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Margaret Holt on 27th April, 2015 wrote of William Ginn:

William Ginn was my 3x great grandfather. William is buried alongside other convicts in unconsecrated ground next to Westbury Church, Westbury, Tasmania.

D Wong on 26th April, 2015 wrote of William Buckley:

Prisoner name(s): William Buckley. Prisoner age: 40 years. Court and date of trial:...
Reference: HO 17/23/70
Description: Prisoner name(s): William Buckley.
Prisoner age: 40 years.
Court and date of trial: Glasgow Circuit Court, September 1835.
Crime: Rioting. The victims James London, Robert Wardrop, Alexander Taylor and three others (all Special Constables). The rioting was between Orangemen and Roman Catholics in Airdrie.
Initial sentence: Seven years transportation.
Gaoler’s report: Character good.
Annotated (Outcome): Sailed on the Elphinstone for Van Diemen’s Land.
Petitioner(s): The prisoner, undersigned by 30 people of Glasgow, with a note from H Hamilton, Magistrate.
Grounds for clemency (Petition Details): This was the prisoner’s first offence; he is truly penitent; a quiet, peaceable, man; he was present for a short time while the riot occurred; his petitioners are well respected people.
Other papers: The indictment. A letter from [William Buckall] forwarding the petition. A letter from D Boyle forwarding a letter from Lord Meadowbank the presiding judge, describing the events leading to the trial.
Additional Information: The prisoner was convicted with Thomas McHugh and John McKelvie.
Date: 1835 Dec 15; 1836 Feb 24

William was 41 years old on arrival in VDL.  He was married with 1 child, wife Christian (maybe Christina?) at Glasgow.
William was born in Donegal, Ireland.

Surgeons report: Uniformly good most attentive at school.

William was 5’3 ½” tall, grey eyes, dark reddish brown hair, arms and breast freckled.

17/11/1840: TOL
16/9/1842: Free Certificate.

There is a death listed for a William Buckley aged 80 on 31/1/1856 who died of decay of nature – however the William Buckley per ‘Medina’ was also born 1794 as was the birth date given on Founders and Survivors for the above William.

Robyn on 26th April, 2015 wrote of Mary Ann Everitt:

Married: John Ayliffe 16 Sept 1854

Gwen Connolly on 26th April, 2015 wrote of David Millie Arnot:

David Millie Arnot - a bleacher who lived in Pathhead near Kirkcaldy, Fife - was convicted for a ‘breach of trust’ in Sept 1837.
His family through the efforts of Caroline Chisholm were brought to Australia in 1846 and 1848.

AaronRichard on 26th April, 2015 wrote of Daniel Cook:

Trade given as “Fellmonger”.  Native place Marlborough, Wiltshire.  Dark eyes, sandy hair, complexion fair/ruddy.

Conduct record includes numerous incidences of drunk & disorderly conduct.

Conditional pardon, 18 July 1839. 

May be the same Daniel Cook who died in Hobart on 11 April 1863, age on death certificate given as 82 years, however more research required to confirm this.

Robyn on 26th April, 2015 wrote of Mary Ann Everitt:

Native Place: White Chapel
Identifying Marks: mole on left arm
Civil status: married with 1 child prior to transportation.
29 August 1854: married John Ayliffe
18 Sept 1854: marriage approved
Offences in the colony: absconding, absent from work without leave.
Pardon recommended: 17 June 1856
Pardon approved: 28 April 1857

D Wong on 25th April, 2015 wrote of Margaret Gray:

Reference: HO 17/20/36
Description: 1 collective petition (3 people including Thomas Markie, the prisoner’s husband) on behalf of Margaret Gray [Margaret Markie], 37 years, convicted at Edinburgh High Court on 7 January 1833 for theft. Grounds for clemency: husband disabled, depends on his wife as does his 4 children, Margaret suffering effects of illness. Gaoler’s report: indifferent character. Initial sentence: 7 years transportation. BB16 [Scot]
Date: 1833
Held by: The National Archives, Kew

D Wong on 25th April, 2015 wrote of Robert Buckleton:

Prisoner name: Robert Buckleton.
Prisoner age: 20.
Court and date of trial: Salford Sessions [Lancashire] 19 July 1832.
Crime: Stealing a watch from Abram Charlsworth.
Initial sentence: Seven years transportation.
Gaol report: Character indifferent.
Annotated: Nil.
Petitioner(s): George Buckleton of Manchester, Lancashire, (the prisoner’s father), and nine previous employers.
Grounds for clemency: Youngest of nine - all respectable; first offence in family; convict was confined in the New Bailey for vagrancy at the time the crime was committed; did not know clothes were stolen; steady worker.
1832 Jul 31
The National Archives, Kew

26/3/1942: COF

26/12/1842: Married Helen/Ellen/Jane Crangle. They had 4-6 children.
Helen died 1898 at Granville, NSW.

