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Anonymous on 28th June, 2012 wrote of Michael McQuade:

Michael McQuade was an irish Rebel.  Transported for uttering forged notes, was sentenced to 14 years.  In 1818 he escaped on the ship "Friendship" and got himself back to Ireland only to then be tried in Tyrone, Ireland and transported back to NSW for a 7 year sentence on the Almorah II which arrived on 22/12/1820.

18/4/1817: On list of convicts disembarked from Moreley and forwarded to Liverpool for distribution.

Per Almorah:
1821: On list of convicts at Port Macquarie: Listed as McQueade.
21/2/1821:On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per ‘Elizabeth Henrietta’.
April 1821: On monthly returns of prisoners punished at Newcastle: Listed as McWade.
November 1825: To be granted a Conditional Pardon; appears as McQueade.

1828/29/30: Ticket of Exemption from Government Labour - to reside with his wife Sarah, came free per ‘Thames’ in 1826.

31/8/1830: COF

In 1837 Michael received some land and then had Publicans Licences 28/6/1839:The Hope Inn, Campbelltown, 19/6/1844:Commercial Hotel George Street Windsor, 24/6/1846: Rose, Shamrock & Thistle Bridge Street Windsor.

His wife Sarah Conolly died in 1863 aged 64 at Windsor.

Michael died in 1865 aged 74 also in Windsor.

The hotel was passed on to one of his sons to run and it stayed in the family for many years.

Alma on 28th June, 2012 wrote of Catherine Bird:

Possibly born in Spain during the Peninsular War, where her father was killed.
Stole from her employer Mrs Southwell.
On arrival assigned to J McArthur Sydney.
In the Parramatta Female Factory in 1826 when she was assigned to John Cobb of York Street Sydney.
Again in the Factory a/c to the 1828 Census.
T of L in 1830 and gained her freedom in 1832.
Married brickmaker William Garner(per "Hebe" 1820) in 1831. They had nine children.
Catherine died in East Maitland NSW in 1882.

Pauline Judd on 28th June, 2012 wrote of William Walker:

Accidentally shot himself in the leg. Inquest sc195/1/19 inquest 1553 available on Linc Tasmania Online.  10 pages 05/10/1846

Alma on 28th June, 2012 wrote of Charles Mctaggart:

Native place Co. Antrim Ireland.
Fair complexion, brown hair and eyes, five foot five inches.

Assigned to the Hawkesbury district. Married Elizabeth McNamara in 1828 - lived North Richmond.
Took up land at Howes’ Valley where he died in 1872.

Anonymous on 28th June, 2012 wrote of Anne Leahy:

Queens Orphanage Hobart - record of a child, Elizabeth, daughter of Ann Leahy from the Maria, admitted 20 June 1854, aged 1 yr 4mths. Died 21 Aug 1854 - "from teething".
Ref: http://www.orphanschool.org.au

Anonymous on 28th June, 2012 wrote of Agnes McQuade:

Agnes McQuade was 18 years old when she arrived in NSW per Andromeda II(3) in 1834.  She was Single and her native place was Dublin and she was assigned to the Female Factory Parramatta.

20/5/1834: Admitted to Newcastle goal from Maitland under sentence of 12 months imprisonment with Hard Labour.

3/3/1835: Admitted to Newcastle goal from Maitland under sentence of 17 days in the cells.  Returned to service 8/4/1835.

1836: Maitland - Robert Furze/Fuz per Nithsdale, age 34.  Application to marry Agnes McQuade per
Andromeda.

1837: Maitland - Assigned to Robert Furze.

30/6/1839: Baptisim of John, son of Robert & Agnes Fuzz (Furze) born 27/5/1839.  They also had other children and lived in the Maitland and Muswellbrook area.

Anonymous on 28th June, 2012 wrote of Robert Fuz:

Robert Fuz was 28 according to the Old Bailey when transported for stealing 2 hats, value 16s., the goods of John Smith.

19/7/1834: TOL Maitland
1836: Married Agnes McQuade (Per Andromeda) at C of E, Maitland area.
1836-1839: Appointed Constable and Watch House Keeper in the Maitland District.

1867: Robert died at the age of 60 after a short but painful illness.

