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Rebecca on 8th July, 2019 wrote of Thomas Wilson:

also known as Thomas John Noakes Wilson

Maureen Withey on 8th July, 2019 wrote of John Head:

Tas Rec. John Head, No.226, Sea Flower, 17 Nov 1818, 7 yr.
Conduct report – he was a constable, but was dismissed from his situation as he was in charge, allowing Henry Ridge, a convict to escape from Macq. harbor, June 11 1823, and was sent back to Macq harbour for the remainder of his sentence.

Certificate of Freedom obtained during last week.
John Head, Sea Flower
Hobart Town Gazette, 26 Nov 1825

Maureen Withey on 8th July, 2019 wrote of John Head:

HEAD, John. Per “Sea Flower”, 1820
1820 May 2 - Convict arrived from India per “Sea Flower” (Reel 6007; 4/3502 p.14)
1820 Oct 14 - Re transfer to Van Diemen’s Land (Reel 6007; 4/3502 p.345)
1824 Feb 9 -On list of prisoners in Van Diemen’s Land claiming expiration of sentence (Reel 6019; 4/3522 p.11)

John Head, aged 24, a native of Tipperary, arrived in the Sea Flower in 1820, with other convicts from India, which arrived 30 April from Calcutta. He was a soldier, and was tried at Meeret Court Martial, India, in 1818, and sentenced to 7 years transportation.

 

David Bromwich on 8th July, 2019 wrote of William Corby:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 July 2019), July 1835, trial of WILLIAM CORBY (t18350706-1626).

From


“WILLIAM CORBY was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of July, 1 handkerchief, value 2s. 6d. the goods of Charles Frederick Edgar, from his person.”

Maureen Withey on 8th July, 2019 wrote of Anthony Taylor:

... and Anthony Taylor, for breaking open a box, and stealing thereout property of Thos. Hale, of Trowbridge, were sentenced to be transported for seven years …
Salisbury Journal, 25 Oct 1819.

Tasmanian Records - convict Register:T 116

Anthony Taylor, 4 ft 11 ½ in high; brown hair, grey eyes, age 28, a sailor, Wilts 19 Oct 1819, 7 yrs; transported on Guildford; Native place, Bristol; left leg crippled- goes on a stump. Cert. Freedom, No 33, 19 Oct 1826.

Maureen Withey on 8th July, 2019 wrote of Thomas Rawlings:

Tas Record - Convict Register - No. R 169

Thomas Rawlings, No 169, 5ft 6½in high, brown hair, hazel eyes, age 20, farm lab, Wilts, 4 Mar 1820, 7 yr, Guildford, Native Place, Calne, Wilts; Freedom Cert. 25 Mar 1827.

Maureen Withey on 8th July, 2019 wrote of Thomas Rawlings:

Seven years transportation, Thomas Russ and Thos. Maslen, for stealing poultry at All Cannings; Thomas Rawlins, for stealing wearing apparel at Chippenham, ...
Salisbury Journal, 13 March 1820

Maureen Withey on 7th July, 2019 wrote of Thomas Russ:

Seven years transportation, Thomas Russ and Thos. Maslen, for stealing poultry at All Cannings;
Salisbury Journal, 13 March 1820

Maureen Withey on 7th July, 2019 wrote of Thomas Maslen:

Seven years transportation, Thomas Russ and Thos. Maslen, for stealing poultry at All Cannings;
Salisbury Journal, 13 March 1820

Maureen Withey on 7th July, 2019 wrote of John Clark:

Tas convict record:
John Clark, No 292, 5ft 4 ½ in; red hair, grey eyes, age 18, trade – sweep; convicted at York 19 Oct 1819, 7 yrs; Guildford; native place, Wetherby, York; scar right corner of mouth; Executed 15th Sept 1826.

