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Showcase Record – October 2013

Crawford Pasco (1818-1898)

Sketches by Crawford Pasco VPRS 5488

Highland on Wilson's Promontary

Born in Plymouth, England in 1818, Crawford Atchison Denman Pasco established his long career on the seas with the Royal Navy at the age of 12. By 1837 Pasco had been involved in the Portuguese Civil War, the Battle of the Scheldt, the siege of Oporto and had been witness to the repercussions of revolutions and earthquakes in Peru and Chile. By 1839 Crawford was serving on the Beagle, which had been engaged to survey parts of Australia’s northern and western coasts, which had been integral in the discovery of the Adelaide River, the future port of Darwin and the Victoria River. From 1842 he had been involved in survey work in Bass Strait, sailed via America to the Far East, South Africa, Van Diemen’s Land, Canton, Singapore, Penang, Borneo and the Philippines, where he carried repatriation money from the Opium War and is said to have ‘subdued a rebellious rajah’.

In 1852 Crawford Pasco set sail for Australia as a passenger on the P. & O. Co. steamship Chusan. It was Pasco who navigated the way through Port Phillip Heads. Once in Victoria he retired from the navy and was appointed as a police magistrate and helped to organise the expanding Williamstown water police force. Dealing primarily with deserting crews, he was instrumental in convicting sailors imprisoned in hulks instead of a Melbourne gaol.

[5] View from Cement Hill Stockyard Creek Corner Inlet 18 Sept 1873

Retiring for the second time at the age of 60 Crawford Pasco became a founding member of the Victorian Branch of the Geographical Society in 1884 as well as the chairman for the first Antarctic Exploration Committee, which was heavily involved in encouraging support in Australia, Scandinavia and Great Britain from politicians, scientists, whalers, explorers and philanthropists.

In 1878 Crawford Pasco became the owner of ‘Mt Edgecombe’, one of the first buildings of substance and scale in the west end of Queenscliff. The Pasco’s summer residence still stands today.

Donated to PROV in 1983 were seven sketches varying in content and size by Crawford Pasco. These sketches were all produced in 1873 by the retired naval officer and include ‘Queenscliff from Life Boat pier’, ‘View of Port Albert August 1873’ and ‘Original Homestead of Stevens, Willis and Swanston at Queenscliff’.

Original Homestead of Stevens, Willis & Swanston 26 July 1873

To find out further about Crawford Pasco you can consult the following PROV resources:

Passenger Lists – available online

Wills and Probate Records 1841-1925 – available online

Inward Registered Correspondence VPRS 937

Land Records VPRS 624

Phoebe Wilkens – Access Services Officer

 

Storage Management – Safety First

162-378-IMG_2383Accidents happen. We all know that, but how do we go about providing a safe work environment in an Archive housing close to 100 linear kilometres of records – an estimated 15 million individual records in various shapes and sizes – covering 12,000 square metres of repository floor space over two floors?

It’s simple: lots of hard work, relevant information, sound processes and committed staff – and PROV has all of these.

Since 2006 there has been a renewed commitment from PROV’s Executive to support a safe work environment. We have undertaken two major ergonomic assessments, in 2006 and again in 2012, in which over 150 recommendations were made. To assist in the retrieval process, we have installed new shelving, and purchased numerous hydraulic lifters and over 100 spring-loaded ladders of all sizes, We’ve improved our storage management by ensuring we follow the recommended manual retrieval processes (what we at PROV also call “picking”), as defined by WorkSafe.

The provision of effective and timely training and advice is critical. Every year manual handling training is provided, and staff must receive manual handling before they can commence work within the PROV repository. OH&S risk assessments are regularly undertaken, and equipment and fittings are regularly inspected to ensure they are operating as required. We have developed or are developing standard operating practice (SOP) and safe work practice (SWP) documentation for all manual handling activities.

Sometimes the best OH&S measure is simply to make sure that the safer thing to do is also the easier thing to do. Repository staff walk several kilometres each day whilst picking items – so what do they do when confronted with an item that is too heavy or awkward to move alone? The problem is solved before it is created – codes for heavier items let staff know exactly what they’re going to find at the end of their walk. Code VH2E, for example, means that a volume is heavy, will require two people and equipment to retrieve.