There are discrepencies in the ages of Robert but the ages of some convicts were not always correct.

Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote of William Frazer:

William Frazer (sometimes misspelt Fraser - he was able to write and sign his name and he signed with Frazer) arrived in NSW on the first fleet.

He had married Eleanor Register/Redchester (aka Ellen or Nell) in 1783 in Yorkshire. She was convicted for the same crime and also arrived with the First Fleet, but set sail on the "Prince of Wales". They had a son in England, but there is no mention of the son coming to Australia. After arriving in Australia the couple had two more sons before William’s premature death in 1791.

He was a conjurer and blacksmith.

His life was cut short "...by hard drinking, as he seldom chose to accept any article but spirits in payment for work done in his extra hours" Captain Collins.

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Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote of Mary Leahy:

Mary was charged, with her husband Patrick, of Highway Robbery - a watch and money, at Kerry 20 Mar 1849. 7 yr transportation sentence. R.C. 50 years of age.Good and useful conduct. Married. 1 child (Honora, on board).Brother - Timothy, in America. Country Servant. Native Place: County Kerry. Ticket of Leave 14 Sep 1852. Conditional Pardon 25 Jul 1854.
Married Samuel Bass (free) 1854 Hobart.
Certified Free 24 Mar 1856.

Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote of Honora Leary:

Arrived VDL 7 June 1820.
No details recorded on Conduct Record.
Transferred to NSW per Janus 1820.

Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote of Johanna Leahy:

Arrived VDL 6 Sep 1820. No details of crime recorded. Cork 1819 - 7 years. Between 1825-1831 several items of misconduct at the Female Factory.
Remark: to NSW per Janus (no date given).

Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote of James Elphick:

1841 Census: Lance Cove, Parish Gordon, County Cumberland, District Sydney.

1846: TOL Camden.

29/10/1832: Married Elizabeth Casham B 3/9/1815 in Ringmer, Sussex and had i child Stephen Elphick B1834 i Lewes.

1846: Married Jane Fuller at Cobbity/Narellan.  They had 9 children and lived in the Gundagai district.

10/7/1850: CP

Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote of ellen Leahy:

Note on record her proper name was Carey.
Ellen tried, with others, at Kings County, Ireland 1 Jul 1850. 15 yrs Transportation. Arrived VDL 29 May 1851. 20yrs, single, RC, Country servant, 5’1".Native Place: Kings County. Note on conduct record - quiet, very good. Assignments in Hobart. Married Isaac Haylett, convict on ‘London’ on 14 Mar 1853. Ticket of Leave 5 Sep 1854. Conditional Pardon 9 June 1857. Sister: Mary; Brother: David - at Native Place.
Ellen and Isaac had the following children: Henry b. 1853; John b. 1854; Ellen b. 1857; Elizabeth b. 1860; Charles b. 1863; Charles b. 1869.

Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote of John Glade:

He was reportedly born in London (unconfirmed).

He arrived on the "Atlantic" (3rd Fleet) on 20 Aug 1791. He married Sarah Sims on 27 Mar 1797 at St Johns, Parramatta. Sarah had arrived in the colony as a convict on the "Indispensable" in 1796.

Their home was burned down in 1806. In 1825 & 1828 he is recorded as a settler at Kissing Point. In 1841 he is at Hunters Hill in the census.

Gladesville and Glades Bay were named after him. He is buried at St Anne’s, Ryde.

Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote of Catherine Leahy:

Catherine was one of a group of people charged with arson of a house, at Kings County, Ireland. She was convicted 1 Jul 1850 and given a 15 yr transportation sentence. She was aged 20 or 21yrs, a housemaid, 4’ 11 3/4". R.C. single. Note on record as quiet and very good. Assigned to a farm at Jerusalem, Tasmania. No relatives given on Indent record. Ticket of Leave 7 Oct 1856. Conditional Pardon 29 Sep 1857.
Applied for permission to marry John Armstrong, convict from ‘Marion’17 June 1852.

