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Item: 174171
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: -
Ship: -
Date: 25 January 1911
Place: Newcastle
Source: NMH
Details: Prisoners from the stockade were treated at the Colonial Hospital in the forties and several of them made their escape from that establishment. One thing that facilitated escape was the appointment of a prisoner to act as sentry at the hospital. At length the fever of freedom entered into his blood and he ran away, but was soon captured. Major Crummer referred to the practice in a letter to the Colonial Secretary on 11th November 1846 - Sir, In the course of an inquiry held this day before us on a charge of absconding, preferred against a man serving a sentence of irons at the stockade, it appeared that F....had been a patient in the Colonial Hospital, and was subsequently placed as sentry at the gate of that establishment from whence he effected his escape. Referring to the number of instances of prisoners in irons making their escape from the Colonial Hospital, I beg leave to represent the very anomalous proceeding in appointing in the present instance a prisoner serving in irons to take charge of a duty of such responsibility as sentry to guard against the escape of a number of convict patients as are generally in that establishment and we would request that instructions may be furnished to the Colonial Surgeon no to permit the repetition of a similar measure


 
Item: 174172
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: -
Ship: -
Date: 25 January 1911
Place: Newcastle
Source: NMH
Details: The following letter written to the Bench of Magistrates on 14th September 1849 by the Rev. C.P.N. Wilton at that time vice president of the hospital, indicates that the magistrates wished to make the hospital a benevolent home. This was objected to by the committee. The letter written in a hand which might in truth be called a scrawl, is as follows: Gentlemen, In reply to your letter, received from the police yesterday, relative to the admission of an aboriginal black into the Newcastle District Hospital for support, I have the honour to inform you that your letter has this morning been laid before the committee of that institution; and I am directed to acquaint you that no individual can be admitted into the hospital unless he or she as the case may be, require either medical or surgical treatment, I have the honour to be, gentlemen, your most obedient, C.Pleydell N. Wilton


 
Item: 175280
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: -
Ship: -
Date: 1828
Place: Newcastle
Source: State Archives NSW. Convict Indents. microfiche 670
Details: Amabille Villa, age 35 per Prince George Native place Malta. Commissariat storekeeper. Tried 9 August 1828 at Island of Santa Maura and sentenced to transportation for life for embezzlement and forgery. Sent to Newcastle as clerk to the Hospital on arrival.


 
Item: 179090
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: -
Ship: -
Date: 31 December 1827
Place: Newcastle
Source: The Monitor
Details: A new site for a General Hospital at Newcastle was selected by the Authorities there some months ago with a view to the immediate wants of the settlement in that particular. The present building originall the gaol, is in a dilapidated state. There is a great deficiency of those accommodations and conveniences which are essential to the comforts of the sick


 
Item: 180809
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: -
Ship: -
Date: 3 January 1824
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825 (Ancestry)
Details: Hannah Chappel and Elizabeth Findlay charged with drunkenness...Chief Constable James Calvert found the women intoxicated after they left their duties at the hospital without leave. They admitted the charge and were sentenced to 2 days in solitary confinement


 
Item: 181556
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: -
Ship: -
Date: 21 November 1825
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825 (Ancestry)
Details: John Shea and Joseph Donnolly, servants at the General Hospital and John Davenport, watchman at the General Hospital, charged with a robbery at the hospital. The overseer of the hospital states....On Sunday night last or early on Monday morning the lock of the door of the Store Room at the hospital was picked by which an entry was effected into the room and a number of blankets and wearing apparel belonging to the patients were carried off. I had locked the door on Sunday evening about 1/2 past 7 and on the following morning about nine oclock on attempting to unlock the door I could not succeed. The lock being materially injured previously. The door was afterwards opened and the extent of the robbery discovered. Davenport goes on duty as watchman at sunset and quits at day break. A few of the articles stolen have since been recovered. The Chief Constable states - I examined the store room of the hospital after the robbery had been discovered. It appeared to me that those concerned in it must have been well acquainted with everything about the place. I do not think it could have been effected by strangers. I found some of the paling of the hospital fence pulled down, large enough to admit a man to pass and some distance beyond in the sand part of the stolen property on Monday morning was found. John Davenport the watchman sates - On Sunday evening I was on duty as usual about 8 oclock Donnolly went towards the womans hospital as he passed me he asked for my stick. Shortly after Shea appeared. I asked him where he was going. He said for some coals. Shea passed me two or three times. Once after he had passed I heard him speak to someone behind the paling. I am sure it was Donnolly he was speaking to. I called to Shea and enquired who he spoke to. He replied no one. I asked where is Donnolly. Shea replied - at the womans hospital. When Shea passed me the third time, he called Alls Well. I asked him why he called. He replied it was time. It is not usual to anyone to call the hour at the hospital. I did not see any other persons about the hospital except Donnolly and Shea. When I heard of the robbery in the morning I suspected they were the perpetrators. Donnolly and Shea deny in general terms any knowledge of the robbery and account for the reason their going to the womans hospital. There not being sufficient proof against the accused being concerned in the robbery, they are discharged though strong suspicion attaches to them.


