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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.

5/1/1847: TOL
25/2/1848: Certificate.

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:

convict No.20394

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.

5/4/1854: TOL
15/1/1866: COF
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.
1/4/1841: CP

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.
Father: Henry
Brother: John
Sister: Harriett

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.

1842: COF

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.

8/7/1856: TOL
20/4/1858: CP

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.

Colonial Secretary:
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
16/9/1837: TOL
6/1/1841: CP

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
Diemen’s Land.

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.

D Wong on 17th October, 2014 wrote of Thomas Shalders:

Thomas was about 55 years old when transported.  He had been convicted before for pig stealing and served 4 1/2 years out of 7 at the York.

Thomas was 5’5” tall, dark blue eyes, grey hair, ruddy complexion, bald on top of forehead.
He was a widower with 14 children.

1832-1835 Musters: Assigned to Mr D Lord.

20/7/1840(looks like 1840) TOL
21/6/1844: Recommended for a CP
July 1845 CP approved.

3/4/1850: Thomas died of Decay of Nature, death registered at Richmond, Tasmania.

D Wong on 17th October, 2014 wrote of Frances Hawkins:

Frances Hawkins was 22 years old on arrival in NSW.
She was single, had 1 child and her brother James Hawkins was transported about 7 years earlier (seems not to NSW as not listed on the PCUG (Irish) lists, also could not pinpoint him in VDL).

Frances had 1 former conviction.

6/8/1832: Married Christopher Gavenlock (Asia 1820) at St James, Sydney and had 10 children.

24/9/1876: Frances died at Gosford NSW and was buried at Point Frederick Pioneer Cemetery.

D Wong on 17th October, 2014 wrote of Christopher Gavinloch:

Christopher Gavinlochs was tried on 16/3/1818 for the crime of theft by housebreaking – guilty in terms of his own confession – Transportation 14 years.  - Age 17, 5’3 ½” tall, dark ruddy complexion, black hair, dark eyes.

Son of James Gowenlock and Ann Campbell or Halliday.

1832: COF
18/6/1839: COF renewed.

9/7/1832: Permission to marry Frances Hawkins, (Kains 1830) aged 23 – on bond.  Christopher was aged 29 and free.

6/8/1832: Married at St James, Sydney and had 10 children.

25/12/1885: Christopher died and was buried at Gosford, Point Frederick Pioneer Cemetery aged 82yrs.

Frances HAWKINS was born in 1809 in Cork, Ireland, died on 24th September 1876 in Gosford, and was also buried in Point Frederick, NSW.)

Peter Niblett on 17th October, 2014 wrote of Charles Niblett:

Involved in early exploration of Australia,Maj. Mitchell’s best man.Granted full pardon,original conviction highly questionable,was Sgt.Major.10th
Royal Hussars at the time.Seems to have rocked the boat to much,and paid the price.Second in charge,Kennedy Exp.1848.buried Albany Is.CapeYork.

Kenneth James Glew on 16th October, 2014 wrote of Thomas Shalders:

He was born in Rollesby, Norfolk, UK. Married by banns 0n 14 November 1797 to Elizabeth Palmer

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