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Maureen Withey on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Thomas Tombs:

Colonial Secretary Index.

TOMBS, Thomas. Per “Calcutta”, 1803.

1812 Dec 26 - Runaway in Van Diemen’s Land. Petition for mitigation of sentence as reward for capture of John McCabe and John Townsend, bushrangers (Fiche 3171; 4/1848 pp.309-14)
n.d. - In index to land grants in Van Diemen’s Land (Fiche 3262; 4/438 p.90)

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CAPTURING THE BUSHRANGERS:
Petition dated December 20th 1812 from : Thomas Tombs, James Carrett and William Thompson
“TO: Major Geils, the 73rd Regiment Commandant of Van Diemens Land
The humble Petition of Thomas Tombs, James Carrett and William Thompson, Prisoners for Life,  Most humbly sheweth
“That your Petitioners are of that unfortunate description of person named bushrangers who never were guilty of any outrage since their arrival in this country, and whose crime arises in deserting from their Government employ - preferring a life of quiet in the bush to that of Government employ.
“That your petitioners at the time of their desertion fled to the western mountains from thence towards Cape Barren and to the straits far from either settlements where, one hundred and eighty miles from this and one hundred from Port Dalrymple and there lived upon the casual supply furnished by their dogs, sooner than interfere with the peaceable and well disposed part of the community.
“That your petitioners returning from the Straits towards Oyster Bay fell in with two men collecting seal skins who informed them that they had now a fair opportunity of availing themselves of a Pardon, as there was a proclamation issued by Your Honor for the detention of John McCabe and John Townsend, two most notorious offenders as specified in it. being free of a life which afforded nothing but Emue and Kangaroo and that sometimes a precarious supply, and afraid to return knowing the punishment we deserved, we determined however desperate the attempt to hunt them all over the Island been 9??) our lives bringing them in to obtain that blessing offer (of a pardon) we enquired of the two men, who gave us the information, what part of the country we might go in quest of them - the men replied the last time they were head of, they were at New Norfolk where they were seen by a Government Stock Keeper named King in the act of firing among the Government men.
“The step we had before us was a desperate one - how to avoid the soldiers and fall in with them, We however travelled forty miles from the lower part of Oyster Bay towards New Norfolk as necessity required we should keep as clear as possible of the district and at Peopers (?) Plains being after a morning hunt and returning with two kangaroos to when rekindled a fire one of your petitioners (Graved Thompson) fortunately fell in with them - he knew McCabe at Sidney - and after some conversation sought to prevail upon him to join petitioner’s companions which both of them positively refused.  The next day however, your petitioners contrived to fall in with them and found they were well prepared with muskets and ammunition and knowing them to be desperate men and we only three ill provided, it was xx your petitioners should act causiously [sic] we remained with them a few days and found means to divide them when we secured both with kangaroo cord and conducted them to town.
Petitioners relying on Your Honour’s proclamation most humbly beg that you will condescend to tend your influence on their behalf with his Excellency the Governor in Chief of New South Wales for which Your Petitioners will ever pray in Duty Bound.
Hobart Town
December 20th 1812.
Signed by Thomas Tombs and the marks of James Carrett and William Thompson.

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Convicts Index 1791-1873
Thomas Tombs, Calcutta 1803, Conditional Pardon, Date: 31 Jan 1813.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Jacob Alexander:

1831 - 12 Oct. New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
No; 291.
Name: Bridget Gibbons
Age: 43. Birth Year: Abt 1788. Elizabeth. 7 years. Bond
Spouse: Jacob Alexander. Age 30. Hooghly. 7 years. Free
Request Status: Granted
Date of Permission; 12 Oct 1831
C V Dowling, Sydney

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Bridget Gibbons:

1831 - 12 Oct. New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
No; 291.
Name: Bridget Gibbons
Age: 43. Birth Year: Abt 1788. Elizabeth. 7 years. Bond
Spouse: Jacob Alexander. Age 30. Hooghly. 7 years. Free
Request Status: Granted
Date of Permission; 12 Oct 1831
C V Dowling, Sydney

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Mary Ann Gibbons:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 1829

No; 692
Name;  John Brennan
Age; 26
Ship; Surry 4.
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Free
Name;  Mary A Gibbons
Age; 18
Ship; Elizabeth 4
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Bond

Date of Permission; 6 May 1829
Clergyman; Rev D P??, Sydney
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Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Bridget Gibbons:

Age on Convict Indent should read 40.

