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Fitzgerald's Town

imprisoned for six

imprisoned for six months after being convicted of wounding with intent, but his son was discharged without conviction. An event in 1893 was a sad one of child abuse for which a Lincoln couple were prosecuted. At the trial Dr. Cooke stated that he and the local policeman, Constable Walton, had examined an eleven year old girl after a complaint had been made of ill treatment by her step-mother. The undernourished girl was badly bruised about the body and legs and in the doctor’s opinion some of these had been caused by the buckle of a belt. It was also said that she had been tied to a bed, whipped and forced to do household chores before she left for school. A witness stated that shouts and screams were heard coming from the house on many occasions. There seemed to be no doubt that the child was the victim of abuse and neglect. The step-mother was sentenced to two months hard labour and the father discharged with a caution to look after his daughter better in the future. 30 The district has been well served by its policemen who have kept the peace in a generally law abiding district since 1875. Then Constable T. Breen was posted to Lincoln in response to pressure from the Road Board worried about problems brought by the itinerant population of seasonal workers. In the 19 th century all staff were male, in contrast to the situation today when women work with their male colleagues as front line police officers. The names of the police who were stationed in Lincoln during the 19 th century are: Constable Thomas Breen 1875 Sergeant Robert Wallace 1876 Constable David Cartmill 1877 Constable James Weatherley 1878 Constable David Cartmill 1884 Constable William Watts 1889 Constable John Walton 1892 Constable Thomas Mayne 1900 90

Sources and Notes 1. The Press 20 June 1862. See Papers Past. 2. Wm. White to Provincial Secretary 31 June 1862. The railway gauge was to be 5’ 3”, there would be vans for goods and passengers, and a light locomotive would be used as necessary. 3. White’s Little River Tramway Ordinance 1866, Provincial Council Session XXIV No.16. 4. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute Vol 1 120- 145. 5. J.P. Jameson to Provincial Superintendent 19 May 1869. Archives New Zealand Letter 665 CP104. 6. Journal of Proceedings of Provincial Council 8 October 1869. 7. Weekly Press 26 March 1870. 8. Weekly Press 18 March 1871. 9. Springs Road Board to Provincial Secretary 8 October 1870. Archives New Zealand Letter 617 CP231. 10. Weekly Press28 June 1871. 11. Weekly Press 5 August 1871. 12. The Press 29 May 1872. See Papers Past. 13. Lyttelton Times. 18 June 1872. See Papers Past. 14. Weekly Press 22 June 1872. 15. New Zealand Gazette 21 March 1873. The line was to begin “at the Racecourse Station of the Great Southern Railway”. This is taken to be Hornby station. 16. The Press 24 July 1878. See Papers Past. 17. Ibid. 9 October 1874. See Papers Past. 18. Ibid. 14 July 1875. See Papers Past. 19. Weekly Press 17 August 1872. 20. Ellesmere Guardian. 8 November 1899; and 18 November 1899. See Papers Past. 21. Weekly Press 28 April 1883. 22. New Zealand Post Office ChCh clerical branch 18 December 1968. 23. Government Gazette Province of Canterbury Vol. XIV No. 5 24. The Press 8 October 1879. See Papers Past. 25. Sharing the Challenge 1989 Pp 225-226. 91

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