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Richard Bradstreet

Richard Bradstreet, one of 184 convicts transported on the Phoenix, November 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Bradstreet
Aliases: Breadstreet
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Stable boy
Date of Death: 30th September, 1870
Age: 66 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Violent theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Phoenix
Departure date: November, 1821
Arrival date: 20th May, 1822
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 183 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 113 (58)
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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D Wong on 12th June, 2018 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Violent Theft: highway robbery.
18th September 1820

Verdict Guilty
Sentence Death

RICHARD BRADSTREET was indicted for feloniously assaulting Thomas Owen, on the 24th of July, at Hornsey, in a certain open place near the King’s highway, putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, the sum of 5 s. in monies numbered, his property.

THOMAS OWEN I am shopman to an apothecar . On the 24th of July I had been to Edmonton, and was returning to town. When I got to Hornsey fifty or sixty men surrounded me - there was going to be a fight, and a number of people were collected to see it. A number of them got round me, pushed me about, tore off the skirt of my coat, and my pocket, which contained several letters and bills which I had paid. On turning round I caught the prisoner’s hand in my breeches-pocket, which had 7 s. or 7 s. 6 d. in it at the time - when I got clear of the mob I found only 18 d. remaining. My knife and several other things were gone. I am sure the prisoner was one of them. I came home, told two or three people of it, and saw the prisoner next morning playing on a dung-heap with another lad, in the Jolly Butcher’s yard, and knew him directly - I sent for Allen, who took him. I had seen him pass our door eight or nine times before. I live
within four doors of the Jolly Butchers. When I was robbed the skirt of my coat was thrown at me again. It was cut so as to take my inside and outside pocket; it was cut through the seam and then completely torn off. I am certain it was first cut with some sharp instrument. I was much alarmed at the time and resisted, but while some held my arms the others cut my coat away.
WILLIAM ALLEN. I am an officer. I apprehended the prisoner on the 25th of July about twelve o’clock, I did not search him.

Prisoner’s Defence. I was bathing in the New River, heard a there was a fight, and went to see it. I came home and went to work at my master’s, where I have been four years and a half.

WILLIAM ALLEN. He did work in that yard but not then.

GUILTY. - DEATH. Aged 14.

Richard was tried 30/9/1820 aged 14 according to his trial at the Old Bailey, but was not transported until 1822 - he was listed as 17 years old on Tasmanian Records.

Richard was 5’2½” tall, brown hair and eyes, pockpitted ARB on left arm, Man and bottle right arm.

Family: Charlotte, worked in ###works.

1830 Muster: Public Works
1832 Muster: Assigned to Mr. John McLeod.
1833-35 Musters: TOL

16/5/1832: TOL
3/9/1832: TOL
24/10/1845: Recommended for a CP
23/11/1846: CP

3/10/1870 Bendigo Advertiser, Victoria:
BENDIGO BENEVOLENT ASYLUM.__The superintendent reports the decease of Richard Bradstreet, aged sixty-six years, a native of Suffolk, England, from anurism of the aorta, on the 30th September ; first admitted, February, 1868.  (Listed as Richard Breadstreet on the Vic BDM).

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 12th June, 2018 made the following changes:

alias1: Breadstreet, date of birth: 1804 (prev. 0000), date of death: 30th September, 1870 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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