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MURDER at the BAY VIEW HOTEL - Wakapuaka 1874

Journal by ngairedith

much of the timeline info was found at Papers Past

from Nelson HistoricaL Society Journal, Volume 2, Issue 6, April 1973. Author: J. N. W. Newport - (a very interesting and detailed account of Wakapuaka from settlement) mentions a number of the settlers here and says: BAY VIEW HOTEL. This could not have been a licensed house for long but in the late 1860's and early 1870's the license was held by Newman Boseley

I wanted to know more about this hotel and the unusual name of Newman Boseley, so here is the amazing story that was revealed ..

NEWMAN BOSELEY was born 1824 in Leeds, Kent, England, the 2nd of 8 children of James (1788-1874) & Sarah (1795-1855) Boseley
* He married CHARLOTTE FEAKINS in September 1851 in Kent, England
- Charlotte was born in 1828 in Harrietsham, Maidstone, Kent, England. They arrived into Nelson, New Zealand on the 'MARINER' on 23 April 1859

It was Newman Boseley who built the Bay View Hotel and subsequently murdered his wife Charlotte there ... This is a timeline for the life of the Boseleys, as early as can be found, on their building of the 'Bay View' and the events that surrounded this hotel. I nearly called this journal 'the curse of the Bay View Hotel'. If you read the entire journal you will notice the number of strange happenings centered around it.
I have indicated the most interesting 'events' surrounding the hotel with , which when read alone do not mean a lot, but, when looked at as part of the 'whole story' of the hotel, well, Steven King would make something of it ...

23 April 1859 - ARRIVING on the MARINER

23 Feb 1864 - ROAD TAX
... SUBURBAN-NORTH DISTRICT ROADS. Notice is hereby given that in accordance with the provision of the Country Roads Act, 1856, a RATE of ONE PENNY in the POUND has been made on the assessed value of the property within the said district, for the repair of the trunk roads; and the following persons are thereby liable to the payment of the sums set forth below against their names, and are required to PAY the same to Mr ALEXANDER WRAGG, Collector for the Board, on or before the 26th day of March next, after which date all Rates remaining unpaid will be recovered, as provided for by the Act, without further office.
.. and BOSELEY, Newman . . £1 0s 10d
- (this means Newman's house was valued in 1864 at £110, the equivalent in 2011 of $11,245)
NOTE - Alexander was also a constable in Wakapuaka. His wife died 16 Dec 1863 aged 40. Alexander went into town in Oct 1884 and appeared to be suffering from 'affection of the mind'. On the certificate of Drs LEGGATT and LOCKING he was committed to the Asylum suffering from 'religious mania'. He died in there 3 years later aged 76

... This exhibition,which has now been open a week, is attracting a considerable number of visitors. Below we give a list of the principal articles; and it will be seen from this, that paintings and engravings form the chief attraction. In our next we propose noticing the more meritorious articles contained in the exhibition. The names of the local artists are attached in italics to their respective works
.. Newman Boseley - Old Silver Coins

20 April 1866 - PUBLICAN'S LICENSE
.. The annual sitting of the local and district Magistrates took place on Tuesday in the Court House for the purpose of disposing of the applications for public-house and hotel licenses. There were on the bench: Mr POYNTER - Resident Magistrate; Messrs WELLS, BARNICOAT, MORSE, OLIVER, BRUNNER, James MACKAY sen., James MAKAY jun., David ROUGH and George WHITE, Justices. Licenses were granted to the undermentioned applicants within the boundary of the City of Nelson. The names in italics indicate new houses not previously unlicensed
.. and Newman Boseley, Bay View Hotel, Suburban-north

18 April 1867 - ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING (full list at this link)
.. and COUNTRY DISTRICT: Newman BOSELEY - Bay View Hotel

16 June 1868 - BUILDING the BAY VIEW HOTEL
.. RESIDENT'S MAGISTRATE'S COURT - Lightfoot v Boseley
An action to recover £30 17s 2d, balance of an account for building the Bay View Hotel, at Wakapuaka. Payment for which had been made by instalments, but payment of balance was delayed by defendant on the grounds that the house was not completed according to the specifications made in May 1866, and that the plaintiff had improperly charged interest

