While working on my family tree on Ancestry.com.au, the name Matthew Baulch popped up. Born in 1876 to James Baulch and Ann Hulm , I wasn't expecting to find much on great-great uncle Matthew, but I was very surprised.
A quick search of the Victorian Register of Births  [G1] showed that he was the only Matthew Baulch born in Victoria between 1840 and 1920. I thought to myself, "that should make him easy to find". Records showed thus-far that he was never married, and died in Bairnsdale on 28 July 1960 at the age of 84.
My next stop was Trove. Who would have thought that a simple search on "Matthew Baulch" would have brought up so many results? The sheer number of results peaked my interest in him. He certainly "made the papers" on several occasions.
Matthew seemed to be the “black sheep” of the Baulch/Hulm family, or at the least, a troubled soul. He spent several stints in prison for events ranging from horse stealing, not paying fines, imposition, and assaulting women and Police, and was also the victim of crimes such as theft and assault.
Matthew was one of 21 children to James Baulch.
James was born in 1835 in Langport, Somerset, England. James emigrated to Australia. On 3 August 1857, James married Christina Patterson at Kirkstall, Victoria.
James and Christina had three children, James in 1858, Elizabeth in 1860 and John in 1862. Christina died in 1862, possibly in childbirth or shortly thereafter while giving birth to their third child.
On 13 April 1863 in Tower Hill, Victoria, James married Ann Hulm. Ann was born in 1847 in Launceston, Tasmania. James and Ann had 18 children in 26 years, including my great grandfather, William in 1873.
James and Ann Baulch, about 1923. This photo was taken for their 60th wedding anniversary.
James and Ann's children, and Matthew's siblings, include:
- Thomas, born 1864 in Kirkstall, Victoria;
- Andrew, born 1865 in Tower Hill, Victoria;
- George Francis, born 1866 in Tower HIll, Victoria;
- Joseph, born 1869 in Kirkstall, Victoria;
- Eliza Jane, born 1870 in Macarthur, Victoria;
- Emma, born 1872 in Macarthur, Victoria;
- William, born 1873 in Macarthur, Victoria;
- Maria, born 1874 in Macarthur, Victoria;
- Matthew, born 1876 in Macarthur, Victoria;
- Selina, born 1877 in Macarthur, Victoria;
- Annie, born 1879 in Macarthur, Victoria;
- Susan, born 1881 in Macarthur, Victoria;
- Alfred, born 1882 in Macarthur, Victoria, and passed away in the same year;
- Alfred, born 1883 in Mount Eccles, Victoria;
- Ernest, born 1884 in Macarthur, Victoria;
- Charles, born 1886 in Macarthur, Victoria;
- Clara Matilda, born 1887 in Macarthur, Victoria; and
- Ivy Mildred, born 1890 in Bairnsdale, Victoria.
So, Matthew had 9 brothers and 8 sisters, two half-brothers and one half-sister.
By the time Matthew was 21, he had seen the death of 2 of his brothers, Alfred in 1882 and Andrew in 1893, the death of his half-sister, Elizabeth in 1888 and the death of his half-brother, Andrew in 1897. Matthew out-lived 15 of his siblings.
Matthew's father James died in 1923, and his mother Ann died in 1932.
First dealings with Police
19 years of age, a labourer, 5 feet 9 inches tall, thin build, dark complexion, dark hair, dark eyes, no hair on face, slovenly gait. He wore a dark tweed coat and vest, light moleskin trousers and a black boxer hat.
Subsequent dealings included:
- 1907: Assaulting an inspector of local authority. Fined £10 or 3 months’ imprisonment. Fine paid.
- 1908: Assaulting a woman, Alice Humphrey. Fined 40 schillings or 3 months’ imprisonment. Fine paid.
In 1903, he resided in Omeo, Victoria. Sometime in 1903, he was hospitalised at Omeo Hospital for several months. During this time, he made a series of charges against the management of the hospital. He was moved to Bairnsdale Hospital. His behaviour while in the Bairnsdale Hospital was described as "extraordinary", and thus had to be "sent away" under the care of the medical superintendent. [G3]
In 1943, when he was 67 years old, it appears that he may have taken exception to something he ate in the Bairnsdale Ritz Cafe, where he suddenly arose to his feet and smashed the glass panel in a door leading from the cafe into the kitchen, with his fists. He was subsequently thrown outside and Police were called. He then returned later on horseback and smashed the street window with a cane. Once again, the Police were called, but he left the scene. The Gippsland Times reported the story, described as "Customer's Strange Behaviour", and calls him "Matthew Arnold Baulch". [G32]
Sentenced and gaoled
- 23 Sep 1910 – Melbourne Gaol
- 6 Oct 1910 – Pentridge Gaol
- 19 Oct 1910 – Melbourne Gaol
- 20 Oct 1910 – To Police
- 22 Oct 1910 – Melbourne Gaol
- 30 Nov 1910 – Sale Gaol
- 6 Dec 1910 – Pentridge Prison
- 22 Feb 1911 – Melbourne Gaol
- 24 Jun 1912 – Melbourne Gaol
He was released from gaol on 25 June 1912. [G17]
His numerous other offences included:
- 1904 – Dishonoured cheques. [G5]
- 1905 – Dispute over ownership of a gig - discharged. [G6]
- 1905 – Dishonoured cheque. [G7]
- 1907 – Illegal impouding. [G10]
- 1908 – Assault of an inspector of local authority. [G11]
- 1910 – Stealing a horse, using false name. [G12]
- 1921 – Imposition by means of false verbal representation – sentenced to 4 months’ imprisonment. [G19] [G20] [G21]
- 1928 – Charged with assaulting Mrs. May Brown. [G28]
- 1935 – Illegally using a horse and insulting words. [G29] [G30]
- 1942 – Charged for leaving a dead horse in a public place. [G31]
- 1947 – Unlawful assault. Fined £3 or seven days’ imprisonment. Imprisoned at Sale Gaol. [G34]
- 1947 – Unlawful assault. Fined £2 or seven days’ imprisonment. Imprisoned at Sale Gaol. [G34]
- 1947 – Contempt of court. [G33]
I'll pay nothing. I'll go to gaol. You'll get nothing!
