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Nell Murphy on 19th March, 2019 wrote of William Wrathall:

William WRATHALL arrived in Austraia per the “Denmark Hill” 1826, free.

William WRATHALL was charged and convicted at the Hobart Supreme Court, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) 1836 for Larceny - stealing a piece of pork from his Master, a butcher.  7 yr sentence, to be served in this Colony, in the Interior.

Robyn Hogan on 19th March, 2019 wrote of Francis Fieudard:

Francois married Honora Ahern - I am interested with making contact with Robin Sharkey - robynhogan@hotmail.com

Wendy Smith on 19th March, 2019 wrote of William Rustin:

Married 18 September 1839 Mary Ann Salkilld by Rev. Edward Smith.  Queanbeyan Church of England Marriage records.  Conditional Pardon issued on 1 May 1840 supported by A. T. faunce, T. A. Murray, J. J. Wright and T. Macquoid.  Mrs Ruston was the first matron of the Queanbeyan Asylum i.e. Queanbeyan Hospital 1848 approx.  Mr William Rusten assisted at the Asylum.  Queanbeyan and District pp 43 & 112.

Wendy Smith on 19th March, 2019 wrote of Caleb Flude:

Convicted for Burglary and sentenced to death.  This was commuted to transport for life. UK Leicestershire Crime Register 1827.  Assigned to Mr G. T. Palmer.  Occupation or calling Stockinger - Reference NSW Convict Indentures 1827.  Married 17 January 1842 to Mary Foley at Queanbeyan.  Marriage Church of England Records.  Minister Rev. Edward Smith.

Nell Murphy on 19th March, 2019 wrote of William Bland:

William BLAND was transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship “Eden” 1836.

Nell Murphy on 18th March, 2019 wrote of Joseph Palfreyman:

DEATH:
6 Nov 1855, Joseph PALFREYMAN, at Sandy Bay, Hobart. (ref. Examiner newspaper 10 Nov 1855)

REMARRIAGE OF WIFE:
26 June 1856 - Ann PALFRYMAN aged 44 yrs, widow to Henry LIPSCOMBE aged 56 yrs, widower. At St. George’s Church of England, Hobart. (ref. 37/1/15 no. 223)

DEATH OF WIFE:
Ann LIPSCOMBE (prev. Palfreyman, nee Brown) died at Sandy Bay, Hobart on 30 March 1893, widower. (Henry Lipscombe had died in 1873.) Aged 80 yrs, of old age.  (ref. 35/1/14 no. 270)

Nell Murphy on 18th March, 2019 wrote of Ann Brown:

DEATH OF HUSBAND, JOSEPH PALFREYMAN - 6 Nov 1855, at Sandy Bay, Hobart.  (ref. Examiner newspaper 10 Nov 1855)

REMARRIAGE:
26 June 1856 - Ann PALFRYMAN aged 44 yrs, widow to Henry LIPSCOMBE aged 56 yrs, widower. At St. George’s Church of England, Hobart. (ref. 37/1/15 no. 223)

DEATH:
Ann LIPSCOMBE (prev. Palfreyman, nee Brown) died at Sandy Bay, Hobart on 30 March 1893, widower. Henry Lipscombe had died in 1873. Aged 80 yrs, of old age.  (ref. 35/1/14 no. 270)

Nell Murphy on 18th March, 2019 wrote of Ann Brown:

Ann BROWN was convicted at the Central Criminal Court, London on 1 Feb 1841 for receiving stolen bank notes.  7 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship “Rajah” arriving 24 July 1841. Ship Surgeon’s report: “quiet”.

Single woman; house maid & needle woman; aged 30 yrs; fresh complexion; black hair; Hazel eyes.
Native place of birth: St. Lukes, London.

Colony of VDL:
Assigned to work duties.
Ticket of Leave granted 23 Aug 1844.

APPLICATION FOR PERMISSION TO MARRY:
30 April 1843 - Joseph PALFREYMAN (per Atlas) to Ann BROWN (per Rajah - there is only one Ann Brown recorded for this ship).

