Australian English Genealogy

Descendants of Elizabeth Mitchell

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1313. Arthur George Honeysett

Mudgee Police Court,
Mr. Edwards, P.M., presided at the Mudgee Police Court this morning, Messrs. C. H. Tuckerman and F. Cox, Js.P., being on the Bench. MORRISON V.HONEYSETT. In this case Jabe Eliza Morrison sued Arthur Honeysett for the maintenance of his illegitimate child.
Mr. Davidson appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Meares for thE defendant. Mr. Davidson explained that 12 months ago the case was heard, and an order for 6s a woek was given after two hearings. One of the principal witnesses was away, and he asked whether the Bench could re-open the case after the case was once decided. Mr. Moares agreed that the fact of a provious order having been made did not affect the case. The plaintiff had to prove the case each time she applied for the order. If Mr. Davidson waited an adjournment he could have it by paying for it. The witness he referred to was not called when the case was heard before. ' Mr. Davidson argued that the bench could not hear the case. If they reversed the order it was making the bench a court of appeal. Suppose 7 or 8 years elapsed and all the witnesses had disappeared, then it would appear that the child was not to be supported. The Police Magistrate said that it would not be competent for them to receive an order during its currency, for there then would be a court of appeal. However, on the expiration of the 12 months currency of the order, the proceedings commenced de nova. Mr. Davidson then retired to consult with his client. On returning into court Mr. Davidson asked whether the defendant was willing to accept the evidence of Louisa Ardill, given on the last occasion. Mr. Meares consented, Mr. Davidson tried to put in the depositions of the previous case, Mr, Meares objected, except as regards the evidence of Louisa Ardill, but he admitted the order made against defendant. The evidence of Louisa Ardill, in whose house the child was born, was read and accepted. Jane Eliza Morrison, the plaintiff, deposed that she was now in service at Balmain, getting 6s a week the defendant before the court was the father of her child; she met him at the railway station in October, 1901, on a Friday evening and went for a walk with him; she did not see him again until early in April, 1902, when she saw him at his father's place at Rylstone; she arranged to meet him that night, when there was further intimacy; previously to going to Rylstone witness wrote to the defendant but received no reply. Mr. Davidson asked the contents of the letter, but Mr, Meares objected. Mr. Davidson : Do you produce the letter? Mr. - Meares : We have not boon called upon to do so. Mr. Davidson said that he must press the point. The Police Magistrate said that they could not give secondary evidence of a letter unless they had given notice to produce. Mr. Davidson said he could not sacrifice his client's case, but would ask for an adjournment. The Police Magistrate granted an adjournment for a week. Mr. Meares said that sooner than drag the defendant frqm Rylstone to Mudgee again he would allow the Plaintiff to give the evidence Mr. Davidson desired. The Police Magistrate said that there would be other things crop up. It was rather a peculiar case because, no doubt, in such cases, as a rule, tho only evidence taken was as to the ability of defendant to pay. He would adjourn the case for a week, by which time no doubt Mr. Davidson would be ready. Mr, Meares : I think we had better go on to-day. The Police Magistrate "We have already adjourned the Case, and that is sufficient, The case was then adjourned for 7 days, and the Court rose.
Source: Mudgee Guardian and North- Western Representative 16 Feb 1903


1314. Ernest Charles Honeysett

The infant children of Mr. George Honcysett and Mr. Ernest Honeysett, of Rylstone, died after eating oranges. Several people there have been seriously affected from the same cause.
Source: The Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer 23 Nov 1907