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Stephen Brook, one of 180 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1817
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
life span was 54 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Middlesex Gaol Delivery
1st January, 1818
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 180 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 376
||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 6th January, 2015 wrote:
STEPHEN BROOK, JAMES FRANKS, Theft > burglary, 4th December 1816.
Reference Number: t18161204-75
Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty; Guilty
Punishment: Death; Death
STEPHEN BROOK , and JAMES FRANKS , were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Eliza Robertson , about twelve o’clock, on the night of the 4th of November , with intent to steal, and stealing therein, eight tea-spoons, value 18s.; two salt-spoons, value 4s.; one pair of sugar-tongs, value 6s.; two pair of stockings, value 4s.; one pair of boots, value 1s.; one pelisse, value 1l.; one pillow-case, value 1s.; one pint of brandy; value 3s.; one quart of gin, value 2s.; one quart of peppermint, value 2s.; three decanters, value 6s.; one quart of rum, value 3s.; three bottles, value 6d.; and fifteen shillings in copper , goods and monies of the said Eliza Robertson .
Brooks Defence. On the 5th of November I was coming from Stepney, and fell in with this boy. We were talking together, and he blacked my face in the fields. I had a stick in my hand, and I pushed it into the ground to get up a turf to heave at him, and I rose the spoons up. They were buried in the ground. I went to Petticoat-lane, and bought the boots; they gave me the farthings in change. As I was going down Rosemary-lane I saw a boy, who asked me if I had any thing to sell; I gave him the spoons, and they sent for an officer.
BROOKS - GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 15.
FRANKS - GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 16.
James Franks arrived per ‘Lord Eldon’ 1817.
30/1/1827 Sydney Gazette:
Stephen Brook, assigned servant to Captain Lethbridge, was sent by his master to Sydney, with 10 pounds of butter, and on his return could, give no account of the same ; 25 lashes, and to be returned.
1828 Census: Shepherd - Assigned to R Lethbridge at Patrick Plains.
22/4/1834 Sydney Gazette:
A man named Stephen Brooks was brought up to Sydney on Sunday, committed by the Bench at Patrick’s Plains to take his trial for cattle stealing. There will be an unusual number of charges of this description tried before the next Court.
6/8/1834: Tried at Maitland QS for Cattle Stealing and Burglary. Sentenced to 15 years. He had been with Captain Lethbridge for 8 years and was his Overseer.
1835: Sent to Norfolk Island.
6/6/1844: Arrived VDL per ‘Lady Franklin’. He was then described as:
Occupation: a shepherd, 44 years old, 5’5” tall, sallow complexion, dark brown hair, brown whiskers, hazel eyes, tattoos.
14/1/1846: Permission to marry Ann Ebbit (Mexborough 1841)
9/2/1846: Married at Hobart.
Convict Changes History
D Wong on 6th January, 2015 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1800 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime