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Fiona Stanton on 21st August, 2014 wrote of Philip Duffty:

Philip B.Dufty was the 11th of 12 children born to Charles Dufty and Louisa Draycott. At age 23 he was accused of larceny-stealing a handkerchief from a person in Westminster Road and for similar offences over a three month period,three times in one month. As mentioned he was tried, convicted and transported to Tasmania on the Aboukir. He was granted a pardon into his 7 year sentence. His behaviour in prison was described as very good and he admitted his offences. He was literate.  Physical description - 5’1 1/2, fresh and light complexion with dark blue eyes. He married Catherine Higgins 14 Sep 1857 in Hobart and had 2 girls one born 1858 (name unknown), the other Catherine b.1860 d. 1860. SOURCE:Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office
http://www.linc.tas.gov.au/tasmaniasheritage

D Wong on 21st August, 2014 wrote of Israel Allen:

24/3/1821: Hobart Town Gazette:
Joseph Bagot and Israel Allen were arraigned on a capital charge of breaking and entering, in the day-time, the dwelling-house of George Steele, on the 1stFeb. last, and stealing various articles therein, to the value of £15 and upwards. - Allen pleaded Guilty; and Bagot was found so on the most unequivocal evidence. - The Court, in humane consideration, adjudged the prisoners to be transported to Newcastle for the respective terms of their natural lives.

Colonial Secretary Papers NSW:

ALLEN, Israel. Per “Lady Castlereagh”, 1818.

28,30/4/1821: Prisoner arrived from Hobart per “Medway” under sentence of transportation to Newcastle; to be held in Sydney Gaol.

24/5/1821: On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Snapper”.

2712/1821: On list of prisoners at Newcastle under sentence from the Criminal Court in Van Diemen’s Land.

May 1822: On monthly return of prisoners punished at Newcastle.

26/9/1823: On list of convicts removed from Newcastle to Port Macquarie per “Sally”.

15/7/1826 Sydney Gazette:
George Farrell, Edward Murphy, and Israel Allen, all prisoners of the crown, charged with having robbed Peter Carroll, also a prisoner of the crown, of some dollar notes and some silver; it appeared that Carroll, after having been drinking with one of the prisoners, Allen, and a man named Bacon, that when they were proceeding to the Prisoners’ Barrack, at the upper end of George-street, Carroll was pushed down from behind, by some person who held his handover his eyes, whilst some men, who were lying on the ground, 
rifled his pockets of the contents; all sentenced to work in irons for 3 months each.

Convicts at Moreton Bay:
25/1/1827 Sydney General Sessions: found secreted on board a vessel with intent to escape the Colony – 18 months – sent to Moreton Bay and was returned to Sydney 25/8/1828.

He was then described as: age 23?? (which would make him born 1804 and only 13 when transported), 5’8 ½”tall, sallow complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes.
His occupation was listed as a “Cooper/Gardener”.

Nothing else found after 1828.

David Bromwich on 21st August, 2014 wrote of Sarah Swatman:

Sarah GOODEN was dau of Thomas GODDEN (1729-) and Esther Day (1740- ) and married Benjamin SWATMAN.
She was born in Brenchley, Kent, England in 1768 and died in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia in 1843
Old Bailey:
http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?path=sessionsPapers/18191201.xml
Reference Number: t18191201-122

Sarah Swatman/ Sweetman, her daughters Esther Swatman and Sarah Mitchell and son-in-law Charles Mitchell found guilty of stealing and receiving stolen goods and sentenced to convict life for 7 years in Australia. Her husband Benjamin was found not guilty.

Donna Barchiesi on 21st August, 2014 wrote of Benjamin Barratt:

Convicted at age 18, on 21 January 1828.  His father, John, solicits mercy of the Secretary of State to no avail.  Whilst he had worked as a cotton carder at Ancoats Hall prior to his conviction, he was not working at the time of his conviction.  He is reported for poor conduct on many occasions, receiving a total of 350 lashes throughout his incarceration.  At the age of 25 he is transferred to Port Arthur for hard labour.  In 1839 he is granted a Ticket of Leave and marries free settler, Mary Thompson Greig, in 1842 whilst working as a sawyer.  A conditional pardon is granted in 1843 and the couple and their 2 children leave Hobart for Port Phillip.  The couple settle in Steiglitz, Victoria and have a total of 11 children.  In 1889, at 79 years of age, he dies of exposure and exhaustion in the woods whilst working as a charcoal burner.

