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Anonymous on 13th June, 2012 wrote of Moses Boss:

Moses arrived Van Diemen’s Land, per ‘Asia’ on 7 Dec 1827. Convict no. 5988. He had been charged with horse stealing, with his brother Thomas Boss (old spelling of name is "Bofs"). Life Sentence. Gaol report good. On ship - orderly.Father, mother, brothers, sisters at home at Allington, Lincolnshire. Single. Protestant. No recordings of any misconduct or assignments in Convict Record Book. (ref. http://search.archives.tas.gov.au  page 353).
Moses was killed by native aborigines 9 May 1831.
Newspaper report of inquest gives details (ref. http://trove.nla.gov.au)"Coroner’s Inquest. 
Before the witnesses were examined, the Coroner and Jury, in the presence of a large concourse of people, took a view of the bodies of the two murdered men, Moses Boss, and William Carter. (full details on Trove). The incident occurred at Kemp’s property, Sorell Lake.

Anonymous on 13th June, 2012 wrote of Henry Tudor:

Henry Tudor was 17 years old when indicted for stealing a handkerchief.  He was the son of John Tudor and Rebecca Withers and was born in Holborn, London.

Henry was 5’3" tall, dark ruddy and a little pockpitted complexion, dark brown hair, brown eyes.

1843: Married Mary Ann Leahy nee McLeod who died in 1858, Patrick Plains.

1861: Married Sarah Firth nee Eather.

In 1867 Henry’s occupation was a Drover.

1872: Died at Patrick Plains, aged 53.

29/1/1840: TOL Patrick Plains.

Anonymous on 13th June, 2012 wrote of Elijah Cunnington:

Elijah Cunnington was 18 years old when indicted for stealing 5 or 6 lbs., of meat and some flour from John Butter a grocer of Oakham which was also Elijah’s native place.

Hulk Punishments: Ironed for i month for assaulting a prisoner.
Surgeon’s Report: Character; Tolerable.

Elijah was 5’6 1/2" tall, could read and Write, single, protestant, hazel eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion.  His father was James, brothers, Josiah, William and Shelton and 1 sister, Marian.

On arrival he was sent to Maria Island and his conduct record is long with many offences, bad language and misconduct mostly.

Anonymous on 13th June, 2012 wrote of Mary Ann Mean:

her complexion is ruddy, her hair colour is black,her eyes are dark brown,she has 8 children 5 are with her and her general remarks are hairy mole on chin, and hair on upper lip.

Sally Ryder on 13th June, 2012 wrote of Ebadiah Paxman:

Born in Framlingham in the county of Suffolk, England, son of Robert Paxman and Mary Hudgson (my 5 x great grandparents)
In 1783 he was indentured to George King, wheelwright, of Framlingham
Tried at the Suffolk assizes at Bury St Edmunds, 25/03/1789. Offence not yet known:sentenced to 7 years and transported to Australia.
The Royal Admiral sailed from Torbay 30/05/1791.
Arrived Australia 07/10/1791.
14/07/1802 Obadiah Packsman (sic) enlisted as a Private in the 102nd regiment.
1809, Obadiah was helping to build a granary and barracks.
18/02/1809 John Brabyn, Captain of NSW Invalid (veteran) Coy, wrote to Lt-Col Patterson, "When I arrived at Launceston, which was on 20th December, I expected to have found the granary nearly completed, but the carpenters had been standing still for want of Stuff, notwithstanding my agreement with Monday he never cut one inch to this minute; that shuffling fellow Kirk is sometimes sick, sometimes well; Lyons the same, Paxman the same; so that granary is but just covered in, and not more than a quarter floored. as to my barrack - I know not when I shall begin it. I have got Wright and Paxman to cut a few days to make a beginning…"
24/10/1810 Obadiah transferred to the 73rd Regiment of Foot.
1812 Commanded to Port Dalrymple, Tasmania.
1812 is listed as Obadiah Packeman on the Paylist. Reel no. 3869. Pte in the 1st Battalion, 73rd Regiment of Foot.later at the Port Dalrymple settlement.
A Mary Paxman/Packsman is listed as living in the vicinity on the Muster Rolls-was she married to Obadiah?
In 1814 the Regiment was transferred to Ceylon.
In 1815, the Arniston, a troopship carrying the wounded away from Ceylon, went down off the coast of South Africa. All but 6 drowned. Was Obadiah one of them? He wasn’t one of the listed survivors, and I have not found any further trace of him in the records.
I am descended from Obadiah’s neice Eliza who, incidentally, spent 3 months in gaol in 1833 for ‘larceny by a servant’

