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John Hayward on 9th November, 2012 wrote of Peter Montgomerie:

Patrick is actually Peter Montgomerie who wae a Doctor in Ayrshire before being tried in Glasgow for passing forged notes. Both he and brother William were deported from Scotland for 14 years. William to Van Diemans land and Peter to Sydney where he went to work in the Liverpool Hospital and in the Hunter Valley region of NSW before dying in Scone in 1866. Nation Records of Scotland
JC26/1830/265 and AD14/30/180 .There were three forged notes involved totalling 5,000 pounds.
John Hayward

David Lewis Hawker on 9th November, 2012 wrote of George Hawker:

Bapt 7 Oct 1792 Crewkerne Somerset. Stole 6 chickens with brother Seth 6 Sep 1816 between 10 7 11pm from Longlands Farm Bishops Lydeard Somerset. Arrived in Sydney forenoon 30 Sep 1817.

David Lewis Hawker on 9th November, 2012 wrote of Seth Hawker:

Arrived in Sydney in forenoon 30 Sept 1817. Ship met by Governor Macquarie to welcome John Macarthur and his 2 sons.
Seth Bapt 9 Mar 1797 Crewkerne Somerset.
Publican then farmer in NSW

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th November, 2012 wrote of James Dunne:

Tried and convicted at Dublin City 01/01/1844 for stealing boots. 7yr sentence. Transported on ‘Cadet’ 1844.
Gaol Report: well conducted
Surgeon’s Report: very good.

Single; clothesman; hazel eyes; brown hair; ruddy complexion; labourer; Roman Catholic; can read & write; 5’ 1 1/2”; age 25yrs.

Station Gang: Buckland, VDL. Emerged from Gang 24/11/1845.
Served time at Fingal; Antil Ponds; Oatlands; Lovely Banks; New Town farm.

Ticket of Leave 30/03/1850.
Free Certificate 25/02/1851.

03/01/1877: Vagrancy - 1mth hard labour.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th November, 2012 wrote of James Dowlan:

James was tried and convicted of attacking a house, by night. Life sentence. Roscommon 28/02/1844. Transported on ‘Cadet’ 1844 to Van Diemens Land.

Roman Catholic; can read & write; Farm labourer; 5’5 1/2”; ruddy complexion; dk brown hair; dk eyes. Native Place: Roscommon.
Gaol Report: Well conducted.
Surgeon’s Report: Good.
Station Gang: Broadmarsh, VDL.

Died at Broadmarsh 23/01/1845.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th November, 2012 wrote of Martin Devany:

Martin was convicted at Galway 18 Mar 1844 of Larceny. 7yrs. Transported on ‘Cadet’ 1844.

Kitchen gardener. Age 18yrs; 5’3”; fresh complexion; brown hair; hazel eyes; Roman Catholic; can read & write. Native Place: Co. Galway.

Station Gang: Brown’s River. Emerged from Gang 24/11/1845.
Several offences for misconduct etc.

Free Certificate 18/03/1851(2?)

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th November, 2012 wrote of Daniel Dea:

Daniel Dae tried and convicted of assaulting a habitation. 7yr sentence. Transported on ‘Cadet’ 1844.
Farm labourer; 5’4 1/2”; 48 yrs; ruddy complexion; dk brown hair; blue eyes; widower.
Surgeon’s Report: Good.
Station Gang: Jerusalem, Tasmania. Emerged from Gang 24/08/1846.
Ticket of Leave 28/03/1848.
Inquest held 14/04/1873 - result, died of old age.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th November, 2012 wrote of Michael Dawley:

Tried and convicted at Limerick, with Naughton, Flinn & Looney, for Highway Robbert.
Gaol Report: well conducted.
Surgeon’s Report: Indifferent.
Farm labourer; age 22yrs; 5’6”; single.

Station Gang: Seven Mile Creek. Emerged from Gang 24/11/1844.
30/05/1846: Neglect of work - 6 days sol.
04/08/1846: Misconduct in making away with new boots - 3mths imprisonment and hard labour.
21/08/1846: hospital
10/12/1846: Forwarded to England per ‘Psyche’.

D Wong on 8th November, 2012 wrote of Elizabeth Lawrie:

Elizabeth Laurie/Lawrie was transported for stealing rope.  She was 36 years old, 5’4” tall, swarthy Complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, native place was County Down, Ireland.

Elizabeth was married with 1 child, Bernard, who was 6 years old and on board with her.

14/7/1851: Delivered an illegitimate child named Ellen.

21/3/1854: TOL
15/5/1854: Married Ralph Bonner.

1857: Free Certificate - Morven.

D Wong on 8th November, 2012 wrote of Ralph Bonner:

Ralph was 16 years old on arrival.  He was 5’5” tall, could read a little, single, Roman Catholic, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, little finger crooked, slightly freckled.

Emerged from gang 14/7/1846.
21/12/1850: TOL
21/6/1852: TOL
24/7/1852: Recommended for CP
21/6/1853: CP

5/1/1854: Steerage passenger per ‘Clarence’ Launceston to Melbourne.  He had a CP.

No other Bonner’s on board.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th November, 2012 wrote of William Bergin:

Tried and convicted, at Queens, for having coining implements in his possession. Brother James also charged and convicted of same offence and travelled on the ‘Cadet’. Prev. convictions for stealing cattle and throwing a man into a bog.
Gaol Report: well conducted in prison.
Surgeons Report: Very good.

Single man. Aged 35yrs; ploughman/farmer; 5’6”; ruddy complexion; black hair; Hazel eyes; reads & writes; Roman Catholic. Native Place: Queens County.

