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Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews, one of 192 convicts transported on the Albion, 29 May 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Michael Andrews
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1891
Occupation: Indoor servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Albion
Departure date: 29th May, 1828
Arrival date: 3rd November, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 191 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 405 (204)
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Peter Hinds on 25th May, 2020 wrote:

Michael Andrews was one of the convicts put on board the Lucy Ann on 3 May 1830 bound for Norfolk Island (See The Campbelltown Convicts)

D Wong on 25th May, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: housebreaking.
10th January 1828
Verdict Guilty > with recommendation
Sentence Death

MICHAEL ANDREWS was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Strange, at Enfield, on the 23d of November, and stealing 2 coats, value 20s.; 1 waistcoat, value 3s.; 2 pairs of boots, value 3s.; 1 hat, value 5s., and 1 pair of spurs, value 10s., the goods of the said John Strange; 2 pairs of shoes, value 5s: 1 pair of boots, value 5s., and 12 yards of calico, value 5s., the goods of Mary Davis.

MR. ADOLPHUS conducted the prosecution.

MR. JOHN STRANGE. I live at Enfield, in the parish of St. Andrew - it is commonly called Enfield - I rent the house; the prisoner’s brother has been my coachman for eleven or twelve years - the prisoner occasionally came to see him, and I have allowed him to sleep with his brother at my house. On the morning of the 24th of November my man called me up; I went down stairs, and found a piece cut out of one of the pannels of the door, by a centrebit: a hole was made large enough for a hand to be put through and unbolt the door.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. What is the name of the parish? A. I have heard it called St. Andrew’s, but it is more commonly called Enfield parish. I have no second Christian name.

MR. HENRY SAWYER. I am vestry-clerk of Enfield parish - it was formerly called St. Andrew, as that name is in some of the old writings - we always call it Enfield, in indictments, deeds, and parish matters; we have a parochial act for enclosing the chase - it is called the parish of Enfield in that act.

Cross-examined. Q. When was it called St. Andrew? A. Anciently; I find that name in the old writings. I have been vestry-clerk forty years - it has always been called Enfield parish in my time.

JAMES ANDREWS. I am Mr. Strange’s coachman, and have been so many years. On the 23d of November, I believe I was the last person up - I saw all the fastenings complete - I remember fastening the scullery door with two bolts at the top, two at the bottom, and a bar across the middle; this was about half-past ten o’clock. I was the first person down stairs in the morning, and found the door quite open: there was a round piece of wood cut quite out by some instrument - an arm could then be put in to undo the bolts: I missed two livery coats, a livery waistcoat, two pairs of boots, and a hat, belonging to me; the prisoner is my brother, I am sorry to say - he had been in the house, and slept there, some years ago; he has not called on me there for twelve months I think; I have seen some of the things, and know them again.

JOHN LEWIS. I am a cabinet-maker, and live at No. 52, Shoreditch. On Saturday morning, the 24th of November, about half-past nine o’clock, I saw the prisoner at the Angel and Crown public-house, Tabernacle-square - I never saw him before; he had a bundle, two coats, and a hat-box: he was dressed in stone-blue livery, and plush breeches; there was a drab coat, boots, shoes, and a drinking born in the bundle - I did not see the hat-box opened; I bought two coats of him - they were besides the one that was in the bundle; I did not buy that one: one coat was a kind of drab great coat, with false capes, and appeared like a servant’s coat; it had plain buttons, I believe: the other was a close drab coat, with lace on it, and livery buttons; I also bought a pair of top-boots, and two pairs of women’s shoes. I gave 20s. for the whole lot - I sold the two coats to Mr. Folkard, a pawnbroker, of Sun-street, for 24s. I have the boots and shoes here. I saw “Strange, Enfield,” written on the hat-box.
Cross-examined. Q. I suppose your attention was taken up with looking at the things? A. I looked at the prisoner; I might not be a quarter of an hour buying the coats - he had a hat, I cannot say whether it was on, but he was in the house all day.

MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. Although you were only a quarter of an hour dealing, how long were you in his company? A. I was in the house from half-past nine o’clock till five in the evening: he was there all the time, and I left him there - Mr. Holmes was there.

WILLIAM FOLKARD. I am a pawnbroker, and live in Sun-street, Bishopsgate. I bought two coats of Lewis for 24s., on the 24th of November, about three or four o’clock, I think; inquiry was made about them on the Wednesday following. I knew Lewis before well, and produce the things I bought of him.

JAMES ANDREWS. This is my livery coat, and this my great coat - I have no doubt of them: my master’s crest is on the buttons of one coat; these boots are what I wore, and were lost that night.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you known your brother all his life? A. Yes: his character has been very good, for what I know, till the present circumstance; the coats were given me by my master: if I left his service I should only be entitled to take away one - I was to wear them in his service.

MARY DAVIS. I am servant to Mr. Strange. These women’s shoes look like mine; I lost a new pair, and a pair which had been worn - Saltmarsh made them - I also lost a pair of boots.

HENRY SALTMARSH. I am a shoemaker. I should not like to swear to these shoes being my make.

JOSEPH LEE. I am a porter. I lodged in the same house with the prisoner on the 23d of November - I bought a drab coat, a sort of yellow waistcoat, and a pair of topboots of him, on the Monday after the robbery; I sold them to a Jew in the street. I think the prisoner did not sleep at home on the night of the 23d, but am not sure.

