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Nikki Eagle on 28th July, 2017 wrote of Thomas Howman:

Thomas Howman & Phebe Burrows were married 13 Aug 1818. They had 3 children in England. John, Mary and Thomas.

Phil Hands on 28th July, 2017 wrote of Sarah Whaley:

Sarah had married a Benjamin Whaley on 1st January 1787 at Southwark, London, England.
He did not follow Sarah to NSW.

D Wong on 27th July, 2017 wrote of Ann Clark:

24/6/1815 Norfolk Chronicle Norfolk, England:
LYNN, June 23
Ann Clark the wife of Wm. Clark, (who was sentenced death for stabbing her husband, but received a pardon on condition of being transported for life) was conveyed from the gaol Deptford, to he shipped for New South Wales.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
CLARKE, Ann Maria. Per “Lord Melville”, 1817

1821 Oct 1,3: Re permission to marry at Parramatta (Reel 6008; 4/3504 p.402)
(This may have been to Thomas Bradshaw per ‘Marquis of Wellington 1815’ - he has the same date entry on the Colonial Secretary Papers website).
Married in 1822 at St John’s, Parramatta.

D Wong on 27th July, 2017 wrote of Gersham Butcher:

29/1/1836 Essex Standard Essex, England:
CHELMSFORD
For Seven Years— Gersham Butcher, for stealing a smock frock from John Wass at Colne Engain.

Gersham Butcher was listed as 20 years old on arrival, he was 5’8 1/2” tall, dark complexion, dark brown hair, dark hazel eyes, G B. back left arm near wrist - M.G. inside same arm, G P. Anchor & Cable on rt arm below Elbow, single, native place: Gessingthorp.

3/11/1842: TOL
1843: Free Certificate.

12/2/1845: Departed Launceston to Portland Bay per ‘Timbo’.

D Wong on 27th July, 2017 wrote of Thomas Mallyon:

29/1/1836 Essex Standard Essex, England:
Stealing Skins. — Yesterday week, a lad named Thomas Malyon, living at Chelmsford, was examined before J. Boggis, Esq., at Chelmsford, charged with stealing two lamb skins, belonging to Mr. Cheveley, of Boyton Hall.

Thomas Mallyon was listed as 20 years old on arrival, his native place was Bromfield.

Previous convictions: once for fowls, 1 month & flogged, once for a watch, discharged.

Thomas was 5’5 1/2” tall, sallow complexion, brown hair and whiskers, grey eyes, single.

23/11/1840: TOL
29/2/1843: Free Certificate.

August 1846: Was in Victoria.

12/10/1868: Credited with discovering a gold-field at Barossa, South Australia, along with Job Harrison, John, Stephen and George Gower and Frederick Carter.

March 1869: Had Thomas Mallyon’s Hotel, North West Bend. (South Australia).

1884: Thomas died aged 64 and was buried at the Willaston Cemetery, SA.

Phil Hands on 27th July, 2017 wrote of Esther Salamon:

Old Baily Trial Transcription.
Reference Number: t17940716-64

447. ESTHER SPENCER was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of July , two silver salt holders, value 18s. two silver salt spoons, value 2s. two silver pepper castors, value 1l. a silver table spoon, value 14s. the goods of Jacob Ruffy .
JACOB RUFFY sworn.
On the 17th of this month, I lost some two silver pepper castor, two silver salts, two silver spoons, and a silver table spoon; I was not in the way when they were taken; I had seen them before I went out, I went out about a quarter after two, I was going out to dinner, I had seen them in the forenoon on our side board; I know nothing at all of the prisoner, she was quite a stranger to me; they were missing near three, before I came home; and when I came home, I was informed of the circumstance.
Q. When did you next see this property? - In the constable’s hands.
ROBERT HUGH sworn.
I am an apprentice to Mr. Ruffy, he is a taylor ; I was at work in the afternoon, and master’s daughter came up, and told me that a person had been in the parlour and taken part of the plate away, and I came down stairs, and a servant of the house told me which way she had run; and I went out and caught her near Bethnall-green; my master lives in Wilkes’s-street, Spitalfields; I took her in Air-street, and brought her back to the place where she had taken the property from, and found two pepper castors in her bolom, and the two salt cellars and two salt spoons, and a table spoon were in her pocket; I see them taken from her.
SARAH PEARSON sworn.
I live near the prosecutor; there is a brass knob a the outside of the door to lift up the latch; I saw the prisoner lift it up and go into the parlour, and she came out again to the door, and then returned to it again; then I thought she was a bad woman; I went to call Mr. Ruffy’s daughter, and she sent the apprentice after the prisoner.
JOHN THOMPSON sworn.
I am a constable; the prisoner was searched in my presence; there was found on her two pepper castors in her bosom, two salts, two salt spoons, and a table spoon, all silver; I have got them here.
Prosecutor. They are all my property.
The prisoner called three witnesses who gave her a good character.
Prisoner. It is the first offence I ever did in my life, I hope you will forgive me.
GUILTY . Death . (Aged 19.)
Recommended to mercy by the Jury and prosecutor, because she had a good character from her master, and appeared never before to transgress.
Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before the Lord CHIEF BARON.

