912 and 1964.

New South Wales. Dept. of Prisons
Glass plate negative

So what happened to Evelyn and why was she stealing?

Ivan Dunn died 16 Feb 1965 in Tasmania, Evelyn had a second husband Leslie James Moore. I couldn't find out anything on him. But poor Evelyn died on 19 Feb 1988 in Australia. 

It breaks my heart, I really wanted to know more about this lady and know why she did these things, was she hungry? Or other reasons. What happened with Ivan??? Did he re-marry?? Did he die???

I did find his parents and siblings and one of his brothers died in France during the war. Thomas Howard Dunn born in 1894 in Hobart, Tasmania, died 5 Apr 1918 in Villers Bretonneux, Somme, Picardie, France burial 5 Apr 1918 in Villers Bretonneux Memorial France Military Service, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. That must of been hard for the family. 

If there's any relatives out there I hope they reach out and fill us in on what happened or even send some photos I can post.

In the mean time hold your loved ones close.

Friday, November 3, 2017

John Frederick "Chow" Hayes- Australian Gangster

John Frederick Hayes was born on 7 Sep 1911 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He died in Sydney on 7 May 1993.

John Frederick 'Chow' Hayes, Special Photograph number 2051,November 1930, Central Police Station, Sydney 38071
1930 New South Wales. Police plate negative : b & w ; 4.75 x 6.5"

From Wikipedia:
Early life
Hayes was born at the Sydney suburb of Paddington, New South Wales on 7 September 1911, the illegitimate son of Elizabeth Hayes who was a prostitute and petty criminal (although he lied about much of his early background in his biography). He was soon put into the care of his grandmother and an aunt, and was brought up by them. He lived his early years in the inner-city suburbs of Chippendale and Haymarket.

Hayes rarely attended school after his eighth birthday, and earned a living as a newspaper seller in the area around Central railway station known as Railway Square. He was caught for truancy on a number of occasions and was sent to boy reformatories. As a teenager he became involved with gang-related crime in and around his local area, namely shoplifting, petty theft and assault. Hayes was known as a major player in the Sydney Gang Wars of the late 1920s and 1930s and was known to police as an extremely violent person. In a show of bravado, in February 1939 Chow Hayes was shot at Glebe and taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, although he discharged himself with the bullet still inside his body to avoid police interrogation.

Incidents like this were reported widely in the national media, and Chow Hayes's hard reputation grew.

Adult life
Hayes' criminal career progressed as he grew older. A biography that was written about him in 1990 by David Hickie named "Chow Hayes, Gunman", suggested that he started carrying and using firearms in his late teens. He became involved in larger robberies and stand-over extortion scams, which enriched his ego, but also gave him a very bad reputation with the general public and thus became a menace to the police.

Chow Hayes spent many years of his life in prison for a succession of crimes which included small felonies such as drunkenness to capital crimes such as murder. In 1938 he shot Henry Jack Baker, the de facto partner of Sydney crime czar Kate Leigh, but he escaped prosecution.

On New Year's Day 1945 he shot and killed a fellow Sydney gangster named Eddie Weyman (1915-1945), but he was later found not guilty at trial although in the David Hickie biography, Hayes admitted that he had indeed killed Weyman and got away with it.[3] In 1951 he murdered a fellow gangster William 'Bobby' Lee (1915-1951) at a Sydney inner city nightclub. After hiding from police for six weeks, he (and his accomplice William 'Joey' Hollebone) was finally caught by the notorious Sydney detective Ray "Gunner" Kelly. He was tried twice for this offence before he was found guilty in 1952. Hayes served over fifteen years in prison for that murder.

He was freed from prison under licence in the mid-1960s, and was soon back extorting money from many of Sydney's most dangerous criminals, including crooked casino boss Dick Reilly and the 'king' of Sydney's brothel business Joe Borg. Hayes was initially implicated in the murder of underworld heavy Joe Borg in May 1968, although the police quickly determined that he was not involved. Hayes was back in jail for another seven years in 1970 for a grievous bodily harm conviction when he sliced the face and arms of Gerald Hutchinson with a broken glass in 1969.

Family life
Chow Hayes was married on 23 December 1932 to his childhood sweetheart, Gladys Muriel King (1913-1969), known as 'Topsy', and they had four children. His wife and two of his children died while he was incarcerated.

Last years and death
After spending over 30 years in prison at different times, Chow Hayes was released on 14 February 1977. All of his ill-gotten wealth was long gone, either wasted on gambling or on expensive legal costs. He lived out the rest of his life with no criminal convictions, and lived in a flat at Lidcombe.

