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J Innis on 23rd October, 2021 wrote of James Mccartney:

Assignment upon arrival 1836 • Georges Hall, New South Wales - Assigned to David Johnston Georges Hall.
Married Alice Brownell (1819-1881) 19 July 1847 • Presbyterian Church of Scotland, Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Death 18th September 1857 • Pitt street, Sydney NSW Australia, at brother in laws house James Baird

Gail Robyn Newman on 22nd October, 2021 wrote of James East:

1835 census assigned to Mr John Jones

Gail Robyn Newman on 22nd October, 2021 wrote of James East:

1832 census assigned to Mr Boden

Iris Dunne on 22nd October, 2021 wrote of Jane Wheeler:

1822 NSW Convict Lists: Free by servitude

Naomi Parry on 22nd October, 2021 wrote of Jane Wheeler:

Tasmanian Archives state 21 at age of marriage to James Brown in 1815 (RGD36/1/1 no 171). Buried St Andrew’s Uniting Church Cemetery 1841 in family grave with sons William Wheeler (1818-1863) and James Wheeler (1815-1863). Headstone states Jane Wheeler was 62 at death. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/202909359/jane-wheeler

Naomi Parry on 22nd October, 2021 wrote of James Brown:

Died at Richmond 6 May 1874 (age 94), Tas Archives and Heritage Office, RGD35/1/43 no 656. Buried Congregational Cemetery Richmond. Headstone states 92 at death.

Iris Dunne on 22nd October, 2021 wrote of Robert Williams:

Alphabetical list of Convicts on Transports:
Conviction 25 March 1786 in Launceston, England

Iris Dunne on 21st October, 2021 wrote of John Miller:

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
RICHARD ADAMS, JOHN MILLER, Theft > pocketpicking, 20th August 1838.
1955. RICHARD ADAMS and JOHN MILLER were indicted for stealing, on the 7th of August, 1 handkerchief, value 1s., the goods of Daniel Harrison, from his person; and that Miller had been before convicted of felony.

DANIEL HARRISON . I live in Whitehall-gardens. I was standing at a picture-shop in the Strand, on the 7th of August-a witness told me some-thing, and I missed my handkerchief from my pocket—this is it—(looking at it)—I had used it in the Strand just before.

FREDERICK HURREY . I live with my father. I was passing by the picture-shop—I saw Adams take the handkerchief from the prosecutor’s pocket—he put it into his own pocket, and both the prisoners walked away together—I had not seen them together before they took it—they walked straight, and both went down a turning together—I am sure they are the men—I followed them, and told a policeman, and they were taken within five minutes.

WILLIAM HOWARD (police-constable F 94.) I met the prisoners walking and talking together—I took them—the little boy Hurrey said, “The right hand one has got it,” and I found this handkerchief in Adam’s hat.

Adams’s Defence. I picked the handkerchief up.

FREDERICK HURREY . No, he picked it out of the pocket.

Miller’s Defence. I was going to look for work, this prisoner came and asked me to direct him, and I said I would.

CHARLES SEAWARD . I live in Great Wild-street. I have known Miller two years-his father, his brother, and he, worked with me-Miller has home a good character, from what I have known of him—I have trusted him about the premises—I have not seen him for the last three or our months-before that I saw him every day with his father—I do not know that I must have known if he had been here before—I saw him

every day till within the last three or four months, as near as my memory serves.

JOHN PIKE (police-constable F 105.) I produce this certificate of Miller’s former conviction, from Mr. Clark’s office—(read)—the prisoner Miller is the man.

ADAMS— GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Three Months

MILLER— GUILTY . Aged 18.— Transported for Ten Years.

(Seaward was committed to prison.)

Iris Dunne on 21st October, 2021 wrote of John Miller:

Non-Annotated Printed Indentures: aged 21, can read & write, Baptist, Single
Native Place Herefordshire
Tried 20 August 1838
Previous conviction 6 months

Dianne Jebramek on 21st October, 2021 wrote of George Constine Cockayne:

George married Eliza Allsop at St. Mary’s Parish, Nottingham on 3rd October 1883.  It appears their son George Constine died of Cholera on 16th August 1854 at his home? 5 Taylors Place, Limehouse.

According to Hobart Town Gazette George was granted a Ticket-of-Leave on 15th February 1844.

Jillian Brewer on 21st October, 2021 wrote of Thomas Abby:

Thomas Abbey’s occupation was recorded as Tinman in prison records.
After arriving in Australia, he set up business as a Tin, Iron and Zinc-plate worker in Geelong.  He married Mary Jakeman and they had two daughters, Mary (b 1851) and an un-named child who died shortly after birth.  In 1859, Abbey sold his “delightfully situated stone-built family residence” on Newtown Hill and moved to Kyneton, where he continued to operate his tin-smithing business. 
Abbey was a trustee of the Kyneton Weslyan Church and he and his wife were active members of the congregation.
In 1882, Abbey sold his business to his son in law, William Rogers.
He died in January 1887.

