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D Wong on 31st March, 2015 wrote of Richard Herring:

RICHARD HERRING, Theft > simple larceny, Deception > fraud, 5th September 1833.

Reference Number: t18330905-43
Offences: Theft > simple larceny; Deception > fraud
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty
Punishments: Transportation; Transportation

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RICHARD HERRING was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of July , 1 order for payment, and value of 5l. , the property of Hugh Biers .
HUGH BIERS . I live in Dorset-place, Dorset-square. The prisoner called on me on the 29th of July, and said he had called for Mr. Woodin’s account; he had called once or twice before, but he had not seen me - I owed Mr. Woodin 3l. 11s.; I asked the prisoner what the amount was, and he told me it was 3l. 11s. - I asked him to give me change for 5l.; he said he could not, but he would bring the change down, and I wrote him a cheque for 5l.; he did not return, and I did not see him again till he was at the office - Mr. Woodin afterwards called to know if I had paid his former clerk, and said he was not his clerk then - this is the cheque.
WILLIAM TYSON . I am clerk to Sir Claude Scott and Co. This cheque was paid at our house on the 29th of July, the day it is dated.
DENNIS WOODIN . I am a veterinary surgeon. The prisoner has been my clerk , but had been discharged on the 1st of July; he had access to my accounts, and could know who was indebted to me - some papers were found on him, and among the rest is the sum due from Mr. Biers, extracted from my books.
Prisoner. That account is not in the paper. Witness. I believe it was, but I have not seen the paper since the night he was taken.
Prisoner’s Defence. Mr. Woodin discharged me at a moment’s notice - I had no one to apply to, and no means of support - he knows well enough that I had no intention to defraud him, or I could have done it, without leaving myself open to the law of my country - I hope, being my first offence, you will visit it with a light punishment - I meant to have repaid it.

GUILTY . - Aged 21. Transported for Seven Years .

RICHARD HERRING was again indicted for falsely pretending to one William Ingarfield, that he had come from Mr.Dennis Woodin, and obtaining from him 3 sovereigns, 16 shillings, and 1 sixpence, with intent to cheat and defraud him thereof.
WILLIAM INGARFIELD. I am a fishmonger, and live at No. 36, Paddington-street. Mr. Woodin is my veterinary surgeon - I owed him some money; and on the 15th of July, the prisoner called on me, and said he came for Mr. Woodin’s bill or account; I said certainly - I took the bill off the file; it was 4l. 11s. - I said, “Mr. Woodin owes me a little bill for fish; I suppose that is to be deducted” - he said certainly - I made the deduction and paid him 3l. 16s. 6d.
DENNIS WOODIN . This gentleman owed me this money, but on the 15th of July the prisoner was not in my employ - I did not send him for it, and I never had the money.
WILLIAM HODGE . (police-constable N 97). I took the prisoner - I found some papers on him.
GUILTY . Aged 21.
Transported for Seven Years longer.

Richard Herring was 22 years old when he arrived in February 1834. He was born in Lambeth c. 1812. After arrival in the colony, he was sent to the Phoenix hulk and while there met up with a desperate character by the name of Henry Smith who also had once been a merchant’s clerk. Herring and Smith together with two other prisoners by the names of Michael Lahey and Michael Lawless made their escape from the Phoenix Hulk and robbed several properties. Richard Herring was hung as a bushranger on the 5th June 1834 just four months after arrival.

Lorelle Di Sciascio on 31st March, 2015 wrote of Jeremiah Bunn:

Jeremiah Bunn married Ann Pugh (free - Canton 1835) in 1841 at Morpeth.  This would accord with government permission given at that time for the marriage to take place Marriage Records show her name as “Roberts” at that time according to http://www.jenwilletts.com/searchaction.php
and birth records also show birth of Sarah Roberts in 1837 with a sister Ann being born in l844 and dying in l846. Sarah was married with parental consent in 1851.

D Wong on 31st March, 2015 wrote of Henrietta Lethulier:

Old Bailey:
HENRIETTA LETHULIER, JAMES BRYAN, Theft > pocketpicking, Miscellaneous > perverting justice, 8th September 1831.

Reference Number: t18310908-273
Offences: Theft > pocketpicking; Miscellaneous > perverting justice
Verdicts: Guilty; Not Guilty
Punishments: Transportation

This is a shortened version of the trial:

HENRIETTA LETHULIER was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of August , 22 sovereigns, the monies of Robert Tomlinson , from his person ; and JAMES BRYAN was indicted for that he, well knowing the said felony was committed, did receive, harbour, conceal, and maintain her .