After a long battle with cancer, Hayes died in Sydney on 7 May 1993.  His cremated ashes were placed in his wife's grave on 31 January 1994 at Rookwood Cemetery. He was survived by his youngest daughter.

  Elizabeth Hayes Lyons (1893 - 1939)

Children With Gladys Muriel King Hayes (1913 - 1969)
  John Patrick Hayes (1933 - 1933)
  Patrick Frederick Hayes (1935 - 1987)
  Robert Hubert Hayes (1937 - 1937)

  Gladys Veronica Hayes Paxton (1939 - 2014)

More on John from newspaper accounts

John Frederick 'Chow' Hayes died in Lidcombe, Sydney on 7 May 1993 after a long battle with lung cancer. His cremated ashes were placed in his wife's grave on 31 January 1994 at Rookwood Cemetery (Catholic Crematorium Rookwood Office). He was survived by his youngest child a daughter, Gladys Veronica "Little Topsy" Hayes Paxton (1939 - 2014).


Frederick ‘Chow' Hayes was born in 1911 (GRAVER'S NOTE: Mug shot shows date of birth as 1912). He grew up poor and without any significant male role models, similarly to many war-children. Most children of this generation did not however grow up to become the most feared gunman and gangster in Australia.
Chow Hayes was a brutal contradiction of a man. To those who feared him, he was a thug, a thief and a murderer. He quite literally bashed, stole and shot his way to the top of Sydney's criminal underworld in the first half of the 20th Century. At the same time, he was a product of his age, and in some ways a gentlemanly crook. Of all his victims over the years, none were women or children, and he never perpetrated sex crime - Hayes considered those who would harm or sexually abuse those weaker than them as ‘immoral'.
Evolution of a Tough Nut
An early formulative experience in Chow Hayes life occurred when he was 12 years old. Hayes' father served in the iconic Light-Horse Regiment in Europe during WWI and returned a broken man. Diagnosed with shell-shock and shocking psychological wounds as a result of his time in service, Hayes' father was permanently committed to an insane asylum. After visiting his father and seeing the crumpled, wasted man he had become, and after seeing him being clearly being mistreated by hospital staff, Chow leaves the hospital in disgust. He is clearly moved by the experience, and from this point on never sees his father again.
Hayes turned to crime early without supervision as an adolescent. The streets of Sydney were rife with gangs, and easy money through theft and booze was of course more appealing than pens, books and study. By the time Hayes was 18 he had been in and out of boys-reformatories a number of times for misdemeanour offences. Hayes would later speak of his time in these homes as more of an education than a punishment - it was behind the walls of the Gosford Boys Home that Chow received his PhD in crime.
A Gun in a Knife Fight
Chow Hayes was not a large man, but his persona on the street quickly grew to leviathan proportions. This was due to Hayes policy to always be more violent than his enemies. Even as jail took him from and released him back onto the streets over the years, he would always return to an old haunt and re-establish himself through a heinous act of violence as the alpha-dog of the pack. His reputation was largely earned through his interaction with the notorious ‘razor-gangs' of Sydney's Kings Cross. The razor gangs were involved in prostitution and bootleg alcohol, and as the name would suggest, carried knives and large straight-razors for their own protection and enforcement. Hayes, always looking to get the drop on his opponents, would on more than one occasion embody the phrase "never take a knife to a gunfight" (or in this case a razor-fight). The razor gangs steered clear of Hayes and his turf after having a Colt .45 pistol aimed at their head.
Hayes murdered rival Sydney criminal Eddie Weyman in 1945. After a shootout some weeks earlier in which Hayes had shot and wounded an associate of Weyman's, the two were gunning for each other. In a radio interview in later life, Hayes described this time as being similar to walking on eggshells.
"He wasn't going to let it go, but he knew I wasn't going to let it go; and I wasn't going to let it go."
Hayes knew that Weyman would kill him on sight, and so in usual Hayes fashion, he took the initiative and the upper hand. After a week of hiding, Hayes climbed up the fire escape of the rickety Darlinghurst terrace owned by Weyman and found him lying on a bed. Hayes coolly and calmly shot Weyman five times and he died at the scene.
No Witnesses
Hayes was an ingenious criminal, and covered his tracks superbly. Witnesses were always hard to come by whenever Chow Hayes exacted his brand of carnage upon the people of Sydney - such was his reputation for malice and bloodshed. The case which illustrates this most prominently and probably Hayes' most famous crime is the murder of former boxer Bobby Lee in a King's Cross bar in 1951. Lee had been gunning for Chow Hayes for some time, and had recently killed Hayes' nephew after mistaking him for the known gunman. This incensed Hayes, who had only months ago been released from prison. One evening Hayes received a tip off that Bobby Lee was drinking with friends at the Ziegfeld Club in King Street, Sydney. Hayes steadily walked through the club, .45 pistol drawn, and upon sighting Lee emptied the six-round chamber into his victim. Lee was hit in the thigh, chest and stomach and died soon after. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this crime is that it was committed in front of over 70 witnesses in the form of fellow-club-goers. Despite this fact, police could not find one witness willing to testify against Hayes for the shooting. The struggle for useful testimony would go on for so long that the case against Hayes would experience two mistrials.
Hayes was eventually brought to trial for Lee's murder in 1954. A victim of his own morals, Hayes turned himself in and admitted to the crime to save his wife from jail. Hayes wife was known as a ‘cleanskin' - someone who steered clear of crime, but police had grown tired of their search for a witness against Hayes, and had decided to switch tactics. Hayes wife would therefore be brought to trial in the murder of Lee as an accessory before the fact. Hayes cleared her name, was found guilty and was sentenced to hang for the murder.
Slipping The Noose
Ironically, two years later in 1956, the NSW government outlawed capital punishment so Hayes escaped the noose. His sentence was transferred to life in prison, and he spent the majority of this time in Parramatta Jail. It seems that Chow Hayes notoriety extended to the world behind bars as well. He was known by fellow inmates and guards, and received special treatment due to his status. He enjoyed an illegal radio in his cell and was able to run an SP bookie's practice under the nose of his captors. His cell had a unique lock and would be locked during the day when Hayes was away working in the wood shop so that wardens couldn't search his belongings. Hayes often repaid this treatment with action. A story is told of a guard being bashed in the shower block, only to have Hayes come to his rescue and be knocked unconscious.
Hayes was released from prison after almost 20 years due to his being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
He achieved substantial fame after being the subject of a book by David Hickie, and was immortalised in a portrait in 1991's Archibald prize, just a few months before his death.
Chow Hayes was Australia's first gangster and a Tough Nut through and through.

