Newspapers & Other Sightings

Index to Gaol Photographs, New South Wales, Australia


Surname FirstName Born Birthplace Gaol Dateofphoto PhotoNo Page Series Item Reel Remarks

WANLESS Elizabeth 1840 England Darlinghurst [c.1880] 2335 299 NRS2138 [3/6043] 5100 –

WANLESS James 1840 England Darlinghurst [c.1880] 2340 304 NRS2138 [3/6043] 5100 –

— these are probably the James & Elizabeth, husband & wife, who arrived in 1875 on the Samuel Plimsoll as assisted immigrants – I wonder what they did to be in gaol?


The Argus, Melbourne – 21 Nov 1860


The insolvent estate of Wanless Johnson of Morse’s Creek, Victoria, a miner, was placed into sequestration on 14 Nov 1860, and John Goodman Esq of Melbourne was appointed assignee of the estate, and a public meeting of creditors was announced

The Sydney Morning Herald – Thursday 26 April 1860


Water Police Court – Wednesday

Mary Dwyer of Miller’s Point was charged with assaulting William Roden, a neighbour. It appeared that Sunday last, a wild cow was running about Roden’s lane and at the same time and place, defendant, her brother, and another man were fighting with a man named Wanless. Roden proceeding to the assistance of the latter got hold of the defendant to try to take her away, when she took up a small stone and threw it at him…<details omitted; nothing else about Wanless; she was fined>

The Sydney Morning Herald – Monday 20 October 1862


Distress in the Manufacturing District – Seventeenth Subscription List

Collected by William Woods from Mechanics & Labourers in the employ of the Intercolonial Royal Mail Company

R. Wanless gave 6s

The Sydney Morning Herald -23 September 1879


Inquest on the body of Charles Walkley who was in a boat that was run over by the ferry steamer Sapphire. John Wanless, a waterman, deposed: I reside at Bell Brothers boiler yard, Balmain; I left Sydney on Wed evening last by the steamer Sapphire about half past 6 o’clock for Darling street…he continued to give evidence about the boat that was run over.

Sydney Morning Herald – Wednesday 14 March 1888


West Maitland, Tuesday

Quarter session at the Court House, East Maitland, yesterday, cases tried: Emerson Wandless, attempted suicide, bound over to appear when called on.

The Argus – 13 June 1890


Notice of probate of the estate & effects of William Wandless Herbert, late of Greenhill, Diamond Creek, Victoria, farmer, deceased, intestate, which were left unadministered at the death of Elizabeth Herbert, administratrix of his estate. Probate to be committed to John Herbert of Greenhill, farmer, eldest son of the said William Wandless Herbert dec’d.

Notice of probate of the will of Elizabeth Herbert, late of Greenhill, Diamond Creek, widow, deceased, to be granted to John Herbert and William Wandless Herbert, both of Greenhill, farmers, and Charles Joseph Verso of Northcote, builder, the executors named in said will.

The Argus – Monday 6 October 1890


Sunday evening – Shortly before 1 o’clock this morning a man named Cameron found a girl named Sarah Wanless lying apparently ill on the tailings heap at the Great Extended Hustler’s mine. She was taken to the hospital and the police were communicated with. The girl is employed as a general servant by Mr. Thomas Weekley, the manager of the mine already mentioned, and she states that she was proceeding home last night at half past 9 and that in View street she was accosted by a young man, who said his name was George Wilson, that he was a railway employee, and lived at Mrs. Grant’s boardinghouse in Boundary street. The girl states that he insisted on her accompanying him home, and that he committed a criminal assault upon her at about midnight. The hospital doctors say that the girl shows no marks of violence. She is still in the hospital, but is not considered to be in danger. She cannot give a description of her assailant. Detetctive Sexton has been inquiring into the matter, and has ascertained that no such person as George Wilson lived at Mrs. Grant’s boardinghouse.

The Brisbane Courier – Thursday 3 October 1895

Court – Davis Wanless was fined 10s for standing a fruit-cart near the intersection of streets.

Sydney Morning Herald – 14 February 1903


The family of the late Mrs. Wanless Johnson of No. 40 Garner’s Aveneue, Marrickville, thank their friends for sympathy during their late bereavement.

