1861, 1871 Census with father
Fathers Thomas Falkingham Wade & James King
THE ASSAULT ON THE MASTER OF THE MOUNT ELIZA DEPOT. PROCEEDINGS AT THE POLICE COURT.
At the Perth Police Court, before Mr. Cowan, P.M., on Wednesday, Edward Collings was charged with assaulting Mr. J. P. Wade, master of the Mount Eliza depôt, With intent to do him some grievous bodily harm, by stabbing him with a knife, on the 31st August. Dr. Harston deposed that he examined Mr. Wade on the 31st August, and found a deep incised wound on the forehead ; a penetrating wound on the cheek, and an incised wound on the left nostril, cutting through into the nasal cavity. On the right wrist there was a deep wound which was bleeding profusely, and there were other minor cuts about the head. The wounds might have been dangerous, had they not been immediately attended to. Witness dressed them, and the patient had since recovered. The knife produced would be likely to cause the wounds described. Mr. Wade had lost a lot of blood, and was under witness' care for about a week. John Price Wade, master of the Mt. Eliza Depot, deposed that the prisoner was an inmate of the depot on the 31st August. About twelve o'clock on that day, witness was in the cook-house, serving out the dinner, when he heard someone rubbing a knife against the wall. He went to the door, and saw it was the prisoner. He then went to him and told him to rub the knife on a stone, and not on the wall. Prisoner replied " I'll rub it into you, you-," and struck witness on the face with the knife. Witness tried to seize his hand, and the prisoner pulled the knife through witness's hand, cutting his hand across the fingers. He then called Callaghan and the prisoner struck him again on the face with the knife, tripped him down, knelt on him, and then drew the knife across his forehead, cutting him deeply. His left nostril was cut through and his wrist was badly wounded. Callaghan pulled the prisoner away. Witness heard a carriage going by, and Mr. E. T. Hope stopped his carriage and drove witness to Dr. Harston, who dressed his wounds. Since then witness had been laid up until the 6th inst. The knife produced was similar to the one with which the prisoner inflicted the wounds. By the prisoner : I pointed to a stone for you to rub the knife on. I did not come out and tell you not to shove the wall down. By the Bench : On the previous day I had told him to wheel half a barrow load of bricks about 20 yards and he refused ; consequently his tobacco was stopped. That was the only complaint he had. James Callaghan, gate keeper at the Mt. Eliza depot, deposed that on the day in question he was in the cook house at mid-day. He and Mr. Wade were cutting up the dinner. He heard a knife being sharpened against the brick wall of the hospital. Mr. Wade went out and he heard him say there was a stone for that purpose. Shortly after, Mr. Wade shouted "Jim, Jim," and witness rushed out. He saw the prisoner pressing Mr. Wade against the wall, and the latter had hold of the prisoner's hands, holding them up. Prisoner had a dinner knife in his right hand and was doing his best to use it. Mr. Wade had blood on his face. Witness could not get the knife and he pulled them both from the wall, and knocked the prisoner down, Mr. Wade falling under him. Witness saw the prisoner draw the knife across Mr. Wade's face. The prisoner removed the knife to his left hand, and witness caught hold of it and Pearse, an inmate, took the knife from him. Robert Pearse, an inmate of the Mt. Eliza depot, deposed that on the day in question, about dinner time, he was near the cook house, and saw Mr. Wade, Callaghan, and the prisoner all fall down together. He ran up and took a knife which had blood upon it, from the prisoner's hand. The knife produced was the same as that used by the prisoner, and the blood was still on it. He handed it to Sergeant Claffey. Prisoner said he did not remember seeing either of the last two witnesses. Sergt. Claffey said on the 31st August, he went to the Mt. Elisa depôt. He arrested the prisoner on a charge of wounding Mr. Wade. Prisoner's clothes were smothered in blood. The knife that had been produced in evidence, was handed to him by Robert Pearse. The prisoner was committed for trial.
OLD MEN'S DEPOT.
