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Anonymous on 7th April, 2012 wrote of Charles Blight:

Charles Blight, one of 210 convicts transported on the Augusta Jessie, 27 September 1834
Known aliases: none
Convicted at: Convicted at Cornwall Assizes for a term of 10 years on 27 March 1834.
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship name: Augusta Jessie
Departure date: 27th September, 1834
Place of arrival: Van Diemen’s Land
Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 445 (224)
This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

He married Grace nee Stevens (Rajah) in 1844.  Charles and Grace
Their children –
John Lachlan 1845,
Robert 1848,
Martha 1849,
Sarah Ann 1850,
Emma Amelia in 1853 who died in 1854 - Scarlet Fever? 
The births were around Avoca/Fingal and it is thought that Charles Blight may also have died of Scarlet Fever around the same time, and in the Avoca/Fingal/Launceston area.

John D Ellard on 7th April, 2012 wrote of George Ellard:

Sentenced to Death at The Old Bailey. Commuted to life imprisonment and transported to NSW. Ticket of leave granted and lived in Melbourne and Portland areas before traveling across the SA-VIC border to Mount Gambier SA.

Anonymous on 7th April, 2012 wrote of James Gavagan:

James Gavagan was indicted for stealing on the 4th of March, 21 umbrellas, value 5 pounds 5 shillings., the goods of Edward Prior.
He was found guilty and transported for 7 years.  He was aged 11 years old.

On arrival in VDL he was swent to Point Puer, the Boys Prison and had to do hard work like stone cutting and building, there was also a school run by 2 ex-convicts.  When he turned 17 he was sent to the main prison at Port Arthur.  He was released in March 1842.

From Nedkellysworld.com.au. - Australian Bushranger - James Morgan.
James Morgan’s criminal record shows that he was recognised as an absconder from VDL.  His real anme was James Gavagan who was born in Birmingham, England in 1824.  He had been transported to VDL for 7 years, arriving on the ‘Asia 4’ in 1836.  He was tried in Melbourne in about 1845 and sentenced to 15 years.  He was sent back to VDL per the ‘Flying Fish’ but absconded and made his way back to Victoria.

Morgan was one of those arrested over the gold robbery from the ship Nelson in 1852.  He spent time on the prison hulks and in Melbourne Goal.  His many offences included, insolence, obscene and threatening language to the Chief Warder, exiting a disturbance, fighting, being disorderley and may more.  Sentences ranged from 3 days solitary confinement to 6 months hard labour in irons.

Dominic Fountain on 7th April, 2012 wrote of John Fountain:

Trial at Kent assizes:-
"Labourer of Sutton at Hone, Kent, were offence took place. Charged that he broke into the dwelling house of the Reverand Edward Winthrop and stole a writing desk worth 40s., pocket book worth 1s., pen-knife worth 5s., pair of shoes 1s., and various coins and banknotes. Pleaded not guilty. Found not guilty of burglary, but guilty of stealing the goods. Sentence to be hanged - later commuted to transportation".

Shipping list:-
Number: 548/2022
Name: John Fountain
Vessel: Morley (1)
Arrived: 10 April 1817
Were convicted: Kent assizers
When convicted: 5 August 1816
Term: Life
Native place: Staffordshire
Calling: Servant
Height: 5 foot 5&3/4 inches
Complexion: Ruddy
Hair: Light Brown
Eyes: Blue
Applied for a conditional pardon: November 1822
Date of ticket of leave: 10 November 1825
District: Windsor
Governors permission to publish their names in Church in view of their being married. Sydney 7th April 1823
Married: John Fountain to Margaret Oliver (Born 1808)
Place and Date of marrage: Saint Philips Church Sydney - 28th April 1823
Witnesses: Henery Oliver (Margarets father) Anne Parish
Applied for land next to Father in Law at Hunters Hill on 4 October 1824.    (No record of recieving an alocation)
Residence: 1824 Sep Of Harrington Street, Sydney
Date of death: Unknowen

John and Margaret had 1 child
John Fountain
Born: 6 February 1824
Married:29 August 1853
Resided: In 1865 at "Woodlands" on the Narara Creek, Narara (Brisbane Waters)
John had 5 sons: George, Fred, Alfred, John and Peter and 1 daughter Fanny
Died:14 August 1904

Anonymous on 7th April, 2012 wrote of Edward Dowling:

Edward Dowling was aged 19 when found guilty and sentenced to death for stealing a bag with some clothes from Samuel Willows, a fishmonger who lived at No.122, Strand, in the precint of the Savoy.  Edward had been in the service of Willows once for 4 years.

