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Maureen Withey on 10th April, 2020 wrote of Isaac Clay:

PARDON.-His Excellency the Governor directs it to be notified, that in pursuance of instructions from the Right Honorable the Secretary of State for the Colonies, an Absolute Pardon has been granted to Isaac Clay, per Sesostris, 1826.
Sydney Gazette, 8 Jan 1842.

Maureen Withey on 10th April, 2020 wrote of Joseph Bland:

Lindsey Sessions.
… and Joseph Bland, late of Belleau, laborer, convicted of stealing a man coat, a woman’s great coat, a cotton handkerchief, a pair of cotton braces, and a pair of cord breeches from Daniel Paddison, of the same place, laborer— were sentenced to be transported for seven years.
Stamford Mercury, 2 Nov 1821.

Maureen Withey on 10th April, 2020 wrote of Joseph Bland:

Colonial Secretarys Index.

BLAND, Joseph. Per “Eliza”, 1822

1822 Nov 26 - On list of convicts landed from the “Eliza” and forwarded to Bathurst for distribution (Reel 6009; 4/3506 p.474)

1824 Apr - Runaway. On return of settlers men punished in the County of Westmoreland (Reel 6023; 4/6671 p.115)

1825 - On list of convicts mustered in the employ of Thomas Hawkins of Bathurst in 1823 & 1824 (Fiche 3135; 4/1842A No.367 p.379)

1825 Aug 25 -Convict in the service of Thomas Hawkins of Bathurst at the last two musters (Reel 6015; 4/3515 p.212)

Maureen Withey on 10th April, 2020 wrote of Joseph Bland:

PUBLIC NOTICE.
The undermentioned Persons have received Certificate of Freedom, during the last Week; viz :
Eliza (2). Joseph Bland;
Sydney Gazette, 13 Jan 1829.

Maureen Withey on 10th April, 2020 wrote of Joseph Bland:

Absconded Prisoner.
11. Joseph Bland, Eliza (2), 28, Norfolk, 5 ft. 4¾,
haz. eyes, lt. br. hair, fresh comp., Servt. to Mr. Hawkins.
Sydney Gazette, 10 June 1824.

Maureen Withey on 10th April, 2020 wrote of Joseph Bland:

Moreton Bay Convict Records.
Josh. Bland, per Eliza 2 Tried at Lincoln Q.S., 23 Oct 1821, 7 years,  trade – shoemaker.  Colonial Sentence: tried at Crim. Court Camp. Town, 18 Aug 1830, Receiving stolen property, 3 years. To Sydney 16 Aug 1833.
Description: Joseph Bland,  Native of Norfolk, age 39, 5 ft 4 ¾. Fair comp,  brown hair, hazel eyes.  Religion P.
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Campbell Town Assizes
We have been favoured with the following complete list of the prisoners tried
before the Honourable the CHIEF JUSTICE, at the adjourned Sessions of the Supreme Court, held at Campbell Town.
TUESDAY, 17th.
Joseph Bland, Josiah Bent, and Henry Bent, were indicted for stealing, at Bathurst Plains, on 22d March last, five bushels of wheat, and forty pounds of cheese, the property of Thomas Fitzherbert Hawkins, Esq. and one steel mill, the property of James Brindley Bettington, Esq. Joseph Bland and Josiah Bent, Guilty, and Henry Bent, Not Guilty. Joseph Bland to be transported for three years ; Joseph Bent to work on the roads in irons for three years.
Sydney Gazette, 26 Aug 1830.

Maureen Withey on 10th April, 2020 wrote of Patrick Cullen:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Patrick Cullen, alias Cullens Collins, age 15, per Countess of Harcourt (4) 1827, Tried at Dublin, 1826, sentence 7 years,  for Stealing clothes, 2 former convictions, Native of Dublin, Single, Protestant, trade – Errand boy. DOB. 1812. Remarks –Colonial Sentences numerous Moreton Bay. Cockatoo Island.