Victim of crimes
Matthew was also a victim of crimes, including:
- 1906 – Claimant on sale of a horse. [G4]
- 1906 – Reported stolen dog. [G8]
- 1907 – Alleged assault. [G9]
- 1910 – Claimed for refund for horse - case dismissed. [G13]
- 1923 – Reported stolen a black cow. [G22]
- 1923 – Reported stolen a brown pony gelding. [G23]
- 1924 – Assaulted and robbed. [G24] [G25] [G26] [G27]
He died on 28 July 1960 at the “Adelaide House” in Bairnsdale at the age of 84. He was never married, and did not have any children. He is buried at Bairnsdale Cemetery, but does not have a gravestone. [G35]
|Birth||1876||Macarthur, Victoria, Australia||-|
|Birth of sister||1877||Selina BAULCH (1877-1965)||1|
|Birth of sister||6 Oct 1879||Ann (Annie) BAULCH (1879-1923)||3|
|Birth of sister||1881||Susan BAULCH (1881-1940)||5|
|Birth and death of brother||1882||Alfred BAULCH (1882-1882)||6|
|Birth of brother||24 May 1883||Alfred BAULCH (1883-1970)||7|
|Birth of brother||17 Aug 1884||Earnest BAULCH (1884-1917)||8|
|Birth of brother||15 May 1886||Charles "Dick" BAULCH (1886-1949)||10|
|Birth of sister||1887||Clara Matilda BAULCH (1887-1945)||11|
|Death of half-sister||1888||Elizabeth BAULCH (1860-1888)||12|
|Birth of sister||18 Sep 1893||Ivy Mildred BAULCH (1890-1940)||14|
|Death of brother||21 Aug 1893||Andrew BAULCH (1865-1893)||17|
|Police||26 Aug 1896||Warrant issued for arrest||20|
|Death of half-brother||18 Apr 1897||John BAULCH (1862-1897)||21|
|Residence||1903||Omeo, Victoria, Australia. Occupation: Labourer||27|
|Hospialisation||1903||Omeo, Victoria, Australia and Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia||27|
|Court||22 Nov 1904||Bairnsdale Petty Sessions, Claimant||28|
|Residence||1909||Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia. Occupation: Independent means.||33|
|Conviction||21 Sep 1910||Convicted of horse-stealing. Sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment.||34|
|Conviction||1 Dec 1910||Convicted of perjury. Sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment (concurrent)||34|
|Released||25 Jun 1912||Released from gaol.||36|
|Death of half-brother||29 Sep 1913||James BAULCH (1858-1913)||37|
|Death of brother||26 Sep 1917||Ernest BAULCH (1884-1917), killed in action during WWI.||41|
|Residence||1919||2 Eveline Street, Burnswick, Victoria, Australia. Occupation: Labourer.||43|
|Conviction||20 May 1921||Convicted of imposition. Sentenced to 4 months' imprisonment.||45|
|Released||17 Sep 1921||Released from gaol||45|
|Death of father||7 May 1923||James BAULCH (1835-1923)||47|
|Death of sister||1923||Ann (Annie) BAULCH (1879-1923)||47|
|Residence||1925||Turnbull Street, Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia. Occupation: Pensioner.||49|
|Death of brother||22 Jun 1926||Thomas BAULCH (1864-1926)||50|
|Residence||1927||Turnbull Street, Baisndale, Victoria, Australia. Occupation: Pensioner.||51|
|Residence||1928||Turnbull Street, Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia. Occupation: Pensioner.||52|
|Residence||1931||70 Turnbull Street, Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia. Occupation: Pensioner.||55|
|Conviction||17 Sep 1931||Convicted.||55|
|Released||10 Feb 1932||Released from gaol.||56|
|Death of mother||6 May 1932||Ann HULM (1847-1932)||56|
|Conviction||14 Nov 1935||Convicted of illegally using a horse.||59|
|Released||8 Jan 1936||Released from gaol.||60|
|Residence||1936||30 Turnbull Street, Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia. Occupation: Labourer.||60|
|Death of sister||1940||Susan BAULCH (1881-1940)||64|
|Death of sister||1940||Ivy Mildred BAULCH (1890-1940)||64|
|Residence||1943||46 Pinnock Street, Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia. Occupation: Drover.||67|
|Conviction||16 Jun 1943||Convicted and sent to Sale Gaol.||67|
|Released||13 Aug 1943||Released from gaol.||67|
|Death of sister||1945||Clara Matilda BAULCH (1887-1945)||69|
|Residence||1946||46 Pinnock Street, Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia. Occupation: Drover.||70|
|Conviction||10 Apr 1947||Convicted of unlawful assault, twice.||71|
|Imprisoned||11 Apr 1947||Imprisoned in Sale Gaol.||71|
|Released and regaoled||16 Apr 1947||Released, then re-imprisoned.||71|
|Released||22 Apr 1947||Released from gaol.||71|
|Death of brother||18 May 1949||Charles "Dick" BAULCH (1886-1949)||73|
|Death of brother||4 Feb 1950||George Francis BAULCH (1866-1950)||74|
|Death of brother||1950||William BAULCH (1873-1950)||74|
|Death of brother||1950||Joseph BAULCH (1869-1950)||74|
|Residence||1954||Princes Highway, Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia. No occupation.||78|