Phil Hands on 27th July, 2017 wrote of Esther Salamon:

Esther, a Jew, was tried and convicted under her married name of Spencer at the Old Bailey on 16th July 1794 for theft, sentenced to death, on recomendation from the Jury this was commuted to transpotation for life on 17th September 1794, Esther managed to survive the appalling conditions of Newgate Prison for 18 months before boarding her transportation vessel. The Newgate Prison entry book describes her as being “19, 5’4”, dark hair, dark eyes, dark complexion, London, married woman Jewess”.
Left England mid October 1795.
Ship:- the ‘Indispensible’ sailed with 133 female convicts on board of which 2 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 30th April 1796.

By August 1806, as indicated in the NSW General Muster, it seems that Esther had been classed granted a pardon at the discretion of the Governor, and her official status had become “Free By Servitude”.

Esther was in a defacto relationship with convict Thomas Stubbs, until his death in 1815, the couple had 9 children between 1801-1814.

Three months after their ninth child, Godfrey, was born Thomas died, on 11th January 1815, aged 41. He was buried in the Old Sydney Burial Ground, where his two infants Sophia and Godfrey had previously also been interred, along with Esther’s son by John Fitz.
Esther was now a single mother to 9 children, the oldest of whom was only 17 and probably having to fend for herself or assist her mother with the upbringing of the younger children.
Esther though seems to have continued to be an enterprising woman. Less than a week after Thomas’s death she was awarded a grant of 80 acres of land, for which she was recommended by a Mr Oxley, who was a noted explorer and surveyor in the early period of British colonisation in Australia. It was noted in the records that she was a widow with a large family. The record doesn’t though reveal where the land so awarded was, though her name was recorded as Hester Stubbs. 

With a significant imbalance in the ratio of men to women in the colony it seems to have taken Esther little time to find another “husband”, Joseph Bigge.
This time Esther had got together with a free settler. Joseph had arrived as a freeman on “HMS Dromedary” in December 1809. He was one of five servants taken to NSW by Governor Lachlan MacQuarrie and was employed as coachman. Prior to his departure for Australia Joseph was for a number of years coachman in London to Mr Stephen Rolleston, Chief Clerk of the Foreign Office. Joseph was aged about 41 when he arrived in Sydney.
Not long before he and Esther got together there was a report in the newspaper about a tragic incident featuring Joseph. On 6th October 1814 he accidentally ran over and killed a young boy aged three named Charles Thomas, while driving Mrs Macquarie in her curricle (a two wheeled open horse drawn carriage) along George Street, Sydney. A coronial inquest followed and Joseph was cleared of any charges of negligence or reckless driving. Elizabeth Macquarie was so distressed by the experience that she suffered a nervous collapse that confined her to bed for several weeks.

For the first and only time Esther was officially married, in 1822, when she and Joseph were wed on 25th April in St Phillips Anglican Church, Sydney, the couple had 2 children, Robert in 1816 and Louisa in 1817.
By the time Joseph was in his 60’s he had developed some form of insanity. In 1833, aged around 65, he suffered a fall into the fire at his residence in Phillips Street and died instantly from severe burns. Newspaper reports of this event referred to him as “Joe the Coachman” who kept the first respectable boarding house and livery stables in Sydney for many years, and was well respected by all who knew him.

