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William Bramble, one of 176 convicts transported on the Mary, 28 August 1821
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 61 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 14 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 100. National Archives Microfilm Publication, NSW & Tas., Aust. General Muster, 1822, HO 10/36. State Archives, NSW Butts of COF 1832 (NRS 12210) and NSW Maitland Gaol Description Book (Roll:2371) and NSW Colonial Papers (NRS 898, Reels 6020-6040, 6070; Fiche 3260-3312) and (NRS 937; Reels 6004-6016, Page:359) and Application of Banns, 1838 (Reel 1703) and Colonial Secretary's Papers (NRS 939; Reels
||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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Bob Ainsworth on 26th January, 2018 wrote:
The Brimbles lived in Kingston zdeveril. Can’t trace Brambles as a family.
Iris Dunne on 27th January, 2018 wrote:
Convict Transports: last name clearly written as Bramble
Convicted 18th July 1818 at Wiltshire, England
28 January 1822 - On list of convicts landed from the Mary and forwarded to Airds for distribution
Australian Convict General Muster, 1822, William is a convict, Shepherd in Bathurst
31 January 1825 Punished at the General Session held at Bathurst during Jan 1825 - No.of Lashes: 100 and 2 years, Offence: “Committing a most violent and Barbarous assault on the Body of James Gallagher”
19 February 1825, on list of convicts transported to Port Macquarie per Amity, Trade: Labourer, Bathurst, Major Moriset for 2 years
Certificate of Freedom No.32/729 dated 11 August 1832, named William Bramble, Native Place: Wiltshire, Trade: Laborer, Offence: Housebreaking, Year of Birth: 1804
Application date for Publication of Banns:23 August 1838, Spouse: Mary Mack (aged 23, arrived 1836 on the Rosslin Castle, Spinster, Bond) - William Bramble (aged 32, Birth year 1806, Bachelor, Free, Remarks: He is a stock keeper and able to support a family) - Application Place: Bristane Water Northumberland, NSW
maitland Gaol Description Book: 1874, aged 70, Protestant, Labourer
Maureen Withey on 6th May, 2019 wrote:
William was originally sent in September 1818 to the Laurel Hulk, in Portsmouth harbour, together with eight other prisoners from New Sarum, then removed to the Leviathan Hulk.
HO 9-9-1 Records of Laurel, Hardy and York Hulks, in Portsmouth Harbour, 1805-1831,P 45.Received from New Sarum 28 Sept 1818 (9 prisoners)
Willm. Bramble, age 13, convicted for a felony at New Sarum 18 July 1818, sentenced to transportation for 14 years. 8 Oct 1818, Leviathan.
HO-9-8-4 P 42.(Leviathan Record )
Received from Laurel Hulk, 8 Oct 1818,
William Bramble, age 13, convicted for a felony at New Sarum 18 July 1818, sentenced to transportation for 14 years. NSW 22 Aug 1821.
Maureen Withey on 3rd November, 2019 wrote:
This may be the reported death of William Bramble:
On the 31st instant, at the residence of his daughter Mrs. James Palmer, Bibby Harbour, Myall Lakes, William Bramble, in his 85th year, came to N. S. Wales about 70 years ago, a native of Wiltshire, England.
1 Oct 1887, Maitland Mercury.
Maureen Withey on 3rd November, 2019 wrote:
William Bramble was convicted again in 1874.
Maitland Quarter Sessions.
Saturday, Dec. 5.
The court re-opened at ten o’clock.
William Bramble, on bail, was indicted for that he did, on the 8th Oct., at Myall River, unlawfully and maliciously wound one John Ireland. A second count charged the prisoner with inflicting grievous bodily harm on the said John Ireland.
The prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr. Simpson, instructed by Mr. C. F. Sölling.
The Crown Prosecutor opened the case, and gave a short sketch of the evidence to be produced; and stated that the second count was inserted in case they did not consider a true wound was inflicted, as they had no medical evidence, If they did not think either count were proved they could find him guilty of a common assault.
John Ireland stated that he lived at Bulladelah, on Myall River; his mother’s name was Mrs.
Bramble; on the 8th of October the prisoner came to their place about eight o’clock ; his mother bade him good morning, and sat down beside him ; the prisoner said to his mother I thought you was coming over; his mother said she was going over, but somebody told her that it was no use going till Mr. Palmer was gone; the prisoner jumped up off the form and said, “You and me for it;” and raised his arm to strike her. His sister Charlotte caught hold of the prisoner’s arm, and his mother got away from him; he then caught hold of the prisoner, and they both fell down on the floor; and while he was lying on the floor he felt blood running from him; some one called out for help, and some men came in; he afterwards went into Mr. Campbell’s, and the wound was dressed. He saw a knife in the prisoner’s hand when he was on the floor. The trousers were produced with the
cut in them, and the wound was also showed to the jury. He was laid up for three days. In cross-ex-
amination by Mr Simpson the witness said he did not think very much of the cut;he did not see the
blow struck; he may have struck against the knife in the struggle. He fell on top of the prisoner,
whose right arm was under him ; it was during the struggle that the wound was inflicted.
