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D Wong on 6th June, 2019 wrote of Henry West:

Old Bailey:
Theft: simple larceny.
13th September 1827
Verdict Guilty
Sentence Transportation

HENRY WEST was indicted for stealing, on the 22d of August, 3 shirts, value 15s., the goods of Ephraim Birch.

EPHRAIM BIRCH. I am horse-keeper to Mr. Fagg, of Hounslow-heath; I missed my shirts from a little enclosure in the front of my house, on the 22d of August.

ANN HINES. I washed these shirts, and hung them out on a line opposite the house, about ten minutes before ten o’clock in the morning of the 22d of August; I missed them a little after twelve - I know nothing of the prisoner.

RICHARD PAINTER. I am a headborough of Stanwell. In consequence of information, I pursued the prisoner, on the 22d of August, between three and four o’clock, and found him lying on the road, about three or four miles from Bedfout; when he got up I found these shirts under him; he begged I would let him go, but did not say how he became possessed of them.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence. I bought these shirts of a stranger, about one week before I was taken.

GUILTY. Aged 15.
Transported for Seven Years.

Henry West alias Samuel West was 16 years old on arrival.

Henry was 5’2” tall, dark sallow complexion, black hair, brown eyes, arms full of small moles, brown scar on right foot scalded.

Assigned to W. Wells, Parramatta.

6/10/1834: COF

D Wong on 6th June, 2019 wrote of William Tippett:

Before Mr Baron Gurney – His Lordship took his seat on Monday morning at eleven o’clock. Twenty five
Magistrates answered to their names.
William Tippett was committed on Friday last, on a charge of stealing a heifer, the property of Samuel Dawe,
the evidence produced having clearly proved him guilty. The Jury returned a verdict accordingly.
The Judge, on passing sentence, observed that not long since this was a capital offence; now the punishment
was not so great, but he could pass no other sentence on the prisoner than transportation for Life.

HULK REGISTER: No 6303 - William Tippett, 27, born about 1808, convicted 1 August 1835 at Bodmin
for stealing a bullock, received onboard prison hulk “Hardy” moored at Portsmouth on 21 August 1835,
sentenced to Transportation for Life, sent to NSW on 19 October 1835 (HO 9/9)

CRIMINAL REGISTER: William Tippett, 27, born about 1808, tried Cornwall County Assizes 1 August
1835 for cattle-stealing, can read, sentenced to transportation for Life.

Ancestry Convict Indents:
William Tippett was listed as 26 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Cornwall.

William was literate, protestant, single 5’6” tall, dark ruddy complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, slight scar back of right hand, two scars and wart near knuckle of forefinger left hand.

1847: TOL Goulburn

D Wong on 6th June, 2019 wrote of Richard Tippett:

Richard Tippett was 31 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Cornwall.

Richard was single, 5’5½” tall, sandy hair, blue eyes, fair complexion, stout, freckled and pockmarked.

Father William, mother Margaret Berrison.

5/4/1854: TOL

30/6/1856: Permission to Marry Mary Jordan.

24/6/1856: Married at Culham Toodyay, WA.
1856: Richard Tippett, died 1856 aged 1 day.
1860: Louisa Tippett
1862: Elizabeth Tippett
1862: Mary Ann Tippett, died 1862 aged 1 day.
Children all born at Toodyay, WA.

Oct. 1860: Free by Servitude.

1905: Richard Tippett died, aged 83 at the Old Men’s Home, Perth, WA.

Iris Dunne on 6th June, 2019 wrote of William James:

Convict Indents: aged 27, Convicted 12 March 1817 in Stafford, Trade: Labourer

Sydney Gaol Description Book: Year of Birth 1795, Year 1835

Dene James on 6th June, 2019 wrote of William James:

On Mary’s second attempt to hang herself, she had locked herself into a separate room so the assertion that William assisted her by pulling her legs was a fabrication. When her son was able to enter the room he was the one who cut her down. Letters of the day that I have in my possession state that they were in their own Inn and that it was a well run place and that Mary and William were good hosts and it was very quiet and well run. Thomas Michael Pembroke was losing business to Mary and William, hence the trouble that he was causing them. So much misinformation attributed to this family by Thomas Pembroke and the Collits family in order to keep their own names clean. William and Mary have been treated harshly by history.

