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Maureen Withey on 29th October, 2020 wrote of Garrett Reilly:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Garrett Reilly, Three Bees (1814),  Tried Dublin City, 1813, 7 years.

Maureen Withey on 29th October, 2020 wrote of Thomas Cawell:

Colonial Secretary Index.

COWELL, Thomas. Per “Ocean”, 1816.

1822 Feb - Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3214; 4/1864 p.95)
1825 Feb 9 - Re permission to marry at Sydney (Reel 6014; 4/3513 p.357)
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Thomas and his wife Jane were tried for receiving stolen property in 1826.

Thomas Cowell, holding a Ticket of Leave, Jane Cowell his wife, and Robert Shaw, were then charged with being receivers of the property stolen from Dr. McLeod’s cart.
Suspicion had been attached to the prisoners, and on the authority of a Magistrate’s warrant, their house situated about half a mile from the spot on which the robbery was committed, underwent a search, where a quantity of wheat in bags was found concealed under the bed-tick; and in another part of the house, some soap and tobacco were found, and positively sworn to, as being part of the property stolen.
In their defence it was stated that the prisoners had saved the wheat from their mess; but this not appearing likely, there being near 6 bushels, the bench ordered the prisoners to he brought up again for further examination.
The Australian, 17 May 1826.

Joseph Locket, Wm. Whyte, Thomas Cowell, Jane Cowell, and Robert Shaw, were again brought up on a charge of robbing Mr. Campbell’s cart.
Mr. Campbell deposed that about six weeks ago, he and his cart were stopped when about four miles from Liverpool by as many men, and robbed of a quantity of tea, sugar, a shirt, some nankeen, oil, a frying pan, and various other articles, besides six dollars in money; the frying pan was a particular one, and sworn to be the very identical pan before the court. The shirt and nankeen were similar to those stolen.
Wm Johnstone, an ordinary constable, deposed that by the assistance of the prisoner, Robert Shaw, he found in the house of the prisoner, Thomas Cowell, the fryingpan produced. It was secreted under some bark, and the piece of nankeen was locked up in a chest.
Robert Shaw, one of the prisoners, stated that on the morning after the robbery was committed, his master being from home, Jane Cowell shewed him a quantity of sugar, tea, oil, some nankeen, a fryingpan, and various other articles, which she affirmed had been sold to her the preceding evening by Locket — the sugar at threepence halfpenny per lb., tea at 2s. 6d. per lb. and the other articles at equally moderate rate; that his mistress secreted the frying pan, which had been identified, where it was afterwards found by the constables, observing that was the only article that could be sworn to.
The prisoners have all been committed for trial at the Criminal Court.
The Australian, 3 Jun 1826.

Joseph Lockett and William White, were indicted for a highway robbery on the person of Patrick Neville, and taking from a cart two bags of wheat, some tea, sugar, tobacco, and soap, the property of Dr. M’Leod, on the Liverpool-road, on the 8th day of May last. Thomas Cowell, was also indicted for receiving part of the above property, knowing it to have been so stolen.  It appeared from the evidence of the prosecutor, Patrick Neville, that he was overseer to Dr. M’Leod, and resided at Cabramatta Creek, within three miles of Liverpool.  That on the night of the 8th of May, between the hours of eight and nine o’clock, as he was retuming from Sydney, together with a Government servant, named Thos. Agnew, driving a team of bullocks in a cart, he was stopped by three men, on the Liverpool road, one of whom collared him, and knocked him down with a stick, when another took from his pocket, eight dollars, and some smaller monies; they also took two bags of wheat, and some tea, sugar, tobacco, and soap, from the cart. This witness also swore, to the best of his belief, that the prisoner, Lockett, was the man by whom he was knocked down.
Robert Shaw, an approver, deposed that he was Government servant to the wife of the prisoner Cowell, who himself is the holder of a ticket of leave; that on the night of the 8th of May, the prisoner Lockett came to the house of Cowell, on the Liverpool road, described to be near the place where the robbery took place, and knocked at the door, which, on being opened by witness, he asked “where Tom was?” meaning the prisoner, Cowell; witness told him that he was in bed, when he took him a few rods from the house and shewed him two bags of wheat, which he said were for Cowell, and went away. Witness then went back and told Cowell, who got up, had the wheat brought into the house, put into other bags, and placed under the bed, and afterwards hid the bags, which at first contained it, under the bark covering of a calf pen, where they were afterwards found by the constables, who searched the house.
Michael M’Namara, a constable, deposed, that he searched the house of the prisoner Cowell, and found the property, which was identified by Patrick Neville. The prisoners called no witnesses, and His Honor summed up the evidence, leaving it to the Jury to say, whether, from the testimony brought forward, they were of opinion that the prisoner Lockett, for there was no case whatever against White, had committed the offence charged against him, and if so, then to enquire how far the prisoner Cowell was guilty of receiving the property knowing it to have been stolen. The Jury, without retiring, returned a verdict of Guilty against the prisoners Lockett and Cowell. White, Not Guilty. The two former prisoners were remanded, and White detained on another charge.

