My Great Great Grandfather Joseph Dilworth, was sentenced to 12 months hard labour at Bathurst Gaol in January 1861 for stealing from a dray. He was discharged in March 1862. From reading the details from the Bathurst Quarter Sessions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4834055), Joseph and his wife, Mary were living in huts and tents, as described by the Chief Constable of Hartley’. ‘I know the prisoners they lived on the top of Mount Victoria in huts and tents, on both sides of the road’.
Mary, his wife was pregnant with my great grandfather Charles P Dilworth at the time. Charles was born in July 1862 at Newtown.
After Joseph is released, he made his way back to Newtown to his wife and family. They had a further 3 children between 1865 and 1868. The last two in the Gunnedah region and by 1871-72, Mary began a relationship with Michael Melverton. Mary and Michael had 3 children between 1872 and 1875. Joseph Dilworth was back in the Cumberland region when he died in 1877.
- Bathurst Quarter Sessions. (Before His Honor Judge Dowling.) TUESDAY, 26TH FEBRUARY.
Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 – 1904) Saturday 2 March 1861, page 2
- New South Wales, Australia, Police Gazettes, 1854-1930
- New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930