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Stuart Jackson on 24th October, 2014 wrote of Alfred Windle:
Alfred Windle married at Sydney, New South Wales on 11 May 1835 to Caroline Mary Ann Rooke. They had 13 children before his death in 1876. His wife Caroline died in 1884 at Coogee, New South Wales.
Stuart Jackson on 23rd October, 2014 wrote of Alfred Windle:
Alfred Windle was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England in 1803 and was christened at the Cathedral Saint Peter Church, Sheffield, on May 20th 1803. His father was William Windle born 1775 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England and mother was Ann Naylor born 1784 also in Sheffield.
D Wong on 23rd October, 2014 wrote of William Sidebottom:
William was 25 years old on arrival in VDL.
He was transported for ‘stealing a watch and keys from a Mr Howard’.
William’s parent’s were Thomas Langford and Mary Sidebottom.
When William was arrested he gave his mother’s maiden name, Sidebottom as his surname, after that he continued to use Sidebottom until he died.
William was single, 5’4 ¼” tall, dark brown eyes, brown hair.
1830: Sent to Maria Island.
1832-33 Muster: Assigned to Mr John Brown
27/7/1839: Free Pardon.
William then moved to Launceston and became active in the liquor industry. He moved to Melbourne in 1837 and became one of its earliest settlers.
William became successful, he had land dealings and hotels.
William owned four or five hotels and was a licensee operating at the first race meeting at Flemington racecourse.
William enticed his siblings to come to Melbourne and join him.
He offered to pay for the passage of each of his sibling’s families and helped them to get established on arrival. His father and all but one of his siblings arrived in Victoria.
1849: William died.
David English on 23rd October, 2014 wrote of William Honey:
Grace Hopper was born inHobart Town approx1830-32
she married William Honey at St.George’s Hobart
on the 20/8/1849.William Honey,butcher,28 years;
Grace 21years.Grace and William had a son
William Honey born 4/6/1850.
Donald Boyle on 23rd October, 2014 wrote of Henry Sherliker:
On arrival assigned to William Bowman, Bong Bong.
Ticket of Leave 1842. Vessel Ferguson. Goldbourne, Argyll County.
No records found after this date to indicate Harry’s fate/
D Wong on 22nd October, 2014 wrote of Charles Duncombe:
Charles Duncombe was 48 years old on arrival in VDL and was transported for ‘Obtaining goods under false pretences’ – this had to do with the theft of two shovels which he denied knowing anything about.
Once imprisoned for breaking the rules; once for 3 rabbits convicted 6 mths imprisoned
Charles was 5’1 ½” tall, could read, widowed, protestant, ruddy complexion, brown/grey hair, light grey eyes. Hard of hearing.
1843: Married Mary Easton. Was married to Hannah Carter before being transported. Hannah died soon after he was sent out.
1/12/1884 Daily Telegraph, Launceston:
An old identity, named Charles Duncombe, died yesterday, aged 90 years. The poor old fellow had been blind for a considerable time.
Lorna Dicks on 22nd October, 2014 wrote of Belcher Dicks:
Spent time at Moreton Bay Penal Settlement. Married Jane Howlett. Lived at Penrith then Cudgegong.
Trevor Collins on 22nd October, 2014 wrote of Charles Duncombe:
Charles was also convicted of indecent exposure after his arrival in VDL.
He was later joined by his son Alfred, of his own free will, who later married and raised a large family with Mary Leckie daughter of a local businessman who Alfred worked for having dragged himself out of the Workhouse in the UK following his father’s transportation.
D Wong on 22nd October, 2014 wrote of William Brown:
Not to be confused with Frederick Butler/alias William Brown – also on the same ship.
William Clark was 22 years old when arrested for larceny and was tried at the Old Bailey on 27/11/1843. He then changed his name to Brown to save his family the shame of name being recorded for transportation.
William spent 2 years in Pentonville Prison.
William was the son of William Clark b C:1798 in Sibson, Leicestershire, England.
and Martha Pratt born C1801
He received his CP on arrival and was sent on to Port Phillip.
Tasmanian Gov. records ‘Linc’ actually do not have indent or description details of him.
16/2/1847: Married Margaret Sefton at St James Cathedral, Melbourne. Margaret was born 18/7/1823 Ireland and died 17/9/1915 at Coleraine, Victoria. They had 16 children.
28/10/1908: W.C. Brown aged 88 died at Coleraine 29 Oct 1908 of paralysis and senile decay and was buried at the Coleraine Cemetery, Coleraine, Victoria.
Corinne Lutton on 22nd October, 2014 wrote of George Henry:
Burial 16 Dec 1845 St John’s Church Cemetery, Camden.
Corinne Lutton on 22nd October, 2014 wrote of Eliza Gardiner:
Died 26 Apr 1864, Albury, NSW. Burial Albury cemetery 28 Apr 1864.