11 May 1869 - HEAVY FALL OF RAIN
.. On Thursday, April 29, a portion of Suburban North was visited by the heaviest rainfall seen in the district for the last twenty years; from the Bay View Hotel to the Cemetery tending backwards to the first range of hills, the ground for a little over an hour was a perfect sheet of water, the streamlet in every gully being swollen to the size of a respectable and rapid river. Ploughed land and garden ground fared badly, scores of loads of the best soil being washed to the sea; fences were smashed, and considerable damage done in other respects. After about an hours rain and light wind arose and took the water cloud to sea

2 June 1869 - ACCIDENT at the BAY VIEW HOTEL
.. A man named MILLYARD, while engaged in painting the Bay View Hotel, Wakapuaka-road, upset the ladder on which he was standing, and in the fall broke a leg and otherwise injured himself

.. To the Editor of the 'Nelson Examiner'. Sir, At the last Licensing Meeting, I was cautioned by the Magistrates against allowing my house, the Bay View Hotel, becoming disorderly. Now I am utterly at a loss for the reason of a complaint against my house, and I am sure its well-conducted character would be testified to by all my neighbours. I am, &c., NEWMAN BOSELY (sic)

.. At the meeting of Justices held this morning, thirty-seven old licenses were renewed. The Bench then retired to consider the application of Newman Boseley, of the Bay View Hotel, against whom a complaint had been lodged. On returning, the Chairman said that the Bench had agreed the complaint against Boseley did not consider afforded sufficient grounds to justify them in withholding the license but was cautioned about certain irregularities in the management of the Hotel

... Superintendent's Office, Nelson. Additional list of Persons to whom PHEASANT LICENSES have been issued:-

23 April 1874 - LICENSING COURT
.. The first Licensing Court was held in Nelson on Tuesday morning, L. BROAD, R.M., John Wallis BARNICOAT, D. ROUGH, and W. WELLS, Esqs., Commissioners, on the bench.
THE RESIDENT MAGISTRATE said that as this was the first sitting of the Court, the Commissioners were desirous that he should say a few words as to the constitution of the Court, and their intentions in carrying out the Act. They were not there as magistrates, but as the entire control of all matters connected with the issue of licenses for the sale of liquors in the district, and no magistrate had any power to take part in the proceedings. They should be guided by the character of the applicant, and the consideration whether there was any necessity for the house. They should apply this last consideration to the new applications more than to others, but in all cases they would grant no licenses except to applicants of good character; and he might say that the opinion of the Court was that there already existed quite a sufficient number of houses in the town, and they had made up their minds to grant no new leases unless a strong and real necessity for the house for which it was required was shown to exist. The police were directed to make reports on the general conduct of the house, its cleanliness, the civility of the landlord or landlady, and the quality of the liquors sold. The effect of the stringent regulations by which they meant to be bound would be to increase the value of public-house property, and it would be to the interest of the innkeepers to assist the Court in carrying out their views.
At Suburban North the Commission granted a license to N. BOSELEY, of the Bay View Hotel

18 July 1874 - FINDING the BODY
.. Mrs CHARLOTTE BOSELEY, landlady of the Bay View Hotel, Suburban North, has been found dead on a sofa under suspicious circumstances. A coroner's inquest has been held, and the jury, after an hour's deliberation, returned a verdict of wilful murder against Newman BOSELEY, deceased's husband, and against William MILLYARD, barman, as accessory after the fact. The body was terribly bruised about the head and face. Medical evidence was that death had been produced by rupture of a blood vessel in the head, causing pressure on the brain, and that the rupture had been caused by a blow behind the ear

