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D Wong on 18th January, 2017 wrote of Charles Wood:

Charles Wood was 24 years old on arrival, he was born in Birmingham. (Also found dates of birth of 1792 and 1800).

Charles was 5’3” tall, light brown hair, hazel eyes, mole under left ear.

1830-33 Musters: TOL
30/8/1834: CP
28/2/1842: Free Pardon.

Charles and Elizabeth had 7 children - (Elizabeth arrived per ‘Mary 1823’). Elizabeth died 17/3/1840 at Hobart.

1845: Charles Wood is listed as having died - the only listing on Linctas - has a Charles Wood who died aged 30, too young to be this man, so have not confirmed death date.

John Myddleton on 18th January, 2017 wrote of Charles Williams:

This was his second period of transportation. He had been transported for 5 years in 1862, under his real name of Owen Pritchard. While on a ticket of leave, he returned to Wales and was convicted to a further 15 years after committing a crime and absconding, spectacularly, from the gaol.

John Myddleton on 18th January, 2017 wrote of Owen Pritchard:

In 1866, having been given a ticket of leave, he returned to Wales and was arrested, under the name Charles Williams, for larceny. He was in Carmarthen at the time and was sent to Carmarthen Gaol. Before he was sentenced, he and another prisoner, John Reid, made an incredible escape. They were rearrested in a matter of two weeks. As a result, Reid was sentenced to further imprisonment but Owen/ Charles was sentenced to 15 years’ transportation. In 1867 he left Britain aboard the Hougoumont.

D Wong on 17th January, 2017 wrote of John Box:

John Box was listed as 20 years old on arrival, (the Worcestershire Journal puts his age at 30) he was single, 5’8 1/2” tall, dark hair, dark brown eyes, dark complexion, stout, scar under right eye, semi literate, protestant.

Father: William

23/6/1853: TOL
27/10/1857: CP

15/9/1857: married Catherine Sherry (Cherry) at York, WA
5 children listed on WA BDM.

1859: York Census: Employed 1 man or more.
Blacksmith “Avondale” Beverley. Employed 10 TOL men 1859-1878 including 2 blacksmiths and a striker.

1895: John died aged 71 - WA BDM

Denyse Delfs on 17th January, 2017 wrote of Charles Wood:

Married convict Elizabeth Green 12 July 1824 Launceston

Denyse Delfs on 17th January, 2017 wrote of Elizabeth Green:

married convict Charles Wood 12 July 1824 Launceston

Nell Murphy on 17th January, 2017 wrote of Susannah Evans:

Susannah EVANS was convicted at Warwick in 1823 for burglary. Life sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘Brothers’ arriving 1824.

Colony of VDL:
27 Nov 1824: disobedience of orders. Service of H. Jellico Esq. To be confined for a fortnight, on bread and water. Returned to Female Factory at George Town for 3mths.

19 March 1825: Married John Brooks, bachelor, at George Town, VDL. Susannah listed as a spinster & prisoner at George Town. (Ref. 36/1/1 no. 840)

Nell Murphy on 17th January, 2017 wrote of Sarah Brittle:

Sarah BRITTLE was convicted at Warwick June 1822 for stealing cheese. 7yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘Brothers’ 1824.

1825: Absent without leave. Sent to the Female Factory.

23 April 1825: a Sarah Brittle died in hospital. Aged 40yrs.

Nell Murphy on 17th January, 2017 wrote of Jane Cefender:

Jane CEFENDER was convicted at Chester, on 5 April 1823 for uttering forged notes. First offence. Life sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘Brothers’ arriving 1824.

Single woman.

1827: in the service of Dr. Bromley. Absconded. Reprimanded and sent to the Female Factory.

30 Jul 1830: Application for permission to marry - to Samuel Coulson (free). Approved.

7 Feb 1831: Marriage to Samuel Coulson. (Registration is spelt “Cafender”) at Hobart. (ref. 36/1/2 no. 1560)

May 1831: Govt. permission for her to depart to Sydney, with her husband Coulson.

8 May 1831: Departed Hobart, with husband, per the ‘Rifleman’ for Sydney. (ref. CUS33/1/1 no. 340)

Nell Murphy on 17th January, 2017 wrote of Eliza Protheroe:

Eliza PROTHEROE was convicted at Middlesex, London on 14 Jan 1830 for stealing from the person. Life sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ‘Mellish’ arriving 23 Sept 1830.