- Tough Nuts


"Chow" Hayes Spits
And Yells After
Murder Conviction.
A Central Criminal Court jury late yesterday found John Frederick ("Chow") Hayes, 39, guilty of the murder of former boxer William John ("Bobby") Lee.
It was Hayes's third trial. 
The verdict was given on the eve of the first anniversary of the murder. Lee was shot in the Ziegfeld Cafe, King Street, city.
Hayes stood unmoved while the jury returned its verdict, but his wife, sitting at the back of the court, gave a scream. Friends calmed her.
Asked if he had anything to say before Mr. Justice McClemens passed sentence, Hayes said: "I hope to live for the day that Kelly and Abbott die of cancer of the tongue."
The Crown case hinged on a murder confession alleged to have been made by Hayes at the C.I.B. to Detective-Sergeant Raymond Kelly and Detective Abbott.
Hayes said that on the Judge's summing up he
Mr. Justice McClemens sentenced Hayes to death.
Immediately afterwards Hayes lunged his fist through the bars of the dock in the direction of Detective Kelly, a few feet away, spat, and yelled, "You lying bastard."
A constable grabbed Hayes and pushed him through a trapdoor leading to the cells beneath the court.
Hayes, of 93 Thomas Street, Ultimo, was alleged to have shot Lee with a .45 automatic on May 29 last year. He was arrested on July 13.
At trials held in November, 1951, and last March the juries failed to agree and were discharged.
The Senior Crown Prosecutor, Mr. C. V. Rooney, Q.C., told the jury at the third trial, which began on Monday, that the shooting of Lee carried all the stigmata of an underworld feud.
Hayes, he said, had a strong motive for killing Lee.
On May 1, 1951, Danny Simmons, a nephew of Hayes's wife, was shot dead at Hayes's home, apparently in mistake for Hayes.
Hayes suspected Lee of having been implicated in that shooting, Mr. Rooney said.
Detective Kelly said that when he asked Hayes if he had shot Lee, Hayes replied: "Yes. What would you do if you knew a mug who had got a car to knock you off?"
In a statement from the dock yesterday, Hayes de- nied confessing.
He said Lee was shot by a stranger who came up to the table in the Ziegfeld Cafe where Lee, some friends, and himself were drinking. 
"There was no reason or motive for me to have any grudge against Lee," he said. "Nor is there any truth in the suggestion that I thought, suspected, or said that Lee had taken any hand in the shooting of my nephew, Danny Simmons."
Hayes claimed that Detective Kelly had told him that he would put a "good verbal" over him.
The jury was out for only an hour and a quarter.
Mr. Justice McClemens said it returned the only verdict possible on the evidence. It had relieved the community of a man whose record, right from the start, was one of a fight against society.
The gaol recorder read out a list of nearly 90 convic- tions against Hayes, dating from 1928, when Hayes was 15.
The majority were for riotous behaviour, assaulting policemen, theft, and indecent language. More serious convictions were for armed robbery (1941) and occasioning bodily harm (1945).
After pronouncing sentence of death, Mr. Justice Mc- Clemens said the case "should be a lesson to all those who think that a career of crime, even petty crime, does not end in just retribution."
During his summing up to the jury, Mr. Justice Mc- Clemens said that Mr. G. Amsberg, Q.C. (senior counsel for Hayes), had conducted the defence with great vigour and great brilliance. 