Brian Mcgee on 27th June, 2012 wrote of John Stokoe:

Left the colony on "Kitty" 4th June 1793 and not heard from again

Mark Mcneilage on 27th June, 2012 wrote of Elizabeth Hutchison:

Daughter of John McNeilage and Jean Hay, born Lock-keeper’s House, Blairdardie Lock, Forth and Clyde Canal, in parish of New Kilpatrick
Married George Hutchison, a carter, on 3rd July 1836 in Calton, parish of Barony, Glasgow
Two children: George Hutchison born 15th January 1837 Barony, Glasgow, and John Hutchison born 8th July 1838 Barony, Glasgow

Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote of Anthony Hancock:

Anthony was 24 from Derbyshire and was transported for stealing a great coat.  In prison before for stealing wearing apparel.
Anthony was 5’5" tall, dark hazel eyes, dark brown hair, and single.

Medical Journal - Persian 1830: Anthony Hancock, Aged 23, con vict, taken ill at sea; sick or hurs; dysenteria: put on sick list 20/8/1830 discharged 4/9/1830 cured.

1830: Assigned to Mr M J Clark
10/2/1832: Clark/Drunk and frequently absent from his master’s premises at n ight without leave - 2 months imprisonment with hard labour and not to be returned to his services.
1832 Muster: Public Works
1833: Assigned to J A Youll
19/8/1833 PA/Drunk - Tread Wheel 14 days.
14/3/1834: Absenting himself from his station the whole of Thursday night and Friday - to ber confined 3 nights in the cells.

1835: TOL

4/6/1842: Lauceston Examiner - Anthony Hancock a hired servant was sentenced 1 month to the House of Correctoion for absenting himself from his service.
27/8/1842: Charged with assaulting Matthew Johnson - discharged (also in Launceston)

Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote of William Dove:

William Dove/alias Dow was 21 when transported for breaking a threshing machine.  His goal report said good character and connections, protestant, he was illiterate, 5’6 3/4" tall, dark hazel eyes, black hair.  His mother and father John, were at his native place along with 6 brothers, all labourers, Robert, John, Samuel, Norris, Thomas, and James.

16/8/1833: Hewitt/ Out after hours under suspicious circumstances in Liverpool. Street - Reprimanded.

3/3/1835: Hewitt/ 10 days at the tread wheel for being drunk ad furiously riding his master’s horse.  Returned to Government and sent as ploughman and groom in the interior.

1835: Assigned to Mr B Fox.

23/3/1838: Married Sarah Ann Stanhope/Stanforth, the daughter of James Stanhope and Sarah Taylor., per Jane 1833. They had 3 children.

William Dover died 26th September 1866.  He was a publican.

Malcolm Scanes, V.president, Chalker/charker Society Of Australia on 27th June, 2012 wrote of Elizabeth Shackle:

Elizabeth Shackle was born in the village of North Perrott, Somerset, England. She was the eldest of eight known children of Joseph Shackle, an unemployed labourer, and his wife Elizabeth. In February 1800,the younger Elizabeth gave birth to a son Robert, father unknown,and soon after walked to the nearby Dorset town of Bridport where she obtained work as a twine spinner. It is not known what became of Robert but while at Bridport she gave birth to another son, Daniel, on 9th February 1806.

Now unemployed and with a child to support, she turned to theft. She was caught stealing a quantity of muslin and calico from a Bridport drapery shop and was arrested on 29th October 1806. She was held in Dorchester Gaol before being tried at the Dorset Assizes on 12th March 1807. She was found guilty of stealing, convicted of Grand Larceny and sentenced to be "transported beyond the seas for a term of seven years". She was returned to prison to await transportation. Seven months later she was taken,along with Daniel,to Portsmouth where, on 16th February 1808, they were placed on board the ship "Speke". Elizabeth became one of the 98 female prisoners bound for Port Jackson. In March the "Speke" sailed to Falmouth and then to Sydney where it arrived on 16th November,1808.

On arrival, the women were immediately placd on boats and taken upriver to the Female Factory at Parramatta. Shortly after her arrival there,Elizabeth was selected by William Charker(Coromandel, 1802)and was assigned to him to become his "hut keeper". Although they never married, Elizabeth assumed the name and role of Mrs Chalker (William’s commonly used alias) from that time and Daniel also assumed the name of Chalker from that time. Their first child, Edward, was born on 10th September 1809 at South Creek where William was employed as Farm Overseer to Gregory Blaxland. Other children were William James (1810), Maria (1811), Joseph Henry (1813), John (1815), James (1817) Mary Ann (1818) and George (1821). Frederick (1825) was born two years after William’s death but was known as Chalker. Edward and his older half-brother Daniel, incidentally, achieved fame in the colony as bare-knuckle fighters.