Anonymous on 12th June, 2012 wrote of Thomas Boss:

Old spelling of name is "BOFS" - now "BOSS".

Anonymous on 12th June, 2012 wrote of Thomas Boss:

Thomas was tried at Suffolk 31 Mar 1827 for horse stealing - Life Sentence. Taken at Yarmouth.Gaol report good. Brother Moses with him and also on the same ship. Arrived Van Diemen’s Land 7 Dec 1827. Single. Protestant. (Brother’s record states his father, mother, brothers and sisters at home in Allington, Lincolshire.)
Several assignments, misconduct and disorderly. Suffered further imprisonment, hard labour and lashings.
Pardoned 15 Aug 1843.
Ref: Tasmanian Archives http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au/menu.aspx?detail=1&type=C&id=5989
(His brother Moses was killed 1831.)

C. Wood on 12th June, 2012 wrote of Charles Whitmore:

Charles was born at St Mary’s Islington, London. He was sent to the Euryalus Hulk, and then to Parkhurst Prison, Isle of Wight, where he learned carpentry skills. He arrived in Melbourne as an exile, and was engaged by J.W. Howey for one year at £12 per annum. He married Mary Ann Jones at Pentridge (Coburg) and they had 12 children. Charles bought 29 acres at Wandong where he grew potatoes and raised pigs.

C. Wood on 12th June, 2012 wrote of William Hatton:

William, age 13, was charged with 3 others for stealing a pistol from a shop. He was sent to Parkhurst Prison, where he learned the skills of tailoring. He arrived in Geelong as an exile, and was then sent to Portland Bay on the Sophia. He was pprenticed to J.H. Clark of Portland for four years at the rate of £5 per annum, the lowest wage paid to any exile. (Ian Wynd 1996, p.100) William became a recidivist in Port Phillip, being convicted in the Melbourne Supreme Court, at Heathcote, and at Blackwood. Aliases: William Smith, Peter Crawley, William Burns, William Burrows. Possibly died in Melbourne Hospital on 22.5.1876 under the name of William Burrows, due to erysipelas of the forearm.

C. Wood on 12th June, 2012 wrote of Joseph Bradley:

Joseph was a fishmonger, born in Beckingham, Nottinghamshire. He was married with two children. He was sent to Pentonville Prison, where he learned the skills of shoemaking. He arrived in Geelong as an exile. First employed by J.G. Ware, Koort Koortnong, [near Camperdown] for 12 months at £20 per annum, with rations.

Anonymous on 12th June, 2012 wrote of George Bawn:

George Bawn was 16 years old when indicted for stealing 1 handkerchief, value 5s., from Richard Langton.

1838: COF

5/10/1840: Married Ellen McIntosh at Scot’s Church, Sydney.  They had 8 children. Ellen died in 1860.

30/12/1861: George married Mary J McIntosh nee Spencer.  Mary had been married to Ellen’s brother John who died 14/5/1860.  They married in Launceston 25/6/1832.  John was not a convict.
Mary was 48 years old when she married George and died 2/6/1898 aged 82.

George was 70 years old when he died at Liverpool.

