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Daniel Bradbury

Daniel Bradbury, one of 167 convicts transported on the Adrian, 13 April 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Daniel Bradbury
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1802
Occupation: Shepherd
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Surrey Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Adrian
Departure date: 13th April, 1830
Arrival date: 20th August, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 168 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 333 (169) England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892
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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Dianne Jones on 2nd February, 2021 wrote:

1828, January Session adjourned to March: Daniel BRADBURY appeared before the Assizes at Surrey, was convicted for larceny and sentenced to three months’ jail (see England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892).

Dianne Jones on 2nd February, 2021 wrote:

1830: On arrival in NSW, Daniel BRADBURY, a shepherd, was 28 (born 1802). He could read and write. He was a Protestant, married with three children, and his native place was Derby. Sentenced at Surrey Assizes on 20 August 1828 to life for housebreaking, he had two previous convictions. He was described as 5’4” tall, with a ruddy fair complexion, light brown hair and hazel eyes. He was assigned to W Bucknell, Hunter River (see New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842; Bound Indentures 1829-1830).

1831, 25 March: Admitted to Newcastle Gaol; sent there after appearing before the Newcastle Bench where he was remanded in custody to be sent to Sydney for trial; sent on 11 April. Conduct “orderly” (see New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930; Entrance and Description Book, Newcastle, 1829-1833).

1831, 12 April: Admitted to Sydney Gaol, described as a sawyer (not shepherd); sent there from Newcastle for trial [on 30 May]. Born 1802, 5’4”, stout build, ruddy complexion, brown hair and blue eyes; prisoner 1005 (see New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930; Entrance and Description Book, Sydney, 1831-1847; and NSW Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930; Entrance Book, Sydney, 1825-1832).

Dianne Jones on 2nd February, 2021 wrote:

1831, 1 June: Admitted to Darlinghurst Gaol (from HM Gaol) to be forwarded to Moreton Bay. His behaviour was “good” (see New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930; Entrance and Description Book, Darlinghurst 1831-1849).

Dianne Jones on 2nd February, 2021 wrote:

1831, 4 June: This report of his trial on Tuesday, 30 May, was published in the Sydney Monitor, p3:

“Daniel Bradbury and John Johnstone were indicted for stealing in the dwelling house of Mr. William Bucknell, at Hunter’s River, above the value of £5 property of Mr. William Bertie, on the 8th March last.

“Mr. Bertie examined—Witness stopped the house of Mr. Bucknell, at Hunter’s River, on the night of the 8th of March last; and when he retired to bed, discovering that the windows to the room were not glazed and were easy of entrance, he took the precaution of putting his money, consisting of ten sovereigns and about three pounds seventeen shillings in his breeches pocket, depositing his breeches under his head in the bed; he slept soundly during the night, and when he rose in the morning, found that all his clothes, including the breeches which he had put under his head were gone.

“William Rous a constable apprehended the prisoner Bradbury on the 18th March last, at Mr. Binder’s house Newcastle; he had some loose silver in his pocket when taken, and an hospital-ticket stating his discharge from the Hospital that day, and the constable discovered, that he had that day changed a Sovereign at the public-house, and stated that he had more.

“Peter Riley—I am a constable at Newcastle: on the 18th March last, I saw Bradbury in charge of two constables at Mr. Binder’s public-house Newcastle; I saw him searched there for money in consequence of information, that he had changed a Sovereign that day and he nearly fainted; I caught him in my arms to save him from fainting; he was taken to the watch house, and about an hour after I went to see him; he told me the constable had used him very badly and he would tell them nothing, but as I had behaved like a Christian in catching him when he was falling, he would tell me something; I told him that if he had any Sovereigns or notes with him it was unsafe for him to carry them about in the watch-house, and that as I was a fellow sufferer, I would take care of them for him and change them for him; he said he had none, and asked me if I had heard of Mr. Bucknell’s robbery; he did not then tell me, and was taken before the Magistrate the next morning, when he told me that he had some Sovereigns, and that his master knew that he had brought them from home with him; the Magistrates told him they would send to his master who lived 16 miles off, and ascertain whether what he stated was true.

