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D Wong on 28th July, 2014 wrote of Jesse Goodhew:

Date of TOL is correct.  Jesse had spent time in prison since 1847, like many convicts to WA they were given the option of being transported and being given a TOL on arrival or shortly after.  This meant they were essentially free.  They could work for themselves and were not government servants.  They still need to be in there districts and report to musters, however.  After they received their Certificate of Freedom, they could move around the Colony but could not return to England.

Jesse was given his TOL on arrival (the date of arrival of the ship has now been corrected.

Karen Piserchia on 28th July, 2014 wrote of Emanuel Jeyne:

Emanual Jeyne was a methodist and by trade he was a charcoal burner in England. Convicted of burglary and sentenced to life. Ticket of leave granted issued in 1833 and conditional pardon issued in 1835. After being a free man he changed his surname to Jay. Married Isabella, resided mosting in the Castle Hill district before retiring at Woodford island nsw. Buried at Old Maclean cemetary. Source - Direct descentant of this lineage. Karen Jay,5th generation granddaughter

Denis Pember on 28th July, 2014 wrote of Jesse Goodhew:

Unsure about TOL date.  This predates arrival in WA?
Married Mary Ann Costin Aug 24 1828.
Records of parents and children’s baptism held, also census data.

D Wong on 28th July, 2014 wrote of Francis Constantine:

Francis was transported for ‘Stealing Books’.

Gaol Report: Convicted twice for misdemeanours. Indifft character, good disposition connections respectable.

Married one child Father & Mother F. Simpson at Gainsborough Yorkshire.

1845: TOL

1868: Francis died in Hobart.

Linc, Tasmanian Records have his birthdate as 1775.

D Wong on 28th July, 2014 wrote of William Constantine:

From the Old Bailey:
Prisoner’s Defence. I was playing the violoncello at a gentleman’s house and was out very late. I was coming down Oxford-road, a little in liquor, saw a disturbance on the opposite side and crossed over. The prosecutor was running after a man - he came and took me.
HUGH BYRNE . When I took him, I found no musical instrument on him - he did not appear intoxicated.
CHARLES LOWE (a blind man). I am the prisoner’s brother-in-law. On this night I left him, near ten o’clock, in Oxford-street, near Swallow-street. He plays the violoncello - he was in liquor, and said he should go and get more. I took his instrument from him, for fear he should break it.
GUILTY . Aged 20.
Of stealing from the Person only.
Transported for Life .

1831: TOL, Sydney
1837: TOL Sydney
1/9/1837: CP
20/11/1837: CP

No date of death found.

Sheila Harris on 28th July, 2014 wrote of William Constantine:

WILLIAM CONSTANTINE was indicted for feloniously assaulting Edmund Dove on the King’s highway, on the 30th of June , putting him fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, one watch, value £2.; one seal, value 30 s.; one key, value 5 s., and one ring, value 5 s. .

Sheila Harris on 28th July, 2014 wrote of John Constantine:

Born at Norton by Malton in the North Riding of Yorkshire. he wa baptised John Frederick Constantine, son of Margaret Constantine. He married Mary Viney on December 23rd 1839

Sheila Harris on 28th July, 2014 wrote of Francis Constantine:

Francis was born in Scruton,in the North Riding of Yorkshire. He was the son of Elizabeth Constantine who married Sampson Rymer when Francis was 3. Francis was apprenticed in 1803 to Thomas Robinson of Guisborough Yorks. He was a Chelsea Pensioner having served in Canada and his army records say he was just under 5 foot 6 and had a sallow complexion

Sheila Harris on 28th July, 2014 wrote of William Constantine:

he was aged 21 according to the court records and he stole a handkerchief value 4s

D Wong on 27th July, 2014 wrote of Richard Sheldrick:

Richard was 35 years old on arrival in VDL and was transported for ‘stealing a bottle of wine and Brandy.

Richard was 5’10” tall, hazel eyes, dark brown hair, sallow complexion.

Richard was married - wife Elizabeth and 4 children at Tottenham.

1833: Public Works
1835: Public Works
1839: Was a Constable

27/5/1840: TOL
1840: Free Certificate.

No date of death or any other records of him found after 1840.

D Wong on 27th July, 2014 wrote of John Desmond:

John was 26 years old on arrival in VDL and his native place was Cork County.

John was 5’7” tall, fresh complexion, dark brown hair and whiskers, hazel eyes, RC, Illiterate and single.
Brothers: Andrew, Timothy
Sisters: Peggy and Ellen all at his native place.

John served his probation at Rocky Hills Station on the east coast of Tasmania. Later he went to work for Henry Lyne at his Great Swanport property ‘Coombend’. Working at the neighbouring property ‘Apslawn’ for his master’s brother John Lyne was Annette Myers.

20/8/1850: TOL
2/5/1856: Certificate at Launceston.
13/12/1863: CP approved.

