Albert James Skilbeck

M, #25503, b. 1888, d. 1962
Albert Skilbeck
Name Variation Albert James Skilbeck was also known as Albert Charles Hawkins. 
Name Variation Albert James Skilbeck was also known as Albert Charles McClure. 
Name Variation Albert James Skilbeck was also known as Charles James Hansen. 
Name Variation Albert James Skilbeck was also known as Albert Charles Hansen. 
Birth*1888 Footscray, VIC, Australia, #B20615/1888 [par Hey HANSEN & Cassandra HAWKIN] - as Albert Charles HANSEN.1 
Criminal*1912 Prisoner 32396. Criminal career lasting from 1912 to 1948
Hawkins Albert Charles ; Wilson ; Albert Charles McClure ; Charles James Hanson ; Albert Skelbeck.2
PROV*1921190 Albert Skilbeck. Criminal Appeal Files.3 
PROV1 Apr 19211 Apr 1921 / 16 Albert Skilbeck
1 Apr 1921 / 6 Charles James Hansen and Albert James Skilbeck
Criminal Presentments and Final Orders, Melbourne.4 
PROV*1 Apr 19211 Apr 1921 / 5 Albert Skilbeck and Violet Andrews
Criminal Presentments and Final Orders, Melbourne.5 
Death*1962 Footscray, VIC, Australia, #D21947/1962 (Age 74) [par Harry HANSEN & Cassandra HAWKING] - as Albert Charles HANSEN.6 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 27 May 1915: A Cattle Stealing Charge.
    While the Dandenong stock sales were in progress on Tuesday last Constable Ryan arrested a man of 24 years named Charles James Hansen, who, lives at Grasmere, near Dandenong, on a charge of stealing two cows. It appears that on Tuesday morning the cows were missed by Arthur Jones, of Tally Ho, and S. Barnes, of East Burwood, and they were traced to the Dandenong yards, where one cow had already been sold.
    Hanson was charged at the Dandenong court on Wednesday morning with having stolen the cows, and was remanded till next Tuesday.7
  • 5 Jun 1915: Oakleigh Police Court. Thursday, June 3.
    Before Messrs McLorinan (chairman), Jordan and O'Leary, J's.P.
    A Nice Neighbour.
    Charles James Hanson, a comparatively young man, was charged that on May 24 at Tallyho he stole a Jersey cow, the property of Arthur Jones.
    Arthur Jones, orchardist, of Hewlett's road, Tallyho, deposed: I have known the accused since November last ; he lives near me. I am the owner of a Jersey cow, branded F. On the evening of May 24 she was in the paddock close to the house, and about 9 o'clock on morning of 25th I missed her, and searched along the road in company with Constable Ryan and traced her in the direction of Dandenong. I saw footprints where the cow had been tied to a fence, and also at the gate where she was taken out of the paddock were the cow's footmarks and the marks of her chain. Found the cow about 12.30 next day in the Dandenong market. I also saw accused there ; he was brought to me by Constable Ryan and said he knew me ; when charged with going under the name of La Basse at Burwood, accused said his name was Hanson. Constable Ryan asked accused where he got the cow, and he said from Miss Hancock, Oakleigh. The Constable then said the cow had been stolen and that it belonged to me and he would have to arrest him. Did not give permission to anyone to take the cow away ; value it at £6 ; I identify the one outside the Court as mine. Accused was further charged with stealing a roan heifer, the property of Stephen James Barnes, market gardener, Burwood road, East Burwood, who deposed: I was away and came home about 4.30 on the afternoon of 25th May and found the heifer missing. I saw footprints of it from the shed, where it was put at night, to the road. My wife reported the matter to the police. I value the cow at £3/10/- Gave no one authority to take the cow ; that outside the Court is mine.
    Ada May Jones, married woman, deposed: The heifer is my husband's. Last saw her at 5.30 p.m. when I milked her on Monday, and at 7.30 she was missing. Made a search and informed Constable Ryan, who said he would look for her.
    Charles Hill Dobson deposed : I am agent for Alex Scott & Co., of Danderong, and a farmer at Ferntree Gully. On May 25 I saw two cows at Dandenong market. They were entered in the names of T. Nelson, of Oakleigh, roan heifer ; and brown jersey, Miss Hancock, of Oakleigh, as owners ; entered them in my book at the gate and placed them in the yard for sale. Cannot identify accused as T. Nelson ; I was, as was my business, looking after the cows more than the man. The roan heifer was sold for 12/10/- During the afternoon Constable Ryan came along and I gave him, in the presence of accused, particulars of the sale. The police took possession of both cows. I believe accused is the same person who entered them, but will not swear.