24/12/1880: The Evening News, Sydney:
The Infirmary.
An old man named Robert Buokleton, aged 72, accidentally fell at the Railway Station yesterday, and fractured his leg.

29/12/1880: Sydney Morning Herald:
A man named Robert Buckleton, aged ‘78, died at the Sydney Infirmary yesterday,  from the effects pf of injuries received on the 23rd instant at the Redfern Railway Station.  On that date he was walking along, in company with Mr. A. Cameron, M.L.A., when he stumbled and fell over some logs, fracturing his thigh and inflicting other injuries.  As soon as possible he was taken to the Infirmary, where he received all the attention that his case needed.  He did not rally,  however, but died as stated.  The matter has been reported to the acting Coroner, and an inquest will probably beheld today.

29/12/1880: Sydney Morning Herald:
Death Notices: BUCKLETON.-December 28, Robert Samuel Buckleton, aged 72    
years.

AaronRichard on 25th April, 2015 wrote of William Axford:

Profession stated as Garden Labourer.  Transported for stealing a lamb.

Death record suggests age 26 (therefore born about 1813), however description in convict indent states age 19 upon arrival (therefore born about 1819).

Andrew Clarke on 25th April, 2015 wrote of William Scattergood:

William Scattergood married convict Jane (or Janet) Gordon who was transported on the Royal Admiral, from Inverness in Scotland. Their daughter Mary Scattergood married Thomas Triffitt whose parents, both convicts, were James Triffitt and Mary Higgins. Mary Higgins was transported on the Lady Julianna. These four, the two couples, met on Norfolk Island where they had been sent. Mary Scattergood, daughter of William and Jane, had a daughter out of wedlock by John Alsop, Susannah Mary Triffitt. After they were all subsequently relocated to Van Diemen’s Land, Susanna married William John Isent Clark(e) and their children included Frederick George Edward Clarke, my great grandfather. Frederick’s son, Langley Edward Clarke was at Gallipoli with the ANZACS. He was my grandfather. Pardon me, but I am proud of my ancestors.

AaronRichard on 25th April, 2015 wrote of William Axford:

Description on indent: Age 15, Native of London, Height 4/11, Eyes Hazel, Hair flaxen, complexion florid.

Conduct record: April 16, 1822, Neglect of Duty and Disobeyance of Orders, 50 lashes, 25 lashes of this punishment from the commandant.

November 8, 1823, Absent from muster of bedding, 25 lashes.

February 21, 1824, Absenting himself without leave, 25 lashes.

May 1st, 1829, Drunk and Disorderly, fined 5/-

May 15, 1829, Committed to trial for sheep stealing.

in the late 1820s, Axford was a member of William Sheldon’s gang of sheep thieves, who were famously hunted by Jorgen Jorgenson.  Axford and fellow gang member Norah Corbett were captured by police in late 1828, with the Hobart Town Courier noting on 6 December of the year that they were both in Oatlands Gaol under investigation of diverse felonies.

He eventually faced trial along with Sheldon and others, pleading guilty to the crimes as charged and receiving a further 7 years’ to his sentence.

Diane Williams Harapin on 25th April, 2015 wrote of Robert Buckleton:

Born 1812 in Manchester, England

AaronRichard on 25th April, 2015 wrote of Edmond Edmond:

Native of Madagascar.  Received permission to marry female convict Johanna Nealon in 1851.  Died at Westbury 8 July 1853.

AaronRichard on 25th April, 2015 wrote of Montana Montana:

Montana (no given name recorded) – per Daphne from Mauritius to VDL, 1841.

