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Anonymous on 24th July, 2011 wrote of Matthew Butt:

Matthew married Ann Corbett and this couple are my ancestors.  Ann Corbett arrived on the "Planter" 1839.

Anonymous on 24th July, 2011 wrote of Samuel Taylor:

Samuel Taylor born 26 June 1799, London, England. Died 15 Aug 1878 Rylstone, NSW, Australia.
Married Mary Brady from County Clare an Irish Convict on 25 June 1828 at Windsor, NSW, Australia. Samuels father parents were John Taylor born 8 July 1773 at Normandy, Yorkshire, England and Hannah Harper born 1777 England, died 17 Oct 1849 at Albrighton, Shropshire, England.

Anonymous on 24th July, 2011 wrote of Thomas Winfield:

Who were his parents and where did they live?

Anonymous on 24th July, 2011 wrote of James Betchley:

James Betchley was sent to Tasmania but his name was changed to Beachley due to a mistake in
spelling I suspect. He married a convict Sarah Walton and produced a son also James.

Anonymous on 24th July, 2011 wrote of Daniel Carr:

Full Name:  Daniel Gunning CARR
Born:  14 Feb 1811 Northamptonshire, England
Died:  1852 at Quandialla NSW
Married:  Flora McGILLIS (d.1898 Young NSW)
On:  17 Feb 1845
Church of England (Gundaroo, Gunning, Yass NSW)
History:  From Potterspury, Northampton UK. He stole some grain and was tried at Buckingham (Borough) Quarter Sessions Buckinghamshire 5th January 1836, Sentenced 7 years, Transported to Australia on "Lady Kennaway" (583 tons), Arrived 12 October 1836. Certificate of Freedom dated 12 Feb 1844.
Children:
Daniel (22 Oct 1849 - 7 Feb 1909)
Thomas (1845 - 1925)
Fanny (b.1847)
John (1851 - 1926)

Anonymous on 23rd July, 2011 wrote of William Henry Fletcher Shaw:

Born in 1819 at Liverpool England. Died June, 1908 in Syndey, NSW.

Anonymous on 23rd July, 2011 wrote of Stephen Baldwin:

MORE IN FO CONTACT JOHN HOWE ON john@johnhowe.wanadoo.co.uk SCARBOROUGH ENGLAND

Anonymous on 23rd July, 2011 wrote of Stephen Baldwin:

HE WAS MY GREAT GREAT GRANDAD, LOST IN FAMILY RECORDS, CONVICTED OF RAPE CONVICT NO 3818,BORN 1822, TICKET TO LEAVE 1859, CONDITIONAL PARDON 18 AUG 1864 CHAMPION BAY, DIED 1890 BURIED AT ST LUKES CHURCH GINGIN LEFT A FAMILY IN KENT WHO WENT ON TO LIVE IN DERBYSHIRE

Anonymous on 23rd July, 2011 wrote of Robert Turbet:

The ship "Adelaide", dropped off fifty convicts at Port Arthur, but was refused entry to Port Phillip.
It then travelled north and docked in Sydney on 31 December 1849.
Fifty of those convicts (of which Robert Turbet was one), were then transported on the steamer "Shamrock" to Eden, to fulfill a labour shortage.
He became a Customs Boatman in Eden, then applied for the publican’s license for the "Scottish Chief Hotel" in Wyndham. After the "Scottish Chief Hotel" burned down, Robert rebuilt it changing the name to "The Robbie Burns Hotel", which still stands today.
Robert died in 1894 and is buried at Wyndham Cemetery.

Anonymous on 23rd July, 2011 wrote of John Johnston:

John Johnston was an alias
Born John Giddy

Anonymous on 23rd July, 2011 wrote of Abraham Leighton:

Abraham LEIGHTON married Bridget MAHONY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1852 & later moved to FOREST CREEK / CASTLEMAINE, VICTORIA

Anonymous on 23rd July, 2011 wrote of Joseph Cromack:

Joseph Cromack 1801-1882

Joseph, the ninth and youngest child of James and Grace Cromack, was born on 18 November 1801 at Little Preston in the parish of Kippax, where the family had recently moved from Rothwell, and baptised in Rothwell parish church on 3 December.  He became a miner and in 1825 married Ann, the daughter of John Smith, a local waterman.  Their first child, Abraham, was born the following year.  At this point Joseph’s story diverged from that of his brothers.  William, John and Thomas Cromack remained in their neighbouring miner’s cottages in Little Preston for forty years, with children, then grandchildren, and then lodgers to share their homes.  Joseph and Ann moved to Woodlesford, in the parish of Rothwell, where Joseph began to associate with local criminals.  The first crime to bring him to the attention of the local constable was a raid on a henhouse belonging to James Rawling, a shoemaker of Rothwell, on the night of 23 August 1829.  Rawling later described the break-in to the local magistrates:  “I and my Wife were awoke about two o’clock in the morning by a great noise – We got up and opened the chamber window and looked out and saw four men coming from the Hen Roost I can’t say exactly who they were but I think the two Prisoners William Bowers and John Bean the younger were two of them.  It was not very dark, there was a moon but it was rather overcast.  I called out to them but received no answer – The four men then went away and I and my two apprentices went and examined the Hen Roost and found it broken open.  The door posts and door were pulled out and some of the Bricks – and we found five Hens & a Cock and a Gander missing”.  His wife Mary testified: “I recollect the morning of last Sunday three weeks when our Hen Roost was broken open – I and my husband were awoken about two o’clock in the morning by a noise – We got up and saw four men – the Prisoner William Bowers was one – He was standing close to the House Door and I was looking out of the Chamber window over him and saw him clearly – He had two Stones in his Hand – He came under the window & looked up at me for a considerable time before I could speak for fear, at last I said to my Husband there was a man – I am certain it was the Prisoner that man”.

James Rawlings traced three of his hens to Brotherton, where John Bean had given them to a local woman, Mrs Maskell, in return for board and lodging.  Joseph Cromack, perhaps feeling it would be better for him to confess his crime rather than wait for the inevitable arrest, went to a Rothwell gamekeeper, Abraham Stead.  Stead told the magistrates “yesterday morning week I was present at William Walton’s at Rothwell with the Prisoner Joseph Cromack – He came to my house in the morning about five o’clock and called me up and said that he would inform about Mr Evans’ sheep being stolen and other things – We then went together to Mr Evans of Fleet ….. and after that we went to Mr Walton’s to inform them about a sheep they had had stolen – After telling Mr Walton about his sheep – He then began about some fowls that had been stolen from a house between Carlton and Rothwell a shoemakers – Mr Jamison of Rothwell asked him if he had anything more to tell – He said he had – “John Bean the younger of Woodlesford William Bowers John Ellis and myself stole five hens and a cock and a gander from a house in Carlton Lane between Rothwell & Carlton.  We pulled down the doorposts some time in the dead of the night”.  There were Thomas Walton, John Walton and William Walton and Mr Jamison present besides myself – Mr Jamison told him both before and after he had said this that he need not expect anything for telling nor to be let off for it – and the Prisoner then said he did not want anything”.

Joseph, along with John Bean and William Bowers, were tried at the West Riding Quarter Sessions in Leeds on 22 October 1829 and sentenced to six months’ hard labour in the Wakefield House of Correction.  It must have been a period of great hardship for his young family, who would have lost their home as well as their breadwinner, as miner’s families lived in tied cottages.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t long after his release before Joseph reoffended.  One morning in January 1832 the parish constable, Joseph Howson, arrived at Joseph’s home with a search warrant, and found a ham and part of a flitch of bacon, which had been stolen from the home of Matthew Watson, a Swillington labourer.  The constable took Joseph back to the House of Correction, and it was probably the last his family ever saw of him.

The record of his examination before the magistrates reads: “The Examination of Joseph Cromack of Woodlesford in the said Riding being charged with having feloniously entered the House of Mathew Watson of Swillington on Sunday morning the 15th Day of January 1832 and stealing and carrying away a Gun, part of a Flitch of Bacon and some Bread.  Upon the Execution of a Search Warrant a Ham & other Bacon being found upon the premises of Joseph Cromack and being asked how he came by the Ham which is produced and identified by certain marks made by James Watson – says that He bought the Pig from which it was taken and fed it – bought it in Leeds, can’t justly tell when – knows nothing of the Gun.” However, at his second trial at the Quarter Sessions in Pontefract on 2 April 1832 he pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to seven years’ transportation.