Accidents will happen regardless of how much work we do. As a result of a recent minor accident, WorkSafe undertook an inspection of our repository and could not attribute any blame to our system, processes, equipment or training. In fact they complimented PROV on our safety management within the repository.

PROV has recently hosted a project undertaken by another Government department in which manual handling was provided to their staff. Their staff where so impressed by the high level of training their departments Chief Training Officer attended PROV to learn from our training and how it could be incorporated into theirs.

We at PROV are proud of our OH&S record and the work we do to ensure our staff can do their jobs safely.

For further information, please contact Merrick Morris, Senior Manager Collection Services at merrick.morris@prov.vic.gov.au or on (03) 9348 5683.

PROV Storage Management – Meeting the Standard

RepositoryPhotoThe ability to store a collection in state of the art facilities goes a long way in ensuring that all of the collection’s items will be available for use and or display well into the future.

“State of the art” is an easy phrase to write; establishing and managing a state of the art repository is a real challenge.  There are a number of factors that can contribute to  making a repository “state of the art”, including the facility which houses it, its environmental systems, security, preservation and conservation resources, the training provided for its staff, steps taken to ensure a safe work environment, management of any risks and disaster prevention and management.

To assist organisations like PROV, standards have been produced both locally and internationally that set out requirements for high quality collection storage and management.

PROV has produced its own Storage Standard, “PROS11/01”, which has two specifications supporting it: Specification 1 is for Agency and Approved Public Record Office Storage Supplier (APROSS) and Specification 2 is for Places of Deposit Storing State Archives.

During 2012-13 PROV undertook a project to assess its own storage management against Specification 2. An independent assessment panel was established to review evidence, undertake inspections and to discuss the merits of PROV’s storage management.

The results of the assessment are very pleasing: we rated an impressive 96.7% against the specification.

This is not a perfect score and that is to be expected. (For example, the Specification requires all collection storage containers to be acid-free. On that basis alone, PROV can’t score perfectly, as we have an ongoing project to move out of non-archival containers which were in use in the 1980s and earlier.) However, there were no areas identified within the assessment that required any significant remedial attention, or changes to our current practices.

PROV will continue to seek ways to improve our storage and collection management, ensuring the collection is available for all users now and into the future.

Well done PROV!

PUBLIC RECORDS REGULATIONS REPORT

 

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER UPDATE

PUBLIC RECORDS REGULATIONS REPORT

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The fees that the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) charges for providing copies of public records are set under the Public Records Regulations 2003.

These Regulations need to be renewed every 10 years, and are next due for renewal in November 2013.

During May and June, PROV conducted consultation with its stakeholders on the renewal of the Public Records Regulations. We received valuable feedback and undertook to report back once the process was completed. We can now report that as a result of further internal and external review, PROV has made a number of revisions to our Regulations.

Changes to conditions of use

The conditions of use have been revised to better reflect current expectations. Regular users of the Reading Room at the Victorian Archives Centre or the Ballarat Archives Centre will note that the proposed conditions are in line with existing practices which are available in a number of fact sheets.

Changes to fees

As the fees are set by the Regulations, PROV has not been able to increase its photocopying or digitising charges in 10 years. This has resulted in fee levels being charged at a lower rate than the cost of recovery. PROV’s renewed Regulations include a relatively small increase in fees to address this.

We believe that this small increase will help us to continue to deliver quality reproduction services to our users across the next decade. Fees will be increased in four phases over the ten year life of the Regulations. This approach is designed to account for inflation, so that a major overhaul is not needed in 2023.

Please note: PROV welcomes and encourages all users to make their own digital representations of public records using their own digital cameras or digital cameras provided in the Reading Rooms.

Some services have been removed from the Regulations:

  • Microfilm services will no longer be listed in the Regulations, however, material from microfilm can still be obtained in a number of forms:
    • A researcher can make a copy from a computer or a microform reader onto their own USB free of charge.
    • Printing from microform readers will be phased out as the toner becomes unavailable. In the meantime, there will be no charge for self-service printing.
  • Fees for inspection of records will no longer apply. PROV inspects all records on their admission to the archive.

A comparison of the changes to Conditions of Use and the Fees can be downloaded here (http://prov.vic.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/PRActRegulations2013-comparisonTables-20130902.pdf)

A copy of the proposed Public Records Regulations 2013 can be downloaded here (http://prov.vic.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/PRActRegulations2013-DraftForConsultation-20130902.pdf)

We’d like your feedback

PROV wants to hear from Reading Room and remote users of the archive about our proposed fee changes. All feedback, ideas and suggestions are welcome.