1852: married Annette Myers ((Emma Eugenia 1850) and had 1 child, Francis born in 1854.
They appear to have remained in the district for a time, at least until the birth of their only child Francis William in 1854.

John and Annette’s son, Francis, was born at Spring Bay in 1854. The family later moved to Launceston before they moved to Victoria The family eventually settled on the fringes of gentility in South Yarra where John worked as a gardener.

Francis married and fathered a son, yet when he died at the Kew Lunatic Asylum in 1926, he died alone.

Annette died in 1879 aged 60.

John Desmond remarried soon after. John left his new wife, Mary Ann Fullerton, to raise their two year-old daughter, Rose Diana, when he died in 1886.

D Wong on 27th July, 2014 wrote of Annette Myers:

Annette was 4’10 1/2” tall, hazel eyes light brown sandy hair, fair complexion, could read and write and was single.

This story from ‘Founders and Survivors’:

Annette Myers (c. 1819-1879)
Born in Paris and raised in Brussels, 26-year-old Annette Myers, servant to the Curtis family of Hyde Park Gardens, was tried at the Old Bailey for the ‘wilful murder’ of Henry Ducker.
Her love letters were read to the court, and as the indignities of her life were aired, she came to be seen as Henry’s victim. He was a cad. He’d used and abused her. There was even talk of venereal disease. By contrast, she was ‘of irreproachable character, very superior to the station which she occupied in life’.
An editorial in The Times called for the commutation of her sentence, and a public meeting was called in her name to campaign against capital punishment. It worked. After two years in Tothill Fields Prison., Annette Myers sailed to Van Diemen’s Land on the Emma Eugenia. She arrived in 1851.

One afternoon in February 1848, Annette Myers walked up behind her lover, the handsome Coldstream Guardsman Henry Ducker, in St. James Park London, and fired a pistol at his head. He died instantly. As he fell to the ground she tossed the pistol at his feet and walked away. She made no attempt to deny the crime… ‘I did it. I intended to do it. I have intended to do it for a long time’, she said. Undeniably guilty, she was sentenced to death.
Annette Myers was sent to Great Swan Port, to work for John Lyne and his wife Lillias at
their property ‘Apslawn’. There she met her future husband John Desmond, a convict assigned at the neighbouring property.

1852: married John Desmond (Samuel Boddington 1846) and had 1 child, Francis born in 1854.
They appear to have remained in the district for a time, at least until the birth of their only child Francis William in 1854. Soon after they moved to Victoria.

John and Annette’s son, Francis, was born at Spring Bay in 1854. The family later moved to Launceston before they moved to Victoria The family eventually settled on the fringes of gentility in South Yarra where John worked as a gardener. Francis married and fathered a son, yet when he died at the Kew Lunatic Asylum in 1926, he died alone.

Annette died in 1879 aged 60.

John Desmond remarried soon after. John left his new wife, Mary Ann Fullerton, to raise their two year-old daughter, Rose Diana, when he died in 1886.

D Wong on 27th July, 2014 wrote of Edward Elson:

Colonial Secretary Papers:

ELSON, Edward. Per “Shipley”, 1818
1818 Nov 24: On list of convicts disembarked from the “Shipley” & forwarded to Parramatta for distribution (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.167)

1820 Mar 23: On list of prisoners to be sent to Newcastle per “Lady Nelson”; listed as Ellson (Reel 6007; 4/3501 p.311)

1821 Sep 8: Carpenter. On list of all persons victualled from H.M. Magazines; listed as Ellstone (Reel 6016; 4/5781 p.117)

1822 Jan 29: Govt carpenter; to be sent to Port Macquarie. On return of proceedings of the Bench of Magistrates, Parramatta; listed as Hilston (Fiche 3297; X643 p.2b)

1822 Feb 6: On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta” (Reel 6008; 4/3504A p.404)

1823 Sep 26: On list of convicts removed from Newcastle to Port Macquarie per “Sally”; listed as Ellston (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.432-3)

9/4/1825: COF renewed
1/8/1825: COF Special certificate May 1832.

14/6/1826 Sydney Gazette:

ESCAPED, from the Custody of the Gaoler, at Windsor, on the 25th of May last, the Person named hereunder :—-EDWARD ELSON, Ship Shipley, by Trade a Carpenter, 27 years of age, 5 feet 7 and a half inches high, sallow complexion, dark brown hair, hazle eyes, and free by servitude. The above-named Man stands charged with having committed a STREET ROBBERY, in which great violence was used ; he is a well-known Character, has been transported severally to Newcastle and Port Macquarie, and formerly belonged to Parramatta District; he is by some called ” Ted Nixon.” 
By Order of the Bench of Magistrates.

No date of death found.

