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On This Day ……. 25th May 1901

A Remarkable Record was reported in the Geelong paper on this day in 1901. There will shortly be released from the Geelong gaol, a convict with a most remarkable record. His name is Frederick Clarke, better known as ‘Josh’ Clarke, and he has spent nearly half a century within prison walls. He was born in Leeds Yorkshire, and as far back as 1847 was transported for house breaking to Norfolk Island. From there he escaped, but he was not long at liberty in Australia, for he was soon caught offending, and since that time he has served sentences ranging from a few months to 14 years. In 1887, when he was over 60 years of age, he was sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment for receiving, the judge evidently desiring that so notorious a character should end his career in prison. With another daring criminal, Christopher Farrel, he escaped from the Geelong gaol in 1888, after gagging and pinioning the warder, but the men were re-captured, and each received a further sentence of two years. The ‘Geelong Times.’ which gives these particular s. adds : — Clarke, who is close on 80 years of age, has been a constant source of anxiety to the officials since he has been in Geelong. A never ending watch has to be maintained, for it is only a short time since his cell was rushed and the discovery made that he was just on the point of removing stones from the outer wall of his cell.

 

On This Day ……. 15th May 1906

Charges were formulated on this day in 1906, against Robert Barker, a warder from the Geelong Gaol, who is was under suspension from duty, in relation to communicating with relatives of a prisoner under his charge and carrying from prisoners in gaol to friends outside.

 

On This Day ……. 6th April 1915

Mr William Farquhar, a warder of the Geelong Gaol, died “in harness” on this day day in 1915, while on duty in one of the towers overlooking the exercise yard. The warden on duty in the opposite corner had missed Mr. Farquhar for sometime, and when he visited his tower found him dying. Deceased had been under treatment by the gaol medical officer for two years for heart, trouble, and had been always a signed tower duty because of it. His death was not unexpected, but his sticking ability to do his duty had won the admiration of his colleagues. Farquhar was a married man and native of Scotland, and left a widow and children.

 

On this day ………… 15th March 1930

William Hartwell 30 years of age and a prisoner at the Geelong Gaol, Victoria, made an attempt to escape on the this day in 1930. While a warder’s attention was diverted Hartwell managed to climb over the wall and make a run for freedom but was recaptured before he had gone far. Hartwell was charged with being at large and sentenced to an extra 12 months’ imprisonment, the sentence to be cumulative on sentence of three years and six months, which he is serving.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – December 29, 1888

Joseph Howard, the lunatic charged with murdering Archibald Hunter, a warder at the Yarra Bend Asylum, on the 29th December, was placed in the dock at the Melbourne Criminal Court, before the Chief Justice. The jury found him to be insane, and His Honour ordered him to be remanded. Howard begged that he might not be sent back to the Yarra Bend, for the attendants had threatened to kill him within a month. He would go to Pentridge for life, or to any other asylum, but he would rather die than go back there, for they made him mad at Yarra Bend by starving him and putting him with the maddest lunatics. He had been starved and cruelly treated in the institution, and preferred to be in gaol amongst rational beings. The fact of his having been thrust among madmen had caused him to lose his mental balance at times, and if he were sent back it would be a living death to him. He would sooner suffer for his crime than return to the asylum. His Honour said his order had the effect of directing the prisoner to he kept in custody pending Her Majesty’s pleasure, and he could make no other. He had no doubt, however, that the officials would take note of what Howard had said.

 

On This Day ……. 25th May 1901

A Remarkable Record was reported in the Geelong paper on this day in 1901. There will shortly be released from the Geelong gaol, a convict with a most remarkable record. His name is Frederick Clarke, better known as ‘Josh’ Clarke, and he has spent nearly half a century within prison walls. He was born in Leeds Yorkshire, and as far back as 1847 was transported for house breaking to Norfolk Island. From there he escaped, but he was not long at liberty in Australia, for he was soon caught offending, and since that time he has served sentences ranging from a few months to 14 years. In 1887, when he was over 60 years of age, he was sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment for receiving, the judge evidently desiring that so notorious a character should end his career in prison. With another daring criminal, Christopher Farrel, he escaped from the Geelong gaol in 1888, after gagging and pinioning the warder, but the men were re-captured, and each received a further sentence of two years. The ‘Geelong Times.’ which gives these particular s. adds : — Clarke, who is close on 80 years of age, has been a constant source of anxiety to the officials since he has been in Geelong. A never ending watch has to be maintained, for it is only a short time since his cell was rushed and the discovery made that he was just on the point of removing stones from the outer wall of his cell.

 

On This Day ……. 15th May 1906

Charges were formulated on this day in 1906, against Robert Barker, a warder from the Geelong Gaol, who is was under suspension from duty, in relation to communicating with relatives of a prisoner under his charge and carrying from prisoners in gaol to friends outside.

 

On This Day ……. 6th April 1915

Mr William Farqunar, a warder of the Geelong Gaol, died “in harness” on this day day in 1915, while on duty in one of the towers overlooking the exercise yard. The warden on duty in the opposite corner had missed Mr. Farquhar for sometime, and when he visited his tower found him dying. Deceased had been under treatment by the gaol medical officer for two years for heart, trouble, and had been always a signed tower duty because of it. His death was not unexpected, but his sticking ability to do his duty had won the admiration of his colleagues. Farqunar was a married man and native of Scotland, and left a widow and children.

 

On this day ………… 15th March 1930

William Hartwell 30 years of age and a prisoner at the Geelong Gaol, Victoria, made an attempt to escape on the this day in 1930. While a warder’s attention was diverted Hartwell managed to climb over the wall and make a run for freedom but was recaptured before he had gone far. Hartwell was charged with being at large and sentenced to an extra 12 months’ imprisonment, the sentence to be cumulative on sentence of three years and six months, which he is serving.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – December 29, 1888

Joseph Howard, the lunatic charged with murdering Archibald Hunter, a warder at the Yarra Bend Asylum, on the 29th December, was placed in the dock at the Melbourne Criminal Court, before the Chief Justice. The jury found him to be insane, and His Honour ordered him to be remanded. Howard begged that he might not be sent back to the Yarra Bend, for the attendants had threatened to kill him within a month. He would go to Pentridge for life, or to any other asylum, but he would rather die than go back there, for they made him mad at Yarra Bend by starving him and putting him with the maddest lunatics. He had been starved and cruelly treated in the institution, and preferred to be in gaol amongst rational beings. The fact of his having been thrust among madmen had caused him to lose his mental balance at times, and if he were sent back it would be a living death to him. He would sooner suffer for his crime than return to the asylum. His Honour said his order had the effect of directing the prisoner to he kept in custody pending Her Majesty’s pleasure, and he could make no other. He had no doubt, however, that the officials would take note of what Howard had said.