While Joseph was imprisoned at Wakefield awaiting trial, a new threat to the poor working class people of England had arrived in the country.  Asiatic cholera had first struck a house near the quay in Sunderland in October 1831, and for the next twelve months it gradually spread throughout the country.  All arrivals from Russian ports were quarantined, but as no-one at the time understood how the disease spread they were unable to contain it.  It was reported that children playing in the streets at midday could be dead by evening, and the poor in their squalid unsanitary housing were its main victims.  The cholera reached Wakefield in June 1832, with the first case at the House of Correction during the night of June 24, dying the following afternoon.  Bodies were carried through carts in the middle of the night to a pit in Vicarage Close, into which quicklime was poured.  On July 27 Dr Crowther reported 72 cases of cholera in the House of Correction, with 15 deaths.  At that time, 405 people were in custody, but 125 were released to avoid infection.  In Wakefield town there were 62 deaths out of a population of 12,250; in Leeds 702 people died, the total for the West Riding being 1,416.

Joseph Cromack was at least fortunate enough to leave the House of Correction before the cholera struck.  He was transferred after his trial to York Castle, from where he was sent to the prison hulks moored on the Thames.  He arrived at the hulk “Cumberland” at Chatham on 21 April 1832, where the register notes “conduct and disposition bad”.  The only protection that weak and vulnerable prisoners had from the more violent and depraved ones during the hours of darkness when they were locked up below decks was that they were graded according to their perceived character, but Joseph was unfortunately classified towards the lower end of the scale.

The prison hulks undoubtedly represent the lowest point in Britain’s penal history.  Living conditions were filthy, food provided was inadequate both in quantity and quality (for several days a week prisoners were made to drink the river water) and the work was hard.  During the day, prisoners were led ashore in irons to work on the enlargement and refurbishment of London’s docks, a never-ending task due to the rapid expansion of the British Empire.  Some social commentators of the day were of the opinion that many working class people would gladly commit crimes to get themselves transported to Australia, a land of opportunity, if it were not for the one or two miserable years that most prisoners had to spend in the hulks.  Joseph was extremely fortunate in spending less than two months on the Cumberland, not least because the cholera had arrived in Chatham.  Letters to the Admiralty around 20 June requested that the Cumberland should be towed to a place of quarantine, as the cholera was raging on board and the ship’s doctor was unable to prevent it spreading further.  An additional letter reported that the ship’s doctor, David Conway, had himself died of the cholera.  Joseph had already left by this time: on 9 June he was transferred to HMS Hercules, which left Chatham for the Downs to await favourable winds, and on 19 June the ship sailed for Australia.  Two hundred male prisoners were on board, of whom only two died during the journey.  The Hercules arrived at Port Jackson, later renamed Sydney, on 16 October 1832.

The only report of the voyage which has survived is that of the ship’s doctor, John Edwards.  He wrote: 

“Whilst fitting out at Deptford we were fortunate in totally escaping from the Prevailing Cholera.  To what cause this immunity may be attributed it is not easy to say: for the predisposing causes of disease were not at that time wanting.  The Guard at Deptford embarked under the unfavourable circumstances of being thoroughly drenched for hours in the rain, and the weather which on board too damp to give them the means of keeping themselves dry.  Irrefutancy of living also exposed them to disease.  Three cases of Diarrhoea Rapulosa did occur, and at first caused considerable alarm, but, as will be seen in Numbers 1, 2, and 3 they required merely a few doses of opium &c to subdue the fight very soon passed away.

At Sheerness the weather was also of the same unfavourable description while the ship lay there.  It was extremely difficult to keep the decks tolerably dry; this circumstance and sudden change in the quantity and quality of their diet brought into the sick list about 11 cases of diarrhoea of the simplest description, No. 8 is a type of the malady, and as the others were so perfectly similar in symptoms, treatment and result, I have thought it superfluous to file the journal with repetitions of the same complaint.  Amongst these cases, not one assumed the slightest appearance of the essential character of Cholera.

On leaving Port, while sea sickness prevailed on board about half a dozen cases of Diarrhoea occurred of the same description as the last mentioned and no. 10 will serve to show the lowest form. In truth they might have been left to themselves without much risk.

