Johanna Welch

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
21 January 1845



(From the Maitland Mercury, January 18)

The Court of Quarter Sessions was opened on Monday last, the 13th instant, at ten o’clock, before S. RAYMOND, Esq., L. L. D., Chairman, JONES A. SMITH, Esq., Captain F. SMITH, and W. F. GORDON, Esq.

Previous to the jury being impannelled [sic] F. M. M’KINLAY, Esq., of Dungog, and C. L. BROWN, Esq., of Cairnsmore, Dungog, were sworn in magistrates of the territory.


JOHANNA WELCH was indicted for stealing a jacket, the property of JOHN WILLIAMS, at Morpeth, on the 24th October, 1844.

The jury returned a verdict of guilty, and the prisoner was remanded for sentence.

The Court then adjourned till Tuesday morning.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1844 [sic – 1845]

Before the Chairman, W. F. GORDON, Esq., Captain SMITH, W. KNOX CHILD, Esq., and JONES A. SMITH, Esq.

On the opening of the Court FRANCIS BLOWER GIBBS, Esq., of Upper Paterson, was sworn in a magistrate of the territory, and took his seat on the bench.


JOHANNA WELCH, who had been found guilty of larceny on the previous day, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in the female factory, with hard labour.


Female Factory Online, (, “Law Report of JOHANNA WELCH,”, accessed [insert current date].

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See also:

THREATS,” The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 – 1893), Saturday 2 November 1844, p.2

MAITLAND QUARTER SESSIONS,” The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 – 1893), Saturday 18 January 1845, p.4

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