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Maureen Withey on 12th August, 2019 wrote of Honora Corkaran:

POLICE INCIDENTS.
Honora Corcoran, for seven vears, assigned to Mrs. Morris, Castlereagh-street, was ushered into the prescnce of their Worships, on Thursday last, charged with the commoni offence of absenteeism , her mistress deposed that about a week since
Corcoran came into her service, and was not with her more than three days when she decamped, and had not since been heard of.
Honora, (curtseying).-” Please your Wurchips, I was willun to put up wid aters and salt, if I could have got em clean, your Wurchips, but I could’nt get em, nor ta bed to put my bones on, your Wurchips, and so I bolted.”
Mi. Slade - That is no excuse for running away; I therefore sentence you to be worked in the Factory, for 52 days, and afterwards returned to Government, at the request of your mistress.
Sydney Herald, 5 Jun 1834

Maureen Withey on 12th August, 2019 wrote of Honora Corkaran:

Honora Corkaran, aged 35, a widow with 1 child, was convicted at Cavan in 1830 for stealing clothes. She was born in Tipperary and her trade was a pedlar.

List of all female convicts assigned and transferred from the 1st to the 31st October 1832.
Corcoran Honora, Palambam, laundress, to John Groves, Parramatta. 
Sydney Gazette, 20 Dec 1832.

Maureen Withey on 12th August, 2019 wrote of Catherine Brown:

Convicted at Dublin, 1830 for stealing a cow, Catherine Brown, age 21, single, dairy maid and house maid, born at Drogheda, Louth Co, Ireland.

List of all female convicts assigned and transferred from the 1st to the 31st October 1832.
Brown Catherine, Palambam, dairy, to Phillip Keefe, Burragarang
Sydney Gazette, 20 Dec 1832.

Maureen Withey on 12th August, 2019 wrote of Ann Andrews:

List of all female convicts assigned and transferred from the 1st to the 31st October 1832.
ANDREWS ANN, Pyramus. Gen. servt., to W. P. Palmer, Maitland.
Sydney Gazette, 20 Dec 1832.

Maureen Withey on 12th August, 2019 wrote of Bridget Brazil:

Married, with 1 child. Convicted at Dublin, 1826, for stealing handkerchiefs.

LIST OF ALL FEMALE CONVICTS ASSIGNED AND TRANSFERRED FROM THE 1st TO THE 31st OCTOBER 1832.
1589. Brazil Bridget, Brothers, wet nurse, to W. Challenor, Kent-street, Sydney.
Sydney Gazette, 20 Dec 1832.

Maureen Withey on 12th August, 2019 wrote of Felix Mallon:

PARRAMATTA - Supposed Extensive Robbery. — A man named Felix Mallon, tried last Quarter Sessions for robbery, was on Monday brought up on suspicion of having again been concerned in some marauding expedition. A quantity of jewellery and wearing apparel was found on his person, amongst which were: a large sized double cased silver watch, capped and jewelled, maker’s name Gregson, Liverpool, No. 17,681, with a small Indian-rubber guard; a gold brooch forming the branch of a tree, set with turquoise, on which is a lizard or guanna; a pair of white cotton gloves, marked C. inside wrist; a white shirt marked in the corner with white thread; with a numerous assortment of rings and ribbons. He had also ten one-pound notes when taken, most of which had been through the Bathurst Bank. He has been remanded till Saturday next.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 Sept 1844

Maureen Withey on 11th August, 2019 wrote of Hugh Tootle:

Government Gazette, 26 Dec 1832
Hugh Tootle, No. 32-885, Captain Cook, 24, Cotton Spinner, Servant and Soldier, Lancashire; 5 feet 6½, light hazel eyes, light brown hair, fair comp. carroty whiskers, from Escort to Mount Clarence. 2d time of running.

Maureen Withey on 11th August, 2019 wrote of Hugh Tootle:

Born 1808 in Lancashire, England, single. Trade- Soldier, cotton spinner, servant. Convicted, age 24, in Cavan, Ireland, for stealing money, sentence,7 years.

Sydney Gazette, 16 Aug 1832
Assigned prisoners: Toothe Hugh, Captaine Cooke, cotton spinner, servant and soldier, to William Dawes, Sydney.

Certificate of Freedom
Hugh Tootle, Captain Cook
New South Wales Government Gazette, 28 Aug 1839

Maureen Withey on 11th August, 2019 wrote of Patrick Tyrell:

Age 27,born and convicted at Meath, Ireland, in 1831 sentenced to life, for housebreaking.

Sydney Gazette, 16 Aug 1832
Assigned prisoners: Tyrell Patrick, Captaine Cooke, labourer, to W. G. Parker, Sydney.  Argyle.