Supreme Criminal Court.  WEDNESDAY, 25th.
This morning the following prisoners were brought up to receive sentence :- Joseph Lockett for Highway Robbery :-Death. Thomas Cowell accessary after the fact to a Highway Robbery-14 Years.  Jane Cowell, accessary after the fact to a Highway Robbery—14 Years.
The Monitor, 28 July 1826.
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Thomas was sent to Norfolk Island.

1828 Census index.
Thomas Cowell, per Ocean 1, 14 year sentence, Norfolk Island.

Maureen Withey on 29th October, 2020 wrote of William Cawell:

Colonial Secreatry Index.

CAWELL, William (Per “Atlas”, 1816) see COWELL, William

COWELL, William. Per “Atlas”, 1816.

1820 Jan 31, Feb 17 - Re permission to marry at Liverpool (Reel 6007; 4/3501 p.257)
1822 - Had served the family of George Johnston of Annandale since he came to the Colony. Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3214; 4/1864 p.96)
1823 Jun 18 - Appointed Honorary Constable and Poundkeeper, Georges River (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.170)
1824 - Servant of Robert Johnston of Liverpool; attestation as to his character for a ticket of leave (Reel 6027; 4/1716.1 pp.42-3)
1825 Jun 30, Jul 8 - Re whereabouts of (Reel 6014; 4/3514 pp.565, 608)
1825 Aug 11 - Required at Colonial Secretary’s office (Reel 6015; 4/3515 p.139)

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Marriage Permissions.
William Cawell, per Atlas (3), age 34, Life sentence, Bond, and Martha Capen, age 22, born in colony, free. Date of permission, 20 Sept 1827, Parramatta. Rev. Samuel Marsden.

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1828 Census Index.
William Cawell, age 36, T.L. Atlas, 1816, Life, protestant, Butcher, Parramatta district.
Martha Cawell, age 18, born in colony, protestant.
William, age 2 ½, born in colony.
Richard, age 5 months, b.c.

Maureen Withey on 29th October, 2020 wrote of Thomas Cawell:

Daring Robbery.  On the evening of Saturday se’ennight, as Mr. Henry Wilkinson, of Scorton, near Catterick, was returning homeward from Northallerton fair, he was stopped within half a mile of his own house by two footpads, who struck him on his head with a bludgeon, knocking him off his horse. The villains then robbed him of his pocket book, containing bank notes to the amount of 45l. Mr. W.‘s cries of murder having brought several persons to his assistance,  he was removed home, and surgical aid being procured, his wounds were immediately dressed. Mr. W. fortunately recognised the robbers, who proved to be his own servants, two brothers named Thomas and William Cawell. They were immediately apprehended, and have since, upon their own confession, been committed to York Castle, to take their trials at the approaching Lent assizes.
Hull Packet, 21 Feb 1815.
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Thomas Cawell and Wm. Cawell, for robbing .. Henry Wilkinson, of Scorton, of a pocket book containing notes to the value of 451. and other articles.
Lancaster Gazette, 25 March 1815

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The following convicts left York Castle on Monday morning, and are to be delivered on hoard the hulks, near Portsmouth:  … Wm. Cawell, Thomas Cawell, …
Leeds Mercury, 24 June 1815.