1829, 6 May. Gaol: Sydney - Entrance Book
General Sessions, Sydney. Indecent Conduct. 3rd Class 6 months. May 12. Parramatta
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Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Bridget Gibbons:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842

Name: Bridget Gibbons Mother of Mary Anne Gibbons
Age: 10. Estimated Birth Year: 1788
Date of conviction: 12 May 1827. Dublin
Vessel: Elizabeth (4). Port of Arrival: Sydney. Date of Arrival: 1828
No; 79 - 79
Reads, Widow, one child
Religion; Catholic
Native Place; Mayo
Calling; Washer woman
Offence; Stealing Money
Sentence; 7 years.
Height; 5 ft. 2
Complexion; Sallow, much freckled
Hair; Black
Eyes; Blue
Assigned W R Dalton
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Tony Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Ellen Maher:

From Co Tipperary Ireland Single Roman catholic who could read 5’ 0 1/4” ruddy and freckled complexion brown hair grey eyes

UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1856 for Ellen Maher She had three stints in the ship hospital during the voyage to Australia. She suffered a fever and general debility

New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 19/12/1843 cert no 43/2167 at Patricks Plains

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Mary Ann Gibbons:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842

Name: Mary Anne Gibbons daughter to 79. Bridget Gibbons
Age: 17. Estimated Birth Year: abt 1810
Date of conviction: 12 May 1827. Dublin
Vessel: Elizabeth (4). Port of Arrival: Sydney. Date of Arrival: 1828
No; 80 - 109
Reads, Single;
Religion; Catholic
Native Place; Mayo
Calling; Nurse Girl
Offence; Stealing Money
Sentence; 7 years.
Height; 5 ft. 0 3/4
Complexion; Fair Freckled
Hair; Dark Brown
Eyes; Grey

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of John Brennan:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 1829

No; 692
Name;  John Brennan
Age; 26
Ship; Surry 4.
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Free
Name;  Mary A Gibbons
Age; 18
Ship; Elizabeth 4
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Bond

Date of Permission; 6 May 1829
Clergyman; Rev D P??, Sydney
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Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Mary Donaghy:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 1829

No; 691
Name;  James Roach
Age;  28
Ship; Mangles
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Free

Name;  Mary Donaghy
Age; 32
Ship; Brothers
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Bond

Date of Permission; May 6th, 1829
Clergyman; Rev. D P ??. Sydney

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of James Roach:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 1829

No; 691
Name;  James Roach
Age;  28
Ship; Mangles
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Free

Name;  Mary Donoghy
Age; 32
Ship; Brothers
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Bond

Date of Permission; May 6th, 1829
Clergyman; Rev. D P ??. Sydney
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1828 -  James Roach. Census. Age. 27. G. S. Mangles. 1822. 7 years. Wheelwright. Employed by William Lawson. Prospect.
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New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 1810-1814, 1827-1867

Name: James Roach.
Age: 29. Birth Year: 1800
Native Place: County Limerick, Ireland
Arrival year: 1822
Vessel: Mangles
Certificate Date: 3 Apr 1829
Calling; Carpenter.
Trial. Co. Limerick . Special Sessions 1822. 7 years
Height; 5 ft. 9 1/2 inches
Complexion; Florid
Hair; Sandy
Eyes; Blue

Tony Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Alley Potter:

From Co Tipperary Ireland single protestant who could read 4’ 10” fair ruddy complexion light brown hair and grey eyes

UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1856 for Aley Potter Suffered from synochus which is a continuous fever and she recovered

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Application Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 6/5/1837 Alice Potters 20 bond (7yrs) per ship Thomas Harrison to marry John Holland 41 TOL (life) Hadlow Rev Henry Fulton Castlereagh

New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 17/5/1843 cert no 43/782 In Penrith district

Tony Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of John Holland:

Henry Taylor b. 1800, 5 records

John Holland b. 1796, 3 records

Henry Feathers b. 1800, 5 records

John Glover b. 1798, 4 record

956. HENRY TAYLOR , JOHN HOLLAND , HENRY FEATHERS , and JOHN GLOVER , were indicted for stealing, on the 27th of May , one handkerchief, value 5s., the goods of a certain person unknown, from his person .