Dene James on 6th June, 2019 wrote of William James:

Many errors in the court errors. The child who was just a babe when Mary hanged herself is only ever identified in an affidavit by William re the births and birthplaces of the children. ’ The infant at the breast when Mrs James hanged herself has since died. Affidavit to Sir John Jamieson Nov 1835.The child Jane who died in 1835 was the child of Joseph and Anne Registrations number 1777/1835 V28351588 19.Jane was born in 18336/1833 V18336 18.

Dene James on 6th June, 2019 wrote of William James:

William was originally sentenced to death for Horse stealing. His sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation. (Court records) A lot more information re William’s wife. No evidence that she was a habitual drunkard. The family were being harassed who wanted the land on which William had settled and kept reporting him to the authorities at Penrith. Mary had a young baby and was possibly suffering from what nowadays is known as post natal depression. Documents and letters of the day. Newspaper accounts of the time have many errors in them re this family.

Graeme Hudson on 6th June, 2019 wrote of Margaret Holmes:

Margaret had several relationships and marriages. Children: Charlotte 1794 (LZK4-ZY3), George S 1796 (K8V1-QJZ) - married Father, William SMITH 1758 (L27L-2QJ). James 1799(LVHL-Y82)- married father Patrick Shannon 1759-1805(LHCC-ML4) Joseph 1804-?(KN81-RTL),William 1809-1870(K26P-LF9),Mary Ann 1811-1912(LH16-B5L)- father Joseph SMITH(L1H1-ZVZ)    .Elizabeth Smith 1799 (LQ5X-57J)- father Joseph SMITH(L1H1-ZVZ) (m Margaret Holmes), mother Mary Darkinjung 1780-1851, not married, (http://www.geni.com/people/Mary-Darkinjung). My family line through Elizabeth and father Joseph - many earlier researchers have denied birth to Darkinhung and the Aboriginal heritage.

David Benson on 6th June, 2019 wrote of William Tippett:

My 1st cousin, 4 times removed.

D Wong on 5th June, 2019 wrote of Henry Lennon:

Catholic Telegraph Dublin, Republic of Ireland
27 Dec 1862:

Henry Lennon, who had been convicted the first day of grievous assault upon police-officer Kearney, was put up ; and on being asked what he had to say, he stated that he was returning from a shoemaker’s place where he had been, when, seeing about twenty police coming towards him, he went into a door at the side of the street.  Three of them crossed over to him, and one levelled him to the ground with a blow, which gave him a large cut on the head, the mark of which he had still.
He called out, “Kearney, are you going to take my life?” and, raising his arm, in which he had the piece of iron, the latter struck the man in the eye.
His Lordship said he wished for some information as to whether there had been any former riots in Birkenhead.

Henry was then sentenced to fifteen years’ penal servitude.

Henry Lennon had been involved in the Birkenhead riots along with many others.

Henry was 39 years old on arrival. (Family info has him born in 1812 in Templetate, Roscommon, Ireland.)
He was 5’5¼” tall, dark brown hair, grey eyes, sallow complexion, middling stout.

28/9/1867: TOL
16/1/1873: Conditional Release, Champion Bay.
Labourer, carter, self-employed, 1872.
1884: At Dongara.

19/6/1883: Henry died. (Date from Fremantle Prison database - nothing listed on the WA BDM).

Wendy Smith on 5th June, 2019 wrote of Thomas Westerman:

Tried at 20 October 1834 in Leeds for stealing from a person.  Prison number 36/574.  Described as 5 feet 2 inches; Complexion Dark ruddy; Hair Dark brown; Eyes brown; Age 27.  Assigned to Thomas Macquoid Esq. at either Waniassa or Freshford now part of Canberra, ACT

D Wong on 5th June, 2019 wrote of William Dobby:

Note from Moderator: All records state that William was transported for life..

