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Robert Hesketh

Robert Hesketh, one of 188 convicts transported on the Recovery, 30 July 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Hesketh
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1761
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Recovery
Departure date: 30th July, 1819
Arrival date: 18th December, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 187 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 192
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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Tony Beale on 28th January, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869 for Robert Hesketh. No 149/1623, dated 24/3/1825

New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856 Copies of Letters Sent Within The Colony, 1814-1827
5/2/1821 permission to marry. Jane Christie Free. Signed by William Cowper
24/2/1821 Store receipts for fresh meat. At Windsor

New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 27/4/1826 no 107/5247

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842) View title info Tue 13 Jan 1835 Page 2
Quarter Sessions.
Thomas Burke, and Robert Hesketh,
and Timothy Collins, stood indicted,
Burke for stealing, and Hesketh and
Collins, for receiving the property, know-
ing the same to have been stolen, being
the property of Miss Ann Salmon.
Burke pleaded guilty to the indictment.
Hesketh and Collins, not guilty. Ann
Salmon sworn, I had a servant named
Thomas Burke ; Conolly has occasionally
been employed by me ; I left Burke in
charge of my house some time last moth ;
I left my house about 6 or 7 in the even-
ing, and returned about nine, when I
found my trunk opened ; I missed a
pocket book containing £12 in money ;
I also missed some articles of clothing;
neither of the prisoners were at home
when I returned ; in consequence of in-
formation I received from Burke, I pro-
ceeded to Hesketh’s house, and there
found a £5 note, and a£1 note, and the
pocket book was burning in the fire;
Hesketh said, he had no money in the
house except a little silver which he
shewed the constables; they then pro-
ceeded to search, and found the two
notes now produced, in the bed room,
fastened to a needle case nailed up against
the wall ; upon my claiming it, Hesketh
said, he knew nothing about it ; Burke
was at Hesketh’s house when the money
was found ; Burke had told witness that
the whole of the money was at Hesketh’s ;
I and the constables went to Conolly’s
house to find Burke; we found him out-
side the door; I went into Conolly’s
house and found the horse cloth ; the rug
and sheet were brought to me from Con-
olly’s house whilst I was casuing search
to be made at Hesketh’s. (Examined
by Mr. G. R. Nichoil, on the part of
Hesketh.) I saw a woman there; she
was in the house at the time the notes
were found ; Burke said, that the woman
I saw at Hesketh’s had robbed him of the
money whilst drunk ; these notes might
have been put where they were found by
the woman ; I have every reason to believe
they were; it might have been without
the knowledge of Hesketh, who vehe-
mently persisted when the money was
found, he knew nothing about it. (Ex-
amined by Conolly.) I did not send
any thing to Conolly’s wife to wash ;
Conolly’s wife had brought home the
sheet in the afternoon which I perfectly
recollect putting in the trunk. William
Abbott sworn. I am a conductor in the
Sydney Police; I went to Hosketh’s
house on the night or moring in question,
about 1 or 2 o’clock, and saw Burke
there and two of the police, and also
Miss Salmon ; Burke told me, he had
stolen the money, and had given one
pound to Hesketh, which Hesketh de-
nied ; Hesketh did not seem willing that
I should search the place ; after a long
search, I found the notes now produced,
pinned to the back of the lethearn case
now produced, which was nailed against
the wall, and which Miss Salmon as-
serted was her property; Hesketh was
in the room when the money was found,
and appeared agitated when I was search-
ing near, the spot where the money was
concealed; I saw something burning
in the fire resembling a pocket book;
the was also a woman in the kitchen ;
Robert Hesketh said, he was the pro-
prietor of the house, the woman said,
she only stopping there for a few days.
Cross-examined by Mr. Nichols.—Hes-
