No. 13, 1901.

An Act to consolidate the Acts for the prevention of Vagrancy.    [4th October, 1901.]

(See Chapter 6)

BE it enacted by the King's Most Excellent Majesty by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly of New South Wales in Parliament assembled and by the authority of the same as follows : —

Preliminary and Interpretation

                      1. This Act may be cited as the "Vagrancy Act 1901."

                      2. The Acts mentioned in the Schedule to this Act are hereby repealed.

                     3. In this Act unless the context or subject-matter otherwise "Aboriginal" means an aboriginal native of New South "Wales. " Idle or disorderly person " means every person who commits any offence mentioned in subsection one of section four.

" Incorrigible

" Incorrigible rogue" means every person who commits any offence mentioned in subsection three of section four.

"Justice" means justice of the peace.

" Rogue and vagabond" means every person who commits any offence mentioned in subsection two of section four.

Offences. 4. (1) "Whosoever—

(a)   having no visible lawful means of support  or insufficient lawful means does not on being required by or summoned to appear or brought before a justice in pursuance of the provisions of this Act  give a good account of his means of support to the satisfaction of the justice

[b)   not being an aboriginal or the child of an aboriginal lodges

or wanders in company with any aboriginal and does not on being; required by a justice give to his satisfaction a good account that lie has a lawful fixed place of residence in New South Wales and lawful means of support and that he so lodged or wandered for some temporary and lawful occasion only and did not continue so to do beyond such occasion

(c) being a common prostitute wanders in any street or public highway or behaves in a riotous or indecent manner in any place of public resort

(d) being a habitual drunkard thrice convicted of drunkenness within the preceding twelve months behaves in a riotous or indecent manner in any street public highway or place of public resort

(e) is the holder of a house frequented by reputed thieves or persons who have no visible lawful means of support

if) is found in a house frequented by reputed thieves or persons who have no visible lawful means of support in company with reputed thieves or such persons and does not on being required by a justice give to his satisfaction a good account of his lawful means of support and of his being in such house on a lawful occasion (f/)  wanders  abroad or places himself in a public  place street highway court or passage to beg or gather alms (//)  causes procures or encourages any child to wander abroad or place himself in a public place street highway court or passage to beg or gather alms

shall on conviction before any justice by his own view or otherwise be liable to imprisonment with hard labour for a term not exceeding six months... &.c., &c." ...