|Death||28 Jul 1960||"Adelaide House", Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia||84|
|Burial||29 Jul 1960||Bairnsdale Cemetery, Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia||-|
Victoria birth registers, 1876/10484
Event registration number: 10484
Registration year: 1876
Family name: BAULCH
Given names: Matthew
Father's name: James
Mother's name: Ann (Hulm)
Place of birth: MACA
2. Warrant of commitment, 1896
From The Victoria Police Gazette, 26 August 1896, page 261
MATTHEW BAULCH.- A warrant of commitment has been issued by the Alberton Bench against Matthew Baulch for 14 days, imprisonment, in default of payment of £2 2s. 6d., fine and costs, for assault. Description: Victorian, labourer, 19 years of age, 5 feet 9 inches high, thin build, dark complexion, dark hair, dark eyes, no hair on face, slovenly gait; wore a dark tweed coat and vest, light moleskin trousers, and a black boxer hat. May go to Welshpool or Bairnsdale. Offender has since paid the fine and costs. --O.7484. 26th August 1896.
3. Matthew's time in hospital, 1904
From The Argus, 11 January 1904, page 9
BAIRNSDALE:- Matthew Baulch, a man who was for some months an inmate of the Omeo Hospital, and who lately made a series of charges against the management of that institution, has been an inmate of the Bairnsdale Hospital for over a month past. The man's conduct during that time has been so extraordinary that he had to be sent away. The medical superintendent agreed to attend to Baulch privately.
4. Bairnsdale Petty Sessions, claimant, 1904
Bairnsdale Advertiser and Tambo Chronicle, 24 November 1904, page 2
BAIRNSDALE PETTY SESSIONS. Tuesday, November 22. (Before Messrs J. Tipping and H. Bull, Js.P). Matthew Baulch against Frederick Limor claim for £1 15s balance due on sale of a horse. Mr. McLaughlin for complainant: No appearance for defendant. Order for the amount claimed, with 13s costs.
5. Bairnsdale Petty Sessions, defendant, 1904
Bairnsdale Advertiser and Tambo Chronicle, 10 December 1904, page 2
BAIRNSDALE PETTY SESSIONS. Tuesday December 6. (Before Messrs Goold and Tipping, Js.P) J. Fazan against Matthew Baulch, claim for £1 17s due on a cheque. Mr. McLaughlin for complainant. No appearance for defendant. Order for the amount, with 13s costs.
A.S. Morrison against Matthew Baulch claim for £5 10s due on a dishonoured promissory note. Mr Conant for the complainant. No appearance for defenndant. Order for the amount, with 15s 6d costs.
6. Ownership of a Gig, 1905
From The Age, 2 February 1905, page 12
OWNERSHIP OF A GIG. BAIRNSDALE, Friday. A case presenting unusual features was heard at the police court today. Matthew Baulch was presented on a criminal summons charged with the larceny of a gig, the property of Robt. M'Leod, farmer, Lucknow. M'Leod informed the court that last November he sold Baulch a crop of hay, and took the gig as security for payment. Baulch never paid for the hay, but during informant's absence from home removed the gig, and left a waggonette there instead. Some days afterwards informant met Baulch driving the gig, and demanded an explanation of his conduct. Baulch assured him he was then on his way to return the gig, which he said he had borrowed. He went to M'Leod's place and took away the waggonette and gig as well. Counsel for M'Leod produced an agreement signed by accused agreeing to leave the gig with M'Leod as security for debt, and asked the court to say that the case was one of theft. Mr. Holmes, P.M., said it looked more like a pawnbroking transaction, informant taking a pledge without licence. After consultation with his colleagues the P.M. announced that the bench considered that as M'Leod never had absolute possession of the gig the charge of larceny could not be established. He himself considered a prosecution under the Fraudulent Debtors Act would exactly fit the case. Baulch was discharged.
7. Bairnsdale Petty Sessions, defendant
Bairnsdale Advertiser and Omeo Chronicle, 21 October 1905, page 2
BAIRNSDALE PETTY SESSIONS. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 (Before Messrs IL 31. Murphy, P.M, and Thos. Lloyd, T. Underwood and T. Easton, Js.P.)
Edwin Bowran against Matthew Baulch, claim for £7 5s due to a dishonored cheque.
Mr. W.B. Thomson appeared for the complainant. The evidence shows that the defendant bought a horse from complainant, making payment by cheque, which was dishonoured. Defendant paid £5 by cash subsequently, and the amount sought to be recovered was the balance remaining unpaid of the purchase money, £12 5s.
An order was made for the amount claimed, with 26s costs.
