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Anonymous on 1st April, 2012 wrote of William Wyatt:

marr. 18 Feb 1845, Elizabeth Broadhead, @ Cobbity, Narellan, NSW
dec. 7 Jan 1857, @ Gladesville, New South Wales, Australia (Tarban Creek Asylum)
Amelia Ann m. James Henry Amos
Jane m. George Moffat
David m. Ann Cole
Elizabeth dec. 6mo
William m. Elizabeth Isabella Gane
Lydia m. Joseph Mayo

Contact descendant: M Buchanan, buchanan_malcolm@hotmail.com

Anonymous on 1st April, 2012 wrote of Caroline Kensey:

Wife of Abraham Kensey. Arrived per "Harmony" Port Jackson 1827. Had 5 childern with William Billingsley. Lived at property of William Balcombe, died at "Reevesdale" Bungonia

Anonymous on 1st April, 2012 wrote of Robina Lochie:


Anonymous on 1st April, 2012 wrote of Robert Deakin:

11/3/1823: On list of convicts forwarded to Evan for distribution. Listed as Thomas Deacon.

1825: On list of Government servants employed by John Lees of Evan, from March 1823.  Listed as Deaken.

14/4/1825: Convict in the srvice of John Lees las two musters.  Listed as Deacon.

31/8/1829: COF.

Apparently Robert was then transported for life from Port Adelaide per schooner Kate in 1839.

From the Southern Australia Newspaper 6/11/1839: Robert ‘Deakins’ was charged with stealing a more from Captain Field, he was found guilty and transported per Kate.  He had used ‘Robert Muirhead’ as an alias in dealings selling horses which were not his to sell.

From the Syd.Gaz. 5/2/1841: Deakin Robert, Kate, 43, Leicestershire, labourer, 5feet 10 1/4 inches, sallow comp., brown hair, blue eyes, scar on right side of chin, breast hairy, large raised mole centre of same, mark of a bile? near right elbow, two small moles below same, scar on thunb, another on third, and two on little fingers of right hand, scar outside left elbow, another below the same;  he was transported before in the same name, per ship Surry (4) in 1823, for seven years; from Stockade, Illawarra, since September 22, 1840.

Anonymous on 1st April, 2012 wrote of Richard Batterson:

Richard Batterson (Bettison) was my great great grandfather. He was born in Dartford UK not been able to find out the reason he was transported as yet. He absconded about 14 times, received numerous lashings, spent time in gaol in Hobart, and on various chain gangs, he was due to go to Port Arthur, but they have no record of him there, likewise with Maria Island.He married Jane Anderson from Scotland who came out to Tasmania on first free settler boat of women "The Princess Royal" They married in Hobart in 1840 My great grandmother his daughter was born in Tasmania, he got his ticket of leave and went to Victoria to live,  had two more children and he died aged 88 and is buried in Coburg Cemetary Melbourne

Anonymous on 31st March, 2012 wrote of John Knight:

John Knight was found guilty of stealing 3 silver spoons, value 8s, from his master George Goodeve and transported at the age of 16 for 7 years.

He was 5’5" tall, brfown eyes, brown hair, ruddy freckled and pock-pitted complesion, KSJHS, glass and pipes on right arm.
12/1/1832: Absconded from No. 43 Road Gang.
18/8/1836 COF.
15/10/1840: Absconded, under colonial sentence and in possession of his COF, from Stockade Campbelltown, since 4th inst.

No date of death.

Anonymous on 31st March, 2012 wrote of Ann Hillery:

Ann was granted permission to marry another convict, James Savage on 6 March 1837. She later married or lived with John Russ ( transported in 1837). She lived in the Southern Highlands of NSW & on her death was written about as a well known & respected lady of 100 years of age

Anonymous on 31st March, 2012 wrote of James Savage:

James married Ann Hillary, also a convict on 6 March 1837 at St. James Church, King St. Sydney.They probably had at least 1 child, a daughter.

Anonymous on 31st March, 2012 wrote of George Filewood:

George was married to Susannah Firth. She was convicted of receiving stolen goods but found "Not Guilty". They had 1 female child.
He travelled to Austrlai with his brother James, convicted of the same crime.

