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Kim Kenny on 24th June, 2017 wrote of John Gale:

Although attributed to another “john Gale”  (The John, 1832 sailmaker, convicted in Gloucestshire) elsewhere on this website, i believe THIS John Gale married Margaret hamilton in wellington nsw in 1850.  Their son, george hamilton gale (Envoy Gale of Salvation Army fame), indicates his father’s occupation as butcher in Sofala.  The newspapers (on trove) include numerous references to a butcher named John Gale in Sofala.  John gale’s death certificate indicates he was born in Devizes, Wiltshire,  was a sheep farmer, and had been in the colony 47years in 1886.  This correlates well with John Gale, 21, a butcher, who arrived on the Mangles in 1840, having been convicted of sheep stealing in Wiltshire in 1838 at the age of 19.

Phil Hands on 24th June, 2017 wrote of Jane Poole:

Tried and convicted at the Somerset Summer Assizes, held in Wells on 19 August 1786, Jane McManus stole a silver watch and other goods to the value of two pounds 15 shillings at Bishops Hull. Sentenced to death by hanging she was reprieved upon condition of being transported for seven years. Jane Poole,  as she was then known, was 18 years old and travelled to Port Jackson aboard ‘Charlotte’ after spending the intervening year on the prison hulk ‘Dunkirk’.
Left England on 13th May 1787.
Ship:- the ‘Charlotte’ sailed wirh 88 male and 20 female convicts on board of which 4 males died during the voyage.
Arrived on 26th january 1788.

In the Colony she is first recorded on 20th January 1789 as giving evidence at the trial of convicts Samuel Basby and William Bond for being drunk on a Saturday night, and while drunk insulting a marine. They were sentenced to 300 and 150 lashes respectively.
Judge-Advocate Collins on 11th November 1789 recorded the sailing of Supply having on board provisions and six male and eight female convicts for the new colony at Norfolk Island. Jane Poole was one of the female convicts.
After the death of McManus, Jane received a grant of land in May 1797 of 60 acres and in March 1800 a further grant of l60 acres from Governor John Hunter, subject to a proviso that the land was to be held in trust for the children and not to be disposed of without the Governor’s consent.
Jane, by 1802, is recorded as living with Richard Ridge, who arrived as a convict in the Second Fleet aboard Atlantic, on 250 acres on the Hawkesbury. Apparently this included her grants of 220 acres. By the 1806 Muster Jane together with Richard Ridge owned or leased 305 acres of which 51 were sown in grain, one in potatoes and 205 utilised as pasture. They also had a horse, two oxen, 20 hogs and 19 bushels of grain in hand. In addition to Jane’s three children they supported five convicts and one freeman. In Marsden’s list of females in the Colony in 1806 a daughter, Martha, born in 1803, is recorded, but there is no mention of her in the 1806 Muster.
Later Jane went to live on the south side of George Stree t ,  Parramatta,  and Ridge remained on the Hawkesbury and married Margaret Forrester ( the daughter of First Fleeter Robert Forrester) on 7 November 1809 and had at least eight children. In 1820 Jane signed an agreement with t he Government to quit her house in exchange for another, but by 1824 s he was still petitioning for this new house to be allocated.
According to the register rather than the tombstone Jane died on 26 November 1826, aged 58 years. She left in her will to her son John a mare called Betty, to her daughter Margaret a mare called Gipsy and to Margaret’s daughter, Harriet, a filly and a foal. She was buried near her daughter Martha (called Poole on the tombstone) who had died on17 June 1821, aged 18 years.

After the death of McManus, Jane received a grant of land in May 1797 of 60 acres and in March 1800 a further grant of l60 acres from Governor John Hunter, subject to a proviso that the land was to be held in trust for the children and not to be disposed of without the Governor’s consent.

Jane, by 1802, is recorded as living with Richard Ridge, who arrived as a convict in the Second Fleet aboard ‘Atlantic’, on 250 acres on the Hawkesbury. Apparently this included her grants of 220 acres. By the 1806 Muster Jane together with Richard Ridge owned or leased 305 acres of which 51 were sown in grain, one in potatoes and 205 utilised as pasture. They also had a horse, two oxen, 20 hogs and 19 bushels of grain in hand. In addition to Jane’s three children they supported five convicts and one freeman. In Marsden’s list of females in the Colony in 1806 a daughter, Martha, born in 1803, is recorded, but there is no mention of her in the 1806 Muster.

Later Jane went to live on the south side of George Street, Parramatta, and Ridge remained on the Hawkesbury and married Margaret Forrester (the daughter of First Fleeter Robert Forrester) on 7 November 1809 and had at least eight children

D Wong on 24th June, 2017 wrote of Ellen Winstanley:

Ellen Winstanley was 23 years old on arrival, her native place was Liverpool.

