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Johanna Brown

Johanna Brown, one of 100 convicts transported on the Princess Royal, 07 November 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Johanna Brown
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Nurse girl/servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Stealing from the person
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Princess Royal
Departure date: 6th January, 1829
Arrival date: 9th May, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 99 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 501 (252)
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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Tony Beale on 31st October, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 Bound Indentures 1829. From Portugal Single Catholic who could not read and write. Convicted of stealing a reticule. C44/408. convicted 11/9/1828. 5’ 1” ruddy and freckled complexion.  brown hair and hazel eyes. Assigned to J Durant Pitt Street Sydney.

Tony Beale on 31st October, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Online

1802. CATHERINE STEEL and JOHANNA BROWN was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of August , 1 reticule, value 1s.; 1 scent-bottle, value 6d.; 1 thimble, value 6d.; 1 handkerchief, value 1s.; 1 sovereign, and 10 shillings, the property of Wright Welby , from the person of Jane his wife .

JANE WELBY . I am the wife of Wright Welby. On the 8th of August, I lost a reticule, containing a sovereign, a half-sovereign, 10s. in silver, a smelling bottle, a silver thimble a card case, a handkerchief, and a French shilling; I had missed my way, and came down Phoenix-street, which comes into George-street, at the top of Holborn - I met the two prisoners and another girl - they each asked me for a penny a piece; I then asked them the way to Tottenham-court-road, and one of them said"Go and show the lady the way Bet” - Brown went to shew me the way; I said “Never mind, I can find the way,” but she came up close to me, and snatched my reticule, and said “That is the way,” and ran off - Steel was close to me at the time, and when I called Stop thief! she struck me; I fell against the wall, and she fell down.
WILLIAM DRAKE . I am a shoemaker. I saw the prosecutrix about eight o’clock, in George-street, St. Giles’ - she and Brown passed by my door, and when they had gone past four or five yards - Brown stepped up to her, and snatched her reticnle from her left arm, and an umbrella from her right - the prosecutirx cried Stop thief! and Steel struck her on the back: I moved from my own door, and asked the prosecutrix if she were frightened; I did not see the property after that, nor see the prisoners taken.

MORRIS NICHOLSON . I took Steel into custody the next day - I told her it was for stealing a reticule the evening before; she said it was Brown, and she got blamed for it; as we were going along, she said if I would go into a house she would tell me where it was planted, and she begged to have half a pint of beer - I said she might have the beer, but she did not tell me where it was.

STEEL’S Defence. As for Brown, I know nothing of her - I was in liquor, and what I said to the constable I know not.

BROWN’S Defence. As for Steel, I know nothing of her nor the prosecutrix.

STEEL - GUILTY . Aged 19.

BROWN - GUILTY . Aged 17.

Transported for Fourteen Years .

Tony Beale on 31st October, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851 Granted 23/7/1840
Johanna Brown 29 Bond (14yrs) per ship princess Royal to marry Jonathan Hunt 26 ToL (14yrs) per ship Lady Harewood. Rev John Cross Port Macquarie.

708/1840 V1840708 24B HUNT JONATHAN BROWN JOHANNA CK (Church of England, Port Macquarie, St Thomas (Co. Ayr))


Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 31st October, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1811 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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