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SUSANNAH HARRIET FULLER 1834-1886

Susannah harriet Fuller 
 born circa 1836 AS yet the origins of Susannah harriet Fuller have not been positivley confirmed.
From the family reunion report she was the sister of Walter henry Boylan, however it seems possible that both have changed their names.

Later research indicates that her maiden name was Skipper born Hingham Norfolk, which reputedly is also the birth place of Walter henry Boylan circa 1831, according to his decendants. although no records of Boylan could be found in Norfolk.
Susannah Skipper emigrated to Tasmania where she "married" Bernard McDonald.
Family folklore tells that the marriage was not legal, the story continues that a son changed his name of Boylan and it seems Susannah changed to her mother's maiden name, possibly to avoid embaressment following the bigamy trial. The following reports confirm this story!


County Norfolk;  Place Hingham; Church St Andrew;
Reg No 1000
born     06 Sep 1834 ; Baptism  09 Sep 1834
Forename Susanna  Sex F
Father  Charles SKIPPER;     Occupation Carpenter
Mother Forename; Susan Surname; ?
Abode  Hingham, Norfolk
Immigrants recruited by
Launceston Immigration Aid Society 1855-1862
Arrived 31st march 1855 Launceston TAS per Whirlwind
Skipper Susan, Domestic Servant, Wesleyan
R&W, native parish NFK, aged 20

Skipper Susannah
b c1834 Hingham NFK
married 04 February 1860 Launceston TAS to
McDONALD Robert Harvey or Bernard or Richard Harvey (496.60)
(bigamous marriage? - see Whitehead Letters*

* From a brief note in a published book:-
The Whitehead Letters; Tasmanian society and politics, 1871-1882

letter 5 November 73.
'Your old super Macdonald got 3 years for bigamy.'

The editors have provided the following note:
'Bernard (or Robert Henry) McDonald, apparently a former employee of Bowring, was found guilty of having, in 1861, bigamously married Susannah Skipper, his wife Jane being then alive. He was sentenced to two years in gaol, not three. (LE, 4 Nov. 1873)
Most of these letters were written to Whitehead's friend, Edwin Bowring,
(not Bowling as suggested in the newspaper reports) then living in England.
Bowring had been manager at Panshanger (Joseph Archer's property) and had apparently employed McDonald as an overseer.

Marriage        CM 897711         Reg Year: 1860 
State:          Tasmania
SKIPPER,        Susannah          Age:   25 
MCDONALD        Robert H          Age:   34
Marriage Date:  04 Feb 1860	  Ref Number:     496	

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Ship:- British Sovereign, Dublin-Plymouth-VDL,   Prisoner no.1574

DONALD Mc. Bernard

Convict no.44896
Tried: Cavan, 3 July 1840 - 7 Years.
Embarked: Dec 1840.
Arrived: 17 March 1841.
Roman Catholic.
Cannot read or write.
Married. -

Tried with Patrick Lynch per "Egyptian"
greviously wounding John Castles, Cavan


Transported for grevious assault and grevious bodily harm,
States this offence previously as assaulting
Wife's Father in law, John Castles. Cavan.

Surgeons Report
No of offences: -------
Now Employed: Capt of a Mess.
Gen conduct: Active and well behaved.
No appearance of a cruel disposition.

Trade       Height    Age    Complex  Head    Hair       Whiskers   Visage
Shoemaker   5/5      22     fresh    oval    Lt Brown   Lt Brown   Oval       
(cut out)


Forehead   Eyebrow    Eyes   Nose     Mouth   Chin       N Place
Broad      Lt Brown   Blue   Long     Med     Med        Cavan

REMARKS, Freckled. Scar back of middle finger Rt Hand.
Period of probation - 12 mths.
Station of Gang - PNC. 21/3/42 PB
Class 1st / PPH 3 class.


OFFENCES & SENTENCES-
17th March 1842 Prob expired.

24 July 1843 - Constable West:
Misconduct - in decaying? The wife of Jno. barley from her home
and being on his premises without permission.
Not guilty of first charge, Reprimand for second / J.P.J.