20 July 1874 - CORONER'S INQUEST
.. An inquest was held on Saturday afternoon before Dr SQUIRES, the coroner, and a jury, on the body of Charlotte Boseley, the wife of Newman Boseley, who was found dead on a sofa in the Bay View Hotel, as an early hour on the morning of that day. The following gentlemen composed the jury - W. HADDOW (foreman), Charles McGEE, J. TREGEA, Alfred Henry BRIND, J. McCONKEY, W. STALLARD, T. HARLEY, W. C. WILKINS, J. HOUNSELL, W. N. SALTER, C. HARDING, and C. WEBB
The following evidence was given:-
Caroline GODBAZ (aged 10): I have been living at the Bay View Hotel for the last year. I last saw Mrs Boseley alive yesterday morning; she was then in the room where the body now is; Mr Boseley was with her. When I saw her she had no black eyes or bruises about her face. She was not sober. They were quarreling. I did not hear what they were saying. This morning Jimmy DUX (or Millyard) called me. He told me Mrs Boseley was dead. He told me Mr Boseley had found her. I went to see her, and saw she was dead. They had been on the drink since Wednesday. Jimmy was looking after the bar yesterday. He went into the room once yesterday where they were. I saw Mr Boseley several times yesterday; he went into the bar and got some beer and drank it himself ... more at link, including evidence from William Millyard
- NOTE - Caroline Godbaz was born 6 Sep 1864 in Nelson. She married Frederick Reuben BEDFORD (1877-1944) in Auckland 11 Feb 1888. They had a son Thomas 'Tommy' Bedford. She moved to Damerham, Hampshire (Tommy was also there but unknown if Frederick went). She died in Damerham in 1945 aged 81

.. On Saturday last, Dr SQUIRES, the Coroner, and a jury of whom Mr HADDOW was chosen as the foreman, held an inquest upon the body of Mrs BOSELEY, wife of Mr N. Boseley, of Bay View Hotel, Wakapuaka.
At about half-past four on Saturday morning, a witness states that the lifeless body of Mrs Boseley was discovered lying on the sofa of the front parlor. The circumstances was communicated to the police at half-past six, a jury was called, and an inquest was commenced at mid-day.
The evidence of Caroline GODBAZ, a girl ten years old, and William MILLYARD, barman and general assistant, was taken, but we hold back its publication for the present. The husband of the deceased was found to be too incoherent, through inebriety, to give evidence on Saturday; therefore, he was ordered to be detained in custody for seventy-two hours, and the inquiry was adjourned until this day (Tuesday) at two o'clock at the Court-house. Since the husband was taken into custody, Millyard has been arrested on suspicion of being acquainted with the cause of deceased's death. The head and face of the decease woman were found to be cut and bruised and further serious matters are known which point to violence having been used, but at the present stage of the inquiry, it would be improper to go into particulars, which will be made public after the proceedings of to-day
NOTE - In 1877 William Millyard (1832-1879) was serving on the ship G. BROUGHTON when he, Walter TAYLOR, Frederick BRETON & George BROWN went AWOL on a drunken spree.

5 Aug 1874 - the CHARGE
.. The following verdict has been given in the case of Mrs Boseley, of the well-known Bay View Hotel, Wakapuaka-road, Nelson, who was found dead under suspicious circumstances:- "That Charlotte Boseley was murdered by Newman Boseley, and that William MILLYARD was accessory to the deed". One of the witnesses said that he had known the Boseley's for 20 years, and that they had lived happily enough before they opened the public house

.. The trial of BOSELEY and MILLYARD will commence on Wednesday and is likely to last for two days

19 August 1874 - the JURY & CHARGING NEWMAN
.. Newman Boseley was charged with the murder of Charlotte Boseley, his wife, on the 17th of July last, at the Bay View Hotel, Wakapuaka, and William MILLYARD was charged as an accessory
Mr H. ADAMS, assisted by Mr PITT, prosecuted, and Mr CONOLY, and Mr FELL for the prisoners
The jurors sworn were - Alexander ROBERTSON (foreman), Joseph HOLDING, E. CRESSWELL, Frederick FANZELOW, G. SAUNDERS, Frederick FREEMAN, A. T. ROBERTSON, M. CHRISTIAN, Hicks PARKER, J. COCKRAM, Basil CONNELL and John BATT. Charles KIDSON, J. E. SHERWOOD, Frederick NUEMANN, W. V. SAUNDERS, and Christopher WEBB were challenged. His Honor then gave the remainder of the jurors permission to absent themselves. He could not formally discharge them as there was a remote chance of some of them being wanted, but he gave them leave of absence.