D Wong on 21st August, 2014 wrote of Thomas Haddon:

1835 Muster: Assigned to Mr Wedge

3/2/1843: Had TOL

16/8/1845: Recommended for a CP for Australia (which meant he could leave Tasmania)

22/1/1845: Married Mary Hollings (Emma Eugenia)at the Parish Church, Perth, Tasmania.  Mary was 27 and Thomas 34.
21/2/1845: Child Mary Hadden born in Launceston.

6/10/1848: Passenger per ‘Raven’ Launceston to Port Phillip. Mary and child not listed on passenger list.

D Wong on 21st August, 2014 wrote of Mary Hollings:

Mary Hollings was transported for “ Stealing a pair of shoes”.

Mary was 22 years old on arrival, black hair, hazel eyes, florid complexion, pockpitted, scar on back of left hand, can read and write, single.
Native place: St Marys Holborn, London; St Andrews Holborn (England)

Relations: Father James a greengrocer in Islington; 1 brother James; 2 sisters Charlotte and Mary in Islington

Prior convictions: Once dischaged for a handkerchief
On the town: 3 months

21/12/1844: Applied for permission to marry Thomas HADDON (Lady Kennaway 1834)
22/1/1845: Married Thomas Haddon at the Parish Church, Perth, Tasmania.  Mary was 27 and Thomas 34.
21/2/1845: Child Mary Hadden born in Launceston.

14/6/1851: Free by Servitude.

Dorothy James on 20th August, 2014 wrote of Thomas Haddon:

Huntingdon Town Gaol Keeper’s Journal (Archive Ref: HCP/2/320/1)

12/10/1833 - Thomas was imprisoned for stealing divers notes or bills; gold & silver coin from the dwelling house of James Sykes in Yaxley approx. value of £23.

He was sentenced at the Lent Assizes on 10/03/1834 to Transportation for Life.

He didn’t get into any trouble whilst in gaol.

He was released prior to transferring to the Leviathan Hulk moored at Portsmouth on 29/04/1834.

Thomas had Brown hair & Light Blue eyes. The little finger of his left hand was crooked.

The Surgeon’s journal said his behaviour was Very Good during the voyage. He was 23 years old & single on arrival.

PETER HORTON on 20th August, 2014 wrote of Israel Allen:

Committed crime of stealing money at age of 13 on 15-7-1817. Sentenced to hang. Aug 1817. Reprieve. Transported with Thomas Densley (accomplice) to Van Dieman’s Land. Dec 22nd 1817

Dorothy James on 20th August, 2014 wrote of Richard Clarkson:

Huntingdon Town Gaol Keeper’s Journal (Archive ref: HCP/2?320/1)

23/12/1833 - Breaking & Entering the dwelling house of Joseph Thomson in Farcet. Stealing 1 silver watch with steel chain seal & key; 1 pair high shoes; 3 metal teaspoons; 2 metal tablespoons & part of a hock of pork.

Richard was actually sentenced to death in the Lent Assizes on 10/03/1834 but this was subsequently commuted to Transportation for Life.

04/04/1834 - Richard was locked up for disorderly conduct when at work on the Tread Wheel. He was released from his cell the following day.

22/04/1834 - Richard was again in trouble and locked up for neglecting his work on the Tread Wheel. He was released the next day.

29/04/1834 - Richard was released prior to being transferred to the Leviathan Hulk moored at Portsmouth.

PETER HORTON on 20th August, 2014 wrote of Thomas Densley:

Transported to Van Dieman’s Land. Arrived 11-6-1818. Poor convict record. Transferred to Avoca Tas. Appointed to Mr.Simeon Lord, landowner.Arrived Vic in 1851.Gold-mining with sons in Castlemaine/Bendigo area. Died of dysentery on 20-1-1854. Buried in Campbells’s Flat cemetery.