    To Accused—I will not swear you are the man who entered the cows that morning. Constable Anderson, stationed at Dandenong: I saw accused in the police yard and said, Do you know the cows there? and he said Yes, I know them. Alex. Scott, Auctioneer, Dandenong, deposed: On 25th May I sold a roan heifer, under the name of T. Nelson, for £2/10/-, at the Dandenong market. Constable J. M. Ryan deposed: I know accused. On May 25 Arthur Jones reported to me the loss of a Jersey cow. I accompanied him to the paddock and saw the footprints of a man in and outside his gate and tracks of a cow on the road, Mrs Barnes passed along the road and reported the loss of her own heifer.
    In company with Jones I went to Dandenong, and Jones pointed out the cow tied up in the milking shed in the saleyard. I saw accused in the yard in company with a woman, and when he saw me he hurried away. I followed and caught up to him in the street and said: What are you clearing out for? He said, I am not clearing out. I said You got out of the yard pretty quick when you saw me, and he said I didn't. I said What's your name? and he said Hanson. I said that was not the name you went by at Tallyho ; your name was La Basse. He said Yes, I have changed it on account of a woman. Asked him where he lived and he said down the road about two miles. I said Have you got any cattle in here for sale to-day? and he hesitated for a little time and said Yes. I said how many have you got? and he said two. I said Where did you get them from? and he said I bought one from a man named Jennings, of Gertrude street, Fitzroy ; the other one I got from Miss Hancock, of Oakleigh. I said what part of Oakleigh, and he said I don't know the name of the street, but it is down by the railway station. I said come and have a look at these cows. He said he got one from Miss Hancock that morning.
    Accompanied me and brought me to Jones's cow, and said Do you know this man? (meaning Jones) He said No. Jones said you are La Basse and we were next-door neighbours at Tallyho" He said Yes, I changed my name on account of a girl. I said to him which is the cow? He pointed to Jones's and said This is her. I said is this the one you got from Miss Hancock? and he said Yes. I said This cow was stolen last night from Tallyho and Jones claims her as his property ; I saw footprints of a man and tracks of a cow at his gate this morning and almost tracked the cows from there to Dandenong. He said I told you I got it from Miss Hancock. I said come and let me have a look at the other one. He accompanied me to the yard and pointed out the roan heifer. I said Is this the animal you bought from Jennings? and he said Yes. I said has she been sold? and he said Yes. I said How much did she bring? and he said I can't tell you ; I was not here at the time. I said Did you enter her for sale in your own name? and he said No, in the name of T. Nelson, of Oakleigh. I said why did you do that? and he said a man can change his name if he likes. I said I met Mrs Barnes this morning and she told me a roan heifer was stolen from her place out of the shed last night ; this animal corresponds in every way with the description she gave me. I am going to arrest you for stealing Jones's cow and I am going to take possession of the other one, too. He said is Mr Barnes here to identify the cow? I said No, but I'll soon have him here. He said Barnes never owned the cow in his life ; I told you where I bought it. I then took accused to the police station and locked him up. Before leaving Dandenong that evening I said to accused, Do you still adhere to your statement about those two cows? and he said No, there is no use in my doing so; I stole both of them last night; I did not take Barnes's from the shed, but found it straying on the road.
    Accused, who pleaded not guilty, was committed for trial at the General Sessions at Melbourne on June 15.
    A further charge of stealing a brindle cow from John Harrison, farmer, Burwood, was heard. Harrison stated that the cow was 8 years old and valued at £8. It was miked in the shed on Monday night, 24th May, and missed the next morning. No trace could be found of her and the matter was reported to the police on 26th.
    Afterwards saw the cow at Dandenong police station and identified her as his property. Constable Ryan proved arrest and finding a brindle cow at accused's place with a rug on, paralysed in the hind quarters, and unable to walk, having apparently been overdriven. Accused said a man brought the cow along to his place about a fortnight ago and asked him to take her in to graze, which he did. When asked the man's name he said I can't tell you just now, but will later on ; you fellows have been putting so many questions to me that I don't know what I am doing. The next morning Harrison called at the police station and reported the loss of a brindle cow ; that outside the Court is the same animal. Constable Anderson corroborated, and defendant was committed for trial.
    Hanson was also charged with stealing a 4-wheeled waggon, plough, harrows and harness. Francis Gearan, master baker, Fitzroy, said he was the owner of a property in Boundary road, Tally Ho, and in December let it to La Basse (whom he identified as Hanson) at a weekly tenancy, with the use of the articles mentioned.
    Was told in February that he had left, and witness visited the place about 3rd March and found the articles mentioned were missing; he valued them at £15.
    Constable Ryan proved finding articles at accused's place.
    Accused was committed for trial on a charge of stealing a pony, buggy and set of harness, the property of Mr Sonenberg, livery stablekeeper, he was remanded to appear at Box Hill Court on Friday.
