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Anonymous on 23rd June, 2012 wrote of William Creighton:

William Creighton was 19 years old when transported on the Waverley(1) for stealing linen.

He was single and his native place was Dublin County.

1843: TOL Bathurst Bench.
19/7/1845: TOL cancelled for being absent from his district - Bathurst Bench.

25/10/1845: COF

NB There is a note that says his father Partick Creighton, convict, arrived per Elphinstone (3) 1838.  Just haven’t found him yet. Mysterious.

Anonymous on 23rd June, 2012 wrote of Mary Bryant:

she was on the Charlotte

Anonymous on 22nd June, 2012 wrote of William Callaghan:

William Callaghan was 22 on arrival in VDL.  He was indicted for stealing 14 pounds from his master Andrew Pierce at Penzance. He was born in London but brought up near Penzance, had a brother called George and a sister Nancy at his native place.

William was 5’3 3/4" tall, single, protestant, could read and write a little, fair complexion, dark brown hair and eyebrows, hazel eyes, medium mouth, nose and chin.  Scar on left eyebrow, scar on right cheek, blue dot between forefinger and thumb right hand.

Station of gang: Port Cygnet.
Emerged from gang 17/6/1846.
17/11/1846: PB/ absent from Barracks without leave and found drunk in Hobart Town - to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for three months.
28/7/1847: Obscene Language - hard labour in chains.
17/9/1848: AWOL - Hard Labour.

13/11/1849: TOL
7/10/1857: COF
Was again convicted 8/11/82 - for not maintaing his wife and ordered to pay 10s., per week.

Was still working as a government hairdresser in New Norfolk in the early 80’s.

There were 3 or 4 William Callaghan’s in Tasmania at the same time but he may have married Catherine Quinn (per Martin Luther) in Nov 1854 and they had 4 or 5 children.

Catherine Quinn died 6/8/1897 aged 80.

Anonymous on 22nd June, 2012 wrote of Charles Vimpany:

More references to Charles have been uncovered. He was a leading street boy, having a gang of a dozen other boys. Often in trouble with the law, he was sent to Port Arthur when just 14 years old. Big brother George was a well-known counterfeiter. He did not make it to Australia, because he was physically deformed and so spent three sessions in goals in England.

Anonymous on 22nd June, 2012 wrote of Catherine Kingsmill:

14/8/1815: On list of prisoners disembarked from Francis and Eliza and sent to the Gov. Factory at Parramatta.

7/2/1816: Arrived per Emu at VDL

William Holsgrove per the Colonial Secretary Papers was also in Sydney at this time and on 6/4/1814 under Lieutenant S Walters}Royal Navy:Agent for Transport, he arranged passages for William Holsgrove and James Boothman to the Derwent.  William was not a convict because he was then appointed Attorney to William Womack in 1815, and for J B Cullen in 1816.  Around this point he and Catherine started living together in Hobart (there is some conjecture as to whether they were married in Parramatta before this).

However, they had a daughter Elizabeth and in 1833 she married William McLaren.

William Holsgrove died in Hobart in 1826.  Catherine died also in Hobart on 15/9/1832.

Anonymous on 22nd June, 2012 wrote of Peter Cosgrove:

14/3/1817: On list of convicts disembarked from the "fame" and forwarded to Liverpool for distribution.
4/3/1822: On Rose’s Road Party; on list of men selected for clearing Mr Marsden’s estate.

1831: TOL cancelled - Peter Cosgrove, fame - insane.

24/11/1841: Syd. Gaz.  Prisoners Absconded lits: Cosgrove Peter, Fame, 34, Soldier and Labourer, Longford, 5’7", hazel eyes, brown hair, sallow complexion from Lunatic Asylum - idiot.

There is a death recorded in the nsw bdm for Peter Cosgrove in 1847 age 42. According to his birth year he should be 50 however it does coincide with the absconders list above.

Anonymous on 22nd June, 2012 wrote of Joseph Carrick:

Joseph Carrick was transported on the Waverley(1) in 1839.  He was single, 25 years old and his native place was Dublin.

17/8/1840: Joseph Carrick and Mary Hope, both porisoners of the Crown were charged with having feloniously broken open a writing desk belonginto to P Mollison Esq., M.D. Assistant Colonial Surgeon: There being hawever no evidence to convict the parties, they were both acquitted.Syd.Herald.

1846: TOL Port Macquarie.

1846: married Ann Cathcart, St. Thomas, Port Macquarie.

13/5/1848: Moreton Bay Courier: Unclained Letters.
1/3/1856:Electoral list - Town and Borough of Ipswich - Colony of NSW 21/12/1855m Joseph Carrick-freeholder-Wharf Street.

17/3/1857: 5 pounds reward for a strayed black mare and chestnut foal - reqard paid on delivery to Wharf Street.

18/4/1860:Mrs. Joseph Carrick, age 48 died 18/4/1860 at her residence in South Street, Ipswich.

Anonymous on 22nd June, 2012 wrote of John Mackenzie Elphinstone:

Transported for stealing 3 coats, value 15L., and the skirt of a riding-habit, 5L., the goods of Alexander Cameron, in his dwelling-house.

On arrival in VDL John was 32 years old, protestant, could read and write, single, 5’5 3/4" tall, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, light blue eyes, medium nose, mouth and chin, native place was Brompton ??, scar on forehead, left eye and right cheek.  He was a Clerk - Law and Mercantile.