C. Wood on 12th June, 2012 wrote of George Powell:

George was born in Leonard Stanley, near Stroud, Gloucestershire. He was a general labourer, and whilst in Pentonville Prison, learned the skills of tailoring. He could read and write imperfectly. George was convicted of larceny and being an accessory after the fact. He also had a prior conviction. He arrived in Melbourne as an exile. He took a position as farm servant to Mr John Harlin of Glen Vale for 6 months at £25 p.a.

C. Wood on 12th June, 2012 wrote of Samuel Bloxam:

Samuel was born in Aylestone, near Leicester. He was an exile who arrived in Port Phillip on 25.1.1848. He was a frame knitter, and was married but with no children. He received eight pounds of worsted yarn. Whilst in Pentonville Prison he learnt the skills of rug and mat making.

C. Wood on 12th June, 2012 wrote of Abijah John Brown:

Abijah was sent to Millbank Prison on 11.8.1846. He was married, and could read and write well. Abijah was an exile, which meant he had a conditional pardon, and was a free man as soon as he landed in Melbourne.

C. Wood on 12th June, 2012 wrote of George Jenkins:

George was an exile who arrived in Geelong, Port Phillip on 27.3.1845. Born: Isleworth, Middlesex. He was married with two children. He was an Attorney’s Clerk, with superior reading & writing skills & played the violin. George ‘had been a schoolmaster on the
voyage out, he had been a member of the Border Police, had worked with solicitors Barber and McCrae … and was currently with solicitor J.H. Ross’. Source: Ian Wynd 1996, p.60. George was a friend of Henry Lineham, who may have conspired with him.

C. Wood on 12th June, 2012 wrote of Thomas Blade:

On 17.2.1813, Thomas was tried at the Old Bailey for stealing three hams from a cheese shop in East Smithfield, London. At the time he was said to be from Lynn. Height 5’4", pale complexion,light brown hair, hazel eyes. Occupation in the UK was ‘excise man’. NSW: registered as a limner. 1814 muster: he was a Ticket of Leave. The family was not being supported by the Government. Wife Sarah and daughters Caroline & Sarah arrived on Broxbornebury in 1814.

Anonymous on 12th June, 2012 wrote of Abraham Mitchell:

Inquest, 29.3.1845, Geelong, Port Phillip: Abraham had been suffering from a fever before landing in Geelong. He hanged himself in a temporary depot during the absence of his attendant.
Source: British Parliamentary Papers Vol XXIX.402, p64:
Letter from E.B. Addis, Commissioner of Crown Lands,  to Surgeon Hampton, 6
April 1845

Anonymous on 12th June, 2012 wrote of Elijah Cunnington:

Convicted of receiving stolen goods, trial date 4 March 1843

Elizabeth Lopez on 12th June, 2012 wrote of Eliza Macarthy:

Married William Hay, convict per Elphinstone, on 4th May 1846.

Anonymous on 12th June, 2012 wrote of Ann Starsmore:

Date of conviction: 4 March 1843

Elizabeth Lopez on 12th June, 2012 wrote of William Hay:

Married Eliza McCarthy, convict per Navarino, on 4th May 1846.  Children William born 1 September 1846 died 1 June 1852, Eliza born 14 July 1848, Emily born 10 July 1850, William born 1852, female born 9 June 1856.

Lois Broad on 12th June, 2012 wrote of Elijah Broad:

Married in Melbourne 1841, Margaret Coleman.

Anonymous on 12th June, 2012 wrote of Michael Coy:

MICHEAL on the 26th October 1849 was tried at Clare for stealing a sheep from Mr Curtin Sentenced to 7 Years Transportation on the "London 2" he arrived on the 19th March 1851
. MICHEAL was granted his Ticket of Leave on the 22nd June 1852
MARGARET his wife was given permission to live with Micheal on the 16th July 1852 after receiving his Ticket of Leave