Yorkshire Gazette Yorkshire, England
9 Mar 1833:
WILLIAM DOBBY (22), was charged with stealing four sheep, the property of John Lawson, of Goldsbroough. 
Mr. Knowles stated that the prosecutor was a small farmer, residing at Goldsbro’.  On the 7th of February, six sheep were safe in his field, and on the following morning four were missing.  On the Saturday after, the prisoner sold two sheep skins, and two sheep to Mr. Rhodes, innkeeper, of Hampsthwaite, where they were found by Mr. Lawson, on the following Wednesday, who positively swore to their being his property.______The prisoner, in his defence, said, he bought the sheep on Thursday, the 7th of February, at Wetherby fair, of a man who was standing in the market. He gave 8l for them, and received half-a-crown again.  He engaged a boy to drive the sheep part of the way for him._____Mr Cottingham called Francis Ingle, a labouring man, and a Mrs. Benton, who swore that they saw the prisoner buy four sheep of a man in Wetherby market, on the day stated by him.____Guilty___To be transported for life.-

York Herald Yorkshire, England
16 Mar 1833:
William Dobby. — We understand that the conviction of this young man, on a charge of sheep-stealing, which took place during these assizes, khas created very great surprise both in this city and in the neighbourhood of Hampsthwaite, where the prisoner lived.  There is an impression that he is quite innocent, and an application is about to be made on his behalf to Lord Melbourne, his Majesty’s Secretary of State.

William Dobby was 23 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Yorkshire.

William was literate, protestant, single, no previous convictions, 5’4¼” tall, sallow complexion, brown hair and eyes, nose large, scar over left eyebrow, two hairy moles back of left cheek and one under jaw, two back of right cheek.

1841: TOL Windsor
1846: Recommended for a CP by R Fitzgerald JP; J L Scarvell JP; L D Whitaker JP; George M Pitts.

30/7/1847: CP.

D Wong on 5th June, 2019 wrote of Margaret Holmes:

Old Bailey:
9 Dec 1789:
HANNAH CARLTON and MARGARET HOLMES were indicted for stealing, on the 4th of November last, fourteen yards of callico, value 16 s. the property of Edward Bowerbank.


I am a linen draper in Newgate-street : I lost fourteen yards of callico, on the 4th of November; I cannot tell what day of the week; I was not at home: I was sent for immediately on the prisoners being detected.


The prisoners came into the shop of Mr. Edward Bowerbank , between five and six, the 4th of November, to buy a cotton bed-gown; I shewed them some prints for it; and Ann Carlton took one of the prints off the counter; I saw her; it was a piece of callico containing fourteen yards; I had shewed it to her the first piece; she laid it on one side; and I saw her take it, and put it under her apron, and go to the door; in consequence of which, she says to the other that she left in the shop, make haste and buy; she made no answer; and while I was going to the counter, she made off; I took her about an hundred yards from the door; she had the property on her; till I brought her into the shop, it was under her apron; I saw her drop it in the shop; I picked it up; I gave it to my brother; and he and me have had the care of it: he locked it up; I am sure that piece belonged to my brother; it has our shop mark: when the prisoners came in, they looked at the prints, and discoursed together; I took her into custody.


I am a haberdasher; I was passing along Newgate-street, and happened to stop; there was a confusion of carriages, and I stopped opposite the door; and I saw the prisoner Carlton come out of the door with some thing in her apron; and she said to Holmes, make haste and buy what you want, and come along; Carlton was at Mr. Bowerbank’s door; immediately after that, she ran; and then seeing Mr. John Bowerbank come out, she ran very fast up the street; and John Bowerbank caught her about a hundred yards from the door, brought her back, and said she was a shoplifter, and had taken a piece of print; she said nothing; I desired him to be cautious how she dropped it, because she might take it with others; and I saw the print under her apron, and on the step of the door; it was a small pattern, yellowish ground, two or three colours; it was opened, and I particularly looked at it; the cotton was taken care of by Mr. Bowerbank; Holmes was in the shop; I saw her doing nothing.