Ellen was 5’1” tall, brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion, reads, unmarried with 1 child, P.C. GR heart - W.S. in heart on lt arm - H.S I.G ### BG PC & Sun M-V.D. E.G. E.W. I.G in rt arm.

31/1/1848: Married John Kenyon, (Westmoreland 1841) 28, Labourer, Ellen was listed as 27 and a spinster - married at Bethesda, Church of England, Hobart. No children listed.

16/7/1850: TOL

13/3/1854: Being in bed with a man not her husband - 6 months hard labour.

11/4/1854: TOL revoked.

28/8/1854: Free Certificate - herself (working for herself??)

7/11/1860: Husband, John Kenyon died, aged 43, at the General Hospital, Hobart, of Pleuritis - listed as a Seaman.

19/10/1865: Stealing a brass candlestick - 6 months hard labour.

28/5/1875: Listed on the ‘Graves of Tasmania’ website as having died at the New Town Pauper Establishment, aged 70 and born in 1805. Arrived “Tasmania 1”
Cause of Death: Morbus Cordis (heart disease).

Greg Petersen on 23rd June, 2017 wrote of William Wilson:

Transported for stealing Fowls
Gaol report: Second conviction
Hulk report: “Orderly”
Stated this offence, Stealing fowls, tried before at Manchester for stealing Cloathes, served 12 months.

Greg Petersen on 23rd June, 2017 wrote of William Wilson:

Native of Manchester tried & convicted at Lancaster 7th May 1821 transported for 7 years, age 19.
description of prisoner 342 listed as:
Height: 5’ 2¾”, Hair: Brown, Eyes: Grey
Remarks: Man & Woman left arm, WWB Rt arm, pock-pitted
Freedom certificate# 224 May 29th 1828

Greg Petersen on 23rd June, 2017 wrote of James Wood:

Native of Manchester tried at Lancaster & sentenced to 7 years transportation, age 17 years.
description listed as:
Height: 5’ 1¾”, Hair Brown, Eyes: Grey
Large brown mark on Rt cheek, pock-pitted.
Freedom Certificate# 199, May 8th, 1828.

Greg Petersen on 23rd June, 2017 wrote of James Wood:

Transported for stealing 150 yards cotton.
Gaol report “not known” orderly
Hulk report: orderly
Stated this offence, “Stealing a watch & 150 yards velveteen from a dwelling house.

Greg Petersen on 23rd June, 2017 wrote of William Wood:

conduct record prisoner 341:
Native of Oldham,
convicted 1821, 7th May at Lancaster.
Height: 5’ 1¾”, Hair: D Brown, Eyes: Blue, Age: 18
Remarks: Scar on left arm
Freedom certificate # 130/56? 1829, May 11th

Greg Petersen on 23rd June, 2017 wrote of Thomas Williams:

conduct record states:
Transported for stealing wearing apparel
Gaol report: “Escaped from prison”
Hulk report: Orderly

Greg Petersen on 23rd June, 2017 wrote of Robert Watts:

conduct record entry:
1829, March 24th, being privy to stealing certain stolen sheep the property of Mr. J. H. Cawthorne - bailed to appear on the 24th April next. (no further entries)

Greg Petersen on 23rd June, 2017 wrote of Robert Watts:

Transported for Stealing a Watch.
Gaol report: Second conviction very orderly
Hulk report: Orderly
Stated this offence: “Stealing a Watch” tried before at Newberry for Sheep stealing. Imprisoned 3 months.
Transported this time for stealing wearing apparel in the dwelling house of his master; worked for Mr. Deaclove at Farley near Wantage.

Greg Petersen on 23rd June, 2017 wrote of Robert Watts:

Native of Walford/Sheffield, sentenced to 7 years transportation to VDL at Berkshire 1st May 1821, age 22 years.
description listed as:
Height: 5’ 7½”, Hair: Brown, Eyes: Grey
Farmers labourer/ Shepherd, Age: 22
Remarks: Large scar outside left leg.

Iris Dunne on 23rd June, 2017 wrote of Thomas Powling:

Tried: 12 January 1816 at Ipswich
TOL: 1823
Event Date: 23 March 1824, Free Settler, petition for permission to marry Elenor Hatton, servant to J. T. Goodsir.