- The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday, 29 May 1952

I couldn't imagine the HELL his wife and children went through. They must not of only been scared of being killed in retaliation, but he was in and out of jail their whole lives. What did he feel while being locked up knowing a child and wife died? What an awful way to live. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The lives of Kate Morris & John Thomas Kibble

Kate Morris was born 1854 in Birmingham. Warwickshire,, England. She married John Thomas Kibble on 1 Nov 1891 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. Tey had one known child Annie Marie Kibble born Jan 1893 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. Married Lenard R Myring in 1930 and died Jun of 1968 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England

Not much is known about their daughter and all the records I found on Kate & John were criminal records. 

John Thomas Kibble started his life of crime at age 11 and was sent to Harwick Reformatory School for several years. This, however, did not stop him from assaulting his father among others and stealing. Below are photos of Hardwicke Reformatory School for Boys.

Church at Hardwicke

John Thomas Kibble Criminal records

It was listed in a census I came across that at one point John was a Brass Caster but listed as Unemployed. Also as you read through his criminal records you will see he was a soldier and he deserted.

What would make a young boy go down this path to despair?

His parents James Kibble & Harriet Powell seem to have lived productive lives, he died at age 70 and she at age 75. All his siblings also had good trades and had families except for his sister Mary Ann Kibble who was born 1847 and died 1851. 

So now let's look at Kate Morris life. I found very little on her. She was born in 1854 in Birmingham Warwickshire, England to William Morris and Ann. This is all the information I have on them.
Her siblings may have been Emily, Jane & Charles Henry, Agnes, Herbert & Elizabeth.
John Thomas Kibble died Jun 1921 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He was only 67 years old.

They lived in Birmingham as well.

Kate was black-listed from all the local pubs
here is her criminal record and mug shot. I warn you it's not pretty.She was noted for cuts to her face and missing fingers.

I wonder if she wasn't abused by her husband.
How did she lose her eye??? Did that and or abuse turn her to alcohol? She died in 1930 in Birmingham Warwickshire, England.

On the blacklist, each drunkard’s entry includes photographs, their name, alias, residence, employment, physical description, distinguishing marks, nature of conviction, and the sentence received for booze-related crimes.
Offenders came from all different backgrounds and worked as metal cutters, grease merchants, labourers and hawkers among other occupations.
A large number of the undesirables were women, working as bedstead polishers, hawkers and grease merchants. Some resorted to prostitution to supplement their incomes.
Many had aliases – suggesting criminal careers - 31 had scars or physical handicaps, ranging from Kate Kibble’s one eye to cut marks on faces, broken noses and missing fingers. Who hurt her? What Happened?
I guess we may never know.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

John Reed

John  Reed
Born abt 1858 in Mount Prospect, Victoria, Australia

Life of crime:
 John Reed, 15, was given two weeks hard labour and five years reformation for stealing money in 1873.Middle-class background: Henry Leonard Stephenson, 12, left, and his fresh-faced accomplice Michael Clement Fisher, 13, right, were choir boys from good stock but were jailed for two months for breaking into three houses in 1873. The media at the time blamed the boys' crime on their penchant for the 'wrong sort of books' on characters like notorious 18th-century highwayman Jack Sheppard

I could not find anything else on this poor lad

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Catherine Cain King

Catherine Cain King

Seems like she may have been orphaned, her earliest arrest records has her age at 15.

Catherine Cain King was born abt 1825 in England.