    The Bench complimented Constable Ryan on the manner in which he had got up his evidence and brought accused before the Court.
    Sergt. Stallard conducted the prosecution in the four cases.8
  • 17 Jun 1915: NOT GUILTY OF LARCENY.
    Charles James Hanson was charged with the larceny of a cow and rug, at Burwood, on 23rd May last. He pleaded not guilty, and was undefended.
    The Crown case was that a cow, the property of a farmer named W. Harrison, was taken from the owner's paddock at Burwood. It was subsequently discovered in possession of the accused. Hanson, on oath, stated that the cow had been given him for grazing purposes by a man named Williams.
    The jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and accused was discharged.9
  • 24 Jun 1915: PRISONERS SENTENCED.
    Sentences were passed by Mr. Justice Hood on prisoners who had either been found guilty or pleaded guilty.
    Charles James Hansen, 26 years of age, for larceny and cattle-stealing, was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment.10
  • 22 Aug 1918: Shilbeck, Albert James, is charged, on warrant, with larceny as a bailee of a brown pony, 7 years, 14 hands, branded like O on near thigh; a rubber-tire jinker; and a set of harness (jinker and harness recovered), value £40, property of James Sheehan, dealer, 56 Adam-stret, Burnley, at Richmond, on the 9th inst. Description:—Returned soldier (supposed), 26 to 30 years, 5 ft. 7 in., medium, build, dark complexion and hair, clean shaven; wore a blue sac suit and a black alpine hat. He formerly worked for Mrs. Ross, " Hallyburton." Fern Hill-road. Sandringham.—0.7236. 15th August, 191811
  • 5 Sep 1918: See Police Gazette, 1918, p. 446,
    Skilbeck, Albert James, on warrant, for larceny as a bailee on James Sheehan. A returned soldier named John Robert Skilbeck was arrested for this offence by the Wood's Point police. He was brought before the Richmond Court on the 29th inst., and discharged, as the complainant failed to identify him.—0.7236. 29th August, 1918.12
  • 10 Oct 1918: Skilbeck, Albert James, is charged, on warrant, with larceny as a bailee of a brown pony, 7 years, 14 hands, branded like O on near thigh; a rubber-tired jinker; and a set of harness (jinker and harness recovered), value £40, property of James Sheehan, dealer, 56 Adam-street, Burnley, at Richmond, on the 9th July last. Description: 26 years, 5 ft. 7 in., medium build, dark complexion, sharp features, clean shaven; dressed in a blue suit and black alpine hat. This warrant was issued in lieu of previous one executed. See Police Gazette, 1918, pp. 446 and 467.—0.7236. 3rd October, 1918.13
  • 27 Mar 1919: Ralph Bros., Thomas-street, Hampton, report stolen from their stable, during the night of the 25th inst., a 3/4-shaft jinker, painted red, nickel mounted, Fletcher maker; a bay pony, branded II on near shoulder; and a set of nickel-mounted harness.—O.2080. 26th March, 1919.14
  • 3 Apr 1919: See Police Gazette, 1919, p. 157
    Ralph Bros.' larceny.—Albert James Skilbeck is the offender in this case. Description: 26 years, 5 ft. 7 in., medium build, dark complexion, sharp features, clean shaven; may wear a blue suit and black alpine hat. See Police Gazette, 1918, p. 526.—0.2080. 2nd April, 1919.15
  • 6 May 1920: Skilbeck, Albert, is charged, on warrant, with stealing a chestnut pony, aged, 14 hands, slightly roached back, star on forehead, white coronet on off hind leg, branded (believed) S or 8 on shoulder; a newly-painted dark-green single-seated Abbott buggy, iron tires, with black hood, red lines; a pair of nickel-mounted lamps; a set of nickel-mounted buggy harness, with collar; a gent's riding saddle, nearly new, lined with yellow material; a bridle; a brown suit-case, containing a quantity of ladies' wearing apparel; and a lady's leather motor coat, value £60, the property of Malcolm Gowan Watson, farmer, Lyndhurst, at Lyndhurst, on the 20th ult. Description :—A returned soldier and farm hand, about 30 years, 5 ft. 7 in., medium build, dark hair and complexion, may have a small dark moustache, teeth upper jaw missing, arms tattooed " I love Violet," hands clasped, and bunch of violets; dresses well in dark clothes, also a grey suit, and wears soldier's riding trousers, leather leggings, tan boots, and dark soft-felt hat. Believed identical with Albert James Skilbeck, on warrant, see Police Gazette, 1918, pp. 448, 467, and 527.
    He is accompanied by a tall woman who is passing as his wife. Description:—30 years, 5 ft. 9 in., stately appearance, dark complexion; dresses well. He was seen riding the pony, on the 30th ult., at Cheltenham, and was later seen going towards Mentone.—0.6081. 5th May, 1920. Violet Andrews16
  • 8 Mar 1921: ARREST AT RACECOURSE. ROBBERY AT BEACONSFIELD. Melbourne, Monday.