Greg Petersen on 23rd June, 2017 wrote of Thomas Williams:

correction to previous entry not a boy when transported: Age 30 years, Horse breaker & Sailor
description listed as:
Height 5’ 4¼”, Hair: Brown, Eyes: Brown,
Native place: Glynow?/ Radnor, Wales
Tried & convicted at:
14 years at Carmarthen 18th October 1820.
Remarks: JW EW & heart on R Arm, scar on R cheek.
pock-pitted
Freedom certificate # 199, May 9th 1828

Greg Petersen on 23rd June, 2017 wrote of George Williams:

Description recorded as:
Height: 5’ 1¼”, Hair: D. Brown, Eyes: Blue, Age: 26
Native Place Marbury/ Cheshire
Tried & convicted: 7 years at Lancaster 7th May 1821
Remarks: I G on left arm, scar on nose

Susan Gray on 23rd June, 2017 wrote of Thomas Powling:

His occupation was a Whaler at time of his death at Port Fairy Victoria where his cause of death was drowning.  There was an Inquiry into his death.

Kate on 22nd June, 2017 wrote of Catherine Mcfie:

Born 1814 Woolwich, Kent, UK.
Convictions 1829 for Theft & 1833 for Man Robbery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Married 27 Nov 1839 in Port Macquarie to Robert Fisher (Convict-Champion ship 1827).
9 children.
Moved from Rollands Plains in 1857 to Turners Flat
Died 23rd Feb 1884, Turners Flat, NSW.

Kate on 22nd June, 2017 wrote of Mary Mccartney:

Married on 11 Oct 1857 Port Cygnet, Tasmania to John Ryde (Convict-Elpinstone ship 1842)
8 Children- 3 born Tasmania & 5 born Brisbane Waters NSW.
Mary Ann died 11 August 1869 at Brisbane Waters after complications with the birth of her twins.

Graeme Heritage on 22nd June, 2017 wrote of Miles Reilly:

Transported Sep 6 1833 from Kilmainham gaol.
Arrived Sydney 19/01/1834
Assigned to Rev Fulton “Carrow Rocks” Cowra NSW.
Sep 19th 1840 transfer to Norfolk Island
Bursar of Norfolk island school
Aug 12 1844 Royal Conditional Pardon.
1874 Blacksmith, Salisbury South Australia via Melbourne and Goldfields.
Buried West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide.
Wife Mary Jane Browne (Owen) alias Farmer.

Colleen Stone on 22nd June, 2017 wrote of James Wiggins:

James was tried at the Sussex Special Winter Assizes in 1830 along with a others accused of the same crime.  On the same page as James’ crime is listed, you will find people tried for destroying threshing machines, inciting others to riot, impeding people who are trying to put out fires.  Clearly, James was caught up in the “Spring” Riots.  A search of the Brighton Gazette in December reveals that these riots were common in December 1830.  It’s fair to assume that James was one of them.  As a 30 year old man with four children and a trade, it is also reasonable to wonder whether James was a leader among the rioting lower classes.

Once he arrived in Tasmania, he survived his time as a convict and became a well-to-do Bricklayer and Stonemason by day and a Licensed Victualler of a succession of hotels by night.  His wife, Mary Ann, managed the hotels by day.  His family became respected members of the fledgling township of Hobart.

Janine Wood on 22nd June, 2017 wrote of John Hughes:

One of the best books about the Rebecca Riots, which contains quite a lot of information about John Hughes (Jac Ty-Isha), already referred to above, is ‘And They Blessed Rebecca’ by Pat Molloy.
I have four fascinating letters that he wrote, one before sailing. He refers to the keeping of public houses, and of gaining and losing fortunes.
He is remembered in his home village of Tumble, South Wales, with a wooden statue.

Janine Wood on 22nd June, 2017 wrote of John Hughes:

Although one of the convict documents looks like his father’s name is James, or something else, it was Morgan. I have a photocopy of the frontice page of the family Bible which clearly shows this, plus the census records and other official documents.
I am his great-great-granddaughter.

Val MacQueen on 22nd June, 2017 wrote of Edwin Parrott:

Married Sarah Connor 17-2-1851 Goulburn New South Wales.

Denis M.lamb on 22nd June, 2017 wrote of Elizabeth Turley:

mrd.(consent of Gov.)2 June 1841
William Parsons,came free

Nell Murphy on 22nd June, 2017 wrote of Janet Stewart:

n.b. There are two women named Janet Stewart on this voyage of the ‘Hydery’ 1832,

Janet STEWART was convicted at Perth, Scotland on 6 Oct 1831 for theft of money. 7yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ‘Hydery’ 1832.

Aged 28yrs; house servant; single woman; fresh complexion; reddish hair; grey eyes; 5’2 3/4”.
Native place: Perth, Scotland.

Assigned to work services in the Colony.

(Both Janet Stewart’s per the ‘Hydery’ married, so careful research needed to check records to find correct husband.)

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