George Kendal charged with Murder
Wednesday 17 June 1846

Reported Murder.-George Kendall, who was reported a few days since to be in custody for the murder of a man named Garrick, has been committed for trial for manslaughter. The circumstances, as elicited at the inquest held by C. Sims, Esq., the coroner for the district, appear to be as follows:-Kendall, who is a small farmer residing within a mile of the town, was at Homebush on the last day of the races with his wife, when the latter observing the deceased Garrick, who was in Kendall's employ, coming galloping along the road from the direction of Sydney, lying on a cart which was being driven by some strange men, directed her husband's attention to the circumstance.

 Kendall then went towards the cart, and on coming up found Garrick in a state of intoxication. Kendall began to abuse him, and some very angry words ensued, and on Garrick's refusing to quit the team, and saying he would take it home, Kendall, who was very much exasperated, struck him on the head with the brass hammer attached to the end of the whip he had in his hand.

Only one blow was struck, but, according to the medical evidence, such was the force of it, that it penetrated into the substance of the brain, lodging in it a portion of the cabbage-tree hat he was wearing. Garrick then left the team, and made his way on to the Western Road, where, on the Penrith side of the toll- bar, he was picked up and placed on a dray, and conveyed to the Eastern Creek, from whence he walked home, a distance of nine miles, with the fearful wound already described in his head.

On his arrival in Penrith on the following (Saturday) morning, he refused to allow medical aid to be sent for, but which nevertheless was called in on Sunday morning, and Dr. Glisson informing the Coroner of Garricks state, Mr. Sims, with praiseworthy promptness, procured the attendance of Mr. Lethbridge to take his deposition, but the deranged state the deceased was then in prevented any statement being got, and Garrick expired the same evening.

At the holding of the inquest, it being stated that a man of the name of Cummings, residing at Hartley, had been heard to mention that he knew the whole particulars of this unfortunate affair, the inquiry was adjourned, and a subpoena sent for Cummings, but which he disregarded, and he at length had to be brought down on warrant, when the testimony he gave was distinguished by gross prevarication from the statement he bud  previously given as to his knowledge of the affair.

There does not seem to have been any blow given by Garrick. It is rather singular, and deeply to be regretted, that notwithstanding every possible exertion has been employed, no tidings or trace can be discovered of the parties in charge of the team which conveyed Garrick from the Western Road to the Eastern Creek. Kendal is well known in the district as having been at one time the driver of one of the coaches travelling through it. The affair has excited considerable stir in this auietand peaceful town.

-Herald, July 15


The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843-1893),

 Wednesday 17 June 1846,