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Adam Briggs

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Adam Briggs
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1832
Age: 38 years

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: Burglary
Convicted at: Armagh
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Minerva
Departure date: 22nd December, 1817
Arrival date: 6th July, 1818
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 52 other convicts


Primary source: Tasmanian Archives - Convicts http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/default.aspx?detail=1&type=I&id=CON31/1/1
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Community Contributions

Carol Axton-Thompson on 12th October, 2012 wrote:

Adam Briggs was convicted at Armagh in July 1817 of Burglary and given a Life Sentence.  He departed on the ‘Minerva’, voyage 2 on 22/12/1817, arriving Van Diemens Land (Tasmania) 07/06/1818.  He was aged 24yrs.

Convict no. 7240.
05/02/1824: Appeared dirty at church.

31/08/1831: Conditional Pardon.

D Wong on 12th October, 2012 wrote:

Adam was 5’7”, pock pitted, grey eyes, brown hair.

14/1/1832: Hobart Town Courier: An inquest was held on the body of Adam Briggs - the man was addicted to drink and accidently drank sulphuric acid instead of liquor and died at Glen Kelman, Kitty’s Corner.

Maureen Withey on 11th November, 2020 wrote:

Convicts on the Minerva, List dated 30 Dec 1817, Castle of Dublin.
Adam Briggs, age 24, Burglary and Felony, tried July 1817, Life.

Maureen Withey on 11th November, 2020 wrote:

Van Dieman’s Land News.
On Monday last, the 9th, instant, an inquest was held before Mr. Anstey, Coroner, and a jury (Lieut. Espinasse, of the 4th regiment of foot, foreman) on the view of the body of Adam Briggs, one of Mr. Cassiday’s tenants, in Gibbs’ parish, in the district of Oatlands. According to the evidence, the deceased was an honest and industrious man, but, unhappily, inveterately addicted to dram drinking.
On the evening of Thursday, the 5th instant, he arrived at Glen Kelman, Kitty’s Corners, and was evidently under the influence of liquor. He asked Mr. Hugh Cassiday for some rum ; a glass was given to him. He asked for another glass, and was refused. Shortly after nightfall deceased roared out, ” I am burn’t, I am poisoned.” Mr. Cassidy, jun. and others ran to the room where deceased was, and found that he had gone to a cupboard to look for rum, and laying hold of a bottle containing sulphuric acid, had applied it to his mouth, and before he discovered his mistake had swallowed enough of the fiery fluid to occasion his death on the following day. The Jury returned a verdict of — ” Accidental death.”
Dr. Hudspeth, the district Assistant Surgeon, who opened the body, deposed that the gulph of vitroil taken by the deceased, could not have been less than an ounce!
Sydney Gazette, 7 Feb 1832.

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 12th October, 2012 made the following changes:

convicted at, term 99 years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 1794, date of death 0000, gender, occupation, crime

D Wong on 12th October, 2012 made the following changes:

date of death 1832, occupation

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