Catherine Cain King was convicted of stealing a pocket watch, she had previously served 7 days for drunken conduct, on this occasion she served 3 months with hard labor. Age (on discharge): 23 Height: 5’1 1/2” Hair: Dark Brown Eyes.
Below are the arrest records I found for Catherine.
I couldn't find any other information for her.

Her photo is heartbreaking.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Henry F Bell

Henry F Bell served in WWI  from Feb 6, 1917, to May 6, 1919. Supply Co. 317th Infantry as a Pvt.

There isn't much information on Henry. His wife was Leola and he was born on 6 Jun 1901 in St. Louis MO and died at age 50 on 15 Jul 1951.

I Made a memorial for him on Find-A-Grave.

Here's part of his sad tale.

I feel a sadness for this man. Did the war affect him and therefore he drank? Or was this a deeper sad situation where the police were racist? I do know he served our Country and he had a wife.

Please visit his memorial and leave a little memento honoring him. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Elsie Bowman

Mug shot of Elsie Bowman, 31 October 1928, Long Bay Women's Reformatory.

Miss Elsie Bowman was born about 1904 according to arrest records. 

In almost all of her arrests she was with a character by the name of Leslie Thompson, he has a long rap sheet for burglary stealing and breaking and entering. 

Prisoner identification photograph no. 743 LB. Elsie Bowman was a pickpocket, prostitute, and thief and was a close associate of John Brendon Parker, thief and notorious escapee. Bowman's MO as recorded in the NSW Criminal Register, 22 July 1938, includes
such details as 
She Sat down alongside a man on a seat in University Park, Sydney, at night, and stole a sum of money from his fob pocket. When the man discovered his loss and accused Bowman she handed the money to Alfred Thomas McGovern ... by whom she was accompanied. 
 After having several drinks with a man whom she had picked up on a city street, stole 12 pounds from his pockets whilst pretending to feel his privates in the approved fashion of the lower type of prostitute. 
 Snatched at a gold watch chain on a man's vest, but only succeeded in stealing a gold-mounted sovereign, which she later sold to a gold buyer.  An associate of criminals and prostitutes generally ...  Frequents Newtown, Enmore, and Darlington.



New South Wales. Police Dept.
City of Shadows at the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney, November 2005-January 2007.

Glass plate negative:

In my research on Elsie, I could not find any family information, where she died or if she ever married. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Arthur Davis Adams

Arthur Davis Adams Mug Shot

I did some research on Mr. Adams and besides his potty mouth, all I found was his birth year 1857 and his alias John Kilson.

One common element in many mug shots, however, is the display of prisoners’ hands. In 1886, the introduction of fingerprinting in New Zealand was still nearly two decades away, so the inclusion of hands in mug shots provided an additional point of identification for police. Missing fingers, scars, and the general shape and condition of the prisoners' hands could all help in the identification of a suspect.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sarah Amer Patterson

What do you see when you look into her eyes?
Heres her story.

Sarah Patterson, arrested for trying to steal money from a gas meter 
Name: Sarah Patterson
Arrested for: Thief
Arrested at: North Shields Police Station
Arrested on: 14th March 1904
Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-35-Sarah Patterson

Sarah Patterson, married, appeared before the magistrates at North Shields on a charge of attempting to steal money from a gas meter, the property of the Tynemouth Gas Company. Mrs Lawson, 44 Charlotte Street, said that on Saturday accused went to her house and asked her to for a pint of beer. On returning she found the woman coming out of the front room. From what she was told witness examined the gas meter, which was in a cupboard in the front room, and found the lock had been damaged. Accused was committed to prison for 14 days."
Shields Daily Gazette, 14 Mar 1904, page 3

Born: Sarah Amer, in 1865 at Sunderland in Durham, the daughter of William a shoe & boot maker and Mary Ann.
Sarah Amer married, Samuel Septimus Patterson in 1886 at South Shields. A daughter Mary Ann Amer Patterson was born in 1887, at Tynemouth, Northumberland.

1891 census, 10 Stephenson Street, Tynemouth, Northumberland.
Samuel Patterson Head 25 Stoker On Steamship, North Shields.
Sarah Patterson Wife 23 Sunderland, Durham.
Mary A Patterson Daughter 4 North Shields.

1901 census, 16, Stephenson Street, North Shields, Tynemouth, Northumberland.
Samuel Patterson Head 37 Steam Ship Stoker, North Shields, Northumberland.
Sarah Patterson Wife 34 North Shields, Northumberland.
Mary A A Patterson Daughter 13 North Shields, Northumberland.