8. Reported a black sheep dog stolen from his yard
Victoria Police Gazette, 26 July 1906, page 283
MATTHEW BAULCH, droiver, 215 Spring-street, Melbourne, reports stolen from his yard on the 20th or 21st inst., a black sheep dog, kelpie breed, tan coloured legs, 10 months old, answers to the name "Laddie". Value £3 - O.4738, 23rd July, 1906.
9. Bairnsdale Petty Sessions, Alleged assault, claimant
Bairnsdale Advertiser and Omeo Chronicle, 23 February 1907, page 2
BAIRNSDALE PETTY SESSIONS. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22. (Before Messrs T. Lloyd and T. Easton, Js.P.) ALLEGED ASSAULT. M. Baulch v. E Bowran and Bowran v. Baulch. Mr Commins for Baulch and Mr Stuart for Bowran. This case as heard on the 15th inst. and adjourned for the attendance of Dr. Lind, to whom complanant went for medical attention on the day of the alleged assault, the 4th inst.
Dr. Lind, on being called, said Baulch was suffering from a bruise on the left leg when he visited his surgery on the day in question. It was not a serious wound, unless it were neglected, and could have been caused by a blow from a stirrup iron or some other blunt instrument. He prescribed for Baulch and advised him to go home and rest.
In reply to Mr. Stuart witness said if Baulch, in getting out of his dray had struck his leg against it, the injury could have been caused that way.
Mr Stuart applied to have a fresh witness examined-Chas. Betts. Mr Commins objected. The bench desired to hear Betts. Chas. Betts was called. He said that he saw Baulch and Bowran on the 4th inst. at Picnic Point. He saw Baulch get out of his dray and attempt to pull Bowran off his horse. Bowran had not a stirrup iron in his hand then. The stirrup irons were in Bowrans saddle when Bowrran came up to him. Cross-examined by Mr Cummins, witness said what he saw happened near the brickyards. He could not see whether Bowran had a paper in his hand until Bowran came near him. The case against Bowran was dismissed with 28s cost, and that against Baulch was dismissed without costs.
10. Bairnsdale Petty Sessions, defendant, Illegal impounding
Morwell Advertiser, 8 November 1907, page 2
DISTRICT NEWS BAIRNSDALE. On Friday at the Bairnsdale Court of Petty Sessions, arising out of two cross-summonses, a very peculiar case of impounding cattle was investigated by Mr. C. G. Holmes, P.M., and Messers. T. Easton and J. O'Rourke, Js.P. Matthew Baulch, who described himself as a buyer and seller of horses and cattle for vendors, sued Mathew Hueton for rescuing cattle, and the latter person retaliated by charging the former with illegally impounding. It appeared that Hueton had rented a paddock for three weeks, and his time elapsed on the night of October 16. In the meantime the paddock was re-let from October 17 to Baulch. Mrs. Nilsson, the land-owner, had requested Baulch to acquaint Hueton of the re-letting, and to give him notice to remove his cattle and horses. This Baulch failed to do, but instead, on the morning of October 17, he went to the paddock, found 22 head of cattle and to horses there, drove them out, and started with them for the pound. Hueton then came on the scene, and, it was alleged, rescued the horses. The cattle were, however imponded, and damages and fees amounting to £11/ 5/6 charged, which amount Hueton paid under protest. Mr. Conant, who appeared for Hueton, contended that Baulch had no legal right to impound. The Bench dismissed the case of rescuing, with £1/1/ costs, and ordered also that £10/14/6, the amount of damages paid, he returned to Hueton, with £1/14/ costs.
11. Tried at Bairnsdale Petty Sessions, 20 Dec 1907, assault of an inspector of local authority
Victoria Police Gazette, no date or page
Baulch, Matthew, tried at Bairnsdale P.S., 20th December, 1907, for assaulting an inspector of local authority; fined or 3 month; native of Hamilton, Victoria, woodcutter, born 1879, 5ft. 6 1/2in, fresh complexion, brown hair, blue eyes. Last discharged from Sale Gaol 21st May 1907. Fine paid. One previous conviction.
12. “Thomas Roberts” is charged on warrant with stealing a horse
Victoria Police Gazette, 4 August 1910, page 382
“Thomas Roberts” is charged on warrant with stealing a horse, which was recovered, the value of 20 pounds from William James Tait, contractor, Bairnsdale. Real name is Matthew Baulch.
THOMAS ROBERTS is charged, on warrant, with stealing a horse, recovered, value £20, the property of William James Tait, contractor, Bairnsdale, at Bairnsdale, on the 24th ult. Description :- About 35 years of age, 5 feet 6 or 7 inches high, medium build, dark complexion, dark hair, brown moustache, deep set eyes, high cheek bones; wore a light suit of clothes. Has a stiff leg, and shorter than the other. Offender sold the horse to one John Galway. His correct name is Matthew Baulch. -O.5077A. 2nd Augsut 1910.
13. Unknown court, claimant
The Gippsland Times, 4 July 1910, page 3
Baulch bought a horse for 3 pounds. Claimed there was a guarantee on the horse. Horse was foundered. Case was dismissed without costs. Defendant was West Bartlett.
