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A fleeing currier

A fleeing “knock-kneed” Australian currier gave the Police the slip on 9 August 1890.


This was the latest of many disappointments for law enforcers who had trailed the absconder – a specialist in the leather processing industry – to a succession of New Zealand tanneries only to find he had either moved on or never been seen. He had left behind him in Windsor New South Wales his wife Sarah and three young children. Sarah wrote to the police that her husband James Newton Ewing had told her he was off to sell some land but had not returned. Leaving his young family with no means of support he set sail for New Zealand where he seemingly had no difficulty finding work. But with the Police on his trial, armed with a photograph and clear description, he must have been aware that he be needed to keep moving and this he successfully did. The file on the case closed without him having been found, and Sarah’s fate is not known.


Shown here is a notice offering a reward for his apprehension, together with a photograph.


ACIS 17627 P1 216 1890/1486


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