GEORGE PHILLIPS . I am an officer. I received information - I searched Lethulier’s sister, and found six sovereigns on her.
SELINA LETHULIER . I am the prisoner’s sister. She was in the watch-house on Sunday for something, and when she came out on Monday, she gave me the six sovereigns to take care of for her - Bryan was there at the time, getting his dinner.
FREDERICK SMITH . I am a shoemaker. The prisoners each ordered a pair of shoes of me on the Monday - I was to get them done that night; they paid me 10s. 6d. on them.
MICHAEL WHEELER . I am a cabinet-maker. The prisoners were indebted to me; on Sunday, the 21st, Lithulier paid me a sovereign.
Lethulier’s Defence. A man told Easterbrook, if he would come and make the most of this case he would give him a new suit of clothes a pair of boots, and stockings - my sister heard it.
SELINA LETHULIER . I cannot say I heard any thing of the sort.
Transported for Life .

Henrietta was 22 years old, could read, 5’2” tall, dark sallow complexion, dark brown hair, dark chestnut eyes. Daughter of John and Henrietta.

1832: Application to marry James O’Neil (came free).
1832: Married James O’Neil at Scots Church, Sydney – James was 21 years old.  No children found.  1 death listed on the BDM for James O’Neil in 1850 who was an infant., so don’t know what happened to him.

1842: TOL Wollombi
1/9/1848: CP

1849: Married Samuel Cadman (Fairlie 1833) they had 6 children.

1873: Henrietta died at Wollombi.

D Wong on 31st March, 2015 wrote of Samuel Cadman:

Samuel Cadman was 19 years old on arrival in NSW, he was the son of Edward Cadman and Elizabeth Mortimer.

1838: Married Margaret Childs – no issue found

1842: TOL Maitland.
30/4/1842 TOL Wollombi

1844: Recommended for a CP for the apprehension of bushrangers.
1/2/1845: CP

1849: Married Henrietta Luthulier (Burrell 1832) – Listed as Lethulian and Lathuleer – they had 6 children.

Samuel became a farmer and much respected pioneer of the Ellalong district.

24/3/1891: Samuel died and was buried at Ellalong, NSW.

7/4/1891: Maitland Mercury:
At Ellalong the Easter season was rendered Bad by two deaths. On Sunday a funeral sermon was preached in commemoration of Mr. Samuel Cadman, who has held his office of church-warden for about twenty years.

Deborah Lipari on 31st March, 2015 wrote of John Bennett:

trial 1 August 1833, Surrey ass. no prior sentences.

Deborah Lipari on 31st March, 2015 wrote of John Bennett:

married mary kent,a widow with 4 children, & went on to have 3 sons. pardoned 1849.permission to marry 1848. darlinghurst gaol description 5 ft 6 & one quarter inches. ruddy complexion brown hair hazel eyes,missing top left canine tooth. many scars left & right hands, shin. could read & write, protestant.

D Wong on 30th March, 2015 wrote of William Loveridge:

William Loveridge was 29 years old on arrival in WA.
He was 5’7 1/2” tall, brown hair, blue eyes, dark complexion, stout, single, Sophia and woman on left arm, shamrock, thistle, and figure in centre.  His occupation was a ‘Tinker/Brazier’.

19/7/1851: TOL
5/3/1863: Expiree, Perth.

Worked for himself at Newcastle (Toodyay) in 1883.

23/2/1883: Sent to the Mount Eliza Depot. (The Mt Eliza Depot was a men’s poorhouse. There a quite a few old photos around showing them fishing or lounging around along the Mounts Bay road foreshore).

11/10/1894: Burial date - William died aged 75 at the Depot.

D Wong on 30th March, 2015 wrote of James Colbeck:

James Colbeck was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire and was christened on 26 July, 1801. Parents: Henry COLBECK and Sarah NOWELL.
He married Ann STAPLETON in Dewsbury on 25 Jan, 1824. They had one child, Henry, who was christened on 26 July, 1825. (other reports list 2 children.
Ann Stapleton was also born in Dewsbury, christened 2 May, 1804. Parents: John Stapleton and Mary PICKLES, who were married in Dewsbury on 13 Aug, 1797.

