Sunday, May 6, 2012

George Willis Tasmanian police records 1872-1880

Prisoner mugshot of George Willis by T.J. Nevin 1873

Courtesy National Library of Australia
George Willis, transported to VDL (Tasmania) on the Neptune 2
Photographed by T. J. Nevin for the Municipal Police Office and Hobart Gaol 1873-4.

George Willis, aged 48 yrs, and originally transported in 1838, was convicted in the Supreme Court at Hobart on 10th September 1872, sentenced to six years for larceny, sent to the Port Arthur prison, and then relocated to the Hobart Gaol in October 1873 where he was photographed by T.J. Nevin on incarceration. George Willis aka Metcalfe was among the 109 prisoners returned to Hobart from the Port Arthur prison at the request of the Parliament, all of whom were photographed by Thomas J. Nevin from October 1873 through to 1874, and subsequently at the Municipal Police Office, Hobart Town Hall, on the numerous occasions of these recalcitrant prisoners' further arrests, convictions, and discharges.


Port Arthur and Hobart Gaol prisoners stats 1873

In 1873, 156 prisoners were removed from the Port Arthur prison to the central city Hobart Gaol, a process begun in 1868, and completed in 1878, the year of the official closure of Port Arthur. 
Source: PP 48/1878 Archives Office of Tasmania


POLICE RECORDS 1872-1880

Sourced from the Tasmanian Police Gazettes, published by the Government Printer as Tasmania Reports of Crime 1872-1880.

George Willis's major repeat offence was larceny, with shorter sentences for absconding, being on premises unlawfully, and being idle and disorderly.

George Willis police records 1872-1880

George Willis police records 1872-1880

Willis convicted at the Supreme Court Hobart on 3 August 1872
George Willis police records 1872-1880

Willis discharged on 5 September 1876

George Willis police records 1872-1880

Willis discharged on 8 April 1877
George Willis police records 1872-1880

Willis convicted on 5 May 1877


George Willis police records 1872-1880

Willis arrested on 18 December 1878

View all police records for George Willis (aka Metcalfe) in this album:

George Willis police records1872-1880


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