Maureen Withey on 29th October, 2020 wrote of William Cawell:

Daring Robbery.  On the evening of Saturday se’ennight, as Mr. Henry Wilkinson, of Scorton, near Catterick, was returning homeward from Northallerton fair, he was stopped within half a mile of his own house by two footpads, who struck him on his head with a bludgeon, knocking him off his horse. The villains then robbed him of his pocket book, containing bank notes to the amount of 45l. Mr. W.‘s cries of murder having brought several persons to his assistance,  he was removed home, and surgical aid being procured, his wounds were immediately dressed. Mr. W. fortunately recognised the robbers, who proved to be his own servants, two brothers named Thomas and William Cawell. They were immediately apprehended, and have since, upon their own confession, been committed to York Castle, to take their trials at the approaching Lent assizes.
Hull Packet, 21 Feb 1815.
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Thomas Cawell and Wm. Cawell, for robbing .. Henry Wilkinson, of Scorton, of a pocket book containing notes to the value of 451. and other articles.
Lancaster Gazette, 25 March 1815

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The following convicts left York Castle on Monday morning, and are to be delivered on hoard the hulks, near Portsmouth:  … Wm. Cawell, Thomas Cawell, …
Leeds Mercury, 24 June 1815.

Maureen Withey on 29th October, 2020 wrote of Marmaduke Kidd:

Marmaduke Kidd, jun. for entering the dwelling house of the Rev. J Preston, of Flasby Hall, and stealing a large quantity of silver plate – Guilty.
Lancaster Gazette, 25 March 1815.

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The following convicts left York Castle on Monday morning, and are to be delivered on hoard the hulks, near Portsmouth:  … Marmaduke Kidd, …
Leeds Mercury, 24 June 1815.

Maureen Withey on 29th October, 2020 wrote of Thomas Burton:

Thomas Burton,  late of Crigglestone, charged with Stealing bankers’ receipts, and other articles. being the property of M. Charlesworth.
York Herald, 11 March 1815.
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The following convicts left York Castle left York Castle on Monday morning, and are to be delivered on hoard the hulks, near Portsmouth:  …Thos Burton, …
Leeds Mercury, 24 June 1815.

Maureen Withey on 29th October, 2020 wrote of Jonas Wilson:

Yorkshire Lent Assizes.
Jonas Wilson, (48) late of Cleckheaton, charged with stealing a black mare, value 40s – Guilty.
York Herald, 18 Mar 1815.

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The following convicts left York Castle left York Castle on Monday morning, and are to be delivered on hoard the hulks, near Portsmouth:  …Jonas Wilson, …
Leeds Mercury, 24 June 1815.

Maureen Withey on 28th October, 2020 wrote of Michael Cambie:

The following convicts left York Castle left York Castle on Monday morning, and are to be delivered on hoard the hulks, near Portsmouth:  …Michael Cambie, alias John Ward, …
Leeds Mercury, 24 June 1815.

Maureen Withey on 28th October, 2020 wrote of Henry Raine:

The following convicts left York Castle left York Castle on Monday morning, and are to be delivered on hoard the hulks, near Portsmouth:  … Henry Raine,…
Leeds Mercury, 24 June 1815.

Maureen Withey on 28th October, 2020 wrote of Mary Thomas:

The following convicts left York Castle left York Castle on Monday morning, and are to be delivered on hoard the hulks, near Portsmouth: … Also, Mary Griffin and Mary Thomas, to be delivered on board the Mary Ann convict ship, now laying below Deptford.
Leeds Mercury, 24 June 1815.

Maureen Withey on 28th October, 2020 wrote of Mary Griffin:

The following convicts left York Castle left York Castle on Monday morning, and are to be delivered on hoard the hulks, near Portsmouth: … Also, Mary Griffin and Mary Thomas, to be delivered on board the Mary Ann convict ship, now laying below Deptford.
Leeds Mercury, 24 June 1815.

Maureen Withey on 28th October, 2020 wrote of John Newsome:

Colonial Secretary Index.

NEWSOME, John. Per “Atlas”, 1819

1819 Oct 30 - On list of convicts disembarked from the “Atlas” and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution; listed as Newshaw (Reel 6007; 4/3501 p.2)

1823 Jul 8 - Former overseer, male factory. Salary of referred to in petition of John Fielding (Reel 6059; 4/1772 p.21)

1824 May 20 - Re permission to marry at Parramatta; listed as Newsone (Reel 6013; 4/3511 p.71)

c.1825 - On return of convicts in the employ of Revd Samuel Marsden; from 1819 (Reel 6064; 4/1789 p.78a)

1825 - On list of Crown servants mustered in the employ of Revd Samuel Marsden; in 1822-24 (Fiche 3143; 4/1843A No.511 p.362)

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1828 Census Index.
John Newsome, F.S. Atlas, 1819, 7 years, protestant, Schoolmaster, Windsor district
Cordelia (Knight) Newsome, age 33, G.S. Lord Sidmouth 1821, life.