Maureen Withey on 11th August, 2019 wrote of Patrick Troy:

Convicted at Kings Co. 1831, for assault.
Age 24, single, born in Kings Co. a Stockman, Ploughman and shearer.

Sydney Gazette, 16 Aug 1832
Assigned prisoners: Troy Patrick, Captaine Cooke, stockman, ploughs, to Thomas Wilford, Sydney.

Maureen Withey on 11th August, 2019 wrote of John Meehan:

Age 26, convicted at Enniskillen, Fermanagh Co. Ireland, for desertion, in 1831. Born in Enniskillen, Fermanagh Co, married, a soldier. died in 1836 at Liverpool hospital.

16 Aug 1832, Sydney Gazette
Assigned prisoners: Meehan John, Captaine Cooke, soldier, to F. Allman, Maitland.

Maureen Withey on 11th August, 2019 wrote of John Murphy:

Convicted, aged 19, at Westmeath, Ireland, 1831, for stealing plate. Born at Roscommon. Norfolk Island.

16 Aug 1832, Sydney Gazette
Assigned prisoners: Murphy John, Captaine Cooke, stable boy, to V. Solomon, Sydney.

Maureen Withey on 11th August, 2019 wrote of Felix Mallon:

16 Aug 1832, Sydney Gazette
Assigned prisoners: Mallon Phelix, Captaine Cooke, pedlar, to Henry Fulton, Castlereagh.

D Wong on 11th August, 2019 wrote of Eliza Dore:

Much of the following information comes from the research of Barry Files, a gt gt grandson of Eliza.

1852 - Abel Ovans, age 22, together with his girl-friend Eliza Dore: were both charged with the murder of Eliza’s illegitimate child in a Mill Pond at Newport on 15th January 1852. They were both found guilty and received the Death sentence. Eliza Dore was reprieved and later transported to the colonies but Abel Ovans was executed on 16th April 1852 and his body was buried within the precincts of the gaol.

The Millbank prison records list Eliza as Register No. 4526. Aged 22. Single.
Read and write imperfectly. Servant. Convicted 24 March 1852, Monmouth.
Wilful Murder.

Convict Indent:
TRADE Dairymaid
HEIGHT 5 feet 1 inch
AGE 22
COMPLEXION Fair
HEAD Large
HAIR Light
WHISKERS
VISAGE Long
FOREHEAD High
EYEBROWS Dark
EYES Dark Blue
NOSE Roman
MOUTH Wide
CHIN Large
BODY MARKS None
SURGEON REPORT Good
RELIGION Protestant
LITERACY Reads and Writes
MARITAL STATUS Single
NATIVE PLACE Wiltshire

28/4/1853: Assigned to David Stenhouse, Battery Point as a domestic servant.

16/5/1854: Married George Files, 25, a Sailor, Eliza 23, a widow, at St. Georges, Hobart.
Children:
8/9/1854: John
22//1856: George
1857: Stillborn child.
12/2/1859: Richard
6/3/1860: Sarah Eliza
1861: Thomas d 24/1/1863
1862: William James
1863: Esther
29/4/1865: Robert Hobart
Aug. 1866: Mary
1868: Thomas - died at 2 months.
1870: Alfred
1872: Charles Tasman
1873: Ernest William.
Only 5 survived into adulthood.

15/7/1875: Eliza died from cancer, aged 47, buried at Cornelian Bay Cemetery.

George Files died in Melbourne in 1902.
George was knocked down by a horse and cart on the corner of Bourke and Exhibition streets on the 7th of September.
He died of three broken ribs and more extensive internal injuries on the 9/9/1902.  He was 79.

D Wong on 11th August, 2019 wrote of Henry Hillman:

11/6/1845 Hereford Journal Herefordshire, England:
Joseph Kingstone, Henry Hillman, and John Owens were on Saturday last committed to Presteign gaol by the Rev. L. Venables, to take their trials for breaking into the house of Mr. Jones, of Skynlass, in the parish of Glasbury.

Joseph Kingstone was also on board, no ship found for John Owens.

Henry Hillman was 19 years old on arrival.

Place of Birth: Near Bristol.

Henry was single, could read, protestant, 5’6½” tall, ruddy complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes,
H back of left hand, mole left shoulder.

May 1847: Arrived VDL from Norfolk Island per ‘Pestongee Bomangee’.

