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Richard Bradburn

Richard Bradburn, one of 190 convicts transported on the Guilford [Guildford], 12 May 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Bradburn
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: High treason
Date of Death: 1835
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 12th May, 1820
Arrival date*: 12th January, 1821
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 183 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 309 (156)
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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Anonymous on 15th June, 2011 wrote:

One of the five Respited Cato Street Conpirators who travelled on the Guildford Convict Ship. The other four were John Shaw Strange, Charles Cooper, John Harrison and James Wilson.

The five conspirators were sent to Newcastle Penal Settlement on 16 Oct 1820 after the Guildford arrived at Sydney. The other convicts convicts on Guildford except one (who was off-loaded in Sydney) continued on to VDL.

For a short time Richard escaped from Newcastle with a group of prisoners and became a bushranger. He however came in under an amnesty from Governor Brisbane but under a pseudonym (of a convict whose term was soon to elapse)and ended up in Port Macquarie Penal Settlement. He was not recognised until the commandant became suspicious when he had very good carpentry skills and the man whose pseudonym he took was recorded as having no skills. He sent a letter to Sydney and Newcastle as was found out. He remained in Port Macquarie after his ticket of Leave undertaking Carpentry Commissions for public buildings and internal fittings.

Anonymous on 6th July, 2012 wrote:

1827-31 and 1835: TOL Sydney.

16/10/1820: Transported with four others for high treason.  Re transfer of these conspirators, considered still designing and dangerous ment, to Newcastle.
10/10/1820: On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per ‘Elizabeth Henrietta’.
25/10/1820: Instrustions concerning him received by the Commandant of Newcastle.

27/2/1822: Bushranger sent to Port Macquarie under Proclamation of 15 Dec 1821; surrendered in the name of Francis Clark per ‘Elizabeth’.  On list of convicts at Port Macquarie.

13/8/1822L /captain Allman suspecting that a prisoner at Port Macquarie known as Francis Clarke was in fact Bradburn who ran from Newcastle.
23/8/1822: Detained at Port Macquarie under the name of Francis Clarke.  Requesting no further punishment.

24/5/1824: Overseer of Carpenters.  On list of convicts to be forwarded to Sydney from Port Macquarie to give evidence before a criminal court.
24/5/1824: Required as a defence witness in Rex v Bradney.
27/9/1824: Returned to Port Macquarie on the ‘Sally’ having given evidence in Sydney.

19/11/1827: Married Helen Carr or Wilkinson (Lousia) 36yrs old 14years on Bond, at St. Scot’s Sydney. on the nsw bdm under the names of Ellen Kerr/Eleanor.

Eleanor died in 1846 aged 52.

Richard dies in 1835 aged 44.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 6th July, 2012 made the following changes:

date of death 1835-00-00, gender m

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