James was 28 yeas old on arrival in VDL and was 5’5 ¾” tall, brown hair, hazel eyes.
1830-35 Musters: Public Works.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
James Colbeck was the lead stonemason on the Ross Bridge, Ross, Tasmania. Both he and Daniel Herbert received full pardons for their work on the bridge.
Born in Dewsbury in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1801, Colbeck worked as a stonemason in London on Buckingham Palace from 1822 to 1825. Newly married and with a young son, Colbeck grew tired of living apart from his wife and child, and returned to Dewsbury.
Unable to find work in the area and desperate to feed his starving family, Colbeck, John Blezzard and George May broke into a house in Huddersfield stealing food, clothing and money. Having succeeded once, they repeated their rash act again in a home in Saddleworth and were caught.
Sentenced at the York Assizes on March 22, 1828 to transportation for life for burglary, Colbeck was shipped from London to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) aboard the Manlius.
In 1830 and 1831, Colbeck worked on the construction of the New Orphan School in Hobart. In May 1831, he was sent to Ross with an army of men to repair the bridge. Since it was made of timbers, there was no work for him. However, he worked for William Kermode who was busy building a house in the neighbourhood, the first ‘Mona Vale.’ Colbeck’s earnings were to be banked by Kermode, whose son Robert Quale was going to arrange passage for Colbeck’s wife and his son, as soon as he got to England.
In March 1833, Colbeck was recommended to superintend the construction of the Ross Bridge but it was not until May 1835 that Colbeck became the overseer. Although given detailed instructions from the government appointed architect, Charles Atkinson, Colbeck ignored them. Atkinson stated: ‘Is it possible for an ignorant unlettered plodding scion of his class to understand the construction of the most difficult and scientific structures invented by man?’
Colbeck and Daniel Herbert received their emancipation on the completion of the bridge. Colbeck received a Free Pardon on 28 October 1841.
Colbeck appeared in the 1843 Tasmania census as living at Long Plains, West Tamar. The date or route of his return to England is unknown.
Colbeck remarried in June 1850 at Wakefield (District), Yorkshire, England and is recorded as residing in Dewsbury in the UK 1851 census. His death is registered on 17 February 1852 and he was buried in St. Matthews burial ground, Dewsbury.

Robert Kemsley on 30th March, 2015 wrote of John Dare:

John Dare had 4 children; 3 males & 1 female
Charlotte Baptised 3 Jan 1831; Lawrence 25 Nov 1832: Robert 12 Oct 1843: James 2 Jul 1836
All North Curry, Somerset, England

D Wong on 29th March, 2015 wrote of Thomas Underwood:

Old Bailey: Edited version:
THOMAS UNDERWOOD, CHARLES RICHARD WILKIE, RACHAEL WILKIE, Theft > theft from a specified place, Theft > receiving, 5th January 1835.

THOMAS UNDERWOOD and CHARLES RICHARD WILKIE were indicted for stealing, on the 29th of December, at St. Clement Danes, 1 cloak, value 5l., the goods of Charles Campbell and another; 1 coat, value 1l.; and 1 cloak, value 2l.; the goods of the said Charles Campbell, in the dwelling-house of the said Charles Campbell and another; and RACHAEL WILKIE was indicted for feloniously receiving on the same day, 1 coat, value 1l., part of the said goods, well knowing it to have been stolen.

Recommended to mercy by the Jury, in consequence of “the spleen exhibited
by the witness Fry.”— Transported for Life .

Charles Wilkie arrived VDL per Norfolk 1835.

Thomas was 21 years old on arrival and his occupation was listed as a ‘shoemaker/gentlemans servant’.

Thomas was single 5’5” tall, dark reddish hair, brown hazel eyes, fresh complexion, could read and write, crucifix inside right arm.

Father: Thomas
Mother: Susan or Susannah – she was married to a Mr Cook, a silk weaver at the time Thomas was transported.
Brothers: John, Henry and William Rufus
Sisters: Martha, Susan.

12/4/1844: 3rd Class
12/4/1846: TOL
20/11/1846: CP

26/8/1846: Married Jane Panton, born in Colony, 12/12/1829-7/5/1902.  They had 12 children.
2 were born in Tasmania, then C1852 they moved to Victoria.  They were in Pitfield, a gold mining place near Skipton and Ballarat and had a further 10 children.

26/8/1887: Thomas died, death listed as at Ballarat.

Sharon Harris on 29th March, 2015 wrote of James Haskell:

james was born in dorset england his father was daniel haskell his mother was dianna budden he married an elisabth andrews in guilford perth in 1863   he had a daughter martha   he did not return to england but made australia his after release

D Wong on 29th March, 2015 wrote of Charles Keightley:

2/12/1837: TOL in the District of Windsor.

3/1/1830: COF

11/3/1898: Charles died in the George Street Asylum, Parramatta.

