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

1827, August 15th, Freedom Certificate granted.
Government Notice, Colonial Secretary’s office, Hobart Town Gazette entry:
THE Period for which “the undermentioned
Persons were transported having expired, Certi-
ficates have been granted to them accordingly.
John Austin, Claudine

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

1827, July 26th, Freedom Certificate granted.
Government Notice, Colonial Secretary’s office, Hobart Town Gazette entry:
THE Period for which “the undermentioned
Persons were transported having expired, Certi-
ficates have been granted to them accordingly.
James Johnson, Claudine

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

1827 July 17th, Colonial Secretary’s Office,GOVERNMENT NOTICE.
HIS Excellency The Lieutenant Governor
has been pleased to approve of the following
appointments:
Javelin men to be Constables, for Jericho:
Thomas Hazzles

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

1827, June 25th, Freedom Certificate granted.
Government Notice, Colonial Secretary’s office, Hobart Town Gazette entry:
THE Period for which “the undermentioned
Persons were transported having expired, Certificates have been granted to them accordingly.
Edward Thomas, Claudine.

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

1827, June 7th, Freedom Certificate granted.
Government Notice, Colonial Secretary’s office, Hobart Town Gazette entry:
THE Period for which “the undermentioned
Persons were transported having expired, Certificates have been granted to them accordingly.
James Oxson, Claudine.

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

1827, April 11th, Freedom Certificate granted.
Government Notice, Colonial Secretary’s office, Hobart Town Gazette entry:
THE Period for which “the undermentioned
Persons were transported having expired, Certificates have been granted to them accordingly.
John Andrews, Claudine

Greg Petersen on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Patrick Dabbs:

1819 17th February Middlesex, sentenced to 7 years transportation VDL
1827, March 7th, Freedom Certificate granted.
Government Notice, Colonial Secretary’s office, Hobart Town Gazette entry:
THE Period for which “the undermentioned
Persons were transported having expired, Certi-
ficates have been granted to them accordingly.
Patrick Dabbs, Claudine

D Wong on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Martin Connor:

Martin Connor was 30 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Galway.

Occupation: Tobacco spinner.

Martin was 5’7¼” tall, stout, grey eyes, fair hair, spot on right eye.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
CONNOR, Martin. Per “Southworth”, 1822

1822 Mar 14:  On list of convicts landed from the “Southworth” and forwarded to Emu Plains for distribution (Reel 6009; 4/3505 p.13)

1824 Feb 12:  On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D p.24)

1824 Feb 21:  On return of convicts discharged from the Establishment, Emu Plains; to Mr Cullen, Sydney (Reel 6028; 2/8283 p.185)

1825 Jan 24:  On list of men in the employ of John Cullen; for 11 months (Fiche 3126; 4/1841A No.183 p.179)

1827: TOL
3/6/1828: COF

D Wong on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Thomas Cripps:

Thomas Cripps was listed as 19 years old on arrival at VDL.
Native Place: Margate.

Thomas was single, literate, protestant, 5’2¼” tall, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, brown eyes, heart & darts inside left arm, ring on ring & mid finger same hand.

Father: Thomas, a labourer at Brighton.
Brothers: William, Richard, Frederick, Edward.
Sisters: Fanny, Emma—all at Brighton.

1835 Muster: Assigned to Mr. G. Wilson.

1842: Free Certificate.

17/9/1874: Thomas Cripps died at the General Hospital, aged 58, of Anemia (listed as a Shepherd)—he was buried at the Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart., paupers section.

D Wong on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Thomas Connor:

Thomas Connor Mangles 1839
15/3/1839 Nottingham Review and General Advertiser for the Midland Counties Nottinghamshire, England:
COUNTY JAIL
Thomas Connor, highway robbery, and stealing from the person of John Ward, 6s.

Thomas Connor was 28 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Birmingham.

Occupation: Button turner/labourer

Thomas was literate, Catholic, a widower - no children listed, 5’5¼” tall, ruddy and freckled complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, lost canine tooth right side of upper jaw, three scars over left eyebrow, mole on left side of chin, two scars back of forefinger of right hand, SOExGExBJxG on upper left arm, scar inside middle finger of left hand, seven dots back of same hand, mark of a severe burn on right instep.

18/5/1840: Arrived at Norfolk Island on Mangles.