INQUIRY CONTINUED. THE MASTER'S STATEMENT. On Thnrsday, Aug., 11, at the Mount Eliza Depot, Mr. A. S. Roe, P.M., continued his inquiry into the conduct of affairs at the institution. Mr. Draper and Mr. Longmore attended, the former to watch proceedings on behalf of Mr. J. P. Wade, the master, and the latter in his capacity of inspector of charities. William Williams said that he had been an inmate of the depot. He was in the infirmary for two months, about March of last year. He had been asked to give evidence by the Colonial Secretary. On March 13, 1897, he was garroted at night in Perth. He was in a very low state of health at the time. Next morning he went to the police station, though scarcely able to walk, and asked to be taken to the hospital. Instead of doing so they put him in one of the cells and kept him there until night, without giving him a drink of water. He was then removed to the waterside lock-up and put into a cell with a dozen drunken men. All through the night he did not get a drink of water. He was kept in the cell for three days. He was so ill that he had to lie down, on the floor of the cell all day, or on the ground out in the exercise yard. He was left until he was nearly dead, and received no nourishment. He was going to be taken to the court, but they found that he was too ill to walk. He was then moved into a clean cell, and the doctor was brought to him. He was given brandy and milk, and was taken away being conveyed to the depot. He had a very poor recollection of being taken away, being so ill. At the time he was not expected to live. He remembered a priest giving him the last rites of the church. He was confined to bed for about eight days. After he was admitted Dr. Lovegrove said to Mr. Wade, in his presence, 'I picked that fellow up in the watchhouse the other day.' The witness could not drink the brandy ordered. He asked Mr. Wade whether he would allow him to have port wine instead. Mr. Wade turned around to him in a sneering way and said: 'You ought to be back where you came from.' When he asked, later on, to be allowed to go out and see about his belongings at the coffee house where he had been staying, Mr. Wade told him that if he went out he could not come back again. When he had been about six weeks in the depot he asked once more to be allowed to go out and see about his belongings, but Mr. Wade told him that, if he went out to do so, when he came back to the institution he could only get into one of the wards. He stopped in another week at the master's orders and then got his clothes from the store. They were all covered' with vermin. They had lice upon them; and a silk coat he had was all eaten with mice. The witness related how a young man named Thomas Wilson had died in the infirmary. His kidneys were bad and there was some thing wrong with one of his legs. Other wise he seemed to be healthy. A week before he died the doctor had told him that he was fit enough to go back to Victoria. At about 8 o'clock on the night of his death one of the nurses gave him a draught. It was unusual for any of the nurses to come into the infirmary later than seven. About half an hour later the young fellow cried out three times to a patient opposite, but said that he did not want anything. A little later the nurse came in again, looked at him and went out. Later on the orderly came in, looked at him, went out and brought in a stretcher and carried his dead body out. The fellow appeared to be in the same state of health as when the doctor saw him at the time he told him he was fit to stand the journey to Victoria. The witness told how an orderly said that he would give an Afghan a dose that would keep him quiet at night, how he did administer the dose, and how the Afghan, lay panting all night from the effects of the draught. On the following night the orderly gave the Afghan another dose, and at about four o'clock he died. The witness had a deal to say about the coarse conduct of one of the nurses, how when washing patients she never made use of the screen that was in the ward, and how she used to make the patients suffer for making any complaints about her to the doctor. It was no use making any complaint. The nurse once told an old blind man that he would complain himself out of the infirmary into the depot. Soon after he was moved out into the depot. Two others died while he was in the infirmary, and they were not properly attended to. Two paralysed men who were unable to move their arms to protect themselves from the flies and mosquitoes were not provided with nets. The witness gave an instance in which a man had been ordered some tripe by the doctor, but it was not procured until the doctor renewed his orders on a second visit. When the tripe did come to the fellow it was not fit to be eaten. Mr. Wade did not pay attention to what was going on in the infirmary on his daily visits. He used to speak to one or two. When the doctor told him that he had picked the witness up in the lockup, he did not speak to him, though he had done so every morning previously. The witness said that he could not drink the tea he got in the infirmary. John Price Wade, master of the institution, said that he was appointed in September, 1887. There were two paid orderlies, who were oldish men. The cooking, washing, and attendance on the sick and dying had to be done by the other inmates, who received beer and extra tobacco for so doing. It was always his custom to call for One of the inmates to volunteer for any such work. It was his custom to open the office every morning at 7 o'clock, serving out the tea and sugar to the cook, and the milk to those men who were getting extra, give out any medicine that was required, grant any passes, have the clean clothes issued to those that required them and for the sick, receive any complaints, generally attend to any inmate who came to the office, and weigh the meat. After breakfast he would again open the stores, and issue books, etc. At 11 he went round the wards, spoke to the men, and if any of them wanted any thing he would see that they got it, and that they were clean and comfortable. If any of them required the attendance of the doctor he used to let him know. If they wanted any medicine he would get it down from the hospital. He had often asked a man whether there was anything he fancied, and had often sent to the men food from his own table. He always made it a practice to see bad cases a second time. At 9 o'clock every night the orderly went round the wards, and saw that every man was in bed, and reported to the witness or his wife if any of them wanted anything. This was his daily