28 Dec 1843 Constable West-
Receiving - under the value of 5.
Discharged for want of sufficient proof, but there being strong circumstances against him, he is recommended to be dismissed.

The police/ J.P.J. & A.B.O.
Afepd? Perth Rude? Extract. G.S.P. R? 5/1/44.

21st Sept 1844 Ticket of leave.

Free by servitude 3 July 1847, Confirmed Free 8/7/47
REMARKS-
/3/1842 S.W. C.(creek) Conduct.
"Quiet & well behaved"
vide. Superintendents report.
Good 3/1842 - 14/10/42 constable

19/1/1844 Perth 3/2/1844-
A. Mc.Reurie Nr. Somas Launceston

4/7/1844 Peth 8/7/1844
His-Lye Carrick Longford, One Mo.(month?)

4/9/1843 Perth 3/9/1844
George Stewart Leighland Perth 1 month
6/9/73 P.O. Launceston: Bigamy Committed for trial.
23/10/73 Tried supreme Court Launceston.
Three years.

Govnr. Inf. 2/11/74-
To be discharged on account of bad heart and mitigating circumstances attendant on the case.
Remarks
H.C. (high court) Hobart 31/10/73




CONVICT DEPARTMENT.      
Comptroller-General, Office, Sept. 26, 1844.  
The Lieutenant-Governor has been pleased to  
grant Tickets-of-leave to the undermentioned
convicts :.......
Bernard McDonald ; 

Convict Department.
August 19 1848
His Exellency the Lieutenant Governor has been 
pleased to grant tickets-of-leave to the 
under mentioned convicts:.......
Jane Peadon;


Permission to marry
 
No        Family  Name   Given Names     Ship or Free       Date       CON Ref     RGD Ref
 236      PEADON         Jane            Waverley  
1574      DONALD Mc.     Bernard         British Sovrn.   16 JUN 1845  CON52/1/2   p041 
 

Marriage        CM 640130  Reg Year: 1845 
State:          Tasmania
Groom           MCDONALD,       Bernard      Age: 27 
Spouse:         PEADON,         Jane         Age: 25
Marriage Date:	04 Aug 1845	
Ref Number:     1984	


note: Previously married convicts were permitted to remarry after seven years' separation as long as their spouse was abroad, even if they were still living. The Government encouraged marriage between convicts as it was seen as a means of rehabilitation and more desirable than a de facto relationship.


Launceston Examiner, 8 May 1873
"THE SHIP INN. - Harriett Susannah BOULINE was granted permission by the Police Magistrate and Mr R De Little, JP, to sell liquors at the above Inn next Quarterly Licensing day under the license held by William J Spearman.
Launceston Examiner, 5 August 1873
William Turner, for a transfer of the licence held by Timothliy "Dynan, for the Steam Packet Hotel ; and Susannah Harriett Boulin for a transfer of the licence held by William Spearman for the Ship Inn. Both applications were granted.



source: http://newspapers.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/home

Launceston Examiner 28 August 1873

Police court August 26th

Bigamy.-- Robert M'Donald, Alias Bernard M'Donald was charged with having, on the 4th February 1860, married and taken to be his wife Susannah Boulin then Skipper, his wife Jane Peardon then being alive. Remanded for a Week


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The Mercury , Hobart, Monday 1st September 1873

Saturday Evening.
The usual dulness of the proceedings at the Launceston Police Court was to-day varied by the hearing of a charge of bigamy agninst one Bernard M'Donald, which presented some very peculier features. The Launceston luzaroni seem to possese an extraordinary acuteness in scenting out sensational days at our Court of Summary Jurisdiction, and although ordinarily the attendance of spectators is limited, that of Saturday was much over the average.

The prisoner was a sickly and melancholy looking Hibernian, with a brogue which at once proclaimed his nationality, and who, not withstanding his evident ill-health, seemed to enjoy the situation immensely ; and in examining the witnesses, exhibited a facility of speech leading to the supposition that his acquaintance with the blarney-stone had been of material assistance to him in enabling him to procure more than the regulation number of wives proscribed by British law.
The two wives were present in Court, the first and legitimate possessor at the title being a matronly-looking dame of some 50 summers, who had been legally married to the prisoner in the year 1845 in Launceston, and had been soon afterwards deserted ; and who, prior to seeing him in the prisoner's box, had not seen her husband for some twenty years.