1841: TOL - District of Sydney.
1849: TOL - District of Windsor.
16/1/1849: TOL cancelled for deserting his wife and 4 children - Sydney Branch.
10/8/1850: TOL cancelled for being absent from his district - Windsor Branch.
1851: TOL - Camden Branch.
1856: TOL - Camden Branch.

4/3/1858: Sydney Morning Herald:
Married Jane Rutter in 1841 and had 4 boys. William 1842-1873, Edward 1843-1912, Phillip 1848-1918, and John 1852 - Death unknown.

Marian Kingham on 7th April, 2012 wrote of William Savage:

His son Frederick Savage, birth 3 Mar 1828 Hevingham, Norfolk, England, death 27 Apr 1897 Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England, agricultural engineer, owner of St Nicholas Iron Works, Kings Lynn, famous as inventor and manufacturer of fairground equipment.  Became Mayor of Kings Lynn and there is a statue of him in the town.

Anonymous on 7th April, 2012 wrote of Clos Halckin:

Clos (Clause, Charles) was indicted for stealint 16/3/1826, 20 rings value 25 pounds, 30 clasped hoop gold rings value 25 pounds and a ring tray value 6 pence, the goods of John George Fearn.
Verdict Guilty and sentenced to death but was recommended to mercy on account of his good character.

He was born in Bremen, Germany, had no education.  He was 5’8 1/4" tall, hazel eyes, brown hair and a ruddy complexion.

Assigned to Ben Davis, Hunter River at Patrick Plains.
31/12/1834 TOL.
TOL cancelled - the holder being sentenced by the Musswellbrook branch on the 29/7/1839 of frauduently using money entrusted to his charge as lockup keeper - sentenced to be worked in irons for a period of 12 months.  He had been appointed as Watch house keeper at Musswellbook from 17/3/1838 and the records showed he could read and write.

6/4/1843: TOL.
10/12/1851: CP

He had a son Charles - Mother was listed as Mary Mearrs.
19/1/1833 Married Catherine Thompson - came free.
19/9/1855 Married Elizabeth Forst in Goonoo Goonoo, nsw.

Clos died on 7/11/1871 in Coombing, Carcoar nd is buried at Carcoar.

L.hooley on 6th April, 2012 wrote of James Tanner:

Ticket of Leave 1832 & 1835, Conditional Pardon April 1841 (District of Goulburn Plains).
Married Mary Cameron (arrived free) in 1843.
Issue: Sarah Jane Tanner (1843-1886) and Thomas J Tanner (1845)
Died in Qeanbeyan, NSW.
Buried in an unmarked grave at Queanbeyan Riverside Cemetery.

Anonymous on 6th April, 2012 wrote of James Hollingsworth:

1841: TOL: Dist: Maitland.
25/3/1844: TOL Passport - On the recommendation of the Dungog Branch.
31/12/1847: Certificate of Pardon.

Anonymous on 6th April, 2012 wrote of George Bradley:

George Bradley married Hanna Sale or honora saile from Ireland, also a convict. I can’t find any information of hanna in Ireland

Anonymous on 6th April, 2012 wrote of John Elsmore:

After release, property was given to John Elsmore in Bowral, New South Wales. John Elsmore also changed surname to ‘Ellsmore’ shortly before the birth of his son.

Bernadette on 6th April, 2012 wrote of Charles Dewhirst:

Charles was transported to Tasmania on "Roslin Castle" 1828. He was tried at York, 17 July 1828 and sentenced to 7 years. He was charged with Stealing, at Horton, three pounds of silver, three one pound provincial notes, five pounds weight of band, and a gun, the property of one Samuel Cannon. Three others were charged with the same offence they were John Padgett, George Riley and Abraham Shepherd. He had been tried previously for Felony of a hen but was acquitted.
Charles was awarded a conditional pardon for his role in the capture of some outlaws, Ward, Newman, Buchan and Dawson, near Campbelltown, in 1834. 
Charles married Elizabeth Banks (convict per Frances Charlotte) at Campbelltown, Tasmania, 7/5/1836.

