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Nom de l'objet : Drawing
Artiste ou artisan : Collins, Thomas Francis
Catégorie de l'objet : Communication Artifacts
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : Original Art, Work on Paper
Discipline : Local History
Médium : Colour Pencil
Support : Cardboard
Numéro d'accession : 976.93
Province d'origine : New Brunswick
Pays d'origine : Canada
Province d'utilisation : New Brunswick
Pays d'utilisation : Canada
Date de début de production : 1906
Date de fin de production : 1907
Description : A colour drawing of a standing woman in winter attire including a hat and scarf holding a book in one hand and a muff in the other. Primarily aqua blue in colour with brown accents. Signed twice in ink, Thos F Collins vertically up left side and Tom Collins horizontally below image.
Commentaires : Tom Collins was a 20 year old Boer War veteran from England who was hired by Father McAuley to help around the rectory in New Ireland, a now abandoned community near Hopewell Cape. Father McAuley also had a housekeeper, his second cousin, Mary Ann McAuley. A week after Tom Began work, Father McAuley returned from his parish rounds to find the rectory ransacked, personal belongings missing, Mary Ann with her throat cut and skull cracked open by an axe, and Tom Collins gone! Tom was the immediate suspect. He was apprehended near St. George and turned over to Albert County Sherriff, Ernest Lynds by detective Patrick Killen of the Saint John Police. Tom awaited his trial in the Albert County Court House in the gaol. He admitted to an argument with Mary Ann and to stealing her watch and the priest's belongings. He firmly denied the murder. The preliminary hearing was held on September 10, 1906, 22 days after Mary Ann's body was discovered. The prosecution's case was circumstantial. It took three trials to convict Tom. The first trial resulted in a verdict of guilty but was overturned based on the instructions the judge gave the jury, a first in Canadian legal history. The jury could not agree on Tom's guilt or innocence in the second trial. The jury found him guilty in the third trial and he was sentenced to hang. The hanging was set for November 15, 1907 at 2 am but postponed until 6:30 am in accordance with Tom's wish to be hanged during daylight. He claimed he feared the dark. He was buried behind the gaol, near the spot where he was hanged. In 1962, his body was reburied in the Lower Cape Mountain View Cemetery. Tom was the only prisoner ever to be hanged at the Albert County Gaol. His case was referenced in the Supreme Court to justify the Double Jeopardy amendment to the Canadian Criminal Code.
Fonctions : Was part of a display that was on exhibit for about 10 years before being accessioned in 1976. Original donor is not known or it may have been found in the Gaol building when it was taken over by the Albert County Historical Society in 1962.
Hauteur : 25
Largeur : 18,5
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
Nombre d'objets : 1
Nombre de parties composantes : 1
Étiquette ou poinçon : Thos F Collins Tom Collins
Sujet ou image : A standing woman in winter attire including a hat and scarf holding a book in one hand and a muff in the other.
Établissement : Albert County Museum
Ville de l'établissement : Hopewell Cape
Province de l'établissement : New Brunswick
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