Monday, January 19, 2009

Prisoner Charles HEYS as WARD

Two different photographs are extant in the National Library of Australia collection - and not recorded in any other public collection - of a prisoner whom the police discharged as Charles Heys on 22nd July 1874, noting in the gazette that his alias was Ward, transported to Tasmania on the Moffatt 2. Thomas J. Nevin took both photographs at the Hobart Gaol, and possibly of two different men, but which photograph is the one taken on discharge in 1874 of the prisoner identified by police as Charles Heys in 1874? If it is the same prisoner in both photographs, he was photographed at different times wearing the standard issue winter prisoner uniform in one, and summer uniform in the other. Given that Charles Heys [what is the verso inscription - Heys or Hayes?] as Ward was discharged during the winter month of July, the prisoner wearing the heavy overcoat was most likely the man recorded as Charles Heys when Nevin photographed him for that event.



NLA Catalogue (incorrect information)
Charles Hayes, per Moffat, taken at Port Arthur, 1874 [picture]
Call Number PIC P1029/74 LOC Album 935
Created/Published 1874
Extent 1 photograph on carte-de-visite mount : albumen ; 9.4 x 5.6 cm. on mount 10.5 x 6.3 cm.



NLA Catalogue (incorrect information)
nla.pic-vn4270316 PIC P1029/46 LOC Album 935 Charles Ward, per Moffatt, taken at Port Arthur, 1874 [picture] 1874. 1 photograph on carte-de-visite mount : albumen ; 9.4 x 5.6 cm., on mount 10.4 x 6.4 cm.

POLICE RECORDS



Charles Heys as Ward was sentenced to 7yrs for burglary at the Supreme Court Hobart on 7 July 1868, and discharged from the Hobart Gaol, where he was photographed by Thomas J. Nevin in the week ending 22nd July 1874. Source: Tasmania Reports of Crime Information for Police, J, Barnard, Gov't Printer.



The same or two different prisoner(s) Charles Heys or Hayes or Ward?
NLA Collection