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Henry Maxwell

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Maxwell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1820
Occupation: Errand boy
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Ireland, Down
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Neptune
Departure date: 27th August, 1837
Arrival date: 2nd January, 1838
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 46 other convicts

References

Primary source: Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924; Dublin, Kilmainham 1815-1910 New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842; Non-Annotated Printed Indentures 1838
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Dianne Jones on 30th January, 2021 wrote:

OCCUPATION: Errand boy and cart driver

Dianne Jones on 30th January, 2021 wrote:

1837, 10 July: Henry MAXWELL, 17, was tried at Co Down, and sentenced to transportation for life for sheep stealing. There is no record of a petition against his sentence; Document ref1: TR 2, p 36 (see http://findingaids.nationalarchives.ie/).

1837, 17 August: Henry MAXWELL was admitted to Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, from Down (prisoner #706). He had been tried for sheep stealing on 10 July 1837, convicted and a sentence of life was handed down by the Lord Chief Baron. He was described as 17 (born 1820), 5’5” tall with grey eyes, dark brown hair and a fair complexion.

1837, 26 August: Discharged from Kilmainham to be “embarked on board Neptune” (see Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924; Dublin, Kilmainham 1815-1910).

Dianne Jones on 30th January, 2021 wrote:

1838: On arrival in NSW, Henry MAXWELL, a Protestant, was 15, single, and an errand boy and cart driver. He could read but not write. His native place was Co Down. He had no previous convictions. He was described as 5’5 ½”, with a ruddy and freckled complexion, brown hair and grey (see New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842; Non-Annotated Printed Indentures 1838). Note: Difference in his age given in this and his Irish prison record.

1844, 6 Feb: Admitted to Newcastle Gaol, prisoner #83, by the Border Police, and sentenced to two months on the treadmill, by Thomas Perry JP, for abusive language and disobedience of orders given by his overseer (see New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930; Description Book, Newcastle 1841-1845).

1844, 9 February: Forwarded to Sydney to serve his time on the treadmill (see New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930; Entrance and Description Book, Newcastle 1833-1837).

Dianne Jones on 30th January, 2021 wrote:

1845: Is this “our” Henry Maxwell?

“Shoplifting.-Henry Maxwell, an assigned servant to Captain Dumaresq, was yesterday brought before the bench for stealing a pair of trowsers from Mr. Isaac Beckett, storekeeper, West Maitland. It appeared from the evidence of Mr. Beckett that, on Wednesday last, three drays having stopped at his stores, two of the men in charge came in to make a purchase, and while they were doing so he noticed one of them whispering to a third at the door. This roused his suspicion; and as soon they were gone he observed that one of two pair of trousers which had been hanging at the door was missing. He immediately followed the men, and questioned the two who had been in the store as to where the third was. They said he had gone to buy some bread, and would be back directly. He came back accordingly, when Mr. Beckett at once taxed him with the theft, which he denied, but said he had bought a pair of trousers that day, and produced them from under the dray cover. Mr. B. immediately recognised them as the pair he had missed. The prisoner was sentenced to be worked in irons 12 months.” (see The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 22 Nov 1845, p3)

Dianne Jones on 30th January, 2021 wrote:

1847, 8 October: Henry MAXWELL is granted a Ticket of Leave No.47/761 for the District of Scone, Co of Brisbane (see New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869; Ticket of leave butts (NRS 12202); Ticket of leave butts, Sep 1846-Jun 1847, Oct 1847-Jan 1848).

1848, 20 January: Granted a Ticket of Leave Passport No.48/16, allowing him to travel between Scone, New England, and Newcastle in the service of John Wilkinson as a bullock driver for 12 months (see New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869;ts of ticket of leave passports, 1835-1869; Butts of ticket of leave passports, 1847-1848).

1848, 11 September: Granted a Ticket of Leave Passport No.48/626, allowing him to travel between Morpeth and Moreton Bay in the service of Mr Froggart for 12 months (see New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869; Butts of ticket of leave passports, 1835-1869 (NRS 12204); Butts of ticket of leave passports, 1849-1850).

1849, 28 February: Henry MAXWELL, 26, per Neptune, applies at Maitland and is granted permission to marry Sarah MANTELL/MANSELL, 17, a native of the colony (see New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851; Granted 1849). Note: No record on NSW or VIC BDM sites of this marriage.

Dianne Jones on 30th January, 2021 wrote:

1849, 8 November: Granted a Ticket of Leave Passport No.49/425, allowing him to remain in the District of Liverpool Plains for 12 months in the service of Mr W Levy (see New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869; Butts of ticket of leave passports, 1835-1869 (NRS 12204); Butts of ticket of leave passports, 1849-1850).

1851, 22 August: Granted a Ticket of Leave Passport No.51/208, allowing him to remain in the District of New England, at Tamworth, for 12 months in the service of Mr W Levy (see New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869; Butts of ticket of leave passports, 1835-1869 (NRS 12204); Butts of ticket of leave passports, 1850-1853).

1852, 24 April; Henry MAXWELL, per Neptune 1838, a labourer and cart driver, 32, is granted a Conditional Pardon No.52/93 (see New South Wales, Australia, Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons, 1788-1870; Conditional 1851-1852 (Reel 795)). These pardons, granted by the Governor-General, were given on the condition that the recipients did not return, during the remainder of their sentences, to the countries or colonies from which they were transported.

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 30th January, 2021 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924; Dublin, Kilmainham 1815-1910 (prev. ), firstname: Henry, surname: Maxwell, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1820, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occ

Dianne Jones on 30th January, 2021 made the following changes:

source: Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924; Dublin, Kilmainham 1815-1910 New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842; Non-Annotated Printed Indentures 1838 (prev. Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924; Dublin, Kilmainham 1815-1910)

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