Bernadette on 6th April, 2012 wrote of Isaac Kett:

CON31/1/25 Kett, Isaac. Conduct record. Image 148.
CON27-1-7 Kett Isaac. Appropriation List. Image 103.
CON18-1-19 Kett Isaac, Description. Image 194

Anonymous on 5th April, 2012 wrote of Sophia Zealy:

Sophia Zealey was indicted for stealing, on the 6th November, 1 coat, value 8s., and 1 pair of trousers, value 2s., the goods of John Marchant.

JOHN MARCHANT. I live in Dartmough street, Westminster.  The prisoner lodged in my house on the 6th November.  I missed my coat and trousers from my bedroom; the prisoner was at the office on some other charge; and she directed us to the pawnbroker; her husbant is a butcher.

Verdict - Guilty, Aged 30, Transported for Seven Years.

There was another Indictment against the Prisoner.

She left behind her husband Robert and her daughter, Sophia.

14/12/1833: COF.

Anonymous on 5th April, 2012 wrote of William Bown:

William settles in Wodonga once he earnt his ticket of leave. He had 17 children and to this day there is a road called Bown Road in Wodonga. It was named after William in recognition of his contribution yto settling the area.

Anonymous on 5th April, 2012 wrote of James Nail:

James Nail was 20 years old when indicted for stealing, on the 16th October, one watch, value2l.; one seal, value 10s., and on key, value 5s., the goods of James Nicholls, from his person.  He was at the public -house the Key, Bell street, Marylebone.
James Nicholls fell asleep, and when he awoke he missed his watch, he said he was very sober.  James Nail sat beside him and was seen to pick his pocket.
VERDICT - Guilty, transported for 7 years.

21/6/1823 - 31/12/1825: On lists of men belonging to the Government Stock Establishment at Bathurst.
25/10/1823: Labourer; listed in an extract from the Mess Book of persons victualled at the State Department, Bathurst from 28/6/1823 to 3/10/1823, listed as Neal.
29/12/1823: On list furnished by John Maxwell of ment victualled in the Stock Establishment, Bathurst; listed as Neale.
10/4/1824: On list of prisoners on the Establishment at Bathurst with sentences not transmitted.
24/5/1824: On return of prisoners punished at Bathurst for harbouring runaways. Listed as Neal.

2/11/1826: COF

19/3/1832: Application to marry Catherine Turner alias Dunn, aged 30, transported for 7 years on the Princess Royal and had TOL.
No evidence of this marriage taking place.

The only death listed on the NSW BDM is in 1882 at Forbes, this would have made him 81 years old so not sure this was him.

Charlie.clift on 5th April, 2012 wrote of Samuel Clift:

he was a person of my family

Roger Hay on 5th April, 2012 wrote of Robert Hay:

In a book called Stock Returns And Lists- Vandiemens land by Irene schaffer, it states that Robt Hay was victualled in Hobart on the 17th Oct 1803. This suggests that Robert was in Tasmania earlier than most people think.

Anonymous on 5th April, 2012 wrote of John Fairlamb:

25/11/1836: List of Runaways Apprehended: Fairlamb John, John Barry, Government, Port Macquarie.
15/2/1842: TOL - Port Macquarie.
15/2/1844: COF.
9/5/1851: Syd.Morning Herald: Notice to say that Alfred Leiven had let a portion of the estate of Campbell Hill, on Liverpool and Dog Trap Roads, County of Cumberland to John Fairlamb of Duck River, who is authorised to receive the rents and profits of the same.

13/5/1854: Syd.Morning Herald: TAKE NOTE - Any person or persons found cutting timber on Campbell’s Hill estate or on any of the lands belonging to Mr. John Fairlamb, of Duck River, or carrying any of the said timber away, or trespassing on the said land will be prosecuted according to the law, also all cattle and horses found running thereon will be impounded after 14 days from this notice. John Fairlamb, Duck River, May 13th.

3/11/1854: CAUTION: Take notice that any person or persons found cutting or carrying away any of the timber from off the farm at Banks’ Town, known as Mrs. Reibey’s farm or from the Campbell Hill estate, will be prosecuted at the utmost rigour of the law: a great quantity of timber having been stolen from the abovenamed estate.  John Fairlamb, Duck River, October, 24th, 1854.