Station Gang: Browns River. Emerged from Gang 24/08/184..
28/08/1848: Misconduct in taking indecent liberties with Master’s daughter (under age). 6mths imprisonment and hard labour in chains.
To be sent to Launceston and not allowed to live out of that district.
17/12/1849: Sutherland, Campbell Town. Misconduct in making away with milk, from his Master’s. 3 mths imprisonment, hard labour.
31/01/1850 Died in hospital at Ross. Surgeon’s memo of 04/02/1850.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th November, 2012 wrote of James Bergin:

James Bergin was tried and convicted at Queens,  Ireland, 15 March 1844, of having coining implements in his possession. His brother William on board ‘Cadet’ for same offence.

Married man; 6 children; aged 50; farm labourer & ploughman; Roman Cathlic. 5’6 1/2”;black to grey hair; brown eyes;  reads & writes.
Mother: Ellen; Brother: John; Sisters: Mary & Kitty - all at Native Place, Queens County.

Station Gang: Brown River, VDL. Emerged from Gang 24/08/1845.
28/04/1846: Misrepresenting his capacity - 10 days imprisonment with hard labour.
28/03/1848: Ticket of Leave
16/04/1850: Conditional Pardon
06/05/1857: Free Certificate

Application to bring out family from Ireland.
02/04/1849: Free passage for wife allowed for all except nephew.

Brother William died in hospital at Ross 31/01/1850.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th November, 2012 wrote of Peter Connolly:

Peter was tried and convicted at Monaghan, Ireland for stealing 11 sheep. Prior conviction for stealing boots. 7 yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemens Land on the ‘Cadet’ 1844.

Peter was aged 20 yrs; 5’ 3 1/2”;fresh complexion; sandy hair; brown eyes; farm labourer; single man; Roman Catholic.
Surgeon’s Report: bad but improving.

Station Gang: Broadmarsh, VDL.
Numerous offences of misconduct, absconding, disobedience of orders.
22/09/1848: Disobedience of orders.
23/09/1848: Larceny - recommended to be transferred to Norfolk Island. Arrived N.I. 15/11/1848. Disobedience and severe punishment continued there.
Returned to Van Diemens Land.

Peter Connolly ended up becoming a notorious bushranger, with John Whelan. June 1855 convicted of robbery under arms and sentenced to death.

26/06/1855 Executed, at Hobart. numerous articles in local newspapers.

Father: Terance; Brothers: Thomas, Phelan & Michael; Sister: Mary.  All at native place of County Monaghan.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th November, 2012 wrote of John Chapman:

Newspaper article of the execution of John Chapman and 2 other prisoners in the Cornwall Chronical newspaper 25/05/1861. It states he was to be buried, but not location.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th November, 2012 wrote of John Chapman:

Convict no. 11821. Age 30 upon arrival in 1844. 5’ 11 1/2”. Protestant.
Wife Ellen at Dublin. 3 children.
Father: Thomas;Mother: Mary Brother: Archibald; Sister: Jane (all at Glasgow).

Colonial Record:
Station Gang: Broadmarsh. Emerged from Gang May 1846.
Several offences of misconduct, drunk & disorderly.
28/05/1850: Robbery, with violence - committed for trial, at New Norfolk. Guilty - to be transported for Life. To be sent to Norfolk Island for 4 yrs. Arrived Norfolk Island 21/09/1850. More offences on N.I.
03/08/1855 Prisoner Barracks, Hobart - Drunk - 2mths hard labour.
27/05/1856 Ticket of Leave.
25/05/1858 Conditional Pardon

10/07/1858 Avoca: Misconduct - 4mths imprisonment.
17/12/1859 Fingal: Drunk - Fined & 3mths hard labour.
30/04/1861: Tried Launceston Supreme Court for assault, with intent - to be executed.

Executed at Launceston 23/05/1861.

Susan McKoy on 8th November, 2012 wrote of Richard Chesshire:

Richard stole a 5GBP promissory note.

Susan McKoy on 8th November, 2012 wrote of Henry Chesshire:

Henry died in Fingal, Tasmania, leaving behind wife Johanna, nee Sullivan, and three children still alive, three others having pre-deceased him.Cheers, Sue McKoy suemckoy@gmail.com

Carol Axton-Thompson on 7th November, 2012 wrote of Thomas Crawford:

Tried and convicted for stealing a sheep.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 7th November, 2012 wrote of John Cooney:

Tried and convicted at Roscommon for being armed and attacking a house, with 6 others. 14 yr sentence. Transported on the ‘Cadet’ arriving Van Diemens Land 24/08/1844.
Married man, 3 children.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 7th November, 2012 wrote of Denis Conway:

Tried and convicted at Tyrone of uttering a forged order. 7yr sentence. Transported on the ‘Cadet’ to Van Diemens Land.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 7th November, 2012 wrote of Michael Conryn:

Married man, 2 children. Wife Ann. Born County Leitrim.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 7th November, 2012 wrote of Laurence Connors:

Married man. wife Bridget. 7 children.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 7th November, 2012 wrote of Peter Connolly:

Tried and convicted of stealing sheep. 7 yr sentence. Transported on the ‘Cadet’ to Van Diemens Land.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 7th November, 2012 wrote of Henry Connolly:

Tried and convicted for stealing a pr of trowsers. 7 yr sentence. Transported on the ‘Cadet’ to Van Diemens Land.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 7th November, 2012 wrote of Henry Connolly:

Arrived Van Diemens Land 17/11/1820.
Age 32 yrs; grey eyes; brown hair; 5’5 3/4”. Harness maker. Native Place: Co. Cork.

1830 & 1832 Musters - Public works.
1835 Muster- Port Arthur Penal settlement.

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