MARRIAGE:
5 June 1843 - Joseph PALFREYMAN, aged 30 yrs, bachelor, TL per ‘Atlas’  to Ann BROWN, aged 31 yrs, spinster, convict per ‘Rajah’ at St. David’s Church of England, Parish Church, Hobart.  (ref. 37/1/3 no. 437)

Nell Murphy on 18th March, 2019 wrote of Joseph Palfreyman:

Joseph PALFREYMAN was convicted at Derby, England on 4 Jan 1833 for house stealing. Life Sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship “Atlas” arriving 24 Aug 1833. Ship Surgeon’s report: “well behaved”.

Single man; aged 21 yrs; a ploughman; .

Colony of VDL:
Assigned to work services
12 Feb 1834: Charged with stealing wheat from his Master. Committed for trial. 2 April 1834 - a further 7 yr transportation sentence.
1843: Ticket of Leave granted.
21 Sept 1847: Conditional Pardon approved.

APPLICATION FOR PERMISSION TO MARRY:
30 April 1843 - Joseph PALFREYMAN (per Atlas) to Ann BROWN (per Rajah).

MARRIAGE:
5 June 1843 - Joseph PALFREYMAN, aged 30 yrs, bachelor, TL per ‘Atlas’  to Ann BROWN, aged 31 yrs, spinster, convict per ‘Rajah’ at St. David’s Church of England, Parish Church, Hobart.  (ref. 37/1/3 no. 437)

Nell Murphy on 18th March, 2019 wrote of Elizabeth Clough:

Elizabeth CLOUGH was charged with violent highway robbery Middlesex Gaol Delivery, London on 26 October 1791.  She was indicated for assaulting and stealing a man’s hat and money. She defended this charge but was found guilty of stealing the money. Transportion, 7 years.  Elizabeth was transported to New South Wales, Australia per the ship “Kitty’ arriving 1792.

Wendy Smith on 18th March, 2019 wrote of Henry Toombs:

Queanbeyan Church of England Marriage records Henry Toombs married Mrs Harriet Powers on 1 November 1839.  Mrs Harriet Powers, a widow, transported on Nurma in 1833.  NSW Convict and settler records assigned to Mr John Palmer on Parramatta.  NSW Conditional Pardon was a native of Wiltshire and could milk and reap.

Wendy Smith on 18th March, 2019 wrote of James Rattry:

NSW Convict annotated Printed Indentures Age 23, Date of Birth 1809 at Aberdeen.  Is a Protestant and single. Can read.  Characteristics 5ft 71/4 inches, Fair complexion, Light Hair and Grey Eyes.  NSW Convict & Settler register Convicts arrived 1833 and assigned to Mr G. C. Curlewis on Murray River.  Queanbeyan Pioneer Register died 23 August 1842 as a Labourer in Queanbeyan.  Killed when in a state of intoxication he drove a cart over a sidling hill on the Bungendore Road, two miles from Queanbeyan.  Buried in Oaks Estate Burial Ground.  Employed in 1840 by Mr Cunningham, Molonglo and at time of death by Mr Henry Murphy of Molonglo

Wendy Smith on 18th March, 2019 wrote of Stephen Wilford:

NSW Annotated Printed Indentures 1833 indicate that Stephen Wilford was sentenced for robbing Lodgings.  He had a former conviction for which has had served a six months jail sentence.  He was single, aged 22 yearand born in Chelsea.  Characteristics - 5ft 7 inches, Dark Ruddy complexion, Brown Hair and Blue Eyes. NSW Convict & settlers Convicts arrived in 1833 Assigned to Mr Owen Bowen at Molonglo.  Ticket of Leave application given in July 1841 and allowed to remain in district of Queanbeyan.  Added statement on form ‘Dead March 1842’.  Queanbeyan Pioneer Cemeteries indicate Stephen Wilford buried in April 1842 in Oaks Estate Burial Ground.

Helen Stephanie Carr on 18th March, 2019 wrote of Mary Haydock:

A mini series called “Sarah Dane” was based on the best-selling 1954 novel of the same name by Catherine Gaskin. Gaskin had spent two years researching the book, which was inspired by the true story of Mary Reibey, a woman convict who married an officer while travelling to Australia, went on to become a successful businesswoman in her own right, and whose image has been featured since 1994 on the Australian $20 note.[3]

The novel was Gaskin’s most successful, selling over two million copies.[4] Film rights were sold and Gaskin announced in 1955 that a movie version would be made at Elstree Studios the following year, but this did not occur.[5]”

Taken from
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sara_Dane

A bit “romantic” but well worth a look.