20 Aug 1874 - THE TRIAL
.. in the Murder Charge against Newman BOSELEY and his barman William MILLYARD as accessory
Mr H. ADAMS opened the case for the prosecution. He referred to the evidence that would be furnished of the fact of Boseley frequently beating his wife, and of his having said that he would kill her if he dared.
The first witness called was Mr LIGHTFOOT, who produced plans of the Bay Biew Hotel and gave evidence respecting the building. In answer to Mr CONOLLY he said prisoner and his wife appeared to him to agree very well together, but he had not seen them for some years.
* Ann GULLER, sworn, said: She knew both prisoners at the bar. On the 18th July last Millyard came to my home and said - Mr CONNOLLY objected to the witness relating anything Millyard had said. The prosecutor had not indicated the show of a case against him. His Honor agreed that, as far as the evidence before the Coroner had gone, there appeared to be nothing to put Millyard upon his trial. Witness must not tell them what Millyard had said to her. Examination continued; At Millyard's request I went at once to the Bay View Hotel, and when I got there Boseley said "My wife's dead, and I am sorry for it.' She was in the parlor, lying on her back on the sofa with her head towards the window. Boseley turned down a blanket that was over her, and I touched her left cheek which was cold and stiff. Her face looked black and bruised. I saw no blood on her. I said that nothing could be done until the Coroner came, upon which Boseley said, "What do you want with a coroner?" I said, "Because it is a sudden death." Mrs BATCHELOR was sent for by Millyard, who went to the authorities. Boseley at this time was in liquor; he drank beer whilst I was there. He said his wife had been the ruin of him, but she was now dead, and he was sorry for it.
* Examined by Mr Connolly: have seen Mrs Boseley the worse for drink for days together, and have seen her fall down. She would get drunk, and that would set Boseley on. She has been drunk many times when he has been sober. There were frequent rows in the house which generally commenced with her, and then the both of them would get on the drink. I believed Boseley to mean that his wife's drunkenness would be the ruin of him. I remained at the house all that day, Saturday.
* Examined by Mr PITT: Have been present on many occasions when they were quarreling and have seen both hit each other; neither of them would give way, and the most exasperated one would strike first, and with anything that first came to hand. She was about my age, but I believe she was strong. She was about fifty-four years old.
* Caroline GODBAZ, sworn, repeated her former statement as to the circumstances connected with the discovery of Mrs Boseley's death. On the Saturday on which the discovery was made the body was so disfigured that witness did not know her. Boseley was in the room all the time and asked her (witness) to wash the face of the deceased. She saw no blood on the face. Mrs FULLER was the first to come, and she was followed by Mrs BACHELOR. Did not try to go into the parlor on Friday. Mrs Boseley generally swept out the parlor.
* Tomas DODSON sworn, said: "I am an innkeeper at Wakapuaka. I know the prisoners. I called at the Bay View on the morning of Friday, the 17th July. I saw Millyard sitting on a ladder under the front window. He was drunk. He served me with a glass of ale. I did not see Boseley or his wife. I went into the bar. I heard voices in the parlor; one I know was Boseley's. I heard him say, "You drunken b---." The other voice was very low, more of a moan or grumble. I called again in the evening on my coming back from town. Millyard was behind the bar in about the same condition. I heard no noise then.
* Thomas CUMMINS: I am a butcher living in Nelson. I was with PLUMMER at Boseley's house on the afternoon of the 17th July. I saw Millyard lying on a form in the bar. I don't think he was sober. He served me with something to drink. Boseley came into the bar after we had been there about ten minutes. We heard his voice previously in the parlor. He was swearing and calling somebody names. I heard a woman's voice, which I took to be Mrs Boseley's. It was moaning and munbling. When Boseley came in he was grumbling at his wife and said she was a drunken beast, and had been the ruination of him. There was a little blood on one of his hands. There was a slight graze on one of his fingers. I don't think he knew what he was doing.
* Samuel WADMAN was next called, but his evidence was much the same as that given at the inquest.
John NASH, police sergeant, produced certain articles of clothing belonging to Boseley, Millyard and the deceased.
* Charles Edward COTTERELL, medical practitioner, repeated the evidence given by him at the inquest. Dr Cotterell was this morning under cross-examination, the purpose of which was to elicit from him that the clot of blood on the brain might have been caused by apoplexy, and that the blow behind the ear might have been occasioned by a fall.
Re-examined: The external injuries were quite sufficient to cause the clot of blood.
* William Westbrooke SQUIRES:- I am a doctor of medicine, and Coroner for the district. I went on the 18th of July to the Bay View Hotel. I saw the body of Mrs Boseley lying on a sofa. I should say from the appearance of the body that she must have died when lying on her chest, and that rigor mortis set in, and was completed, when in that position. The face was very much bruised and swollen. From the appearance of the ear in which there was some sperm tinged with blood, I formed the inference that there had been bleeding from the ear, and the heated sperm had been dropped in to stop it ... more here
This closed the case for the prosecution, and at this state of the proceedings the jury, acting under the Judge's instructions found William Millyard Not Guilty and he was consequently discharged at once.
Mr Connolly having stated that he did not intend to call any witnesses for the defence, Mr Adams, addressed the jury for the prosecution. Mr Connolly then made a most eloquent speech on behalf of the prisoner, after which his Honor commenced to sum up.