custom. Each of the inmates on admission was given one article of each sort of new clothing, and on the following Saturday another set, and had to keep them and himself clean; but if, on admission, it was seen that he was not able to take care of himself or his things, one of the other inmates would be put to look after him, and would be given beer and extra tobacco for doing so. His clothing, etc., would be changed sometimes as often as twice a day. No inmate was ever allowed to lie in his filth. During the whole of the period the witness had been in charge of the depot, the late superintendent had to complain but once with reference to the bad smell in the wards. The wards were whitewashed every two months, the work being done by inmates, who were able and willing to do it. All the bedsteads were taken out of the wards, taken to pieces, and cleaned with boiling water and carbolic acid. It was a false statement that he did not speak to the men, and that he would not hear complaints. He always referred the complaints to the superintendent of poor relief. The cooking was done until last year by one of the inmates. The late superintendent used to visit the depot, on an average, every week, and used to go round the wards and speak to the inmates. No officer was allowed to go with him, so that if the inmates had any complaints to make they could make them without fear. The statements that the inmates were harshly dealt with were false. He absolutely denied that he had ever shown favor to any of the inmates. Mr. Longmore, the present superintendent of Poor Relief, visited the depot in December, and witness showed him over the institution, pointing out the defects, and telling him that, owing to Christmas and an unusual amount of sickness, the white-washing was a little backward. He also pointed out the want of a dining room, and the smallness of the wash house and bath-house. He also referred to the unhealthy situation of the depot, and said that the men often suffered from malaria : while, because of the proximity of the city, the men often got drunk when they went out on passes. He also alluded to the opportunity which existed for the men to get drunk in the institution, because they could sell their drink to each other. He would refer to each of the statements given in evidence by the' inmates. Thomas Fisher : According to the regulations, 10oz. was the quantity of meat allowed, but in 1892, owing to a complaint made by an inmate named W. S. Jones to the Colonial Secretary, orders were, issued that, from that date, meat was to be drawn from the contractor for every man in the depot, and if any of the inmates were on soft food their portion was to be divided among the others. That was done up to the time of his leaving in February last, so that at times the men would get nearly a pound of meat. The potatoes were cooked in their skins. No outwardly bad ones were cooked. Sometimes, when cooked, they were found to be bad in side. William Turner, alias 'Chummie : On January 13, 1898, the witness said this man, as he was going round the wards, told him that he looked very bad. and asked him what he had been doing, and what he had been taking. He said, ' Nothing but my medicine.' The witness asked him to show him the bottle. This was done, and the witness asked Turner whether he had been drinking the medicine, pointing out that it was to be rubbed in. He informed. Dr. Lovegrove of the affair, and saw the man the same afternoon. On the following morning he cave him a raw egg and some brandy, and telephoned to the doctor, receiving instructions, which were carried out. The man died that afternoon. He was not bedridden the day before he died. He would not stop in bed. Dr. Lovegrove prescribed for him seven times between September 11, 1896, and December 18, 1897. Charles Gallagher : The witness described how he had taken a sum of money from this man. When the witness took the money he remarked, 'What a silly fellow you are. If you had given it to me, I would have let you have it again to spend. Now I cannot do that. I must pay it into the Treasury.' He did so. Henry Hunter's statement re John Pettitt : Reports in the journal on eight different dates showed that this inmate was constantly using bad language, used to hit the other men with his stick, get into bed with his clothes on, and commit sundry other offences. When Pettitt complained that he had been knocked about, the witness took his statement, and reported the matter to the superintendent. Pettitt had a bad arm, and was constantly visited by doctors. He supervised the dressing of the arm, and received credit for doing so from Dr. Harvey. The man was subject to fits, and during these his screams were awful. Re Alexander Bailey : He was not strapped to his bed, the quilts being merely fastened on each side to prevent him from wandering about the ward, as he was suffering from the effects of drink. Re Stokes: This man managed to secure some drink, and was drunk the day before he died. The witness refused to give him any more drink, but watched him carefully. He visited him at night, and he appeared to be well, but he died early in the morning. Re O'Leary : This man was dying when admitted. Father O'Shea, who saw him, mentioned that all he wanted was stronger food, but the doctor who saw him later said that he was satisfied with the diet. Re the pony: When he found that the men interfered with the pony, he had it sold. Hunter pretended illness when he was admitted, in order to get soft food, while he was also getting meat and potatoes. The witness saw this, and stopped it. He was ordered not to lie down without making his bed. This man was moved out of his ward into another to make way for an urgent case, but as soon as possible he was moved back. He also did his share of the drinking he complained about, while it was witness who suggested that he should have the plaster upon his back. Re John Jackson: The witness explained how this man had received the money back that had been taken from him when he entered. This patient went out of the depot when he was not in a fit conditon, and the witness kept back three shillings belonging to him, in the hope that he would be induced to remain in the depot. He persisted in going out ; so the sum was sent on to the superintendent to be dealt with. Re Edward Wilson: The statements made by this witness were false. Though able to do some work, he had always refused, and his tobacco had been in consequence stopped. Everything had been done to keep the vermin down. He never spurned a man with his foot. He had taken a great deal of interest in the man Fleming, because