“When I saw him on the 18th of March in charge of the constables, he had a hospital pass; but these are sometimes obtained from other persons to answer ends; on the 19th, after he was returned to the watch-house, I was on duty, and fell into discourse with him about England and Ireland; and he said he had lately done a good concern, by robbing a gentleman (who had come down by the Jessie) at Mr. Bucknell’s. The gentleman’s name was Bertie, and he heard that he was worth £4,000; I said to him, “you are rum in then”; he answered “no” that he had not got much; I asked him how he got in, and he told me through the window, and that he had taken ten sovereigns, and about four pound in silver, from under the gentleman’s head, who was asleep; the money he said was in the trowsers [sic] pocket; and when he took this, he saw a, very handsome gold watch, with a gold chain to it under the pillow, but he did not take it; he said, the wearing apparel that he had taken were planted on the farm, and I advised him to give them up, or he would be committed to take his trial; but if he would tell me where they were, I would do something for him if I could.

“On the 23d of March we got to the farm, and he went into all the huts one after another; I followed him; he went into the last, and he then said he could do nothing until he saw his pal. In a short time Johnstone came, and Bradbury told me he would give me a sovereign if I would take Johnstone into the magistrates to swear, that he had brought the sovereigns from home along with him.

“As I saw no chance of the plant being sprung, I said that I would, and asked for the sovereign; Johnstone went away, and returned in a few minutes, and handed a sovereign to Bradbury, who gave it to me. Johnstone shook hands with me, and said, he was glad to see such a man as me, and looking at the sleeve of my shirt, which was torn, said, that he would make me a present of one which was marked, and had a frill on, which I could wear, as there would be no down on me. When we were leaving the farm, Johnstone said he would go and get the things and follow us. We went away, and Robert Cushion, a constable, overtook us after we had gone some distance; when Johnstone came up, I gave him in charge of Cushion to search him, which he did, and found a shirt with the name cut out, and a sterling shilling of the year 1826, in his pocket. I then ordered Cushion to search Bradbury, but nothing was found on him; I then gave the prisoners in charge of another constable, and I and Cushion went back to the farm to search for the things, which we found under a log in the garden.

“John Butler Cushion produced the things which had been found by Riley under the log in his presence.

“Mr. Birtie recalled—The things produced are the same I lost on the night in question from Mr. Bucknell’s house; the shirt is not mine, and I cannot even swear to the money; I had a watch with a gold guard and chain, under my pillow on that night, and there were some papers in my pocket, which had been examined and left in my hat; they also left me an old watch-coat.

“This was the case.

“In his defence, Bradbury stated that Riley was swearing wholly false for fear of losing the reward of £25, which was offered for the conviction of the parties. Johnstone declined saying anything.

“Riley recalled by the Court—I did not know of any reward having, been offered before I apprehended the men; and found the things. I went to the farm on the 22d., and heard that the reward had been offered on the 23d. March.

“Mr. Justice Dowling summed up at length, and a verdict was returned of Guilty against Bradbury. Johnstone was acquitted and discharged by proclamation, after an admonition from his Honor.”

Dianne Jones on 2nd February, 2021 wrote:

1831, 22 August: Daniel BRADBURY, 28, a labourer and shepherd, arrived at Moreton Bay per Eleanor. On top of his life sentence from Surrey Assizes for house breaking, he received a colonial sentence of 14 years commuted from death by the Supreme Court, Sydney, for robbery. Less than four months after his arrival, he ran away from Moreton Bay. The records show he was not returned there (see Kenneth J Lamb, Canberra 2013, Moreton Bay Convict Runaways database).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 2nd February, 2021 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 333 (169) England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Pa

Dianne Jones on 2nd February, 2021 made the following changes:


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