He is the president of the Manly, Warringah and Pittwater Historical Society.
The solicitor's surname was Boyce.
Coincidentally I met Boyce's descendant at talk about Aboriginal artefacts, including tomahawks.
He pointed out to me that the government did not have to give Jimmy a trial because he had been declared an outlaw.
This meant he could be shot or hanged on sight.
Why the government gave him a trial is yet another of the many questions to be put and hopefully answered in this forensic blog.
The Boyce descendent also told me that the solicitor's father, a prominent member of the Anglican clergy, had been the founder of Barker College at Hornsby.