he was a Forester. The potatoes he had complained about were quite new. The witness detailed at length what he had done for Fleming. John Coulie's statements re 'No kid.' This man always wanted to leave the depot, and when he did so invariably got drunk. The witness told him that he would be picked up on the road dead. The last time he went out he told him that it would kill him, and said that it would be a case of 'no kid' then. Coulie laughed at that. Hence his remark when the man came back and died. His was a hopeless case from the first. Re Thomas Papsworth. This man was not allowed to go to the Perth hospital for his eyes because he used to get drunk. The nurse could attend to his eyes well enough. Re Alex. Menzie. His statements were false. The doctor was always told if any of the men wanted to see him. Re T. Wright This man always refused to do any work. When he asked the witness for a character the witness told him that he could not give him a good one, and he was advised by the superintendent not to give him one. It was false that a man named Pearson had his tobacco stopped because another man sat on his bed. Every care was taken to keep the sick men clean. Their bedding was sometimes changed twice a day by a man specially appointed to the work. No men who were unclean were allowed in the infirmary. They were put into a cottage ward. Any of the inmates could have a bath in the morning any day. The day time was reserved for newcomers and very dirty inmates. The men were punished only for offences that, outside the depot, were liable to be treated as serious. He read out a list of punishments he had inflicted for offences, some of which would have rendered the inmates liable to a month's imprisonment. The punishments were light by comparison with others, he said. Re J. FarrelL He was not given his money in a lump, as it was given to him a shilling at a time. He was wrong in saying that 150 men washed their plates in two kerosene tins. Only fifty men did this. Four orderlies were appointed in the old hospital twelve months before the witness went away. W. Gregg was not thrown into a hip bath as he described. The witness gave orders that he should be cleaned. Gregg never complained that he had been ill treated. The witness spoke to him every day. James Pearson, who had only one leg, could walk, and the doctor had said that there was nothing wrong with the other leg. This man was known in the depot as the Mt. Eliza liar. He had been punished for drinking and had always been treated properly. Re John Kennedy. He had been offered the use of a bath chair but refused the offer. He had had to remove men from alongside him because they complained that he made it unpleasant for them. The inmates had to depend on each other for little acts of kindness. The witness also read out entries in the journal showing what had been done when men died suddenly. The doctor had been informed of each case, and had inquired into each. It was by instructions from the Colonial Secretary that the tobacco of Michael Mackie had been stopped, because he would not disclose what he had done with some money he had. Henry de Grey, re Cooney. — The latter's was a case very hard to deal with. He was not in his right mind, was always stealing from the others, and would not keep himself clean. The witness heard the money jingle in Grey's pockets when he came into the depot and' searched him to get it, having power to do so. The money was forwarded to the superintendent. He stopped Grey's milk, because he could eat meat. No nurse forbade the masters from going into the infirmary. Having disposed of the evidence of the inmates, Mr. Wade spent some time dealing with the visits of the doctor. There had been no complaints about his system of management by the former superintendent. He was allowed no paint to renovate the wards. He never knew the depot to be without a sufficient quantity of clothing, except for a day or two. There were no tools at the depot, except those which he himself provided. Visitors had frequently noted in the journal the clean liness and comfort of the inmates. He did not think it right to grant luxuries to men who were shamming illness. Extras were allowed to many men. He had been ill all last year, and could not get leave of absence. It was at his instance that the inquiry was instituted. Henry Snow, one of the orderlies, then gave evidence. He said that the clothing issued from the store was always issued by the master. No man was allowed to be in a dirty condition. The meat was distributed by the master, and was of fair quality, and in excess of the allowance. The inmates were properly attended to. When the master went round he took notes and handed them to the witness to be attended to. 'Chummie' was not bed-ridden up to the time of his death. Robert Douglas was properly looked after. When he was bad, room was made for him in the infirmary, which was crowded at the time. The man Smith, who broke his leg in the infirmary, also received every attention that was possible. It was the same with Henry Thomas. The clothes issued from the store did not have vermin on them as far as he knew. He denied the accusations of cruelty, unkindness, or neglect. The institution should have a resident medical officer. A night-watchman was also wanted. After the evidence of two orderlies had been taken, Mr. Roe stated that no substantive charge of cruelty had been made, and it rested with him to say how far the evidence bore out the charges of mismanagement. He would hear no more evidence at the depot, and would take the evidence of the doctor at his office. The inquiry was then adjourned.
