McCosker’s and the Law – 1850 – 1869

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There were wild times up in the Hunter in the mid 19th Centuries and it seems that McCoskers rated more than a few mentions  – on both sides of the law ! They must have spent a bit of time in Maitland and Singleton Courthouses – not to mention some time in Maitland Gaol too. Wild times – much like the Weatherstone’s in Grafton in the 19th Century.

74400309 Singleton Court House

Singleton Court House – source – http://www.panoramio.com/photo/74400309

  • 1851 – Barney McCosker’s cattle being cattle-duffed
  • 1859 – a McCosker in East Maitland Court
  • 1859 – Bernard McCosker the Elder being prosecuted for imprisoning two minors
  • 1860 – Francis McCosker prosecuted for breach of the Enclosed Lands Act – case dismissed on a technicality – Singleton Court
  • 1860 – Cornelius McCosker charging Matthew Waddell for breach of Impounding ACt – had impounded some McCosker cattle – defendant guilty – Singleton Court
  • 1860 – Cornelius McCosker of Glendon Brook charged with illegally harbouring Amelia Roberts – case dismissed – Singleton Court
  • 1862 – Patrick McCosker giving evidence in a case on breach of the Impounding Act in Singleton
  • 1862 – Patrick McCosker summoned Henry McFadden and John Larnach in other breaches of the Impounding Act – Singleton Court
  • 1862 – Bernard McCosker witness for defence in an arson case
  • 1862 – Illegally working a bullock aka stolen ? – accused claimed that he bought it from Patrick McCosker
  • 1862 – Thomas McCosker guilty of assault with a whip in Singleton
  • 1862 – Francis McCosker convicted of obscene language – fined and imprisoned in Singleton Gaol for 14 days – Singleton Court
  • 1862 – Bernard McCosker charged with breach of Impounding Act at Glendon – case dismissed
  • 1862 – Thomas McCosker charges George Gilbert with threatening language – threatened with a gun – Thomas’ evidence corroborated by his brother Michael McCosker – defendant claimed he had been assaulted and threatened by the McCosker’s – case dismissed
  • 1862 – Thomas McCosker charged with breach of the Impounding Act by Henry Millar – case dismissed
  • 1862 – Cattle allegedly impounded for Bernard McCosker
  • 1862 – Bernard McCosker’s employee James Millar charged with wilful perjury and contempt – and some of Thomas McCosker’s bullocks impounded – other McCosker court cases that day as well
  • 1862 – –1, Thomas, Francis and Bernard McCosker giving evidence in an Impounded Bullocks case – Patrick somehow connected
  • 1863 – more than 800 of Bernard McCosker’s cattle found to be in poor condition due to scab in sheep condition – all to be destroyed and boiled down
  • 1863 – Patrick McCosker giving evidence for prosecution in horse theft case
  • 1863 – Owen McCosker listed in Police Gazette pp. 280 – 281
  • 1864 – Patick McCosker offers reward for missing horses
  • 1864 – Thomas Mullan summons Patrick McCosker for unpaid wages
  • 1864 – Patrick McCosker charged with two breaches of the Slaughtering License –1, – subsequently granted a Slaughtering License – 2,
  • 1865 – Cornelius McCosker – on bail for obscene language – then separate charge of threatening police
  • 1866 – Sheriff ordering Golden Sheaf Hotel owned by Owen McCosker to be sold –1,
  • 1866 – Hides of stolen heifers allegedly found on the premises of Owen McCosker
  • 1867 – Stolen cattle in the yard of Owen McCosker – had been sold to McCosker – another witness was employed by William McCosker –1,
  • 1867 – Bernard McCosker before the court charged with larceny –1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
  • 1867 – Cornelius McCosker had been remanded on charge of highway robbery at Wallabadah – case dismissed – in 1868 he sought damages from Sub Inspector Thorpe for being accused in the robbery 55 punds damages awarded though 200 pounds had been sought – the verdict caused a stir amongst the leading gentlmen of the town including some magistrates
  • 1867 – Owen McCosker entered into recognisance  in court case – absence of a material witness led to postponement of the court case
  • 1868 – Cornelius McCosker charged with obscene language
  • 1868 – Court case of Cornelius McCosker versus  Charles Thorpe for damages  on basis on incorrectly being charge with highway robbery – 1,
  • 1868 – Thomas McCosker charged with breach of Cattle Stealing Prevention Act
  • 1869 – Bernard McCosker charged, convicted, sentenced on April 19 – in Maitland Circuit Court for  6 months in Maitland Gaol for Manslaughter – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, – it seems that the trial was one of those where the story was syndicated in newspapers across the state
  • 1869 – April  19 – Thomas McCosker charged – convicted of perjury in relation to an earlier court matter – sentenced in Maitland Circuit Court to 12 months imprisonment in Maitland Gaol – same date as brother  Bernard McCosker sentenced – but separate unrelated matter – 1, 2, 3, 423874215_10212182954264002_222805012_o McCosker sentences Capture T McCosker 1869

Maitland Gaol was not exactly unknown to the McCosker’s in the mid 19th Century decades it seems … there’s a blog for the Gaol and you can take a tour there these days apparently … or even hire it as a function venue Maitland_Gaol_Governors_House

Maitland Gaol and Governor’s House

By http://www.emaa.com.au/acnsvtn_mg_02.htm, Public Domain,  https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=365513

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