  • You can send us your thoughts in an email to feedback@prov.vic.gov.au
  • You can send us a submission in writing to:
    Manager, Standards and Policy
    Public Record Office Victoria
    PO Box 2100 North Melbourne Vic 3051.
  • You can talk to any of our friendly Access Services Officers on your next visit to our Reading Rooms

Written and verbal feedback needs to be received by 23 September 2013 to be considered.

You’ll be kept informed

Each person or group that provides us with input will be acknowledged and will receive a response.

Showcase Record – September 2013

Bound Circulated Photographs & Criminal Offences of Convicted Persons – VPRS 7856

This is a fascinating series comprising of 67 of 68 bound volumes transferred into the custody of Public Record Office of Victoria by the Public Record Office of South Australia.  The series includes original photographs of convicted persons, listed offences and prior convictions, place and date of birth, details of arrival in Australia (if applicable), education details, distinguishing physical features, “VR” number reference and docket reference.

The series spans 1924-1954.  Currently volumes 1-36 (covering 1925-1927) are on Open Access and available to order for viewing in our Reading Room.

Units 37 – 68 are closed Under Section 9, Sub-Section (2) of the Public Records Act  – Containing personal information on the data subject and will not be released during the prospective lifetime of the data subject. This is 75 years after creation of the records regarding adults and 99 years after the creation of the record relating to children.

Further volumes are opened as the 75 year closure period elapses.

The series provides and interesting glimpse into the changing punishments in the criminal justice system. One example is the case of a prisoner who committed Manslaughter in 1925. He was sentenced to15 years hard labour and to be “thrice whipped with the cat-o-nine-tails, each whipping to consist of 15 lashes”.  Application of leave of appeal was granted four days later, the Governor General decreed the whippings were omitted, but otherwise the sentence was to stand.  In 2013, this punishment is shocking for us to contemplate.

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Creating Agency:

1924-1954 – South Australian Police Department        VA 2967

Agency currently responsible:

1989-continued – Public Record Office Victoria           VA 683

Kerry Harding – Access Services Officer

 

Leslie “Squizzy” Taylor – From the Archives (Pt5)

Episode five of Underbelly: Squizzy started off as a sombre affair, with Les and Lorna visiting the grave site of their young daughter June.  As Senior Detective John Brophy said, this is “not the natural order of events”.  At Public Record Office Victoria, we hold a selection of records about cemeteries, including some records created by cemetery trusts.  To search our collection, start with our cemeteries tab on our researcher landing page – http://prov.vic.gov.au/research/cemeteries

With violence peaking in the early 1920’s, we saw the robbery of the Commercial Bank on Smith Street by Squizzy and his gang.  During Squizzy’s get away he knocks over a mother and her pram only to carefully pick up the baby and hand it back to its mother.  Sadly for Squizzy, this couple were able to provide police with details of his appearance which enabled a sketch artist to make a composite sketch of his face.  Squizzy was arrested for this robbery however he was not convicted.  We have found the Court of Petty Sessions Register at Northcote which contains details of his arrest:

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VPRS 338/P0 Unit 17, Page 225 – Court of Petty Sessions/Magistrates’ Court Registers

Episode five also saw the arrival of two new characters in the life of Leslie “Squizzy” Taylor.  The first was the beautiful young Ida Pender who Squizzy met in the Women of Paris Apparel shop while buying his wife Lorna a gift.

The second was a potential new member of Squizzy’s gang.  Joseph Lennox Cotter was introduced to Squizzy by Tank, however he didn’t leave a very good impression on Squizzy and was rejected.  Public Record Office Victoria has Joseph Lennox Cotter’s prison record digitised and available online for you to view.  You can also search for other male prison records online now – VPRS 515/P1 Central Register of Male Prisoners (search for your prisoner surname within series 515)

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VPRS 515/P1 #35288 – Central Register of Male Prisoners

And finally, in this episode it looks as though Squizzy’s luck may have just about run out when he was caught red handed in the Scales Warehouse Fine Furs.  He was charged with burglary and committed to stand trial however when his trial date arrived, he failed to appear at court and the bail money was forfeited.  Squizzy spent the next 14 months on the run.  We will see more of this in the next episode next Sunday night at 9pm on Channel 9.

