Vintage: Victorian Era Child Criminals (1870s)

Vintage: Victorian Era Child Criminals (1870s)


All the prisoners photographed here spent time in Newcastle Gaol between December 1871 – December 1873. They were all under 18.

Mary Catherine Docherty: 14. Mary was sentenced to 7 days hard labour after being convicted of stealing iron along with her accomplices: Mary Hinnigan, Ellen Woodman and Rosanna Watson.

Mary Catherine Docherty: 14. Mary was sentenced to 7 days hard labour after being convicted of stealing iron along with her accomplices: Mary Hinnigan, Ellen Woodman and Rosanna Watson.

John Reed: 15. John was sentenced to do 14 days hard labour and 5 years reformation for stealing money in 1873.

John Reed: 15. John was sentenced to do 14 days hard labour and 5 years reformation for stealing money in 1873.

Edward Fenn: 15. Edward was convicted of stealing clothes on 31 March 1873 and served 1 month with hard labour.

Edward Fenn: 15. Edward was convicted of stealing clothes on 31 March 1873 and served 1 month with hard labour.

Robert Charlton: 16. Robert Charlton was a labourer from Newcastle and was imprisoned for 4 months for stealing 2 pairs of boots.

Robert Charlton: 16. Robert Charlton was a labourer from Newcastle and was imprisoned for 4 months for stealing 2 pairs of boots.

John Duffy: 16. John were found guilty of assault and theft. He was imprisoned for 6 months.

John Duffy: 16. John were found guilty of assault and theft. He was imprisoned for 6 months.

James Donneley: 16. Also known as James Darley, at the age of just 16, this young man had been in and out of prison, but on this occasion he was sentenced for 2 months for stealing some shirts.

James Donneley: 16. Also known as James Darley, at the age of just 16, this young man had been in and out of prison, but on this occasion he was sentenced for 2 months for stealing some shirts.

George Lamb: 17. Accomplice of John Duffy, George Lamb was sentenced to 4 months in prison after stealing money.

George Lamb: 17. Accomplice of John Duffy, George Lamb was sentenced to 4 months in prison after stealing money.

Jane Farrell: 12. Jane stole 2 boots and was sentenced to do 10 hard days labour.

Jane Farrell: 12. Jane stole 2 boots and was sentenced to do 10 hard days labour.

Ellen Woodman: 11. Ellen was ordered to do 7 days hard labour after being convicted of stealing iron.

Ellen Woodman: 11. Ellen was ordered to do 7 days hard labour after being convicted of stealing iron.

Henry Leonard Stephenson. 12. Henry was convicted of breaking in to houses and was sentenced to 2 months in prison in 1873.

Henry Leonard Stephenson. 12. Henry was convicted of breaking in to houses and was sentenced to 2 months in prison in 1873.

Rosanna Watson: 13. Rosanna was sentenced to 7 days hard labour after being caught stealing iron.

Rosanna Watson: 13. Rosanna was sentenced to 7 days hard labour after being caught stealing iron.

Mary Hinnigan: 13. Mary was caught stealing iron and was sentenced to do 7 days hard labour.

Mary Hinnigan: 13. Mary was caught stealing iron and was sentenced to do 7 days hard labour.

James Scullion: 13. James Scullion was sentenced to 14 days hard labour at Newcastle City Gaol for stealing clothes. After this he was sent to Market Weighton Reformatory School for 3 years.

James Scullion: 13. James Scullion was sentenced to 14 days hard labour at Newcastle City Gaol for stealing clothes. After this he was sent to Market Weighton Reformatory School for 3 years.

Michael Clement Fisher: 13. Michael was an accomplice of Henry Leonard Stephenson, charged with breaking in to houses and sentenced to 2 months in prison.

Michael Clement Fisher: 13. Michael was an accomplice of Henry Leonard Stephenson, charged with breaking in to houses and sentenced to 2 months in prison.

Stephen Monaghan: 14. Stephen Monaghan was convicted of stealing money on 25 July 1873 and was sentenced to 10 days hard labour and 3 years in Market Weighton Reformatory.

Stephen Monaghan: 14. Stephen Monaghan was convicted of stealing money on 25 July 1873 and was sentenced to 10 days hard labour and 3 years in Market Weighton Reformatory.

Henry Miller: 14. Henry was charged with the theft of clothing and sentenced to 14 days hard labour.

Henry Miller: 14. Henry was charged with the theft of clothing and sentenced to 14 days hard labour.

via Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums


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