20 Aug 1874 - the crowded Court is surprised
.. a lot more witness reports here ... Mr ADAMS addressed the jury and Mr CONOLLY made a powerful appeal on behalf of the prisoner lasting about an hour and a-half .. the sentence was received by the crowded Court with signs and sounds of surprise and the wretched prisoner, who had evidently expected a far lighter sentence, was then removed

.. At the Supreme Court, the trial of Newman BOSELEY for the murder of his wife and William MILLYARD as an accessory after the fact, excited great interest. The hall was crowded on both days. At the close of the case for the prosecution, the Judge directed Millyard to be discharged.
His Honor commenced to sum up at a quarter past three, and concluded at a quarter to six, when the jury retired, and after about an hour's absence, returned a verdict of Guilty of Manslaughter to which they added the following rider:- "That the authorities, knowing the life that the prisoner and his wife were leading, should have refused a license to sell drink."
The prisoner after being called upon to state why sentence should not be passed on him, said "I am quite innocent; I know nothing at all about it."
His Honor, in passing sentence, said, It is impossible for me to credit your statement, and could I even believe it, it would be unavailing now. Newman Boseley, you have had a narrow escape from extreme peril. The jury has taken a lenient, perhaps a too lenient, view of your case. It must be plain to all who have heard the evidence that you were the cause of the injuries which brought about the death of your wife. Your sentence would have been a severer one, but that it is proper that I should take into consideration your advanced years, and the fact that society is not likely to have anything further to dread from you after the terrible warning you must now have receive. The sentence of the Court is that you be kept in penal servitude for the term of fifteen years.

.. SIR - The late melancholy trial for wife murder has elicited from the jury an expression of opinion which will, let us hope, yet produce good results and tell both upon public and upon official opinion. The jury attached a rider to their verdict - "That the authorities, knowing the life that the prisoner and his wife were leading, should have refused him a license to sell drink."
Certainly it is a melancholy satire upon our present system of licensing that (as came out upon this trial) long after it has become notorious that a publican and his wife get drunk in their public-house and fight, that publican may nevertheless get his license renewed! Without going further into this individual case, it irresistibly suggests the general question, What is a publican's true position? Various circumstances and arguments lately used both at home and abroad, appear to indicate a very erroneous popular view; that the publican is a man with valuable vested rights, which ought not to be touched. His license is looked upon far too much as a personal privilege rather than as a public trust, whereas I contend that the publican should be regarded as a trusted servant of the public; that is, a servant of the public trusted to distributed stores of too dangerous a character for any but thoroughly trustworthy men to be in charge of; and no precautions or restrictions should be considered too irksome. In ordinary stores, dictation as to a man's boots would be considered highly impertinent; in a powder-magazine the order to wear list slippers is cheerfully submitted to. The publican's license should be regarded not merely as a profitable right bought of the Government by an ordinary tradesman both with money and by submission to annoying restrictions, but rather as a certificate of fitness, like a Board of Trader's certificate of the fitness of a master mariner to command a ship. The master of a publichouse getting drunk should be treated as the master of a ship getting drunk, and, like him, should lose his certificate, not at next licensing day, but as soon as the offence should be proved against him. In such a case no mercy should be shewn; the profitable monopoly attaching to the discharge of a pubic trust should be unhesitatingly swept away; together with the trust which had been abused. If a powder-magazine keeper and his wife were discovered walking about the magazine with bare lighted candles, would the authorities wait till next quarter-day to discharge them?
And so there should be legal authority not merely to refuse a license, on next annual application, to a publican who gets drunk, but also to turn him out at once. And even a drunken landlady should not be tolerated. The master of a ship would not be allowed to employ a drunken mate; neither should the master of a publichouse.
If public opinion were as keen about morals as it is about money, we should not see such a staring anomaly as this: That a man to whom authority has been gravely committed to sell certain stores consiered too dangerous to be left to be sold by everybody or anybody, should be continued in this position of authority after he himself has, in his own person and his wife's, given a conspicuous example of ther dangerousness!
I am, &c., CITIZEN (NOT A TEETOTALLER, NOR ONE OF THE JURY) [in justice to the Licensing Commissioners who granted Boseley his license on the last occasion, it should be stated that no representations were made by the police of the condition in which he and his late wife were only too frequently found - ED. N.E.M.]