 
Item: 182415
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: -
Ship: -
Date: 22 February 1827
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825, 1826-1827 (Ancestry)
Details: William Holdsworth, cook at the General Hospital charged with purloining sugar from the general hospital. John Davenport states - I am night watch man at the general hospital. About a fortnight ago I was informed that the prisoner was in the habit of purloining sugar from the hospital, in consequence of which I watched him. Last Thursday night I saw him take away about two pounds and a half. I reported it to the overseer. Robert Cussan, states - I am overseer at the general hospital. A few days since the last witness informed me he suspected that the prisoner was in the habit of purloining the sugar entrusted to his care. I had a watch upon him. This morning the watch man informed me if I would examine the shelf in the kitchen, I should find sugar there. I did so and found the two parcels of sugar now before the Court. The prisoner is the hospital cook. The sugar for breakfast had not been delivered to him at the time. The prisoner receives sugar for the patients twice a day. I have been told by the watchman that the prisoner had taken away sugar twice during this week. The prisoner in his defence states that he got the sugar found on the shelf from Barbara Beckett but on a comparison of it with some produced from her house it appeared of a different quality. William Holdsworth sentenced to 50 lashes


 
Item: 34136
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: Allen
Ship: -
Date: 1837
Place: Newcastle
Source: GRC
Details: Robert Allen per Fairlie 1834 assigned to Hospital


 
Item: 34144
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: Barber
Ship: -
Date: 1828
Place: Newcastle
Source: 1828 Census
Details: John Barber per Minstrel. Hospital


 
Item: 34146
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: Barrett
Ship: -
Date: 1828
Place: Newcastle
Source: 1828 Census
Details: William Barrett per Borodino. Hospital


 
Item: 34145
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: Barry
Ship: -
Date: 1828
Place: Newcastle
Source: 1828 Census
Details: James Barry per Borodino. Hospital


 
Item: 55296
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: Bennett
Ship: -
Date: 1837 18 July
Place: Newcastle
Source: BB
Details: Employed at Hospital. Witness in court case of William Hanbridge


 
Item: 34149
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: Biggs
Ship: -
Date: 1833 23 May
Place: Newcastle
Source: BM
Details: John Biggs per Adrian 1830. Wardsman at Newcastle Hospital.


 
Item: 34141
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: Blott
Ship: -
Date: 1837
Place: Newcastle
Source: GRC
Details: William Blott per Mermaid 1830 . Assigned to the Hospital


 
Item: 34142
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: Booth
Ship: -
Date: 1837
Place: Newcastle
Source: GRC
Details: Richard Booth per Java 1833 assigned to the Hospital


 
Item: 52520
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: Botham
Ship: -
Date: 1836 20 December
Place: Newcastle
Source: BB
Details: George Botham per 'Parmelia' sentenced to 7 days in cells for insolence and neglect of sick soldiers in the hospital


 
Item: 31784
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: Boylan
Ship: -
Date: 1833 3 June
Place: Newcastle
Source: BB
Details: Peter Boylan assigned to Newcatle Hospital. Charged with stealing tea and sugar intended for the sick


 
Item: 34129
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: Brooks
Ship: -
Date: 1824 17 February
Place: Newcastle
Source: CSI
Details: Dr. George Brooks concerned re ills arising from undisciplined female convicts tending the sick at the Hospital


 
Item: 34131
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: Brooks
Ship: -
Date: 1842 5 February
Place: Newcastle
Source: HRG
Details: Dr. George Brooks


 
Item: 34130
Surname: Newcastle Hospital
First Name: Brown
Ship: -
Date: 1842 5 February
Place: Newcastle
Source: HRG
Details: George Brown. Hospital employee. Charged with gross disorderly conduct. Approached females swimming at Morisset's swimming hole. 50 lashes



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