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Moreton Bay Convict Records.
Patrick Cullens, per Css Hartcourt 4, Tried at City Dublin, 29 Jul 1826, 7 years, for Felony of wearing apparel, trade – Labourer. Colonial Sentence: tried at Crim Court Camp. Town, 18 Aug 1830, Highway Robbery, 14 years commuted from Death recorded. Sydney. Run 17th Apr and ret.20th 1833.
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Campbell Town Assizes
We have been favoured with the following complete list of the prisoners tried
before the Honourable the CHIEF JUSTICE, at the adjourned Sessions of the Supreme Court, held at Campbell Town.
MONDAY, 16th.
Patrick Cullen, Michael Fox, John Egan, and Edward Ward, were indicted for a highway robbery, at Liverpool, on the 10th July last, upon one Daniel Mageen. Guilty, Death.
Sydney Gazette, 26 Aug 1830.

Maureen Withey on 9th April, 2020 wrote of Daniel Dooley:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Daniel Dooley, age 15, per Eliza II (2) 1829, Tried at Tipperary. 1828, sentence 7 years,  for Shop lifting, Native of Cork, Single, Catholic, trade –tailor. DOB. 1814.

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Moreton Bay Convict Records.
Danl. Dooley, per Eliza 3, Tried at Tipperary, 9 Aug 1828, 7 years, for Felony of earrings, trade – tailor 2 years. Colonial Sentence: tried at Maitland Bench, 26 Apr 1831, Robbery, 2 years. To Sydney. Run 24th Nov 1833 and ret.27th.
Description: Daniel Dooley,  Native of Cork, age 18, 5 ft 8 ¼. Fair comp,  brown hair, dk grey eyes.  Religion R.C.

Maureen Withey on 9th April, 2020 wrote of John Egan:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
John Egan, age 25, per Eliza II (1) 1827, Tried at Cork. 1827, sentence 7 years,  for Stealing watch, Native of Roscommon, Single, Protestant, trade – soldier labourer. DOB. 1802. Remarks – Moreton Bay.
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Moreton Bay Convict Records.
John Eagan, per Eliza 3, Tried at Co. Cork, 9 Apr 1827, 7 years, for stealing watch, trade – labourer. Colonial Sentence: tried at Crim. Court at Camp. Town, 18 Aug 1830, Highway Robbery, 14 years commuted from Death recorded. Sydney. Run 10th and ret. 17 Oct 1834.
Description: John Egan,  Native of Co. Longford, age 27, 5 ft 3 ¾. Sallow comp, Lt. brown hair, hazel eyes.  Religion not recorded.

Campbell Town Assizes
We have been favoured with the following complete list of the prisoners tried
before the Honourable the CHIEF JUSTICE, at the adjourned Sessions of the Supreme Court, held at Campbell Town.
MONDAY, 16th.
Patrick Cullen, Michael Fox, John Egan, and Edward Ward, were indicted for a highway robbery, at Liverpool, on the 10th July last, upon one Daniel Mageen. Guilty, Death.
Sydney Gazette, 26 Aug 1830.

Maureen Withey on 9th April, 2020 wrote of Michael Fox:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Michael Fox, age 18, per Eliza II (1) 1827, Tried at Tipperary. 1827, sentence 7 years,  for Stealing pigs, Native of Tipperary, Single, Catholic, trade – Farm boy. DOB. 1809. Remarks – Norfolk Island.

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Moreton Bay Convict Records.
Michl. Fox, per Eliza 3, Tried at Tipperary, 29 Mar 1827, 7 years, for pig stealing, trade – Stone cutter. Colonial Sentence: tried at Crim. Court at Camp. Town, 18 Aug 1830, Highway Robbery, 14 years commuted from Death recorded. Run 18 April 1832.
Description: Michael Fox,  Native of Tipperary Co., age 18, 5 ft 7 ¼. Fresh comp, brown hair, hazel eyes. R.C. religion.

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Campbell Town Assizes
We have been favoured with the following complete list of the prisoners tried
before the Honourable the CHIEF JUSTICE, at the adjourned Sessions of the Supreme Court, held at Campbell Town.
MONDAY, 16th.
Patrick Cullen, Michael Fox, John Egan, and Edward Ward, were indicted for a highway robbery, at Liverpool, on the 10th July last, upon one Daniel Mageen. Guilty, Death.
Sydney Gazette, 26 Aug 1830.

