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Murder in Western Australia
« on: Tuesday 28 June 11 03:59 BST (UK) »
In early 1899 a Mrs.Rosalinda (Rosa) Fox was hacked to death with an axe at
Dalkeith near Perth Western Australia.
After a lengthy and convoluted trial her husband John Fox was found guilty
of her murder.
Rosa's maiden name was Myers (fomerly Meiers) and her father was Herman
Heinrich Meier who left England with his family in 1876 on the vessel
'Hastngs'.
I know nothing of John Fox's background other than fragmented bits from the
the trial.
It seems that he had a brother 'Alexander' and maybe 'Joseph' and their
father (name unknown) was a cripple and that he had drowned and his body
never recovered.and that there was a younger brother (name unknown) of John
and Alexander who died of gunshot wounds by accident.
Any suggestions as to how I can trace John Fox's background would be
appreciated together with any information regarding his sentence for his
wife's murder.


Joe

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Re: Murder in Western Australia
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 28 June 11 04:12 BST (UK) »
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/tag?allTags=1&name=Rosalinda%20Fox

There are numerous articles in Trove concering the murder.
Townson - Cartmel                      O'Malley - Askeaton, Ireland
Sadler - Dymock & Salford           Tomlinson - St Peters, Leeds
Wilkinson - Salford                      Chant - Sherbourne, Dorset
Garner - Pendleton

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Re: Murder in Western Australia
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 28 June 11 04:32 BST (UK) »
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/tag?allTags=1&name=Rosalinda%20Fox

There are numerous articles in Trove concering the murder.

Thanks ....... I have studied all the detail in 'Trove' but non of them give background relating to the 'Fox' family which is what I really seek.
I am distantly related to the victim and have her background in England.
Joe
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Finch UK and Australia

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Re: Murder in Western Australia
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 28 June 11 04:42 BST (UK) »
In early 1899 a Mrs.Rosalinda (Rosa) Fox was hacked to death with an axe at
Dalkeith near Perth Western Australia.
After a lengthy and convoluted trial her husband John Fox was found guilty of her murder   .......

Sorry, BUT from trove I read John Alexander Fox was found NOT guilty and discharged .... 
"the eldest daughter swore positively that her mother came to the gate and bade them goodbye when she and her father and sister went to Perth on the morning of the murder"
"a great crowd has assembled outside of the court and cheered the acquitted man lustily"

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/32197502  20 April 1899  Kalgoorlie Western Argus

Was there a second trial ?

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Re: Murder in Western Australia
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 28 June 11 05:04 BST (UK) »
Some info on employment history,  along with detailed info about both Mr and Mrs Fox, their children, and also relatives of both Mr and Mrs Fox. 

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/3202971 8 February 1899 The West Australian

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Re: Murder in Western Australia
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 28 June 11 05:15 BST (UK) »
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/59152403   27 April 1941 Sunday Times

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/59152761  4 May 1941 Sunday Times

"...... So was Chief Justice Sir Onslow .... He as much as instructed the jury in their verdict. They took two minutes to declare John Fox not guilty."

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Re: Murder in Western Australia
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 28 June 11 05:39 BST (UK) »
From WA BDM online index http://www.bdm.dotag.wa.gov.au/_apps/pioneersindex/default.aspx  (order option available at this link)

Marriage
John FOX and Rose MARIES marriage registered at Perth, 1888, #158

Births
Esther Mary FOX, with parents as John FOX and Rose MAYERS, registered Perth 1890, #1229
Rosalinda Violet FOX, with parents as John FOX and Rose MYERS,  registered Perth, 1889, #356

Death
Rosalinda FOX, aged 32, born London, parents as Herman Henrick and Eliza Ann Pantland, registered in 1899, # 107

This link shows the information to expect on BDM certificates http://www.jaunay.com/bdm.html

EDIT TO ADD

Possible (W.A.) marriages for the two children ...
Esther M  FOX and William C FREEMAN registered Perth 1920, ref 116
Rosalinda Violet FOX and Samuel Slater BENTLEY registered Boulder, 1905 ref 83




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Re: Murder in Western Australia
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 28 June 11 06:41 BST (UK) »
 :'(

Rosalinda was married 5 April 1905, and widowed on 19 April 1905

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/25517161 21 June 1905 The West Australian

Her husband of two weeks was killed in an underground mining accident.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/33020080  Inquest and details  2 May 1905 Kalgoorlie Western Argus

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/25637576 19 April 1906 The West Australian In Memorium notices  inserted by Violet Bentley and Mary Fox

Sam was only 26.  Violet was only 16.

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Re: Murder in Western Australia
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 28 June 11 07:04 BST (UK) »
WA Marriage
Rosa L V BENTLEY and Frederick PERKINS registered at Plantagenet in 1914 #62

WA Death
Rosalinda V PERKINS, registered at Perth, in 1938 # 2157

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