Q-R – Dancing reported by Police

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QUIGLEY, Catherine

First set of quadrilles and waltz, 1833 Sydney

FRIDAY.— Catherine Quigley, who wished to array her pretty person upon all occasions ‘a la Paris’, was charged with being found in her mistress’s bedroom the previous evening, standing before a large looking glass combing our her locks, and making them fall in graceful ringlets round her polished brow. Having completed this important part of her toilet, she put on a spic and span new silk dress, silk stockings, and blue kid pumps. She then rehearsed the first set of quadrilles, and languished through the waltz, with a chair for a partner. This was not done without some noise, and on her mistress going to the room to find out the cause, Miss Catherine had just sunk into an arm chair exhausted. A constable was sent for, and having caused Catherine to pull off her borrowed plumes, she was taken away. Very sorry, and all that sort of thing was the course of the defence, but the Bench were not to be gulled in that way, and packed her off to study the graces at Gordon’s Magazine ‘des modes’ for one month.

POLICE INCIDENTS. (1833, October 18). The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), p. 3. Retrieved January 31, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article42006037


QUIN, Esther and Patrick

Dancing to British Grenadiers, 1833 Sydney

WEDNESDAY.—Esther Quin, was charged with keeping it up for two days, and a regular roaring game she had of it, for she was to be seen dancing and singing in all parts of Sydney, and smacking the hats of the male pedestrians over their eyes, which amusement she denominated bonetting the flats. The bench to make up for this conduct, sent her to recline in a genial shower which was then falling for two hours.

Patrick Quin, was charged by Captain Rossi with being dressed in a long brown coat like a Spaniard, and hat in hand, dancing at the head of the 4th Regiment on Monday, while they were proceeding towards the Race Course, and flourishing his hat in the soldiers’ faces until it touched their noses. Mrs. Quin then joined her spouse, and they whirled round in mazy circles to the tune of the British Grenadiers, up King-street, until the arm of the law was interposed and they were removed. Mr. Windeyer ordered Pat, who told a very grievous tale, to be milled for twenty-one days.

POLICE INCIDENTS. (1833, July 18). The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 – 1842), p. 3. Retrieved February 15, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12847297


RICE, Mary

Determined to have a dance, 1835 Sydney

Mary Rice, a lady whose two eyes were nearly turned into one by a particularly unbecoming squint, was brought before the Bench, charged with kicking up a rumpus in the street, while in a state of intoxication.

A constable deposed that yesterday afternoon, about six o’clock, the lady appeared determined to have a dance, and accordingly went to the house of one of the peace breakers, an itinerant fiddler, whom it appeared she found at home, but not at all anxious to scrape his catgut gratis. Miss Mary was exceedingly vexed at this, and told Master Fiddler it he did not strike up he would be struck down, as to dance she was determined; she was well in, she said, and he was bound to play for money ; the fiddler agreed to play it she paid him first, and she told him to come home with her, where she had two or three more ladies, and they would tip half a bull for an hour’s fun on the hinstrument[sic] ; the fiddler agreed and played an hour and a half, and was going away, when Mary said ” go along you sweep, we ar’nt half tired, play again, or I’m blowed it I don’t break your fiddle ;” the fiddler then thought his heels more serviceable than his hands, and accordingly made a bolt of it, but he was soon followed by the cross-eyed damsel, and he had only just time to get into his own domicile and turn the key, where he heard the defendant battering away at the front door; deponent was coming by at this time, and stood a minnie or two to observe her motions; upon finding, she could not get in, she exclaimed ” you b—I’ll have my half crown’s worth out of you,” and picked up a brick and shoved it through the window, thereby breaking four panes of glass , deponent then took her in custody, but had a great deal of trouble as she kicked and bit him most unmercifully.

Mary, with one eye looking at her apron and at the other cast full upon the magistrates, exclaimed, “your Honors its all a lie, I’m blest if it isnt. “
Fined 20s. and costs, and ordered to pay the fiddler for the glass she had broken.

Police Report. (1835, March 28). The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), p. 2. Retrieved February 7, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2197696



Footing it on the light fantastic toe, 1831 Sydney


Hugh Riley, who was found between eleven and twelve on Christmas-eve, ‘ footing it on the light fantastic toe’ in a peccadillo warehouse, was ordered to ‘ practise his steps’  for three days at Mr. Hinks’s dancing-school.

Police Report. (1831, 29 December 1831). Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2204231


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Footing it away at all hours of the night, 1831 Sydney

Wednesday, November 30.— Kate Riley, footing it away at all hours of the night, to the tune of ” Off she goes, “ was sent off accordingly for two months to the factory.

POLICE INCIDENTS. (1831, December 5). The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 – 1842), p. 3. Retrieved April 15, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12843815


ROGERS, Mary Ann

Forty-eight hours boosing and dancing, 1833 Sydney

Mary Ann Rogers, a sly looking hussy, was handed to the floor of the Court, on charge of taking forty-eight hours to herself, which she spent in boosing and dancing, with a knot of choice spirits, and in going to keep an appointment, the trap trapped her. The Bench ordered her to spend a month’s festivity at Gordon’s Pavilion.

POLICE INCIDENTS. (1833, August 26). The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 – 1842), p. 3. Retrieved December 16, 2018, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12847562

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