D Wong on 9th April, 2020 wrote of Robert Philips:

National Records of Scotland
Title Trial papers relating to David Simpson, Robert Philips for the crime of theft. Tried at High Court, Edinburgh
Dates 8 Nov 1832

Accused David Simpson, Verdict: Guilty, Sentence: Transportation - 7 years
Robert Philips, Verdict: Guilty, Sentence: Transportation - 14 years

From the Precognition:
Robert Phillips, Age: 18, baker, William Henderson, biscuit maker, Address: Lady Wynd, Wester Portsburgh, Edinburgh, Origin: Born in Edinburgh
David Simpson, Age: 24, baker, David Sommervile, Address: Bread Street, Edinburgh, Origin: Born in Edinburgh
Robert Philips, Age: 24, baker, Address: Prisoner in Edinburgh toolbooth, Origin: Born in Edinburgh
William Henderson, biscuit baker, Lady Wynd, Wester Portsburgh, Edinburgh.

David Simpson and William Henderson were also onboard.

No record of the older Robert Philips.

Goal Report: Character &c., very bad.  Imprisoned and convicted before.

Stated this Offence: Stg. Flour. Convd. 8 times of Theft 1 mos. 2 mos. & 6 mos.

1833 Muster: Public Works
1835 Muster: Assigned to Mr. J. O. Walker.

5/11/1839: TOL
22/12/1841: CP

Children:
12/3/1841: Thomas Robert, born Hobart.
Robert Snr., listed as a confectioner.
1843: Male
10/9/1845: Charlotte, born Hobart.
1848: John Paisley
28/4/1850: William.
1853: Charles
1859: Elizabeth Emily

16/4/1892: Elizabeth Phillips, aged 80, died at the General Hospital, Hobart, from and overdose of Laudanum taken by misadventure - General Dealers wife.

Both Robert and Elizabeth were buried at the Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart.

22/4/1892 The Mercury, Hobart:
PHILLIPS - On April 15, 1892, at her residence, Murray street, Hobart, Elizabeth Ann Phillips, aged 80 years.
Also on April 21, Robert Phillips, aged 80 years, after a long and painful illness.

Michelle Weight on 9th April, 2020 wrote of John Oldfield:

Buried in Northam Western Australia

D Wong on 9th April, 2020 wrote of Abraham Williams:

Abraham Williams was listed as 18 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Colchester.

Occupation: Gardener’s labourer 3 years.

Transported for ‘Stealing mutton’.

Abraham was literate, protestant, single, 5’0¼” tall, sallow, freckled pockpitted complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes, anchor inside left arm, scar of cut on left thumb.

Children with Harriet:
1840–1840: Eliza Williams
1842–1931: Abraham Williams
1844–1932: William Williams
1847–1886: Samuel Williams
1849-????: Charles Williams
1852-????: Sarah Ann Williams
1854–1927: John Williams
1857–1860: Arthur Williams
1859–1944: Sydney James Williams

1869: Harried died at Liverpool, Sydney.

1886: Abraham died at Liverpool, Sydney.

Maureen Withey on 9th April, 2020 wrote of Edmund Mccarthy:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Edmund McCarthy, age 22, per Eliza II (1) 1827, Tried at Cork. 1827, sentence 7 years,  for Stealing clothes, Native of Waterford Co., Single, Catholic, trade – Labourer. DOB. 1805.
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Moreton Bay Convict Records.
Edmund McCarthy, per Eliza 3, Tried at Co Cork, 9 Apr 1827, 7 years, trade – Lab & Groom. Colonial Sentence: tried at Crim. Court at Camp. Town, 18 Aug 1830, Burglary, 7 years commuted from Death recorded. Drowned.
Description: Edmund McCarthy Native of Waterford Co., age 23, 5 ft 6. Sallow comp, Dk brown hair, hazel eyes. R.C. religion.
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Campbell Town Assizes
We have been favoured with the following complete list of the prisoners tried
before the Honourable the CHIEF JUSTICE, at the adjourned Sessions of the Supreme Court, held at Campbell Town.
TUESDAY, 17th.
Edmund McCarthy was indicted for a burglary in the dwelling-house of Michael Cody, at Mittagong, on the 20th July last. Guilty—Death recorded.
Sydney Gazette, 26 Aug 1830.