Transported for Arson, single

Tried: Port Louis Assizes, 7th July 1841.
Emb. —
Arrived 19 Oct 1841

Neither read nor write

Trade: Labourer
Height: 5/4
Age: 28
Complexion: Black
Hair: Black
Eyes: Black
Native Place: India
Remarks: Black mark on breast on left side, blister mark left arm, several scars on back

AaronRichard on 25th April, 2015 wrote of Jahoree Jahoree:

Name recorded only as “Jahoree”, with no given name on convict records.  Conduct record gives native place as “Mauritius”, but indent records native place as “India”.

D Wong on 25th April, 2015 wrote of George Henson:

George HENSON of Barton on Humber / Elsham.
A labourer aged 18, was transported for “Breaking into the house of John Uppleby, Esq, and stealing a silver teapot, a silver cream jug, a pair of silver sugar bows, 4 silver teaspoons, a silver teapot stand and various other articles, at Wootton.
George was tried on 15/7/1837 – noted that he was able to read and write well.

16/6/1842: Javelin Man (a gaol guard)/misconduct in refusing to take off his hat in (looks like) Tomlin’s office – Treadwheel.

1/3/1844: TOL
24/8/1846: Recommended for CP
21/9/1847: CP approved.

AaronRichard on 25th April, 2015 wrote of Edmond Edmond:

Native of Madagascar

AaronRichard on 25th April, 2015 wrote of George George:

Crime for which he was transported is listed as “Beastliness”.

AaronRichard on 25th April, 2015 wrote of Walter Nevan:

According to convict indent, a native of Paisley, Scotland.  His birthplace on death certificate is given as Renfrew, a few kms from Paisley.

AaronRichard on 25th April, 2015 wrote of Walter Nevan:

Tried at Fort William, Calcutta, for “Striking Corporal Manson”, he was drunk at the time.  Sentenced to 7 years transportation.

Transported on the Abercrombie to Van Diemen’s Land, arriving 16 April 1841.  Received ticket of leave 24th October 1844, discharged to his freedom 15th January 1848.

Died at General Hospital, Hobart on 18th May 1868

Timiti Brooks on 25th April, 2015 wrote of George Henson:

This is my great grandmothers father so my great great grandfather. He “married” (defacto) Dinah Alford in 1866 and moved to NZ by July 1867 he became a well respected member of the community, discovering an almost extinct species of tree and later planted trees in Cambridge Park, Cambridge NZ, a town very famous for its tree line streets and gardens. He had sons George, Reuben, Samuel and daughters Eliza Butler (nee Henson) my great grandmother, Jane and Martha.

D Wong on 25th April, 2015 wrote of Patrick White:

Patrick Francis White was 17 years old on arrival.  He was single, RC.

Assigned to Mr Styles of Argyle.

1834: COF

Patrick then moved to Victoria.

1841: Married Eleanor Wynne at St Francis’ in Melbourne 1841. They had 12 children.

Patrick farmed at Codrington in the Western District of Victoria.

17/1/1883: Patrick died and was buried in Yambuk Cemetery.

D Wong on 25th April, 2015 wrote of Patrick White:

14/10/1841: Convict Death Register: District/Parish Broulee.  One of the persons on the wreck of the schooner ‘Rover’.

D Wong on 25th April, 2015 wrote of Thomas Bundock:

Thomas Bundock was transported for ‘Stealing Geese”.

20/10/1843: COF

1846: at Windsor Road, Parramatta.

D Wong on 25th April, 2015 wrote of James Purshouse:

James was 17 years old when convicted.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
PURSHOUSE, James. Per “Princess Royal”, 1823

1823 Mar 17: On list of convicts landed from the “Princess Royal” and forwarded to Emu Plains for distribution; listed as Pershouse (Reel 6010; 4/3507 p.460)

1823 Apr 9: On return of convicts discharged from the Establishment, Emu Plains; to Penrith Bench. Appears as Pershouse (Reel 6028; 2/8283 p.137)

1824 Feb 10: On return of convicts discharged from the Establishment, Emu Plains; to Mr G Cox’s clearing party (Reel 6028; 2/8283 p.185)

1828 Census:
Shepherd aged 23, Assigned to Peter McIntyre at Segenhoe.

11/61829: COF
9/1/1840: COF renewed – listed as ‘Pursehouse’.

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