Hannah Brown on 18th March, 2019 wrote of Henry Benson:

Henry Benson was born in 1816 in London, England to Joseph & Jamima Benson.

Henry Benson and his friend William Elford were indicted for stealing a handkerchief value of 2 shillings, which belonged to a George Hepplewhite, who was a mariner.

John Nicholas, a policeman, saw Henry Benson and a lady companion follow George Hepplewhite on the 21st November 1834. They stopped at a fishmongers shop where Henry Benson took the handkerchief from George Hepplewhite and gave it to his friend William Elford who was close to him.

A James Porch, policeman, followed Henry Benson for 50 yards (45 metres) where he arrested him.

Henry Benson’s defence was - “I had just come from work, and went to have a pint of beer - I was walking along - The police man seized me.”

Henry Benson and William Elford were Transported for 14 Years.

Henry was transported to Van Diemens Land or Tasmania.

He was transported on the Aurora on the 8th October 1835 with 300 other male convicts. One dieing in transport.

On his convict record on 24th March he was found in a public house and absent from his gang. He was ordered Hard Labour at his trade for 3 months.

Henry worked as a plasterer in the custom house gang which is now the Tasmanian Parliament House.

Henry was approved for a Conditional Pardon in July 1845.

He was extended to the Australian Colonies on the 12/08/1845.

On the 18th June 1846 Henry Benson married a Harriet Brown/Browne in Hobart, Tasmania.

They had 9 children together.

Henry Benson died on the 06/03/1892 in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia.

Submitted by Researcher (Hannah Brown) on 14 March 2019

D Wong on 18th March, 2019 wrote of William Lillwell:

William Lillwell was 17 years old on arrival.
Native Place: London.

William was tried 2/10/1823 - so was 13 when convicted.

William was literate, protestant, 4’10¼” tall, ruddy freckled complexion, light brown hair, grey to hazel eyes, large scar on right hand and one on the same wrist.  RW on left arm.

1828 Census: Hutkeeper assigned to Peter McIntyre - Segenhoe, NSW.

8/12/1830: COF

12/2/1835: Permission to marry Harriett Elick/Ellick (Numa 1833).
No registration found on the NSW BDM

20/1/1837 and 2/2/1837 Harriet asked for permission to marry Andrew Keating (Marquis of Hastings) - no registration found also.

Iris Dunne on 18th March, 2019 wrote of Thomas Hassall:

Convict Indents: aged 20, Convicted 30 August 1831, Protestant, Single, Trade: Ploughs Milks & Reaps, Offence: Murder

Conditional Pardon No.47/137 dated 30 January 1847, Trial 3 August 1830 for Murder, Year of Birth: 1811

Rob Keep on 18th March, 2019 wrote of Thomas Hassall:

Sentenced to Death at the 1830 Summer Assizes for the murder of Sarah Chesters.
Case highlighted on http://www.classicbritishmurder.com

Iris Dunne on 17th March, 2019 wrote of Patrick Clark:

Criminal Register: aged 16, Offence: Larceny from the person before convicted of Felony

Proceedings of the Old Bailey
Theft: simple larceny
17th August 1835
1807. PATRICK CLARK was indicsted for stealing, on the 11th of August, 1 handkerchief, value 5s., the property of John Edward Righby; and that he had been before convicted of felony.

JOHN EDWARD RIGBY . I live in Shoreditch, and am an ironmonger. At a quarter before nine o’clock, on the 11th of August, I was passing through Norton-falgate; a woman spoke to me, and I saw the prisoner running; I pursued, and caught him—I found a handkerchief on him—it is the same pattern as the one I had just lost—but has no mark on it—I believe it is mine—I had seen it half-an-hour before—I charged the prisoner with stealing it, before it was found—he said he knew nothing about it—it was between his legs, inside his trowsers.

Prisoner. I picked up the handkerchief, and put it into my pocket.