The gay Lothario, Bernard McDonald by name, seems to have exhibited a remarkable disregard of the sanctity of the marriage laws and nuptial ceremonies, and in the year 1855 or 56 commenced paying his addresses to a Miss Susan Skipper, and the unfortunate woman was deluded into becoming his second wife.

His first step was the arrangement of a mock marriage ceremonial, which was celebrated about this time at the house of one Francis, in Canning-street, Launceston, a notorious character transported for shooting at Her Majesty the Queen, and who some years ago carried on business as a builder in Launceston. A man dressed as a clergyman was introduced, a supposed marriage celebrated, and a certificate prepared. Subsequently the unfortunate woman found out the deception practised upon her by means of the confession of the man employed to perform the fictitious marriage, who was subsequently employed on the estate of Mr. Bowling, of Panshanger, of which her supposed husband was overseer, This man has since died.

Finding out the deception Mrs M'Donald No.2 demanded a legal marriage, and this was duly celebrated in February, I860, by the Rev. Mr. Dowling, Baptist minister, Launceston. Since that time the parties had lived in various places, and five children had been born, the result of the intimacy. The last place of residence was Sandhurst, Victoria, at which place prisoner had deserted his supposed wife, and caused all the property to be sold, leaving her in distress. Mrs. M'Donald No.2 there upon came to Launceston. and about three months ago commenced business as a licensed victualler at the Ship Inn.
Last week the wandering and easy-going "Barney M'Donald," as he seems familiarly to have been termed, hearing of the success of the woman he had deceived, and who was endeavouring to earn a living for her children, came over by steamer, took possession of the hotel, and generally commenced playing some very fantastic tricks as evidences of his high spirits and playfull disposition.

The result of this playlfulness was that the previous possessor of the hotel sought protection from her affectionate supposed husband at the Police Court, and subsequent enquiry led lo the discovery of the other deceived woman, his first wife, who had been luckily deprived of Mr. Barney M'Donald's society for upwards of twenty years.
The evidence as to the offence was complete, the certificates of both marriages being duly put in, and the prisoner, who seemed to think that he had done a very clever thing, was fully committed to take his trial at the next criminal sessions of the Supreme Court at Launceston.


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And now a more factual Report!

Launceston Examiner; 2nd September 1873


Police Court; Saterday, August 30.
(before the Police Magistates.)
Bigamy. -
Bernard M'Donald, alias Robt. Henry M'Donald, was brought up, charged, on the information of Susannah Boulin, with having, on 4th February, 1860, married and taken to wife her, the said Susannah Boulin. then Skipper, his wife Jane M'Donald being then alive.

The Venerable Archdeacon Browne proved that in 1845 he was chaplain of St. John's Church, Launceston, and that on the 4th August in that year he solomnised a marriage between Bernard M'Donald and Jane Peandon, and produced the register containing an entry to that effect.
They were married by Bannes, and with the consent of the Goverment, a nessec sary condition to the marriage of pearsons in their positlon, both being ticket of leave or pass-holders.
Could not recollect the occurrence, and therefore could not identify the parties, but could swear to the fact that they were married, from the entry in the book.
William Dickson, a saddler residing at Evandale, having gone close to and looked at prisoner, deposed that he knew him as Barney M'Donald; first became acquainted with him at Curraghmore, White Hills (Stephenson's Estate) about 25 years ago ; he was living there in the capacity of shoemaker, and the woman now present, Jane M'Donald, was living with him and passed for his wife.
About the time the diggings broke out prisoner went to Port Phillip. He returned subsequently, and witness knew him when employed as manager on the Panshanger estate, near Longford. Matthew Saxson corroborated the evidence of last witness as to the prisoner having lived at Curraghmore as shoemaker, and also that the woman now present lived with prisoner as his wife at that time.