D Wong on 20th August, 2014 wrote of Adolphus William Bodill:

GEORGE GAMBLE, ADOLPHUS WILLIAM BODILL, Theft > theft from a specified place, Theft > receiving, 24th November 1845.

GEORGE GAMBLE was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of July, at St. Michael, Corn hill, 8 watches, value 160l., the goods of John French, his master, in the dwelling-house of Peter Pattison; and ADOLPHUS WILLIAM BODILL for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen.

GAMBLE -  GUILTY . Aged 31 Transported for Ten Years.

BODILL -  GUILTY . Aged 31 Transported for Fourteen Years.

(There were five other indictments against Gamble, and two others against Bodill.)

Mother: Catherine
Brother: Bernard
Sister: Charlotte

William could read and write, was 5’7 1/2” tall, 33 years old on arrival, his occupation was a “COLOR & VARNISH MERCHANT” fair complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, Native Place: Newark upon Trent, small mole under left eye, hair thin on top of his head.

His wife was Elizabeth Holland Walthew (who was a school teacher).  They had 5 children.  Elizabeth stayed in England and remarried to Edward Lysaght in 1857 although he’s not with her on the 1861 census and she’s ‘widowed’ by 1871.

His conduct record in the remarks section mentions Sophia Atkins of 37 Brisbane St in 1849, it seems he was assigned to her.  There is a lot of conjecture about what happened to him after he absconded in 1851. Some suggestion that he had a child with Sophia Atkins and may have moved to Victoria, or that he returned to England and remarried his wife Elizabeth as ‘Edward Lysaught, however no trace of him after 1851 has been found.

He may have changed his name after absconding, no deaths found for him under ‘Bodill or Bodil’ in Victoria, Queensland or NSW.

Neridah Rowe on 20th August, 2014 wrote of Sarah Davis:

marriage to John Wilkins .. 1837 at Launceston Tasmania

Allen White on 20th August, 2014 wrote of John White:

notation here only anyone researching this person please contact Allen White of Fremont, California at alwh1te@earthlink.net
I am the great great grandson of this John White. Refer to Ryan Dudley of New South Wales.

Allen White on 20th August, 2014 wrote of John White:

anyone researching this person please contact Allen White of Fremont, California at alwh1te@earthlink.net
I am the great great grandson of this John White. Refer to Ryan Dudley of New South Wales.

Scott Taplib on 19th August, 2014 wrote of Frederick Taplin:

He was convicted of “House breaking”  at Surrey Assizes on 9th August 1832.
He was sentenced to Death but that sentence was commuted to “Transportation for life”

Housed in a prison hulk ship Cumberland at Chatham from 14th September 1832 until transportation.

On June 27,1833 assigned to work for George Rankin at Bathurst  

Ticket of leave granted 21st July 1842
-  Conditional Pardon.  (can’t return to England)

Married 18th April 1850 to Elizabeth Chilvers at St Pauls Church Cobbity.

D Wong on 19th August, 2014 wrote of William Overton:

William was born in Leamington and was 27 years old on arrival in VDL.  He did 2 years probabion on Norfolk Island and arrived in VDL per ‘Tory’ in June 1847.

William had Grey eyes,light brown hair, 5’4” tall, scar on corner of left eye moles upper left arm moles on neck,
Married, 2 children, can read and write, protestant.

18/2/1859: CP approved

1856: There is a marriage listed for William Henry Overton to Margaret McEntaggart at Spring Bay - no children listed.  (Nothing else found about William Overton, so cannot be sure this is him.)

Denis Pember on 19th August, 2014 wrote of Nicholas Goodhew:

Two women co-accused were also given life sentences.
Both Ann Green and Harriet Wallis were transported 23 April 1834 on board the ‘Edward’ for Van Diemen’s Land.

Denis Pember on 19th August, 2014 wrote of Ann Green:

Tried at Kent for Highway Robbery with three other co-accused. Nicholas Goodhew, Robert Slocombe and Harriet Wallis.  All were convicted.  All were sentenced to life and transported. Nicholas was transported to Van Diemen’s Land on the John Barry. Robert was transported to NSW on the Henry Tanner and Harriet was also transported on the Edward with Ann.

