An Act for the Prevention of Vagrancy (1836)

 

GOVERNMENT:

Major-General Sir Richard Bourke, KCB [1] Governor, 3/12/1831-5/12/1837

 

"Every person not being a black native ..."

An Act for the Prevention of Vagrancy and for the punishment of Idle and Disorderly Rogues and Vagabonds and incorrigible Rogues in the Colony of New South Wales (6 Geo. IV. No.6) 25 August 1836 (repealed by 15 Vic. No. 4, 1851] [2]

 

" Whereas it is expedient to make provisions for the prevention of Vagrancy and for the punishment of idle and disorderly persons and rogues and vagabonds in the Colony ... and every person not being a black native or the child of any black native who being found wandering in company with any of the black natives of this Colony shall not being thereto required by any Justice of the Peace give a good account to the satisfaction of such Justice that he or she hath a lawful means of support and that such lodging or wandering hath been for some temporary and lawful occasion only and hath not continued beyond such occasion ... and every person wandering abroad or placing himself or herself in any public place street highway court or passage to beg or gather alms or causing or procuring or encouraging any child or children to do so shall be deemed an idle and disorderly person within the true intent and meaning of this Act and it shall be lawful for any Justice of the Peace to commit such offender (being thereof convicted before him by his own view or by the confession of such offender or by the evidence on oath of one or more credible witness or witnesses) to His Majesty's nearest gaol or house of correction there to be kept to hard labour for any time not exceeding three calendar months .. "

 

 



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[2] : An Act for the Prevention of Vagrancy and for the punishment of Idle and Disorderly Rogues and Vagabonds and incorrigible Rogues in the Colony of New South Wales (6 Geo. IV. No.6) 25 August 1836 (repealed by 15 Vic. No. 4, 1851]. Full text of Act: The Public General Statutes of New South Wales from 1 Victoriae to 10 Victoriae, inclusive (1836-1846) (Sydney, Thomas Richards, Government Printer, 1861) Page 631