27 Aug 1874 - LETTER IN REPLY to the above
.. SIR, Much has been said, and some little has been written, with respect to the authorities granting a license to the late unfortunate landlord and landlady of the Bay View Hotel. It is a thousand pities that the Inspector of Police (who, I believe to be very discreet and impartial in the discharge of his public duties), was not supported by either the magistrates or the people when he did oppose the granting of the license. The public in seeking someone to blame for the granting of the license, must not forget the real cause of the tragedy - they must remember what instrument has been used in bringing upon our once industrious settlers such sad fates - namely, the excessive use of intoxicating liquors. Wars has caused the slaying of thousands, but strong drink of tens of thousands. Gambling, swearing, cheating, hypocrisy, lying, novel reading, smoking, dancing, theatrical performances, free thought and all Sunday recreations are strongly denounced from our pulpits, but how rarely is the indulgence in alcoholic beverages referred to, and the rising generation warned of the dangers likely to be encountered in taking them. Why is this?. When drinking is less fashionable, and when our professing Christians do their duty with regard to this social question, then, no doubt, the magistrates and police will feel compelled on each licensing day to strictly perform their duty, and they will receive the public support they should have whilst so doing. - Yours truly, A. HEATHEN

1 Sep 1874 - ESTATE of NEWMAN BOSELEY, a convict
.. TO BE LET BY TENDER - TENDERS will be received at the Offices of the Undersigned, until the 21st instant, for a LEASE OF THE BAY VIEW HOTEL, with GARDEN, ORCHARD, &c., part of the Estate of NEWMAN BOSELEY
The House, which is licensed, is nearly new, and contains Nine Rooms besides Outbuildings &c. There are Ten Acres of Land attached, including a large Garden and Orchard, stocked with the finest Fruit Trees, all in full-bearing, and in first-rate order, and producing annually a very valuable crop of fruit.
.. NOTICE - ALL CLAIMS AGAINST the ESTATE must be SENT IN to the Office of the Undersigned within TWENTY-ONE DAYS from this date or they will not be recognised; and all DEBTS DUE to the Estate must be PAID to us within the same time, or they will be SUED FOR, without further notice, FELL & ATKINSON, Solicitors to the Interim Curator

17 Sep 1874 - AUCTION SALE
.. IN THE ESTATE OF NEWMAN BOSELEY. AUCTION SALE, on WEDNESDAY, 23rd inst., at twelve o'clock, at the BAY VIEW HOTEL, Wakapuaka. Messrs SHARP & PICKERING have been favored with instructions from the Public Trustee, to Sell by Public Auction, the following EFFECTS -
20 casks Nelson WINE
1 hogshead
7 quarter-casks
1 barrel
Empty Casks and Kegs
Fruit Cases
8 hives Bees
.. - ALSO -
1 Draught Horse
1 cow
1 Calf
1 dray, nearly new
1 Spring Cart
1 set Cart Harness
.. - ALSO -
Honey, double-barreled Gun, Bacon, Books, Ladder, copper Boiler, Bricks, Carpenter's and Garden Tools, Iron Wire, Garden Seeds, Empty Bottles, &c., &c

1 Oct 1874 - AUCTION SALE
.. At our rooms, Trafalgar-street, on Friday the 2nd October, at noon ... etc.., ALSO, Quantity of Books, in the Estate of Newman Boseley, to be sold by order of the Public Trustee

.. At the Quarterly Licensing Court held on Tuesday, the following transfers of licenses were effected:- ... & for the district of Suburban North, a transfer was granted for the Bay View Hotel from Antonio MIKELSON to Henry COLLINS

