Meet the bigamist, the prostitute and the meat pie and sausage poisoner

DETAILS about a bigamist, two prostitutes and a man who ‘adulterated’ pork pies and sausages are among 200 records which have been released by Jersey Archive this week.

Linda Romeril, head of archives and collections at Jersey Archive
Linda Romeril, head of archives and collections at Jersey Archive

DETAILS about a bigamist, two prostitutes and a man who ‘adulterated’ pork pies and sausages are among 200 records which have been released by Jersey Archive this week.

Each year the Archive, run by Jersey Heritage, releases files which have remained secret for periods of 30, 75 and 100 years.

And this year’s batch offers a fascinating insight into the criminal misdemeanours of Islanders of days gone by, as well as minutes of Jersey’s Defence Committee between the First and Second World Wars and details of those admitted to hospital.

The records are all now available to be viewed at the Archive, in Clarence Road.

Linda Romeril, head of archives and collections at Jersey Archive, said: ‘Each year Jersey Heritage opens more documents for people to view at the Archive.

‘While many of our documents are open for public access from the moment they arrive at the Archive, some files with sensitive personal data are closed for a certain period of time to protect individual’s privacy.’

Comments for: "Meet the bigamist, the prostitute and the meat pie and sausage poisoner"

Kermit

That was the good old days...

sam

the irony here being of course the opening times of Jersey Archive -

9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (closed at lunch!). Late opening last Thursday in the month to 7pm and open one (yes 1) Saturday morning in the month!

You couldn't make it up if you wanted to.

Jerry Gosselin

I agree. Why commit so much capital to a brand new, state of the art building and then only open it to the public part-time? I am not saying they shouldn't have built it. I am saying that now its built, it needs proper manpower resources. What do the staff do on Mondays and Fridays?

Jersey Boy

So basically they're released to the retired and jobless.

Chos

Sam, Excellently highlighted. Perhaps the archive could open Tuesday through Saturday, closing only on Sunday and monday, hopefully allowing a greater number of people to access the archived documents.

Darren

Always love the comment that files with sensitive personal data are closed for a certain period of time to protect individual's privacy.

Basically meaning that until they pass away and then they cannot be arrested for any wrongdoing they may have done

I am getting to be quite cynical since I moved to Jersey. It's fun eh

Jerry Gosselin

Frankly I am disturbed by the way the Jersey Archive has marketed this story. They have distributed to all local media very clear photos of two women involved in prostitution in Jersey 100 years ago, along with their full names, and hinted that we can also unearth more salacious information on other locals if we go and check their newly-released documents. Ironically, as a frequent researcher of Jersey archives, including the Jersey Evening Post, I would say that it was extremely unlikely that photos of these women would ever have been published in the Press at the time the offences were committed, but a century later, someone deems it newsworthy to misuse previously confidential information about their conviction in this way.

It just so happens that these women were apparently ordered to leave the island, so they may not have direct ancestors living in Jersey now, but what if they do have ancestors here? In a small island like this, we have to presume that relatives of those who made the news 100 years ago are still living here. Who gave Linda Romeril the moral right to subject them to this? There is a chance that the grandchildren of these women are still alive and may come across this story, perhaps through the internet.

What will they think up for their next great publicity release? How about the names of those local women suspected at the time of having friendships (and even children) with German soldiers during the Occupation? Their Occupation ID Card photos could also be included with the spiel. After all, they are most likely dead now so what does it matter about their dignity? Does that expire with the body? It would make great copy and maybe the national red tops might get interested as well- if they're not too busy hacking into our voicemails that is.

C Le Verdic

'It just so happens that these women were apparently ordered to leave the island, so they may not have direct ancestors living in Jersey now, but what if they do have ancestors here?'

Their ancestors should all be well dead by now, Jerry!

Perhaps you meant descendants?

Good Old Days

I can't see thousands of people being too interested enough in this to be botherd to view the files so dont sweat! And what if your long dead ancestor put it around a bit it's hardly going to put your family into exile you now!!! I think everyone is being a little too sensitive here! Most families have a bit of dodgy history somewhere down the line and being on an island is no different from being in a town somewhere in the mainland. People don't move around that much.