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 Walter Edward Tarrant

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Walter Edward Tarrant

Birth
Australia
Death
6 Mar 1933 (aged 58–59)
Miramar, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
Burial
Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
Plot
Roman Catholic 13Y
Memorial ID
195196789 View Source

Convicted murderer, hanged at Wellington Prison. Aged 58.
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PENALTY PAID - PICTON MURDER - TARRANT EXECUTED
The execution of Edward Tarrant, wood contractor, who was sentenced to death last November for the murder of James Flood at Picton on November 3, 1931, was carried out at the Wellington Prison, Mount Crawford, Miramar, a few minutes before 8 o'clock this morning. Tarrant walked firmly and without assistance from his cell to the scaffold, and on being asked by the Sheriff (Mr. W. W. Samson) if he had anything to say before the sentence was carried into execution, he replied in a low, clear voice, "Nothing." At six minutes to eight Tarrant was taken from his cell, and a solemn procession, consisting of the superintendent of the prison (Mr. J. Down), Dr. H. Gilmer, medical officer to the prison, the sheriff, the Rev. Father M. Uhlenberg, the prisoner, and warders, Press representatives, and others proceeded to the scaffold in a corner of the yard. Tarrant was composed throughout the brief proceedings, which, from the time he left the cell, occupied only three minutes. About twenty-five persons were present. The body was examined by Dr. Gilmer and the Coroner (Mr. T. B. McNeil, S.M.). An inquest was held at which the evidence of the prison superintendent, the sheriff, and Dr. Gilmer was taken, and a verdict was returned that the prisoner had been duly executed in accordance with the law. The Union Jack was flown from one of the flagpoles, as is customary on such occasions, and immediately the execution took place a black flag was displayed from an adjoining flagpole and remained in position for an hour. Tarrant was sentenced to death at the Blenheim Supreme Court in November, and his conviction was affirmed by the Court of Appeal. An application to the Governor-General in Council under the Crimes Act for a new trial was unsuccessful. Throughout his period of confinement at Mount Crawford Tarrant was calm and gave no trouble whatsoever. He passed a quiet night last night and ate a good breakfast this morning. He refused a stimulant before going to the scaffold. At the prisoner's request Father Uhlenberg administered the Last Sacrament this morning. Tarrant was quite composed, but said practically nothing to the priest. (Evening Post, March 6, 1933)

Convicted murderer, hanged at Wellington Prison. Aged 58.
**
PENALTY PAID - PICTON MURDER - TARRANT EXECUTED
The execution of Edward Tarrant, wood contractor, who was sentenced to death last November for the murder of James Flood at Picton on November 3, 1931, was carried out at the Wellington Prison, Mount Crawford, Miramar, a few minutes before 8 o'clock this morning. Tarrant walked firmly and without assistance from his cell to the scaffold, and on being asked by the Sheriff (Mr. W. W. Samson) if he had anything to say before the sentence was carried into execution, he replied in a low, clear voice, "Nothing." At six minutes to eight Tarrant was taken from his cell, and a solemn procession, consisting of the superintendent of the prison (Mr. J. Down), Dr. H. Gilmer, medical officer to the prison, the sheriff, the Rev. Father M. Uhlenberg, the prisoner, and warders, Press representatives, and others proceeded to the scaffold in a corner of the yard. Tarrant was composed throughout the brief proceedings, which, from the time he left the cell, occupied only three minutes. About twenty-five persons were present. The body was examined by Dr. Gilmer and the Coroner (Mr. T. B. McNeil, S.M.). An inquest was held at which the evidence of the prison superintendent, the sheriff, and Dr. Gilmer was taken, and a verdict was returned that the prisoner had been duly executed in accordance with the law. The Union Jack was flown from one of the flagpoles, as is customary on such occasions, and immediately the execution took place a black flag was displayed from an adjoining flagpole and remained in position for an hour. Tarrant was sentenced to death at the Blenheim Supreme Court in November, and his conviction was affirmed by the Court of Appeal. An application to the Governor-General in Council under the Crimes Act for a new trial was unsuccessful. Throughout his period of confinement at Mount Crawford Tarrant was calm and gave no trouble whatsoever. He passed a quiet night last night and ate a good breakfast this morning. He refused a stimulant before going to the scaffold. At the prisoner's request Father Uhlenberg administered the Last Sacrament this morning. Tarrant was quite composed, but said practically nothing to the priest. (Evening Post, March 6, 1933)

Gravesite Details

Unmarked. The 2nd of three such plots to the right of Mary Jones (Y11) at the right, with Bridget Kealy (Y16) up on the left.


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  • Created by: Cosmo
  • Added: 6 Dec 2018
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 195196789
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/195196789/walter-edward-tarrant: accessed ), memorial page for Walter Edward Tarrant (1874–6 Mar 1933), Find a Grave Memorial ID 195196789, citing Karori Cemetery and Crematorium, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand; Maintained by Cosmo (contributor 49300889) .