Noreen Duggan on 22nd October, 2014 wrote of William Duggan:
Marilyn Torley on 22nd October, 2014 wrote of William Brown:
A letter from the Public Records Office Kew
D Wong on 21st October, 2014 wrote of George Bradley:
George was 30 years old on arrival in WA.
He was 5’6 3/4” tall, light brown hair, grey eyes, brown complexion, stout, scar on right side of nose.
Known areas: Perth.
1855: Married or had a relationship with Jane Tianey (no marriage recorded on WA BDM). They had 2 children, Lucy 1856 and John 1860 both born Albany.
George was 74 years old when he died.
D Wong on 20th October, 2014 wrote of James Park:
National Archives of Scotland:
24 Apr 1833
Precognition against James Park for the crime of forgery and uttering forged bill.
James Park, married, Age: 34, mason, Address: Mintlaw Hill, Longside, Aberdeenshire
1843: TOL Maitland.
14/4/1847: TOL Passport, Queanbeyan Bench.
9/1/1852: Convict Death Register:
James died at Parramatta Hospital. Invalid – aged 60.
James was 34 when tried in 1833 which would make his birth year C1800 – however, it is stated that he was 60 when he died, which would make his birth year 1792.
D Wong on 20th October, 2014 wrote of Lionel Ruse:
Lionel Ruse was tried on 14/3/1788 for Highway Robbery and Assault.
Lionel was registered in the Indent of the Scarborough but found no other reference to him.
Donna Smith on 20th October, 2014 wrote of George Bradley:
George left behind in the UK a wife and 3 children. He was convicted of assault of a gamekeeper twice. The first time he served time in prison, the second he was transported.
Colin Rowley on 19th October, 2014 wrote of Kennedy Murray:
Died in Tasmania. Built Prosperous House in Launceston.
Carol Axton-Thompson on 19th October, 2014 wrote of Lionel Ruse:
Lionel Ruse was convicted at Thetford and given a 7yr transportation sentence. Transported to Australia on the ‘Scarborough’ 1790.
D Wong on 18th October, 2014 wrote of William Ollidge:
William Ollidge was 23 years old on arrival in NSW.
Born in Buckinghamshire.
1834: TOL Sutton Forest.
25/11/1842: Married Esther Moore at Bungonia, NSW and lived in the Goulburn area, and had 1 child, Sarah.
On 24/9/1844: Esther Ollidge nee Moore married Richard Naggs (Mary Ann 1835), they had 7 children.
Esther was about 19 years old and came to NSW on the ‘Susan’ with her brother Timothy in 1841.
Esther died in 1854 in childbirth.
No date of death found, but presumably C1843.
Herbie Hanna on 18th October, 2014 wrote of Samuel Hanna:
Samuel Hanna arrived on the Royal Admiral in 1833. Date of trial in Ireland: 19th March 1832.
Ticket of Leave: 12th Dec 1839
Cert of freedom dated 23rd March 1846
Carol Axton-Thompson on 18th October, 2014 wrote of Mary Ann Paul:
Mary Ann Paul was convicted at Taunton on 07.01.1850 for Larceny (stealing meat). 7yr sentence. Two previous convictions. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Baretto Junior’ arriving 25.07.1850.
Single woman; aged 20yrs; Protestant; housemaid; can read; 5’1 1/2”.
Native Place: Crookhorn.
No details of her assignments on conduct record.
Request for permission to marry:
made on 01.04.1851 to Joseph Burnett (listed as free). Married 05.05.1851 Hobart district (ref. 209/1851-37)
Certificate of Freedom 08.06.1857.
D Wong on 18th October, 2014 wrote of Richard Naggs:
Richard Naggs was 17 years old and was transported for ‘Stealing a handkerchief’, his occupation was a ‘hearthrug weaver’.
His was the son of William and Elizabeth Vizer/Vizar.
Richard was 5’2 ½” tall, ruddy and freckled complexion, brown hair and eyes.
24/9/1844: Married Esther Ollidge nee Moore, they had 7 children.
Esther was about 19 years old and came to NSW on the ‘Susan’ with her brother Timothy in 1841. In 1842 Esther married William Ollidge (Mangles 1824) and they had 1 child, Sarah.
Richard worked in Southern NSW at a property called ‘Bettowynd’ and then acquired his own land at Bettowynd Creek, south of Braidwood.
In 1862 Richard made his Will leaving his properties to his son Richard Jnr., and his cows and horses he left to his daughters.
13/1/1864: Richard died at Biddidevine, Araluen of Delirium Tremems (delirium tremens is a trembling madness and is caused from excessive drinking and bad nutrition.)
Esther died in 1854 in childbirth.