Maureen Withey on 7th July, 2019 wrote of James Neale:

Salisbury
The quarter sessions of the peace for this county commenced at Devizes on Tuesday last. ...There were seventy prisoners on the calendar for trial: the following were convicted, and sentenced as under: James Batten, for stealing from a boat on the Kennet and Avon Canal, a towing line and basket; and Wm. Curtis and James Neale, for breaking into a barn of Isaac Manning, Sherston Magna, and stealing ten bushels of wheat; seven years transportation.
Salisbury Journal, 17 Jan 1820

The above three convicts all were transported on Guildford

Maureen Withey on 7th July, 2019 wrote of William (the Younger) Curtis:

Salisbury
The quarter sessions of the peace for this county commenced at Devizes on Tuesday last. ...There were seventy prisoners on the calendar for trial: the following were convicted, and sentenced as under: James Batten, for stealing from a boat on the Kennet and Avon Canal, a towing line and basket; and Wm. Curtis and James Neale, for breaking into a barn of Isaac Manning, Sherston Magna, and stealing ten bushels of wheat; seven years transportation.
Salisbury Journal, 17 Jan 1820

The above three convicts all were transported on Guildford

Maureen Withey on 7th July, 2019 wrote of James Batton:

James Batten, John Turner, and Charles Flasuté, stood indicted for stealing 700 lbs. Weight of salt on the 13th September last, the property of Mr. James Kelly, and another. It appeared in evidence, that Messrs. Kelly and Lucas purchased a quantity of salt, that had been saved from the wreck of the ship Thomas; that it was in casks on the beach at Sandy Bay Point, and that the prisoners, by eluding the vigilance of those in charge thereof, succeeded in carrying off the quantity specified in the indictment. The boat in which they carried it off, was watched to the Old Jetty, where the prisoners were taken into custody.—Guilty, to be transported for seven years.

Reported in The Colonist (Hobart Town) Tues Nov 19 1833

James Batton, sentence expiring and about to obtain Cert of freedom on date indicated:
Colonial.
Guildford, -James Batton - 18th inst.
Reported in the Cornwall Chronicle, Launceston, 7 Nov 1840.

Maureen Withey on 7th July, 2019 wrote of James Batton:

Salisbury
The quarter sessions of the peace for this county commenced at Devizes on Tuesday last. ...There were seventy prisoners on the calendar for trial: the following were convicted, and sentenced as under: James Batten, for stealing from a boat on the Kennet and Avon Canal, a towing line and basket; and Wm. Curtis and James Neale, for breaking into a barn of Isaac Manning, Sherston Magna, and stealing ten bushels of wheat; seven years transportation.
Salisbury Journal, 17 Jan 1820

No. 314 - James Batton, 5ft 7 ½ in; black hair, hazel eyes,  age 27, carter, convicted Wilts, 11 Jan 1820, sentence 7 yrs;  transported on Guildford 1820; (underneath, convicted at (Launceston, crossed out,) Hobart Town; J.C. 13 Nov 1833, 7 yrs;) Native place, Bradford , Wilts, crippled left foot, scar back of rt hand. Freedom Cert. 15 Jan 1827
from Tas. record, register of male prisoners

D Wong on 7th July, 2019 wrote of Mark Whale:

Mark Whale was listed as 22 years old on arrival.

Place of Birth: Brinkworth, Wiltshire.

Father: James
Mother: Sarah Matthews.
Sisters: Sophia, Mary, Leah
Brothers: Charles, James, William.

Mark was 5’9¼” tall, brown hair, grey eyes, small scar on forehead.

1830 Muster: Public Works
1832-35 Musters: Assigned to Mr. D. McGowan.

18/7/1839: CP
2/6/1843: Free Pardon.

1843 Census: In Launceston.

Judith Spoor on 7th July, 2019 wrote of Jacob Turnbull:

Married Mary Birtley at Newcastle upon Tyne 16/11/1823 They had 12 children. She left England 15/06/1833 arrived in Tasmania on the Mary Catherine in 30/09/1833

D Wong on 7th July, 2019 wrote of George Rose:

George Rose was listed as 53 years old on arrival.

Place of Birth: Wiltshire.

29/4/1819: George Rose, aged 50 years, convicted of felony on 6 Mar 1819 at Wiltshire Assizes, and sentenced to seven years transportation, was received on board the prison hulk Laurel from Fisherton.

