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Charles Browne

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Browne
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1814
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Ireland. Dublin
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Kinnear
Departure date: 10th July, 1842
Arrival date: 23rd October, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 172 other convicts


Primary source: Tasmanian Records.
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Maureen Withey on 24th January, 2022 wrote:

Kinnear Indent: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON14-1-17$init=CON14-1-17P4 and https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON14-1-17$init=CON14-1-17P5
6663. Charles Browne, 58th Regt 12 years, tried at Dublin, 6 April 1842, 7 years. Age 28, catholic, can read and write, married, 1 child. Offence: Robbing my master, Captain Hughes. 58 Regt, of money namely £50 or £40. & of some trinkets from Lieut. Mayers – for insolence confined. Surgeon’s Report: Thoroughly recommended. Had charge of the upper deck. Trade, Servant & butler. Native place, Co. Donegal. Remarks: W, Mary Ann at Dublin. Daughter Mary Ann at Dublin. 1 S Jane, at America, Philadelphia – never reported. I was a single man. Married to the Regt will leave.

Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON33-1-28$init=CON33-1-28p5
28 April 1846. Ticket of Leave.
6 April 1846. constable. Misconduct in not reporting two men who had absconded, fined 5/-.
C.P. Approved, 14 Nov 1848.

Maureen Withey on 24th January, 2022 wrote:

Extensive Robbery at Richmond Barracks.— Charles Browne and Anne Stirling were indicted—the former for stealing, and the latter for receiving, five five-pound notes, eight thirty-shilling notes, eight one pound notes, the property of Captain Hume, of the 68th Regiment and also three gold pins, the property Lieutenant Meares, a silver spoon the property of Captain Grant, and two pairs of gloves, a cigar case, and three books, also the property of Captain Hume. 
Captain Hume was first examined—On the 6th of last he missed his property ; on the evening of the 6th he was at mess about eight o’clock ; it was reported there to him that their apartments had been robbed, and, in consequence, went to his room ; he found the door locked as usual, but, on entering the room, he he saw the drawers disturbed ; one in which he was in the habit of keeping money was disturbed,  and another case, in which there was also some of his property, was taken away; in an inner room,  there was a leather case in which he had money; he found the drawers in which this case was, locked, but the case the money were gone ; there were five five-pound notes in it, part of a sum ol 431. or 441. ; the prisoner, Charles Browne, was his servant ; Browne came in about ten minutes after this and appeared confused, and asked where was the key the door? he (Captain Hume) said it was no matter, the drawers were broken open, when Browne opened the table drawer which he was in the habit of putting the key, and said all was right ;’’ there was a poker fixed in the door, as if an attempt was made to open it by force, but, after looking at it found there was no force used, mangling of the wards or bars, or locks of the screw of one the locks was taken out, but he found that this was done by twisting them, and not force; he than began to suspect his servant who knew that he was in the habit of keeping money in these drawers, and he had him arrested on that evening; he ( Captain Hume) saw the money about four clock on that day, and at half-past six he left Browne in the room, and all was then right : Anne Stirling, the other prisoner, was the wife of discharged sergeant. ( Identified one ot the thirty shilling notes.) Mary Sweeny examined—She attended Anne Stirling nursetender, in Crane-lane, in January last, for three weeks; she (Anne Stirling) passed Browne s wife, and Browne often called to see her; saw him call there on the evening of the 6th of February, when it was dark; witness- had his dinner ready, but seemed to be m such a hurry that he did not wait for it; he went to the bed. and gave something to Anne Stirling, but what it was she (witness) could not then tell; that night she gave Anne Stirling penny to buy two candles, but she (witness) was surprised to find her get up the morning, though sick, and release several things at the pawn-offices; witness, however, took no notice of this, till she saw bills up about the robbery at the barracks, speaking of it, and asking who were the gentlemen with whom Browne lived, the woman began the woman began “bundle herself up. so that witness though she was mad—and after this, she was crying every day, and pledging her clothes; she prevailed on witness to let her to Hanbury-lane, and witness heard no more, until the police came and opened the box, when she saw all the articles that were stolen. Inspector Prendeville deposed to his having gone to Anne Stirling’s apartments, where he found several articles, and a silver spoon, broken up, Browne’s box; the woman was brought to the station-house, when, after a search had been made Sergeant Thompson and charge entered against her, she said that there was a burden her heart 1 which she wished to get off it—that she had led sinful life since she met with Browne ; that she had told Browne that she would leave him, and that he said she should not without something, and gave her the money. She also said she did not care what became of herself nothing would happen Browne. Edward Fugier Esq., proved that on some day previous to the robbery he handed 901. to Captain Hume, at the Bank of Ireland, and identified three of the five pound notes as being part the money he had paid out. The articles found by the constable were also identified by the different owners, after which his worship charged the jury, who found both prisoners guilty, but recommended Anne Stirling to mercy on the grounds that she had been under the influence of Browne. The Court said that Browne should imprisoned for twelve months for the robbery Lieutenant for one month for the robbery on Captain Grant; and, expiration of the of the terms of imprisonment, be transported for seven years. The sentence of Anne Stirling would be but a month’s imprisonment and hard labour, the jury having recommended her to mercy, Brown seems to be an active intelligent fellow, and showed a good deal of tact during the trial.
Dublin Morning Register, 9 April 1842.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 24th January, 2022 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Tasmanian Records. (prev. ), firstname: Charles, surname: Browne, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1814, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

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