1 July 1889 On the train for Perth and very thankful to God for his Grace. Stopped at Pingelly Station road up from Broome Hill with witnesses on a murder case they all being drunk. At Pingelly worked one half day sinking trial holes for a dam.
2/7 Started for Beverley 8 A.M. arrived at 9 P.M.
3/7 Left Beverley for Perth 8 A.M. passed through York and Guildford arriving in Perth at 2 P.M. rode with farmers most of the way. nearly missed the train at Guildford. The country the Darling Ranges between York and Guildford very pretty. Perth also favorably impressed me.
4/7 Called on Henry Wright. Attended the morning Perth Sessions. Afternoon went to Fremantle had a look around its jetty's and streets returning with the six o'clock to Perth.
5/7 Attended the Session. Jury returned a verdict of manslaughter.
I wondered why George would have gone to visit the Perth court sessions. He doesn't provide any names in his diary but a search through the newspapers on Trove gave me a few answers. It turns out that the drunk witnesses from Broom Hill George had met on his trip to Perth were involved in the case he went to see. It concerned an altercation (that ended in a death) among some members of a gang collecting sandlewood along the railway line near Albany. George had probably heard or read about the case before he met the witnesses and then decided to attend the court sessions.
|Western Mail, 20 Apr 1889
|Old Supreme Court, Perth (now the Burt Law Museum)
|The Inquirer and Commercial News, 10 Jul 1889
|The Argus, 8 July 1889
And for our George? He left Perth the next day to explore some other areas of Western Australia.
To be continued.