Anonymous on 31st March, 2012 wrote of James Filewood:

James left a wife & 4 children behind. In Parramatta he was granted permission to marry Ann Willis in 1841. They had 7 children. At some point the marriage may have failed as James married Isabella Lamb about 1871. He died in Grafton, NSW.
He was a hairdresser in Sydney after his release

Anonymous on 31st March, 2012 wrote of Thomas Chad:

THOMAS CHAD—————- A HISTORY OF::::::::::::
Notes: Parishes where the name Chad appeared in U.K.
CFI Hertford, Harpenden, Braughing, Gread Gaddesden.

Ch1-1 Thomas Chad 12/9/1813 Int. Genealogical Index (1 G 1) Mormon Church
Thomas Chad/Ann M.C. (Male Child) 12/9/1813
Eastwick C072321/0010 For Hertford England (Baptism Entry)
Thomas Chad was 20 years of age in 1831, (From Old Bailey Records) presumably born in 1811 or 1812. The child baptised at Eastwick would have been born 9 months after the marriage in Middlesex of Thomas and Anne (Wood), marriage date 14/12/1812 at St Mary LeBone Middlesex U.K.
If this is the case he would have only been 17 years old at the time of his trial not 20 years. Deduction: Either wrong baptism date or Thomas’s age incorrectly given.
On his conditional Pardon his birth date is given as 1811.
On his Headstone he died on 28th June 1881 aged 65 Years. Equals born 1816.
Taking into account the above dates there are discrepencies!!
The following should be born in mind. The English wanted to populate Australia quickly, some charges would have been "trumped up charges" by the authorities, some people would have seen becoming a convict being a way to escape England for a new life.

Thomas Chad: (from convict indent 907)
Age:         20 years, reads and writes. Protestant and Single
Native Place: Hertford.
Trade:     Porter.
Offence:     House robbery.
Tried:     Middlesex Goal Delivery 17/2/1831
Sentence:     Life - no former conviction.
Height:     5 ft. 7 1/4 ins.
Complexion:  Sallow.
Hair:       Brown.
Eyes:       Hazel.
Marks / Scars: Man, Woman, Heart, Darts, LVE on right arm, Crucifixion, and M.A.M.A.A anchor on left arm, TC over, slight long perpendicular scar on left cheek, scar on right eyebrow outside.
(Marks and Scars taken from conditional Pardon.)

17th February 1831 at Middlesex Goal Delivery, Middlesex England.
Ref:: Copy - Guildhall Library - Aldermanbury, London. 17th February 1831.
Third Middlesex Jury before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.
442. THOMAS CHAD was indicted for stealing, on the 25th December, at St. James, Westminster, 2 coats, value 4 pounds, 1 flageolet, value 15 shillings, 1 watch, value 50 shillings, 2 waistcoats, value 1 pound, 1 shirt, value 10 shillings, 1 ring, value 12 shillings, 1 snuff box, value 6d, and 1 chain, value, 6d., the goods of John Boyd, in Iris dwelling house; and MARY ANN ALEXANDER was indicted for feloniously receiving, on the same day, at the same parish, the aforesaid goods, well knowing them to be stolen; against the statute ?c.
John Boyd. I keep the Grapes public house, in the Haymarket; it is my dwelling house, and is in the parish of St. James, Westminster - I have known the two prisoners about six months; they have been in the habit of frequenting my house - they were at my house on Christmas eve; I saw them about 9 o’clock in the evening, which was before I missed this property - I missed this property at half past one o’clock in the morning; the prisoners were then gone - I went upstairs to a cupboard on the second floor, for a coat, and found it broken open; I had been there at half past 9 o’clock - it was then secure, and I locked the cupboard; I cannot say at what time the prisoners went away - I missed from the cupboard, two coats, one flageolet, a watch, two waistcoats, and the other articles stated; they cost me 20 pounds - they might be worth 10 pounds.
Cross examined by Mr. Phillips. Q. Have you not been rather unfortunate in that house? A. Yes; I cannot say how many robbers have been taken out of that house: I do not know of any - no one has ever taken from that house to my knowledge; I have heard of two persons who frequented the house being taken up, but not in the house - the officers have been there, but the house has not been

