FIRST AND SECOND YEAR OF MELINDA AND BASIL’S MARRIAGE. THEY ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN IN SYDNEY AT THIS TIME.
CONVICT LIST FOR 1836
THE GREAT NORTH ROAD WAS COMPLETED.
Supreme Court of New South Wales
Forbes C.J., 5 February 1836
On Friday last, an Aboriginal Black named Jack Congo Murrell, was indicted in the Supreme Court for the wilful murder of another Aboriginal Black named Jabbingee, at Windsor, when his Counsel put in the following ingenious and puzzling plea.
In the Supreme Court,
The King v. Jack Congo Murrell.
“And now the said Jack Congo Murrell in his own proper person comes, and having heard the Information aforesaid read, and protesting that he is not guilty of the premises charged in the said Information or any part thereof, for plea, nevertheless saith that he ought not to be compelled to answer to the said Information; because, he saith that the said Territory of New South Wales before and until the occupation thereof by his late Majesty King George the third, was inhabited by tribes of native blacks, who were regulated and governed by usages and customs of their own from time immemorial, practised and recognised amongst them, and not by the laws of statutes of Great Britain, and that ever since the occupation of the said Territory as aforesaid, the said tribes have continued to be, and still are regulated and governed by such usages and customs as aforesaid, – and not by the laws and statutes of Great Britain. And the said Jack Congo Murrell further saith that he is a native Black belonging to one of such tribes aforesaid, and that he is not now, nor at any time heretofore was a subject of the King of Great Britain and Ireland, nor was nor is subject to any of the laws or statutes of the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. And the said Jack Congo Murrell further saith that the said Jabbingee in the said information named, and with the wilful murder of whom the said Jack Congo Murrell is and by the said information charged, was at the time of such supposed murder a native Black belonging to one of such Tribes as aforesaid, and was not then nor at any time theretofore a subject of the King of Great Britain and Ireland; nor at any time was subject to any of the laws or statutes of the Kingdom of Great and Ireland, or under the protection of the same
READ THE REMAINDER OF THIS CASE AT http://www.law.mq.edu.au/scnsw/cases1835-36/html/r_v_murrell_and_bummaree__1836.htm
GOAT ISLAND STONE MASONS
‘The islands of Sydney Harbour’ by Mary Shelley Clark
and Jack Clark.
“Though the convicts on Goat Island had worked
inefficiently, the finished Goat Island buildings
were impressive. All were very solidly built from
sandstone quarried when the site was levelled. Today
they are among the finest standing stones of New
South Wales’ colonial past…
Tribute for the superb workmanship on the magazine
buildings must be given to the overseers of the
construction and particularly the Commanding Royal
Engineer, Captain George Barney. Barney arrived in
the colony in 1836 when the work was underway, but
his passion was stonework and he left his mark on
defence fortifications all around Sydney Harbour.
His supervising workman were stonemasons specifically
imported from England and they were clearly masters
of their craft…”