7 June 1877 - NEW LICENSE
.. The annual Licensing Courts for Nelson and Suburban North sat on Tuesday last .. and the license of the Bay View Hotel was granted to Mr William ADNAMS

16 May 1879 - DEATH of William MILLYARD
.. MILLYARD - May 16, at the Hospital, Nelson, William Millyard, late of Wakapuaka, aged 46 years

20 May 1879 - SUDDEN DEATH
.. Mr William ADNAMS (aged 54), who until within the past day or two was the landlord of the Bay View Hotel, died very suddenly yesterday morning at the residence of his son-in-law Mr John POWELL, at Happy Valley. A Post Mortem examination of the body will be held by Dr MARKS this morning, and the inquest will take place before the Coroner, Dr BOOR, at Mr Powell's residence at 3 o'clock this afternoon
The Post Mortem examination held by Dr Marks showed the death was caused by heart disease

.. The ANNUAL LICENSING COURT - On Tuesday last L. BROAD, J. W. BARNICOAT, W. WELLS and Charles HUNTER BROWN, Esq., (1825-1898) the Commissioners, presided over the annual Licensing Court... and the license of the Bay View Hotel was transferred to Mr H. SKELTON.
NOTE - Charles HUNTER-BROWN arrived on the 'Mariner' in 1849 from England. He married Ellinor Jane ABRAHAM (1840-1929) in Auckland 1861. They had 4 sons & 5 daughters. He was a politician in Christchurch for a time in the early 1860s. He died at his residence "Long-Look-Out" in Cleveland Rd, Nelson, Boxing Day 1898. Journal of Charles Hunter Brown 1877 The original journal is in the archives of the Anglican Church of Melanesia, on deposit in the National Archives of Solomon Island. his OBITUARY

17 July 1879 (5 years to the day after the murder) - NEW LICENSEE
.. BAY VIEW HOTEL. H. SKELTON, Wakapuaka, late of Napier, begs to inform the Public and the residents of Wakapuaka that he has taken the above Hotel where he hopes by strict attention and keeping the Best Brands of Liquors to merit a share of pastronage. The Garden and Grounds will be made a special feature. Further notice will be given when Strawberries and Cream will be provided.

.. Messrs PITT and RICHMOND presented the petition, praying for the release of Newman Boseley, to the Governor this morning. His Excellency said he would at once refer the matter to the Minister of Justice, and hoped in a short time to give a reply. They then waited on the Minister of Justice, and fully explained the nature of the case to him, upon which he promised to have the matter looked into as soon as he received the petition from his Excellency

29 March 1881 - LICENSE TRANSER
.. BAY VIEW HOTEL - We learn that a change in the management of this Hotel took place yesterday. Mr Skilton the late landlord having transferred his licensee to Mr FOGDEN the late landlord of the Ship Hotel at the Port. (this was
William Francis Fogden (1828-1909), who in 1899 had 'The Anchorage')

26 June 1882 - INQUEST
.. An inquest was held at the Bay View Hotel yesterday before Dr Boor, Coroner, and a jury, of which Mr A. HUNTER was foreman, touching the death of Isaac Wilden HIBBERD (aged 76). The evidence of Dr Hudson and Mr and Mrs KINZETT (daughter & son in law) was taken, the last witness deposing to finding the razor with which the deceased inflicted the wound. The medical evidence stated that the continued use of morphia was almost sure to affect the mind of the person using it, and the jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased committed suicide by cutting his throat whilst in a state of temporary insanity