Esther apparently sold the livery stables after Joseph’s death. She had accumulated sufficient capital to set up the first public baths for ladies, at Woolloomooloo Bay on the shores of Sydney harbour. Women and children who wished to bathe could do so for a price: “1 pound per quarter for a lady and three children – for a single lady ditto 10s, and a single baths 6d.” The site was a natural rock shelf into the harbour where Aboriginal people had been bathing for centuries. The baths served as a “mykveh”, a place for ritual bathing by Jewish women. There is a memorial to the baths on the site.

The baths were a feature for some time but failed to pay their way and were eventually let go.

Esther died on 27th October 1855, at her residence, Phillip Street, after a long and painful illness, and was buried in the Jewish section of the Devonshire Street Cemetery. In 1901 the cemetery site was needed for Central Railway Station, and Esther’s remains were re-interred at the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, known then as Bunnerong. Unfortunately there is no headstone to mark her grave.
Sydney Morning Herald Monday 29th October 1855 p. 8
DEATHS…
On the 27th instant, at her residence, Philip Street, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. Esther Bigge, aged 86 years.

D Wong on 26th July, 2017 wrote of Patrick Morrissey:

Patrick Morrisey was 28 years old on arrival in WA.  He was married with no children, 5’5 1/4” tall, light brown hair, brown eyes, a long face, fair complexion, healthy build, P. Morrisey on right arm, literate.

28/12/1870: TOL
20/12/1877: COF

Greg Petersen on 26th July, 2017 wrote of Sarah Turton:

20th May 1878, Sarah Rose wife of shoemaker, aged 74 years, died of old age at Fingal, Tasmania.

Nell Murphy on 26th July, 2017 wrote of James Monk:

James MONK was convicted at Essex, England on 10 Dec 1828 for house breaking and larceny. Previous convictions. Life Sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘Thames’ arriving Nov 1829.

Single man; aged 21yrs; farm labourer; 5’5 1/4”; dark complexion; black hair; grey eyes.
Native place of Birth: Lowton, Essex.

VDL:
Dec 1837: Ticket of Leave granted.
3 Nov 1841: Conditional Pardon No. 3486.

Phil Hands on 26th July, 2017 wrote of Nancy Price:

Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser Monday 1st January 1827, page 3
DREADFUL OCCURRENCE.
On the evening of Thursday, the 21st of December, Ann Bayliss, of Windsor, wife of Joseph Bayliss of that place, left her home to peform some household work in a respectable family; her daughter, a girl about 13 years of age, accompanying her. She had not been away ten minutes when they returned, both very ill, retching with excessive violence, and almost incessantly, for a few hours. She immediately said to her husband, “O! Joe, I’m so sick I am sure I shall die.” In answer to his interrogatories as to what she had taken to drink, she replied, “nothing but a little punch.” Bayliss went soon for the servant, and de-sired him to show what his wife had partaken of; and when the man poured some of the contents out of a bottle he brought with him to satisfy the husband’s curiosity, she glanced upon it, and said that is not the same of which I drank.” The man recollected himself, and fetched another bottle, from which he poured a whitish sediment; and it was from this bot-tle she had drank. The persons present tasted thereof, and did not discover any thing particular thereby, further than they were aware the liquid was not punch; but what it was they could not conceive; it had rather a sweet flavour. The gentleman in whose house this had transpired, had that day caused his wine cellar to be cleared out, as it is said, to have it white-washed, during which job he had kindly given the servants a bottle of wine, and part of another bottle of the same sort, as was at the time supposed. The servant had good naturedly laid these aside, in-tending to share with the others in the kitchen, and when Mrs. Bayliss went over in the evening, as before described, they had in company drank the same. The part bottle was poured out first; and using a tea cup for the purpose, Mrs. B. drank first, and then the daughter, neither of them making any observation; but when the man was about to drink, he tasted, and said “this is dead,” and put it aside, drawing the cork of the full bottle; of this he drank, and then handed it round to his associates, all drinking out of the tea cup, and Mrs. B. and her daughter partook of this also. The girl was immediately seized with a retching, and had some water handed to her, but could not drink; the mother was also soon affected, and then they retired home. These particulars being communicated to the husband, he sent after, and found the gentleman at the house of a friend; and a ques- tion was asked touching the probability of some poi-sonous liquor having been left in the same place with the wine bottles; the gentleman never had any poi-sonous mixtures in his house, unless “the fly water” had been put into the cellar; he though it had, and possibly a mistake had been made. The two medical Gentlemen residing at Windsor, were immediately in-formed of the fact, and let it be recorded to their credit, they gave the most prompt assistance, and paid the utmost attention to the unfortunate sufferers. It was the opinion of the surgeons that the liquid which had been mistaken for wine, was a deleterious mix-ture, intended for the destruction of bugs and flies. The mother died in a few hours; but the daughter, we are happy to say, is expected to recover, although it was for sometime imagined that she would fall victim also; they both endured the most severe afflic- tion; and although the most humane and unremitting attention was bestowed by the gentlemen of the faculty above alluded to, nevertheless the effects of the poi-son were too powerful to be subdued for a considerable time, and all expectation of recovery was destroyed; at length, however, the destructive consequences were overpowered by the antidotes administered, and gradual recovery has announced the patient out of danger. If this melancholy accident be not sufficient to caution fathers of families, or heads of households, to deposit “fly water” beyond the possibility of chance, then the intention of writing this will be treated too coolly. We will mention, that the reason for employing Mrs. Bayliss at this house, was owing to the recent removal to the Factory of the female servant for drunkenness, a propensity in which she indulged. Now had not this woman been discharged, it is more than probable, that she would have fallen a sacrifice to her habits of intoxication, by the casualty to which the deceased was exposed. Mrs. Bayliss and her daughter were invited to drink first, merely out of respect to their sex, and the same compliment would doubtless have been shown towards the servants that had been discharged, and her desires for the bottle would have placed her under the peril of misfortune.
Besides, it was supposed, this same servant had pur-loined a bottle of wine, although the fact was not ascertained to establish an undoubted proof, and if it really were the case, she might just as readily have taken “the fly water” as any other bottle. In the absence of the Coroners of Windsor and the districts adjacent, William Cox, Esq, J. P. summoned witnesses and took depositions regarding the whole accident, and, we believe, the same were transmitted to the Acting Attorney General, as the papers of a Coroner’s Inquest would have been.

Edward (Ted) Russell on 26th July, 2017 wrote of Edmond Conway:

Edward or Edmund or Edmond in various documents- convict. His birth name appears to be Edmond, which is how he appears in Tasmanian convict records. he seems to have used the name Edward for himself
b 1803 Limerick Ireland
Edward Conway was tried and convicted for violent assault on 28 October 1834.(An Edward Conway was found guilty of murder in Irelend in 1844, but this cannot be our Edward) He was born in Limerick, was 30 at the time, was RC, and could not read or write. He was a farm labourer, married with one child, a daughter, according to his convict indent.However, according to his Tasmanian convict record, his wife’s name was Mary (or Hilary?) and they had 4 children.(john Richard, Benjamin, Elle and Catherine.It is possible that these 4 are his siblings rather than his children.) According to his Tasmanian entry, his wife and children were still in Co. Limerick) There was an Edmund Conway christened 23/4/1824 at Bulgaden Limerick with father Edmund Conway and mother Johanna Howard (Batch 7734213 Sheet 55). However, this family seems not to be directly connected. He had no prior convictions, but was sentenced to 7 years. He was 5 foot 7 and three quarter inches in height, and had a dark, freckled and ruddy complexion. He had brown eyes and brown hair. He had a mark of 2 bites on the back his upper left arm, a scar on the back of his right hand, and a small scar outside his left eye. He was transported to Australia on the “Hive”‘s second voyage to Australia which left the Cove of Cork on 24 December 1835 for Sydney. The ship’s surgeon was apparently paid for organising work for some of the convicts on board and was paid 4 shillings in respect of Edmond Conway.  The ship ran ashore south of Jervis Bay 10 December 1835. The convicts proceeded to Sydney on HMS “Zebra” and schooner “Edward” and the cutter “Prince George” (ref CSIL 39/10071 in 4.2282.2) He was convict number 35/3298.
There are other references to him in the Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence. They are 44/7424 4/2641 and 45/6372 4/2706. Both need to be followed up. The surgeon’s report of the voyage out may also contain information about him AONSW 2/8263 p73.
He appears in the General return of Convicts in NSW 1837 as 31 years of age, at Berrima and his master was John Atkinson.
He was given a Ticket of Leave or Ticket of Exemption 40/580 and a Certificate of Freedom 42/148. he was “allowed to remain in the district of Berrima”. That reference was dated Oct 1839. There is a later reference “Altered for Newcastle” per Police Magistrate Dungog in a letter dated 11 March 1840 ref 40/2455. (the reference to Dungog is to a town. Some of the above information, except that relating to his apparent first marriage is found in the AONSW Convict Indents fiche 715 page 200 and in the AONSW Convict Muster Reel 2422 Page 73.
He was tried at the Berrima Assizes as Edward Conway on 7 September 1844 for stealing 3 cows and a bull from E C and James McMahon at Bombala on 15/8/1843. He was sentenced to 10 years transportation, with a recommendation that the penalty be mitigated to 5 years. When sentenced for cattle stealing there is a reference that he was of “good character until 1842.” There is a reference to the trial in the Sydney Morning Herald on 9/9/1844 and 11/9/1844. which describe him as late of Berrima and a labourer. AONSW Reel 1260 4/4523 p210 states “this prisoner is of the doubly convicted class and is recommended by the Governor of NSW to be placed on a penal settlement in Van Diemans Land. The source of this information is the Index to (NSW) Convict Movements. He was listed as embarked with approximately 35 other male prisoners on the “Governor Phillip” on 23 October 1844 to be transported to Van Dieman’s Land. There is a reference to an Edmond Conway as a Tasmanian convict who arrived on this ship. The Tasmanian convict conduct records CON 35/2 is a record of his time in Tasmania.It confirms some of the above information and lists his age then as 40.The record shows him as being in Port Arthur, probably sent there on arrival. He was given 18 months probation at some stage The document appears to show that he received a one month penalty on 20 March 1846 “to be served from Q A to P B for one month.” (PB means prisoner’s barracks; QA means Port Arthur; confirmed by Tasmanian Archivist Jan 2007. This probably means he was confined to barracks instead perhaps to be working outside the gaol)  He was classified as a Class 3 prisoner on 30 June 1846; the meaning of the classification is unknown. He was given a ticket of leave on 20 October 1847, although on 20th December 1847, he was admonished for misconduct. He was given his Certificate of Freedom on 26 October 1849. (confirmed by Archivist.) The other Tasmanian convict record CON 16/2 is a convict indent record. It shows that his wife’s name was Mary, that she was still in Limerick, and that they had 4 children. He is listed as having 2 brothers John Michael and Benjamin and 2 sisters Ellen and Catherine.(These 4 may in fact be his children; record not clear)  I cannot find them in Family Search. They are listed as living at their “native place”. presumably County Limerick. His trade is listed as Farm Labourer and Ploughman.
d 29/10/1880 11661 at Junction Williamstown age 77 cancer of stomach, exhaustion.
He married Mary Nash in 1853, but the marriage is not considered bigamous. Convicts who had served their time could not return to Ireland, and were allowed to remarry in Australia.
b Williamstown cemetery 30/10/1880 ref 6176 r RC sect c row 12 grave 5
junction is old name for newport
dc states 35 years in Vic - implies arrived 1845, although the Tasmanian convict records show he did not receive his Certificate of Freedom there until October 1849.
no probate
not on 1856 er or any earlier Melbourne Directory.
williamstown rate records show
1858-9 ref 1210 house and land at South newport
1864 ref 2027 land south newport
ref 2039 house at South newport
1871 2249 lots 13,14 South Newport net annual value 1 pound per year
      2255 lot 41 2 room timber dwelling nav 10 pounds per annum- high for area
      both at South newport - occ given as carter - rates in arrears 2.17.0, which seems high and represented many year’s payments
    lots 13, 14 sold by 1876
1874 south newport ward
1875 2521 lots 40,41 2 room stone house
1875-1881 s and Mcd dir edward, greenwich, williamstown
1882 Mary’s address given as lots 40,41 Union St South newport
greenwich is an early name for part of newport - probably that part north of south newport where greenwich park is today.
o farmer acc to dc - carter in rate records labourer in burial records
In 2005 there seems to be no way to track down his parents, who do not appear in the IGI.

