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RANGITIKEI - NEW ZEALAND
1891
PETITION FOR THE PARDON OF WALTER TRICKER

To His Excellency, The Right Honourable William Hillier, Earl of Onslow, Governor and Commander in Chief in and over Her Majesty’s Colony of New Zealand and its Dependencies, K.G.C.M.G etc etc

May it please your Excellency
Whereas Walter Tricker, now residing near Bulls in Rangitikei, was in 1863 sentenced to death for the murder of Robert Stillingfleet Rayner near Bulls, and whereas on account of such a large number of his fellow men believing him to be perfectly innocent of the crime and constantly petitioning the Government for his release, his sentence was at first commuted, and owing to further petitions, he was after 6˝ years imprisonment allowed to go out of gaol, by simply opening the door of the prison and allowing him to walk out. He really, in the eyes of the law being still a prisoner and under Police surveillance.

We the undersigned firmly believing in his innocence and considering his case one of those unfortunate miscarriages of justice which it is never too late to rectify, now approach Your Excellency and trust that you will see fit in your clemency to grant a free and unconditional pardon to the said Walter Tricker.

Since he was allowed to go out of gaol his conduct as a settler has been exemplary and he is universally respected by all with whom he has been brought into contract, fully bearing out the very keen feeling that he was perfectly innocent of the fearful crime of which he was brought in guilty.

He is now 69 years of age and has a family around him, and by his d* energy and hard work, had made his farm of value and your petitioners now pray your Excellency will be gracious, please grant Walter Tricker a free pardon, and enable him to deal with his property as he likes (which by years of honest straightforward hard work he has brought into a state of excellent order), and carry out an act of justice to which we all deeply feel he is undoubtedly entitled.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray..

Signed.

The original petition and signatures are at the end of this table - any help with the ?'s would be most appreciated.

Edward Gorton J.P John Stevens J.P
James Dowd?, Minister Alexander Winks Jnr
Thomas Bennett J.P Percy
Daniel Fraser Malcolm Walker
John Taylor Dalrymple J.P James Johnston
James Glenny Wilson M.H.R John McKelvie
Stephen Fagan (Chairman of Town Board) R Mackett J.P
Thomas Turner Richardson Alfred Dick
Alexander McDonell John Freeman Sicely
John Bryce Ralston Sydney Skerman J.P
Geoffrey Potts W Melton ?
Fredrick T Costall H ? Mitchell
Daniel Coughlin ?
John Jordan Francis Phillips Kellow
David Scott Joseph Northover
William Askew Doughty Richard Saunders
Robert Bruce McKenzie J.P Nicholas Andrew
Sidney Knight Richards James R Simpson J.P
Richard Hammond Alexander Simpson
George Wheeler George Frederick Phippen
Charles Scales Joseph Dawbin
John Stevenson Frederick Webb
A?? Gill ? Charles William Maclean
William Kendrick Charles Grose ?
Thomas Winks Charles Blackwell
Douglas Cowper Tennent James McHardie
Herbert Vernon Hammond E ?? Newell ??
? Charles Edmund Nicholas
Charles Thoms William Bryan
Robert Kirkpatrick Simpson Willliam Frecklington
James Howard W Taylor
Henry Henderson John Willcocks
William Cawood Andrew Thomson
? Maugham - Maighan ?? Thomas William Downes
Andrew Morrison Mara Ku Matahiwi
Charles Mace Galpin Frederick J Mansell
Samuel Cawood Charles Henry Hinkley Jnr
Gottlieb Goebel Warena Hunia
Henry Emens William Meehan
John Williams Marshall (Chairman Rangitikei County Council) James Alexander Gray
James Coombe William Howard
Samuel Gibbons William Henry Taylor
John Bowen William Hayward
John Bowen Jnr John Gordon
Henry Wisdom W N Wilson
Thomas Coleman Joseph Gomez
Frederick Whitlock A McDonald
John Hammond Samuel Hastead Amon
Robert Johnston William Wingfield
Thomas Atkinson David Button
Duncan Campion F Hammond
Robert Lyon Snr. W Smith
John McCartney S Andrew
John Burne W Green
Thomas William Downs Ed Wood
Charles Page Edward Harry Levett
Thomas Flower Thomas King
James Paulin William Cole
William Ellery Edwin Fowell
Ka ??? Mc??? Agnes Ellery
Thomas McGregor Thurza Ellery
Edgar ? Elizabeth Ann Winks
John Ellery Charles N Rowe
William Brookie ?
Frederick John Knox Hugh Ross
Henry Sanson J.P John Hempseed
? Abraham J.P Tom McKenzie
John Saxon H Hammond
Robert John Stuckey J.P Charles Hunt
Stephen Milner Alexander McDonell
A C? Peter Stewart
Fredrick Rich Alfred Blew
James Pask John Alexander Richardson
J A Bailey Robert Kilgour
W Jenkins Robert Bernard Kilgour
Charles Ellery John Frecklington
George Edmund Wastney John Gray
John Green Andrew Doughty
Thomas Ellery Duncan McKenzie
James Bowater Henry Doughty
Douglas Hastings Macarthur M.H.R William Roberts
George Farmer Wiremu Ratana
Henry Paul Thomas Wilson J.P
George Glover James Kilgour
William James Paulin James Osborne Lilly
Hare Reweti Rongorongo William Hammond (York Farm)
Heremaia Te Rangi?? Amelia Hammond (York Farm)
Valerie Tinia ? Robert Kirkpatrick Simpson Jnr.
Josiah Taylor Arthur Amon
Frederick Thorby Barnard Strode Penny
George Signal William Henry Stanway
Henry Signal James Risk
George Richardson Thomas Lambess
M A? Ellery William J Phillips
William Fergusson John Burne
Thomas Masters
John Wright Gower
Thomas Higgie
Robert Perrett
H? Joll
James Bull J.P
Charles Bull J.P
William Rowe
William Parkes
James A Magee
Charles Edward Levien
A H???ell
B Hislop ?
J Gray
Alexander McNeale ?
F Howard
John George
James Follett
George Whale
G Thorby
Charles Ellery
Ewin Wicks
W Lewis ?
Charles Woolford
John Munro
C Hinkley
Sarah Hammond (Her mark)
William Saywell
William Stevens
Thomas Dixon
John Simpson
James Rolls ?
John Richard Neal
Frear Bipecn (Franz Beren?)
Thomas Wareham

Unfortunately the copy I have of this petition cuts off the last name in the left hand column.


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