MICHEAL was granted his Conditional Pardon on the 7th February 1854
MICHEAL with PETER TROY (Husband of Margaret Beaky also a Prisoner) was tried at Hobart on the 16th April 1855 with being drunk in a public place in Hobart on the 14th April he was fined 1 pound plus 2 shillings costs.
27th November 1856 MICHEAL received his Certificate of Freedom

2nd June 1881 aged 54 years MICHEAL was admitted to New Norfolk Insane Asylum. He had been living at New Town Pauper Establishment before being transferred to Hobart Hospital and then to New Norfolk Insane Asylum. Dr Henry A Perkins of Hobart wrote the following on his Medical Certificate.
That his language was incoherent. That he does not understand any questions put to him. That his manner and gait are imbecile.
By Robert Wallace attendant, that his habits are filthy and destructive. That he wanders in his talk at night when he has hallucinations

Anonymous on 12th June, 2012 wrote of Margaret Coy:

MARGARET was tried on the 27th February 1849 at Co Clare for stealing & killing a sheep sentenced to 10 years Transportation on the "Australasia" in 1849
MARGARET could neither read nor write
Her description Height 5ft 1/4 inches Complexion Fair, Head round, Hair Fair/Brown, Vicage Sound,Forehead Medium,Eyebrows Brown, Eyes Blue,Nose Medium, Mouth Medium, Chin Medium, Marks None

MARGARET was given permission to live with Micheal her husband on the 16th July 1852 after receiving his Ticket of Leave

MARGARET received her Ticket of Leave on the 4th April 1854 she was recommended for Conditional Pardon on the 29th August 1854.
Conditional Pardon approved 17th July 1855 issued 8th September 1855
27th February 1859 Free by Servitude
5th July 1859 Certificate of Freedom at Hobart.
5th August 1873 charged at Franklin PO at 2.30pm,resident at Port Cygnet, with disturbing the public peace in a public street at Lovett on 5th August detained fined 5 shillings

Ellen West on 12th June, 2012 wrote of Mary Cooley:

MARY was tried at Clare on the 27th February 1849 and was sentenced to 10 years for stealing a sheep with felonious intent. Prosecutor JOHN McMAHON, Co Clare

Mary was married (Micheal Cooley) 28 years old. & a Housemaid
MARY left Dublin 26th June 1849 on board the "Australasia" arrived in Tasmania 29th September 1849

Her description Height 4’ 11 1/4" COMPLEXION sallow, frecked,dark HEAD small, VISAGE oval, FOREHEAD high HAIR black, brown EYEBROWS black, EYES light hazel,  NOSE short MOUTH medium, CHIN medium . Her native place Clare.

15th November 1853 MARY applied for permission to marry SAMUEL CUSHION (Free), will be recommended if Cleryman is satisfied.MARY then applied to marry MATHEW BLACKHAM (Free) approved 30th November they married 26th December 1853 MARY applied for permission on the 11th July 1854 to marry EDWARD KEELY (Waverley) 25th October 1854 MARY applied to marry HENRY GALE (Stratheden) approved 15th November 1854 & married him on the 11th December 1854 Witness’s were John Glinlin & Bridget Welsh
Ticket of Leave was granted 2nd August 1853

Conditional Pardon was granted 2nd August 1853 Ref : CON 41/24
Recommended for Conditional Pardon 24th October 1854 Conditional Pardon approved 7th October 1855 at Hobart

Certificate of Freedom collected 18th July 1862

24th November 1863 charged at 12.15pm at New Norfolk PO with being of unsound state of mind, no residence, discharged 28th November at Hobart no sentence
5th March 1864 Admitted to New Norfolk Insane Asylum for Amentia, 50 year old labourers wife of Hobart

MARY & MATHEW were married by the Rev Dr Fry their witness’s were WILLIAM & ANNE (nee Behan) HICKS she was Mary’s shipmate

MARY was a convict   she was tried at Clare on the 27th February 1849 and was sentenced to 10 years for stealing a sheep with felonious intent. Prosecutor JOHN McMAHON, Co Clare

Mary was married (Micheal Cooley) 28 years old. & a Housemaid
MARY left Dublin 26th June 1849 on board the "Australasia" arrived in Tasmania 29th September 1849

Her description Height 4’ 11 1/4" COMPLEXION sallow, frecked,dark HEAD small, VISAGE oval, FOREHEAD high HAIR black, brown EYEBROWS black, EYES light hazel,  NOSE short MOUTH medium, CHIN medium . Her native place Clare.