Matthew Baulch v. West Bartlett. This was a claim for £3, money had and received. Complainant said that on the 13th April last be swapped a horse to defendant for a mare, giving £3 to boot. Defendant guaranteed the mare sound, but an examination at Bairnsdale by a veterinary surgeon disclosed the fact that the mare was foundered, and he returned her to Bartlett, who refused to refund the £3. Defendant's case was that there was no warranty at all, and he produced a witness who overheard the terms of the exchange, who swore nothing was said about a guarantee. The case was dismissed without costs.
14. Bairnsdale Petty Sessions, defendant
Maffra Spectator, 15 August 1910, page 3
CHARGE OF HORSE STEALING. BAULCH COMMITTED FOR TRIAL. BAIRNSDALE, Saturday. At the Court of Petty Sessions this morning before Mr. Holmes, P.M., a contractor named M Baluch of Bairnsdale, was charged with stealing a horse, the property of W. J. Tait, contractor, of Bairnsdale.
Baulch, who was undefended, pleaded not guilty.
It appears that Baulch took the horse to Heyfield and sold it there to John Galway, a contractor.
Accused was arrested in Melbourne, and when brought before Mr. Cresswell, P.M., at the City Court, was remanded to Bairnsdale.
Constable M'Kerral, of Heyfield, gave evidence of finding the horse in possession of John Galway, of Heyfield, to whom Baulch had sold the horse for £14. W.J. Tait had visited Heyfield on 29th Huly and identified the horse as his property. The constable, on obtaining a receipt, handed over the horse, which was trucked back to Bairnsdale the following morning.
W.J. Tait gave evidence as to the identification of the horse as his property, and that he had not disposed of the animal in any way.
John Galway deposed to having on 26th July purchased the horse at Heyfield from a man who gave the name of Thom. Roberts. He idenfied the man accused. He paid £14 for the horse and was given a receipt signed in the name of John Roberts. The Bench committed Baulch for trial at the Bairnsdale Sessions to be held on 21st September. Bail was not forthcoming.
15. Bairnsdale Supreme Court, charged with horse stealing
North Western Advocate, 23 September 1910, page 3
18 MONTHS FOR HORSE-STEALING. MELBOURNE. Thursday - At the Bairnsdale Supreme Court to-day Matthew Baulch, a sheep drover, was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment for horse-stealing. The judge advised the police to also prosecute the man for perjury owing to the unsatisfactory nature of his evidence in the case.
16. Bairnsdale Petty Sessions, charged with perjury
The Argus, Melbourne, 24 October 1910, page 9
PRISONER CHARGED WITH PERJURY. BAIRNSDALE, Saturday. -At the petty sessions, Matthew Baulch, a drover, who at the assizes on September 22, was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment for horse stealing, was charged with having committed perjury whilst giving evidence on his own behalf. Accused, who pleaded not guilty, was committed to the Sale assizes on December 1.
17. Noted in the Victoria Police Gazette, Matthew Baulch, 32436
Victoria Police Gazette, unknown date in 1912, no page
Baulch, Matthew, 32436; tried at Bairnsdale S.C. 21st September, 1910, for horse stealing; 18 months; tried at Sale S.C., 1st December 1910, for perjury; 12 months, cumulative; native of Victoria, drover, born 1878, 5ft 5 1/2 in., fresh complexion, brown hair, blue eyes. No previous conviction.
18. Photo appeared in the Victoria Police Gazette, PDL 29th June 1912, Gaol no 32436
Victoria Police Gazette, unknown date in 1912, page 4
19. Warrant for imposition, 1921
From the Victoria Police Gazette, 24 February 1921
BAULCH, MATTHEW, is charged, on warrant, with imposing on William Blundell, auctioneer, 122 Sydney-road, Brunswick, by means of false verbal representations, and did thereby obtain a covered-in waggon, and is therefore deemed to be a rogue and vagabond, at Brunswick, on the 8th inst. Description:- A dealer, 46 years, 5ft. 7 in., medium build and complexion, high cheek-bones, brown moustache, limps on one leg, dressed in dark clothes and felt hat, shabby appearance; is of German nationality. Identifiable by P.C. Constable Dugdale, 4370 - O.2720. 23rd February, 1921.
20. Charge of Imposition, 1921
From The Argus, 23 May 1921, page 10
CHARGE OF IMPOSITION: Matthew Baulch was charged at the Brunswick Court on Friday, before Messrs. Kelley, P.M. and Allard and Appelby, J.P's with imposing by false verbal representations. William Blundell, an auctioneer, said that on January 8 he received a waggon from Albert Pearce, Coburg, for sale. On February 8 accused said that he had an order from Pearce to take the waggon away. Witness let him have the waggon. Albert Pearce, hawker, Gaffney's road, Coburg, stated that the accused said he would have a look at the waggon. Witness gace accused no authority to remove the waggon. Plain-clothes Senior-constable Dugdale deposed that accused admitted melting the waggon at Richmond. It had not been recovered. Accused, on oath, said that Pearce gave him authority to take the waggon. Accused, who had prior convictions for horse-stealing, perjury, unlawful assault, and assaulting a constable, was sentenced to four months' imprisonment. Accused, on being sentenced, burst into violent language, threatening Constable Dugdale when he came out. Mr. Kelley, P.M., decided that, though he know right from wrong, accused's state was not normal, and directed that he be kept under mental supervision in the gaol.