WILLIAM OWEN . I am a constable of Islington. On the 27th of May, about half-past seven o’clock in the evening, I saw the prisoners in company together, in Middle-row, Holborn. I watched them down Holborn, and saw them look at several gentlemens’ pockets - They went down Field-lane, and I lost them. I then met Thompson; he and I went together, and met all four in Fleet-street , in about twenty minutes after. I was by the Bolt in Tun, they were on the other side of the way, and so was Thompson. I saw Glover follow a gentleman in black, and take a yellow handkerchief out of his right-hand coat pocket-the other three were close to him, covering him, to prevent anybody from seeing what he was doing - I do not know the gentleman. They all four turned round, and went up Johnson’s-court together. I immediately went over to Thompson, and found he had seized all four of them. I lost the gentleman, and do not know his name. Thompson found the handkerchief on Holland. I am positive it is the same I saw taken from the gentleman. Holland said he would give him the fogle (meaning the handkerchief) to let him go. I had been watching them for an hour.

THOMAS THOMPSON . I am a constable of St. Sepulchre’s. I met Owen, and we went to look for the prisoners. I went on one side of Fleet-street, and he on the other, and saw all the four prisoners coming together towards Fleet-market. After following them a little way, I saw them all four dart into Johnson’s-court together-Holland was a little behind the others. I ran up the court, and saw one of them push a handkerchief into Holland’s hand - I took it out of his hand. Owen came over - I desired them all to stop, which they did for about a minute, and then Feathers made his escape, but was brought back by a man who stopped him. Owen then came up, and told me what he had seen. I searched and found another silk handkerchief in Holland’s pocket. I said to Holland, “I thought you told me you would leave this off.” He said, “Thompson, take the fogle, and let us go.”

GLOVER’S Defence. It is all false.

HOLLAND’S Defence. I met the prisoners in Chancery-lane. I asked Glover for a handkerchief to put some meat in-Thompson came and took it.

FEATHERS’S Defence. I know nothing of it.

TAYLOR’S Defence. I can prove the handkerchief is mine.
ANN MOORE was called to prove that she had frequently washed the handkerchief for Holland, but on looking at the two handkerchiefs, she selected the one found in his pocket, and not that charged to have been stolen.
TAYLOR - GUILTY . Aged 18.
HOLLAND - GUILTY . Aged 22.
FEATHERS - GUILTY . Aged 18.
GLOVER - GUILTY . Aged 20.
Transported for Life .
London Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

Iain Frazier on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Thomas (the Younger) Chapman:

The Thomas that found first gold in Victoria found it (weighing 16oz) in Pyrenees Victoria (an area that includes Daisy Hill) while working as a shepherd.  He sold it to Mrs (Brentani) watchmaker & jeweller of Collins St Melbourne.  This was before gold found in California.  Wikipedia claims Thomas’s identification of Daisy Hill may have been fals, although there was a later goldrush also in 1853.
Being afraid of Melbourne authorities in 1849, he bolted to Sydney on SEA HORSE 1; returned to Vic later.

Parkhurst Prison on Isle of Wight was created by the UK Governent in 1838 to deflect juveniles from being incarcerated in the hulks prior to transportation.  They were to receive reformative treatment and, if still at Parkhurst at the end of their sentence, to be encouraged or forced to emigrate.  These boys were convicts; & were sent to Western Australia also under the guise of ‘apprentices’ prior to the WA administration accepting convicts in 1850.

The Childrens Friend Society was privately organised in London as charity from 1830 & operated in Australia & elsewhere.  It transported many youths aged10-20 to Australia.
The Philanthropic Society was privately organised in London as charity from 1788 & operated in Australia & elsewhere.  It transported many youths aged10-20 to Australia.
They each supported youths from the streets, from the courts & from Parkhurst Prison, providing rehabilitation & trade training.