D Wong on 9th April, 2020 wrote of Harriet Harris:

Old Bailey:
HARRIET HARRIS.
Theft: simple larceny.
3rd April 1837
Verdict Guilty > unknown

HARRIET HARRIS was indicted for a misdemeanor.

THOMAS TREVILLIAN. I am a furniture broker, and live in Old-street. I had known the prisoner sometime—she came on the 17th of March, and said her father had sent her for a caddy—I knew her father well, as a customer—his name is Abraham Ayres, of Bartholomew-close, near Smithfield—she said if it did not suit her father, she would bring it back in an hour—she asked the price—I told her 25s., and she said, “If I should not bring it back to-night, you may expect my father will keep it.”

CHARLES WILLIAMS. I am a shopman to John Walter, a pawnbroker in Goswell-road. This caddy was pawned by a female, in the name of Harriet Leath, Bartholomew-close, on the 15th of March.

JOHN DROVE . I am a policeman. I took the prisoner—the duplicate was given up to the sergeant in my presence.

ABRAHAM AYRES. The prisoner is my daughter-in-law—I did not send her to Mr. Trevillian’s in March last for a tea-caddy.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

Harriet Harris was listed as 19 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Surry.

Harriet was literate, protestant, single, 5’0¼” tall, ruddy complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes, two warts back of middle finger of right hand, and one back of middle finger of left hand.

????: Permission to marry abraham Williams (Camden 1831) Abraham was 26 and had a TOL - Harriet was 21 and on bond.
District: Parramatta.

1839: Married at St. John’s, Parramatta.
Children:
1840–1840: Eliza Williams
1842–1931: Abraham Williams
1844–1932: William Williams
1847–1886: Samuel Williams
1849-????: Charles Williams
1852-????: Sarah Ann Williams
1854–1927: John Williams
1857–1860: Arthur Williams
1859–1944: Sydney James Williams

15/4/1845: COF

1869: Harried died at Liverpool, Sydney.

1886: Abraham died at Liverpool, Sydney.

Maureen Withey on 9th April, 2020 wrote of Timothy Callanan:

Moreton Bay Convict Records.
Timy. Calanan, per Eliza 3, Tried at Co Limerick, 4 Mar 1827 for Larceny, 7 years, trade - Pedlar. Colonial Sentence: tried at Bench at Bathurst, 18 Jan 1830, Bushranging & Stolen property in his possession, 3 years. To Sydney 18 Apr 1833.
Description: Timy. Callaghan Native of Sligo, age 21, 5 ft 9 ¾. Dark comp, Black hair, dark hazel eyes. R.C. religion.

Maureen Withey on 9th April, 2020 wrote of Patrick Heafy:

Moreton Bay Convict Records.
Patk. Healy, per Eliza 3, Tried at Tipperary, 31 Mar 1827 for Stealing sheep, 7 years, trade - Labourer. Colonial Sentence: tried at Gen. Sess. at Argyle, 25 Mar 1829,  Stolen property in his possession, 3 years. To Sydney 1 Sep 1832.

Katherine O'neill on 9th April, 2020 wrote of Abraham Williams:

trail Essex ass.in 1831.he obtained his ticket of leave passport in 1843,to travel to the Sydney markets,for 12 months.
he obtained his ticket of leave in 1843,and his Certificate of freedom on the 15th of April 1845.
He married Harriet Harris,in 1839,also a convict

Katherine O'neill on 9th April, 2020 wrote of John Fullagher:

john was listed in the Convict musters 27th March,1809.Reel 693
he may have had a ticket of leave in 1815.
He is listed as having a conditional pardon on the 31st Jan 1816.reel no 744 page 100.
he was granted land in 1816,page 27,fiche no 3266.

