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George Burnett

George Burnett, one of 180 convicts transported on the Prince Regent, 08 June 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Burnett
Aliases: Burnit (alias)
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Seaman
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Aberdeen Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Prince Regent
Departure date: 8th June, 1827
Arrival date: 27th September, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 181 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 201 (102); Inverness Courier - Wednesday 25 April 1827 page 2 “Aberdeen Assize. NSWSR - Convict Ship Indents, "Prince Regent"
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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Robin Sharkey on 27th January, 2016 wrote:

Inverness Courier - Wednesday 25 April 1827 page 2
“Aberdeen Assize

INDENT of “Prince Regent”:
BURnETT, George, age 23, reads & writes, Protestant, single, native of Aberdeen, seaman.  Crme house breaking, tried Aberdeen Assizes 17 April 1827, given 14 yrs,  2 prior convictions.  5ft 5 inches, Ruddy complexion, light brown hair and hazel eyes. Tattoos of heart and JC inside his right arm.

The indent also records:
“At Rylstone 1 June 1841.
illegible - 26 July 1851 theft 9?)”

NSW GAOL RECORD 1829
5 March 1829 Committed at General Sessions Sydney as a Runaway. “To be sent to Lower Branch” Forwarded to Parramatta on 23 March.

1839, 23 December George, per Prince Regent, a labourer, was put in the cells at Parramatta for 14 days. The Gaol description book said he was born in 1803 and easured him at 5f 6inches. He still had the same tattoos.

1840’s
George Burnett became a dray driver.  He was involved in at least two accidents in the streets of Sydney where his dray was responsible for the deaths of young children.
The first in 1844 was deemed a complete accident, and the second in 1851 where he was tried for manslaughter, but found not guilty.

1844 dray accident
SMH 10 Feb 1844 page 2
George was admonished by the Coroner, and instructed that in future when he wished to adjust the load on his dray, he ought to stop it and cog the wheels : he was then discharged.  He had been righting some timber on his dray which was in danger of falling off , while the dray was still moving forward, when Mary Ann Roach aged two years attempted to cross market Street and the horses knocked her down and the dray wheel passed over her head, crushing her head and causing her instantaneous death.

Manslaughter driving a cart, July 1851
SMH 27 August 1851 page 2

George was driving a loaded dray up Bathurst street, and was a little behind the dray when two-and-a-half year old George Logan was playing in the street with his brother. The child stumbled and, before the driver could get close to the horse’s head, the wheel of the dray had passed over him. Dr.Nelson was in prompt attendance, but the child died about two hours later.

Burnett was committed for trial for manslaughter.  Mr. Wilson, the employer of the prisoner, gave him an excellent character as a sober, steady man.
The AG railed in severe terms “upon the prevailing and most culpable negligence of parents, who, in Sydney, beyond any other part of the world, allowed young children to play in the most reckless manner in the most crowded thoroughfares. To such an extent was this practice pursued, that it was really a
most difficult matter for equestrians to pass through the street, without inflicting some injury on the children.”

George Burnett was found not guilty.
1851 Darlinghurst Gaol - Entered gaol for trial at the Criminal Court where he was acquitted and discharged on 26 August 1851
Gaol Description Book - per Prince Regent in 1827, born 1805, 5ft 6in, stout, fresh complexion, brown hair & grey eyes.

1855 - Darlinghurst Gaol where he was confined for 14 days.

1878 - George Burnett was now an old man.  He was admitted of unsound Mind to Darlinghurst gaol and was sent to Police for examination on 28 January.
1879 - Death of a George Burnett at Sydney, possibly him.

Robin Sharkey on 27th January, 2016 wrote:

Inverness Courier - Wednesday 25 April 1827 page 2
“Aberdeen Assize
George Burnet or burnett, and joseph Ken, charged with theft, aggravated by housebreaking, and being [by] habit and repute common thieves.  Burnett pled guilty to the theft as libelled, and to being habit and repute a thief, and Ken pled guilty to theft but not the housebreak.  The Prosecutor having restricted the libel accordingly, and also restricted the same to an arbitrary punishment against Burnett, the jury returned a verdict finding the panels guilty in terms of their own confessions.  It was pled in mitigation of punishment by the counsel for Burnett, that he had been driven to commit the act charged against him BY SEVERE DISTRESS, and that he was the son of respectable parents; and that for Ken that it was his first offence and that he was the sole support of a widowed mother.  After a very proper admonition from Lord Mackenzie, Burnett was sentenced to transportation for fourteen years, and Ken for seven years.

INDENT of “Prince Regent”:
BURnETT, George, age 23, reads & writes, Protestant, single, native of Aberdeen, seaman.  Crme house breaking, tried Aberdeen Assizes 17 April 1827, given 14 yrs,  2 prior convictions.  5ft 5 inches, Ruddy complexion, light brown hair and hazel eyes. Tattoos of heart and JC inside his right arm.

NSW GAOL RECORD 1829
5 March 1829 Committed at General Sessions Sydney as a Runaway. “To be sent to Lower Branch” Forwarded to Parramatta on 23 March.

1839, 23 December George, per Prince Regent, a labourer, was put in the cells at Parramatta for 14 days. The Gaol description book said he was born in 1803 and easured him at 5f 6inches. He still had the same tattoos.

1840’s
George Burnett became a dray driver.  He was involved in at least two accidents in the streets of Sydney where his dray was responsible for the deaths of young children.
The first in 1844 was deemed a complete accident, and the second in 1851 where he was tried for manslaughter, but found not guilty.

FIRST DRAY ACCIDENT - 1844
SMH 10 Feb 1844 page 2
George was admonished by the Coroner, and instructed that in future when he wished to adjust the load on his dray, he ought to stop it and cog the wheels : he was then discharged.  He had been righting some timber on his dray which was in danger of falling off , while the dray was still moving forward, when Mary Ann Roach aged two years attempted to cross market Street and the horses knocked her down and the dray wheel passed over her head, crushing her head and causing her instantaneous death.

SECOND DRAY ACCIDENT - 1851
Manslaughter driving a cart, July 1851
SMH 27 August 1851 page 2

George was driving a loaded dray up Bathurst street, and was a little behind the dray when two-and-a-half year old George Logan was playing in the street with his brother. The child stumbled and, before the driver could get close to the horse’s head, the wheel of the dray had passed over him. Dr.Nelson was in prompt attendance, but the child died about two hours later.

Burnett was committed for trial for manslaughter.  Mr. Wilson, the employer of the prisoner, gave him an excellent character as a sober, steady man.
The AG railed in severe terms “upon the prevailing and most culpable negligence of parents, who, in Sydney, beyond any other part of the world, allowed young children to play in the most reckless manner in the most crowded thoroughfares. To such an extent was this practice pursued, that it was really a
most difficult matter for equestrians to pass through the street, without inflicting some injury on the children.”

George Burnett was found not guilty.
1851 Darlinghurst Gaol - Entered gaol for trial at the Criminal Court where he was acquitted and discharged on 26 August 1851
Gaol Description Book - per Prince Regent in 1827, born 1805, 5ft 6in, stout, fresh complexion, brown hair & grey eyes.

1855 - Darlinghurst Gaol where he was confined for 14 days.

1878 - George Burnett was now an old man.  He was admitted of unsound Mind to Darlinghurst gaol and was sent to Police for examination on 28 January.
1879 - Death of a George Burnett at Sydney, possibly him.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 27th January, 2016 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 201 (102); Inverness Courier - Wednesday 25 April 1827 page 2 “Aberdeen Assize. NSWSR - Convict Ship Indents, "Prince Regent" (prev. Australian Joint

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