Tony Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of John Holland:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Application Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 6/5/1837 Alice Potters 20 bond (7yrs) per ship Thomas Harrison to marry John Holland 41 TOL (life) Hadlow Rev Henry Fulton Castlereagh

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Honor Connor:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 1829

No; 690
Name;  Robert Swaine
Age; 25
Ship; Coromandel
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Free
Name;  Honor Connor
Age; 26
Ship; City of Edinburgh
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Bond

Date of Permission; 6 May 1829
Clergyman; Rev Richard Hill, Sydney
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1832 - 1 May. New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869

Name: Honor Connor. Birth Year: 1803
Immigration Year: 1828
Ticket Date: 1 May 1832
Origin: Cork
Calling; Servant
Offence; Highway Robbery
Date of Trial: 15th August 1827
Sentence; 7 years
Height; 5 ft. 3 inches
Complexion; Brown and freckled
Hair;  Dark Brown
Eyes; Grey brown
Written across the ticket; Cancelled holder having been convicted of receiving at the Sup. Court. Sydney. 27 August 1833. and sentenced to 14 years. Transported to Morton Bay

1841 - Gaol: Sydney. Record Type: Entrance and Description Book
Ship; City of Edinburgh. 1827. Catholic, Servant. Transported to C. D. Land 19th August 1841

Gail Robyn Newman on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Thomas O'brien:

sentenced to 7years transportation at county Cavan Ireland March 1795 - http://www.historyaustralia.org.au/twconvic/Marquis+Cornwallis+1796 - http://www.hawkesbury.net.au/claimaconvict/convictDetails.php?convictId=10358

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Robert Swaine:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 1829

No; 690
Name;  Robert Swaine
Age; 25
Ship; Coromandel
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Free
Name;  Honor Connor
Age; 26
Ship; City of Edinburgh
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Bond

Date of Permission; 6 May 1829
Clergyman; Rev Richard Hill, Sydney
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Iain Frazier on 25th September, 2020 wrote of John Chapman:

John (Chapman), as a bonded or Imperial convict had moved to South Australia in 1882.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Robert Hancock:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 1829

No; 689
Name;  Robert Hancock
Age; 23
Ship; Medway
Sentence; Life
Free or Bond; Bond
Name;  Catherine Ball
Age; 22
Ship; Came Free

Date of Permission; 6 May 1829
Clergyman; Rev Richard Hill, Sydney
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Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Robert Self:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 1829

No; 688
Name; Robert Self alias Howlett
Age;  34
Ship; Hebe. Sentence; Life. Free or Bond; Bond
Name; Elizabeth Connelly
Age; 20
Ship; B.C.
Sentence;——. Free or Bond; Free

Date of Permission; 25th April 1829
Clergyman; Rev J Docker. Windsor
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Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Mary Ann Birchley:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 1829

No; 687
Name;  James Shepherd
Age; 30
Ship; Malabar 1
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Free


Name;  M A Birchley
Age; 26
Ship; Harmony
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Bond

Date of Permission; 16th April 1829
Clergyman; Rev William Cowper. Sydney
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Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of James Sheppard:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 1829

No; 687
Name;  James Shepherd
Age; 30
Ship; Malabar 1
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Free


Name;  M A Birchley (Mary Ann Birchley)
Age; 26
Ship; Harmony
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond; Bond

Date of Permission; 16th April 1829
Clergyman; Fev William Cowper. Sydney

Tony Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Margaret Fitzgerald:

From Co Limerick Ireland age 30 single roman catholic could not read or write 5’ 0 1/2” ruddy and freckled brown hair and blue eyes. Mother is on board Mary Fitzgerald no 36-346 age 50. Convicted at same time and place.

Convict musters states a Mary Fitzgerald ge 34 assigned to M McNamara of Sydney

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, Refused 1/3/1838 Margaret Fitzgerald bond (7yrs) per ship Thomas Harrison to marry William Connery 50 free per ship Forth Rev J Mcenroe Sydney. Reason : was married and had 2 children.

New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 12/3/1843 43/410

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2020 wrote of Martha Grover:

1829 - New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 1829

No; 686
 
Name;  Robert Johnson
Age; 33
Ship; Morley
Sentence; Life
Free or Bond;  Bond

Name; Martha Grover
Age; 45
Ship; Glatton
Sentence; 7 years
Free or Bond;  Free

Date of Permission; 16th April 1829
Clergyman; Rev. Joseph Docker. Richmond
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