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Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Henry Smith:

1828, February 27th, GOVERNMENT NOTICE. No. 45.
Colonial Secretary’s Office,
THE periods for winch the undermentioned Per
sons were transported having expired, Certificates have been granted to them accordingly.
Henry Smith, Claudine

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Philip Gavin:

1828, 20th February, GOVERNMENT NOTICE. No. 39.
Colonial Secretary’s Office,
THE periods for which the undermentioned Persons were transported hiving expired, Certificates
have been granted to them accordingly.
Philip Gavin..Claudine

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of James Sproat:

1828 February 13th, GOVERNMENT NOTICE. No. 32
Colonial Secretary’s Office,
THE Periods for which the undermentioned Persons weie transported having expired, Certificates have been granted to them accordingly.
James Sproat, Claudine

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Edward Thomas:

1828, January 30th,
GOVERNMENT NOTICE. No. 22.
Colonial Secretary’s Office, 30th Jan. 1828,
THE Lieutenant Governor has been pleased to
approve of the following alterations in the Po-
lice of the Territory.
Edward Thomas, 175, Claudine, to the Field Po-
lice at George town, from 11th October, 1827.

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of George Herring:

1828 January 23rd, GOVERNMENT NOTICE
Colonial Secretary’s Office
The period for which the under-mentioned persons were transported having expired, Certificates have been granted to them accordingly:
George Herring, Claudine

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of James Black:

1828 Saturday 19th January, GOVERNMENT NOTICE.
Colonial Secretary’s Office,
THE period for which the undermentioned persons were transported having expired, Certificates have been granted to them accordingly.
James Black, Claudine

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of James Johnson:

1827 December 26th,GOVERNMENT NOTICE.
Colonial Secretary’s Office,
James Johnson, 152, Claudine, has been deprived at Launceston, of his Ticket of Leave, for harbouring a female convict. ‘
By Command of His Excellency
The Lieutenant Governor,
J. BURNETT

D Wong on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Edward Maddox:

Edward Maddox was transported for ‘Stealing a Pocket Book’.

Edward was single.

Father: At Monmouth.

Medical Journal of the Claudine:
Folio 3: 30 August 1821: Took the irons off John MacMahon; John Germston; William Titchfield, John Baker; Peter Johnson; Patrick Dabbs; Job Bougher; Andrew Henry Wilson; Edward Maddox; William Wood; Thomas Baskerville; Samuel Jones; John Bean; Edward Quin and William Houldsworth.

26/9/1823: Drunk and disorderly last night - extra labor one month.

2/3/1825: Overseer Horse Carts: Drunk and disorderly in Macy St., this day - 25 lashes.

17/4/1827: Kelman Macy/or Macquarie River: Drunk and absent from his lodge last night.

1/11/1827: COF (Hobart Town Courier 10/11/1827).

10/4/1832: Edward Maddocks was found dead in Hobart Town.  Listed as a Carter and 33 years old.

14/4/1832 Hobart Town Courier:
The dreadful effects of drunkenness, in spite of every effort to avoid the painful subject are incessantly pressing themselves upon our observation.  On Monday an inquest was held on the body of Edward Maddox, a carter and lime burner, who after having been seen in a loathsome state of intoxication was found on Saturday night a hideous corpse on the roadside near the lime kilns.  His lips were livid and his face, probably from the manner in which he lay, had turned completely black.

Nell Murphy on 24th March, 2019 wrote of James Delahunty:

James DELAHUNTY was convicted at Court Martial, Malta.  14 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), Australia per the ship “Neptune” departing 21 Feb 1850.