We were unfortunate in embarking one case of Ph… Pulmonals (No. 11) who continued to pass muster without suspicion, these man are so anxious to get away from the rigid discipline of the Hulks that they endeavour to conceal their complaints.  He was however soon obliged to apply to the hospital, but the progress of the disease was rapid and fatal.

Another unfortunate case occurred of a prematurely old and imbecile creature (No. 12) who sunk under a general breaking down of the Constitution – the immediate cause of his death was effusion into or Oedema of the lungs.

No. 6 is a chronic case of what is treated as syphilitic iritis : Contraction of the nis and spacity of the capsule of the lens so as the consequence of the long sub inflammatory action without I fear much chance of improvement.

One case of Scurvy (14) occurred more remarkable for its obstinacy than its severity, it yielded almost immediately on arriving in Port and getting a supply of fresh meat and vegetables, a case of scorbutic gums also appeared but gave no trouble, a few ounces of lemon juice topically and internally removed it.

The numerous cases under different titles in the daily sick book which do not appear in the Journal were for the most part of so ephemeral or slight in character as to require scarcely any medical or surgical treatment, and would not under circumstances of an ordinary nature been exempted from duty.

Slight dyspeptic afflictions, obstipations, and simulated cases of the same description were very general and caused a large demand in our laxation class of Medicine.”

The convicts carried on the Hercules were listed in the indenture of all the ship’s cargo rather than a passenger list.  Joseph’s description on the indent is: Age 28, Protestant, married with four children, native place Yorkshire, miner; height 5’6 ½”, ruddy complexion, sandy brown hair, light blue eyes, nose small, scar right thumb, scar back of middle finger of left hand.  On arrival in the penal colony he was set to work on Camden Park, then the largest sheep farm in the country, belonging to John Macarthur and his family.

John Macarthur was the son of a Plymouth mercer who had joined the New South Wales Corps and arrived in the colony in 1790 as an ensign.  With land and convict labour freely available he started up a small sheep farm.  Following a quarrel with Governor King, he was sent back to England for trial, and had the presence of mind to take with him his wool samples, leaving the farm in the capable hands of his wife Elizabeth.  Macarthur was acquitted at his court martial and, as the wars in Europe had made it impossible for England to import wool from Spain and Saxony, he received permission from the Treasury to take back home some merino sheep belonging to George III.  Back in New South Wales he found the ideal place to raise his sheep.  When the First Fleet of convicts had arrived in 1788 to establish the new penal colony, they had brought with them some livestock from England.  By the time the Second Fleet arrived two years later (over a quarter of whom had died on the journey), the first arrivals were on the point of starvation, one reason for this being that their cattle, two bulls and five cows, had escaped their pen one night.  Six years later, when the colonists ventured inland and crossed the Nepean river they found a herd of 61 wild cattle, the descendants of their original herd.  John Macarthur recognised that this land, originally called Cowpastures, must be ideal grazing land, and persuaded Lord Camden, the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, to grant him 2000 acres to raise his sheep here.  He renamed his estate Camden Park in gratitude.  However, this was not the end to John Macarthur’s troubles.  On his return to New South Wales he managed to quarrel with the new Governor, Captain John Bligh, late of The Bounty.  Governor Bligh lost no time in putting John Macarthur back in prison, from where he organised a mutiny by his fellow New South Wales Corps officers against the unpopular Governor.  The mutiny was successful, and Bligh was sent back to England to explain this turn of events for the second time.  John Macarthur died in 1834, so for most of Joseph’s time there the estate was run by his two sons, James and William.  The brothers did not have direct contact with the convicts assigned to them, delegating this work to the estate overseer, Joseph Goodlucke, and his staff, many of whom were ex-convicts.  The Macarthurs were enlightened employers who believed in rewarding good behaviour in their convicts and rarely had to discipline them. They even maintained a respectful friendship with Boodbury, the local Aborigine chief, and his tribe.  James Macarthur described his experiences with convict labour to the House of Commons Select Committee on Transportation in 1837:  “when a lot of convicts were received from a ship, they were at once put to some very hard labour, such as felling timber and burning it off, which was a severe punishment to them; we kept them at that kind of work for a considerable period, according to their conduct, and so broke them in, and made them well-disposed; taught them the difference between good conduct and bad, and the advantages of regular and orderly behaviour ….where a man behaves well …[we] make him forget, if possible, that he is a convict”.  A bell at 6.30am marked the beginning of the working day.  There was an hour’s break at midday, and then work continued until sunset.  The convicts’ weekly food ration included 11lb of flour and 7lb of meat, which probably compared favourably to the average labourer’s diet in England.