Period of Probation Labour: 20 months.
Station of Gang: Brown’s River.

13/5/1845: John died at Brown’s River.

H.beck on 22nd June, 2012 wrote of Joseph Askey:

Joseph died in the town of Grafton, in the Clarence River area of northeastern NSW, Australia. He died of a heart attack at the resident of one Henry Thorpe at 709 Queen Street, Grafton and an Inquest was held on 24 May 1870.
Death Certificate Ref: NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration No. 1870/003747]

Anonymous on 22nd June, 2012 wrote of Helena Towe:

Convict description upon arrival 26 march 1841—Name: Eleanor Towe or Court
Age 27 (calculated birth year as 1813-1814).  Height 5 ft 1 1/4 inches; brown hair; hazel eyes.

Ejhanford on 22nd June, 2012 wrote of Helena Towe:

october 1838 at the Belfast Quarter Sessions—Helena Towe, for stealing some oat meal, sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard labour

Lavinia on 21st June, 2012 wrote of Thomas Cosgrove:

Place of Trial: Middlesex Quarter Session
Date of Trial: 9 April 1816
Sentence: 7 years
Native place: Middlesex
Occupation: Smith and labourer
Height: 22 years
Age: 5 ft 7 in
Complex: Dark pale
Hair: Sandy
Eyes: Hazel
Source: Source: James McClelland’s ‘Convicts Arriving in Australia’ January to June 1817 Book 33.

Lavinia on 21st June, 2012 wrote of John Wood:

Place of Trial: Somerset Assizes
Date of Trial: 30 March 1816
Sentence: Life
Native place: Devon
Occupation: Baker
Height: 60 years
Age: 5 ft 10¼ in
Complex: Ruddy
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Hazel
Source: Source: James McClelland’s ‘Convicts Arriving in Australia’ January to June 1817 Book 33.

Lavinia on 21st June, 2012 wrote of John Biffin:

Date of Trial: 20 March 1816
Native place: Shropshire
Occupation: Black and White Smith
Height: 22 years
Age: 5 ft ½ in
Complex: Dark pale
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Hazel
Vessel: Lord Eildon
Arrived: Sydney 30 September 1817
Source: Source: James McClelland’s ‘Convicts Arriving in Australia’ January to June 1817 Book 33.

Lavinia on 21st June, 2012 wrote of Henry Wood:

Date of Trial: 30 March 1816
Native place: Somersetshire
Occupation: House Carpenter
Height: 35 years
Age: 5 ft 5½ in
Complex: Dark
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Source: Source: James McClelland’s ‘Convicts Arriving in Australia’ January to June 1817 Book 33.

Lavinia on 21st June, 2012 wrote of Francis Ford:

Native place: Nottingham
Occupation: Framework knitter
Height: 18 years
Age: 5 ft 0 in
Complex: Fair Ruddy
Hair: Flaxen
Eyes: Grey
Arrived: Sydney 31 August 1817
Source: Source: James McClelland’s ‘Convicts Arriving in Australia’ January to June 1817 Book 33.

Lavinia on 21st June, 2012 wrote of Daniel Ford:

Tried: 5 August 1816
Native place: Somerset
Occupation: Seaman
Height: 22 years
Age: 5 ft 2¾ in
Complex: Dark yell.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Hazel
Source: Source: James McClelland’s ‘Convicts Arriving in Australia’ January to June 1817 Book 33.

Lavinia on 21st June, 2012 wrote of John Lake:

Date of Trial: 16 March 1816
Native place: Norfolk
Occupation: Labourer
Height: 34 years
Age: 5 ft 10¼ in
Complex: Fair
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Hazel
Ticket of Leave: 1281
Conditional Pardon: 1339
Source: Source: James McClelland’s ‘Convicts Arriving in Australia’ January to June 1817 Book 33.

Lavinia on 21st June, 2012 wrote of John Ford:

Native place: Cork; Occupation: Piper; Height: 5 ft 4½ in; Age: 38 years; Complex: Dark; Hair: Grey; Eyes: Blind
Source: Source: James McClelland’s ‘Convicts Arriving in Australia’ Book 33.

Anonymous on 21st June, 2012 wrote of Catherine Kingsmill:

Tried December 1813; Native place: Kilkenny; Occupation: Servant; Age: 23; Date Arrived: 8 August 1815.

Lavinia on 21st June, 2012 wrote of William Norman:

Native place: London; Occupation: Labourer; Age: 19. Arrived: Sydney 7 September 1815
Source: Source: James McClelland’s ‘Convicts Arriving in Australia’ Book 33.

Lavinia on 21st June, 2012 wrote of William Rice:

Native place: London; Occupation: Groom and Labourer; Age: 18. Ticket of Leave: 28/283; Conditional Pardon: 560
Source: Source: James McClelland’s ‘Convicts Arriving in Australia’ Book 33.

Lavinia on 21st June, 2012 wrote of James Pigott:

Tried 18 March 1795; Arrived Sydney 14 December 1801
Source: Source: James McClelland’s ‘Convicts Arriving in Australia’ Book 33.

Steve Westbury on 21st June, 2012 wrote of Thomas Broomfield Westbury:

when he arrived in australia he became
Robert Thomas Broomfield Westbury
he married Emily Terry

Margaret on 21st June, 2012 wrote of Catherine Stokes:

Elizabeth Price that came on the same boat as Catherine, was a witness at her marriage to George Gerrard.

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