Maureen Withey on 28th October, 2020 wrote of Cordelia Knight:

Colonial secretary Index.

KNIGHT, Cordelia. Per “Lord Sidmouth”, 1823.

1823 Nov 12 - Daughters Lucretia and Mary Knight admitted to Female Orphan Institution on petition by mother (Reel 6040; 4/403 p.109)

1824 May 20 - Re permission to marry at Parramatta (Reel 6013; 4/3511 p.71)

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1828 Census Index.
John Newsome, F.S. Atlas, 1819, 7 years, protestant, Schoolmaster, Windsor district
Cordelia (Knight) Newsome, age 33, G.S. Lord Sidmouth 1821, life.

Maureen Withey on 28th October, 2020 wrote of Maurice Rail:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Maurice Rail, age 37, Three Bees (1814),  Tried Kerry Co., 1813, 7 years. DOB 1777, Native place, Kerry. Quarryman. 

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Colonial Secretary Index.

RAILE, Maurice. Per “Three Bees”, 1814; constable at Sydney.

1822 - Signatory to petition from the ordinary constables of Sydney complaining of the diminution of their rations (Reel 6055; 4/1760 p.43c)
1822 Dec 27-1825 Aug 30 - On pay lists of constables employed at Sydney (Reel 6029, 4/7016A pp.14-216, 4/7016B pp.6-208 & 4/7016C pp.227-384; Reel 6030, 4/7016D pp.20-386; Reel 6061, 4/1780 pp.207c, 222c)
1823 Mar - On list of constables in Sydney from Sep 1820 to Mar 1823; appointed 20 Jul 1822 (Reel 6056; 4/1764 p.66)
1824 Jul 16 - Appointed constable in Sydney on 9 Jul; his name to be inserted in the victualling allowance list of constables (Reel 6061; 4/1780 p.210)
1824 Dec 31 - On list of district and other constables doing duty in Sydney and its vicinity (Reel 6063; 4/1784 p.314b)

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The Sydney Gazette, 12 Dec 1825, reports:
STATEMENT of Fines and Fees, received at the Police Office, Sydney, from the 20th of May, to the 30th September, 1825;
Paid Maurice Raile,& Robin M’Allister, constables, their moiety of fines on Glover and Wheeler - . .£1 10s 0d.

(Wheeler was a publican, fined for harboring crown prisoners drinking, and Wheeler, was a baker , fined for selling bread short of weight.)

Maureen Withey on 28th October, 2020 wrote of Daniel Quinn:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Daniel Quinn, Three Bees (1814),  Tried Armagh Co., 1812, 7 years.

Maureen Withey on 28th October, 2020 wrote of John Quarry:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
John Quarry, age 40, Three Bees (1814),  Tried Tipperary Co., 1812, 7 years. DOB 1774, Native place, Waterford. Labourer. 

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Colonial Secretary Index.

QUARIE, John. Per “Three Bees”, 1814.

1817 Jun 28
On list of prisoners to be sent to Newcastle per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6005; 4/3496 p.220)

Maureen Withey on 28th October, 2020 wrote of John O'reilly:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
John O’Reilly, alias O’Rielly, Beatty, age 22, Three Bees (1814),  Tried Dublin City, 1812, 7 years. DOB 1792, Native place, Dublin. Porter.

Maureen Withey on 28th October, 2020 wrote of Mathew Newport:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Mathew Newport, age 26, Three Bees (1814),  Tried Dublin City, 1813, 14 years. DOB 1788, Native place, Wexford. Cooper. 

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Colonial Secretary Index.

NEWPORT, Mathew. Per “Three Bees”, 1814; cooper.