I am a constable; I took the prisoners into custody at Mr. Bowerbank’s; I left the property with Mr. Bowerbank; I searched them both, and found no property about them, nor any money, except a few bad halfpence; I examined their pockets compleatly.

(The cotton deposed to by Edward Bowerbank.)

There is a shop mark in characters, in figures; it was made by me; the figures were a V turned the wrong way, and a cross; I had such a piece when I went out; I had no property but what was my own.

Prisoners. We have nothing to say; we have no witnesses.


Transported for seven years.

C28/7/1792: Married or partnered with William Morrison a seaman.
28/4/1792: Son, William born.

4/10/1812: Married Joseph Smith (Neptune 1789) at St. Matthews, Windsor.
Joseph Smith 1804-1856
William Smith 1809-??
Mary Ann Smith 1811-1912

1828 Census:
Smith, Joseph, 55, free by servitude, Neptune, 1790, Protestant, farmer Lower Portland Head, 301 acres, 205 acres cleared 205 acres cultivated, 7 horses, 204 horned cattle
Smith, Margaret, 54, Mary Ann, 1791, 7 years, Protestant.

20/9/1850: Margaret died, aged 83, at Macdonald River, Hawkesbury.

Joseph Smith died in 1856 and was buried on his farm.

Lyn Greacen on 5th June, 2019 wrote of James Winstanley:

1819 - Upon his arrival in the colony James was assigned to one of the carpenter gangs engaged in Governor Macquarie’s extensive building program. 1824 - At the age of 20 years, James Winstanley volunteered his services, with the hope of gaining his ticket-of-leave, to help establish a penal settlement at Moreton Bay. Along with 29 other assigned convicts James sailed from Sydney on the Government brig Amity on the 1st September 1824 arriving at Red Cliff Point on 14th September 1824. During this period he was engaged in felling timber, cross-cut sawing and shingle splitting. 1826 - On the 9th October 1826 James returned to Sydney aboard the ‘Commandant’, arriving on the 19th October, with a letter from Captain Logan saying that ‘services no longer required’, hoping to be rewarded with a ticket-of-leave for his voluntary service. 1828 - At the age of 24, the 1828 census of N.S.W., reveals that James was still a Government Servant and was assigned to Colonel Stewart at Bathurst, N.S.W., as a sawyer.
1828 - James received his Ticket-of-Leave No.28/367 dated 18th August 1828. On the 21st June 1833 James made application to marry Priscilla Woodford. James and Priscilla were married on the 29th July 1833 by Rev. John Espy Keane, ‘in the place of worship, by banns, with consent of the Government’, at Bathurst. Entry No.269 Vol.No.17.
1833 - On the 9th November 1833 James received his Certificate of Freedom No.33/1273. Between the years 1834 - 1850 the couple’s first six children were born and baptised in the Surry Hills and Woolloomooloo suburbs of Sydney. The Government Gazette dated 16 November 1842 made reference to “the insolvent Estate of James Winstanley, of Woolloomooloo, Carpenter”. Birth, death and marriage records reveal that the family were residing at Dundee, Glen Elgin and Rocky River on the New England Tablelands. The embryo township of Glen Innes was established in the early 1850s and the first land sales took place in June 1855. The Winstanley family were amongst the earliest settlers in Glen Innes. They purchased land at the earliest land sales and through hard work and endeavour they appeared to have prospered. 1867-68 - The National Directory reveals that in 1867-8 James was listed as a Bailiff, Glen Innes.
1868-69 - James renewed his auctioneer’s licence in 1868 and in 1869 he received a timber licence which he still held in 1876. James and his son John erected the wood work of the original section of Holy Trinity Church. The stone Church of England church was consecrated in 1868. The church has been extended over the years but the beautiful timber ceiling in the original section can still be seen, a fitting tribute to the quality workmanship of the Winstanley father and son. 1869-71 - The Glen Innes Electoral Rolls for 1869-1871 list James as a freehold land owner.
1871-71 - Again the Government Gazette reveals that James held an auctioneer’s licence in 1871-2 and an additional licence in 1874-5.
1872 - Greville’s Post Office Directory - 1872
Winstanley, J.B., Balliff & Butcher, Grey Street, Glen Innes, NSW. 1875 - The Glen Innes Examiner dated 18 August 1875 made known that James had tendered a quote for 230 pounds (£230) to build the race course grandstand. Surviving personal letters, handwritten by James between November 1877 to June 1878 to his daughter Henrietta on behalf of himself and Priscilla, make interesting reading and add a personal dimension to the family story. They show him to be a caring parent; interested in the activities of various family members; and concerned about news from England pertaining to property in London that he believed he was entitled to inherit. These letters were signed J. B. & P. Winstanley. 1882 - James died at his home in Guy Street, Glen Innes, on 13th September 1882, and was buried on 15th September 1882 in the Church of England portion, Section D, Grave No.310, of the Glen Innes cemetery.
Death Registration No. 1882/8184 Entry No.815
Occupation recorded as Carpenter on Death Certificate.