searched, to my knowledge; the officers have been there to look for property - it is not a house in which gambling has been carried on at all hours.
John Wharton: I am a pawnbroker, and live at No. 1 Gloucester-terrace, Vauxhall-bridge-road. I have a coat, a shirt, and a ring; the shirt was pawned by the female prisoner, but I cannot say who pawned the coat and ring; the shirt was pawned on 30th of December, in the name of Ann Alexander, and the coat by a man on 28th of December.
Cross Examined: Q. The woman gave you her name? A. Yes; I had known her before - she has been in the habit of coming here.
William Henry Lloyd: I am a pawnbroker and live at No. 18 Strutton-ground. I have a waistcoat pawned for 3 shillings; by a woman who gave her name as Ann Gardner, and said she brought it for Ann Alexander.
Cross Examined: Q. it was not this prisoner? A. No.
James Marnham: I am a hay salesman and farmer. I have known Chad for some time; I was in company with him on the 8th of January - he showed me two duplicates, one of a black coat and one of a waistcoat, one in the name of Lloyd, and the other in the name of ????, he showed them to me at Kneesdon, in the parish of Wilsden; he wanted me to purchase them, but I did not, - I did not inspect them much, but I saw the names on them; one was similar to this of the coat for one pound five shillings , one was similar to this for the waistcoat.
Cross Examined: Q. Did you tell anybody what name on the duplicate was, till you saw these? A. I described them when I saw them.
Henry William Morrison: I went to a house and searched it - I found this chain there, but I did not know from the prisoners that it was their residence.
William Drane: I am a Police constable. I searched a room at No. 8 Coburg-row - I found this snuff box there; the two prisoners and another woman were in the room - the snuff box was in a drawer; I charged the prisoners with the robbery, and took them to the station-house, and from there to the Magistrate.
Cross Examined: Q. They were in the room when you got there, but you do not know whether it was their room? A. No.
John Boyd: These articles are my property and are a part of what I lost.
Cross Examined: Q. Is there anything particular about this chain? A. Here is a link or two broken, but it is a common chain - the articles were taken between half-past nine and half past one o’clock, but I cannot say the chain and snuff box were there then - I had not seen them that day to my knowledge; the clothes were there - there are a great many people at my house sometimes.
Chad’s Defence: I am innocent; I know nothing all about it.

Alex Chad writing. According to the Recorders Report No.1829, Sunday April 17th, 1831, made to His Majesty about the prisoners under sentence of death in Newgate Prison convicted at the last February Sessions including Thomas Chad. "All of whom his Majesty was graciously pleased to respite during his Royal pleasure except Gustavus Adolphus Frederick Ellis who is left for execu [sic] Editors note…possibly,’ who is left for execution on Tuesday next.’ "
This was the sixth voyage of the "Surry", an E1 Class ship of some 461 tons built at Harwick in 1811. It left on 17 July 1831 and arrived at Parramatta on 26th November 1831, a voyage of 132 days. There were 200 male convicts, one of which died during the voyage. The Master was Chas. Kemp, the surgeon Colin A. Browning. The Surry was a well known convict ship and in the voyage in 1814 had a ratio of 1 death for each 5.5 convicts on board. The Surry was one of the best known convict ships to come to Australia, making eleven voyages overall. She was wrecked on her last voyage in 1842 at the Cape of Good Hope. She landed 2173 convicts in all from 11 arrivals. 50 men and one woman died during the eleven journeys, 36 died on the first trip.

I have no records between Thomas’s arrival in Australia and his assignment to George Townshend as a convivt.

Thomas Chad was assigned to Mr. George Townshend, "Trevallyn" on the Allyn River Paterson NSW. Townshend had many assigned convicts.
His Ticket of Leave No: 39/2325 was granted the 12th Dec 1839 appears on the top and on the bottom "Allowed to remain in the District of Paterson on recommendation ????????
Dated August 1839.
Convicts sentenced to "Life" had to seve a minimum of 8 years with one Master as a convict.
Thomas committed the crime in Feb 1831
Left England                         July 1831
Arrived In Australia               Nov 1831
Eight years later in                 Dec 1839 after his arrival he attained his Ticket of leave. (39/2525)
He was not permitted to leave the Paterson District (legally) whilst he was on Ticket of Leave unless he had a passport to do so.
Two months after attaining his ticket of leave he was married.
Interestingly it was another eight years in 1847 that a Conditional pardon was granted.
Thomas and Amelia, Malcolm and Diannes share the same wedding date some 135 years later.

Conditional Pardon Recommended:
Register of convicts recommended (note recommended) for Conditional Pardon (Reel 797) 1846:
Petition No. 250
Thomas Chad. Recommended by: G.Townsend, Alfred Glennie, W.B. Boydell J.P. G. Chapman……
There are certainly 5 names, the only one completely decipherable being Alfred Glennie., The last which followed by other marks could be either part of the name or else a fifth name.
Petition No. 250 for Conditional Pardon in 1846.