THE OLD MEN'S DEPOT. COMMISSION OF INQUIRY. THE INQUIRY CONCLUDED. The inquiry into the allegations concerning the management of the Mt. Eliza Depot was continued before the Commissioner, Mr. A. S. Roe, P.M., at the Local Court on August 17th. Mr. Draper watched the proceedings on behalf of the master, Mr. J. P. Wade. John Price Wade was called in, and re-examined by Mr. Draper. He said for many years he visited the charitable institutions in the West of England and South Wales. He was what was termed in England a house-to-house visitor during the epidemics of small-pox and typhoid fever in the West of England and Bristol. He had taken a great deal of interest in the work and in the Poor Law of England, because his people were guardians, and he visited the poor establishments to make himself acquainted with the working, for he had some idea of going in for that sort of thing. He came from England to this colony. The master of the Mt. Eliza Depot, Mr. Dewis, was dying, and a gentleman at Fremantle was appointed to the position, but when he was asked to enter upon his duties he refused. Witness met Mr. Dale on the same day as that refusal was given, and the result of a conversation was that he sent in an application and was accepted. Some time ago when he paid a visit to England, he called at the largest union in one district, and he was asked to report upon it, but refused, because he wanted rest. There had been two complaints at the Mount Eliza Depot during his service of 10 years, and they had never been properly thrashed out. The medicine was under the immediate charge of the nurses at the infirmary. Unless the nurse alluded to by Williams at the last day's examination purchased morphia she could not have had it. She would not have drugs that would kill a man. The morphia was under his charge. He kept a certain number of drugs in stock. One solution of morphia was kept for patients who were suffering from diarrhoea. (Witness here handed in extracts from the visitor's book.) To Mr. Roe : The man Wilson, who had been spoken of by Williams on Thursday last, and the Afghan were both incurable cases when they came in. It was absurd to send the Afghan in. His relations with Mr. Snow had always been good. They could not form any idea of the condition of the Mount Eliza Depot when he left it by going through it now. There had been some alterations under the new regime; for instance, he had regular time for giving the milk, but he had noticed that under the existing system some of the men did not get their milk. Formerly, a man knew he had to be there to get it. If a man came with a dirty plate it was turned upsidedown, and he knew what that was for, and taught him cleanliness. Visitors were admitted at any time, and were shown everything. He did not think there was work enough for a resident medical officer. If the depot were at Whitby, the asylum doctor could attend to both places. He had always taken care that there should be no occasion for complaint in regard to men suffering from obnoxious disease. He had cautioned them not to let their clothes get mixed with those of other men. There was one such case at the depot. Mr. Roe thought it was a great shame that men suffering from such a disease should be sent to the depot. The witness, continuing, said the men had been classified during the last two years. It was commenced in Dr. Waylen's time, before the infirmary was put up. Most of the men in the infirmary were sent from the hospital; they were incurable cases. He could not get classification at first, but had managed it through Dr. Waylen, and then the infirmary was put up. Tea and sugar were delivered in bulk four times a year. At the present time they were received by Mr. Snow and placed in the store, to which no one had access except the master or the officer in charge. The spirits were also locked up. Mr. Snow was a temperance man, as was the witness. Dr. Lovegrove was called in and examined by Mr. Roe. He said he had had charge of the depot on two occasions. The first was in April, 1890, when Dr. Waylen was away in England. He had asked Dr. Waylen concerning the number of visits, and was informed that he had visited the institution once a week or 10 days. He followed that rule, but if there were any special cases he went as frequently as he thought necessary to see the men. He in fact visited them as often as he would have a private patient. He always went into the office, because Mr. Wade was always there, and invariably signed the book himself. He always scrupulously avoided touching in any way upon the discipline of the institution, which was entirely under the Superintendent of Relief, from whom the master had his instructions. The article in the WEST AUSTRALIAN led people to believe that the institution was under witness's control. He had not read the leader, but had been told so. Except in the case of a man being brought before him in his magisterial capacity he had no power to interfere. In regard to cleanliness, he had always gone among the beds, and sometimes wore a great coat, but had never got anything on his clothes. He had seen a bug on a man's head once, about two months ago. It had happened that a man had an irritation down his back, and Mr. Wade examined it to see whether there was any vermin. In two or three cases they had found vermin. He had seen a great many of such institutions, and had had a great deal of experience in England, and so far as that little trouble was concerned it was very much like what he had seen in those places. If they attempted to give these old men too many baths they would catch cold. From April 1890 to 1901, while he was serving the depot, he did not hear a single complaint that he could call to mind, though once or twice a man might say his tobacco or grog had been stopped and he would put him on again. Mr. Wade thought he was a little too lenient upon these matters. He resumed his appointment in October, 1895, and entered upon his duties on 1st December, and with the exception of a short interval, when Drs Saw and Harvey attended the institution, he was continuously visiting it. His usual course of procedure after his arrival at the depot was to go round the infirmary ward, and he was generally in that ward from half an hour to an hour. There were 16 beds in there and for the last 18 months every one had been filled. In fact there should be at least 30 beds in the ward. He also went round what was known as the "dirty ward," when there were eight beds. Men were put in there who were in a very bad state of health—a poor state of vitality, and they were dirty in their habits. Men were admitted in a dying condition, absolutely beyond cure. One man had been in there for some years. He always gave the other men in the long ward opportunity to speak to him. He had never during four years' experience found anything on his clothes after coming away. He had pulled the bedclothes back in the old hospital ward, and never in a single instance found the beds filthy. With regard to the old division, it was deficient in hygienic qualities, and badly ventilated. He had never seen the beds dirty in there. The so-called "Royal" ward was fitted up for a casualty ward, and its construction was altogether faulty. The fact of men sleeping on the floor was not a hardship, for they had mattresses. It was absolutely untrue that in consequence of what had been in the Press he had visited the depot more than formerly. He took no notice of what the Press said of him. In many cases it was impossible for a man in his position to visit the depot at all times. His time was not his own. He