15/3/1826: COF

Possible Death:
27/12/1854: At Port Sorell, Tas.,
Cause of Death: Old age accelerated by exposure in the sun, aged 84 years.

Listed ad D Rose (daddy written in pencil).

D Wong on 7th July, 2019 wrote of George Rose:

George Rose was listed as 24 years old on arrival.

Place of Birth: West Charlton/Chorlton/Cholderton, Wiltshire.

Mother: Ruth Rose - mother and father-in-law Joseph Ennis a gamekeeper for Mr. Bevan, London, Bryanston Square.

Crime listed as Robbery/machine breaking.

Occupations: Ploughman/game keeper/wait at table/kitchen gardener.

George was literate, single, 5’11½” tall, black hair, light blue eyes.

30/10/1833: George died at HM Colonial Hospital. Listed as 25 years old.
Buried on 2/11/1833.

Lyn Hudson-Williamson on 7th July, 2019 wrote of James Elphick:

NOTE: The Birth date given here is actually his baptism date

Maureen Withey on 7th July, 2019 wrote of George Rose:

Tasmanian record - Description- George Rose, (No 128), age 53, farm lab or ploughman, 5 ft 6 1/4 in high, brown to grey hair, grey eyes, native place , Wiltshire.

Maureen Withey on 7th July, 2019 wrote of George Rose:

On Saturday evening Mr. Justice Holroyd arrived here, and opened the commission for holding the Lent Assizes for this county.- The business will be proceeded on this morning - Mr. Justice Holroyd will preside in the Crown Court, and Mr. Justice Best at Nisi Prius.- Eighteen venires are returned, one of which is a special Jury.
The prisoners on our calendar for trial, are eight-one in number, as follow : ...G. Rose and Rd. Cock, for stealing 6 turkies belonging to G. Warriner, Esq., at Conock. ...
Salisbury Journal, 8 Mar 1819

The following prisoners were convicted of various acts of grand larceny, specified in last week’s Journal:…  Geo. Rose ... 7 yrs transportation  
Salisbury Journal, 15 Mar 1819

Maureen Withey on 7th July, 2019 wrote of Mark Whale:

Mark Whale, for stealing wearing apparel and other articles from the house of Henry Sherwood, at Brinkworth
Salisbury Journal, 8 Mar 1819

The following prisoners, 17 in number, were fully convicted of the crimes for which they stood indicted, and received sentence of Death :- …Mark Whale, aged 19, for breaking into and robbing the house of Henry Sherwood at Brinkworth.. …  All the above prisoners have been reprieved, ..
Salisbury Journal, 15 Mar 1819

Maureen Withey on 7th July, 2019 wrote of William Foyle:

Wm. Foyle, Wm. Hunt, Thos. Jennings, Geo. Eyres, and Wm. Cable, for stealing 75lb of butter from a waggon at Fugglestone St.Peter
Salisbury Journal, 8 Mar 1819

The following prisoners were convicted of various acts of grand larceny, specified in last week’s Journal:…  Wm. Foyle alias Poyle, Wm. Hunt, Thos. Jennings, Wm. Cable, .. 7 yrs transportation  
Salisbury Journal, 15 Mar 1819

Maureen Withey on 7th July, 2019 wrote of George Whitwick:

The following prisoners, 17 in number, were fully convicted of the crimes for which they stood indicted, and received sentence of Death :- …George Whitwick, for stealing a mare the property of Wm. Jenkins at Shepton Mallet.. …  All the above prisoners have been reprieved, ..
Salisbury Journal, 15 Mar 1819

Maureen Withey on 7th July, 2019 wrote of William Beckington:

Wm. Beckington, for burglariously breaking into the shop of John Fox, at Melksham, and stealing 2 pieces of cotton, 2 pieces of kerseymere, and other articles.
Salisbury Journal, 8 Mar 1819
The following prisoners, 17 in number, were fully convicted of the crimes for which they stood indicted, and received sentence of Death :- …Wm. Beckingham, for a burglary in the shop of John Fox, at Melksham. …  All the above prisoners have been reprieved, except the two first-named, James Rawlings and James Batton,
Salisbury Journal, 15 Mar 1819

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