Julie Anne Brooks on 5th June, 2019 wrote of Timothy Baverstock:

Timothy was tried April 1827 on fraud, and was imprisoned for 6 weeks. In July 1829, he was tried and imprisoned on fraud charges for 12 months. He was next charged with larceny Lent1832, and his sentence was 7yrs with transportation.
He died in the Hunter Valley in 1838.

Iris Dunne on 5th June, 2019 wrote of Benjamin Longstaff:

Convict Records: died 30.3.99, aged 26 on 12 Sep 1864, Sentenced 21.3.63 for Manslaughter, Single, trade Wireworker, Father Benjamin Longstaff, Manchester Iron works (lots of details in the Convict Dept., Registers, Distribution Book for Nos 7608-8107)

Iris Dunne on 5th June, 2019 wrote of Henry Lennon:

Convict Index: Birth Year 1825, married with 5 children, Occupation Labourer, Comments d.19.6.1883

UK Surgeon Superintendents Jounrnals of Convict Ships; 1864: aged 37, cannot read or write, Offence of Felonious wounding, Moderately good character

Convict Records: Trade Laborer, Remarks: Cut right wrist, Tumour on head

Rowena Anne Curtin on 5th June, 2019 wrote of Mary Jones:

On 22nd June, 1832 Mary Frances Jones and John Paton were married by Rev John Dunmore Lang at Scots Prebyterian Church, Sydney. John was 37 years old and Mary was 19. The witnesses were Cornelius Sheehan and Sarah Chamberlain. They had been granted permission to marry on the 14th March, 1832 by Rev Dr John Dunmore Lang.
They had four known children:
John 1832 -1913
Sophia 1833 -1918
Caroline 1828
Thomas Muir 1836-1836
Years of birth are estimates.

John Lennon on 4th June, 2019 wrote of Henry Lennon:

Henry Lennon.  My grandfather x3times born in Templemichael Longford. Ireland left and went to Cheshire. England 1845 with his wife & five children they worked on af farm owned by the mason family at Greasly. Near Chester from 1859 till 1862 when he was convicted in Chester . Spent two years in prison then sent to W A for 15 years worked on T O L for James Brady ? At Avine. Dongala
Until James Brady died from there I do not know what happed to. Henry ,I would love to know thanks

Wendy Smith on 4th June, 2019 wrote of Moses Howlet:

Description 54: Education Could not read or write: Religion Roman Catholic; Status Married with 3 boys and 3 girls; Native of County Wexford; Convicted of stealing money from a house in Kilkenny.  Tried 15 March 1835 to transportation for life.  Height: 5 feet 5 1/2 inches: Complexion Dark Ruddy: Hair Dark brown mixed with grey; Eyes Dark Hazel; Lost two front upper teeth.  Assigned to James Wright, Lanyon, near Queanbeyan.  Lanyon is now in Southern Canberra, ACT.  Absconded on 1 November 1836 with George King (Hive) and Michael Byrne (Hero).  Found with George King on 15 February 1837.  Absconded a second time on 20 November 1837.  Advertisments placed in Sydney Herald with a reward of two pounds for the return of Moses Howlett; William Sangster (Strathfieldsay): John Hamilton (Hero) and Patrick Fitzpatrick (Surry (8). At this stage no further information can be found on Moses Howlett.