John O'Brien, pawnbroker, residing in Launceston, deposed :
In former years, I carried on business as a leather seller, and one of my customers was a man named Barney M'Donald, a shoemaker; I had known this man before he was in business for himself ; I remember him when he was a servant on the farm of Mr W. Branagrove, of the East Tamar; Jane Peadon was employed as a servant in the said house of Mr Branagrove ; I remember M'Donald and Jane Peadon leaving the farm with permission of the master to get married; the woman herself told me afterwards that they had been married at fort St. John's Church, Launceston ; this was '45 or '46 ; he was afterwards a shoemaker and subsequently was, I believe, manager for Mr Bowring, on the Panshanger estate near Longford; I believe he told me this himself ;
I identify the prisoner as the Barney M'Donald I have spoken of ; I might not have recognised him only the other day he came to my place and spoke to me; when he spoke to me I looked at him and at once said: "Is that you Barney?" He replied, "Yes."

Susannah Boulin deposed :
I carry on business in this town as a licensed victualler, and keep the Ship Inn; my maiden name was "Skipper, and my mother's maiden name was Boulin ; I adopted that name to avoid recognition and pursuit by prisoner.

Prisoner; -
May I be allowed to get my papers, your Worship ?
Mr Mason - What papers ?
Prisoner - The papers taken from me when I was searched.
Mr Mason - Any papers found in your possession may be used as evidence against you, as you are charged criminally, therefore they cannot be given up to you.

A Examination continued -
I know the prisoner ; 'I have lived with him as his wife, believing myself to be his wife, having been married to him at the Baptist Chapel, York-street, by Mr Henry Dowling ; we were married in February, 1860 ; I cannot swear to the day; M'Donald was then manager for Mr. Edward Bowring ; he was married in the name of Robert Henry M'Donald, and I was married in the name of Susannah Skipper;
I afterwards lived with him at Panshanger, Longford, Doloraine, and different parts of Victoria ; he has lately come to my house, and claimed me as his wife and: taken possession of my property.

Mr. Mason - Were there any witnesses to the marriage? Witness - Yes, two of Mr Dowling's maid servants. To Mr. Coulter - I did not discover positively the position I was in till this morning week; About eighteen, months ago prisoner deserted me in Victoria: he stayed away a short time, then came back and sold off overthing and left me destitute after he sold the things I took a situation ; I stayed in it till. Easter week, when I left service and came over here;

I changed my name and took a licensed house under the name of Boulin to support myself and five children ; I assumed that name in order that prisoner might not discover me ; he did discover me here ; he came to my house on 22nd instant, and took posession of my things by placing two men in charge ; though I had no absolute proof, I had heard matters which for years previously had left me in suspense as to my condition.

After he had taken possession of the house, I came to the police station, and there proof was discovered of the evidence of a former wife, and in consequence I laid the present charge.

Prisoner then commenced to crosss-examine on subjects quite irrelevant, when he was checked. " by the Police Magistrate. He then said to witness
- When did you first come to me as my wife ?

Witness - In 1855, from Longford.

Prisoner - Were we married then?

Witness - You brought me into town to a house called the Horse and. Jockey. You left me there with the bridesmaid, Miss Southall, and her stepfather, Mr. Edwards, and went to got a parson Mr Mason said prisoner was, charged with marrying witness in 1860, and this could have nothing to do with it.

Prisoner - Do you, swear positively that you did not know bafore 1800 that I was married?
Witness - I know nothing of it till 1861 a year after the Marriage, when Mr Gregory said there was a former wife, and that you ought to be brought to justice.

Prisoner - If you knew it in 1861 why did you marry me?

Mr. Mason - She says she did not know of it till 1861, a year after the marriage.

Prisoner- Yes, your Worship, but we were not married in 1861.

Mr Mason - We have proof that you were married in 1860. Here is a copy of the registry with the date of your marriage, 4th February, 1860, at the Baptist Chapel, Launceston, and the names of the witnesses.

Prisoner - It must be a mistake.

Mr. Mason-- Oh no. it is not. This registry is quite proof enough.

Witness - I had frequently asked you if you had been married, and you always denied it.

Prisoner- Who is the man you are living with now?

Witness-- My brother.

Prisoner - Oh your brother, eh? Who were you living with during the twelve Months I was in the Hospital at Melbourne?