D Wong on 18th October, 2014 wrote of Henry Goldsborough:
Henry Goldsborough was transported for ‘stealing money and a watch’. The prosecutor was John Knighton at Raunds.
Henry was 44 years old on arrival, he was single, 5’8” tall, sallow complexion, dark brown hair, reddish whiskers, grey eyes. He could read and write, was CofE, and had been in the 14th dragoons for 6 years.
Found no death for Henry in VDL, the only other mention of any Henry Goldsborough was in Sydney from 1860 to 1890, (there was a departure from VDL in the Goldsborough name, no christian name given, about the time of his CP.
D Wong on 18th October, 2014 wrote of Vincenzo Bucchieri:
Vincenzo Bucchieri was transported for ‘Desertion’ and arrived in NSW on the Guildford 1812. He was then sent to VDL and arrived there per ‘Ruby’ 19/2/1812.
Vencenzo was 30 years old, 5’8” tall, sallow complexion, hazel eyes, black hair.
BUCCHIERI, Vincenzo. Per “Guildford”, 1812
1822 Sep 18: On list of convicts in Van Diemen’s Land, as called for by Lieutenant Governor Sorell (Reel 6009; 4/3506 p.297)
1826: Married Mary Foley. They had been living together and already had 6 children.
1830-1832: Assigned to his wife.
2/4/1833: Colonial Conviction, Hobart – “Receiving 640lbs., of Barley. The property of the Government, knowing it to be stolen”.
1833: Transported to Port Arthur.
1835: Public Works
29/10/1842: Inquest of his death: Died of water on the chest – Natural death.
The Inquest paper was signed by his daughter Harriet.
This is from a paper by Lucy Frost:
Protecting the Children: Early Years of the King’s Orphan Schools in Van
On 16 May 1833, the Committee considered the petition for a ‘distraught & destitute family’ whose father had been sent to Port Arthur after his conviction for receiving 614 pounds of barley, the property of the Crown, knowing it to be stolen. For this theft from ‘our sovereign Lord the King’, Vizenza Buccheri was sentenced to seven years’ transportation.
Buccheri and his wife Mary Foley were among the colony’s earliest convicts. Before female transports began sailing directly to Van Diemen’s Land, Mary had been sent from Dublin to Sydney and then on to Hobart, arriving in 1817. Sentenced to seven years’ transportation in 1815, she was free by 1824, two years before she married Buccheri, with whom she had been living for most of her time as a prisoner.
Buccheri, a Sicilian by birth, was illiterate and never learned to speak English very well, but in these years before Arthur arrived to regulate the convict system, he managed to purchase a cart and four working bullocks, the source of support for his growing
family—ten children were born to the convict couple, though three at least died quite early.
Buccheri had an unusual background. He had been a private in a Sicilian regiment serving with the British when he deserted in Malta, was caught, tried by a court martial in 1809, sentenced to transportation for life — and then sent to London to be put on the ship which would take him to the ends of the earth. In 1814 he participated in a bold attempt to escape the penal island, and might have succeeded in making it to South America with his co-conspirators if they had paid as much attention to their water casks as to the boat they built.
Almost twenty years later, his conviction for receiving the stolen barley looks like another wild scheme gone wrong.
It certainly left his children unprotected. The Committee of Management recorded finding them in a most neglected state, some of the children almost blind’. Rev Bedford had performed the marriage ceremony for the parents in 1826 after they had six children, only three of them living, and had been concerned about the abject poverty of this family ever since.
Now that their father was locked up, he arranged for all the children to be removed from their home to the hospital. ‘The eldest a girl of 11 years of age of most abandoned habits has been sent to the Female Factory’. Suddenly, by despatching an 11-year-old girl to a women’s prison, the concept of ‘protection’ turns darker.
Some sort of struggle may have ensued between the impoverished mother and the determined clergyman, because even though the Committee agreed to admit 6 year old Harriet and 4 year old Thomas in May 1833, the children did not actually go on the record books until late November, six months later. Their oldes sister, Elizabeth, managed to get out of the Female Factory and into the Orphan School the following February. At least two children were still at home, baby Agnes and the blind Mary Ann; in June 1836 they also entered the Orphan School.
Getting out was not easy. On 30 June 1838, after Buccheri had returned from Port Arthur and was granted a ticket of leave to live in New Norfolk, he retrieved his eldest daughter Elizabeth who was now 16 and could be sent out to work. The next year, Thomas, aged 10, absconded and never returned to the Orphan School. In 1841, Buccheri retrieved his youngest child, Agnes, perhaps a sentimental favourite. In 1842 Harriet, after almost nine years in the institution, was apprenticed. Now all the siblings were gone except the blind Mary Ann, who faced another ten years in the Orphan Schools before she was removed to the infirmary, Hobart, aged almost 30.