In The New South Wales Governor’s Dispatch to the Secretary of State for the colonies Vol. 33 for Jan. - June 1840 p. 503 is the following:
My Lord, I have the honor to forward herewith the following Annual Returns from the Principal Superintendent of Convicts for the year 1839.
1. Return of Ticket of Leave granted during the year (2181 in Number).
2. Return of Convicts who have died in the Colony during the year (535 in number).
Signed by Gipps. And on p. 665
No. 2085 Thomas Chad Surry (5)  Midds. Gi?? 17 Feb. 1837 Life.
In the Governor’s despatches Vol.52 of Jul - Dec 1846 p. 141 is the following:
List of Five Hundred persons who have applied for second class conditional pardons to take effect in the Australian Colonies excluding New Zealand and who are recommended by his Excellency Sir George Gipps as worthy of that indulgence under the provisions of the Act of Parliament 6th Victoria cap.7.
And on p. 145
Chad, Thomas Surrey (5) 183 Life

Thomas Chad was granted a Conditional Pardon
Surname: CHAD First Name: Thomas -
Vessel Surrey:
Year: 1831
Pardon No: 47/466
Pardon Type: CP
Date of Pardon: 30 Jul 1847
Item: [4/4451]
Reel: 783
Page: 431-432
by His Excellency Sir George Gipps.

In the Conditional Pardon p. 431 and p. 432 of Register 21 7/09/1847 it states:
Thomas Chad "was sentenced to Transportation, and was accordingly Transported to the said Colony for the period of his natural life" The pardon was to take effect "in all parts of the world, except The United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Ireland". So the death penalty was obviously altered to transportation prior to the death penalty being executed.
He was transported to Australia on the "Surry".

Ref : Bateson 1983
Marriage Solemnized in the Parish of Houghton, County of Durham, N.S.W.
Number: 650 Vol:  24 B
Thomas Chad of the District of Paterson, Bachelor and
Amelia Munsie of the District of Paterson Spinster
Were Married in this place by Banns
With consent of———- this sixth day of February in the year 1840 by me
J. Jennings Smith, M.A. Minister of Paterson.
This marriage was solemnized between us Thos. Chad   Amelia Munsie
In the presence of {James Richardson of Paterson District
{ Anne Richardson of Paterson District.
Ref:: Registration of Births Deaths and Marriages Act 1973. Application P35108/83 WS
I, Trevor William Haines, hereby certify that the information contained herein is a true copy of
particulars recorded in a Register of Church of England Marriages kept by me.
Issued at Sydney on 16th May 1983
How did Thomas marry without a Conditional Pardon? The marriage certificate shows that no one gave consent. Maybe there was a different rule for Banns?
The Munsie family arrived in Australia on 24th April 1839,
Thomas and Amelia were married on 6th February 1840, 10 months after Amelia arrived.
Nickless was born on 6th August 1840, therefore Nickless was conceived out of wedlock.
The 1841 Hunter Valley Directory lists Thomas Chad and Mrs. Thomas Chad (nee Amelia Munsie) , Labourer, "Ravenscroft", Allyn River. No Munsies are listed in this directory.
In the "Maitland Mercury" of 11th August 1855 headed "Collections for the Paterson Patriotic Fund" (for widows and orphans from the Crimean War)
Thomas Chad donated one pound.

DEDUCTIONS: Thomas Chad:
1. Married in 1840,
2. Thomas Chad was a laborer in 1841 & 1842,
3. in 1843 - 1855 he was a farmer,
4. pardoned in 1847,
5. auction sale 1857

