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Offline bitzar

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Australian prisoner in Cape Town 1895.
« on: Tuesday 23 February 21 22:28 GMT (UK) »
Hello team

I am looking for any info on the Cape Town end, on the arrest and remand of a 'James Sharman CRAWFORD' who arrived from Melbourne per 'Australasian' in late October or early November 1895.

I am wondering in which prison he was detained until Constable John CHAPMAN arrived per 'Damascus' from Melbourne in late November 1895 to extradite the prisoner back to Melbourne.  I am also interested if there is any mention AT ALL relating to Constable CHAPMAN including where he was lodged while in Cape Town.

Constable Chapman and the prisoner departed Cape Town for Melbourne per 'S.S. Aberdeen' on 19 December 1895.

All this info I retrieved from the online digitalized Australian Newspapers.  I'm unfamiliar with the system in South Africa.  This my first experience doing any South African research.

Many thanks,

ROBERTS / ROBERT / ROBERTSON (Paternal) - Dunbartonshire/Stirlingshire, Scotland
NEWEY - Leicestershire, England
FITZGERALD - Co. Cork - Ireland
HOWLETT - Suffolk, England
PHILMORE - Wiltshire, England
CHAPMAN - Cornwall - England
NICHOLLS - Cornwall - England
SHAW - Nottinghamshire, England
PRITCHARD - Salop, England
ROBERTS (Maternal) - Surrey, England

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Re: Australian prisoner in Cape Town 1895.
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 23 February 21 23:12 GMT (UK) »
The Reporter (Box Hill)   8 Nov 1895 p2

Applications were made last Monday afternoon to Mr. PANTON, P.M., for the issue of extradition warrants for James Sharman CRAWFORD, the absconding secretary of the Fern Tree Gully Shire,
who was arrested in Cape Town several days ago, when the steamer Australasian arrived there. Mr. Henry WESTLEY, solicitor for the shire, made the applications, and produced evidence alleging
three distinct charges of forgery. Mr. PANTON had no hesitation in granting the warrants, and armed with these Constable CASHMAN went to Cape Town yesterday by the steamer Damascus to escort the prisoner back to Victoria for trial.