James Howe on 9th April, 2020 wrote of Gregory Hough:

These is a lot more info at - https://howe.tribalpages.com/

Peter Kentish on 9th April, 2020 wrote of Robert Philips:

Ticket of leave, 5 November 1839.
Married 2 April 1840, Hobart, to Elizabeth Travell.
Baker in Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania.

Maureen Withey on 9th April, 2020 wrote of William Ratsford:

Government Notice. Colonial Secretary’s Office, 13th .March, 1828.
TEN POUNDS REWARD.
WHEREAS JOHN ARMS, and WM. RATSFORD, charged with robbing the Premises of Mrs.
Badgery, of the South Creek, have ABSCONDED; Notice is hereby given, That a Reward of FIVE POUNDS will be paid to any Person or Persons who may apprehend and lodge either of the said Parties in any of His Majesty’s Gaols.
John Arms arrived by the Prince of Orange (1), is a Native of Holbroke, a Farming Man, twenty-seven years of age, 5 feet 6-3/4 inches in height, ruddy complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, and
holds a Certificate of Freedom, No. 27607, dated 14th July, 1827.
William Ratsford arrived by the Agamemnon, is a Native of Manchester, a Cotton Spinner, twenty-seven years of age, 5 feet 7 inches in height, ruddy complexion, brown hair, light blue eyes, and holds a Certificate of Freedom, No. 87/5989; dated 20th January, 1827.
By His Excellency’s Command,
ALEXANDER M’LEAY.
Sydney Gazette, 14 Mar 1828.

Maureen Withey on 9th April, 2020 wrote of John Arms:

Government Notice. Colonial Secretary’s Office, 13th .March, 1828.
TEN POUNDS REWARD.
WHEREAS JOHN ARMS, and WM. RATSFORD, charged with robbing the Premises of Mrs.
Badgery, of the South Creek, have ABSCONDED; Notice is hereby given, That a Reward of FIVE POUNDS will be paid to any Person or Persons who may apprehend and lodge either of the said Parties in any of His Majesty’s Gaols.
John Arms arrived by the Prince of Orange (1), is a Native of Holbroke, a Farming Man, twenty-seven years of age, 5 feet 6-3/4 inches in height, ruddy complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, and
holds a Certificate of Freedom, No. 27607, dated 14th July, 1827.
William Ratsford arrived by the Agamemnon, is a Native of Manchester, a Cotton Spinner, twenty-seven years of age, 5 feet 7 inches in height, ruddy complexion, brown hair, light blue eyes, and holds a Certificate of Freedom, No. 87/5989; dated 20th January, 1827.
By His Excellency’s Command,
ALEXANDER M’LEAY.
Sydney Gazette, 14 Mar 1828.

Maureen Withey on 9th April, 2020 wrote of Daniel Donaghoe:

Moreton Bay Convict Records.
Danl. Donoghoe, per Eliza 3, Tried at Cork City, 1 Mar 1827 for Larceny from house, 7 years, trade - Labourer. Colonial Sentence: tried at Gen. Sess. at Luskintyre, 16 June 1829,  Robbery, 3 years. To Sydney 4 Feb 1833.. Description:  Native of Cork, age 23, 5 ft 0 ¼. P. Sallow pock-pitted comp, Brown hair, grey one eye. R.C. religion.

Maureen Withey on 9th April, 2020 wrote of James Donnelly:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
James Donnelly, alias Quinn, age 52, per Eliza II (1) 1827, Tried at Tyrone 1826, sentence 7 years,  for Stealing cows, Native of Tyrone, Single, Catholic, trade – Labourer Farm. DOB. 1775.

Moreton Bay Convict Records.
James Donnelly or Quin, per Eliza 3, Tried at Tyrone, 13 Mar 1826 for Cow Stealing, 7 years, trade- Labourer. Colonial Sentence: tried at Gen. Sess. at Sutton Forrest, 2 May 1829,  Sheep stealing, 3 years. Died 28 Nov 1829. Description:  Native of Tyrone, age 56, 5 ft 9 ½. Sallow comp, Grey hair, grey eyes. R.C. religion.

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