3/2/1857: Married Mary Farrell, 27 at Campbell Town - Henry was 29 and a Sawyer.
Children:
19/1/1858: Male, reg. Gordon
8/2/1859: James, reg. Hobart.
28/8/1861: Female (Henry listed as a sawyer) birth registered at Gordon.
9/2/1863: Female, reg. Gordon.
3/7/1864: Male registered at Gordon.
7/10/1865: Female (Henry listed as a labourer)

Iris Dunne on 11th August, 2019 wrote of Henry Hillman:

Conduct Record: Tried 1 August 1845, Transported for Burglary, aged 19, Trade Farm Laborer, T.L. 18/8/51, Ticket of Leave revoked 13 July 1852, Certificate 2/8/55
http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON33-1-87,210,92,F,60

Iris Dunne on 11th August, 2019 wrote of William Henry Payton:

Criminal Register: Named Wm Henry Payton, Lent Assizes 1815, Crime Larceny

UK Prison Hulk ship Captivity moored at Portsmouth, convicted 6 March 1815, Received 25 April 1815, aged 16, Offence Felony

Bound Indentures: conviction 6 March 1815, Trade Laborer, aged 18, T.L. 2266

Certificate of Freedom No. 63/2653 (in lieu of No.34/1673 now returned mutilated & Cancelled) dated 16 September 1824, aged 24, Trade Labourer

Lilian on 11th August, 2019 wrote of William Henry Payton:

Mary Weard married William Payton in 1828 as per NSW Births Deaths Marriages.  The marriage certificate does not give any information about who her parents were.  New transcription from youthful volunteer give hers name as Mary Ward, but if you study the clergy’s handwriting on the entire parish register it is Weard.  4297/1828 v18284297 3b and 801/1828v1828801 12

Beth Kebblewhite on 11th August, 2019 wrote of John Boxall:

John Boxall

Sentence details: Convicted at Sussex Assizes for a term of life on 20 March 1809.
Vessel: Ann.
Date of Departure: August 1809.
Place of Arrival: Sydney, New South Wales.
Date of arrival: 27 October 1810
Source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 431 (215)
Crime: Larceny (Source: England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892, Class: HO 27; Piece: 4; Page: 232)
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1825, Oct 1 & Nov 10 -

BOXALL, John. Per “Anne”, 1810. Petition for mitigation of sentence. He wrote to Governor Brisbane that he was living at Brickfield Hill (Sydney), had an unblemished record & for many years “was an assigned servant of Catherine Lyndsay” (his defacto wife).

(Source: SRNSW Col Sec Papers, Fiche 3244; 4/1873 pp.22-22c). Reply, 10 Nov (Reel 6015; 4/3515 p.567) [Note: Catherine was born Catherine Turner in 1798 at Parramatta. She had married Edward Lindsey in 1810 & was widowed in 1818]
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1828 –

Catherine LINDSEY, aged 22 (?), BC, Protestant, Laundress, Goulburn St., Sydney (L0878) & children –
• Jane, aged 17, BC
• Joseph, aged 15, BC
• William, aged 13, BC
• James, aged 7, BC
• Sarah, aged 10, BC

Also 5 workers for the laundry [Note: One was John Boxall, still a convict]

(Source: 1828 Census of NSW. John Boxall was the father of the youngest 2 children to Catherine)
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1839 -

John BOXALL, aged 53 per ship Anne was recorded on the convict death register. He had died at the General Hospital Sydney on 15/06/1839.

(Source: SRNSW Convict Death Register, 4/4549; Reel 690 Page 019)
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Beth Kebblewhite on 11th August, 2019 wrote of Edward Lindsey:

1796-1798 -

Edward Lindsey was tried at the Surrey Assizes on 25/07/1796 & was given a life term. He reached Sydney on 18/05/1798 as a convict on the ship Barwell.

(Source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 233 (117) )
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1806 -

Edward LINDSAY, Barwell, Prisoner, Government Parramatta (A2663)

(Source: General Muster of NSW 1806)
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1810 -

Edward Lindsey wed Catherine Turner at St Philip’s C of E Sydney on 20/09/1810.
(Source: SAG Film 90. NSW BDM V1810-174-5 as Edward Linsley)
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1814 -

** Edward LINDSAY, Sydney, per ship Barwell, Convict, On stores, Basket maker (4966)
** Catherine LINDSAY, Sydney, Born here, Off stores, 2 children off stores, wife to E Lindsay (6082)

(Source: NSW Muster 1814)
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1818 -

Edward LINDSEY, aged 53, prisoner per ship “Barwell”, died on the 7th April 1818 & was buried on the 9th at St Phillips Church Sydney.

(Source: NSW Church Burial Record V1818-736-7)
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Iris Dunne on 10th August, 2019 wrote of Eliza Dore:

Conduct Record: Tried 24 March 1852, Trade Dairymaid, aged 22, Transported for Wilful Murder (Stated this offence Murdering my own child by throwing it into the canal at Newport lived 10 mths with Able Ovens who assisted in the offence he was hanged), Single, Conditional Pardon approved 8 September 1863

ROSS HANSEN on 10th August, 2019 wrote of Eliza Dore:

Parents: Richard Dore and Harriet Webb
Married my 2g grandfather, George Files, at St Georges Church, Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania on 16 May 1854.