Witness-- My children

Prisoner -- Not with the man Francis?

Witness- No,

Prisoner- Did you not sell off all the things when I was in thie Hospital ?

Witness- No.

Prisoner- Did not this man Francis call the sale of the things, and buy the lot in for 10 14sh ?

Witness- No.

Mr. Masons - What is all this about ?

Mr Coulter- He is going into questions of business in Victoria.

Mr. Mason - I can not allow these questions to he put ; they cannot affect the case in the slightest degree. All you have to do is to rebut the charge of bigamy.

Prisoner - Thank you, your Worship I have nothing more to say.

The Bench Clark, Mr. Spottswood then read over the witness's deposition, after which Mr. Mason thought it would be as well to have little light thrown upon the affair of 1855 for the information of the Attornoy-General.

Mr. Coulter therefore re-examined the witness, who stated : In 1855 I left the service of Mr. Uniacke, of Longford, and came with M'Donald to Launceston to be married; Mr Chas. Edwards and his step-daughter accompanied us to be witnesses of the marriage; we went to the Horse and Jockey public house in York-street; he went out to see a parson he said; then came back and took me to Mr Price's chapel in Tamar-street ; he left me outside the door and went in; he came out again after a few minutes and said I would have to say I had been in Launceston six weeks or the parson would not marry us ; I did not go into the chapel ; I said I would not go in and say such a thing; he then said we will be married by special license, and told me to go back to the Horse and Jockey and wait for him. I did so. He then came and took me up to a house in Canning street occupied by Mr Francis, a builder; there the ceremony was performed by a man dressed in black like a clergyman, whom I believed to be a clergyman. I had a marriage certificate given to ms by this person. I then went home to Panshanger as the wife of prisoner, and was introduced to his master and mistress as his wife.
About five years after there was a man came to Panshanger, who seemed like the man who married us, as a laborer. I spoke to M'Donald, and said, "That man looks just like the parson who married us."
He said I was a fool, and began to swear at me. After the man had been at the farm some time he told me that it was himself who preformed the ceremony, and that I was not married. Mr Mason - What has become of the certificate? Witness- M''Donald had burnt it a long time before. Mr Mason - Where is that man? Witness- He died suddenly at the farm.

Mr Coulter - And then it was for your satisfaction that M'Donald brought you to town and the marriage was accomplished ?

Witness- Yes.

Mr. Coulter then applied for a remand, and prisoner was remanded till Thursday.

Prisoner- May I have the few shillings ?

Mr Mason- What few shillings ?

Prisoner - That were taken from me by the police.

Mr Mason-Certainly not.


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The Launceston Examiner, Saterday 25 October 1873

BIGAMY,
Bernard Mc'Donald was placed at the bar charged with having, in 1861 married and taken to wife Susannah Skipper, his wife Jane M'Donald then being alive. Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was undefended. Being very ill, prisoner was accommodated with a chair by order. of his Honor.
Jury.-A. Hart (foreman), Thomas Rouse, Jas; Murphy, C. Coward, L. B. Waldron, W. Kingston, T. Talbot, John Langley, B. R. Harvey, J. Grifliths, and Jas. Park.

The evidence in this case, as takens before the Police Magistrate, was published in extenso in the Examiner of 2nd and 9th September. It is, therefore, unnecessary to repeat it.

The Rev. Archdeacon Browne, Messrs James O'Brien, William Dixon, and Matthews Tyson proved the first marriage in 1845, and that defendant had lived with his wife four or five years, and then went away to the diggings, since which time he had not returned to her.

Henry Dowling, Deacon of the Baptist Chapel, York-street, produced the, marriage register of prisoner with Sarah M'Donald (then Skipper), celebrated by the late Rev. H. Dowling, on 4th February, 1860. Susannah Bowlin, deposed, to having accompanied prisoner to Launceston, in 1855, to get married; was taken; by him into the house of a Mr Francis, in Tamar street, where the marriage ceremony was conducted by a person named Charles Dixon, whom she at the time believed to be a minister of religion; witness having discovered that the marriage was a mock ceremony, Dixon not being a clergyman, remonstrated with prisoner and they were married at the Baptist Chapel, Launceston, on 4th February, 1860 ; the signatutes in the register produced are hers and prisoner's; did not know that prisoner was previously married to Jane Peadon until March last.

