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John Bronger

John Brungar, one of 160 convicts transported on the Prince Regent, 17 September 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Bronger
Aliases: Brunger, Bringer, James Bronger, Brungar
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1797
Occupation: Bricklayer
Date of Death: 29th April, 1829
Age: 32 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Prince Regent
Departure date: 17th September, 1819
Arrival date: 27th January, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 171 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 232. NSW State Records, Gaol Description and Entrance Book, Sydney 1825-1832, Roll: 851. Queensland, Aust., Prison and Reformatory Indexes, Filename: Register of Prisoners Part 1, Item ID: 869689, Page: 3, QSA Ref: SRS5653/1/1, M/film No: Z7857. NSW, Aust, Convict Indents, Series: NRS 12188, Item:[4/4007], Microfiche: 643.
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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Margaret Rosenberg on 1st November, 2017 wrote:

Hanged at Moreton Bay 29/Apr 1829 for murder

Iris Dunne on 1st November, 2017 wrote:

NSW Gaol charged with Wilful Murder, found guilty 14 April.  Prisoner No. 748
Tried: 2 August 1819 - named John Brungar on HO11/3
Aged 22 on arrival, Birth year: abt 1797
Occupation: stable boy on Convict Indents

Maureen Withey on 31st October, 2019 wrote:

Absconded prisoners
Brongar James, Prince Regent, Hustler, 29, London, 5 feet 7, hazle eyes, grey hair, from Mr. G. B. White, Surveyor, charged with Robbery.
Sydney Gazette, 30 May 1827.

Parramatta, Saturday June 2.
John Bronger, assigned servant to Mr. White, assistant surveyor, charged with robbing his master of a bottle of brandy, and a bundle containing wearing apparel, and various other articles, and absconding.  Sentenced 3 years to a penal settlement.
Sydney Gazette, June 8 1827.

EXECUTIONS. — On the morning of Saturday last, Thos. Mathews, Thos. Allen, and John Brunger, who were severally convicted of Murder, at Moreton Bay, underwent the awful punishment which the laws both divine and humane have attached to the foulest crime, winch can be committed by man. The case of each of those unhappy men was marked by circumstances of peculiar atrocity. The cool deliberate manner in which they deprived their unfortunate victims of life; the total want of adequate provocation ; the motive by which they were actuated—that of removing themselves from a penal settlement, to the hardships of which they had been justly subjected, by an unrestrained perseverance in crime — all combined lo allay every portion of sympathy which the fate, even of a murderer, has been sometimes known to excite.  Neither of the culprits denied their guilt, but Mathews addressed something to the assembled crowd, as to the tyranny that existed at Moreton Bay, owing to which, men were driven to the extremities to which he and his unfortunate companions in guilt, were compelled to have resort, to free themselves from a state of suffering worse than death. The tyranny complained of as existing at penal settlements, will hardly be considered, particularly on the mere assertion of twice and thrice convicted felons, as any thing more than that restraint to which the situation and conduct of such individuals necessarily subjects them. As regards the commandant at Moreton Bay (Captain Logan) unprejudiced report, speaks highly of his conduct in the responsible office to which he has been appointed, and we should be loath to admit, as conclusive testimony against him, the declaration of a man whose own acts had proved hint to be swayed by ” neither pity, love, nor fear.” The unfortunate men were attended in their last moments, by the Rev. Mr. Cowper and the Rev. Mr. Therry.
Yesterday morning James Sullivan, convicted of the wilful murder of Patrick McConderan at Moreton Bay, also under went the sentence of the law at the place of execution.
Sydney Gazette, 21 April 1829

Maureen Withey on 31st October, 2019 wrote:

Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence:
Letter to Colonial Secretary from Henry Cowper, Assistant Surgeon at Moreton Bay and depositions dated 18 and 20 October 1828

Information of Mr Henry Cowper Asst Surgeon re murder of William Perfoot by John Brungar
[also spelt Brunger]
“Taken & sworn before me the day & year before mentioned at Moreton Bay aforesaid
Signed P Logan JP”
Information of Thomas Daly labourer re John Brungar murdering William Perfoot
“Taken and sworn before me the day & year before mentioned at Moreton Bay aforesaid
Signed P Logan JP”
Information of Thomas Crout, labourer re John Brungar murdering William Perfoot
Mentions Thomas Daly & Anthony Boylen, overseer
“Taken and sworn before me the day & year before mentioned at Moreton Bay aforesaid
Signed P Logan JP”
Information of Anthony Boylan, overseer of Gaol Gang, re John Brungar murdering William
Perfoot
Mentions Crout & Thomas Daly, also Acting Engineer Mr Craig, Commissariat Clerk W P Daniels & Charles Smith
“Taken and sworn before me the day & year before mentioned at Moreton Bay aforesaid
Signed P Logan JP”

Convict Changes History

Margaret Rosenberg on 1st November, 2017 made the following changes:

surname: Bronger (prev. Brungar), alias1: Brunger, alias2: Bringer, occupation, crime

Iris Dunne on 1st November, 2017 made the following changes:

gender: m

Iris Dunne on 1st November, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 232. NSW State Records, Gaol Description and Entrance Book, Sydney 1825-1832, Roll: 851. Queensland, Aust., Prison and Reformatory Indexes, Filename:

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