Shields Daily Gazette 
Wednesday10th December 1902
Sarah Patterson, Stephenson Street, was charged at North Shields today with assaulting Eliza Shepherd.
Complainant stated that while she was transacting business with another woman, defendant went up to her and after using filthy and abusive language, struck her a violent blow in the face.
Defendant did not deny the charge and was fined 5s., and costs.

Shields Daily Gazette 
Friday 27th March 1903
Sarah Patterson was fined 5s., and costs by the North Shields magistrates today for assaulting Eliza Boyd.
Complainant, alleged that defendant, who was drunk, deliberately struck her behind the ear without any provocation. In her defense Patterson stated that the complainant drowned her with soap suds and then struck her with a poker.

Shields Daily Gazette 
Wednesday 22nd April 1903
Samuel Patterson, who works on a trawler, applied to the magistrates at North Shields this morning for a judicial separation, under the new Licensing Act, from his wife Sarah Patterson, who he alleged, was an habitual drunkard.
Mr. Chapman appeared for the applicant. The applicant stated that he had been married to the defendant for seventeen years. During the last eight years she had led a fearful life, and had been addicted to drink. He had given her plenty of money to keep the house on, but several times when he had returned from sea he had found her out, and a lot of his clothes and bedclothes pawned. He had tried all he could to get her to lead a better life. 
Last Thursday when she came out of prison he thought he would give her another chance. He made the fire on, and put the house in order, and then went to seek her. She was at her sister's and he got her to go home with him. He gave her 2s 6d., then, and the next morning he gave her half-a-sovereign. She kept sober all the Friday, but on the Saturday was drinking all day with other women. He could not give hwe another chance, because she was unfit to look after her own affairs, or the house.
Defendant made serious allegations against her husband but said she was glad she was going to get a separation order because it would save her being badly used.
The Bench decided to grant a separation, ordered the applicant to contribute 7s 6d., per week towards his wife's maintenance, and gave the husband the custody of the daughter, who is sixteen years of age.

Shields Daily Gazette 
Monday 14th March 1904
Sarah Patterson married appeared before the magistrates at North Shields on a charge of attempting to steal money from a gas meter, the property of the Tynemouth Gas Company.
Mrs. Lawson, 44 Charlotte Street, said that on Saturday accused went to her house and asked her to go for a pint of beer. On returning she found the woman coming out of her room. From what she was told witness examined the gas meter, which was in a cupboard in the front room, and found the lock had been damaged.
Accused was committed to prison for 14 days.

Shields Daily Gazette 
Monday 20th June 1904:
At North Shields Samuel Patterson, fireman, and Sarah Patterson, his wife, 10 Stephenson Street, were charged on remand with having been drunk and disorderly in Saville Street. The husband was further charged with assaulting P.C. Hannah, and his wife with having assaulted P.C. John Dodds.
The officer explained that he found the couple drunk and behaving in a very disorderly manner, whereupon they became so violent that he was compelled to call P.C. Radcliffe and P.C. Dodds to his assistance. On the way to the station the male defendant struck him a severe blow in the mouth, and kicked him several times about the legs, and P.C. Dodds was also assaulted by the female defendant. This was corroborated named J.W. Nichol.
The defendants called three witnesses, who swore that they were sober at the time.
They were fined 2s 6d., and costs on the first charge, and 5s., and costs on the second.

Shields Daily Gazette 
Monday 07th November 1904:
At North Shields Sarah Patterson, no fixed abode was charged with having assaulted Catherine Hunter, and wilfully damaging a hat to the amount of 12s 6d.
Complainant said the defendant was jealous of her and charged her with being familiar with her husband. On the 4th inst., she came to her house, abused her, struck her in the face, and pulled her hat to pieces.
Corroborative evidence was given, and the accused who pleaded that she was provoked, was fined 5s., and costs on each charge, and ordered to pay the amount of the damage.

Mary Ann Amer Patterson Married Robert Legg in 1908 at Tynemouth.

1911 census, 37 Wellington St, North Shields, Tynemouth, Northumberland.
Samuel Patterson Head 46 Waterman, born North Shields County of Northumberland.
Sarah Patterson Wife 43 born Sunderland County of Durham.
Married 24 years, 1 Child. 

1911 census, 56 Stephenson St, North Shields, Tynemouth, Northumberland.
RobertLegg Head 28 Bricklayer, North Shields Northumberland.
Mary Ann Amer Legg Wife 23 North Shields Northumberland.
Mary Ellen Legg Daughter 2 North Shields Northumberland