John Reid, formerly in the employ of DuCroz, & Co., remembered prisoner having dealings with that firm from 1860 to 1863; produced an acceptance signed by prisonor, and believed the signiture in the marriage register produced was in prisonor's handwriting.

The prisoner, in his defence, made a rambling statement, in which he asserted that Susannah Bowlin had forced him to marry her; that he had told her he could not as he was a married man, but she still persisted, stating that if he did not she would go on the streets in Melbourne,
he said , she left him with three small children at a time he was quite unable to provide for them through sickness, and that when he arrived here she employed two persons to find him in order to prosecute him, offering them 50 If they succeeded.
Prisoner, then called John Lenton, a farmer residing near Creasy, and Captain Ling, harbor master, but their evidence was immaterial.

His Honor summed Up, and the jury retired at a quarter to six o'clock, and after an absence of only three minutes returned with a verdict of guilty.
His Honor then sentenced prisoner to three years imprisonment. The Court rose at ten minutes to six.

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The Mercury , Hobart 27 oct 1873

LAW INTELLIGENCE. SUPREME COURT, LAUNCESTON
BIGAMY.
Robert Henry McDonald, alias Bernard McDonald, was placed in the dock charged with having married Susannah Skipper, while his former wife, Jane Peadou, was alive.

The prisoner, on being placed in the dock, appeared to be in an extremely infirm state of health, and his incarceration since his trial at the Launceston Police Court some months ago seems to have materially aggravated the illness from which he was then suffering. The prisoner was undefended by counsel.

The circumstances of the case have already been reported in The Mercury. The prisoner McDonald had been first married in Tasmania in 1845 by the Ven. Archdeacon Browne, and after living with his first wife for a few years had deserted her, and in 1860 had contracted another marriage with a woman named Susannah Skipper, this being celebrated by the Rev. Mr. Dowling, baptist minister in Launceston.

The Solicitor-General having briefly stated the case for the prosecution, called the following witnesses :
Archdeacon Browne deposed to having on the 4th August, 1845, married two persons by the names of Bernard M'Donald and Jane Peadon. The registry produced was the registry of that marriage.

John O'Brien, carrying on business as a pawn-broker, deposed to having formerly traded as a leather seller. He had had transactons with the prisoner, whom he first knew as a servant of Mr. Bransgrove, of the West Tamar. This was in 1845. There was a woman named Jane Peadon in the same employ as a house servant. Understood that Peadon and M'Donald were man and Wife. Mrs. Bransgrove told him they were married, Witness was for some time employed as a schoolmaster at Mr. Bransgrove's, and afterwards went, into business as a leather seller, when he had dealings with M'Donald.

Wm. Dickson, harness maker, deposed : I knew prisoner, and have known him some twenty five years. When witness first knew him he Was in the employ of Mr Stephenson, of Curraghmore. He was then married to Jane McDonald, who was present in Court that day.

J Matthew Saxon, labourer, living at Black. He deposed to having known prisoner for twenty five years. Had always known him as Bernard McDonald. When witness first knew him he was working at Curraghmore as a shoemaker, and he was then living with Jane McDonald as his wife. Since prisoner had left his wife, witness had cohabited with her.

Mr. Henry Dowling, son of the late Rev. Henry Dowling, late minister of the Baptist Chapel, Lauceston, produced the registry of a marriage between R. H. McDonald and Susannah Skipper, celebrated on the 4th February, 1860.