D Wong on 26th July, 2017 wrote of Charles Gilbert:

Convict No. 8275
Charles Gilbert was 27 years old when transported for ‘Larceny and receiving stolen goods’.

Charles was single, 5’8 1/4” tall, dark brown hair, dark hazel eyes, dark complexion, middling stout, slightly pockpitted.

2/3/1870: TOL
29/1/1872: COF
1871: Conditional Release - Gardener, general servant, cook, wood cutter, hay maker.

To Singapore, 26 Jul 18??

There is also a note on his record at the Fremantle Prison Database that Charles died 15/12/1882 but nothing listed on the WA BDM so perhaps he died elsewhere.

D Wong on 26th July, 2017 wrote of Charles Gilbert:

Charles Gilbert was the son of William and Mary Gilbert and was transported for cattle stealing. He was 25 years old, 5’9” tall, brown hair and grey eyes,
swarthy complexion, stout build, a dog and hare on the left arm, a Man and Gun on right arm. A single labourer with no children.

23/2/1854: TOL
5/4/1856: CP
1871 Conditional Release

29/6/1857: Married Martha Egan, they had 8 children.

Charles became a miner and a farmer.  There is a road at Greenough that still bears his name.

Martha died 28/1/1891

Greg Petersen on 26th July, 2017 wrote of Sarah Turton:

24th March 1846 Sarah Turton age 37 married Henry Rose age 32 a shoemaker at Campbell Town.

Greg Petersen on 26th July, 2017 wrote of Sarah Turton:

Transported for stealing 24 yards of gingham, gaoled once before for 2 months theft of brass pan
married husband George at Liverpool a coachmaker
Surgeons report: ship woman good.

Greg Petersen on 26th July, 2017 wrote of Sarah Turton:

Native place: Tenby, South Wales

Greg Petersen on 26th July, 2017 wrote of Sarah Turton:

Description listed as:
Trade: Cook, Height 5’4¼”, Age: 34, Complexion: Pale
Head: Large, Hair: D Brown, Visage: Oval, Forehead: Medium, Eyebrows: L Brown, Eyes: Hazel, Nose: Medium, Mouth: Medium, Chin: Round
Remarks: Second finger right hand crooked

Greg Petersen on 26th July, 2017 wrote of Sarah Turton:

Assigned to Thomas Archer at Woolmers as cook

Greg Petersen on 26th July, 2017 wrote of Sarah Turton:

From an article on Woolmers first appeared in The Australian 2011 by Robert Bevan:
“there are those attic maids’ quarters behind barred windows. It is a unique survivor. Most convict barracks on the island were cheaply built and the first to fall into ruin. Information panels tell the story of master and servant. Sarah Turton from Liverpool—transported for stealing cloth—was a cook at Woolmers who became an inmate of the Female House of Correction in Launceston for six months hard labour after she was caught drinking with one of the male convicts.”

Andrea Hill on 25th July, 2017 wrote of Bridget Walsh:

Embarked from Grangegorman Prison Depot with sick child Patrick Walsh, 3 years, who died on board 3rd January 1852. Bridget Walsh later gave birth to a daughter, Sarah Walsh (father not listed) on 4th September, 1853.  Another birth by Bridget Walsh to a son, William Walsh (father not listed) on 31st August, 1855 at the Cascade Factory in Hobart.

