Central and North Burnett Times - - COMMODITIES -

FROM the vault – The Cork cat­tle steal­ing case, 1905: Patrick and Ernest He­witt, Wil­liam Lil­ley, Wal­ter Far­rell and Charles Wil­liams ap­peared in the Win­ton Court on De­cem­ber 30, 1905 charged with steal­ing 128 calves that were the property of the Dar­ling Downs and Western Land Com­pany at Cork Sta­tion.

The un­branded calves aged six to eight months, were taken from their moth­ers and driven back to the ac­cuseds’ camp. Patrick He­witt, age 12, was dis­cov­ered by Rus­sell the head stockman from Cork Sta­tion, look­ing af­ter the calves. He­witt later con­fessed all to Sergeant Michael Bros­nan. Charles Wil­liams, one of the last men ar­rested, con­firmed He­witt’s state­ment and Wal­ter Far­rell was brought in by Con­sta­ble John Han­ra­han, of Dia­mantina Lakes Po­lice Sta­tion.

John Far­rell, fa­ther of Wal­ter Far­rell, of­fered Con­sta­ble Joseph Doyle a bribe of 100 pounds, if he gave Mr Chubb (the so­lic­i­tor of the ac­cused) any in­for­ma­tion that would break down the case against them. Const. Doyle did not suc­cumb to the of­fer but was se­verely rep­ri­manded for not reporting it im­me­di­ately to Sgt Bros­nan. All the ac­cused (ex­cept for young Patrick He­witt) were found guilty of steal­ing calves and were sen­tenced to two years of hard labour.

In recog­ni­tion of their valu­able ser­vice in the Cork cat­tle steal­ing case, the Queens­land Na­tional and New South Wales Banks pre­sented Sgt Michael Bros­nan with 25 pounds.

Const. John Han­ra­han, Joseph Doyle, P. Maloney, Andrew Hick­son and James Dun­lea each re­ceived five pounds from the banks.


TOP SQUAD: Five of the six po­lice of­fi­cers on the Cork Cat­tle Sta­tion case. Back: Con­sta­bles John Han­ra­han, P Maloney, Joseph Doyle. Front: Sergeant Michael Bros­nan and Con­sta­ble James Dun­lea.

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