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Sexy convict Jane New was a temptation that John Stephen Jnr found too difficult to resist. John was the Registrar of the NSW Supreme Court, son of a Supreme Court judge, and brother of a future Lieutenant-Governor of NSW. His relatives in England – also with the surname Stephen – had played a leading role in the abolition of slavery. The Jane New scandal unfolded in 1829 and the consequences not only brought shame on this prestigious legal family, they contributed to Britain’s decision to recall Governor Ralph Darling and pushed the New South Wales colony to the brink of a constitutional crisis.  

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