Joseph Cromack was one of many convicts at Camden, and he is recorded as working on a stumping gang, removing tree stumps from land to be turned into new grazing land.  In 1835 the Sydney Gazette listed his name among those who had mail from England waiting to be collected, but there is no record of who the mail was from, and if he ever received it.  In 1836 he received his Ticket of Leave as a reward for staying out of trouble, which meant that he was no longer tied to one employer but could look for his own employment as long as he remained in the Camden area, attended church regularly, and continued his good behaviour.  In 1839 he received his Certificate of Freedom at the end of his seven year sentence, but at first remained in Camden and was working on the foundations of St John’s Church, endowed by the Macarthur family, in 1840.  A site on top of a hill, dominating the new village of Camden, was chosen and the work to level it took two months in the winter of 1840, with the brickwork commencing in September.  In 1849 it was consecrated by the Bishop of Sydney, who considered it the finest church in his diocese.

Joseph spent almost fifty years in Australia, but once his sentence was over there are very few records of his life there.  He did not commit any further crimes in Australia.  He does not seem to have remarried, but as the men in the new colony vastly outnumbered the women this was quite common. With his mining experience it is quite likely that he tried his luck in the gold fields of New South Wales and Victoria when gold was discovered in the 1850s, but if he did he was unsuccessful, as the next time his name appears in any official records was when he entered the Liverpool Asylum for Infirm and Destitute Men, in December 1875, when he is described as a miner.  He was discharged the following month and managed to support himself as a labourer until he was readmitted in December 1877.  He died there of senile decay in January 1882.

Anonymous on 22nd July, 2011 wrote of William Marshall:

William Marshall born 1803 was from Huntingdonshire.The son of John & Elizabeth Marshall. He was a Labourer.
He was transported to NSW in 1824, Sentence ‘Life’. He was granted his Ticket of Leave on 1 March 1833 for apprehending two runaways.
He was granted permission to marry Mary Burke on 13 September 1836 in Sydney NSW. Mary was ‘free’.
William and Mary had 9 children.Mary died in Bathurst in 1858 and William died in Mudgee in 1859.

Anonymous on 22nd July, 2011 wrote of Alexander Finlayson:

The National Archives of Scotland [Ref: JC26/1834/356]- hold the "trial papers relating to Alexander Finlayson for the crime of theft by housebreaking, habit and repute. Tried at High Court, Edinburgh. Dates: 10 Feb 1834" ... "Sentence ; Transportation - 7 years"

Anonymous on 21st July, 2011 wrote of Janet Cree:

CREE, Janet - Baretto Junior
Tried: Glasgow C. of S. 11 January
Embarked:  1850——  7 Years
Arrived: 23 July 1850   P RW (Predestine, Read & Write)

Transported for:  Theft, Gaol before, twice convicted before, Single, Stated this offence stealing a Plaid from unknown at Glasgow, 8mths & 8mths for theft, Single Surgeons Report
Trade:  French Polisher

Convict Applications for Permissions to Marry (Tasmanian Government Achives)
CREE, Janet - Baretto Junior - DENNIS, Thomas (free) 16 SEP 1852
Convict Applications for Permissions to Marry (Tasmanian Government Achives)
CREE, Janet - Baretto Junior - DENNIS, Thomas (free) 28 JUL 1852
CON52/5 p104 - RGD37/11 : 1852/101 CON52/3 p123 - RGD37/11 : 1852/101

Anonymous on 21st July, 2011 wrote of Thomas Dennis:

FREE SETTLER (at Marriage)
Thomas DENNIS was born in Abt. 1818
He died in 1901 in St Marys, Tasmania, Australia.
He married Janet CREE on 16 Sep 1852 in Fingal, Tasmania, Australia.