21. Gazetted under Geelong. Tried at Brunswick for imposition, 1921
Victoria Police Gazette, 23 September 1921, page 650
Baulch, Matthew, 32436; tried at Brunswick P.S. 20th May, 1921; imposition; 4 months; Victoria, driver, 1882, 5ft 5 1/2in, sallow complexion, dark hair, blue eyes. Four previous convictions.
22. Gazetted under Melbourne West, reported a stolen a black cow
Victoria Police Gazette, 11 October 1923, page 620
MELBOURNE WEST. 7.10.23. Baulch, Matthew, dealer, 406 Queen-street, Melbourne, reports stolen from the Old Melbourne Cemetery, Peel-street, West Melbourne, a black cow, very small, about 3 feet, no brands, heavy in calf. Value £4 12s. 6d. - O.13515, 8th October 1923.
23. Gazetted under Melbourne, reported a stolen a brown pony gelding
Victoria Police Gazette, 25 October 1923, page 650
MELBOURNE - 19.10.23 - Baulch, Matthew, dealer, 198 a'Beckett-street, Melbourne, reports stolen from Elizabeth-street, Melbourne, a brown pony gelding, 13 hands, scar on the right front knee, branded KC on the near shoulder; a light hunting saddle with new nickel irons and leathers; and a new bridle. Value £20. O.14060. 20th October 1923.
24. Gazetted in Melbourne, reported being assaulted and robbed in Little Bourke Street
Victoria Police Gazette, 13 November 1924, page 804
OFFENCES OF VIOLENCE TO PERSONS. MELBOURNE - 7.11.24 - Baulch, Matthew, invalid pensioner, Bairnsdale, reports being assaulted and robbed in Little Bourke-street, Melbourne, of a gent's silver hunting keyless Rotherham watch; a silver curb chain, with silver medal attached, having a gold heart in the centre; a black velour hat; and 7s 9d. Value £5. Three men, names unknown, are the offenders, as one of them struck him in the face and the others robbed him. Descriptions:- 1st. About 32 years, 5ft 6 or 7 in., stout build, clean shaven, fair complexion, one arm missing; dressed in a dark suit and a light hat. 2nd. 25 to 30 years, about 5 ft 10 or 11in., well built, clean shaven, fair complexion; dressed in a dark suit and a dark hat. The third offender cannot be described or identified. The first described offender, who gave the name of Norman Gaskin, has been arrested by the Melbourne C.I. police. -O.16553. 8th November, 1924.
25. Assaulted in Bairnsdale “by cowardly footpads”
The Age, 10 November 1924, page 11
A BRUTAL ASSAULT. FOOTPADS ATTACK INVALID. .Matthew Baulch, an invalid residing at Bairnesdale, was the victim of a brutal assault at. the hands of cowardly footpads at 8.35p.m. on Friday. Baulch. who is on a holiday to the city, had just turned into Little Bourke-street from Russell-street when he was intercepted by two men, one of whom gruffly asked him 'where he was living now ?' The pensioner said, 'I am on holidays.' where upon the taller of the two men snatched his chain from the vest, carrying the sil- ver watch away with it. His companion then struck Baulch a blow on the nose, which felled him. His assailants robbed him of his hat and 7/0 in silver. Detective JL G. Saker has been detailed to make inquiries.
26. Gazetted in Melbourne. Charles Martin arrested for assault of Matthew Baulch
Victoria Police Gazette, 20 November 1924, page 820
Trsnacription: MELBOURNE. - 7.11.24. - Martin, Charles, for assault and robbery on Matthew Baulch, has been arrested by C.I. Senior Constable J. O'C. Brophy, C.I. Constables G.G. Saker and A.C. Lee, and Constable Hodgson, West Melbourne. Police Gazette, 1924, p.804. -O.16553. 18th November 1924.
27. Witness in court
The Age, 20 November 1924, page 13
THE POLICE COURTS. Invalid Pensioner Assaulted and Robbed, Yesterday, at the City Court, Charles Martin was charged with having assaulted and robbed in company an invalid pen- sioner, Matthew Baulch, in Little Bourke street, on the evening of 7th inst. Accused denied the charge. In connection with this case a man named Gaskin has already been committed for trial on a similar charge. Baulch said be was standing in Little Bourke-street, near the corner of Russell-street, when accused and another man came up to him and invited him to have a drink. Witness refused, whereupon be was caught by the neck and thrown to the ground. Accused snatched witness's watch and chain and bumped his head on the pavement. While on the ground accused's companion robbed witness of 7/9. Both then ran away. Some days later he saw accused at the Victoria Market and gave him in charge. The stolen articles were valued at £5. Accused swore that at the time Baulch was assaulted he was attending to his stall at the market, where he sold cement for mending pots and pans and other goods. Corroborative evidence was given. Baulch (recalled) said he had known accused for about five years, and had frequently seen him about Exhibition-street and other places. Accused was committed for trial. Bail or £50 was allowed.
28. Bairnsdale Court, charged with assaulting Mrs May Brown
The Argus, Melbourne, 12 January 1928, page 6
Transcription:>br/>BAIRNSDALE. Ensign Quantock, of the Salvation Army at Bairnsdale, has been transferred to Northcote, and is being succeeded by Adjutant Gardiner of Wongthaggi. In the Bairnsdale Court Matthew Baulch was fined £5 with 46/ costs, on a charge of having unlawfully assaulted Mrs. May Brown.