Susannah Skipper deposed to having first known the prisoner as Robert Henry McDonald. He Was then living at Panshanger. This was in 1855 or 1856. Recollected coming to Launceston with prisoner to get married. They put up at a hotel called the Horse and Jockey, and from there they went to the Independent Chapel. McDonald went into the chapel, and soon came out, saying witness must declare she had been six weeks living in Launceston. McDonald then said they could be married by special licence ; and after returning to the hotel they went to the house of Mr. John Francis, of Canning-street, where a ceremony, which she afterwards ascertained to be a mock marriage, was celebrated by a man named Charles Dickson.
The prisoner cross-examined the witness at some length, but his questions did not in any way affect the alleged crime of bigamy, but were only directed against the character of the witness, and he was several times admonished by His Honor as to the line of cross-examination adopted by him.
John Reid, accountant at Messrs. Dalgety, Moore, & Co., was in 1863 in the house of Messrs. Du Croz, and had had several transactions with the prisoner. The signature to the acceptance produced, signed "It. H. McDonald," was in the same writing as the signature to the registry of marriage produced, signed R. H. McDonald.
This closed the case for the prosecution.

The prisoner in his defence made a long rambling statement, principally attacking the character of the woman with whom he had made, the illegal marriage, but not in any way improving his own case, and called as a witness in his defence, John Lenton, who deposed to alleged unfaithfulness between the prisoner McDonald and his first wife.

Captain Ling was also called for the defence, but his evidence was immaterial to the case.
His Honor having summed up, The jury, after a very brief deliberation, found the prisoner guilty.
His Honor, in passing sentence, said the prisoner's was a particularly bad case, and commented on the heartless conduct of which he had been guilty with reference not only to the mock marriage, but also with regard to his conduct to the woman whom he had deceived.

His Honor then Sentenced the prisoner to three years imprisonment .
The Court then adjourned till the following day

The Launceston Examiner, Tuesday 4th November 1873

SUPREME COURT, LAUNCESTON
Bernard M'Donald, found guilty of having, in 1861
married and taken to wife Susannah Skipper, his wife Jane M'Donald , then being alive,
was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment.

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First evidence of Susannah in NZ.
source: notes at Whagarei library
S.H. Fuller arrive on 12 february 1871 at the Bay of Islands , on a small cliper the "Sea Belle" , which she jointly owned with a Capt Thomas Robertson, with her 4 children, 3 girls and an infant son,
also a Mr. Walter Fuller. As yet we dont know if this Walter was her son or brother! or relative.



Following the court case in sep1873 there is no evidence that Susannah re-applied for the licence of the Ship Inn and she does not appear in the dec1875 list of licencee in Launceston , by when some one else has the Ship Inn.

Passengers leaving Victoria 
Ship OMEO destination New Zealand April 1874

Mrs     Fuller 38  
Susanna Fuller 12 
Eliza   Fuller  9 
Jane    Fuller  7 
Henry   Fuller 40 


By 1879 we have evidence that Susannah is now proprietor of the Settlers Hotel in Whangarei NZ
The Star , March 1879
(By Telegraph, from the Oion Correspondent of the Lyttelton Times.)
VISIT OF SIR GEORGE GREY TO WHANGAREI.
TURNING THE SOD OF THE WHANGAREI-KAMO RAILWAY,
WHANGAREI, March 22,


...Several rounds of cheers were then given for Sir G. Grey. This terminated the proceedings, and the assemblage generally disappeared. At half-past four o'clock the Premier was entertained at a public banquet in the Good Templar public hall, which was in every respect a great success.
About 80 gentlemen sat down to an excellent collation, provided by Mrs Fuller, proprietress of the Settlers Hotel.

The Argus (Melbourne) Thursday 16 October, 1879. page 4.
Shipping Intelligence. Hobsons Bay.
Cleared out 15th October
Flinders, s.s., 900 tons, J.R. Young, for Launceston
Passengers - Cabin
........ , Mrs. S. H. Fuller
However Otago Witness 15th November 1879 Bluff 10th Arawater
The Argus (Melbourne) Thursday 6 November, 1879. page 2.
Shipping Intelligence. Hobsons Bay.
Cleared out 5th November
Arawata, s.s., 1.100 tons, W.C. Sinclair, for New Zealand ports.
Passengers - Saloon
.... Mr. and Mrs. H. C, Fuller, Master Fuller, ..... , Mrs. S. H. Fuller
However Evening Post 11th November 1879
Bluff 10th
Arawata passengers for Wellington
Mr. & Mrs. Fuller, Mesdames Fuller, Master Fuller.


Whangarei.
1893 Records show Susannah had 2046 acres valued at 950 pound.
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