never made his visits at the same hour in the day ; it was better for all that he should pay surprise visits. He had never had to make a complaint except on one occasion shortly before he went to England, when he found that the institution was not in such a satisfactory state as he considered it should have been in. That was the fault of the nurses who were there then. They were two qualified nurses, and he certainly did speak about it. The cause was a man who was suffering from diarrhoea. Since that time he had never had occasion to find fault. He had condemned the whole place as unsuitable for the purpose of a depot, and also disapproved of the locality. The minute went before the Premier. Witness wrote stating that the place was insanitary and gloomy. Even in the summer time the sun did not shine long upon the building. The coldness of the locality was not suitable for men of enfeebled constitutions. It was impossible to properly classify cases there; they had not the facilities to do so. He had had a great deal of trouble in consequence of convalescents being sent to the depot from the hospital,and not only convalescents, but men with high temperatures. One man had a temperature of 102. He had endeavoured to resist that practice. One man at the institution was suffering from severe infectious disease. It was unfair to the other inmates that he should be there. There should, in his opinion, be a lock ward at the hospital. The man Wilson, whom Williams had spoken of, had kidney disease, paralysis and one or two other complaints, and was perfectly incurable. Medicines were in charge of the nurse at the infirmary, and as far as he knew special medicines were never given without speaking to him first through the telephone. He did not think he was spoken to in regard to Wilson's case. He knew nothing about the incident referred to by Williams concerning Hansan and the Afghan. The latter was suffering from consumption and might have died at any time. If such things had occurred as Williams had stated and had been brought under his notice, Hansan would have been discharged instantly. He had never been told of anything of the kind happening, and he had never refused to see a man if he asked to see him. Sometimes men did not want medical advice, but came round to the office for him to grant a little brandy, or get their diet altered. Mr. Longmore's report which had been published re Douglas was substantially correct. The nurse told witness that the man's leg was broken, and he went down the next morning. The nurse was fully qualified to make him comfortable. He found that the man's leg was fractured, put him under chloroform, and reduced the fracture. Then he sent to the station, and obtained an ambulance to convey the man to the hospital. As to the attendance, he certainly thought it was desirable that a man should be engaged on night duty. Work had very much increased at the depot. He considered Mr. Wade a typical man for the position of master of such an institution. He had seen a great many masters in England, and he had had to do with some of the largest industrial schools there, and he might say that he had never seen a better master than Mr. Wade. He had been at the institution at all hours in the 24, and had never seen Mr. Wade off duty. He meant that he had never seen him otherwise than ready to fulfil his duties. The nurses at the depot were the best he had ever had there. The accommodation was absolutely insufficient. He considered that there was overcrowding. He condemned the brown rugs used in the depot as an eyesore, and recommended the use of white or white and crimson ones. He had not heard a whisper of the cruelty of any of the officials. He thought some improvement should be made in the scale of diet. The witness requested that the following copy of minutes taken from the journal, and signed by the Superintendent of Relief, should be accepted as evidence :— "June 3.—Visited the depot to-day, and had a look over the whole establishment. Drew the acting-Master's attention to the fact that 70doz. eggs had been used in the hospital during the month of May, and £31 4s. expended on brandy during the same period; and expressed the hope that economy should be practised in this and in other directions. It is to be hoped the visiting medical officer will, as far as possible, keep these items low and assist in lessening the expenditure. It would appear when a man goes on brandy it is rarely, if ever, discontinued." He (witness) had made a minute in the journal as follows : -" June 4th : I have read the above minutes of the Superintendent of Relief. No more stimulants are ordered by me than is necessary for the preservation of life. The men in this institution are, without exception, of broken constitutions, and a very large proportion of them are very advanced in years. If a proper dining room was erected, and the food given to the inmates in a proper way, a very large saving in expenditure under the head of provisions could be effected, which would in 'some degree counterbalance the heavy costs of stimulants." "Witness, continuing, said he would rather resign his position than be dictated to by an officer as to what he should order to be given the inmates, and there were many of the public who, if they had taken the interest in the dépôt which they should have taken, would know better what the state of affairs was there. He also thought the writer of the article in the WEST AUSTRALIAN should have made enquiries of a few ladies and gentlemen, and looked over the place himself, before he wrote it. A man named Field, 79 years of age, came to the depôt and lived for four years, and he thought that was a sufficient answer to the charges against the management. Field was broken in health and enfeebled, and yet he lived there until he died of senile decay. There were men in the institution 84 and 85 years years of age, and some of them were nearly 90. Let anyone go down to the depot and look at these men and say whether they were not being properly treated. To Mr. Draper : It was not right to give men their full allowance of brandy at once. In the event of his not being able to attend the depot upon being rung up he would like to have the authority to send another medical man.; He was rung up at all hours. The depot was very much overcrowded, and when the doors and windows were shut it must be bad. Mr. Longmore here referred to a table showing that in one month 70 dozen eggs had been ordered for 16 people, who were not all getting eggs. The total expenditure per month was £375, without salaries. Witness said the expenditure was not, in his