VPRS 30 P0 Unit 1985 File 517 of 1922

VPRS 30/P0 Unit 1985 File 517 of 1922 – Criminal Trial Brief

 

Leslie “Squizzy” Taylor – From the Archives (Pt4)

The fourth episode of Underbelly: Squizzy was an eventful one!  We were to assume Squizzy had married Lorna and witnessed the birth and tragic death of their daughter June who at only eight months fell victim to the Spanish Flu epidemic.

If you are looking to do some research in this area, certificates of Victorian births, deaths and marriages can be obtained from the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, for a fee.  The Registry’s contact details are:

Street Address: 595 Collins Street, Melbourne

Postal Address: PO Box 4332, Melbourne, VIC 3001

Telephone (Australia) 1300 369 367

Telephone (Overseas) +61 3 9613 5111

Web www.bdm.vic.gov.au

For further information, please consult our PROVguide number 18 – http://prov.vic.gov.au/provguide-18

If Channel 9 were to show the wedding of Leslie Taylor and his first wife Lorna Kelly, they would have showed it in the St James’s Congregational Church in Fitzroy.  Public Record Office Victoria’s Public Building Files contain correspondence, plans and other material (see below an example for the Congregational Church in Victoria Parade Fitzroy)

You can kick start your own research in this area by searching our online index and ordering to view the original record within our reading room at North Melbourne. http://prov.vic.gov.au/index_search?searchid=37

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VPRS 7882 P1 Unit 664 Item 4988 – Public Building Files

This episode also took us back to 1919 when lucky Squizzy took over Henry Stokes’ fine establishment while Henry and Annie Stokes sailed back to Tasmania.  We at Public Record Office Victoria have done some sleuthing and a search of our outward passenger index does not have Henry and Annie Stokes listed as sailing to Tasmania.   However, there are entries of a Miss A Stokes sailing to Sydney in February 1920.  Was this our Annie Stokes of the Squizzy era?

Index to Outward Passengers to Interstate, UK, NZ and Foreign Ports 1852-1923

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Search for passengers who travelled on ships leaving Victoria between 1852 and 1923.

Family Name Given Name Age Ship Name Month Year Destination Film_Mth Film_Yr Page
STOKES —- MISS 23 PRINZ LUDWIG OCT 1919 BOMBAY OCT 1919 001
STOKES —- MR 27 DIMBOOLA I MAR 1918 SYDNEY & NEWCASTLE MAR 1918 003
STOKES —- MR 54 DIMBOOLA I MAR 1918 SYDNEY & NEWCASTLE MAR 1918 003
STOKES A MISS 29 ORONTES JUL 1919 LONDON VIA PORTS JUL 1919 003
STOKES A N MISS 29 MANTUA FEB 1920 SYDNEY FEB 1920 001
STOKES J MR 59 ORSOVA I SEP 1920 LONDON VIA PORTS SEP 1920 004

Search for your ancestors coming into Victoria or leaving Victoria using out passenger lists – http://prov.vic.gov.au/research/ships-and-shipping

Stay tuned for episode 5 of Underbelly: Squizzy on Channel 9 this Sunday night at 9pm and the following day for our blog post highlighting original records from the archives.

Great White Fleet – 105 years on

Record of the Month – August 2013

Great White Fleet – 105 years on

Souvenir and Official Programme

On the morning of 29 August 1908, sixteen white-hulled battleships carrying fourteen thousand sailors and marines of the United States’ Atlantic Fleet steamed through the Rip and into Port Phillip Bay.

The ‘Great White Fleet’, as this flotilla became known, had been launched on its circumnavigation of the globe by President Theodore Roosevelt. The cruise was a propaganda campaign of extraordinary proportions – a showcase of naval power beyond anything ever before attempted during peacetime. It was also a practical and strategic exercise, at once testing the battle-readiness of the US navy and demonstrating its ability to patrol and protect the US west coast and Pacific interests.

Despite the fact that several ships were antiquated, their arrival had a powerful impact on Australia, politically independent for seven years but still reliant on British military muscle to guarantee its independence.

Concern about this reliance was exacerbated by Britain’s decision to withdraw its Pacific naval presence, and the destruction of the Russian navy by the Japanese during the Russian-Japanese war of 1904–05. The symbolic victory of an Asian navy over a ‘European’ power, coupled with the fact that there was still no formal Australian navy, would have made the presence of the US battleships even more significant.