Jillian Brewer on 21st October, 2021 wrote of William Alexander:

Son of Richard Alexander, carpenter, Covent Garden. 

Indicted for stealing 2 hats, value 14s.; 2 umbrellas, 5s.; and 1 pair of gloves, 1s.; the goods of Thomas Spencer; and that he had been before convicted of felony. 
THOMAS HANSLOW (police-constable F 10.) I produce a certificate of the prisoner’s former conviction, which I got from Mr. Clark’s office—(read—Convicted the 8th of May, 1843, and confined six months)—he is the person—he has been in custody four times since that.

Source: Old Bailey Online.

Iris Dunne on 20th October, 2021 wrote of John Cotterill:

Criminal Registers: aged 20
year of birth about 1828
Offence: Larceny

Ticket of Leave No. 49/846 dated 30 November 1849 in district of Moreton Bay
Prisoner No. 49/684
Tried 7 February 1848

Iris Dunne on 20th October, 2021 wrote of Johann Frederick Herold:

Marriage 1865 to Elizabeth Paley in Western Australia (1865/2344)

Iris Dunne on 20th October, 2021 wrote of Johann Frederick Herold:

Johann Carl Friedrich Herold birth 21 July 1815
Baptism 23 July 1815 in Ag u. Kahla, Thuringen (Thuringia), Deutschland (Germany)
Parents: Johann Heinrich Samuel Herold & Marie Elisabeth Herold

Iris Dunne on 20th October, 2021 wrote of Johann Frederick Herold:

Convict Index: aged 42, birth year 1816
Married with 4 children
Drowned Mongers Lake 9 August 1874

Proceedings of the Old Bailey
aged 37 - birth year 1821
JOHANN FREDERICK HAROLD, Sexual Offences > rape, 16th August 1858.
781. JOHANN FREDERICK HAROLD (37), was indicted for a like offence on Henrietta Morfew.

GUILTY .— Penal Servitude for Life.

Judy Weggelaar on 20th October, 2021 wrote of Johann Frederick Herold:

Johann was born in Thuringia, Germany.

Merv Hopton on 20th October, 2021 wrote of John Cotterill:

a John Cotterill is shown in a report by Commissioner Halloran on the 26th March 1855 requesting Tickets of Leave and Passports from the Principal Superintendent of Convicts. John was working for a Gordon Sandeman, a pastoralist in the Wide Bay and Burnett District.

Bryan Pready on 20th October, 2021 wrote of Ann Dinham:

Details of Ann’s grave are here: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/212652869/ann-foster

Bryan Pready on 20th October, 2021 wrote of Ann Dinham:

There is a biographical entry for Ann Dinham on Wikipedia, here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Dinham

John Browne on 19th October, 2021 wrote of Patrick Fogarty:

Conflicting info. NSW index shows Patrick arriving on ship Earl Grey 1836. Convict list for Earl Grey shows Thomas Fogarty, not Patrick.
Found Patrick on ship Waterloo 1836, but his birth year is 1800, not 1817 as genealogy research shows. Very confusing.

Andrew Roberts (A.J.) on 19th October, 2021 wrote of Susan Bissett:

Christened 1780: Spreyton, Devon, England
Parents: Samuel Martin / Martyn + Susanna Elworthy

See: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JWFF-D9Z


1st - William Parkin
14 Mar 1804 • Ashburton, Devon, England

2nd - William Bissett
14 May 1812 - England

Iris Dunne on 19th October, 2021 wrote of Susan Bissett:

Conduct Record:
Tried 25 February 1834 for receiving stolen goods
Widow with 3 children
Kept a lodging house

Description List: aged 50
Trade: Midwife

Iris Dunne on 19th October, 2021 wrote of Mary Perkin:

Conduct Record:
Tried 25 February 1834, transported for receiving Stolen goods
Single, stated I live with my mother
Free Certificate 12 February 1852

Description Listed: aged 28
Trade: Dairymaid

Jillian Brewer on 19th October, 2021 wrote of Samuel Birch:

Samuel Birch was 18 years old when he landed in Port Phillip.  He left the Thomas Arbuthnot on his own account.  In 1851 he is recorded as having found gold in Ballarat, with fellow exile, James Whelpdale (aka McPhinn). In 1855, he was charged with fellow exile, Joseph Woodland with stealing in a dwelling, in 1857 with drunkenness, and in 1859 with robbery. Samuel Birch died in 1862 from injuries sustained in a milling accident when his lower leg was torn off in a thrashing machine.

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