opinion, too great, when they considered that there wera from 240 to 245 inmates. The Press and the people seemed to look upon the expenditure on stimulants as a prominent question, but it would lead to more expenditure, for the men, whenever they had a grievance, such as the want of brandy would cause a paragraph to be put in a newspaper, and an enquiry would follow. There was another matter. It was usual-not alone in the depot-for the nurses to get their rations in certain quantities per week, and they cooked their food for themselves. Some of the girls were quite unable to cook, and he had had one serious case of illness from that cause, the girl having been in the hospital. The consequence was that the girl was in bed for six or seven weeks. That custom should be amended. He should not have said a word about it but for this opportunity. It would be better if attendants at these institutions had their food cooked for them. He did not think the general cooking at the depot could be done better unless superior accommodation were provided. The food was cooked as well as facilities permitted. Kurse Whittle was then called in reference to the evidence given by Williams on Thursday last. She made the following statement : "My reason for appearing here to-day is to refute the slanderous statement made by an ex-patient, W. Williams, of the Mount Eliza Hospital, re 'big' nurse being lazy and exposing the patients unnecessarily and enjoying the same. I emphatically deny both statements, and can conscientiously say that I never treated any of the patients' ailments with a tone of levity, or in any respect forgot my position as a nurse or as a lady who represents one of the noblest positions in which a woman can engage ; but I maintain now, as I did when in the institution, that the duties I was called upon to perform were those that no woman ought to have been expected, much less had, to perform, when there was an orderly in the institution, who ought to have done them. Those duties were sponging and washing bedridden patients of unclean habits, or through the disease from which they were suffering. But, as it was inevitable that I had it to do, I did it, though sacrificing my feelings by doing them, and did not make a point of hurting a patient's feelings by unseemly remark or conduct in doing so, and I think that those who know me, and a right-thinking public, will fully believe this to be correct. Williams also implies that the nurses appropriated patients' food, which is incorrect, as we, the nurses, supplied from our own table one and some times more daily, and did so for months—I may say till the date of my leaving. The statement is also incorrect that Muggra Singh complained of his treatment. The real fact is I told the doctor, on his first visit to the hospital after the patient's admittance, that he struck the nurse. Dr. Lovegrove turned and remonstrated with him, and said: 'Why did you strike the nurse? You must not do that, or I shall have to send you to Fremantle Gaol.' The Afghan did not like being washed, and it was always necessary to get one of the patients to stand by while he was attended to, as he would strike at you when alone, and I can assure you it was trying work, and only those placed in similar positions can understand it. Captain Porter, who was a man of very authoritative manner (but he did not use slang, such as the word 'chuck' to my knowledge), wished to do just as he liked, which was not possible in a ward where things had to be done at stated times. Patients being ordered things and not getting them through the nurse doing as she liked is false, as we were only too pleased to have it to give them. I think in the absence of Nurse Williamson, you will allow me to make a few remarks re Thomas Wilson's case, which is the saddest case that I have attended in W.A., re the dose from "blue" bottle. We had stock mixtures in bluebottles, and not what he implies. It was quite sad enough for those that are nearly connected with the late Thomas Wilson,' and those that knew him personally, to know that he was so sadly afflicted, and that he died amongst strangers, without the aspersions cast upon his death by witness, who is, I feel, a perverter of the truth." In answer to Mr. Roe the witness said the medicines were ordered by the doctors. The nurses never had morphia or similar drugs, and never gave medicines unless so ordered. Mr. Wade had a solution of morphia for injections. She was nine months at the infirmary. She had never seen any cases of real cruelty. The cooking was always badly done. The depot could be very much improved, she thought. She went, to wards other than the infirmary, when she was called some- times. In one case she thought Mr. Wade should have sent for a doctor before he did. The attendance was not sufficient. The patient she had referred to was suffering from hemorrhage and died. Four days afterwards she was taken ill herself, and Mr. Wade said several things to her which she thought unkind. He sent her a message when she wanted a doctor stating that officers were not allowed to have the depot doctor. She thought if she were to have a doctor, she might as well have Dr. Lovegrove. When she went out after being ill, Mr. Wade said it would serve her right if she had to go back to bed again. In answer to Mr. Wade, the witness repeated ner statement as to his remark. Nurse Maud Shapcott corroborated the evidence of the previous witness as to her treatment of patients. Nurse Whittle was always a very modest girl. This closed the evidence. Mr. Draper then addressed the commissioner at length on behalf of Mr. Wade, reviewing the whole of the statements of the witnesses. The inquiry had, he said, resulted from an ill-advised leader in the WEST AUSTRALIAN of July 18, Mr Wade having at once demanded that it should be instituted. That was not the act of a man who was guilty of cruelty or neglect, or the other horrible charges that had been made against him ; it was that of a man who was convinced of his innocence, and ready to justify his conduct. He had returned from England, where he had gone for the sake of his health, to find these charges published, and it must have been a shock to him. Taking each of the statements of the various witnesses, he contended that all the charges had been completely disproved. They were, in fact, not worthy of credence. The Commissioner said he would make his report to the Colonial Secretary. Mr. Draper said he would like to see a copy. The Commissioner: You must apply to the Government. Personally I would have no objection to it being published. The enquiry was then terminated.