12/3/1844: Arrived VDL per ‘Duke of Richmond - he was then listed as 32.

2/3/1847: TOL
5/2/1850: CP

Nell Murphy on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Mary Ann Thompson:

CHILD:
Edward THOMPSON born 6 July 1854 at Hobart.  Son of female convict Mary Ann THOMPSON.  (ref. 33/1/5 no. 1279)

CHILD:
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 OF HUSBAND:
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:
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.

Nell Murphy on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Mary Ann Thompson:

N.B. There are two Mary Ann Thompson’s on this sailing of “Sir Robert Seppings” 1852.

Mary Ann THOMPSON was convicted at Northallerton, York, England on 8 April 1851 for breaking into a building and stealing wearing apparel. Gaol Report: Not known before, but served 7 days for vagrancy. 7 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship “Sir Robert Seppings”, arriving there 8 July 1852. Ship Surgeon’s Report: “very good”.

Single girl; aged 17 yrs; 4’11” height; housemaid; Protestant; can read.
Native place of birth: Liverpool, England.

Colony of VDL:
Assigned to work services.
1854: at Hobart and New Town districts.
6 July 1854: Delivered of a child, at the Hobart House of Correction.
5 Feb 1856: Ticket of Leave granted.

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, 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)

8 April 1858: Free Certificate issued.

Diane Binns on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Sarah Glyde:

Maiden name Lidden.
Married Thomas Glyde 1828, Somerset, England.
Mother of Robert Glyde, Convict 761, VDL 1830.Transported Life
Sister In-Law of William Glyde, Transported VDL, 1844.
Sister In-Law of Elizabeth Tuttiett Glyde, Transported NSW.

Michelle on 24th March, 2019 wrote of Elizabeth Jones:

I believe this is the same person as was only convict with this name to arrive and was in Muster of 1825 in Windsor - Francis Bassett was also in Windsor area.
Convicts Applications to Marry 1825-51 (NSW STATE RECORDS)

BASSETT, Francis Ocean (1) Age: 45; Sentence: Life; Condition: T of L JONES, Elizabeth Neptune (1) Age: 45; Sentence: 3 years; Condition: Free 1 Jun 1827 CROSS, Revd John Richmond NRS 12212 [4/4511 p.028] no.328; Reel 714; Fiche 789-790

Robin Sharkey on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of Patrick Morrison:

Pat Morrison was found guilty at the Assizes at County Tyrone, held at OMAGH, in early April 1791.

Belfast Newsletter, Friday, April 6th 1791, p.1:
“Pat. Morrison, for picking pockets during the assizes, to be transported.”

The indent of ship Boddingtons recorded his age as 19 years, so he was born about 1773.

Picking pockets at the court house during the Assizes had also got Felix Quinn convicted later in 1791 at the Armagh assizes, and also transported on ‘Boddingtons”. As well, Laurence Lynch was convicted about the same time, April 1791, for picking pockets at the Monaghan Assizes, and was transported on Sugar Cane.

Robin Sharkey on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of Lawrence Lynch:

Lawrence Lynch was transported for seven years on ‘Sugar Cane’ for pocket-picking, being found guilty at the Monaghan Assizes in April 1791.

Lynch had been picking pockets in the court house at the sessions!

The Freemans Journals, May 7th 1791, p.4:
“MONAGHAN ASSIZES
“Laurence Lynch, for picking the pocket of [ ] McKenna, in the Court-house, during the [sessions?], to be transported seven years.

There was a James McKenna on trial at the same assizes for burglary, (to be hanged) and a Mile McKenna on a charge of falsely imprisoning another McKenna. So the court house would have had a few McKennas about it that day!

The Indent of Sugar Cane (departing early 1793) recorded Laurence Lynch’s age as 25 years, so he was born about 1768.

Robin Sharkey on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of Edmond Sweeney:

Edmond Sweeney was transported on “BOddingtons” after being sentenced to seven years transportation at the April Assizes at monaghan.

He was incarcerated in Ireland for 21 months before the Boddingtons departed Cork n February 1791. The indent recorded him as being aged 30 years, so he was born about 1762.