31 July 1882 - the HOTEL DESTROYED
.. Yesterday, the building known as the BAY VIEW HOTEL, situate a little beyond the Cemetery on the Wakapuaka road, was completely destroyed by fire. From the particulars we have received it seems that Mr Fogden, the occupier, with his wife and children were sitting in the room to the north of the house, and a little after half-past six the smallest boy complained of being sleepy, and his father rose to carry him upstairs to bed.
On leaving the room Mr Fogden fancied he smelt something burning, but seeing nothing suspicious he went upstairs, calling to his wife to see if anything was wrong. On his coming down stairs, which he did immediately, he and Mrs Fogden both looked to see if anything was burning, and then saw smoke in the room.
Mr Fogden in his search opened the door of a cupboard beneath the staircase, and though he saw no flame in it when he first opened it, it was no sooner opened than the current of air created appears to have caused a great blaze to break out over the place.
He rushed upstairs and had only brought the child down when a portion of the staircase or landing fell in, and having got his wife and family from the building, there was no time to save any of the furniture, and with the exception of a very few things got out by one or two persons who happened to be near, nothing was saved. From the narrative as stated above, it would appear that the fire must have been smouldering for some time, and when discovered, it would seem that the space behind the lining must have been a mass of fire, which the slight draught fanned into a flame.
The Bay View Hotel has not been a licensed house since the 4th June last, no renewal having been applied for, but a considerable business has always been done at this place in the sale of fruit. Mr Fogden has now occupied the house for some time, and although he had his furniture partially insured he will be a considerable loser by last night's fire. Mrs Fogden and the children were of course shelterless by the fire, but we learn that Mrs GLASGOW, Mrs LEDGER, and other neighbours showed great kindness, and offered shelter.
The family proceeded to the house occupied by Messrs Te Whiti and Tohu, where they were found accommodation by the gentleman who has the care of the chiefs.
The Bay View Hotel was owned by the trustees of Boseley and was insured for £300 in the Norwich Union office, and on the furniture, &c., owned by Mr Fogden, £200 in the same office. Mr Fogden estimates his loss above the amount covered by insurance at some £200, little or nothing having been saved, even his wife's trinkets &c., being destroyed. The building showed some signs of decay, the woodwork in places being very much rotted, we are informed. The stabling adjoining the hotel was not burnt.
The house was the property of Newman Boseley, who in the course of a few days will be liberated from gaol where he has served a long term of imprisonment for manslaughter

1882 - NEWMAN BOSELEY is released from gaol

.. A somewhat singular petition was presented to Parliament to-day by Mr H. A. LEVESTAM. The petitioner, Newman Boseley, of Suburban North, Nelson, gardener, states that in 1874 he was sentenced to penal service for ten year. Some lands, which he held on lease from the Crown at Whangamoa Valley were place in the charge of the Public Trustee as administrator, and managed by his agents, Messrs Fell and Atkinson.
In 1876 the Public Trustee, acting on the advice of the latter, sold the goodwill of the lease for the very small sum of £30 to William NORTHAM. Petitioner valued the property at £250, and considers that that sum could have been obtained if it had been properly advertised for sale. He further alleges that there was no necessity for selling the leasehold, and that it was 6? years after it was sold before the purchase money was taken up by the agents of the Public Trustee, and it still remains in their hands, they refusing to pay the money over to the petitioner because he will not pay a bill or cost of theirs amounting to three guineas (£3 3s).
The petitioner prays the House for an enquiry, and for such relief as it may think fit to grant

.. he married Selina CAREY (widow 1829-1917) in 1884
.. Sep 1885, Newman Boseley was charged with unlawfully deserting his wife. Mr FELL appeared for the complainant and Mr KINGDON for the defendant. He might further explain here, that though the husband was charged with deserting his wife, the facts were in reality not so, as she had to leave Newman
* Selina remarried in 1894 to John WALKER

18 July 1884 - a NEW HOME
.. Builders are invited to send in tenders for a house for Mr Boseley

28 November 1886 - THE END
DEATH - BOSELEY, November 28, at his residence, Wakapuaka, Newman Boseley, aged 64


CHARLOTTE BOSELEY died 17 July 1874 aged 54
she is buried PLOT 69, BLOCK 5 at Wakapuaka Cemetery
NEWMAN BOSELEY died 28 November 1886 aged 64
he is buried PLOT 69, BLOCK 5 at Wakapuaka cemetery
... one wonders who made THAT decision !!!

Wakapuaka Cemetery & Chapel

first burial was in Dec 1861

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by janilye on 2011-12-27 04:58:40

Great story ng. It's been a good conversation piece in our house today. I know what you mean about it reading like a Stephen King novel.
Yes! how ironic they are buried together.
I don't think I'd consider marrying a guy just out of gaol for murdering his 1st wife.
I think, well assume there is a mistake in the paper in the section 'she had to leave'. I know you people across the ditch like one or two but do you really have 28 gallon casks?

by ngairedith on 2011-12-27 05:04:28

:) only as an aperitif, AFTER the meal we open the larger casks

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