Cross-examined. Q. What day did the robbery happen? A. I do not know, but I know by the time I went to the office, that it was the Monday after the robbery.

ELIZABETH REED. In November last the prisoner lodged with me. I remember the night the robbery was said to be committed - he did not come home that night, for we did not go to bed till near one o’clock; he was not at home then; I did not see him till the Sunday morning: I make the beds myself - his bed had been lain in - I went up at nine o’clock in the morning, and saw some clothes lying in the room; I went in, and made the bed. I found a spur on the floor, and another between the sheet and blanket; an orange coloured waistcoat laid on the table, and in a chair was a piece of new calico - there was a dirty shirt on the floor. I went into the other room, and saw him - I knocked at the door for a broom - he came to the door: he had a drab coat on; he usually wore a blue livery: there was a blue livery coat on a chair in his room - this was on Sunday morning. I do not think he went out all that day, but he might have gone out: he went out on the Monday, but, having a private door, I do not always know who goes out; his apartment was afterwards searched, and nothing found, but in the next room where Lee lives, a shirt, some stockings, and handkerchiefs were found.

Cross-examined. Q. When you went into the room in the morning you found him there? A. Yes, on the Sunday morning - the bed appeared to have been lain in, but whether for an hour, or how long. I could not tell; he did not sleep at home at all on the Friday night, and he was not at home on the Saturday night, between twelve and one o’clock, when we went to bed.

JOHN MEAD. I am constable of Enfield. In consequence of the prosecutor being robbed, I went in search, and on the 6th of December I saw the prisoner at the Swan public-house, Southampton-court, near Russel-square; I told him his brother thought it very strange he did not come to see him, knowing he was very ill: he said he had not an opportunity. I then said I wanted him on suspicion of a robbery at Enfield - he asked where - I said, at Mr. Strange’s, where his brother was: he said he knew nothing at all about it - that he was never at Enfield, and was willing to go to the office; I asked where he lodged - he said he had no lodging. I took him to Worship-street - I asked him again next morning, where he lodged - he said at a baker’s-shop in Phoenix-street, Somer’s-town, but he could not tell the No. - I went to a baker’s-shop, at No. 8, kept by Mr. Reed, whose wife has been examined; I searched the lodgings there, and found some handkerchiefs, stockings, and shirts, and some calico - the corners of the handkerchiefs are cut off. The things were in Joseph Lee’s room - I produce them.

JAMES ANDREWS. These shirts, stockings, and handkerchiefs appear mine, but I have let my brother have a shirt or two at times, and cannot say these are not those.

MARY DAVIS. I lost twelve yards and a half of calico; I cannot say whether this is part of it.

CHARLES THOMPSON. I am a broker and cabinet-maker, and live at No. 53, Wilsted-street, Somer’s-town. About the end of November I had the stock of a centre-bit in my shop; it is an open shop - the prisoner came in on a Tuesday or Wednesday, and asked if it was for sale: I said No - that I used it in my business, but I had no objection to lend it him - he said, what would I charge? I said, “If you will tell me where you live, I will bring it;” he said, at No. 8, Woburn-place, but he came back and said, “Perhaps master will not like its being brought there - I will leave you the value of it;” I said, “Very well:” he came again on Friday, the 21st or 22d, left 3s. as security for it, and took it away; I think I saw a centre-bit in his hand when he came for the stock. On the Monday I went out, and found it there when I came home; I found it was broken - I inquired at No. 8, Woburn-place, but could not find him there.
Cross-examined. Q. This was about the 21st or 22d - might it be on a Saturday? A. No, I am certain it was not.

WILLIAM CUFLEY. I produce a pannel which I cut out of Mr. Strange’s door - it appears to have been bored with a centre-bit.

GUILTY - DEATH. Aged 27.
Recommended to Mercy by the Prosecutor, believing it to be his first offence .

Michael Andrews was listed as 27 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Suffolk.

Michael was literate, single, 5’6ΒΌ” tall, ruddy complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, large scar upper part of left arm.

Assigned to Rev’d. A. Cowper, Sydney.

4/2/1832 Sydney Monitor:
Domestic Intelligence.
Supreme CRIMINAL COURT, WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1-Before Mr. Justice Stephen and the usual Military Commission.
John McDonald and Francis Mullins were indicted for committing a violent assault with intent to murder him, on the person of Thomas Smith, at Norfolk Island, on the 3rd of Sep tember last. A second count charged the prisoners uith an assault with intent to commit some grievous bodily harm.

Michael Andrew sworn -I am a prisoner, and was at Norfolk Island on the 3rd of September last ; I was in the same gang as the prisoners and Smith ; I was going home from work on that day, and was nearly the foremostman in the gang ; I heard a shriek of murder, and I turned back directly, and ran to the place whence the cry came, and saw Smith lying on the ground bleeding ; the overseer had McDonald in custody, while a man was gone over to the water-melons for a cord ; I saw McDonald seize hold of a grubbing pick, with which he made a blow at Smith, and swore he would kill him; I heard no words pass between M’Donald and Smith; the blow hit Smith over the eye.

4/3/1842: TOL Queanbeyan

13/11/1848: TOL Passport - Allowed to remain at Twofold Bay for 12 months service of Mr. Henry Geo. Lintott/Lintoll—-Queanbeyan Bench.

20/8/1849: CP - 48 years old.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 25th May, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1891 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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