29. Bairnsdale Petty Sessions, charged with horse stealing
The Gippsland Times, 11 November 1935, page 3
HORSE STEALING CHARGE Accused Remanded-for a Week -At the Bairnsdale Petty Sessions on Thursday last, before Mr. .T. E. Thomson, P.M., and Mr. J. Yeates, J.P., Matthew Baulch wab charged with stealing on black gelding horse, branded H on shoulder, white star on forehead, the property, white star on Tambo Upper, and valued at £14. First Constable C. G. Martin, who appeared on behalf of the police, said the accused had been arrested the previous day, and the police desired to apply for a remand, as they were not fully prepared to go on with the case. Asked by the P.M. if he had any objection to the remand being granted, accused replied: "Certainly!" I'm under the doctor. When working at Butcher's Ridge near Gelantipy I wrenched my side and I have to see the doctor at 11 o'clock to-day! Mr. Thomson, P.M.: The police are only asking for a remand. The Accused: I don't think I have any charge to answer! The horse has been in my charge for the past three weeks and I've been in the town all the time. Mr. Thomson (to First Constable Martin): Have you the owner of the horse here? - No; he is beyond Bruthen. Mr. Thomson: We shall grant a remand until this day week. Accused: I've been in this town for 46 years, living in Turnbull Street. Mr. Thomson: The case will be remanded until 14th November, accused to be granted bail at £25 and one surety of £25. First Constable Martin, asked for substantial bail stating that accused had given trouble on previous occasions. Accused: I'm not running away. Mr. Thomson said that the total amount of £50 should be sufficient to meet the case.
30. Bairnsdale Petty Sessions, further charged with using insulting words
The Gippsland Times, 18 November 1935, page 3
USED KIMET DICK'S HORSE And Was Fined £5. At the Bairnsdale Court on Thursday Matthew Baulch was charged with stealing a black gelding valued at £14. from Kimet Dick, of Tambi Upper. Sergt. Milne applied for permission to alter the charge from stealing to one of using the horse without the consent of the owner. The defendant pleaded not guilty. Kimet Dick, farmer, Tambo Upper, said on 17th October he brought a black gelding to the Bairnsdale sale yards but did not sell it. He saw defendant and asked him about grass paddock for the horse. On Tuesday, 29th October, witness returned to the sale yards where the horse was to be sold, but could not find the horse. Defendant had promised to put the horse in his brother's paddock. Wit ness looked for Baulch and could not find him either. He gave Baulch no permission to sell or to use the horse. He saw defendant later driving the horse in a sulky. Defendant (to witness): Do you remember the 17th October? -Witness: Yes! - Defendant: You came. to the sale yards about 2 o'clock in the afternoon? -Witness: Yes; you said you would take my horse to a grass paddock. Defendant: You had the horse on a rope leading him to the sale yards? -Witness: Yes. Defendant: I asked you where you were going?-Witness: You say: "Pay so much a week and I give him grass." Defendant: Didn't you say you had the horse for sale?-No. Defendant: I asked you how much you wanted for the horse.-Witness: Yes. Defendant: Didn't you put up your hands and indicate £12. Witness: No fear; I left him with you for grass. .Defendant: Don't you remember? Witness: Yes I remember all. the things you asked me. Defendant: Don't you remember me saying to you "if the police saw you with that horse in the street they would lock you up? (To the Bench defendant said, the horse had severe cuts under the hind legs). -Witness: All I said was: "I leave him with you for grass." The question defendant put to the witness was explained by First Constable Martin and witness replied: "He no say that." Defendant: Didn't I tell you that the horse looked as though it had been struck with barbed wire?-Witness: No. Defendant: I asked you how much you wanted for the horse when we were near the Terminus Hotel and you said £10.-Witness: No. First-Constable C. G. Martin. said at 3 p.m. on the 6th inst., he arrested accused on a warrant. Accused said the charge in the warrant was not correct. Baulch added that the Italian sold the horse for £10 and he gave him £2 and agreed to pay the balance in three months. The Italian could not speak English and he gave him his name and address. Baulch said he bought the horse the day it was brought in by Kimet Dick to sell. He had driven it-to Butcher's Ridge and Tambo Upper. The horse was re- covered, harnessed to a jinker, in the lane behind the Shire Hall. It was very stiff and could hardly walk. Matthew Baulch, laborer, said. he saw the Italian about 2 p.m -on 17th October leading a horse near the sale yards. He asked the Italian where he was going and he said to the sale yards to sell the horse. "You can't sell the horse in that state," said Baulch, "it looks like as if it had been hit with barbed wire.". The Italian said "It is only a mongrel horse." "I lifted the horse's hoof," said Baulch, "and the blood was almost running from the unshod 'hoof." Turning to the Italian he said: "You had better come for a walk up the road" and they went towards the Ter- minus Hotel. He said to the Italian "What will you take for him?" and he replied £10, holding up his two hands. They were near the hotel for nearly two hours. The Italian said he worked with Mr. Till at the Tambo and Baulch replied "Mr. Till knows me. if you don't want to take the horse back, I'll give you £2 down and the balance in three months; if I sell the horse before that I'll come out and give you the £8." He tied the horse up and went to Mr. Rennie's saddler's shop where Baulch said he wrote out his name and address and gave it to the Italian to give to Mr. Till. He also stated he took the numbers of the notes he gave to the Italian, which he wrote on a piece of paper at the, time. This was handed to the Bench. To Sergt. Milne, Baulch said he got the £2 by selling a riding saddle for 36/- at Macarthur's sale yards, and a ferret for 2/-. He also received 18/6 from the Country Roads Board for work done at Butcher's Ridge. He received this money a few days be- fore he bought the horse. Asked by Sergt. Milne did he re- member registering as being unem- ployed on the 15th October and stating he had no money, Baulch said he did not know the money was coming to him at that time. Asked by Mr. Holloway if he noticed a letter before the numbers on the notes, defendant replied that he just copied the numbers as he had, not his glasses with him. Sergt. Milne: Where did you copy the numbers from the notes?-Baulch: Near the Terminus Hotel. I could read them outside in the sunlight, but not here without my glasses. the courthouse is barricaded up. Sergt. Milne: But you could read the numbers in the saddler's shop in McMillan Street? -Baulch: The sun was shining in the door! Sergt. Milne: At four o'clock in the afternoon?-Baulch: Yes, there is a window over the door. Asked where he got the £1 notes, Baulch said he got them from a man in the street, who said he wanted some change to make a bet. The Bench convicted accused, who was fined £5, or four weeks' imprisonment.