Married woman, 2 children.

Van Diemen’s Land:
workplace assignments
9 May 1831 at Capt. Bateman’s - being drunk and insolent to her Mistress. 6 days in cells, on bread & water.
Further records of misconduct.

21 Dec 1831: Application for permission to marry - to Isaac Prail (to whom she had been assigned). Approved.
26 March 1832: Married to Wm Isaac Prail (free) at Hobart. Eliza, widow, convict per Mellish. (ref. 36/1/2 no. 1816)
3 Feb 1841: Conditional Pardon approved. No. 2887.
1845: Pardoned - in Australian colonies, not including Europe.

Dave Curtis on 17th January, 2017 wrote of John Box:

Convict Number 1065

Nell Murphy on 17th January, 2017 wrote of John Prothero:

John PROTHERO was convicted at Monmouth on 31 July 1845 for housebreaking. Previous convictions. 7yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ‘Joseph Somes’ arriving 21 May 1846.

Single man; lime burner; aged 29yrs; 5’4”; Protestant; can read a little.
Native Place: Radnorshire, Wales.
Father: William
Mother: Jane
Brothers: James & Thomas
Sister:

12mths Probation Period in Colony of VDL.
13 Nov 1849: Ticket of Leave granted.
19 Oct 1852: Certificate of Freedom

28 July 1857: charged at Hobart Supreme Court for burglary. Acquitted.

Graham Morrow on 17th January, 2017 wrote of Henry Higgerson:

Sentenced for seven years in 1824 at the age of 12, He did not arrive in Van Diemans Land till 1828. In 1832 he was sentenced to life for burglary. He finally received a conditional pardon on 9 Jun 1846. He married Eliza Jones,(also a convict) on 30 Sep 1850 and had six children.

Nell Murphy on 17th January, 2017 wrote of William Pope:

William PROTHERO (corrupted to Prothers and Brothers) also k/a Pope was convicted at Radnor, Wales on 24 Aug 1829 for stealing a watch. Previously convicted for stealing a jacket and also for poaching. 14 yr Transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ‘Manlius’ arriving 12 Aug 1830.

Aged 32yrs; married man - wife Mary at Lingdon, Hereford; ploughman.
Native Place: Lingdon, Hereford.

Work assignments in the Colony of VDL.
Several notes of minor misconduct.
Ticket of Leave granted.
Free Certificate 1843 no. 630.

Nell Murphy on 17th January, 2017 wrote of Henry Brothers:

Henry BROTHERS was convicted at Kent on 6 Aug 1838 for stealing money from a letter in the Post. Gaol Report: “character good, respectable”. 10 yr transportation sentence. Hulk Report: “very good”. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘Egyptian’ arriving 16 Aug 1839. Ship surgeon’s report: “intelligent man with a good disposition, hospital man (asst)”.

Single man; aged 22yrs; 5’4 1/2”; clerk - worked for the Post Office at Chatham; Protestant.
Native Place: Sheerness, Kent, England.

Clear Conduct Record in the Colony.

30 Dec 1839: Died, in H.M. Colonial Hospital, Hobart. Aged 23yrs. Convict per ‘Egyptian’. cause not stated on registration. Parish of Trinity, Hobart. (ref. convict conduct record & reg. 34/1/2 no. 126)

Nell Murphy on 16th January, 2017 wrote of Ann Adams:

Ann ADAMS was convicted at Middlesex, London on 6 Jan 1846 for stealing clothing. Previously convicted. 7yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ‘Sea Queen’ arriving 29 Aug 1846.

Married woman; husband - Thomas Nayler. She was also known as Ellen Nayler.
Housemaid; aged 20 yrs; 4’4 1/2”; Protestant; can read & write.
Native Place: Marylebone, London.
Brother - Robert, at sea.

Orderly, quiet & well behaved.
6mth Probation Period. Station Gang - Anson hulk.
30 Nov 1847: Application for permission to marry - to William Jones (free status). Approved.
24 Jan 1848: Married to William Jones at Hobart. Ann aged 23yrs, widow. William aged 27yrs, labourer. (Ref. 37/1/7 no. 1600)
9 Oct 1849: Ticket of Leave granted.
8 April 1851: Conditional Pardon approved.
4 Feb 1853: Certificate of Freedom
8 June 1854: Gaol, Hobart.