THOMAS DENNIS – 1837 Blenheim
S/S Blenheim - Departed: Woolwich, England - 15 Apr 1837
Arrived Hobart Town: 10 Jul 1837

DENNIS, Thomas
Alias Dennisfields
Blenheim 16th July 1837.
Glamorgan Ass; 12th July 1836.    7.(yrs)
Transported for Felony in stealing in a Dwelling House, Gaol character bad,
convicted of felony before , connexions indifferent, Hulk report, indifferent, Single.
Stated this offence, ditto, breaking in a house for a pair of boots again. Charged for theft punished
in Hulk. Single Surgeons report good.  Real name Thomas Dennisfields

Anonymous on 21st July, 2011 wrote of John Dodd:

DODD, JOHN
Birth 08 May 1810
Death: 26 Nov 1873 - EMU BAY,Tasmania
Marriage/Relationship: 1856 - HORTON, Tasmania (MCMAHON, ANN) 

#: RT14420 : Inquest Details: Dodd, John Age 64
Ship or Native Place Marquis of Hastings (1) Free by Servitude
Death Date 26 Nov 1873 Inquest Date 27 Nov 1873   Verdict Natural causes

Anonymous on 21st July, 2011 wrote of James Dodd:

DODD, JAMES
Birth:  08 May 1810
Marriage/Relationship: 1857 - EMU BAY, Tasmania (BEST, JANE) 
Death: 1865 - NEW NORFOLK, Tasmania

EXTRA NOTES ABOUT JAMES DODD:
Launceston Examiner Tuesday 11 August 1863 Edition: MORNING. p 3 Article
Unsound Mind. - James Dodd a man of unsound mind who was en route from Torquay to the New Norfolk Asylum, in charge of District Constable Roberts, was also remanded to goal for a week, the warrant in his case having also been left at Torquay.

Launceston Examiner Tuesday 26 April 1864 Edition: MORNING. p 3 Article
TABLE CAPE. The Table Cape police have apprehended a man that answers to the description of the murderer of Alice Hughes. He has been in this neighborhood since shortly after the crime was committed, with the exception of a short visit t oVictoria. Some expression made use of by the man led the police to compare him with the description of Alice Hughes’ murderer, and finding his personal appearance answered to the description in all particulars they apprehended him. He gives his name as James Dodd alias J. McDonald. He was examined to-day by Geo. Shekleton, Esq., J.P., and stands remanded till a statement of his with refence to his place of abode at the time crime was committed can be verified or otherwise, and the Hobart Town authorities can be communicated with.  April 20, 1864

The Mercury Wednesday 11 May 1864 p 2 Article…
THe Suspected Murderer of Alice Hughes. - James Dodd, the man who was recently apprehended at Table Cape, as answering to the published description of the supposed murderer of the girl Alice Hughes at Bridgewater in the early part of 1859, arrived in town by Mr. Griffiths’ cutter on Sunday evening, in the custody of District Constable Challu. He was lodged in the watchhouse during the night, and was forwarded to Brighton by yesterday morning’s Hobart Town coach for identification and examination. - Examiner.

The Mercury Thursday 12 May 1864 p 3 Article…
PONTVILLE POLICE COURT. - Tuesday 10th May 1864. - Before the Worshipful the Warden.
MURDER. - James Dodd, alias McDonough, alias Jemmy the Rover, was brought up, having been remanded from Wynyard, on a charge of suspicion of having murdered Alice Hughes, in March, 1859.
Mr. Luke Kenny, Superintendent of Police, prayed that he might be remanded to the 17th instant, to enable him to have the necessary witnesses summoned for examination.
Remanded accordingly. This adds another to the long list of men charged on suspicion of this offence.

The Mercury Tuesday 17 May 1864 p 3 Article
POLICE COURT, PONTVILLE - Saturday 14th May 1864 - Before the Worshipful the Warden.
MURDER OF ALICE HUGHES. - James Dodd was again brought before the Bench charged by Mr. District Constable Chalu of Wynyard, Table Cape, for this offence.
The prisoner was ranked up in the office, with several men, to see if Mrs. Hughes, the mother of the murdered girl, could recognise among them, the man who called at the house at the time the murder was committed. She unhesitatingly said he was not among the men present. The prisoner was at once discharged.
The Destrict constable then applied for his eapenses, eight pounds, which his Worship, after being satisfied of the correctness of the demand, gave a certificate for, as also one for 10s. to Mrs. Hughes. It is to be hoped that the police will not apprehend parties for this offence, unless the grounds for suspicion are strong. The number of men already brought before the Bench on suspicion of being the murderer, has entailed a very heavy expenditure on the government.

