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Recent Submissions

Anonymous on 27th February, 2020 wrote of William Russell:

Later sentenced to Life imprisonment on Norfolk Island

Bernard Weekes on 27th February, 2020 wrote of William Russell:

Later sentenced to Life imprisonment on Norfolk Island

Ian Noble on 27th February, 2020 wrote of Caroline Lewis:

Assigned to Rev Bedford
ToL 1838 and Pardon 1841

Ann Marie Gould on 27th February, 2020 wrote of John Matthews:

Stole Ewe belonging to John Wyatt, Ilminster.

Bristol Mercury 07 August 1847

Ann Marie Gould on 27th February, 2020 wrote of Jacob Cook:

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette 15 July 1847-
Stole trousers, 12 shirts, and money.

Ann Marie Gould on 27th February, 2020 wrote of Esau Wetherall:

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette 08 April 1847-
Stole a horse along with another man in Crewkerne Somerset. Given 15 years because he had previous convictions.
settled in Toodyay, married an Irish woman called Mary Mellaby and had children, two sons died in infancy. Mary died aged 30 and Esau remarried to widow Caroline Wells. Esau continued to steal cattle in Toodyay and appeared in local papers at least 4 times. died in 1889 aged 73.

Ann Marie Gould on 27th February, 2020 wrote of George Reece:

Assaulting George William and robbing him of one gold pin

Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser 18 August 1847

Ann Marie Gould on 27th February, 2020 wrote of John Martin:

Stole a coat - referred to in court as an ‘old offender’

Ann Marie Gould on 27th February, 2020 wrote of William Goldsworthy:

Stole a pair of boots in Bath Somerset- aged 17

Ann Marie Gould on 27th February, 2020 wrote of George Baldwin:

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette 12 August 1847-
burgled house of brother in law James Hussey in Bath, Somerset - stole silver spoons and an accordion

Maureen Withey on 27th February, 2020 wrote of Bridget Kearney:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Bridget Kearney, alias Carny, age 45, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Dublin, 1831, 7 years for stealing linen, former conviction, 12 months.  Married 3 children.  Native of Dublin.  Plain cook all work.  Catholic.  DOB 1787. 

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Colonial Secretary’s Office, Sydney, 16th March, 1838,
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom since last publication, viz.
Kearney Bridget, Southworth (2)

Maureen Withey on 27th February, 2020 wrote of Ann Crowly:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Ann Crowly, alias Crowley, age 21, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Galway, 1831, 7 years for stealing cloth, single.  Native of Cork Co.  House maid kitchen maid needle woman.  Protestant.  DOB 1811. 
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Colonial Secretary’s Office, Sydney, 16th March, 1838,
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom since last publication, viz.
Crowley Ann, Southwork (2)

Maureen Withey on 27th February, 2020 wrote of Esther Ward:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Esther Ward, age 20, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Dublin, 1831, 7 years for stealing cows, single.  Native of Dublin.  House maid.  Catholic.  DOB 1812. 

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LIST OF FEMALE CONVICTS ASSIGNED FROM 1st TO 30th JUNE, 1832.
1127. Ward Esther, Southworth, housemaid to Isabella Hanley, Market-street, Sydney
NSW Government Gazette, 7 Nov 1832.
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Colonial Secretary’s Office, Sydney, 10th July, 1838.
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom since last publication, viz : —
Ward Esther, Southworth 2
The Australian, 24 Jul 1838.

Maureen Withey on 27th February, 2020 wrote of Catherine O'brien:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Catherine O’Brien, age 17, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Dublin, 1831, 7 years for stealing shirt, former conviction, 6 months, single.  Native of Dublin.  Kitchen maid.  Catholic.  DOB 1815. 
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Colonial Secretary’s Office, Sydney, 10th July, 1838.
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom since last publication, viz : —
O’Brien Catherine, Southworth 2
The Australian, 24 Jul 1838.

Maureen Withey on 27th February, 2020 wrote of Anne Mcdonnell:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Anne McDonnell, alias McDonald, age 22, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Down, 1831, 7 years for robbery in street.  single.  Native of Down Co.  House maid.  Catholic.  DOB 1810. 
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Colonial Secretary’s Office, Sydney, 10th July, 1838.
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom since last publication, viz : —
M’Donnell Anne,  Southworth 2
The Australian, 24 Jul 1838.

Maureen Withey on 27th February, 2020 wrote of Mary Farr:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Mary Farr, alias Burke Baird Farrar, age 43, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Armagh, 1831, 7 years for stealing coat.  Former conviction, 12 months.  Married 3 children.  Native of Armagh Co.  plain cook all work.  Protestant.  DOB 1789.
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Colonial Secretary’s Office, Sydney, 10th July, 1838.
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom since last publication, viz : —
Farra alias Bourke, alias Bain Mary,  Southworth 2
The Australian, 24 Jul 1838.

Maureen Withey on 27th February, 2020 wrote of Margaret Cuddely:

WEBSTER. —June 29, at her residence, Eliza-street, Newtown, Margaret, the beloved wife of Mr. John Webster, after a long and painful illness, which she bore with Christian fortitude, aged 68 years. Her end was peace.
Sydney Morning Herald, 1 Jul 1876.