    To-day Albert Skilbeck aged 27, a gardener, who has several aliases was arrested at the Sandown Park Racecourse, on a charge of having between 9th and 19th February, at Beaconsfield, stolen from the dwelling of Dr William Drake, jewellery and other articles to the value of £1,000. Between the dates mentioned the doctor was absent from his residence on holiday, and upon his return he discovered that the place had been ransacked from end to end, even the carpets having been moved. Skilbeck was also charged with having stolen a horse and buggy valued at £60, Lyndhurst, on 21st April last.17
  • 15 Mar 1921: DOCTOR'S HOUSE ROBBED. Caretakers Admit Guilt.
    DANDENONG, Monday - At the Berwick Police Court on Friday, before Messrs Harvey Smith (chairman), G L, Wilson, J W Bailey, W. G A' Beckett, and Greaves. Violet Andrews and Albert Skilbeck were charged with having stolen from the dwelling of William E Drake, at Upper Beaconsfield property valued at £1,000. Skilbeck was also charged with having stolen a horse and buggy.
    William E Drake retired medical man, said that he and his wife had gone to the Gippsland lakes for a holiday, leaving both accused in charge. On returning, he discovered that his house had been ransacked. The property stolen comprised Jewellery, cutlery, silver plate, cut-glass, a horse and buggy, and harness, sewing machine, binoculars, and a war gratuity bond for L58/16/6.
    Amongst the property recovered when the woman Andrews was arrested was a military medal, bearing the inscription "1197 Pte J. R. Skilbeck 5th Australian Infantry Battalion ." When arrested Skilbeck had in his possession a discharged soldier's badge numbered 16,933, but it was stated in evidence that there was, no record of his war service. He was arrested by Detective Ethell at the Sandown Park racecourse on Monday.
    Both accused pleaded guilty and were committed for trial at the General Sessions, Melbourne, on April 1.
    Robbery from Farm.
    At the Dandenong Police Court on Monday, before Messrs A. W. Pearson (chairman), H. A. Lousada, and T McLennan, J. P's, Violet Andrews was charged with having stolen articles valued at L150 the property of Malcolm G. McE. Watson, at Lyndhurst, on April 20. Arthur Skilbeck was charged with having stolen from M. Watson on April 10, a chestnut pony, Abbott buggy, one set of harness, a case of razors, leather motor coat, gold matchbox, gold cigar cutter, gold and platinum watch chain and locket, wearing apparel, and other articles valued at £150.
    Evidence was given for the prosecutlon that Andrews and Skilbeck were engaged to work at Mr Watson's farm, Lyndhurst. While Mr. Watson was away on a holiday they packed up the property and went to Mordialloc, Andrews was arrested at Port Melbourne on March 2, and Skilbeck at the Sandown Park races, on March 7.
    Skilbeck declined to plead, but Andrews pleaded guilty. They were committed for trial at the General Sessions, Melbourne, on April 1. Dr William Elliot Drake Violet Andrews18
  • 17 Mar 1921: See Police Gazette, 1920, pp. 304-5.
    SKILLBECK ALBERT, on warrant for larceny on Malcolm Gowan Watson.-Albert Skillbeck and Violet Andrews have been arrested by the Bourke and Port Melbourne P.C. police for this offence, and the property—with the exception of the horse, buggy, harness, and riding saddle—recovered in their possession.—O.6081. 13th March, 1921.19
  • 23 Mar 1921: Alleged Theft of Jinker.
    A jinker and harness valued, at £60 were stolen from the stables of Alexander Ralph, dairyman, of Hampton, two years ago. A young man named Charles J. Hansen, who was formerly in his employ, was charged at Sandringham court on Tuesday with having committed the offence.
    Detective Ethell, of Melbourne, said that he recently arrested accused at the Sandown Park races on other charges. When confronted with Ralph he had admitted the theft. Accused, who reserved his defence, was committed for trial at the Criminal Court on 1st April.20
  • 9 Apr 1921: YOUNG WOMAN DUPED. Victim of Plausible Rogue.
    Albert Skilbeck, otherwise Charles Hansen was brought before Judge Wasley in General Sessions yesterday, to receive sentence on three counts of larceny as a servant. Associated with him in the charges was a young woman named Violet Andrews. One of three cases was that in which the house of Dr Drake, of Upper Beaconsfield was ransacked during the absence of the family on holidays and while the man Skilbeck or Hansen was in charge.