Death: 1865 - NEW NORFOLK (Lunatic Asylum, in New Norfolk, Tasmania)

The following are the original extracts from the Essex Process Book for the 1st of January 1839 on the trial and conviction of the Hatfield Broad Oak Gang members.

Essex Indictments found at the General Quarter 1st January 1839 session of the peace of our sovereign Lady the queen 2c Victoria holden at Chelmsford in and for the said county of Essex on Tuesday the 1st day of January 1839.

Tuesday the 1st of January 1839 - Case No/20 (Harlow) – Page: 246-248
For stealing 3 Heifers - Joseph Harding the Elder, Prosecutor
(later believed Knighted by Queen Victoria)
Puts himself Guilty
Sentence to be Transported beyond the seas for the term of fifteen years to such place as Her Majesty with the advice of Her pivy council shall think fit to declare and appoint.
William Coe, late of the parish of Hatfield Broad Oak, Labourer.
Puts himself Guilty
The like sentence
John Dodd, late of the same place, Labourer.
Puts himself Guilty
Sentence for this and offence No/21 to be Transported beyond the seas for the term
of his natural life to such place as Her Majesty with the advice of Her pivy council
shall think fit to declare and appoint
James Dodd, late of the parish of Hatfield Broad Oak, Labourer
For recieving the said Heifers knowing them to be stolen
after a previous conviction for felony.

Tuesday the 1st of January 1839 - Case No/21 (Dunmow/Harlow) – Page: 248/249
For stealing 20 Lambs – Arthur Bentall, Prosecutor
Puts himself Guilty
Sentence to be further Transported beyond the seas for the term of fifteen years to such place as Her Majesty with the advice of Her pivy council shall think fit to declare and appoint
William Coe, late of the parish of Margaret Roothing, Labourer
Puts himself Guilty
Sentence to be further Transported beyond the seas for the term of fourteen years to such place as Her Majesty with the advice of Her pivy council shall think fit to declare and appoint John Dodd, Hatfield Broad Oak, Labourer
Puts himself Guilty
Sentence for this and offence No/20 to be Transported beyond the seas for the term
of his natural life to such place as Her Majesty with the advice of Her pivy council
shall think fit to declare and appoint
James Dodd, late of the same place, Labourer.
For recieving the said Lambs knowing them to be stolen the said
James Dodd after a previous conviction for felony.

Tuesday the 1st of January 1839 - Case No/22 (Dunmow) – Page: 249
For stealing two Heifers the said James Dodd after a previous conviction for felony
Thomas Milbank, Prosecutor
Puts himself Not Guilty
John Dodd, late of the parish of Margaret Roothing (Roding), Labourer
Puts himself Not Guilty
James Dodd, late of the same place, Labourer

On Friday the 11th of January 1839 the well read and respected “Chelmsford Chronicle” reported on the convictions and trail under the heading ‘The Hatfield Broad Oak Gang’ on page four.

Anonymous on 21st July, 2011 wrote of Mary Ann Welsh:

Mary ann on 15th jan 1838 aged 16 was sent to prison for 6mths larceny, 1841 19yrs transported for 15yrs. She married Joseph Rose 14 aug 1844 st johns Launceston.Had 5 children Joseph Louis 28thAug 1844,  Ellen 15th july 1847 died 1847,  Frederick 12 sept 1865, Emily Jane 22nd March 1846- 1866, Jane 1851.Mary ann died 6th April 1853 Tasmainia
Emily jane Rose is my G.G.grandmother

Anonymous on 21st July, 2011 wrote of Thomas Foster:

Born in 1789 at Yalding, Kent.

Apr 1834 -Farmer and schoolmaster from Winchelsea, Sussex. Arrested & imprisoned in Hastings, Sussex

26-Jul-1834 Found guilty of forging a bill of acceptance for £90 at Sussex.

Jul-Sep-1834 Onboard prison hulk ‘Hardy’, near Portsmouth.