Victoria pulled out all the stops for ‘Fleet Week’, and records held at PROV show the scale and scope of the welcome: newspaper reporters waxing lyrical about the ‘Turner-esque’ picture of the ships steaming past Dromana; sixteen thousand copies of maps, guide books, railway schedules and souvenir programs printed and distributed to the ships’ crews to guide them around Australia’s biggest city; hundreds of thousands of extra train travellers swarming into Williamstown to see the Fleet, and into Melbourne to meet the sailors; young cadets marching five days from Ballarat to take part in the welcome parade; and of course sailors ‘with a girl on each arm’.

Melburnians laid out the red, white and blue welcome mat for the new Pacific sea power. The records describe months of preparations by state and city officials to celebrate the visit. Suppliers of bunting and decorations rushed to offer their wares, and scores of Victorian town councils, as well as public and private clubs and societies, wrote to beg the State Cabinet American Fleet Reception Committee to consider them when scheduling the official program of events. The Victorian Railways offered cheap excursion trains from country centres, and free travel to the sailors, and carried record numbers of passengers during Fleet Week. Victorians and Americans mingled, as thousands visited the Royal Agricultural Show, where they saw dumbbell and wand exercises by state school students, and flocked to the racing at Flemington, where the Washington Steeplechase and Fleet Trotting Cup were run. The Zoo, the Aquarium and ‘Glacarium’ all offered free entry to visiting sailors.

While country Victoria travelled into the city to meet the sailors, the sailors journeyed out to see the country. At the invitation of a local American citizen, some sailors made the long trip to Mirboo North in East Gippsland, where they saw wood chopping and ‘Aboriginal boomerang throwing’ and took part in foot races (a handsome silver-mounted emu-egg trophy was carried home by the victor) and a tug-of-war. Others travelled to Bendigo and to Ballarat, watching Australian Rules Football and visiting the mines.

In such a flurry of welcome and activity, there were problems, both comic and tragic. The failure of an American officer to pass on an invitation meant that only seven sailors turned up to a reception and dinner at the Exhibition Buildings, where catering had been laid on for 2,800. Two sailors died in train-related accidents, with newspapers quoting a comrade as saying ‘we lose a few in every port’.

Spruiking of the state’s liveability was also in evidence. Visitors were proudly told that, in Victoria, ‘All railways … and supplies of water are state-owned’ and that we had ‘Factories Acts and Wage Boards, Pure Food Laws, Compulsory Vaccinations’ and ‘Manhood Suffrage’ – the Fleet had arrived just three months shy of Victoria awarding the vote to women.

This combination of attractions no doubt contributed to the sailors’ view that Melbourne was the ‘best port of call’ in their 14-month, 20-port call, round-the-world voyage. So convinced were the visitors of Victoria’s, and Australia’s, attractions that 221 deserters jumped ship in Melbourne. The USS Kansas stayed on for a number of days after the rest of the Fleet departed for Albany, Western Australia, in part to wait for a mail steamer, but also to collect stragglers. A reward of $10 was advertised for the successful return of each deserter to his ship, but the conditions of the reward were so difficult to meet that no money was ever paid. By the time the Kansas finally weighed anchor and bade farewell to Melbourne, more than half the deserters had been recovered, but about a hundred men remained behind to start a new life.

Flamboyant press descriptions, bureaucratic reports, orderly minutes, colourful programs, boastful guidebooks, and stacks of correspondence – including telegram upon telegram organising, confirming, rearranging and renegotiating functions, are the records left in the wake of the Great White Fleet’s visit to Victoria. These and more are part of Victoria’s state archives – call in to PROV and have a look at them some time soon.

Welcome to the Australian Fleet Poem

VPRS 10370/P0 Unit 7 – Welcome to the Australian Fleet Poem

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VPRS 10370/P0 Unit 7 – Letter regarding the transport of State School Cadets

References

PROV, VPRS 1163/P0 Inward Correspondence Files (Premier’s Office), unit 483, file P/08/4476 Papers re visit of American Fleet in 1908

VPRS 10370/P0 Records Regarding the American Fleet Visit, units 1–7

(unit 7 contains newspaper clippings, programs and guidebooks)

Leslie “Squizzy” Taylor – From the Archives (Pt3)

In episode 3 of Underbelly: Squizzy last night we were taken on a roller coaster ride with Squizzy and his gang in Squizzy’s quest to rule Fitzroy.