    Detective Ethell told Judge Wasley that Violet Andrews was three years ago employed in a coffee palace in the city. She was a girl of exemplary character until she met the male prisoner, who came to the establishment, and pretended that he was a returned soldier under treatment at the Base Hospital. He produced a military medal struck in the name of J R Skilbeck, and in this way he won the girl's affections. As a fact he had never been a soldier, and had no right to the medal which he showed. He had gradually drawn the young woman into crime.
    Judge Wasley sentenced Skilbeck to two years on each count, the first two to be concurrent, and the third to be cumulative (four years in all). Violet Andrews was sentenced to six months imprisonment on each count, the sentences to be concurrent, and to be suspended upon her entering into a surety of £50 to be of good behaviour. Dr William Elliot Drake Violet Andrews21

Citations

  1. [S26] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Births) (online) "#B20615/1888 [par Hey HANSEN & Cassandra HAWKIN] - as Albert Charles HANSEN."
  2. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Central Register of Male Prisoners
    VPRS 515/P0001 Volume 63 Page 218.
  3. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Criminal Appeal Files VPRS 10003/ P0 unit 4, item 190.
  4. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Criminal Presentments and Final Orders, Melbourne
    VPRS 17020/ P1 unit 47, item 1 Apr 1921 / 16
    VPRS 17020/ P1 unit 47, item 1 Apr 1921 / 6.
  5. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Criminal Presentments and Final Orders, Melbourne
    VPRS 17020/ P1 unit 47, item 1 Apr 1921 / 5
    VPRS 17020/ P1 unit 47, item 1 Apr 1921 / 4.
  6. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online) "#D21947/1962 - born Footscray."
  7. [S14] Newspaper - Bunyip Free Press and Berwick Shire Guardian (Vic.), Thu 27 May 1915, p3
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/129631379
  8. [S14] Newspaper - Oakleigh and Caulfield Times Mulgrave and Ferntree Gully Guardian (Vic.), Sat 5 Jun 1915, p3
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/88808175
  9. [S16] Newspaper - The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), Thu 17 Jun 1915, p14
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/154948000
  10. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Thu 24 Jun 1915, p13
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/1526637
  11. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette, 22 Aug 1918, p446.
  12. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette, 5 Sep 1918, p467.
  13. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette, 10 Oct 1918, p526.
  14. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette, 27 Mar 1919, p157.
  15. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette, 3 Apr 1919, p167.
  16. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette, 6 May 1920, p304-305.
  17. [S14] Newspaper - The Ballarat Star (Vic.), Tue 8 Mar 1921, p1
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/212713066
  18. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 15 Mar 1921 p9.
  19. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette, 17 Mar 1921, p202.
  20. [S16] Newspaper - The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), Wed 23 Mar 1921, p11
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/201691876
  21. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 9 Apr 1921 p17.
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Violet Andrews

F, #25504, b. 1896
Birth*1896 Koo Wee Rup, VIC, Australia, #B12700/1896 [par Mary Ann ANDREWS, father unknown].1 
PROV*1 Apr 19211 Apr 1921 / 5 Albert Skilbeck and Violet Andrews
Criminal Presentments and Final Orders, Melbourne.2 
Criminal*8 Apr 1921 Andrews, Violet: No. 7452. Discharged from Court, sentence (6 months HL) suspended on good behavious for 3 years.3 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 6 May 1920: Skilbeck, Albert, is charged, on warrant, with stealing a chestnut pony, aged, 14 hands, slightly roached back, star on forehead, white coronet on off hind leg, branded (believed) S or 8 on shoulder; a newly-painted dark-green single-seated Abbott buggy, iron tires, with black hood, red lines; a pair of nickel-mounted lamps; a set of nickel-mounted buggy harness, with collar; a gent's riding saddle, nearly new, lined with yellow material; a bridle; a brown suit-case, containing a quantity of ladies' wearing apparel; and a lady's leather motor coat, value £60, the property of Malcolm Gowan Watson, farmer, Lyndhurst, at Lyndhurst, on the 20th ult. Description :—A returned soldier and farm hand, about 30 years, 5 ft. 7 in., medium build, dark hair and complexion, may have a small dark moustache, teeth upper jaw missing, arms tattooed " I love Violet," hands clasped, and bunch of violets; dresses well in dark clothes, also a grey suit, and wears soldier's riding trousers, leather leggings, tan boots, and dark soft-felt hat. Believed identical with Albert James Skilbeck, on warrant, see Police Gazette, 1918, pp. 448, 467, and 527.
    He is accompanied by a tall woman who is passing as his wife. Description:—30 years, 5 ft. 9 in., stately appearance, dark complexion; dresses well. He was seen riding the pony, on the 30th ult., at Cheltenham, and was later seen going towards Mentone.—0.6081. 5th May, 1920. Albert James Skilbeck4
  • 15 Mar 1921: DOCTOR'S HOUSE ROBBED. Caretakers Admit Guilt.