When William died prematurely in February 1823 at the age of forty eight years, Elizabeth was left to raise her large and young family alone. However, since his emancipation in 1808, William had become a substantial landowner, and all of this was bequeathed to Elizabeth during her lifetime and then to be divided among her children, thus including Daniel. Also, Elizabeth received an additional grant of 200 acres of land at Mittagong which had been requested by William before his death. Elizabeth died without a Will at South Creek on 1st October 1842, aged 60 years. The provisions of William’s Will ensured that all of her nine children received a substantial bequest of land. This did not include Frederick. Elizabeth was buried at St Johns Cemetery Parramatta alongside William where her headstone records her name as Elizabeth Sheekle.

Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote of Ann Sweeney:

Ann Sweeny was 26 years old, single, and could read and write.

She actually jumped overboard on the journey to VDL.

Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote of Elizabeth Steel:

Elizabeth Steel was 18 years old and transported for stealing a pair of shoes.  She was single and could not read or write.

2/5/1834: Roadknight/Disobedience - assignable class.

4/12/1834: Died in the House of Correction.

Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote of Bridget Spencer:

Married James Hampton 27 Mar 1845 at Liverpool, NSW

Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote of Mary Foley:

Palambam transported 114 female Irish convicts.
Mary Crook nee Foley, wife of Henry Crook, was born between 1807-1811 in Limerick, Ireland. Mary Foley was sentenced 7 years at Limerick, on the 7th day of March, 1827 for stealing clothes. She was a nurse girl
(or maid) aged Abt 20 years old of Roman Catholic Religion, single and could not read or write. She had no former convictions, and her native place of abode was Limerick. Described as being 5 feet 1/2 inch tall. Ruddy fair complexion, light brown hair, hazel eyes, a small perpendicular scar at inner part of her left eyebrow. "IF" on upper part of right arm (probably a birthmark or tattoo). She wasn’t transported till four years after her conviction, it is not known were she spent this time, but was finally transported to Australia on the Ship "Palambam", which left Cork on 23rd March, 1831 arriving in Sydney on 31st July 1831.The Master of the ship was Geo Willis and the accompanying Surgeon Superintendent was James Osborne ( State Archives Micro Film No 698/3 ) From Convict Films 317-331 Indent No 112 State Archives.
On arrival in Sydney she was sent to work for a Mr Jas. Rufsell.

Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote of Sarah Stanhope:

Sarah Stanhope was 31 years old on arrival in VDL and was transported for stealing a pocket book from William Schorfield and had a previous conviction for a four shilling worth of copper for which she received a 12 month sencence.  She was married with 2 children, Rosana 10, and Sarah Ann 8, who must have accompanied her on the voyage.

Her husband, James Stanforth/stanhope/stanfield was previously transported to Sydney and was a Tallow Chandler.

Sarah was pockpitted, brown eyes, dark brown hair, 5’4 1/2" tall, and could read and write and was protestant.  She had kept a small shop in Hull.

1/7/1829: Boyd/Neglect of duty and disobeying orders and insolence to her Master - admonished.

1832: House of Correction.
25/9/1832: Stanhope/Drunk - admonished.

Rosana Stanffield married Joseph Fisher on 28/7/1841 in Hobart, the daughter of James Stanfield/Stanhope/Stanforth and Sarah Taylor/Tailor.

Sarah Ann Taylor married William Dove allias Dow, who was illiterate and arrived Hobart per ‘Proteus’ on 4th August 1831 and had become a Publican by the time he married Sarah Ann.  They had 3 children.

1833: Assigned to her husband.(James must have gone to Tasmania after his sentence)
17/1/1835: Free by servitude.

Sarah Stanhope was the stepdaughter of the infamous Yorkshire highwayman Snowden Dunhill.  Snowden himself was transported twice - also transported were his wife, two sons, five sons-in-law and a stepson.

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