And didnt the shootout at the Railway Hotel where both Henry Stokes and Harry Slater were arrested have Squizzy crouching in a corner like a scared teenager?  This was part of his plan though.  And did you know the Railway Hotel still stands today in West Melbourne?  Take a look at an image from our online Public Transport Corporation photographs that we found with the Railway Hotel in the background in the 1960s.  A truly amazing building.  Search our PTC collection now – Photographic Collection of Railway Negatives index

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And didn’t Lorna Kelly make an entrance into Squizzy’s life.  And what was that Women’s Temperance Movement?  When we searched our catalogue we found a couple of references to this group.  Known as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union Victoria Inc, organised in May 1891, they quote “re-affirm our total abstinence stand and our opposition to the use of beverage alcohol, tobacco and all other harmful drugs, as well as all immoral and degrading practices”.  This is interesting given Squizzy’s background.  View a letter to the Resolutions National Convention in 1977 below. (VPRS 12549/P3 Unit 14, File 01/05/0007).

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In a small quiet town of Fitzroy, in the Jika Jika Parish, in Melbourne, Victoria, a vendetta known as the “Fitzroy Vendetta” often resulted in many shootings in Napier Lane in Fitzroy.  Within our collection, we hold a number of online Parish and Township Plans.  Look what we found – one for the Parish of Jika Jika (VPRS 16171/P1 Plans Ne-R – North Fitzroy in Parish of Jika Jika, Imperial measure M17).   Available to those seeking information on land records is access to the online Parish and Township working plans in VPRS 16171.  The series contains digitised copies of parish and township working plans, as well as closer settlement, land settlement, soldier settlement, county and other miscellaneous working plans.

North Fitzroy M17

Stay tuned for episode 4 of Underbelly: Squizzy next Sunday night on Channel 9.  To start your research using the PROV collection, please visit http://prov.vic.gov.au/research

Leslie “Squizzy” Taylor – From the Archives

With the series premiere of Underbelly: Squizzy last night, Public Record Office Victoria records featured heavily throughout episode 1 and are sure to continue throughout the rest of the series given that Squizzy and his gang were located in Melbourne, Victoria.

Let us share some of these records with you from last nights show.

Born Joseph Leslie Theodore “Squizzy” Taylor on 29 June 1888, originally lived with his parents, Benjamin Isaiah Taylor and Rosina Taylor (nee Jones) in Brighton however moved to Bridge Road, Richmond after the family coachmaking business was sold by creditors in 1893. 

Take a look at the rate book entry below for number 506 in 1893.  The owner of the property is listed as Pat Toole, a gentleman from Richmond with the “Persons Rated” being crossed out and no name being replaced in this space.

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Leslie “Squizzy” Taylor.  In last night’s episode, it was eluded to that Leslie’s crime spree really began with the arrest for the murder of the taxi driver William Haines in 1916.  (See the criminal trial brief cover page below)

VPRS 30 P0 Unit 1764 Item179     VPRS 30 P0 Unit 1764 Item 179 – Criminal Trial Brief

In fact, at the age of 16, he was arrested for insulting behaviour.  Although discharged without conviction, this would not be the last time he would meet with the authorities.

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VPRS 1931 P0 Unit 14 Page 158 – Petty Sessions Register

 In 1906, he was given his first criminal conviction at the age of 17 for theft.

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VPRS 1931 P0 Unit 15 Page 29 – Petty Sessions Register

With Squizzy’s prisoner records kicked off, he appeared many times in court and was found not guilty for crimes from robbery to theft and loitering with intent to commit a felony.  You can check out all of these criminal trial briefs and petty sessions registers available for ordering and viewing at Public Record Office Victoria.  Visit http://prov.vic.gov.au/research to start your research.

And then there are the crimes he was convicted from 1906 to 1927.  These are all listed in his prison record below.

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VPRS 515/P0, Central Register of Male Prisoner, Unit 60, Folio 43

Stay tuned for episode 2 of Underbelly: Squizzy on Sunday night at 8:30pm on Channel 9 as well as another blog post on Monday from PROV highlighting more original records from our collection.

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