    DANDENONG, Monday - At the Berwick Police Court on Friday, before Messrs Harvey Smith (chairman), G L, Wilson, J W Bailey, W. G A' Beckett, and Greaves. Violet Andrews and Albert Skilbeck were charged with having stolen from the dwelling of William E Drake, at Upper Beaconsfield property valued at £1,000. Skilbeck was also charged with having stolen a horse and buggy.
    William E Drake retired medical man, said that he and his wife had gone to the Gippsland lakes for a holiday, leaving both accused in charge. On returning, he discovered that his house had been ransacked. The property stolen comprised Jewellery, cutlery, silver plate, cut-glass, a horse and buggy, and harness, sewing machine, binoculars, and a war gratuity bond for L58/16/6.
    Amongst the property recovered when the woman Andrews was arrested was a military medal, bearing the inscription "1197 Pte J. R. Skilbeck 5th Australian Infantry Battalion ." When arrested Skilbeck had in his possession a discharged soldier's badge numbered 16,933, but it was stated in evidence that there was, no record of his war service. He was arrested by Detective Ethell at the Sandown Park racecourse on Monday.
    Both accused pleaded guilty and were committed for trial at the General Sessions, Melbourne, on April 1.
    Robbery from Farm.
    At the Dandenong Police Court on Monday, before Messrs A. W. Pearson (chairman), H. A. Lousada, and T McLennan, J. P's, Violet Andrews was charged with having stolen articles valued at L150 the property of Malcolm G. McE. Watson, at Lyndhurst, on April 20. Arthur Skilbeck was charged with having stolen from M. Watson on April 10, a chestnut pony, Abbott buggy, one set of harness, a case of razors, leather motor coat, gold matchbox, gold cigar cutter, gold and platinum watch chain and locket, wearing apparel, and other articles valued at £150.
    Evidence was given for the prosecutlon that Andrews and Skilbeck were engaged to work at Mr Watson's farm, Lyndhurst. While Mr. Watson was away on a holiday they packed up the property and went to Mordialloc, Andrews was arrested at Port Melbourne on March 2, and Skilbeck at the Sandown Park races, on March 7.
    Skilbeck declined to plead, but Andrews pleaded guilty. They were committed for trial at the General Sessions, Melbourne, on April 1. Dr William Elliot Drake Albert James Skilbeck5
  • 9 Apr 1921: YOUNG WOMAN DUPED. Victim of Plausible Rogue.
    Albert Skilbeck, otherwise Charles Hansen was brought before Judge Wasley in General Sessions yesterday, to receive sentence on three counts of larceny as a servant. Associated with him in the charges was a young woman named Violet Andrews. One of three cases was that in which the house of Dr Drake, of Upper Beaconsfield was ransacked during the absence of the family on holidays and while the man Skilbeck or Hansen was in charge.
    Detective Ethell told Judge Wasley that Violet Andrews was three years ago employed in a coffee palace in the city. She was a girl of exemplary character until she met the male prisoner, who came to the establishment, and pretended that he was a returned soldier under treatment at the Base Hospital. He produced a military medal struck in the name of J R Skilbeck, and in this way he won the girl's affections. As a fact he had never been a soldier, and had no right to the medal which he showed. He had gradually drawn the young woman into crime.
    Judge Wasley sentenced Skilbeck to two years on each count, the first two to be concurrent, and the third to be cumulative (four years in all). Violet Andrews was sentenced to six months imprisonment on each count, the sentences to be concurrent, and to be suspended upon her entering into a surety of £50 to be of good behaviour. Dr William Elliot Drake Albert James Skilbeck6

Citations

  1. [S26] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Births) (online) "possible birth."
  2. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Criminal Presentments and Final Orders, Melbourne
    VPRS 17020/ P1 unit 47, item 1 Apr 1921 / 5
    VPRS 17020/ P1 unit 47, item 1 Apr 1921 / 4.
  3. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Central Register of Female Prisoners
    VPRS 516/ P2 item volume 14, record page 75.
  4. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette, 6 May 1920, p304-305.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 15 Mar 1921 p9.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 9 Apr 1921 p17.
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Thomas Montalto Mouat

M, #25505, b. 1854, d. 5 Jan 1899
Father*Thomas Abercrombie Mouat b. 1810, d. 10 Jul 1886
Mother*Mary Buchan Fyfe b. 1816, d. 26 Oct 1895
Birth*1854 
Death*5 Jan 1899 Melbourne South, VIC, Australia, #D2798 (Age 45.)1 
Death-Notice*10 Jan 1899MOUAT.—On the 5th January, at the Homoepathic Hospital (suddenly), Thomas Montalto. Interred Melbourne Cemetery 9th inst.2 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 10 Jan 1899, p1.
