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Anthony Bryan

Anthony Brion, one of 1063 convicts transported on the Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize, December 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Anthony Bryan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1759
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1826
Age: 67 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Old Bailey
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1072 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 48
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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Phil Hands on 18th February, 2018 wrote:

Anthony was tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on 27th February 1788 for stealing a cloth great coat of John M’Donald, Lord Grannard’s coachman, he was sentenced to transportation for 7 years. He was transported by wagon from Newgate Prison to the hulk ‘Ceres’ moored in Langstone Harbour, Portsmouth on 12th August 1788, where he stayed until embarked on the Surprize on 30th November 1789 for the Second Fleet trip to Sydney.
Left England on 19th June 1790.
Ship:- the ‘Surprize’ sailed with 256 male convicts on board of which 36 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 26th June 1790.

On 19th November 1794 Anthony settled on a 30-acre farm at Eastern Farms (Kissing Point), roughly at the present site of Ryde High School and Christine Avenue, North Ryde.

He married convict Elizabeth Dean (‘Lady Juliana’ 1790) in 1795 at Sydney, they had 3 children between 1792-1796, before Elizabeth entered into a common law relationship with convict James Evans (‘Pitt’ 1792) that produced 6 children between 1800-1811.

By 1800 Anthony was “off stores”, although he was recorded as having one female (possibly an error) and 3 children “on stores”, and at that time had “no stock”.
By 1802 he was free, and had cleared 18 acres; 5 planted to wheat and ten ready for sowing to maize. He also had 2 hogs and 25 bushels of maize in hand. He was now recorded as having two children and a prisoner on indent with him, all “off stores”.
Apparently he sold the farm soon afterwards, for it was sold again by a William Cox in April 1804 at auction for 21 guineas.
In 1814 he was recorded as a landholder with a male and a female convict, and appears on a List of Persons Receiving an Assigned Convict dated 19th February 1822.

Anthony died in September 1826 at Field of Mars, Greater Sydney age 67.
Elizabeth died on 28th December 1829 at Sydney age 64.

Old Bailey Trial Transcription.
Reference Number: t17880227-23

176. ANTHONY BRYAN was indicted for stealing a cloth great coat, value 40 s. the property of John M’Donald , on the 18th of January .
I am coachman to Lord Grannard; on the 18th of January as I was in the yard, the prisoner came and asked me how I did; I came out of the stable and pulled the door after me, he followed, and I went about my business; this was a little before five o’clock, I returned about seven, and missed my great coat; about a month after I heard the prisoner was at a public-house, I got a constable and went and took him, I never found my coat again.
I was in the yard on the 18th of January, a little before five, the prisoner came to me and asked me which was the coachman’s stables; I shewed him, he went in, I saw no more of him.
On the 18th of January I was going down the yard for my pots, and saw the prisoner come out of the stable with two coats under his arm, the one white, the other blue.
Are you sure it was the prisoner? - Yes, I knew him before; I told the coachman about five minutes after; they went after him, but could not overtake him.
To M’Donald. What colour was your coat? - A green-blue.
I know nothing of the affair.
Transported for seven years .
Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 18th February, 2018 made the following changes:

convicted at, surname: Bryan (prev. Brion), date of birth: 1759 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1826 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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