Sydney Morning Herald – 17 December 1909


Divorce Court – James Edward Williams sued for divorce from Christiana Williams formerly Bateman on the grounds of misconduct with Stephen Wanless. The Williams’ were married at the Thames, N.Z. in March 1881. Neither Williams appeared (their lawyers did). Decree nisi was granted, returnable in 6 months.

The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 12 May 1913


Thomas Wandless, 20, of 26 Lawson street, Balmain, a confectioner by profession, was giving an exhibition of his mastery over snakes on Friday, when a big black snake, said to be 7 ft long, bit him on the chin. With all speed the whole seven snakes of the troupe were put into their basket and Wandless was hurried to Sydney Hospital, where after treatment by Dr. Guild, he was admitted in a serious condition.

Sydney Morning Herald – 11 February 1919


I will not be responsible for any debts contracted in my name without my written authority on or after this date. W. Wanless, Denison Street, North Sydney.

The Sydney Morning Herald – Tuesday 6 July 1920


Friends and relatives of Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Wanless are invited to attend her funeral, to move from her late residence, Little Denison street, Carrington, Newcastle, this afternoon at 2 o’clock, for Church of England Cemetery, Sandgate.

The Sydney Morning Herald – Thursday 3 August 1922 – In Memoriam


Wanless – In sad and loving memory of our darling baby and sister, Joyce Mavis, who departed this life August 3, 1920.

A little bud as white as snow

Was by an angel given

Fearing the earth might soil her bloom

God planted her in heaven.

Inserted by her loving parents and brothers Robbie and Albert.

— matches this NSW death: 15312/1920 WANIESS JOYCE M EDWARD S SARAH AUBURN

The Argus (Melbourne) 7 September 1923


[In a story of a boy struck & killed by a motorcar in Northcote] Thomas Wanless, South Crescent, Northcote, who was a passenger on the tram, also related particulars of the accident. He added that there was no traffic on the proper driving side.

Sydney Morning Herald – Wednesday 20 April 1927


Mr. Hibble, the district coroner, returned a verdict of accidental death after to-day’s Inquest on Neil William Gordon Wanless, 19 and Edward Butler, 3, who died on March 25, when a car driven by Wanless ran over the Carrington Bridge into Throsby Creek. Several people were in the car, one of whom, Edward Butler, Jun., fnther of the dead child, told the coroner that Wanless said, “Ted, we are all gone,” as the car swerved towards the side of the bridge. Wanless suffered Injuries causing death, and the baby was pinned under the car and was drowned in the creek.

Sydney Morning Herald – 16 July 1927 – In Memoriam


Wanless – In loving memory of our dear brother Tom who passed away July 17, 1926. Inserted by Mr & Mrs W. Garrett.

— matches this death: 11093/1926 WANLESS THOMAS s/o JOHN SARAH SYDNEY and there is a Garrett marriage at Wanless Web Aus pages

The Argus – 7 May 1932 – births


WANLESS-On the 24th April, at Wecroona private hospital, Canterbury, to Mr & Mrs W. Wanless, a son

The Argus – 9 August 1941 – engagements


Nora, elder daughter of Mr. & Mrs. King, South Melbourne, to George, elder son of Mr & Mrs Wanliss, Garden City.

Sydney Morning Herald – 19 June 1941


Wanless – In loving memory of my dear son, Joel Walter Robert, passed away June 19, 1933. A tender chord of memory. Inserted by his loving mother, brother, and sister.

Sydney Morning Herald – Monday 29 November 1943


The funeral of Mrs. Mary Jane Wanless will leave our chapel corner of Brown St and Orchard Rd, Chatswood, this Monday at 3:15, for Northern Suburbs Cemetery, Wood, Coffill Ltd.

The Argus – 24 July 1944 – deaths


Apted – On July 21, at her home, Surrey House, Preston, Isabella Wanliss, loving mother of Herb and mother-in-law of Emily and dear grandma of Irene, Gwenda, and James (Lismore).

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Sydney Morning Herald – 16 March 1953 – Funerals


Burwood Lodge No 153 U.O.L. of N.S.W. Officers and Brethren are invited to attend the funeral of their late esteemed Brother, Aubrey Archibald Wanless. For further particulars see family notice.

Wanless – the relatives and friend of the late Aubrey Archibald Wanless of Croydon are invited to attend his funeral, to leave T.J. Andrews’ Funeral Chapel, 214 Liverpool Road, Ashfield, today after the 9:45 service, for Rookwood Crematorium.

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