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Pakenham

?, #25511
PROV1839ROLL117; PORT PHILLIP CAMPASPE RIVER MOORABOOL RIVER - PAKENHAM; HODDLE; C BOURKE C DALHOUSIE C EVELYN C GRANT
Historic Plan Collection [use microfiche copy VPRS 15899].1 
PROV1847ROLL111; KOO-WERUP SWAMP TOOMUC CRK ROAD TO GIPPSLAND FROM; URQUHART W.S; BUNYIP DANDENONG EUMEMMERRING KOO-WEE-RUP KOO-WEE--RUP EAST MEENIYAN MORNINGTON MUNTHAM NARNAR--GOON PAKENHAM
Historic Plan Collection [use microfiche copy VPRS 15899].2
 
PROV1850LODDON48A; MT ARARAT CREEK; SMYTHE; BERWICK EUMEMMERRING NARRACAN PAKENHAM
Historic Plan Collection [use microfiche copy VPRS 15899].3 
PROV1854PR : P36 : PAKENHAM : PANTRY GURN FOOT Scale: 15840, Codes: C, A, B, S
Historic Plan Collection [use microfiche copy VPRS 15899].4 
PROV1855PR : G27 : PAKENHAM : GIN GIN BEN FOOT, H Scale: 6336, Codes: C, S
Historic Plan Collection [use microfiche copy VPRS 15899].5 
PROV1856P 2: Parishes of Nar-nar-goon and Pakenham - Survey
Record Plans (Put Away and Current) [For P 1 consignment use microfiche copy VPRS 16931].6 
PROV1856P 5: Parish of Pakenham - Survey
Record Plans (Put Away and Current) [For P 1 consignment use microfiche copy VPRS 16931].7 
PROV1856P 4: Parish of Pakenham - Survey
Record Plans (Put Away and Current) [For P 1 consignment use microfiche copy VPRS 16931].8 
PROV1857Bundle 91, Book 1229 Callanan .M. Townships of Dandenong, Pakenham and Berwick Surveyors' Field Books, Black Sequence.9 
PROV*1858P 3: Parish of Pakenham - Survey
Record Plans (Put Away and Current) [For P 1 consignment use microfiche copy VPRS 16931].10 
PROV1858PR : M117 : PAKENHAM : MT PLEASANT CALLANAN Scale: 15840, Codes: C, A, B
Historic Plan Collection [use microfiche copy VPRS 15899].11 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 14 Jul 1856: PUBLIC LAND SALES.-Schedule of Public Lands to be offered for Sale at Melbourne during the month of July, 1856, describing the situation of the various lots, nature of soil, &c., compiled from the reports of the Government Surveyors.
    Surveyor-General's Office, Melbourne, 11th July, 1856.
    4. MELBOURNE. On the 30th July, 1856, At Messrs. Tennent and Co.'s Auction Rooms, commencing at 11 o'clock a.m.
    COUNTRY Lots.
    Pakenham.—18 lots, varying from 37 to 585 acres, situate at Minton's Creek, on the Gipps Land Road. Land adapted for agricultural purposes, Upset price, £1 per acre.12
  • 31 Jul 1856: GOVERNMENT LAND SALE.
    Messrs W. M. Tennent and Co. held a sale of Crown lands on Wednesday, when sixty-three country lots were offered, of which fifty-two were sold, and the remainder, situated in Pakenham, withdrawn, there being no offer at upset price. The rooms were well filled, and the bidding, as will be seen by the following report, extremely spirited:—
    Pakenham.
    Lot 45. Thirty-seven acres three roods, T. B. Darling, £1 5s per acre.
    Lot 50. Three hundred and seventy-five acres twenty perches, Agnes Waddel, £1 per acre.
    Lot 51. Five hundred aud three acres, Agnes Waddel, £1 3s per acre.
    Lot 52. Five hundred and eighty-five acres thirty seven perches, Hugh Glass, £1 per acre.
    Lot 56. Three hundred and sixty-seven acres one rood, James Bathe, £1 2s per acre.
    Lot 57. Three hundred and eighty-three acres one rood twenty perches, James Bathe, £1 2s per acre.
    Lot 58. Four hundred and thirteen acres, James Bathe. £1 14s per acre.13
  • 8 Feb 1930: WESTERNPORT PIONEERS.
    By Thomas Patterson.
    THE history of Westernport dates far back to its discovery by Bass in 1798, when he established the existence of a strait between the mainland and Tasmania. But the chief purpose of this article is to supply answers to questions recently asked by a reader in the north of Queensland who has not seen the scenes of his youth for half a century. Going back somewhat further-that is, to the early 'forties-it may be recalled that it was then that settlement round the western end of the Koo-wee-rup swamp began.