Colony of VDL:
James was given Conditional Pardon status upon arrival. (ref. Tas Archive Convict record)

A “James DELAHUNT” married Margaret JOHNSTON (transported per James Calvin) 1 March 1853, at Hobart which is most probably this same person.
James is listed as a cook. Margaret a widow. (ref. 37/1/12 no. 329)

A child James DELA-HUNT was born 24 May 1854 to James DELAHUNT, a cooper and Margaret McGuiness. Argyle St. Hobart. (ref. 33/1/5 no. 993)

DEATH:
James DELAHUNT died, accidently burnt by fire. Inquest held 12 Nov 1859. (ref. source would need to link this inquest to above person, although no other deaths recorded in VDL for another person of this name)

Nell Murphy on 24th March, 2019 wrote of John Webster:

APPLICATION FOR PERMISSION TO MARRY: 21 Aug 1849
Etty DUNNE (“John Calvin”) to John WEBSTER (“Palmyra”).

MARRIAGE:
10 Sept 1849 - Etty DUNN, aged 25 yrs, spinster to
to John WEBSTER, aged 35 yrs, servant.  At Parish Church, Swansea, Great Swanport, east coast, VDL. (ref. 37/1/8 no. 100)

CHILDREN:
15 Sept 1854 - Francis WEBSTER, male, born at Spring Bay.  Father - John Webster, storekeeper.  Mother - Etty Dunn.  (ref. 33/1/32 no. 291)

12 Sept 1859 - John WEBSTER, male, born at Glamorgan. Father - John Webster, storekeeper. Mother - Etty Dunn. (ref. 33/1/37 no. 685)

1 May 1861 - Thomas WEBSTER, male, born at Glamorgan.  Father - John Webster, storekeeper at Swansea.  Mother - Etty Dunn.  (ref. 33/1/39 no. 1137)

DEATH:
John WEBSTER died 28 Sept 1860, at Glamorgan.  Aged 46 yrs; storekeeper; exhausted nervous system.  (ref. 35/1/29 no. 628)

WIFE Etty DUNN remarried - to John SPAULDING in 1862 at Swansea and they had a daughter Elizabeth.

Nell Murphy on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Etty Dunne:

DEATH OF 1st HUSBAND:
John WEBSTER died 28 Sept 1860, at Glamorgan.  Aged 46 yrs; storekeeper; exhausted nervous system.  (ref. 35/1/29 no. 628)

SECOND MARRIAGE:
27 Oct 1862 - Esther WEBSTER, widow,  to John SPALDING, at Catholic Church, Swansea, Glamorgan, Campbell Town district. (re. 37/1/21 no. 46)

CHILD:
18 Nov 1863 - Elizabeth Ann SPAULDING born at Glamorgan.  Father - John SPAULDING, carpenter, Swansea.  Mother - Etty SPAULDING (maiden name) DUNN. (ref. 33/1/41 no. 658)

Nell Murphy on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Etty Dunne:

Etty DUNNE (DUNN) was convicted at Wicklow, Ireland on 22 Jun 1847 for stealing wool and mutton.  7 yr transportation sentence.  Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), Australia per the ship “John Calvin” arriving 18 May 1848.  Ship Surgeon’s Report: “an excellent woman”

Aged 25 yrs; country servant; single woman; 5’2” height; dark complexion; black hair; dk brown eyes; Roman Catholic religion.
Native place of birth: Wicklow, Ireland.
Mother: Mary
Brothers: James, Thomas, Patrick (in 98th Regiment), William, Tim (in 1st Royals)

Colony of VDL:
6 mths Probation Period
Station Gang: “Anson” hulk, stationed on the Derwent River, Hobart.
Clear Conduct record

14 Jan 1850: Ticket of Leave granted.
7 July 1854: Free Certificate issued, at Swansea (east coast of Tasmania).

APPLICATION FOR PERMISSION TO MARRY: 21 Aug 1849
Etty DUNNE (“John Calvin”) to John WEBSTER (“Palmyra”).

