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Rosannah Chapman

Rosannah Chapman, one of 130 convicts transported on the William Bryan, 13 June 1833

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Rosannah Chapman
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: House servant
Date of Death: 5th July, 1865
Age: 61 years

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 7 years

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Lancaster Session Peace
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: William Bryan
Departure date: 13th June, 1833
Arrival date: 23rd October, 1833
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 130 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 140
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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Community Contributions

Denise Ogilvie on 25th January, 2014 wrote:

Married fellow convict Allen Fosbrook at Campbelltown, 14 Feb 1835. Died in Castlemaine Victoria.

D Wong on 25th January, 2014 wrote:

Rosannah was 29 years old on arrival in VDL and was transported for “Stealing from the person”.

Goal Report: Bad. Convicted before and several times in prison.

Rosannah was 4’11” tall, brown hair and eyes, single, native place: Burnley, scar under left eye and rather deaf.

1833-35: Assigned to J C Sutherland Esq.

23/8/1843: CP

14/2/1835: Permission to marry Allen Fosbrook (William Miles 1828 VDL).  The marriage was registered in 1835 at Campbell Town.

22/12/1845: Allen Fosbrook, passenger per ‘Union’ George Town to Adelaide.
19/3/1846: Mrs Fosbrook and daughter, passengers per ‘Union’ George Town to Adelaide.

The daughter was Mary, born C1836 and died 6/11/1906 in Melbourne.
Mary married Thomas Lane in 1855 in Adelaide and had 1 child.  She then married John Patterson on 21/11/1857 in Melbourne and had 7 children.

Mary was murdered.  She was 76 years old and there was an altercation with a boyfriend of her 17 year old granddaughter May, Mary was beaten with a fire poker and died from a fractured skull, never regaining consciousness.  The boyfriend was Thomas Johnson also known as Thomas Treloar who was imprisoned for life with hard labour.

5/7/1865: Rosannah died at Castlemaine.

Convict Changes History

Denise Ogilvie on 25th January, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1804 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

D Wong on 25th January, 2014 made the following changes:

date of death: 5th July, 1865 (prev. 0000), occupation

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