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Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown, one of 300 convicts transported on the Isabella, 11 July 1833

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Daniel Brown
Aliases: David Balfour, Daniel Browne
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1808
Occupation: Tailor
Date of Death: 6th November, 1850
Age: 42 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Returning from transportation
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Isabella
Departure date: 11th July, 1833
Arrival date: 14th November, 1833
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 176
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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Dianne Jones on 4th July, 2021 wrote:

1832: PRECOGNITION—against Daniel Brown for the crime of returning from transportation

Accused: Daniel Brown, alias Balfour, David, Age: 24, tailor, Address: No fixed abode, Origin: Born in Edinburgh (see National Records of Scotland, Reference AD14/32/395).


1833, 10 January: TRIAL—papers relating to Daniel Brown for the crime of returning from transportation. Tried at High Court, Edinburgh.

Accused: Daniel Brown, Verdict: Guilty, Verdict Comments: Guilty as libelled, Sentence: Transportation - Life. Note: Originally convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh on 23 Jan 1826 for the crime of theft by housebreaking and sentenced to fourteen years transportation (see AD14/26/29, JC8/19, f.124v, JC4/16, f.36v and JC26/1826/*). This diet started on 26 Nov 1832 (see JC8/29, f.32v and JC26/1832/*).


Dianne Jones on 4th July, 2021 wrote:

1833, 11 February: Daniel Browne [sic], 25, was received aboard the Cumberland hulk. He was sent from there for transportation to VDL on 5 July (see UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849).


1833: On arrival in VDL, Daniel Brown was single. He said he had previously been transported per England (1826) to NSW. He had stowed away on a brig for Hobart Town, before stowing away in the Eliza, Captain Waddell, “about 2 years ago and [getting] ashore at St Helena. I then slipped on board an American vessel and went home. A woman named Johnson discovered me.”

1842, 31 August: He was granted a Ticket of Leave.

1842: For absconding and stealing, he was sentenced to be sent to Port Arthur for five years. It appears this was commuted to 3 months’ probation.

1846, 9 June: He held a 3rd Class Probation Pass (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-5$init=CON31-1-5p104).

Dianne Jones on 4th July, 2021 wrote:

1850, 17 September: He was commended for rendering service unaided at a fire and was granted a second Ticket of Leave.

1850, 6 November: An entry on his Conduct Record says Daniel Brown drowned in the Break O’Day River, near Fingal (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON34-1-4$init=CON34-1-4P415).

1850, 12 November: An inquest found he had drowned, accidentally, on 6 November after being thrown or falling from a horse he was riding in Break O’ Day River. His body was found on 10 November (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/SC195-1-28-2415).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 4th July, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1808 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Dianne Jones on 4th July, 2021 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

Dianne Jones on 4th July, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 6th November, 1850 (prev. 0000)

Dianne Jones on 4th July, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: David Balfour, alias2: Daniel Browne

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