    From the east the stations were I.Y.U., Toomuc Creek (William Waddell, 1847), St. Germains, Cardinia Creek (Alexander Patterson, 1846), Tooradin (Mickle Lyall and Bakewell, 1851). The swamp was the southern boundary of Waddell's and Patterson's runs, and the eastern limit of the Mickle Lyall and Bakewell run, and the different station brands of cattle often mixed. The animals grazed on the reed beds, and grew very large and wild. Indeed they were said to be the wildest cattle that went into the Flemington yards. Yallock (1851) and Monomeith (1851), with Tobin Yallock Swamp and Red Bluff, were also acquired by Mickle Lyall and Bakewell, William Lyall being the managing partner. At Tooradin William Lyall was a well-known breeder of Hereford cattle, the originals of which he imported, and he also bred Shorthorns. His thoroughbred stallions Touchstone and Touchit stood there with the well-known Shetland pony Dockin. Cattle stations are not worked without horses, numbers of which, both heavy and light, were bred, but the district, then mostly too wet for sheep, was primarily a beef cattle country, with the Booth type of Shorthorns predominating. Reference to the awards at the Mornington society's show at Cranbourne in 1859 in the cattle classes, all beef breeds, shows that the principal prize takers were Mickle Lyall and Bakewell (importers as well as breeders), A. Patterson (winner of gold medals for best male and female). C. and T. J. Rossiter, Dr. Adams, and Dr. Bathe. At the society's show at Berwick last year the cattle exhibits were all of the dairy breeds, a complete and noteworthy change.
    The present site of the Berwick Showgrounds, and of the town itself, is part of the old run taken up by Terence O'Connor, who was the earliest squatter in Westernport. (edit: Samuel Anderson in 1835 was the earliest settler in Westernport .) He sold out to Captain Gardiner and settled lower down the Cardinia Creek, north of St. Germains, where he lived to a ripe old age. His original homestead is now the property of Andrew Chirnside.
    Dr. Bathe occupied Toomah, on the Toomuc Creek, in 1847. In later years it was bought by Thomas Henty, and is called Pakenham Park. A thoroughbred stallion of Dr. Bathe's was burned in his loose-box on Black Thursday. James Lecky settled on Gin Gin Bean, on the eastern side of Cardinia Creek, in 1847, where he and his sons were afterwards well-known horse-breeders. In 1850 C. and T. J. Rossiter occupied Ravenhurst, between what are now Berwick and Cranbourne. The homestead portion in later years was called Gladys Park the property of Stratford Strettle. F. Ruffy took up "Ruffy's run" in the forties, comprising the site of the present town of Cranbourne, and extending to the Clyde stream, with St. Germains its eastern and Tooradin its southern boundary. The bulk of this run was later acquired by Alexander Cameron, and called Mayfield. In recent years this was bought by C. W. Hope, who has established there the Talbot dairy. A portion of the balance of A. Cameron's estate has lately become the property of the Melbourne Hunt Club.
    In 1854 Dr. Adams acquired Balla Balla, towards the inlets of Westernport Bay, and held it till 1872, when it was bought by A. McLean Hunter. In 1850 Archibald McMillan held Caldermeade, beyond the inlets, on the way to the Bass, where Michael Pender had a run. George Black settled on the Tarwin River at the end of the 'forties. He was a successful horse and cattle breeder, his annual draft of horses always attracting special attention when sold in Kirk's Bazaar yards in Bourke street. He used to cross the head of the inlets by what was known as Cockean's track before there were any roads or bridges there.
    In the old station days the Koo-wee-rup or Great Swamp was mostly covered with big tea-tree and reeds in which the swans used to build their nests. Great fires gradually got rid of the tea-tree and opened up the swamp, which has been drained and cut up, and is now valuable and productive land.
    If the correspondent who "has been away from Westernport for 50 years" were to revisit the scenes of his youth he would witness a marvellous change.14

Citations

  1. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 8168/ P2 unit 5526.
  2. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 8168/ P2 unit 5510.
  3. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 8168/ P2 unit 2755.
  4. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 8168/ P7 unit 547 Division of Survey and Mapping.
  5. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 8168/ P7 unit 261 Division of Survey and Mapping.
  6. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 16306/ P1 unit 14353.
  7. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 16306/ P1 unit 14356.
  8. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 16306/ P1 unit 14355.
  9. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 16685/ P1 unit 14, item Bundle 91, Book 1229.
  10. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 16306/ P1 unit 14354.
  11. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 8168/ P7 unit 478 Division of Survey and Mapping.
  12. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Mon 14 Jul 1856, p2
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/7133067
  13. [S16] Newspaper - The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), Thu 31 Jul 1856, p3
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/154861213
  14. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 8 Feb 1930, p6
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/141426489
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