MARRIAGE:
10 Sept 1849 - Etty DUNN, aged 25 yrs, spinster to
to John WEBSTER, aged 35 yrs, servant.  At Parish Church, Swansea, Great Swanport, east coast, VDL. (ref. 37/1/8 no. 100)

CHILDREN:
15 Sept 1854 - Francis WEBSTER, male, born at Spring Bay.  Father - John Webster, storekeeper.  Mother - Etty Dunn.  (ref. 33/1/32 no. 291)

12 Sept 1859 - John WEBSTER, male, born at Glamorgan. Father - John Webster, storekeeper. Mother - Etty Dunn. (ref. 33/1/37 no. 685)

1 May 1861 - Thomas WEBSTER, male, born at Glamorgan.  Father - John Webster, storekeeper at Swansea.  Mother - Etty Dunn.  (ref. 33/1/39 no. 1137)

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Edward Maddox:

1827 November 1st, GOVERNMENT NOTICE
Colonial Secretary’s Office,
THE Period for which the undermentioned Persons were transported, having expired, Certificates have been granted to them accordingly :
315.Edward Maddox, Claudine

Nell Murphy on 24th March, 2019 wrote of John Dunn:

John DUNN was convicted at Carlow, Ireland on 5 April 1842 for larceny - stealing a pr of shoes. One conviction before.  7 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), Australia per the ship “Kinnear” arriving 23 Oct 1842.

Single man; aged 20 yrs; a clerk; 5’4 3/4” height.
Native place of birth: Port Allington, Queens County, Ireland.
Father: Thomas (ref. details as recorded in VDL official records)

Colony of VDL:
2 yrs Probation Period
Several notes of misconduct
10 April 1844: abscond. Transportation sentence extended 18 mths. Sent to Coal Mines.
20 Nov 1846: at Macquarie Harbour - disobedience. hard labour 1 mth - a notoriously harsh penal settlement.
22 June 1848: Hobart - misconduct and assault a constable. 6 mths hard labour, in chains.
9 Oct 1849: Ticket of Leave granted.
6 Dec 1850: Free Certificate issue

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of James Cummings:

1827 October 3rd, GOVERNMENT NOTICE.
Colonial Secretary’s Office,
THE Period for which the undermentioned Per-
sons were transported, having expired, Certificates
have been granted to them accordingly:—
James Cummings, Claudine

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Edward Culley:

1827 October 3rd, GOVERNMENT NOTICE.
Colonial Secretary’s Office,
THE Period for which the undermentioned Per-
sons were transported, having expired, Certificates
have been granted to them accordingly:—
413. Edward Culley, Claudine

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Samuel Fletcher:

1827 October 17th, GOVERNMENT NOTICE.
Colonial Secretary’s Office,
THE Period for which the undermentioned Per-
sons were transported, having expired, Certificates
have been granted to them accordingly :— 
165. Samuel Fletcher, Claudine

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of James Wood:

1827 October 10th, GOVERNMENT NOTICE.
Colonial Secretary’s Office,
His Excellency The Lieutenant Governor,
has been pleased to grant the following Indulgences:-
TICKET OF LEAVE TO: 338. James Wood, Claudine

Nell Murphy on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Peter Driver:

Peter DRIVER was convicted at Leeds, Yorkshire, England on 1 March 1849 for stealing handkerchiefs. Previous stealing offences. 10 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship “Aboukir” arriving there 20 March 1852.

Aged 21 yrs; a nailer; 5’1” height; single man; Church of England; literate.
Native place of birth: Bradford, England.
Mother and sisters at native place

Colony of VDL:
2nd class status upon arrival
1853: appointed a Constable, at Pontville
Feb 1853: absent without leave. 3 mths hard labour.
22 Nov 1853: Ticket of Leave granted
13 Nov 1854: Absconded. 6 mths hard labour.
25 Nov 1854: Ticket of Leave revoked.
20 Oct 1855: Ticket of Leave restored
16 Sept 1856: Conditional Pardon approved.
18 Oct 1865: Free Certificate issued

22 Sept 1854: Application for Permission to Marry - Peter DRIVER (Aboukir) to Ann CURRIE (Anna Maria).  This does not appear to have proceeded.

