Nankavill, Herbert

Personal Details

First nameHerbert


Herbert, butcher, married to Sarah Shute

Children of Herbert and Sarah:
Vera 1902
H 1905
Isabel Gertrude 1908

The Clerk’s action in granting permission to H. Nankaville to erect a verandah over the footpath in front of his shop in Bridge-street, Muttaburra, was confirmed.
Aramac Shire Council. (1907, December 21). The Western Champion and General Advertiser for the Central-Western Districts (Barcaldine, Qld. : 1892 – 1922), p. 12. Retrieved August 20, 2016, from

Mr H Nankavill was granted permission to erect a slaughter yard on the Muttaburra Reserve subject to the approval of the site by Mr Clemesha.
1910 ‘ARAMAC SHIRE COUNCIL.’, The Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1875 – 1929), 17 December, p. 41. , viewed 20 Aug 2016,

Alleged Sheep-Stealing at Muttaburra.
A CASE of considerable interest to the public generally and pastoralists in particular was decided at Muttaburra Police Court, before Mr. W. Burrowes, P.M., of Longreaoh, on the 27th October. Herbert Nankavill, licensed butcher at Muttaburra, was charged on the information of Sergeant Duffy with having the skin and carcase of a sheep in his possession reasonably suspected of being stolen from Mt. Cornish station. Defendant pleaded “Not Guilty.” The case lasted all day, and Sergt. Duffy’s evidence occupied over four hours.
Sergt. Duffy prosecuted, and Nankavill defended his own case.
Sergeant Duffy and C. V. Seaton gave evidence for the prosecution.
Defendant, James Delaney, Len Brown,
Fred Strawler, and A. Healy gave evidence for the defence. It appears from the evidence that defendant did not give Sergt. Duffy notice of his intention to kill on the 27th September last. The Sergt. visited his shop at 9 p.m. the same evening, but there was no meat in the shop.
The Sergeant visited the shop again at 4 a.m. on the 28th, and found mutton in the shop.
The Sergeant went to defendant’s slaughter house, but no sheep or anything else had been killed there on the 27th Sept. The Sergeant then returned to the shop again, and on this occasion found defendant in the shop. The Sergeant asked him if he killed any sheep on the 27th Sept., and he informed the Sergeant that he did not. The Sergeant then went into the shop and found the fresh carcase of a sheep. The Sergeant asked defendant if he did not kill the sheep.
He replied, “Yea, I killed a pet sheep.”
The Sergeant asked him where he killed it, and he said he killed it at his private house. The Sergeant requested him to go with him to the house and show him where he killed the sheep, which he did, and when they arrived at the house the Sergeant saw a sheepskin in the yard and the head of the sheep in the kitchen. There was blood on the kitchen floor, and the skin was not off the sheep longer than seven or eight hours. The Sergeant said to defendant, “This is not a pet sheep.” Defendant replied, “No, it is a Burslem sheep.” The Sergeant said, “It is a Mt. Cornish sheep.”
Defendant said, ” Did Mr. Seaton inform you that he lost sheep. The Sergeant informed him that he had been informed that Mt. Cornish station missed a few sheep. Defendant said “I saw a dozen of Mt. Cornish sheep on the town reserve a few days ago.” The Sergt. took possession of the ears and skin, and Mr. Seaton. manager, identified same, and stated the wether was running in a paddock about six miles from Muttaburra, and that there was a stock route through the paddock. Defendant admitted that he used to go out riding at night.
The defence was that defendant bought 300 Burslem sheep, and that the Mt. Cornish wethers must have got into the Burslem lot.
The Police Magistrate informed him that he was perfectly satisfied that he stole the sheep, killed it, and sold the carcase.
Defendant was convicted and fined £40, with 4s. 6d. costs of Court, in default six months’ hard labor in Rockhampton gaol.
Defendant was further charged with killing a sheep at a place other than his licensed slaughter-house. He pleaded guilty and was fined £1 and 3s. 6d. costs of Court. He was also charged with killing two sheep without giving the Inspector notice. He pleaded guilty and was fined 10s. and 3s. 6d. costs, in default 48 hours in each ease.
Since Sergt. Duffy took charge of Muttaburra which has rather an unenviable reputation for sheep and cattle stealing some twelve months ago, he has obtained ten convictions for sheep and cattle stealing, the fines for which aggregated approximately £347 which is a remarkable good record, and the thanks of the pastoralists in the Muttaburra district are due to this officer for his indefatigable efforts to repress and stamp out this form of offence.
Alleged Sheep-Stealing at Muttaburra. (1911, November 4).The Western Champion and General Advertiser for the Central-Western Districts (Barcaldine, Qld. : 1892 – 1922), p. 10. Retrieved August 20, 2016, from


Business contact year1907 - 1915
Business categoryHistoric Retailer