31. Charged with leaving a dead horse in a public place
The Gippsland Times, 20 August 1942, page 1
DEAD HORSE IN A PUBLIC PLACE Owner Fined £4 At the Bairnsdale Court of Petty Sessions on Monday, before Mr. J. 1 Burke, P.I., Matthew Baulch was fined £4 in default seven days' imprisonment. with £1 3/6 costs for leaving a dead horse in a public place. Mr. W. O'Doherty, shire inspecto, in evidence stated he saw a dead horse hutside A. McLean & Co.'s yards . July 21. -Later he saw the carcase near the railway line, where it had been dragged, and there was a most offensive smell in the vicinity. Witness said he served a notice on defendant on July 31 giving him 12 hours' notice to abate the nuisance. On August 1 witness interviewed Baulch in McMillan Street. He asked Baulch if the dead horse belonged to him and if he dragged it to the railway line. Baulch admitted he did and that it was his horse. Asked when he intended to remove the dead horse, Baulch said he would do so when he ----- well wanted to. Baulch refused to remove the carcase and witness had it removed.
32. Smashed his fists into a glass panel in a door at the Bairnsdale Ritz Café
The Gippsland Times, 14 April 1943, page 1
Transcription: WINDOW SMASHED Customer's Strange Behavior Becoming heated during conversation in Bairnsdale Ritz cafe on Wednesday night, a customer, alleged to have been Matthew Arnold Baulch, an elderly man, suddenly rose to his feet and smashed with his fists the glass panel in a door leading from the cafe to the cafe kitchen. Other customers intervened and the man was put outside into the street where considerable excitement reigned for a period, a crowd having collected. Police were called, and the man went away for a time. About 9 p.m. he returned on horseback, and riding the horse on to the footpath, smashed the street window of the cafe with a walking stick. The cafe staff and customers were considerably startled at the second disturbance, the staff having just cleaned up the result of the first affair. Police were again called and the man departed. The disturbance lasted off and on over about two hours, from about 7 p.m. -"Everv Week."
33. Did not show up for court, forfeited bail of £10, 1947
The Gippsland Times, 14 April 1947, page 1
CONTEMPT OF COURT. "You'll Get Nothing Out of Me", Said Defendant.
At the Bairnsdale Court of Petty Sessions, last week, before Mr. P. Gloster, P.M., Matthew Baulch was called upon to show cause why a warrant of commitment should not be issued for the recovery of £10.
The clerk of courts, Mr. M. Killeen, gave evidence that of February 24, an information was signed by First Constable Gillicj charging Baulch with assaulting him on February 22. Defendant Baulch was admitted on a recognisance by bail by First Constable Gillick in the su of £10 to appear at the Court or Petty Sessions on March 20 at 9.30am. Defendant did not attend the court and his recognisance of bail was forfeited. A distress warrant was issued or the recovery of the £10 and it was returned nulla bona.
Asked what he had to say, Baulch, who had just been fined £2 and ordered to pay £7/2/6 costs in another case, said that at the time he was too ill to know what happened when he signed the papers.
Mr. Gloster made an order fo the payment of the £10 by defendant within four weeks, in default one month's imprisonment.
Defendant: - I'll pay nothing. I'll go to gaol.
Mr. Gloster: -If you don't behave yourself you will be dealt with for comtempt of court.
Mr. Gloster told a constable to remove the defendant from the court. When nearing the exit door defendant shouted "You'll get nothing."
Mr. Gloster told the constable to bring the defendant back into court, and he fined defendant £1 for contempt of court.
Defendant was then removed.
34. Matthew's prison record
- Australia, Birth Index, 1788-1922. Matthew Baulch. Registration number 10484/1876.
- Victorian Register of Births (1837-1920).
- Victoria Police Gazette, 26 August 1896, page 261.
- Victoria, Central Register of Male Prisoners, Penal and Gaols Branch, Chief Secretary’s Department. [Baulch, Matthew; (Matthew Baulsh): No. 32436: VPRS 515/P001 Item 62 record Page 115]. Public Records Office of Victoria, digitised [G34]
- Various newspapers and the Victorian Police Gazette - see references in the Gallery - Thanks to Trove.
- Bairnsdale Cemetery Trust
- Residences: Australian Electoral Rolls
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