Denis Pember on 19th August, 2014 wrote of Harriet Wallis:

Tried at Kent for Highway Robbery with three other co-accused. Nicholas Goodhew, Robert Slocombe and Ann Green.  All were convicted.  All were sentenced to life and transported. Nicholas was transported to Van Diemen’s Land on the John Barry. Robert was transported to NSW on the Henry Tanner and Ann was also transported on the Edward with Harriet.

D Wong on 19th August, 2014 wrote of Robert Slocombe:

1837: Aged 27, assigned to the AA Company, Port Stephens.

1842: TOL, Port Stephens
25/2/1843: TOL Passport, on the application of Mr King, Commissioner of Crown Lands.
11/3/1844: TOL Passport, Port Stephens Bench.
20/2/1846: TOL Passport, Murrurundi Bench
29/4/1846: TOL cancelled for being found in a disorderly house, Maitland.
19/9/1846: TOL, Scone
25/3/1847: TOL Passport, Murrurundi Bench
15/10/1850: TOL Passport, Murrurundi Bench

9/8/1852: CP

No death date found, no marriage or children found.

D Wong on 19th August, 2014 wrote of Thomas Soper:

Thomas Soper was 19 years old when transported for stealing a shirt from Thomas Cornish to be transported 7 years. A prisoner tried at County sessions at the castle.

Previous convictions:
Thomas Soper for stealing 6 pounds of rags, property of William Harris, imprisonment six months, Exeter sessions.
Thomas Soper convicted of stealing a gold ring & various other items, property of Bridget Portbury, sentence at Devon qtr sessions, imprisonment 3 months Exeter castle.
Thomas Soper apprentice to Mr Kingdon, for assaulting a girl in a public street fined 2s 6d,

6/7/1824: of Emu Plains. ‘on return of fines & punishments inflicted by the Bench of Evan’

19/10/1826: COF

1828 Census: Thomas Soper aged 28 arrived on Earl St Vincent, 1820, 7y sentence : Protestant : Residence, Mr Conells? : (Free or Bond? - ‘FS’) : Province, New South Wales.

1841 Census: Thomas Soper of Bamerang, Illawarra, (St Vincent) a tenant, the only person living in a wooden dwelling.

12/12/1841: Thomas Soper b.Exeter, Devon, married Martha Noble (niece of Dr. McKenzie, she was born in 1820 in Irvinestown, Fermanagh, Ireland and died 30/5/1890 at Nowra NSW aged 70).  They had 8 children.

Charles, Noble & Thomas farmers of Cambewarra 1872 Greville’s Directory.

6/6/1877: Thomas died at Shoalhaven, NSW.

Janene on 19th August, 2014 wrote of John Jones:

Married 16 Feb 1853 to Ann Ganor (also a convict)at Campbell Town, Tasmania.
The couple had at least 2 children, Mary Ann & Thomas.
John died at Campbell Town Tasmania & is buried at St Lukes Church of England Cemetery.

D Wong on 19th August, 2014 wrote of Benjamin Beckett:

Colonial Secretary Papers:

BECKETT, Benjamin. Per “Grenada”, 1821

1821 Sep 20: On list of convicts disembarked from the “Grenada” and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution (Reel 6008; 4/3504 p.380)

1823 c.July: On list of convicts employed by John Palmer (Reel 6056; 4/1765 p.182a)

Adrian Morgan on 19th August, 2014 wrote of Thomas Soper:

Farmer,Cedar Grove Farm.Cambewarra NSW Australia.
Married Martha Noble at Coolangatta Homestead 12-12-1841.

ADELE WHITMORE on 19th August, 2014 wrote of Benjamin Beckett:

NSW Death Index - died age 33years (b. c1793/4)
year 1827 E/n. 7481 Vol. 2 and E/n 392 Vol. 11.
Buried St Matthew’s Church of England Cemetery, Windsor New South Wales.

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