1. William Zadock Bellamy
104. WILLIAM BELLAMY was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of December , six pair of leather shoes, value 30 s. the property of James Smith , privily in his shop .
JAMES SMITH sworn.
I am a cordwainer ; I lost six pair of leather shoes from my shop, in Beach-lane , on Thursday, the 10th of December, about six, or between six and seven; the prisoner privately came into the shop, and took the things; I did not see him with the things.
SARAH WYBURN sworn.
I am servant to Mr. Palmer; I had been on an errand on the 10th of December, and coming back, I saw the prisoner at the end of the counter, under the window, with the six pair of shoes under his arm; and he had them under his arm when I came in; I took hold of the shoulder of his jacket, and he dragged me out side of the door, with the shoes under his arm; he threw them on the pavement, outside the door; he was secured; I picked up the shoes, and gave them to Mr. Palmer; and they have been in his possession ever since.
WILLIAM PALMER sworn.
Deposed to the same effect, and produced the shoes.
GUILTY of stealing, but not privately .
Transported for seven years .
Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.
CAPTURE OF A BAND OF BUSHRANGERS
On Thursday week, (the 24th ultimo, information was given to Mr. Bellamy, a settler, and Social Constable of Castle Hill, that a number of robberies had been committed during his absence from the neighbourhood. About five minutes after, as he was traveling the Pennant Hills Road on his way home from Sydney, he came up with three desperate looking rascals, who appeared to have bludgeons or long knives up their sleeves. They passed Mr. Bellamy and his wife without molesting them; the dress and appearance of the fellows having corresponded with that of the men who had committed the robberies. Mr. B. took particular notice of them, so as to identify their persons, on a future occasion. On the road Mr. Bellamy so learnt that several persons had been robbed of everything the fellows took a fancy to; and a dray was actually stripped within few yards of the place where Mr. B came up with them; they took 9 pounds from the man in charge of the dray, having previously robbed a dealer and labouring man near the same pace. On Saturday night Mr. Richard Worthing, a settler at Pennant Hills, came running to the house of Mr. Bellamy, and said he had been plundered by bushrangers of every portable artícle, requesting at the same time some assistance from him, for the purpose of going in pursuit. Mr. B. immediately dressed himself, and taking his arms, he and the unfortunate settler started for thc bush.
They were about consulting the propriety of calling upon another neighbour to go with them when two suspcious men hove in sight. Bellamy suspecting they were part of the gang, on their way perhaps to serve his place as they had Worthing's, prepared for warm work and presenting their pieces ordered the villains to stand or they were dead men." This was complied with (the fellows not having fire-arms), and they were secured. Mr. Bellamy asked them who they were. One said be was an assigned servant to Major Locker, and had a pass for the day; this was ten o'clock at night, and the fellow was at least seven miles from his master's residence, and was travelling in a contrary direction. The other said he was a free man, and he turned out to be such. On their persons were found several fowling-piece halls, some flints, two knives, a razor looking-glass, and some provisions. The free man had a bludgeon in his possession, which Worthing seeing, immediately recognized as the one which was only a short time before held over the person of his wife when the house was robbed. Mr. Worthing also knew the free man to be the same fellow that came into his house previous to the bushrangers, and enquired for rum; but as it afterwards appeared, with the intention of reconnoitering the premises before the attack. When the bludgeon was recognized, the fellow told Mr. Bellamy that was not the one, but if he went to the house of Mr. Worthing he would find a similar weapon; on searching the place the stick was accordingly found. This circumstance, although evidently intended to clear the fellow of the transaction, was the strongest evidence against him; he was accordingly removed to the watchhouse at Parramatta, in company with Major Lockyer's servant, who was evidently connected with the gang. When in the lock-up, Major Lockyer's man called Mr. Bellamy aside and told him that he knew nothing of the bushrangers, but that the other man did, and he knew all about them. Bellamy of course immediately set both down as part of the gang who had infested the neighbourhood. After the free man was placed in the watch-house, he gave information to Mr. Horne, a Constable of Parramatta, where the whole of the gang took up their quarters, which was in a cave situated in a dangerous and rocky ravine in Lane Cove, was very difficult of access, also that the whole of the property taken from Worthing and other persons, was deposited in the cave, and that they intended to commit three robberies on that night; Mr Palmer's overseer's being one, old Clark, and Dutfield the others.
Mr. Horne with his usual promptness on such occasions, made up a party, and with the informer, started for the robber's cave, and on reaching the same saw an immense quantity of plunder strewed about, and three men on their arms asleep. Horne in the most courageous manner jumped from the top of the cave into the midst of the bushrangers, ordering his companions to do the same, when one of the fellows awoke, and as he lay, fired off his piece, the contents of which lodged in the thigh of one of the opposite party; the compliment was returned by one of the constables and the bushranger shot in the neck, after which they were secured. Horne and his party marched to Parramatta with two of the bushrangers and Bellamy was sent for to conduct the two wounded men to the Hopital. The three bushrangers in the cave were found to be runaway convicts from Lane Cove and Longbottom, and on the road to Parramatta treated the matter with much coolness, saying, that they intended to have committed several robberies that night, that they had recently received a letter from a friend and intended companion of theirs - Johnny Walls, or Wales, (recently advertised in the Government Gazette), a bush desperado, who was to join them immediately with his party and have a meeting relative to Johnny's prosecutors and evidences, all of whom they intended to settle. The whole of the five men were placed at the bar of the Parramatta Police Office last week, when Mr. Worthing's properly was sworn to, some of which was on the backs of the robbers, the rest remains in the Police Office to be owned. Major Lockyer's man was discharged, the others remanded for further examination.
Source: The Sydney Herald 4 Jan 1836