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Convict Joseph Samuels was sentenced to death for burglary in Sydney in 1803. Whoever on the day of the execution 26th of September 1803, the rope broke 3 times. As Samuels was about to be executed the 4th time, the Governor stopped the proceedings on the grounds of divine intervention. Samuels left the gallows with his life and a sore neck.

 

On This Day ……. 21st April 1870

John Rockliffe and James Anderson, who each pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary, and were convicted on a second charge, said they had nothing to say why sentence should not be passed on them. Each prisoner was sentenced to four years in Geelong Gaol.

 

Convict Joseph Samuels was sentenced to death for burglary in Sydney in 1803. Whoever on the day of the execution 26th of September 1803, the rope broke 3 times. As Samuels was about to be executed the 4th time, the Governor stopped the proceedings on the grounds of divine intervention. Samuels left the gallows with his life and a sore neck.

 

By 1800s in Victoria there were 160 crimes that were punishable by death, here is a list of some crimes.

Accessory to homosexuality
Adultery
Armed robbery
Arson
Arson in royal dockyards
Assisting the enemy
Attempted suicide

Being illegally at large
Being in the company of Gypsies for one month
Blacking the face whilst committing a crime
Burglary

Capital murder
Carnal knowledge of a child
Cattle Stealing
Causing a fire or explosion in a naval dockyard
Causing a fire or explosion in a ship
Causing a fire or explosion in a magazine
Causing a fire or explosion in a warehouse
Child abuse
Course of robbery which involves the use of offensive weapons
Course burglary which involves the use of offensive weapons
Cutting down trees in an avenue of honour
Cutting down trees in a private orchard
Cutting down trees in public place.

Disguise one self whilst committing a crime

Espionage

Failure to suppress a mutiny with intent to assist the enemy.
Forgery

Giving false air signals
Grand larceny – theft of goods worth more than 12 pence

High Treason
Horse Stealing
Homosexuality
Homosexual behaviour

Impersonating an Egyptian
Incest
Incitement to mutiny
Infanticide

Kidnapping
Killing a person consider to be evil
Knowingly and intentionally killing another person

Manslaughter
Murder
Murder of a child
Murder in the course or furtherance of theft
Murder by shooting or causing an explosion
Murder while resisting arrest or during an escape
Murder of a police officer
Murder of a police officer during the course of his duties
Murder of a prison officer by a prisoner
Mutiny

Obstructing operations

Petty theft
Piracy with violence
Premeditated killing of another person
Prostitutes who is the daughter of priests

Rape
Rape of a child
Robbery

Sexual Assault
Serious misconduct in action
Shoplifting
Sodomy
Strong evidence of malice in a child aged 7–14 years of age

Treason
Turned a blind to homosexuality

On This Day ……. 21st April 1870

John Rockliffe and James Anderson, who each pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary, and were convicted on a second charge, said they had nothing to say why sentence should not be passed on them. Each prisoner was sentenced to four years in Geelong Gaol.

 

Convict Joseph Samuels was sentenced to death for burglary in Sydney in 1803. Whoever on the day of the execution 26th of September 1803, the rope broke 3 times. As Samuels was about to be executed the 4th time, the Governor stopped the proceedings on the grounds of divine intervention. Samuels left the gallows with his life and a sore neck.

 

By 1800s in Victoria there were 160 crimes that were punishable by death, here is a list of some crimes.

Accessory to homosexuality
Adultery
Armed robbery
Arson
Arson in royal dockyards
Assisting the enemy
Attempted suicide

Being illegally at large
Being in the company of Gypsies for one month
Blacking the face whilst committing a crime
Burglary

Capital murder
Carnal knowledge of a child
Cattle Stealing
Causing a fire or explosion in a naval dockyard
Causing a fire or explosion in a ship
Causing a fire or explosion in a magazine
Causing a fire or explosion in a warehouse
Child abuse
Course of robbery which involves the use of offensive weapons
Course burglary which involves the use of offensive weapons
Cutting down trees in an avenue of honour
Cutting down trees in a private orchard
Cutting down trees in public place.

Disguise one self whilst committing a crime

Espionage

Failure to suppress a mutiny with intent to assist the enemy.
Forgery

Giving false air signals
Grand larceny – theft of goods worth more than 12 pence

High Treason
Horse Stealing
Homosexuality
Homosexual behaviour

Impersonating an Egyptian
Incest
Incitement to mutiny
Infanticide

Kidnapping
Killing a person consider to be evil
Knowingly and intentionally killing another person

Manslaughter
Murder
Murder of a child
Murder in the course or furtherance of theft
Murder by shooting or causing an explosion
Murder while resisting arrest or during an escape
Murder of a police officer
Murder of a police officer during the course of his duties
Murder of a prison officer by a prisoner
Mutiny

Obstructing operations

Petty theft
Piracy with violence
Premeditated killing of another person
Prostitutes who is the daughter of priests

Rape
Rape of a child
Robbery

Sexual Assault
Serious misconduct in action
Shoplifting
Sodomy
Strong evidence of malice in a child aged 7–14 years of age

Treason
Turned a blind to homosexuality

On This Day ……. 21st April 1870

John Rockliffe and James Anderson, who each pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary, and were convicted on a second charge, said they had nothing to say why sentence should not be passed on them. Each prisoner was sentenced to four years in Geelong Gaol.