Robin Sharkey on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of Peter Lowry:

The death of Peter Lawrie is recorded in the NSW BDM register, as occurring in 1842 “Age 73”. This is consistent with the age he gave for the indent of “Boddingtons”.
See NSWBDM 1063/1842 V18421063 26B

Robin Sharkey on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of Peter Lowry:

Peter Lowry, also known as Lawrie in NSW, was convicted at the Monaghan Assizes in late April or early May 1791 of a felony and ordered to be transported for seven years (Freemans Journal, May 7 1791 p.4).

He sailed 21 months later on “BOddingtons, departing Cork in February 1793, arriving NSW August 1793.
The ship’s indent recorded him as aged 22 years, so he was born probably in 1770.

His sentence would have expired in April 1798.
He recevied Certificate of Freedom number 1379.
In the 1801 Muster he was noted as victualled off stores.
In the 1806 muster he was free by Servitude and a servant to Capt. Campbell. This was Robert Campbell who had establishing himself strongly as a merchant and trader in Sydney since 1798. He had a house and warehouses on Dawes Point.

In the 1822 Muster, Peter Lowry/Lawrie was resident at Argyll employed with Capt Campbell. This was county of Argyll in NSW, which was the Limestone plains area, later Canberra. Campbell’s property holding was named “Duntroon”, whose homestead in the 20th century became the site of the Australian military college.

D Wong on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of James Long:

4/7/1833 Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Somerset, England:
Committed to the Old Bridewell, Devizes.— James Long, charged with stealing wooden images, 2 glass ornaments, and a picture, the property of S. F. Phelps, esq; of Warminster.

James Long was listed as being 26 years old on arrival.
Place of Birth: Warminster.

Occupation: Carpenter and Joiner.

James was single, 5’9½” tall, dark complexion, brown hair and whiskers, light hazel eyes, woman inside right arm, mermaid on left arm, W. back of same hand, rings pricked on all the fingers of same hand.

1835 Muster: Hospital.

25/2/1835: Was a Special Constable at the Port Barracks.

27/6/1837: Was at Wardsman at the Hospital.

1/2/1840: Was on the Water Cart, Port Barracks.

1842: Free Certificate.

Robin Sharkey on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of Elinor Bryan:

Indent recorded her as “Eleanora Mary Bryan”

Robin Sharkey on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of Elinor Bryan:

Elionor Bryan was trnasported for seven years after being tried at Waterford for stelaing articles out of a shop at Cappoqin.

Freemans Journal Tuesday 5 April 1791 page 3
“On Saturday evening the Assizes ended (2nd April1791) at which the underentioned perons were found guilty and received sentence as follows:
In the County Court
“Elinor Bryan, for feloniously stealing out of the shop of Mr John Smith, at Cappoquin, several articles of shop goods, to be transported for seven years.”

The indent of the Boddingtons noted her age as 30 years, shortly before the ship departed Cove in February 1793. She had been incarcerated in Ireland for almost two years before being transported.

Robin Sharkey on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of Edward Dunn:

Edward Dunne’s Irish crime:

Freemans Journal Tuesday 5 April 1791 page 3
“On Saturday evening the Assizes ended (2nd April1791) at which the underentioned perons were found guilty and received sentence as follows:
In the County Court.
“Edward Dunn, for picking the pocket of Edward Morrissey,  of 1l, 5s 5d in money, to be transportd for seven years.”

Edward Dunn arrived on Boddingtons, departing Ireland in February 1793 arriving in August 1793, and the indent for February 1793 noted his age as 24 years, so he was born about 1768.

D Wong on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of Charles White:

15/3/1839 Nottingham Review and General Advertiser for the Midland Counties Nottinghamshire, England:
COUNTY JAIL
Charles White, alias Wm. Burton, aged 24, stealing, at Radford, a coat and other articles, the property of Charles Barton.

Charles White was listed as 25 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Nottingham.

Charles was literate, protestant, single, 5’4¾” tall, dark ruddy and freckled complexion, dark brown hair, brown eyes, has an impediment in his speech, scar on heel of left hand, two scars on left shin.

3/7/1846: COF

Robin Sharkey on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of William Mason:

William Mason’s crime was also reported in the Freeman’s Journal, on Tuesday, May 3rd 1791, p.4 where more detail appeared:
“William Mason, for burglariously breaking openand entering the dwelling house of Samuel McBurney of Gloughhoge, and thereout taking several articles of his property — to be executed on Tuesday, 24th May instant [May]. 
Clearly, Mason received a pardon from execution on the basis of transportation to NSW for 7 years.

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