D Wong on 29th March, 2015 wrote of Mary Mcmanus:

Mary was 19 years old on arrival, she was singleand her native place was Enniskillen, Ireland.

9/1/1841: Married Charles Keightley.  Charles was free and Mary a “bond servant” for John H Doyle, Lower Portland Head.

21/4/1845: COF

23/3/1893: Mary died in Newington Asylum of senile decay and paralysis, aged 74, her occupation listed as a “pauper”.

Heather Richards on 29th March, 2015 wrote of Charles Richard Wilkie:

Married Rachel Way 28/10/1832, 1 child (no record found of child).
Had 7 children with Ann Bolton (Mexborough 1941)

Peter Lovel on 29th March, 2015 wrote of William Laws:

William Laws escaped VDL in abt 1851.  He met Mrs Mary Ann Carmody (nee Mayes) and their 1st child also William was born near Ballarat, Vic in 1855.  They had 9 more children.  They lived at Bealiba Victoria for the rest of their lives.  I am William Laws greatX2 Grandson.  William and Mary Ann are buried at Bealiba and a commerative headstone was mounted on their grave in Nov 2014.

Heather Richards on 29th March, 2015 wrote of Ann Bolton:

Arrived with daughter Julia aged 6 months.
Lived with Charles Richard Wilkie, no evidence of marriage.  7 children.
Charles Richard Wilkie b abt 1846 (no record)
Lavinia Wilkie b 26/05/1849
William Wilkie b 14/05/1850
Thomas Henry Wilkie b 01/01/1852
Maria Wilkie b 22/12/1853
Mary Elizabeth Wilkie b 7/08/1858
Annie Wilkie b ? (birth not registered)

Joan Ihms on 29th March, 2015 wrote of Rebecca Richards:

my original info has been misprinted
rebeccas maiden name is richards. she married humphrey thorn

Keith Lawrence on 29th March, 2015 wrote of George Howard Lawrence:

Was assigned on arrival in 1833 to the Rev L.E.Threlkeld and went to his mission at Lake Maquarie. He appears to have been reassigned by 1839 when he is in Maitland, NSW.  He died in Newcastle 14 Nov 1840.

D Wong on 28th March, 2015 wrote of Humphrey Thorn:

Proceedings of the Old Bailey, On 25 Jun 1788:
HUMPHREY THORNE was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of May last, an iron chest, lock, and key, value 1 s. a pair of leather half-boots, value 1 s. a mahogany watch-case, value 6 d. a rule, value 1 s. a key, called a blank, value 6 d. an iron pick-lock, value 3 d. two brass images, value 3 d. one iron screw driver, value 6 d. and four pounds weight of iron, value 4 d. the property of Jeremiah Smith.
I know the prisoner; he worked for me about six months; I found a parcel of things, as many as a man can stand under, at his lodgings, by a search warrant.
(All the things produced and deposed to.)
The prisoner was taken into custody; he fell a crying, and begged for mercy; said he would be a faithful servant to me, and never serve me so again; he said, I should have no reason to repent of overlooking it, if I would be so good to forgive him, and take him into my service again; I asked him how he could expect forgiveness from me, when I had been so very much distressed; I told him, I could not do any such thing; I had been almost ruined; I was present at the apprehending of the prisoner, and I knew the things.

No man upon earth can swear to that piece of iron; it is a piece of new bar-iron; that watch-case that lays there, the boy brought out one day to burn, and he gave it me; I took it home, and had it repaired, and kept it on the mantle-piece, and the half-boots he was going publicly to sell to the shop’s company; they were all mouldy; I bought them for six pence; the witness knows that; as to the other tools, Mr. Smith knows that he never checked me for carrying tools in my pocket; I had several articles; I was paid off from a man of war; I have a whole chest of tools; and I did my endeavour to do a little business for myself when I was out of work; I never took any thing with intent to keep it; the Monday before I was taken, I went to six a gate, and I did not return to the shop that night, there is a whole chest of tools now at the justices.
Court. Did the apprentice boy offer to sell the half-boots? - I did not hear him.
Were these half boots left about the shop, mouldy and not used? - I never saw them mouldy.
Were they left in the shop for the apprentice to do what he pleased with? - No, they were left off to be mended, and the apprentice might wear them; I cannot say he did not; I never saw him wear them; he seldom works with me; I know nothing of the watch-case.
Did you ever see it in pieces? - The prisoner put this bit on.
I apprehended the prisoner and found the property; some of the things were in a chest locked with two lock.
The prisoner called one witness to his character.
Transported for seven years .