27/11/1854: John Fairlamb was indicted on two separate charges of horse stealing, the first was a horse from Mr. Dunlop and the second from Mr. Meredith. The trial was postponed and bail denied.

24/2/1855: Syd. Morning Herald - John Fairlamb, an old man (he was 43) residing in Finnigan’s Bush on the Parramatta Road, found Guilty on 2 charges of horse stealing and sentence to 5 years hard labour on the Public Roads of the colony, both sentences to commence at the same time.

1857: TOL - Goulburn: Tried Parramatta 1855.

17/1/1860: Syd.Morning Herald - FIRE: Recently a fire took place in the Towrang Ranges, which burnt down 2 huts, one belonging to a person named Fairlamb and the other to William Archer.  The places are about 7 miles from Goulburn, and the men who occupied them were engaged in sawing and splitting.  The origin of the fire is involved in mystery.

John Fairlamb died in 1867 at the age of 55 at Goulburn.

Peter Poulsen on 5th April, 2012 wrote of William Astbury:

Seems he may be the same William Astbury who were sentenced to death and believed to be executed on 25th April 1823 at Warwick.

Anonymous on 5th April, 2012 wrote of James Hollingsworth:

Married Ann McCabe 22 April 1843

Anonymous on 5th April, 2012 wrote of William Little:

William Little had his sentence of death reduced to life imprisonment.  He was convicted of stealing sheep from Mr. Gee of Papplewick on 6.6.1820.[Nottingham Journal 29.7.1820]  It is unclear in which jail he languished between his conviction for sheep-stealing in 1820 and 24th May 1822 when he embarked upon the prison ship “Bellerophon,” moored at Woolwich.  After nearly four months’ incarceration, Little found himself shipped to Van Dieman’s Land aboard the “Morley” with 172 other convicts.  Once in Tasmania, he managed to behave himself and keep a clean record, receiving a conditional pardon on 24th February 1835 and an absolute or free pardon on 3rd June 1839, having served almost 20 years of his life sentence.

Anonymous on 5th April, 2012 wrote of Samuel Fletcher:

12 year old Samuel Fletcher took two jackets valued together at 1s 8d belonging to James Thorpe of Papplewick Nottinghamshire. [Notts Archive Office - Quarter Sessions Minutes 1/39 11.10.1820 & Nottingham Journal 4.8.1820]  Following his conviction, he spent several months on the "Justitia", arriving on 7th November 1820 and departing on 13th August 1821.  The “Claudine” left Woolwich on 20th August with 159 convicts bound for Tasmania, arriving at Derwent, Hobart, on 15th December that same year.  Convict musters and lists have him working for a Charles Jeffries or Jeffrey Esq. at Pittwater, just outside Hobart.  Over the ensuing years his continuing criminal escapades earned him numerous lashes, hard labour on chain gangs and penal servitude in Port Arthur.

Anonymous on 5th April, 2012 wrote of Thomas Shelton:

Thomas Shelton appears to have gone to Papplewick, Nottinghamshire, from Arnold, Nottinghamshire, to commit his crime of stealing oak valued at 2s from Mark Wilkinson. [Notts Archive Office Quarter Sessions Minutes 1/42 2.1.1832 & Nottingham Journal 7.1.1832]  Following his conviction, he was initially sent to the convict hulk "Justitia," moored somewhere off Woolwich, where he arrived on 24th February, leaving behind a wife, Anne, and 11 children.  He left that ship on 20th August and his movements over the next two months before reaching Plymouth remain unknown.  However, the “Circassian,” a 401 ton barque, departed from Plymouth on 14th October 1832 carrying Shelton.  It took 125 days to make the journey to Tasmania, under the command of George Douthwaite, where 186 male prisoners, including Shelton, were disembarked at Hobart on 16th February 1833.  There is some compelling evidence that seven years of transportation failed to cure Shelton of his criminal ways and he received a second sentence of transportation, this time for life, in 1844.

Anonymous on 5th April, 2012 wrote of William Montgomery:

With accomplices set fire to a stack of corn belonging to Richard Machin of Papplewick Nottinghamshire on 18.2.1861 - see Nottingham Journal 15.3.1861 for details of trial.

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