When Chief Stipendiary Magistrate Charles Jennings (1861-1939) retired from the bench in November 1926 he was presented with this gold watch by his colleagues in the legal profession, the occasion duly caught on camera. The watch is hallmarked Rotherham & Sons, Birmingham, with a date letter for 1922 but the dial carries the name ‘Edward, Glasgow’ for George Edward & Sons, goldsmith and silversmiths, Buchanan Street, Glasgow. The case back is engraved with Jennings’ monogram. Jennings started working for the New South Wales Department of Justice at the age of seventeen. After some time at the Central Police Court in Sydney he held positions in regional areas including Forbes, Bathurst, Parramatta and Newcastle and was appointed a state coroner in 1908. Outside of the law courts he represented New South Wales in Rugby Union and was part of a touring side to New Zealand in 1892. Responding to the farewell speeches given at the Central Police Court on his retirement he declared that the ’jury system had lost its significance’ and that the pensions paid to magistrates were inadequate.
JP2003/11 & JP2003/12 [photograph]