Nell Murphy on 16th January, 2017 wrote of Ann Adams:

Ann ADAMS was convicted at Middlesex, London in 1822 for stealing a watch. Gaol Report: “well behaved”. 7yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘Brothers’ arriving 1824.

Died, in hospital 14 July 1824. (ref. 34/1/1 no. 825, convict, “Brothers”, aged 23yrs.)

Assigned out to work services.
Ticket of Leave granted.

Lynne Dentiuk on 16th January, 2017 wrote of Eliza Wheeler:

ELiza was born in Fairford ENgland but was living in Glamorgan Wales when she was convicted of Larceny (Clothing). She was 22 years old and 4’11” and worked as a dairymaid. She was granted a Conduct Pardon and freed in 1848. Eliza married George Walker, also a freed convict. George and Eliza had 10 children and lived the rest of their lives in Hobart. Eliza died in 1910, 42 years after George, at the age of 90.

Lynne Dentiuk on 16th January, 2017 wrote of George Walker:

George was living outside of Northhampton with his wife, Anna and two children when he was convicted of Larceny against Richard West of Kingsthorpe. He received a Life sentence and Transportation to VDL. After serving 11 years of his life term he was granted a Free Pardon for good behaviour and in 1855 he married Elizabeth Wheeler. George and Eliza had ten children. George died in April 1868 of Typhus.

Nell Murphy on 16th January, 2017 wrote of Isaac Earl:

Isaac EARL died at the Launceston Hospital, Tasmania on 19 Aug 1840, aged 25 yrs. Transported per Wm Glen Anderson ship.(Ref. Death records)

Nell Murphy on 16th January, 2017 wrote of Frederick Topping:

Indent Records 1837:
Aged 25yrs; single man; medical profession - chemist/druggist/surgeon/grocer. 5’7”. Protestant.
Native Place: Kent Road (?England)
Father & Mother at Brighton
Brothers Edward, John & Henry
Sisters Eliza, Emily, Ann, Christina & Mary.

Nell Murphy on 16th January, 2017 wrote of Frederick Topping:

Frederick TOPPING came to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘Brothers’ in 1835, as a free man. (Ref: Convict conduct record & Hobart Town Courier newspaper 20 Nov 1835.)

9 March 1837: Hobart Supreme Court - charge of stealing - 3 promissory notes from Mr. Patterson’s till, of New Wharf. 7 yr transportation sentence.

Work assignments in the Colony of VDL.
1838 at Mr. Roberts - Drunk and absent without leave. 2 days in cells.
1840: at Hospital - Receiving. 2yr extension to existing sentence. Recommended he be assigned to a Road Party to work.

16 May 1840: Died. (Memo 18/05/1840)

Nell Murphy on 16th January, 2017 wrote of John Garrard:

It is believed John Garrard is the same person as John Garrett.

John Garrett was transferred to Van Diemen’s Land from New South Wales per the ship ‘Brothers’ 1815. It is noted against his name that he was originally transported to NSW per the ‘General Hewitt’ 1815. 1813 conviction at Suffolk. Life Sentence.

VDL:
Notations in Conduct Record from 1828 to 1834 for misconduct.
5 Aug 1834: Conditional Pardon approved. No. 588.

Katie O'Rourke on 16th January, 2017 wrote of Ann Beardsley:

05/11/1791 married Pte John McCarthy (of the Marine Corps) on Norfolk Is when Rev. Richard Johnson visited the island. Vital records and victual records for Norfolk Island show that John and Ann had perhaps 6 children. Only Harriet (bp 1789 in Sydney) and Mary Ann survived. Harriet McCarthy left Norfolk Is in 1807 (per Porpoise) when the colony was first abandoned. She married John Devereux (who had been a convict on Norfolk Is) 13 Jun 1808 in Hobart. Harriet and John had 8 children. She died as Harriet Mulligan 21 Jun 1860.
Mary Ann McCarthy left Norfolk Is sometime before 1810. She had a relationship with Thomas Skottowe, the commander of the penal establishment at Newcastle. They had 2 sons - Augustus & George. George’s fate is unknown. Augustus went on to have a long life in Canada with many descendants. Mary Ann died in Sydney at the age of 89, leaving a small fortunate to her nephews Peter and Philip Devereux (sons of sister Harriet) in Tasmania.

Bert Davis on 16th January, 2017 wrote of John Davis:

certificate of freedom
26th February 1849

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