GEORGE TOWNSHEND: (Thomas Chad was seconded to Townshend)
The first grants of land in this area in the early 1800’s were a property issued to G. Townshend called "Caergwyrle", now East Gresford and another to Charles Boydell which he called "Camyr Allyn" which is now Gresford, about 2km’s away.
George Townshend had a huge holding of property around Paterson, he bought, sold, and leased thousands and thousands of acres [ George Townshend 1798-1872 and "Trevallyn" Paterson River by Jack Sullivan] then became bankrupt and went through the insolvency courts as did many others at the time due to severe depression. He was also a creditor in another insolvency for 31 pounds. Because he had bequeathed "Trevallyn" to his wife as a marriage settlement. [maybe that is why the divorce rate was much lower in those days!] the property was able to be retained, even though George Townshend lost all of his own property.
In 1849 a portion of "Trevallyn" was subdivided into small farms which were advertised for lease. Each contained a shingled hut and was adapted to grow tobacco, maize, being one mile from a water mill, presumably belonging to Townshend. [Did our Tom lease one or more of these blocks?]
In July 1857 there was a huge flood. On June 19 [before Thomas’s auction sale] the heaviest rain in memory fell, the Paterson rising to fifteen feet ABOVE the HIGHEST level known. Townshend’s water mill was washed away, presumably the one referred to above.
In July 1857 "Trevallyn" was offered for sale but was not sold as at December 1857 and was withdrawn from the market, reason unknown.
There is little doubt now that Thomas and Amelia left the Paterson area in 1857.
In the Estate of Michael Farrell, a third meeting; the estate of G. Townshend, 31 pounds 5

shillings. The meeting allowed the insolvent to retain his furniture and wearing apparel, on condition of his paying the rent. (Ref: Sydney Morning Herald 27th March 1844.)
The eligible Homestead on the Allyn, commonly known as "Doust’s Farm", consisting of
(640) six hundred and forty acres, with a river frontage of upwards of a mile and a half, and bounded on three sides by Crown Lands. The improvements consist of a cottage, barn, huts, stock yards, etc., a cultivation paddock of ten acres, and two grass paddocks recently enclosed. The farm is at present under lease to an industrious tenant at a yearly rent of sixty pounds. (I wonder was this industrious tenant Thomas Chad and Amelia)
One hundred and fifty acres on the Paterson River, immediately opposite "Trevallyn House", and
adjoining the property of F.B. Gibbes Esq.
About five acres on the river bank are cleared and fit for cultivation, and a paddock of about thirty acres
is enclosed with a three railed fence.
Further particulars may be learnt on application to the undersigned, who will be open to
treat with intending purchasers until 4th January next.
Provisional Trustee.
(Ref; Sydney Morning Herald, 18th Dec. 1844, p.4.) From the 18th Dec. until 4th Jan is not a lot of time to organise the purchase of a property, maybe solicitors were not invented in that era!

On the 31st October 2001, together with my wife Dianne and Philip and Hilary Atwill, we travelled to the "Allyn River" area. At East Gresford we picked up Delma Lawrence (East Gresford Hist. Soc.) Delma has a wealth of knowledge on the history of the "Allyn River" area and in particular "Belgrave" as her family has lived in that area for 150 years! She was able to show us the sites where Thomas Chad lived. I am unsure which site Thomas first lived on.
Site (1). Travelling along "Allyn River Road" to the intersection of "Chad’s Creek Road", ( Chad’s Creek was named in 1857 Maitland Mercury) then 1.7 km’s along "Chad’s Creek Road". On the Left side and about 150 m down to "Chad’s Creek" there is a small flat area of land adjacent to the creek. Delma said that this was the site of one of Thomas’s homes.
Site (2). Leaving the above intersection on the "Allyn River Road" travel 4.6 km’s, to "Belgrave", enter "Belgrave" and travel down the hill to an old dairy shed and on your left is a hayshed, below the hayshed, in the next paddock are the remains of a chimney. This is the other home where Thomas lived. One would assume that he lived at site (1) first as this property was purchased by Townshend first and Thomas’s auction sale was held on "Belgrave" prior to him leaving the district.

From the Maitland Mercury…18th Jan 1851
On Wednesday the annual meeting of the subscribers to the Maitland Hospital was held at Maitland Hospital:
Donations: Mr. Thomas Chad, Allyn River.  1 0 0 (Pounds) 
In 1861 the Australian Government offerred a 50 pound reward for Thunderbolt’s capture!

