Page 1 of 1 pages
(2 pictures)
Picture relating to Charleville - titled 'Courthouse at Charleville, ca. 1916'
Picture relating to Warwick - titled 'View along Palmerin Street, Warwick, taken from the Town Hall, ca. 1916'

Courthouse at Charleville, ca. 1916

contributed by QldPics, taken in 1916
(contact QldPics about this picture)

Charleville Court House - scene of Department of Justice despair. How to get a conviction? Next to impossible apparently. Chareville was not known for such effete ways. There was the notorious rape case of about 1952 or 3. After two 'jury can't agrees', the case was moved to Brisbane. But that would have been in the days of the new court house. In the old court house, charges relating to theft of cattle and horses came to nothing since the prevailing view among the 'common people' was that the local graziers posssessed only such stock as they had themselves stolen from someone else in their turn. This was no doubt a jaundiced view of the would-be squatocracy of the period, harboured by the hoi polloi but it made life difficult for Justice and was the means of forgiving the many acts of petty stock larceny that families well-known to me engaged in to stock the Sunday dinner table. (Thanks to 'Beilby' for the description)

This picture is also part of the Bonzle Horses (open in new window) photo collection.