Ray Sorensen on 4th June, 2019 wrote of Sarah Watkins:

Sarah was tried at Maidstone Quarter Sessions, Kent 12 January 1809, on June 7 1809 she was convicted of Fraud and sentenced to seven years penal servitude

“Convicted of unlawfully, knowingly and designedly by false pretences obtaining from William Worboys £4-16-0 of the monies of the said Willliam Worboys. Ordered to be transported for the term of seven years to such place or places, port or ports beyond the seas as His Majesty by and with the advice of his privy council shall declare and approve pursuant to the statute in such case made and provided”..... Extract from Minute Book (Lena Garrett Descendant.)

Ken Hudson on 4th June, 2019 wrote of Sarah Copley:

Lazarus and Sarah married at Sorell, Tasmania, Australia
‘’‘Children of Lazarus Howlett and Sarah Copley’‘’, all born at Richmond, Tasmania, Australia  
    “Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration (District Registers)”
Charles         1838 - 1892 Ref#189
John Lazarus
Joseph           1842-1882 Ref#59 died in Victoria, Australia
Caroline         1843-1923 Ref#13294 died at Bairnsdale aged 80 years
Henry           1846 -1916 Ref#12883 died at Bairnsdale aged 70 years
Mary Ann       1848 Ref#126 -1883 Ref#5234 at Geelong, Victoria aged 39yr
Sarah           1850 Ref#242
James Martin   1853   Ref#339 died 1920 Ref#4133 at Bairnsdale
William Henry 1856 Ref#551
Alfred           1858 Ref#708
Jane             1858 Ref#709
11 children in total

Charles and Mary Ann Westicott 1863 at Richmond, Tasmania, Australia Ref#2046    
John Lazarus and Carol Mary Browne (sic.) Broome 1880 at Victoria, Australia Ref#4157 (6x children at Bairnsdale)
Caroline and William John Froud 1865 at Richmond, Tasmania, Australia Ref#FHL microfilm 1,368,297
Henry and Lydia Gamble 1893 at Tasmania, Australia Ref#FHL microfilm 1,368,312
Mary Ann and John Fairbrother 1884 at Victoria, Australia Ref#1821
Sarah and Henry Edward Iles 1868 at Richmond, Tasmania, Australia Ref#FHL microfilm 1,368,298
James Martin and Marion Elizabeth Grant 1877 at Victoria, Australia Ref#1556
William and Elisabeth Mayn (sic.) Maine? 1878 at Tasmania, Australia Ref#FHL microfilm 1,368,303
Alfred and Elisabeth Rosanna Double 1887 at Tasmania, Australia Ref#FHL microfilm 1,368,308
Jane and Andrew Broadribb 1875 at Richmond, Tasmania, Australia Ref#FHL microfilm 7,368,168

Iris Dunne on 4th June, 2019 wrote of James Maylard:

Conditional Pardon No.48/775 dated 1 March 1848, Year of Birth 1810, Trade Seaman & Waterman, Offence Housebreaking, tried 21 March 1833

Iris Dunne on 4th June, 2019 wrote of William George Tester:

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
William Pierce, James Burgess, William George Tester
Theft: Stealing from master
5th January 1857
Lots of details on court proceedings in link below:-

Occupation Clerk

Iris Dunne on 4th June, 2019 wrote of William Pearce:

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
William Pierce, James Burgess, William George Tester
Theft: Stealing from master
5th January 1857
Lots of details on court proceedings in link below:-

Guilty on 3rd Count. Aged 40. - Confined two Years; Three Months Solitary
Occupation: Grocer
Possible death 1871 (Free BMD)

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