27 May 1856: Application for Permission to Marry - Mary Ann THOMPSON (Sir Robert Seppings) to Peter DRIVER (Aboukir).  Note: Although there are two Mary Ann Thompson’s on this ship, the Sir Robert Seppings, it is recorded on her Conduct Record that this is the man she married.

30 June 1856: Marriage - Mary Ann THOMPSON, aged 23 yrs, servant, Ticket of Leave status to Peter DRIVER, aged 25 yrs, labourer, Ticket of Leave status, at Green Ponds, Brighton district, Tasmania. (ref. 37/1/15 no. 26)

CHILD OF WIFE:
Edward THOMPSON born 6 July 1854 at Hobart.  Son of female convict Mary Ann THOMPSON.  (ref. 33/1/5 no. 1279). Details not yet known if he survived and lived with family.

CHILD:
male child DRIVER born 10 Nov 1865 at Hobart. Father - Peter DRIVER, labourer, engine driver, Melville St. Hobart. Mother - Mary Ann DRIVER formerly Thomson. (ref. 33/1/9 no. 8097)
This child died the same day. (ref. 35/1/7 no. 5959)

Peter DRIVER born 30 July1876. Father - Peter Driver. Mother - Mary Ann THOMPSON.  Died 4 Aug 1876 aged 5 days.  Child of engine driver. Born and died at Liverpool St. Hobart.  (ref. 35/1/8 no. 3515)

DEATH:
Peter DRIVER died 12 Aug 1898 at the Hobart General Hospital, natural causes. Statement given by wife Mary Ann DRIVER, “I am the wife of the late Peter DRIVER, of 27 Bathurst St. Hobart, he had been ailing for the last 3 weeks but he had not seen a doctor for some time”. He had been driving an engine at the Railway works for the last 26 yrs.  Inquest conclused natural causes of death.

DEATH OF WIFE:
Mary Ann DRIVER died 30 December 1901 at Hobart, aged 68 yrs, widow, Wesleyan religion. Last known address 306 Liverpool St. Hobart.
Buried at Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart.

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Samuel Richards:

1827 26th September, GOVERNMENT NOTICE.
Colonial Secretary’s Office:
THE Ticket of Leave granted to Samuel Richards, Claudine, 10th instant, is recalled, he having absconded from his service.
By Command of His Excellency,
J. BURNETT

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Daniel Downey:

1827 30th August Ticket of Leave granted
1827 September 19th, GOVERNMENT NOTICE.
Colonial Secretary’s Office,
THE Ticket of Leave granted on the 30th
ultimo, to Daniel Downey, per Claudine, has been recalled for misconduct.
By Command of His Excellency,
J. BURNETT.

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of James Johnson:

1827 September 11th Ticket Of Leave granted

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of John Harper:

1827 Saturday 15th September
LIST OF RUNAWAYS.
THE undermentioned Prisoners having absconded from
their usual places of residence, all Constables and others are hereby required to use their utmost exertions to apprehend and lodge them in safe Custody.
T. A. LASCELLES, Police Magistrate.

364. Harper, John, 5 ft. 3, brown hair, aged twenty-two, a shoemaker, tried at Bristol October 1820, seven years, per Claudine, born at Bristol, scar down left cheek, bust of a man on right arm, hearts and darts on left, absconded from the custody of Thomas Slater July last, being then under sentence to the Chain gang. Same reward.

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of William Barns:

1827 August 30th,GOVERNMENT NOTICE
Colonial Secretary’s Office, 
HIS Excellency the Lieutenant Governor
has been pleased to grant the following indul-
gences :—
TICKETS OF LEAVE, William Barnes, Claudine,

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Joseph Cooke:

1827 August 23rd,GOVERNMENT NOTICE,
Colonial Secretary’s Office. 
THE undermentioned persons having been convicted of gross misconduct, they have been deprived of their Ticket of Leave:
421 Joseph Cooke, Claudine.
By Command of His Excellency,
The Lieutenant Governor,
J. BURNETT.

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