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John Freek, one of 160 convicts transported on the Prince Regent, 17 September 1819
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life span was 59 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 14 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 234
||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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Maureen Withey on 22nd January, 2020 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 22 January 2020), May 1818, trial of JOHN FREEK CHARLES SMITH (t18180506-3).
JOHN FREEK, CHARLES SMITH, Theft > housebreaking, 6th May 1818.
740. JOHN FREEK and CHARLES SMITH were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Edward John Holland , about six o’clock in the forenoon of the 1st of May , at St. Marylebone (he and other persons being therein), and burglariously stealing therein, one coat, value 18s., and one jacket, value 2s., the goods of Charles Facey .
WILLIAM EVES . I am butler to Mr. Edward John Holland , who lives at No.37, Devonshire-place . I went out a little before six o’clock in the morning through the area, locked the door after me, and put the keys in my pocket; I returned about half-past nine - I still had the keys. As I went out I saw the prisoners lurking about the house-they had great-coats on, and were walking slowly up the place, three or four doors off. When I returned they were in custody.
CHARLES FACEY. I am footman to Mr. Holland. On the 1st of May I was disturbed about half-past six o’clock in the morning - I had left my things in the servants’ hall on the basement, which leads to the areathrough the passage. I came down, and found the prisoners in custody, with my things. Mr. Holland and his family were in bed.
JOHN GATES . I am a servant, and live in Charlotte-street. On the 1st of May I heard the cry of Stop thief! I was at the corner of Devonshire-street, and saw the two prisoners running together as from the prosecutor’s house - They were pointed out to me. I pursued, and saw Smith throw off his great-coat, he attempted to escape - I took him in Portland-street; I never lost sight of him. Freek ran down another street; I saw him in custody ten minutes after - I am sure he is the man. He was brought back by the crowd.
MARY ANN ORRELL . I live in Charlotte-street. On the 1st of May, about half-past six o’clock in the morning, I saw two men running very fast through the street, stripping their clothes off - They dropped some things from under them. I took up a coat and a jacket, which I gave to Wyatt. I am sure the prisoners are the men. I saw them in custody a quarter of an hour after.
JOHN WYATT . I am a constable of St. Pancras. On the 1st of May I was sent for, and found the prisoners in custody. I wanted to search Freek, he resisted very much; I found nothing on him-Orrell gave me the coat and jacket. I afterwards went to Norton-street, and got eleven keys there - I tried them to the prosecutor’s door; one of them opened the door, and another the area gate.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
FREEK’s Defence. The lady did not see me throw the clothes away.
SMITH’s Defence. I know nothing of it.
FREEK - GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 28.
SMITH - GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 29.
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Garrow.
List of men sent from England to Port Jackson per Prince Regent (Anderson) to Hobart Town per Castle Forbes.
John Freek, age 30, stableman, Tried at Middx, May 1818, 14 years, native of London.
Convict Changes History
Maureen Withey on 22nd January, 2020 made the following changes: