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Item: 174165
Surname: Nelson
First Name: Constable William
Ship: -
Date: 11 January 1911
Place: Newcastle
Source: NMH
Details: Article in the Newcastle Morning Herald on the history of Newcastle.....Constable on duty in the Newcastle goal yard in 1845 when a prisoner escaped


 
Item: 180184
Surname: Nelson
First Name: Constable William
Ship: -
Date: 10 November 1845
Place: Newcastle
Source: Newcastle Court of Petty Sessions Letter Book
Details: Letter 45/131. Correspondence from Magistrate Major Crummer re the escape of John Taylor, free, committed for trial, from the Newcastle gaol. His escape was effected without the knowledge of the officers of the gaol and might have remained a secret but for the unusual appearance of slabs being found against the wall of the airing yard which created suspicion as the precautionary measure of calling the roll of the prisoners upon their transfer to and from the airing yard previous to the constable taking charge of them had not then been adopted by the present gaoler or his predecessor Mr. Field. The constable William Nelson had no reason to believe the prisoner was conniving to escape. The plank found against the wall which assisted the prisoner in his escape were up from the lining of the brick platform in the yard but even without this assistance the state of the interior face of the wall of the airing yard affords very great facility for escape as the bricks are so decomposed as to present sure parting to any prisoner of activity disposed to take advantage of any favourable opportunity that should present itself for escaping. This state of the walls of the prison yard has been represented and reports sent in to the Colonial Architect some time back but without the desired result and I feel confident that had the wall been in a proper state of repair that the present occurrence would not have to be recorded. The prisoner was captured and taken back to the gaol by Constable Lackey in the course of a few hours


 
Item: 106546
Surname: Nelson
First Name: William
Ship: -
Date: 1846 June
Place: Newcastle
Source: Register Book of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. Marriages p23
Details: From Stockton. Witness at the marriage of Jonathon Asquith and Mary Anne Nelson



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