Colonial Secretary:
THORN, Humphrey (Senior). Per “Neptune”, 1790
1804 Jul 16: On list of all grants & leases of town allotments registered in the Colonial Secretary’s Office (Fiche 3268; 9/2731 p.206)

1807 Jun 16, Nov 24: Blacksmith. On statement of capital advanced by Gregory Blaxland in his concerns from 27 Dec 1806 to 14 Sep 1808 (Reel 6043; 4/1727 pp.192, 194, 204)

1810 Jan: Of Parramatta. Memorial (Fiche 3009; 4/1822 No.310)

1810 Jun 5: Member of Parramatta Loyal Association (Reel 6042; 4/1725 p.15)

1814 Nov 26-1819 Oct 29: Juror at inquests on Mary Brown, Owen Dalton, Thomas Gorman & John Williams held at Parramatta (Reel 6021; 4/1819 pp.57, 145, 233, 717)

1820 Jul 21: Juror at inquest on Patrick Fanning held at the Field of Mars (Reel 6021; 4/1819 p.199)

1822 Jul 18: Signatory to memorial from inhabitants & stockholders of Parramatta re common land on the Sydney road known as the Dog Traps (Reel 6055; 4/1761 p.22b)

8/7/1792: Married Rebecca Richards (Mary Ann 1791) at Parramatta.

10/1/1823: Humphrey died aged 65 and is buried along with Rebecca a St Johns Cemetery, Sydney.

D Wong on 28th March, 2015 wrote of Rebecca Richards:

Rebecca was transported on the “Mary Ann”.

8/7/1792: Married Humphrey Thorn (Neptune 1789).

Joan Ihms on 28th March, 2015 wrote of Rebecca Richards:

Parents.. Ann (Innes)1751-1821 and Harold 1751-1837
buried St Johns Church Paramatta. NSW
M. Rebecca Richards convict
ch. John, Elizabeth Mary, Mary Ann, Humphrey, James

D Wong on 28th March, 2015 wrote of Caroline Laycock:

Caroline was 5’1” tall, dark sallow complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes.  She was transported for ‘petty larceny”.

C January 1788:
Lived with or married
Robert Hosburn – was a sailor who arrived in the colony aboard the ship ‘Prince of Wales’.  They had 1 daughter Sarah Hosburn b 1788.

On 25 July 1789 received a sentence of 50 lashes for helping William Boggis to steal a shirt.

C 1789: Lived with or married Robert Bruce.
Robert Bruce - b1754.  Convicted in 1784 at Exeter for escaping custody.  They had 1 daughter, Elizabeth Mason Haylock b 1790.

C 1792: Lived with or married Mark Turner 1759-1802 (Scarborough 1789).  They had 5 children,
George Turner 1791–1792,  Mark Turner 1793–, William Turner 1794–,  Eleanor Turner 1796–1867, Thomas Turner 1799–.

Cohabited with William Shepherd.
Cohabited with William Smyth. Daughter Ann S Laycock b1803.

Married Henry Heatley in 1810 at Windsor.

4/12/1823: Certificate

17/3/1830: Caroline died aged 66.

D Wong on 28th March, 2015 wrote of Joseph Lowen:

Joseph Lowen was 23 years old on arrival in VDL and was transported for ‘Stealing Fowls”.

Joseph was the son of Thomas Lowen and Mary Deards.

Goal Report: A very bad character and several times imprisoned.

Joseph was stout made, 5’5 ½” tall, single, dark grey eyes, dark brown hair.

1835: Assigned to Mr John Petchey
23/8/1838: TOL

11/4/1839: Married Sarah Miller, they had 5 children.
Sarah Miller was b. 21 Feb 1804 and d. 13 Oct 1895 Doncaster Melbourne.
Sarah was married on 7/5/1827 to William Henry Gangell and they had 5 children.  Sarah was 35 years old when she married Joseph and he was 28.

1843(looks like) Free Certificate

Joseph moved to Victoria C1852 and lived in Doncaster, Melbourne.

19/9/1906: LOWEN.-On the 19th September, at his residence, Williamson-road, Doncaster, Joseph Lowen, aged 96 years, beloved grandfather of J. J. L. and L. W. Nankervis, of Auburn. A colonist of 55 years. (Interred September 20.)

Colbeck on 28th March, 2015 wrote of James Colbeck:

Colbeck received his emancipation on completion of the Ross Bridge (Ross,Tasmania)and a Free Pardon on 28 October 1841.  Colbeck returned to England and remarried in June 1850, died on 17 February 1852 and is buried in St. Matthews burial ground, Dewsbury,England.

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