DATE OF BURIAL:16thJanuary1913 PLACE OF DEATH: 18 Henry Street Subiaco MOTHER: Mary Ann FATHER: Thomas Faulkingham Wade, Shipowner CAUSE OF DEATH: Exhaustion; Cardiac Failure NEWSPAPER NOTICE: Funeral Notice 16/01/1913 The West Australian pg 1; Funerals 21/01/1913 The West Australian pg 8 BIRTH DETAILS: 13/02/1854 Islington London England ARRIVAL DATE: 18/10/1886 on Gulf of St Vincent SPOUSE: 1st Agnes Ellen King; 2nd Emily Jane Raffill MARRIAGE DETAILS: 1st 10/08/1878 St Stephen Bristol Gloucestershire 2nd 29/01/1883 Holy Trinity Stapleton Gloucestershire CHILDREN: 2nd Thomas Falkingham 1883 ; Anna; Frances Elizabeth 1888; Agnes Ellen King LEWIS 1891; Beatrice Marrie 1891 RESIDENCE: 18 Henry Street Subiaco BIOGRAPHY HISTORY: Master of Old Men's Home; Colonist of 27 years]
FUNERAL NOTICES. WADE.-The Friends of the late Mr. John Price Wade, late Master of the Old Men's Home and of 18 Henry-street. Sobiaco, are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Anglican Cemetery, East Perth. The Funeral is appointed to leave his late residence, 18 Henry-street Subiaco, at 3 o'clock THIS (Thursday) AFTERNOON and the Masonic Temple, Hay-street, at 3.45 o'clock, arriving at the East Perth Cemetery at 4.15 o'clock. No flowers, by request. C.N.SMITH and CO., Undertakers 361 Newcastle-street, Perth. Tel 1231.
LODGE OF ST: JOHN; No.1, W.A.C. WADE.-Members of the above Lodge and the Craft in general are requested to attend the Funeral of our late brother, John Price Wade. P.M. The Brethren will assemble at the Masonic Temple, Hay-street, at 3.30 o'clock THIS (Thursday) AFTERNOON, and proceed to the Anglican Cemetery, East Perth. (No regalia.) White ties and gloves. A. T. EWINS, W.M. D. G. CTERCTEKO, Sec.
The funeral of the late Mr. John Price Wade took place on Thursday afternoon, and was largely attended. The deceased was born in London, and arrived in this State 27 years ago, and was shortly after appointed master of the Old Men's Home, a position he retained for nearly a quarter of a century, retiring about three years ago on a pension. He leaves a grown-up family of one son and two daughters. The cortege moved from his late residence,18 Henry-street, Subiaco, and proceeded by road to the Anglican Cemetery, East Perth, where the remains were interred in the family grave in the presence of a large circle of friends and members of the Masonic order, who had joined the procession at the Masonic Temple, Hay- street, Perth. The chief mourners were Messrs. Lewis (son-in-law), Jas. Gallop, A. Gallop, H. Gallop, and J. Faulkner. The pall-bearers were Bros. A. T. Ewins, WM., Major Thos. Sherwood, D.G.M., C. B. Wright, P.M., A. C. M'Callum, P.G.B.B., J. M. Lapsley D.G.M. (S.C.), and Mr. J. Longmore, Superintendent Charitable Institutions. Among the many members of the craft present were Bros. J. M. Lapsley, A.C. M'Callum and J. D. Sanders, representing the Westralia Preceptory of Knight Templar's, and Bro. J.D. Stevenson Grand Secretary W.A.C. There were no flowers (by request). Canon W. F. Marshall conducted the burial service, and the funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. C. H. Smith and Co.
DECEASED PERSONS ESTATES Perth. Feb. 13. John Price Wade, late of Subiaco, pensioner, to Frances Elizabeth Wade, Nicholson and Hensman, £387 15/2d
The original Sunset Hospital, previously known as the Old Men’s Home, was built overlooking the Swan River at Freshwater Bay in 1904. It replaced the Mount Eliza Depot, which had been used for convicts, the poor and sick since the 1850s. On October 11th 1964, Matron Pegrum, together with her staff and seventeen female patients transferred from Knutsford Hospital to Ward 10 at Sunset Hospital. In 1994 it was announced that the hospital would close, stating unsuitability of the buildings and the cost of maintenance as the reason. A history of the Hospital is shelved in Battye under 362.16WHY, “Sunset Hospital”.
John Price (58) b 13/02/1854 Islington London England; d (Exhaustion; Cardiac Failure) 14 Jan 1913 18 Henry Street Subiaco; bur. 16 Jan 1913
Parents Thomas Faulkingham Wade (Shipowner) & Mary Ann
STATE RECORDS OFFICE: Cons 3403 item 1913/032 #Subiaco 27
Funeral Notice 16/01/1913 The West Australian pg 1; Funerals 21/01/1913
The West Australian pg 8 STATE LIBRARY OF WA: Acc 2467A/44
ARRIVAL 18/10/1886 SHIP: Gulf of St Vincent
SPOUSE: 1st Agnes Ellen King; 2nd Emily Jane Raffill
MARRIAGE: 1st 10/08/1878 St Stephen Bristol Gloucestershire Registration LDS Film No 4242549; 2nd 29/01/1883 Holy Trinity Stapleton Gloucestershire LDS Film No 4180043
CHILDREN: 2nd Thomas Falkingham 1883 ; Anna; Frances Elizabeth 1888; Agnes Ellen King LEWIS 1891; Beatrice Marrie 1891
RESIDENCE: 18 Henry Street Subiaco
Master of Old Men's Home; Colonist of 27 years
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