1818 Jun 6 - Paid from the Police Fund for sundries for Government (Reel 6038; SZ759 p.475)
1818 Dec - Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3187; 4/1855 p.178)
1819 Dec - Petition for ticket of leave (Fiche 3198; 4/1859 p.71)
1821 Sep 8 - Town Gang. On list of all persons victualled from H.M. Magazines (Reel 6016; 4/5781 p.121)
1821 Dec 18 - Servant to James Willbow. Guilty of robbery, sentenced to Port Macquarie (Reel 6055; 4/1760 p.136)
1821 Dec 27 - On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta” (Reel 6008; 4/3504A p.203)
1823 Dec 26 - Request to be transferred from Newcastle to Bathurst (Reel 6065; 4/1798 pp.371-2)
1824 Nov 10 - On monthly return of convicts assigned in the Counties of Northumberland and Durham; to John Maughan (Reel 6028; 2/8283 p.97)

Patrick Morgan on 28th October, 2020 wrote of Maria Wade Ux Curry:

A Maria Wade is mentioned in William Ross’s The Fell Tyrant, or the Suffering Convict, a highly critical and perhaps exaggerated account of conditions at the Moreton Bay penal settlement under the commandant Captain Patrick Logan (London, 1836).
Ross says an illicit bar of soap was found in Wade’s hut and, despite her protestations of innocence, Logan extended her sentence by six months, whereupon the indignant Wade told him: “I pray to God that I may see your wife a widow, and your children fatherless before I quit the settlement.”
Ross further reports that Logan’s widow, on being told of the death of her husband (in itself an interesting tale), declared: “Oh! wretched Maria, your prayers have indeed been heard.”

Maureen Withey on 28th October, 2020 wrote of Patrick Noonan:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Patrick Noonan, Three Bees (1814),  Tried Limerick Co., 1813, 7 years.

Maureen Withey on 28th October, 2020 wrote of David Noonan:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
David Noonan, age 23, Three Bees (1814),  Tried Limerick Co., 1813, 7 years. DOB 1791, Native place, Limerick. Quarryman. 

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olonial Secretary Index.

NOONAN, David. Per “Three Bees”, 1814.

1823 Feb 10, Jul 25 - Of Bunbury Curren. On list of persons receiving an assigned convict (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D pp.21, 63)
1824 Sep - Memorial (Fiche 3103; 4/1838B No.715 pp.1133-6)
1824 Sep 20 - On account of wheat and maize in the possession of settlers in the Districts of Upper and Lower Minto (Reel 6061; 4/1780 p.286)

Wendy Smith on 28th October, 2020 wrote of John Leddy:

The Australia Indentures state that John Leddy was 44 years old.  He could read and write; religion Roman Catholic; status single and a native of County Meath.  He was an indoor servant.  John was convicted of stealing money at Meath on 12 October 1835 and sentenced to 7 years.  He had one prior conviction and served one month.  Physical attributes: Height 5 feet 6 inches; complexion dark ruddy and a little pock pitted; hair brown mixed with grey and eyes grey.  Transport number 68.  Prisoner number 36-1873.
Received ticket of leave on 18 July 1841 (number 41/1429) at ? waters.
Ticket of leave pass (number 42//727) altered to Merton with Mr Robertson.
Received certificate of freedom on 15 February 1843 (number 45/583) at Merton.

Wendy Smith on 28th October, 2020 wrote of Michael Murray:

The Australia Indentures state that Michael Murray was 23 years old.  He could read; religion Roman Catholic; status married with one son and a native of County Down.  He was an indoor servant and solider.  (They is not occupation code for this combinations.).  Michael was convicted of stealing pocket book at Meath on 28 December 1835 and sentenced to 7 years.  He had one prior conviction and suffered 300 lashes (as soldier’s punishment).  Physical attributes: Height 5 feet 7 1/2 inches; complexion ruddy and freckled; hair brown and eyes grey.  Transport number 69.  Prisoner number 36-1874.
NSW 1837 General Census states that Michael was assigned to Government Service in Sydney.
Received ticket of leave on 13 November 1840 (number 40/2601) at Patrick Plains.
Received certificate of freedom on 28 April 1845 (number 45/583) at Singleton.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 28th October, 2020 wrote of Addin Grimley:

UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1856

Nature of the Disease; Catarrhs & Hepaticus
No of the Case; 16.
Date taken ill:  4th October 1828
Notes; Complains of great un easiness of the right side ...
Lingered out the day and died at 7 pm 13th Oct 1828

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