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John Brady

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Brady
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1778
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 28th July, 1820
Age: 42 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: Ireland, Dublin
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Chapman
Departure date: 25th March, 1817
Arrival date: 26th July, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 86 other convicts


Primary source: New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents.
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Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th May, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents.
Indent No; 45
Name; John Brady
Age; 38
Native Place; Ireland
Trade or calling;
Height; 5 ft.
Eyes; Hazel
Hair; Brown

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th May, 2021 wrote:

Burials in the Paris of St David’s Hobart -
No; 412
Name; John Brady
When Died; 28 July 1820
When Buried; 28 July 1820
Age; 44 years
Ship’s Name; Chapman
Remarks; Convict - EXECUTED

John Brady - 28 July 1820 - Hanged at Hobart for sheep stealing


Dianne Jones on 30th October, 2021 wrote:


1816, 25 June: In court in Dublin, he was sentenced to 14 years’ transportation (New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842; Bound Indentures).

1816, 21 September: He was admitted to Kilmainham Jail in Dublin from Newgate, prisoner #2864. He was one of several Government prisoners who were sent from Kilmainham on 19 December, 1816, and “put on board [the] convict ship” (Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924).


Dianne Jones on 30th October, 2021 wrote:


1817, 9 August: Sent from Sydney per Jupiter, he was one of 70 convicts who had arrived in NSW per the Chapman and Pilot and were then forwarded to VDL (https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON13-1-1$init=CON13-1-1p79).


1820, 8 April: From the Hobart Town Gazette and Southern Reporter, p1:

“Hobart Town… At a Bench of Magistrates held on Saturday last, Godfrey Hanskie and John Brady, the former a free man and the latter a crown servant, were fully committed to take their trial before the Court of Criminal Jurisdiction at Sydney for stealing a number of sheep the property of Mr. Samuel Thorne, of Pitt Water.” (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/657822)


1820, 29 April: From the Hobart Town Gazette and Southern Reporter, p1:

“NOTICE. — Several of the Sheep which have been grazing in my Flock at Pitt Water, belonging to JOHN BRADY, who was lately fully committed for Trial on a Charge of Sheep-stealing, having since been claimed by a Gentleman residing in that District, as his Property; all Stock Owners and others who have lost or had stolen from them any Sheep are hereby invited to examine the said Sheep, in order that they may discover if any of the same belong to them. WILLIAM WOOLEY.” (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/657892)


Dianne Jones on 30th October, 2021 wrote:

1820, 28 May: He was sent to Sydney per Eliza on 28/5/1820 (https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON23-1-1$init=CON23-1-1-p012j2k).


1820, 24 June: From the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, p3:

“Criminal Court, Sydney… FRIDAY [23 June].— Godfrey Hanskie and John Brady were indicted for stealing 67 sheep, the property of — [Samuel] Thorn, a settler at Van Diemen’s Land. The evidence chiefly rested on Benjamin Cross, an approver and accomplice. — Hanskie Not Guilty; Brady Guilty. Hanskie was ordered to be detained on further charges.”


1820, 15 July: From the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, p2:

“CRIMINAL COURT: on Thursday, the 6th instant, the various prisoners that had been convicted during the session received sentence as follows… Godfrey Hanskey [Hanskie], William East and William Christie, sheep-stealing at Van Diemen’s Land—14 years to Newcastle… Patrick Hogan and John McKeg, for highway robbery and rape; William Taylor, James Ingley, Thomas Acton and Edward Ogle alias Cottam, burglary; John Brady, Thomas Bailey, John Scott, Peter McGue and Donald Tierney, sheep stealing; and James Garland, for forgery—all received sentence of death.” (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/2179614)


1820, 22 July: From the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, p2:

“John Brady, Thomas Bailey, and John Scott, adjudged to suffer death for sheep-stealing, are sent by the Eliza to Hobart Town — there to undergo the awful sentence of the law.” (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/217963)


Dianne Jones on 30th October, 2021 wrote:

1820, 28 July: John Brady,44, was executed at Hobart (https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON23-1-1$init=CON23-1-1-p012j2k). The service for his burial the same day at St David’s, Hobart, was performed by Rev Bobby Knopwood (
NAME_INDEXES:1176013 RGD34/1/1 no 412) who is also referred to in the newspaper article below.

Warrants for the execution of John Brady and Thomas Bailey and “Certificates of Execution having been done” and signed by the VDL Provost Marshall were contained in correspondence to the NSW Colonial Secretary’s Office in August 1820 (New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856; Copies of Letters Sent Within The Colony, 1814-1827).


Dianne Jones on 30th October, 2021 wrote:

1820, 29 July: From the Hobart Town Gazette and Southern Reporter, p2:

“By the Eliza arrived three prisoners who had been capitally convicted before the Court of Criminal Judicature for sheep stealing, under warrants of execution.

Before day, on the morning of Wednesday [26 July], and shortly after the ship anchored, John Scott, one of the prisoners, who had been allowed to go to the head under charge of a sentinel, threw himself overboard, and being double-ironed, almost instantly sank. The circumstances of his death have this day been investigated by a full bench of magistrates.

The other two offenders, Thomas Bailey and John Brady, suffered the sentence of the law yesterday morning. These unfortunate men were of the Catholic persuasion, but they accepted the ministry and assistance of the Reverend Mr. Knopwood, whose attention to them was constant since their arrival, and was continued at the place of execution.

The miserable criminal who evaded the sentence of the Law by suicide, thus removing himself into the presence of the Omnipotent by his own desperate act, with all his crimes upon his head, is believed to have effected sheep robberies to a greater extent than they have been carried by any other man in this Settlement.

The unhappy man, Baily [sic], is also believed to have been long concerned in similar practices. Brady had been more recently engaged in them. Scott and Baily were both advanced in years.

In tracing the numerous robberies in sheep which these men have accomplished, it is impossible, not to be forcibly struck by the reflection, how many others must have been concerned in receiving and disposing of the produce. That, this criminal encouragement and participation in an offence to which the punishment of death is by law affixed, should long escape with impunity is not to be believed; and it is time for those who become the purchasers of flock, dishonestly obtained, to reflect that they become in fact the promoters of the offence, and in a moral point of view, as least as great criminals as the actual robbers; and that in the event of detection, they can have no hope of evading the heavy punishment which they so justly deserve.” (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/658089)

Dianne Jones on 30th October, 2021 wrote:

CRIME: Having forged notes (New South Wales, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849; 1817 Chapman).

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th May, 2021 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 14 years, voyage, source: New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents. (prev. ), firstname: John, surname: Brady, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1778, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 28th July, 1820 (prev. 0000)

Dianne Jones on 30th October, 2021 made the following changes:


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