Monday, January 19, 2009

Prisoner Charles DOWNES

Prisoner Charles Downes, photograph by T. J. NEVIN

Prisoner Charles Downes
Original print by Thomas J. Nevin 1874
Displayed in one of three panels for exhibition by Beattie & Searle 1916
Downes' print is second row, second from right.

Forty prints of 1870s Tasmania prisoners in three panels
Original prints of negatives by T. J. Nevin 1870s
Reprints by J. W. Beattie ca. 1915
QVMAG Collection: Ref : 1983_p_0163-0176

Print cleaned up, QVMAG reprint of Nevin's negative 1980s
 QVMAG  Registration No: QVM:1985:P:0161

Below: Prisoner Charles Downes, photograph by T. J. NEVIN

[Above]: from NLA Catalogue online
Title Charles Dawnes [sic], per Rodney 2, taken at Port Arthur, 1874 [picture]
Creator: Nevin, Thomas
Ref: PIC P1029/6 LOC Album 935
NB: Incorrect information on the NLA notes; surname was DOWNES.

Charles Downes was photographed by T. J. Nevin at the Hobart Gaol before reprieve of a life sentence in May 1875.

See this article: Carnal Knowledge of Children: convictions 1860s-1880s

A copy of the QVMAG mounted cdv print is held at the Archives Office of Tasmania, bearing the same number, 44 on front. The NLA cdv has no number on front.:


The Mercury 15 February 1872
Charles Downes was found guilty on a charge of feloniously assaulting Dorothy Smith, aged 9 years, in Stacey’s revolving circus in the Queen’s Domain, and remanded for sentence.


Charles Downes' death sentence was reprieved to life imprisonment in May 1975.

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