keth seemed dissatisfied ; I told him I was
a constable ; Burke said, that he gave
the money and pocket book to the wo-
man in the kitchen ; and that he had
given Hesketh a one pound note ; the
woman denied being marricd to Hesketh,
and said, she had only been living with
Hesketh a few days; Hesketh did not
deny that Burke had been there ; other
constables got there before me ; they
were ordered there by Miss Salmon;
they had no one in custody ; I was going
my rounds, and hearing a noise in the
house went in.—John Ryan, a policeman
sworn—on the 5th December last, I
went to the house of Conolly, about five
minutes past 12, accompanied by Miss
Salmon and two gentlemen ; we asked if
Burke had been there; Conolly said no;
when Miss Salmon saw the horse cloth
now produced,she said, I know better than
that for this is my property; when we
were leaving the house, Burke came up
to the house very drunk ; we then pro-
ceeded to Hesketh’s, accompanied by
Burke ; there was a woman there ; nei-
ther the woman nor Hesketh were dressed
when we went in ; they appeared to have
just got out of bed ; I was present when
the money was discovered, and also when
something was found in the fire that re-
sembled a pocket book, which Hesketh
said was Tanners bark ; Burke said the
woman had the money, and Hesketh had
a pound note. (Cross-examined by Mr.
Nichols.) If I had not known Miss
Salmon had lost a pocket book, I should
not have looked so closely into it ; Hes-
keth said, we had better get a warrant
to search the house ; I do not think a
man would steal notes with an intention
to burn them; no doubt he knew we were
constables when we knocked at the door;
he had time to destroy the notes if he
knew they were in the house, as he
might have kept us outside the door for
an hour; Hesketh was all of a tremble
when the notes were found, and at the
time constable Abbott laid bold of the
leather case, to which the notes were
pinned, Hesketh let the candle fall ; he
strenuously denied all Burke said about
his having the money. Thomas Burke
sworn—I stole a pocket book from Miss
Salmon, but did not examine how much
it contained ; she told me to take the
articles now produced, over to Connolly’s
to be washed ; I did so ; Neither Con-
nolly nor his wife were in the house and
I left them with a woman who was there ;
I took the pocket book to keep it ; I
went to Hesketh’s and found a woman
there ; I had the pocket-book with me ;
I opened it and gave Hesketh a pound
note, and told him to gotme a pot of beer
‘which ho brought nie ; I took the note
from the pocket book ; there was a £5
[noto and some £l notes ; I did not sec
any sovereigns ; I opened the pocket
book in Heskcth’s presence ; be must
have seen the contents of the pocket
book. ¡Vlr. Robert Cox deposed that he
had known Hesketh for several years ;
he had been in his service, and he had
always considered bim an honest and
trustworthy servant. Mr. John Morris,
and Mr. Howith who had known the pri-
soner 15 years, confirmed the character
given by Mr. Cox. Verdict of Guilty
against Robert Hesketh ; ?iof guilty
against Timothy Connolly. Tho priso-
ner Hesketh aed also Burke were re-

The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842) View title info Mon 19 Jan 1835 Page 2 SYDNEY QUARTER SESSIONS.
Robert Hesketh, aged 68 years, convicted of
receiving stolen property. Sentenced to be
worked in irons on the roads for the period of two years.

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842) View title info Tue 24 Jan 1837 Page 3 Classified Advertising
CAUTION: the undersigned having LOST his CERTIFICATE OF FREEDOM, hereby cautions all Constables and others from molesting him after this notice
Name: Robert Hesketh, per ship recovery 1819; trade, distiller; age 70; hair grey; eyes brown; height 5’ 8 1/2”. Robert Hesketh

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 12/9/1838 Elizabeth Emery 49 Bond (life) per ship Sarah and Elizabeth to marry Robert Hesketh 71 Free (7yrs) per ship Recovery(1) Rev George Wood

1689/1838 V18381689 22 HESKETH ROBERT EMERY ELIZABETH CJ (Sydney St James Church of England)

HESKETH ROBERT 249/1850 V1850249 110 AGE 78

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 28th January, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1761 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

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