15th November 1853 MARY applied for permission to marry SAMUEL CUSHION (Free), will be recommended if Cleryman is satisfied.MARY then applied to marry MATHEW BLACKHAM (Free) approved 30th November they married 26th December 1853 MARY applied for permission on the 11th July 1854 to marry EDWARD KEELY (Waverley) 25th October 1854 MARY applied to marry HENRY GALE (Stratheden) approved 15th November 1854 & married him on the 11th December 1854 Witness’s were John Glinlin & Bridget Welsh
Ticket of Leave was granted 2nd August 1853

Conditional Pardon was granted 2nd August 1853 Ref : CON 41/24
Recommended for Conditional Pardon 24th October 1854 Conditional Pardon approved 7th October 1855 at Hobart

Certificate of Freedom collected 18th July 1862

24th November 1863 charged at 12.15pm at New Norfolk PO with being of unsound state of mind, no residence, discharged 28th November at Hobart no sentence
5th March 1864 Admitted to New Norfolk Insane Asylum for Amentia, 50 year old labourers wife of Hobart

MARY & MATHEW were married by the Rev Dr Fry their witness’s were WILLIAM & ANNE (nee Behan) HICKS she was Mary’s shipmate

MARY had a sister MARGARET who came out on the same ship as her she was married to a MICHEAL COY who came out on the "London 2" which left Kingston on the 20th December 1850 arriving on the 19th March 1851.

MARY was a convict   she was tried at Clare on the 27th February 1849 and was sentenced to 10 years for stealing a sheep with felonious intent. Prosecutor JOHN McMAHON, Co Clare

Mary was married (Micheal Cooley) 28 years old. & a Housemaid
MARY left Dublin 26th June 1849 on board the "Australasia" arrived in Tasmania 29th September 1849

Her description Height 4’ 11 1/4" COMPLEXION sallow, frecked,dark HEAD small, VISAGE oval, FOREHEAD high HAIR black, brown EYEBROWS black, EYES light hazel,  NOSE short MOUTH medium, CHIN medium . Her native place Clare.

15th November 1853 MARY applied for permission to marry SAMUEL CUSHION (Free), will be recommended if Cleryman is satisfied.MARY then applied to marry MATHEW BLACKHAM (Free) approved 30th November they married 26th December 1853 MARY applied for permission on the 11th July 1854 to marry EDWARD KEELY (Waverley) 25th October 1854 MARY applied to marry HENRY GALE (Stratheden) approved 15th November 1854 & married him on the 11th December 1854 Witness’s were John Glinlin & Bridget Welsh
Ticket of Leave was granted 2nd August 1853

Conditional Pardon was granted 2nd August 1853 Ref : CON 41/24
Recommended for Conditional Pardon 24th October 1854 Conditional Pardon approved 7th October 1855 at Hobart

Certificate of Freedom collected 18th July 1862

24th November 1863 charged at 12.15pm at New Norfolk PO with being of unsound state of mind, no residence, discharged 28th November at Hobart no sentence
5th March 1864 Admitted to New Norfolk Insane Asylum for Amentia, 50 year old labourers wife of Hobart

MARY & MATHEW were married by the Rev Dr Fry their witness’s were WILLIAM & ANNE (nee Behan) HICKS she was Mary’s shipmate

MARY had a sister MARGARET who came out on the same ship as her she was married to a MICHEAL COY who came out on the "London 2" which left Kingston on the 20th December 1850 arriving on the 19th March 1851.

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