1835 Launceston & Norfolk Plains

1841/3 Westbury

1843 Ticket-of-Leave

1847 Conditional Pardon

1852 poss left Tasmania for Melbourne onboard ‘Swordfish’ (12/6/1852)

Anonymous on 21st July, 2011 wrote of Thomas Foster:

16/06/1789- Baptisted- Yalding, Kent
06/11/1815- Married- Yalding, Kent
1817 -Resident- Iden,Sussex (farmer)
1819/31/34- Resident- Winchelsea,Sussex
(husbandman/schoolmaster)
Apr 1834- Resident- Town Gaol, Hastings, Sussex
26-Jul-1834 Found guilty of presenting a forged bill of acceptance at a bank in Hastings.
Jul-Sep-1834- Resident- ‘Hardy’ prison hulk, Portsmouth
1835- Resident -Launceston & Norfolk Plains
1841/3 - Resident- Westbury
(assigned to Thomas Field)
1843 Ticket-of-Leave
1847 Conditional pardon
1853 poss left Tasmania for Melbourne aboard ‘Swordfish’, (10/06/1852)

Anonymous on 21st July, 2011 wrote of Thomas Foster:

Baptised:- 16-Jun-1789, Yalding, Kent
Married:- 6-Nov-1815, Yalding, Kent
Resident of:-
1817 Iden, Sussex (farmer)
1819 Winchelsea, Sussex (husbandman)
1821/31/34 Winchelsea, Sussex (schoolmaster)
Apr-Jul 1834 Hastings Gaol

26-Jul-1834 Found guilty of ‘ttering a bill of acceptance, knowing it to be forged.

Jul-Sep-1834 onboard prison hulk ‘Hardy’ near Portsmouth, Hampshire

1835- Convict musters at Launceston & Norfolk Plains, Tasmania
1841/3- Westbury, Tas (assigned to Thomas Field)

1843- Ticket-of-Leave
(See Launceston Examiner 14/2/1843)

1847- Conditional Pardon
(See Launceston Examiner 25/9/1847)

1852- poss departed for Melbourne as ‘free English gold seeker’ aboard ‘Swordfish’ (12-Jun)

Anonymous on 20th July, 2011 wrote of Thomas Tinan:

Thomas Tinan: his surname was spelt as Tynan.He was married to Mary Jane Fitzgerald, she was transported on the St Vincent.They were my ggg grandparents

Anonymous on 20th July, 2011 wrote of Mary Lloyd:

"Notorious Strumpets and Dangerous Girls -  Convict Women Of Van Diemen’s Land"; by Phiilp Tardiff.
In Phiilip"s book is the following information:
Lloyd, Mary.
Police Number 27
Convicted at Salop Assizes
Conviction Date and Sentence 28 Aug 1821. Life.
Transported for -Housebreaking
Goal Report: Very bad character. Her father and family are reputed theives. She appears weak in intellect. Two convictions.
Stated This Offence: A widow. Maiden name Williams. Father at Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire - last shoemaker - name William. A cousin here named James Williams.  (have been unable to locate him to date)
Ship’s Surgeon’s Report: Disorderly, idle and dirty.
Description:
Native Place [Kaire?] Shropshire
Trade Last Shoe maker
Literacy cannot write
Height 5ft 3/4in.
Age 22 (1822)
hair Dark
Eyes Light Hazel
Colonial Experience:
1822: 19 November Ferguson. Neglect of Duty. To be confined in HM Goal
1823: 12 march Married to Thomas Spice, convict per Coromandel, at Hobart Town.
1823 Muster: Wife of Thomas Spice, Hobart Town
1832: 28 January. Wife of Spice. Leaving her husband’s home without his leave and found in disorderly house kept by W. Wilson in Harrington Street between 9 & 10 o’clock at night. To be placed in 2nd Class.
1832 Muster: Wife of Thomas Spice
1835 Muster: Assigned to Mr. T spice
1845: 25 February, Ticket of Leave
1853: 25 Oct, Did not report at Police Office in June last. Ticket of Leave revoked.

Anonymous on 20th July, 2011 wrote of William Cole:

He was born at Newport Pagnell, Bucks on 13 April 1810. His crime was assault and robbery.
He married Frances Crowther, a free native of the Colony, at Black Creek (now Branxton) NSW on 20 March 1837. The couple had two surviving daughters..Harriet COLE, born 1836 Black Creek and Elizabeth COLE, born 1840 Black Creek.
William died at Branxton, NSW on 5 June 1859.
Many descendants now remaining in the Tamworth district of NSW.

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