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On this day …….. 27th of December 1832

On the 27th of December 1832, Charlotte Welsh, a convict woman working as a servant in a Sydney house, was sent to the female workhouse for six weeks for being insolent to her mistress. She had complained that her Christmas pudding had no brandy in it.

 

GEELONG GAOL WASH HOUSE – 1867

Next to the kitchen was the wash house also fitted up with every convenience, a large fireplace and boiler for hot water, which is carried through pipes to the washing-troughs at the other end of the room, where the prisoners are to be seen busily engaged, some in scrubbing and others in wringing out the clothes. One is working at a pump placed in one part of the room, for the purpose of carrying water to the upper stories of the building. Near these rooms are several store-rooms and a carpenter’s work shop.

 

ON THIS DAY…… 20th December 1877

A man named Edward Heyward was charged at the Geelong police court on this day in 1877 with attempting to stab another man named George Shipway, on the 17th of November. The prisoner was remanded to the Geelong Gaol.

 

femaleFactoryIllustrationOn the 27th of December 1832, Charlotte Welsh, a convict woman working as a servant in a Sydney house, was sent to the female workhouse for six weeks for being insolent to her mistress. She had complained that her Christmas pudding had no brandy in it.

12387849_221976518133484_1514009044_nOn this day in 1898, an order for 2/6 weekly was made against a man named Robert Tough for maintenance of his children in the schools, but Tough failed to comply with the order, and a sum £63/15/7 has accumulated against him. Tough disappeared, and a warrant was issued for his arrest, which was accomplished and he was return to Geelong and sent to gaol for one month.

12336144_219926611671808_1519549590_nA shocking disclosures was made in connection with the Geelong Gaol. A few weeks ago several prisoners attempted to commit suicide. One succeeded, but others were, prevented just’ in time, and were afterwards sentenced to further imprisonment for the attempts. Among these was a young man named Giammill. who on this day in 1901 battered his head in a frightful fashion with an iron pannikin. He was stopped before he had mortally injured him self. Another prisoner, named Hassett, a lifer, who has already sowed years, and is employed in the dispensary, stole a mixture of belladonna, arsenic, and opium’, and swallowed it. As the warders entered he threatened to stab anybody with a spike he had secured if interfered with. He finally sank to the ground, and strong emetics were given to him. It was alleged that unmentionable crimes have lately taken place in tho gaol. The prisoners were afraid they would be charged with complicity, and therefore attempted suicide. A full inquiry was demanded by the residents.

 

More sensations have occurred at the Geelong gaol on this day in 1901, and it is expected that the authorities will now hold a searching inquiry into the causes of the recent disturbances. A prisoner named Ramage ga

Percy Ramage

Percy Ramage

shed his throat, for which he received a time in irons. Another prisoner, named Godfrey, was stopped by a warder from wounding himself, and another prisoner, John Gambil was also brought before the visiting justices for a minor offence, and remanded, as he behaved like a lunatic.

PRISONER JUMPED FROM TRAIN 1929

Patrick Lynch a prisoner who was being taken from Pentridge to the Geelong Gaol on the 3rd of December 1929, jumped from the window of a fast moving express train near Manor. He suffered a compound fracture of both legs, and injuries to the face and hands. The crew of another train found, him alongside, the line. Lynch was taken to Melbourne Gaol hospital.

 

imageA prisoner, named Percy Ramage who is serving along sentence for violently assaulting a policeman in Melbourne, is not making his lot any more pleasant by repeated breaches of gaol discipline. He has been frequently dealt with in the local gaol and elsewhere by the visiting justices, he was sentenced to six months in irons by the police magistrates for successive exhibitions of violence, during which he damaged Government property, and for creating disturbances. The sentence is concurrent with that which he is undergoing.

DIVORCE ACTION.

In the Divorce Court on this day in 1902, James Stokes, aged 56, sued for a divorce from Priscilla Stokes (48), the ground of, desertion. Petitioner stated that he was a warder at the Geelong Gaol at the time he married respondent, and at the time of his marriage he was a widower with three children. There were three children by the second marriage, and his wife and he frequently quarrelled over the way the latter was bringing up his family. On one occasion respondent told him that she could not understand why she married an old fellow like petitioner.

A Chinese in the Geelong Gaol, named Ah Lee Goon, who was transferred some time, ago from the Melbourne Gaol on account of mental weakness, has developed into a violent lunatic. On this day in 1902, two magistrates attended at the local gaol and committed the Celestial to a lunatic asylum.