Phil Hands on 25th July, 2017 wrote of Mary Russell:

Old Bailey Trial Transcript.
Reference Number: t17891209-49

49. MARY RUSSELL was indicted for feloniously stealing, one hank of silk, value 10 s. the property of John Dye and Edward Harvey , privily in their shop .
JOHN DYE sworn.
I live at No. 38, St. Martin’s Le Grand , I am a man’s mercer and trimming maker , in partnership with E. Hervey; about seven weeks since I first saw the prisoner, she brought a pattern of sewing silk, and said her father used a good deal, and would be a good customer; she came six or eight times a week, a boy served her, and on packing up the paper, we found a considerable decrease in the quantity; this was a fortnight before; from that time we kept our silk weighed and marked, on purpose to detect her if possible, having a strong suspicion; we shewed her a paper containing ten heads, and each head weighing about eight ounces; Thomas Waters served her, who usually did serve her; I went out to see which way she went; when she came out the witness Waters followed her: Mr. Haywood was in the shop, he is not here; he took her back into the shop, I followed her; she sat herself on a stool nigh the counter, and on moving her from thence, we discovered a head of silk dropt on the ground; we sent for a constable immediately, and took her before Sir Sampson Wright’s: she said, dear Sir, how can you say so; she did not desire me to shew her any favour.
THOMAS WATERS sworn.
The prisoner came into the shop, we showed her one paper of raven grey silk; about six pounds in ten different heads, and about eight ounces in each; she purchased three hanks out of three different heads; I had examined that paper just before she was in, and I missed one head, which is eight ounces; I followed her out and brought her to the shop; she sat down on a stool; I sent for a constable, when he came, I was going to remove her into the middle of the shop to examine her, and there was a hank of silk on the floor by the stool; I counted the silk and missed a head before I went out; I did not see her take it; I will swear that hank of silk was not on the floor when she was brought back.
PRISONER’s DEFENCE.
I did not meddle with or touch it.
The prisoner called one witness who gave her a good character.
GUILTY,
Of stealing, but not privily .
Transported for seven years .

Phil Hands on 25th July, 2017 wrote of Mary Russell:

Tried and convicted of theft at the Old Bailey on 9th December 1789 for the theft of 1 hank of silk value 10 shillings, sentenced to 7 years transportation.
Left England on 16th February 1791.
Ship:- the ‘Mary Ann’ sailed with 150 female convicts on board of which 9 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 9th July 1791.

Mary married convict Edward Merrick (Suprise1790) on 24th December 1791 at Sydney. Their first two children were born at Parramatta between the years 1793 and 1795, they went on to have 6 more children between 1800-1816.

Edward died on 9th February 1839 aged 76 at Richmond.
Mary died on 27th May 1840 aged 76 also at Richmond
Both Edward and Mary are burried in the family vault at St Peters C of E Richmond, NSW.

Iris Dunne on 25th July, 2017 wrote of Patrick Morrissey:

Convicted; 24 February 1866
Offence: Feloniously stabbing as per England criminal register
Birth Year: 1837, Occupation: shoemaker as per Aust, Convict Index

D Wong on 24th July, 2017 wrote of Robert Bradbury:

Robert Bradbury was listed as 23 years old on arrival in VDL.  He was transported for Housebreaking and stealing 11 sovereigns and wearing apparel from an old man as he slept.

Goal Report: Bad, supported himself by theft sometimes.
Surgeons Report: Good and industrious.

Robert was 5’6” tall, black hair, brown eyes, dark complexion, single, Woman Anchor on rt arm M.B. W B. {E}. B. M.O. heart darts on left arm.

Conduct Report:
10/2/1835: Public Works: Having a pig in is possession and not being able to accout for the same - Treadwheel 10 days.

7/7/1836: Public works - Drunk and losing a coat and 2 check shirts, the property of Mr Seymour under whose orders he was - Treadwheel for 10 days.

29/10/1836: Absent from Muster - Treadwheel 10 days.

6/11/1838: He had a TOL - Drunkeness - fines 5/-.

24/6/1839: TOL/was a constable: Absent from his post and neglect of duty - 4 days hard labour on the treadwheel.

5/6/1839: TOL/Constable: Gross misconduct - cells on bread and water 10 days.

1840: Free Certificate.

15/7/1856: Permission to marry Bridget Kenny (Duke of Cornwall).
Bridget also had permissions to marry 9/7/1854 to John Stephens (Fairlie) and 8/4/1856 to William Foster free.
No registrations of a marriage found for any of these.
No other marriages found.

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