D Wong on 10th August, 2019 wrote of Francis Unwin:

Oxford University and City Herald Oxfordshire, England
19 Apr 1828:

Francis Unwin, young in years, but an old offender, for stealing 18 pounds of bacon from the shop of Mr. Richardson, a grocer residing in Magdalen Parish on the 16th of January last.
Mr. Tomes opened the case.
Mr. Jacob produced and read the certificate of prisoner’s former conviction, for stealing a printed book and a fishing-rod, the property of John Burton.
Mr. Richardson deposed that the evening before the robbery he fastened his shop door at ten o’clock, at which time the bacon was there.  He again went into the shop at two in the morning and at that time also the property was safe.  The passage door was then locked.  He came down in the morning at six o’clock and found that the shop had been broken into and entered by a hole made in the wall of the passage, about a yard from the passage door.  The shop door was unbared and unlocked, and left upon the latch only.
Thomas Cooke, a city constable, deposed that he saw Unwin on the morning of the 16th of January, near the Hammell, in St. Thomas’s, with something under his arm, in a red handkerchief.  When Unwin saw the witness, whom he knew to be a constable, he immediately disappeared for about half a minute.
He went into Cox’s passage, and when he came from it he had no bundle.  Witness went into the passage, and found a bundle under some stairs, which was a large piece of bacon in a handkerchief similar to the one he saw under Unwin’s arm.  The bacon was produced and sworn to by Mr. Richardson.  He knew it to be the same bacon he had lost, by two cuts he himself had made in it.  After the Recorder had summed up the evidence, the Jury consulted together a fe minutes, and found a verdict of Guilty.__Sentence__Transportation for Life.

Francis Unwin was listed as 21 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Oxford.

Occupation: Painter & Glazier.

Francis was literate, single, 5’4” tall, sallow complexion, brown hair and eyes, FU on right arm.

Assigned to Geo. Wyndham, Hunter River.

28/12/1836: TOL Maitland.

1841: TOL Campbelltown.
17/4/1845: TOL Passport, Campbelltown Bench - Allowed to proceed to the Pages’s River in the service of Mr. William Marshall for 12 months.

1846: Recommended for a CP
30/9/1847: CP

No Date: Permission to marry Elizabeth Mace (John Renwick 1838) - he was 32 and Elizabeth was 22 and on bond.
No marriage found on the NSW BDM (for either).

From: https://www.jenwilletts.com/searchaction.php
14/4/1841:
Mace (Unwin)
First Name: Elizabeth
Ship: John Renwick 1838
Date: 14 April 1841
Place: Newcastle gaol
Source: Gaol Entrance Books. State Archives NSW; Item: 2/2009; Roll: 757 (Ancestry)
Details: Admitted to Newcastle gaol from Maitland. Returned to government service. No offence.

Mace (Unwin)
First Name: Elizabeth
Ship: John Renwick 1838
Date: 18 May 1841
Place: Newcastle gaol
Source: Newcastle Gaol Entrance Book - State Archives NSW; Roll: 757
Details: Admitted to Newcastle gaol on 18 May on a charge of disorderly conduct. Returned to government service.

Mace (Unwin)
First Name: Elizabeth
Ship: John Renwick 1838
Date: 21 May 1841
Place: Newcastle gaol
Source: Newcastle Gaol Entrance Book - State Archives NSW; Roll: 757
Details: Sentenced to 3 weeks in the cells for assaulting the Turnkey of the gaol.

Mace
First Name: Elizabeth
Ship: John Renwick 1838
Date: 9 October 1841
Place: Newcastle gaol
Source: Gaol Entrance Books. State Archives NSW; Item: 2/2009; Roll: 757 (Ancestry)
Details: Admitted to Newcastle gaol from Maitland. Sentenced to 14 days in the cells for drunkenness.

(So presumably they married).
No children listed.

No date of death found.

Maureen Withey on 10th August, 2019 wrote of Thomas Phelan:

THE undermentioned having been robbed of his clothes, also a Conditional Pardon ,he therefore gives cautions to all Constables and persons concerned.
Name-THOMAS PHELAN
Year of arrival-1813
Ship-Archduke
Native place-Carrickshire
Tried at- Waterford in 1811.
Age—46 years
Complexion-Fair
Hair-brown
Eves- Hazel
Height-5 feet l 3/4
Remarks-Lump on left side of forehead
Notice in Sydney Monitor, 30 April 1836

Maureen Withey on 10th August, 2019 wrote of John Walmsley:

1828 Census at Parramatta, No 5 Iron Gang, Baulkham Hills
John Warmsley, age 26, prisoner, ship, Minerva, 1824, Life, Government employment, resident at Baulkham Hills, protestant.

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