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South Aust.
This is part one, of an interesting little story about my great great grandmother, who was born in Madrid, Spain and went to England as a widow with one daughter, married an Englishman and migrated to Portland, Victoria, in 1854. I will tell the story in 2 parts as it’s quite long. I found it on Trove, along with some other previously unknown information about other family members. But that's another story.

Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser
Friday 1st August 1856
Police Court. Before J. Blair, Esq, R.M.
Charge of assault:
Martha Nurthen, wife of George Nurthen, charged John Cross with having assaulted her, by throwing at her a paunch lately taken from a beast in the slaughter house. Plaintiff deposed that on Monday last she went to the slaughter house to purchase some offal for her pigs, when John Cross one of the butchers, in consequence of her reminding him that he had not returned a sixpence which she had overpaid him on a former occasion, threw the paunch at her. Complainant in her evidence, corrected one part of her deposition, and said it was a bucket of filthy water, and not a paunch which was thrown over her.
John Cross stated that the plaintiff had so repeatedly gone to the place and annoyed him that he threw a bucket of water over her to get rid of her.
John Smith deposed- “I was at the slaughterhouse, I think on Monday last, when the plaintiff came there.
She asked Cross if he would sell her a liver. He told her no! He had nothing to sell. He ordered her out of the slaughterhouse; she said she would not go.
He had some water in a bucket, with which he was washing a bullock down, he threw this over her.”
(The plaintiff made some interruption, and was threatened to be put out of court unless she was quiet).
To be continued.


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