Maitland Mercury Wed 4th Feb 1852
At the Gresford Pound, Paterson River.
MR. A- DODDS has received positive
instructions from Mr. Thomas Chad to
sell by auction, at the Gresford Pound, on FRIDAY, 20th February, at Eleven o’clock pre- cisely,
137 Head of Quiet DAIRY CATTLE, com-prising
53 Milch Cows, with calves at foot 30 Heifers, from 1 lo 3 years old
45 Bullocks and Steers, many of them fit to
break-in as workers 3 Quiet Durham Bulls
6 Excellent Working Bullock?.
1 Cart Mare, with foal at foot 1 " Filly, 3 years old
1 Saddle Mare and foal, 4 years old
2 Capital Brood Mares, half-bred Arabs, with foals

2 Fillies, 2 years old
3 Mares and Foals
2 Useful Horses, for saddle and harness.
TERMS-£5 and under, cash ; above that amount
approved endorsed bills at 3 months.
The Cows can be particularly recommended to the notice of Dair\men and others; in fact the whole herd are of a superior breed. The Horses are of a serviceable description, in gotd condition, and remarkably quiet.
Refreshments, provided.
Maitland Mercury 11th June 1857.
Mr. W.M. George has been honored with instructions from Mr. Thomas Chad, "Belgrave", to sell by auction, At his Homestead, on Tuesday, June 30th, 1857 at eleven O’clock,
The under mentioned VALUABLE STOCK, consisting of,
12 COWS broken to bail/ 8 Ditto, with calves, or springing.
10 Young heifers. 20 Steers, fit to yoke.
8 Working bullocks. 5 First rate well bred saddle horses.
1 Ditto mare with foal. 1 Ditto, to carry a lady.
1 Ditto mare, by old DOCTOR. (obvi

Anonymous on 31st March, 2012 wrote of John Dare:

also known as William John Dyer

Anonymous on 31st March, 2012 wrote of John Dare:

Wife and four children came out to Australia too

Anonymous on 31st March, 2012 wrote of Mary Archer:

Mary Archer was transported for receiving stolen goods.  She had been goaled twice before one for a brazing pan and one for some bottles of wine.  She was single, 5’4 1/2" tall, dark fresh complexion, large head, dark brown hair, long oval face, straight forehead, dark arched eyebrows, dark brown eyes, small nose and mough, long oval round pointed chin.  She had 2 blue spots of the back of her right hand, scar above the bridge of her nose, scrophula mark on the right side of her nick.

18/11/1828: Temp.Factory/absconded from the factory. remaining about 4 hours - intoxicated -Cell on bread and water 14 days.
13/12/1828: Temp.Factory/Absconded from the factory on Monday last and remained absent until apprehended the same day - Factory 3 months.
24/3/1830: Mr Howe/Using bad language and trying to extort 10s per week from Geo. Davis - Placed in the C Class House of Correction.
18/4/1837: Out after hours and found the the theatre - Admonished.

June 1829 - Applied to marry George Roberts who was free.

3/2/1838: CP.

Mary died of intemperate habits 7/10/1861.

George Roberts was born in 1808 and died 13/12/1853 Liverpool, Hobart.

Anonymous on 31st March, 2012 wrote of Alexander Lambert:

In febuary 1829 he was to be sent of Moreton Bay. He had been assigned to Mr Rodd of Wollombi but he had absconded and stolen some items.
5/6/1929: On the hulk ‘Phoenix’ to be transpoted to Moreton Bay.

7/2/1833: He was listed as a farm servant and assigned to Dr. Wilson, St. Vincent’s.
29/8/1833: Runaways Apprehended - from Road Dept.

Syd.Gaz. 8/11/1836: Convicted as an accessary to the murder of Corporal Harmon at Bathurst - Put on the hulk ‘Phoenix’ awaiting the Govenor’s pleasure.
However, on the 15/2/1838 he received a Conditional Pardon,NSW Gov.Convicts database.

5/5/1840: James Clark and Alexander Lambert were indicted for stealing 2 bags of flour and 2 bags of sugar and putting Robert Bell in bodily fear.  His Honour sentenced them both to transportation to Norfolk Island for life.  Lambert never to be allowed to return to Sydney as he thought he was a dangerous character.

From Norfolk Island he was sent to VDL and arriver per ‘Lady Franklin’ on 12/10/1843.  He was described as being a Labourer, 5’10" tall, 39 years of age, fresh complexion, brown curly hair, brown to red whiskers, oval face, sandy eyebrows, light blue eyes, long nose, medium mouth, long and dimpled chin.
He could read and write and had lost some his front teeth, had a small mark on his right arm and a scar on the forefinger of the left hand.
He had a period of Gang Probation for 1 year and a period of Gang Probation at Salt Water River from which he emerged ion 24/5/1846.
20/2/1849 TOL
13/7/1852 /certificate of Pardon approved.

1852: He had a marriage/relationship with Ann Heydon, Hamilton Tas.