THE FRIENDS of Mr. JOHN WEBSTER are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his late beloved WIFE, Margaret; to move from her late residence, Eliza-street, Newtown,  ….
THE FRIENDS of Mr. WILLIAM WEBSTER are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his late beloved MOTHER, Margaret ; to move from her late residence, Eliza-street, Newtown, THIS (Saturday) AFTERNOON, at 3 o’clock, for Devonshire-street,
Cemetery. C. BOOTS, Undertaker.
Sydney Morning Herald, 1 July 1876

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Margaret Cuddely:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Margaret Cuddely, age 18, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Kilkenny, 1831, 7 years for stealing bonnets.  Former conviction,  6 months.  Single.  Native of Kilkenny Co.  Laundry maid all work.  Catholic.  DOB 1814.  Died 1876 at Newtown.  Spouse: Married 1836 at St Andrews Scots Church
Sydney, to John Webster.

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Colonial Secretary’s Office, Sydney, 10th July, 1838.
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom since last publication, viz : —
Cuddeliy Margaret, Southworth 2
The Australian, 24 Jul 1838.

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Ann Walker:

Principal Superintendent of Convicts’ Office, 3rd September, 1838.
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom since last publication, namely:
Walker Anne, Southworth 2,
The Australian (Sydney), 11 Sept 1838.

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Ellen Mcdonald:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Ellen McDonald, age 21, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Kilkenny, 1831, 7 years for stealing shoes.  Single.  Native of Tipperary Co.  House maid kitchen maid.  Catholic.  DOB 1811.

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Principal Superintendent of Convicts’ Office, 3rd September, 1838.
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom since last publication, namely:
M’Donald Ellen, Southworth 2,
The Australian (Sydney), 11 Sept 1838.

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Margaret Hurley:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Margaret Hurley, alias Early,  age 42, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Cork, 1831, 7 years for stealing clothes.  Widow 5 children mother of Margaret Hurley arrived per same ship.  Native of Cork Co.  Dairy maid all work.  Catholic.  DOB 1790.

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Margaret Hurley Jun.:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Margaret Hurley, alias Early,  age 11, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Cork, 1831, 7 years for stealing clothes.  Single daughter of Margaret Hurley arrived per same ship.  Native of Cork Co.  Nurse girl.  Catholic.  DOB 1821.

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Principal Superintendent of Convicts’ Office, 3rd September, 1838.
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom since last publication, namely:
Hurley Margaret, jun.  Southworth 2. 
The Australian (Sydney), 11 Sept 1838.

D Wong on 26th February, 2020 wrote of William Litchfield:

Nottingham Review and General Advertiser for the Midland Counties Nottinghamshire, England
10 Apr 1840:
WM. LITCHFIELD, aged 27, to stealing on the 15th day of February last, a blanket, the propert of Wm. Fisher.  Also to stealing on the 14th of February last, a sheet and a chair-cover, the property of James Ellerthorne__Transported for ten years.

William Litchfield was listed as 28 years old on arrival.

Place of Birth: Nottingham.

Wiliam was literate, 5’4” tall, dark brown hair, light brown eyes, small scars back of forfe and middle fingers right hand, scar inside left thumb.

Occupation: Lace maker/labourer.

Wlilliam was married with 1 child, Wife Eliza at Nottingham.
Brother: Nathan
Sisters: Mary, Hannah, Eliza, Jemima, Anne - all at Nottingham.

Conduct Record: Empty.

4/5/1850: Free Certificate (Newspaper date)

30/3/1852: William Litchfield, steerage passenger, free, Launceston to Melbourne per’Vixen’.
Stated his ship to colony was the ‘Mariposa’ so he may have been to Melbourne before—- there are no other records of him in VDL.

Iain Frazier on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Thomas (the Younger) Chapman:

Thomas the younger was sentenced for robbery of his father in 1843 & was sentenced to 10years.  He could read & write.
On arrival at Port Phillip on MAITLAND in 1846 he was given his Conditional Pardon & went to Williamstown.

D Wong on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Francis Warhurst:

Frederick Warhurst was listed as 22 years old on arrival.

Place of Birth: Manchester, Lancashire.

Frederick could read, was single, protestant, 5’6½” tall.

Father: Elias
Mother: Sarah
Brothers: John, Ellis.
Sisters: Sarah, Maria.

Transported for his part in the 1842 Chartists riots in Cheshire.

His crime was ‘stealing bread from the union work house at the riots’.

26/8/1839: Lancaster County General Sessions, Salford:
Francis Warhurst, aged 18 years, was convicted of larceny & sentenced to three months imprisonment.

29/6/1840: Chester, Cheshire, County Sessions:
Francis Warhurst, aged 19 years, was convicted of receiving stolen goods & sentenced to six months imprisonment.
6/8/1847: Cornwall Chronicle, Launceston:
Longford Police Office - Francis Warhurst, a passholder, in the service of Mr. Mason, was sentenced to six months on the roads for stealing some of his fellow servant’s clothes.

3/2/1855: TOL (Newspaper date)

28/3/1857: CP (Newspaper date)

1/1/1863 Launceston Examiner:
Enquiry having been made for Francis Warhurst, per John Renwick, who took up his conditional pardon at Longford in April, 1857, any person knowing anything of him is requested to communicate the same to the Comptroller-General’s office.

From Founders and Survivors website:
Possibly died as Francis Warhouse, on 19 Mar 1887, of chronic cystitis, aged 77 years, at Launceston Hospital. There are some newspaper references to a Francis Warhouse, in Launceston, mainly in the 1880s, being convicted of drunkenness. No record of his arrival has been located. Conversely, no death for Francis Warhurst can be located.

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