Jean Machon on 27th July, 2014 wrote of Annette Myers:

Married john desmond

Jean Machon on 27th July, 2014 wrote of Mary Warner:

Married George newcombe

Steph Gunary on 27th July, 2014 wrote of Richard Sheldrick:

Left large family back in London. No record of him returning.

Ray Smith on 27th July, 2014 wrote of Edward Elson:

Sentenced April 1818. Stole in company of two others approximately 43lbs of meat & 2 cloths valued at 30s. Apprenticed carpenter. Wife Elizabeth, son John, born 1st February 1836.

D Wong on 27th July, 2014 wrote of Jesse Goodhew:

Jesse was 40 years old when transported to WA.

Jesse was 5’ 8 3/4”, dark brown hair, hazel eyes,
round face, dark complexion, proportionate build.

14/10/1851: TOL
25/11/1859: COF

1866: Jesse died in WA - parents were unknown and no marriage or children found.

D Wong on 25th July, 2014 wrote of Catherine Hanlan:

Catherine was 23 years old on arrival and occupation was listed as “Nurse/Servant of all work”, she was single.

1829: Catherine married Thomas Nicholls (Earl St Vincent 1820) and they had 3 children.

5/10/1835: COF - listed as ‘Hanlon’

Catherine died in February 1864, Sydney.

D Wong on 25th July, 2014 wrote of Thomas Nicholls:

Colonial Secretary:
NICHOLLS, Thomas. Per “Earl St Vincent”, 1820

8/9/1821: Stonemason. On list of all persons victualled from H.M. Magazines; listed as Nicholls (Reel 6016; 4/5781 p.103)
24/6/1822 Convict mechanic to be forwarded to the Emu Plains Establishment (Reel 6009; 4/3505 p.427)
28/6/1822: Sent from the Lumber Yard to Emu Plains for punishment (Reel 6053; 4/1754 p.387)
7/8/1822: On return of convicts discharged from the Establishment, Emu Plains; to Mr Therry (Reel 6028; 2/8283 p.119)

17/3/1829: Permission to marry Catherine Hanson (Elizabeth 4 1827) married as ‘Hanley’.  Thomas was free and 29 years old, Catherine was 24 and on bond.
They had 3 children, Anne 1828-1834, John 1841 and Thomas 1843.

1825: TOL, Sydney
26/10/1826: COF
5/10/1835: COF renewed.

27/2/1862 Maitland Mercury:
Timothy Newman, alias Thomas Nichols, was indicted for burglariously entering the dwelling-house of David Browne, and taking therefrom a surveying instrument and a quantity of books.  A second count charged the prisoner with larceny only. The prisoner was undefended. The jury found a verdict of not guilty.

Timothy Newman, alias Thomas Nichols, was indicted for feloniously and burglariously entering into the dwelling-house of Charles Pettit, and stealing there from several articles. The prisoner was undefended, and the jury returned a verdict of guilty. The prisoner was remanded for sentence.

1/3/1862 Maitland Mercury:
Timothy Newman, alias Thomas Nicholls, found guilty on the previous day for feloniously breaking into the dwelling house of Charles Pettit, was sentenced to three years hard labor on the roads. 

25/2/1865: COF (Timothy Newman)

Karen Fountaine on 25th July, 2014 wrote of Thomas Nicholls:

Married 1830 Catherine Hanlon/ Hanley/ Hanlan. per Elizabeth II 1828

Susan Williams on 25th July, 2014 wrote of William Green:

It appears that this is the William (James) Green so violently murdered at Windsor 20 August 1826 and buried at St Matthews Anglican, Windsor, NSW
William was murdered whilst executing his duty as a constable with the Mounted Police of the Government Domain, Thompson Square, Windsor.
He was the first serving policeman to be killed on duty in the Hawkesbury area and is remembered on Police Remembrance Day.
‘He conducted himself with sobriety and integrity”
He was appointed constable 14th March 1822

Lynne McDonald on 25th July, 2014 wrote of William Dring:

The death of William Dring is still in question.  Whilst it is possible that he is the William Dring who died on the Will Watch it has not been proven beyond doubt. My biggest question mark on this is that he would have been 78 years old and perhaps too old to still be at sea.  In my research I have found another William Dring who came to Australia in 1836 on the Douglass. He was 29 years old and came from London and was a Sailor.  He is recorded in our Gaol entry books in this year but there is no further information about him.  Also the Will Watch was built in Australia in 1840.  This makes him a very good candidate for being the William Dring who died on the Will Watch.  I would like to know what anyone else thinks of this.

Denis Pember on 25th July, 2014 wrote of Jesse Goodhew:

Married with three children at time of trial.

Pauline Portelli on 24th July, 2014 wrote of Elizabeth Lyons:

Elizabeth Lyons only had 3 marriages (not G Drury)
and died in 1874.  I have researched her extensively and my facts are correct.

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