8/10/1852: Departed from Launceston as a steerage passenger on the ship ‘Yarra Yarra’ to Melbourne.  There were no other Lamberts on the passenger list so presumably he went without Ann.

I have no place or year of death.

Anonymous on 31st March, 2012 wrote of John Richards:

The correct spelling of this name is Rickards.  It has been written incorrectly in numerous records.

Anonymous on 31st March, 2012 wrote of Catherine Biggs:


Jane Cunningham on 31st March, 2012 wrote of John Walker:

JOhn Walker formerly John McCann was my great grandfather

Bill Ledbetter - G-g-g-grandson on 31st March, 2012 wrote of Joseph Buswell:

Married to Eliza Stanton.  Had 4 daughters in England (Jane, Ellen,Mary Ann and Selina).  All sent to poorhouse in Bichester and abandoned.

Remarried in Australia to   Elizabeth Cross 1839 – 1914 had ( Ellen Jane Buswell 1860 – 1910,    Henry Buswell 1862 – ,    Selina Buswell 1864 – 1930,    Albion Buswell 1866 – 1920,    Joseph BUSWELL 1870 – 1870,    Walter John Buswell 1871 – 1930,    Joseph BUSWELL 1873 – 1874,  Oliver Buswell 1873 – ,  Arthur Buswell 1875 – 1919,    Jonathon Bradley Buswell 1876 – ,  Joseph Buswell 1876 – 1935 )

Garry Bannister on 31st March, 2012 wrote of John Smith:

Ticket of Leave #31/957 on 29/11/1831
Certficate of Freedom #36/549 on 2/7/1836
Died aged 45 "acidentally killed while intxicated."

Roma Keown on 30th March, 2012 wrote of Janet Angus:

Janet Angus married James Schofield in 1829. He was then, "free by servitude" and Janet had a ticket of leave.They had a son William in 1829. William (?Hunter) Schofield, see also Scoffield. William married Margaret Spencer in1850. They had a daughter Elizabeth in 1869 and in 1889 Elizabeth married George Robinson and they had 9 children, one of whom, Robert Mathias Robinson married Violet Frances Moorhouse in 1928, they were my parents.My sister, Barbara Nees and I would love to know of the lives of Janet and James prior to their transportation.

Anonymous on 30th March, 2012 wrote of Amos Crisp:

Under Amos Ames - Old bailey on line: Sentenced to death for stealing 1 watch, value of 12pound 1s. the property of Robert Tulloch.

Col.Sec: 5/2/1816 - On list of convicts forwarded to Liverpool for distribution.
17/12/1819 - Received payment at Sydney for meat and grall deliverer=d to the Commissariat Stores.
24/12/1820-24/1/1821 - Store receipts for fresh meat.
1830 TOL.

Amos was married to Elizabeth Ann Brown (1785-1827) on the 9/9/1810. After Amos had been transported Elizabeth travelled to NSW on the Lord Melville 1817 with her son, Amos, and a daughter.  Amos (convict) became involved in activities of dubious legality and was eventually forced to flee the country.  His famils is well documented in the Monaro Pioneers website.  He died on the 31/1/1881 at Windellama, Southern Tablelands.

Bernie Catley on 30th March, 2012 wrote of Christopher Higgins:

Christopher Stephen Higgins Time Line in Australia 1827 -1880
Christopher Stephen Higgins was born in Norwich , Norfolk in England on 23 June 1804, Son of Samuel Higgins and Rebecca Russell of England I think and according to his transportation papers.
  On the 25th September 1826, he was tried in London on the charge of ’ Desertion from the Army’.
  He was found guilty and sentenced to 14 years imprisonment. He was transported from Plymouth on the ship; Guildford, which sailed on March 31, 1827, and arrived at Port Jackson on 25 July 1827.  He was assigned to the Engineers Department in the Sydney Area. On 15th December 1832, He was granted Ticket of Leave, Butt No 32/1173 and allowed to remain in the District of Windsor. On 14th July, 1835 this ticket of leave was altered to the District of Bathurst and on 15th February, 1836, it was again altered to the District of Penrith.
In the Convict Muster, Christopher Higgins was employed in the Penrith District by one Alexander Fraser. On 26th September, 1840 Christopher was granted his Certificate of Freedom, Butt No 40/1595. they state he was are saddler , and in the District of Windsor N.S.W. Research revealed that Ann Daly bore three children to Christopher Higgins in the Queanbeyan District, N.S.W there Names were - James , Elizabeth,  Christopher .
During this period of time, Christopher was a coachman with the Cobb & Co: operating out of Braidwood, and apparently the town of Queanbeyan was an over - night stop prior to the coach continuing on to Cooma and Manaroo Districts.
Strangely enough , although the above dates of birth were verified by there Baptismal Records , there are no records of there respective births dates having been registered, nor has any record been located which would establish that a marriage ceremony took place between Christopher Higgins and Ann Daly .  Although the Births, deaths and Marriages offices for New South Wales and Victoria, together with the Archives of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand plus Police records of the Eastern Australian States have been researched, there has been no information on Christopher Higgins which would tend to reveal his movements or actual existence after 1847.
Therefore, it would appear that there remains only two options open for the fate of Christopher Higgins and they are:
1. He sailed from the NSW Coast to return to either England, Ireland or overseas?
2. He became one of the "UNKNOWNS" on the Colony’s Coroner Records?
Oddly enough, a check of the NSW Coroners Report Index revealed that on December 26th, 1857, a male body was found drowned in the Canberry River, Canberry, the early name for Canberra.  An examination on December 31st, 1857 conducted by Mr Andrew Morton, Coroner of Queanbeyan, revealed that the body’s identity was known as Higgins aged about 60 years and alleged to have been born in Dorsetshire, England.  No other details were known and unfortunately, no physical description was recorded.
On January 1st 1858, the remains were interred in the Church of England Buried Ground, Canberry, district of Queanbeyan.  Rev P G Smith was the officiating Minister.
In view of the above information, it will never be possible to ascertain whether or not the said drowned Male was our Christopher Higgins.    Information found by Bernard Higgins 1978
New information has just been found in the last couple of years that Christopher moved to Beechworth Victoria and died there in 1880 by Robyn Bridge 2006 and Bernie Catley in 2011.

Bernie Catley on 30th March, 2012 wrote of Thomas Catley:

Thomas Catley was accused of stealing a pair of trousers and convicted 26/10/1837 in Bath, Somerset England. 1817 There are 3 entries. He arrived on 4/11/1837 Ship Justitia at Woolwich transferred to Euryalas 25/11/1837 at Chatham then transferred to Fortitude 4/12/1837 at Chatham before going to the Bengal Merchant 20/3/1838. According to records he was a labourer and could read and write, he was also convicted previously and imprisoned it also states "he was bad in every respect"

He settled in Bathurst, received his ticket of leave No 43/1837 on the 11 Aug 1843 and has a certificate of freedom No 48/0012 dated 5/1/1848.
Thomas was of stocky build and was 5’4 1/2". Complexion was ruddy and freckled, brown hair and brown eyes. He was single aged 17 of Protestant upbringing and he could read and write.  His native place of birth was Somerset Shire.  Tried at Somerset (Bath) Quarter Session 26/10/1837.  He had previous convictions of 9 months, whipping and 1 week. Thomas lived in Bathurst till around 1899 and once he started to get ill was sent to Parramatta Hospital and died of Senile Decay in 1901 and was Buried at 19 Aug 1901 at Rookwood Church of England Cemetery , Parramatta NSW . NOTE: From Stories I heard and was told from Uncles , father and my Pop that the Catley Clan came from around It is the most north easterly County in England and borders onto Scotland. back in the early 1650’s ish,  but still to this day ive still havn’t found any proof - Bernie Catley 2006.

Bernie Catley on 30th March, 2012 wrote of Janet Anderson:

Janet Anderson was born 1820 in Scotland, Parents unknown on her certificate of freedom / leave but father’s surname was Anderson , was also convicted of minor offences in Glasgow and was sent to the lucky country from Scotland. . Janet came out to Australia on the Ship Mary Ann in 1839, Prisoner’s No was 39/609 and state ref - 4/4198 , her ticket of leave no is 45/609. She was sent to Parramatta to work in are factory on arrival. Were on her Ticket of Leave she was allowed to remain in Bathurst area of New South Wales. Where she married Thomas Catley in 1846 in Bathurst N.S.W and they had 5 Children.
It is said that the officer in charge of the area could see that they loved one another and had already had 2 children while she was at the Parramatta Women’s Factory and there was not a great chance for children to survival there the Superintendent/His Ex The Governor decided to you them as a trial test case and gave them tickets of leave for the Bathurst area to get married and make a go of it out there. Bernie Catley 2006.

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