Joseph Kinnear was called to Bramble’s house on the 8th Oct. Bramble, Ireland, and Campbell were
on the floor. John Ireland had a cut on his hip about 7 inches long, and three quarters of an inch
deep. They were holding Bramble down. He did not know how the wound was inflicted. Witness
and Maloney assisted him to Campbell’s house; and he stitched the wound up.
Charlotte Ireland deposed: She lived with her mother. On the 8th October, Bramble came to their
house. Her mother said “Good morning,” and pulled out a stool for him, and sat down by his side;
after speaking for a few minutes Bramble got up, threw down his coat, and took a knife out of his
pocket. He said to her mother “You and me for it,” and raised his hand to strike her. Witness
caught hold of him, and pulled him back. He then turned on her and gave her a slight cut on the arm. She called to her brother, who caught hold of the prisoner’s shoulders, and the prisoner struck her brother with the knife. By Mr. Simpson: I saw blood on my brother just before he fell, the prisoner was not using his knife for anything before the quarrel; I said before that I did not see a knife till my brother and Bramble were on the floor. Bramble was a good fellow, except when in a temper. —By the jury: He had the knife in his hand when he caught hold of her mother.
Thomas Campbell, bullock driver, deposed that on the 8th October he lived near Mrs. Bramble, and could hear a disturbance and his name called out; he went to Bramble’s house, and saw the prisoner being held on the floor by John Ireland; the prisoner appeared in a passion; Ireland had a cut in the back part of the thigh; he said he was getting weak; he was taken to my house, and the cut attended to; Bramble was held till the police came.
That was the case for the Crown.
Mr Simpson addressed the jury for the defence. He believed from the evidence that a wound was inflicted. But the question for them to determine was whether the wound was inflicted maliciously or not, which constituted the offence. He submitted that the prisoner had the knife in his hand before the quarrel. The prosecutor stated that the wound was inflicted during the time he was on the ground.
A question was raised as to the exact words used by the witness, and the witness was re-called, and stated that it was during the struggle the wound was inflicted. Some question also arose between his Honor and Mr Simpson as to his right of reading certain evidence.
Mr. Simpson continued, and stated that Charlotte Ireland had deposed at the police court that she did not see the knife in Bramble’s hand till they were on the ground. The learned counsel then explained the term maliciously, and said it remained for the Crown to prove that the wound was inflicted maliciously. Several testimonials as to character, by influential members of the community where Bramble lived, were read. Then as to the assault, there must have been an intention to constitute an offence.
The Crown Prosecutor replied, and stated that he desired the jury to look clearly at the evidence. He drew the attention of the jury to the evidence of the witness John Ireland, who said that the wound was inflicted during the struggle, and that he felt the blood first when he was on the ground. Then the evidence of the girl was that she did not see the knife in his hand during the struggle, but saw it in his hand on the ground; she did not say it was not in his hand. He submitted that the prisoner did intend to inflict the wound, and did inflict it.
His Honor summed up, and submitted that they must find on the first two counts. They must be satisfied that it had been done maliciously, and explained the meaning of malice. It would be their duty to determine whether the wound was inflicted accidentally or not. If they believed the wound was inflicted accidentally they must acquit the prisoner ; but if they believed it was done intentionally, they must do their duty and find him guilty.
The jury retired, and after a consideration of about three-quarters of an hour, returned into court with a verdict of guilty on the second count, with a recommendation to mercy, on account of his age and previous good character.
Constable Steele gave the prisoner a good character for the time he knew him ; and his counsel read the evidence of the wife at the police court, and the statement made by the prisoner at the same place. His Honor said he quite concurred in the verdict of the jury, and sentenced the prisoner to be imprisoned in Maitland gaol, with hard labour, for a period of two years.
The other charges against the same prisoner were withdrawn.
Maitland Mercury, 8 Dec 1874.
Convict Changes History
Nibbles on 29th July, 2015 made the following changes:
Bob Ainsworth on 26th January, 2018 made the following changes:
surname: Brimble (prev. Bramble)
Iris Dunne on 27th January, 2018 made the following changes:
source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 100. National Archives Microfilm Publication, NSW & Tas., Aust. General Muster, 1822, HO 10/36. State Archives, NSW Butts of COF 1832 (NRS 12210) and