Spotlight: Reports of Crime (January 1862)

New South Wales Police Gazette and Weekly Record of Crime (Sydney : 1860 – 1930), Monday 27 January 1862 (No.8), page 1



Attacking and wounding the Patrol with fire-arms.


Vide Report of Crime of 29th July, 1861, and ante.

On 16th July last, Sergeant Middleton and Trooper Hozi, of the Western Patrol, were attacked and severely wounded at the Fish River, by Francis Clarke, alias Jones, alias Gardener, a ticket-of-leave holder, illegally at large from his District; a native of Goulburn, New South Wales, 31 years of age, 5 feet 8 1/4 inches high, a laborer, dark sallow complexion, black hair, brown eyes, small raised scar in left eyebrow, small scar on right chin, scar on knuckle of right forefinger, round scar on left elbow joint, two slight scars on back of left thumb, short finger nails, round scar on cap of right knee, hairy legs; wounded in the above affray on temple by pistol ball or whip. He was captured and afterwards released by two armed men of the following description :– John Peisley, a ticket-of-leave holder, illegally at large from his district; a native of Bathurst, New South Wales, laborer, about 28 years of age, about 5 feet 10 inches high, stout and well made, fresh complexion, very small light whiskers, quite bald on top of head and forehead, several recent marks on face, and a mark from a blow of a spade on top of head; puffed and dissipated looking from hard drinking; invariably wears fashionable Napoleon boots, dark cloth breeches, dark vest buttoned up the front large Albert gold guard, cabbagetree hat, and dark coat. Sometimes wears a dark wig, and always carries a brace of revolvers. He was in Sydney some weeks ago, in company, it is supposed, with Zahn, alias Herring, of the Abercrombie. The other man is about 26 years of age, and about 5 feet 6 inches high, light hair and whiskers, and small light moustache, sallow complexion. A reward of £20 is offered for Gardner’s apprehension, and £50 for Peisley’s. A further sum of £100 will be paid by the Government to any person who may, within six months from the present date, give such information as shall lead to the apprehension and conviction of the said John Peisley and £50 will be paid for the apprehension and conviction of each of the other offenders.

John Peisley [Illustration by Aidan Phelan]




The Mail from Lambing Flat was stopped by three armed men, on the morning of the 6th instant, about 6 miles from Lambing Flat, and the passengers robbed. One of the robbers is about 5 feet 8 inches high, had a comforter round the lower part of his face, wore brown California hat, dark trousers, and blue serge shirt, has thin face, and bald head, supposed to have several cuts on the top of his head, from wounds inflicted by one of the passengers; 2nd, about 6 feet high, about 25 or 26 years of age, unshaven, wore brown California hat, dark coat and trousers; 3rd, about 6 feet high, about 30 years of age, thin black moustache and whiskers, long Roman nose, wore cabbagetree hat, dark coat and trousers, and cotton handkerchief tied round his neck. They can be identified. The above reward will be paid in terms of the Government Notice of the 24th November, 1853.

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