FREDERICK EAGER (police-constable H 52.) I was called, and took the prisoner—I asked him if he had taken the handkerchief; he said, “No;” and showed me an old one, and said he had none other—I searched, and found this one between his legs, under his trowsers—I produce the ocrtificate of the prisoner’s former conviction, by the name of W. Clark—he is the same man.(read)

GUILTY . Aged 16.— Transported for Seven Years.
https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?div=t18350817-1807

Hulk Prison ship Leviathan moored at Portsmouth, Received 14 September 1835, aged 16, Offence: Larceny

Indents: aged 15, can read, Roman Catholic, Single, Trade: Errand boy, Offence: Picking Pockets

Certificate of Freedom No.43/1769 dated 21 October 1843, Prisoner No.36/697, Native Place: London, Trade: Labourer, Trial 17 August 1835, Year of Birth 1821,

Iris Dunne on 17th March, 2019 wrote of Sarah Clackhorn:

Proceedings of the Old Bailey
Theft: simple larceny
4th April 1836
1036. SARAH CLACKHORN was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of March, 2 shoes, value 6d.; 1 petticoat, value 6d., 1 shift, value 1s.; 1 cap, value 1s.; 1 saucepan, value 1s.; and 1 shawl, value 3d.; the goods of Edward Dale; to which he pleaded

GUILTY .*— Transported for Seven Years.
https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?div=t18360404-1036

Criminal Registers: also named Clinkhorn, aged 34, offence: Larceny

Convict Indents No.434-36, aged 34, can read and write, Protestant, Widow with 1 boy, 2 girls (all on board ship, youngest 7 years old), Native Place: Northamptonshire, Trade: Professed cook, Offence: House breaking, Previous conviction 9 months, Fair and little pockpitted, Brown Hair and Eyes, Remarks: 2 middle front upper teeth a part, scar inside left wrist, Ticket of Leave No.41/1064

NSW, Convict Muster 1837, Estimated birth year: about 1802

TOL No.41/1064 dated 16 May 1841, Trial 4 April 1836 in district of Yass.

Brett Miller on 17th March, 2019 wrote of Sarah Clackhorn:

1036. SARAH CLACKHORN was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of March, 2 shoes, value 6d.; 1 petticoat, value 6d., 1 shift, value 1s.; 1 cap, value 1s.; 1 saucepan, value 1s.; and 1 shawl, value 3d.; the goods of Edward Dale; to which he pleaded

GUILTY .*— Transported for Seven Years.

D Wong on 17th March, 2019 wrote of James Connor:

James Connor was 40 years old on arrival.
Native place: Cork.

James was 5’5” tall, stout, hazel eyes, brown hair.

Occupation: Paper maker.

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

1823 Sep 26-1824 Dec 31:  On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D pp.16, 23, 25, 26)

24/7/1827: COF

Tracy Edwards on 17th March, 2019 wrote of Elizabeth Lyons:

Elizabeth also spent 2 years at Moreton Bay. Convicted in 1833 Maitland.

Melissa on 17th March, 2019 wrote of George Bliss:

He was convicted on 3 January 1839 for stealing beef. He received a life sentence. He’d had a previous conviction the year before, where he received 2 months and a whipping for larceny. He was also tried for larceny when he was 15 but was not sentenced. He arrived in Australia on 1 September 1939. He could not read nor write.
On his pardon paperwork, George was described as being 5 ft 3.4 inches with a sallow and freckled complexion. His hair was dark brown and eyes brown. His nose was not straight and it inclined a little to the right. He had GO BLISS written in red ink inside the lower, inside part of his right arm. He had scars on the back of each finger of the left hand and two scars on the cap of the left knee. He was pardoned on 15 April 1854.
He and his wife, Sarah Ann Furrell, had 12 children. He died of senile decay, precipitated by a fall on 30 October, on 3 November, 1915 at his home at Windy Point, Euralie (near Yass).

Susan Cann on 17th March, 2019 wrote of Mary Haggerty:

Mary had a child, James, in 1837, with my ancestor, James Purfleet.  He was also a convict, transported for life in 1833.  Does anyone know if James lived, married, had children, etc?

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