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Isaac Perrett

Isaac Perrett, one of 150 convicts transported on the Hadlow, August 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Isaac Perrett
Aliases: Isaac Pettett, Parrot
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 11th January, 1841
Age: 47 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Gloucester Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Hadlow
Departure date: August, 1818
Arrival date: 24th December, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 152 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 80
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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Denis Pember on 31st January, 2016 wrote:

Hereford Journal Wed 15 Apr 1818 p.3
The business at Gloucester Assizes was finished in the Nisi Prius Court on Monday, but the trials at the Crown Court were not closed till Thursday.
No less than forty-three prisoners were capitally convicted and received sentence of death, viz….
Isaac Perrett, for stealing two ends of blue cloth…
The capital convicts were all reprieved…

Denis Pember on 31st January, 2016 wrote:

Isaac is located at Patrick Plains in the 1828 census.
Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref P618] Perrett, Isaac, 34, ticket of leave, Hadlow, 1818, 14 years, District constable, Patricks Plains. 2 horses, 103 cattle.

Denis Pember on 31st January, 2016 wrote:

Only 2 years after the census, Isaac married Mary Ross, October 11 1831 at Newcastle. Mary was the daughter of John Ross (Convict, Duke of Portland, 1807) and Elizabeth Bennett (Convict, Canada, 1810).
John was aged about 37 when he and Mary married. In the next ten years, they had 4 children; George 1832, Henry 1834, Elizabeth 1837 and Alfred 1839.
Isaac died in 1841, aged only 47.

Bill O'Halloran on 4th January, 2017 wrote:

Isaac Perrett had been married previously in England to Elizabeth Trotman and had a son John.Elizabeth and John sailed to New South Wales on the Lucy Davidson, in steerage.
The ship departed London on 20th July 1829 with 99 female prisoners and 6 free woman with 17 children She was coming out to join Isaac .Isaac was in the Upper Hunter at the time and was to remain there until his 14 year sentence was finished in 1832.
Elizabeth died during the voyage and John joined the father he never knew.John was later a key figure in the establishment of Tyringham,a settlement near Ebor,northern NSW.

Maureen Withey on 14th August, 2021 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Index.

PERROTT, Isaac. Per “Hadlow”, 1818.

1819 Jan 4
On list of convicts disembarked from the “Hadlow” and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.245)
1822 Jan 10
On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta”; listed as Parrott (Reel 6008; 4/3504A p.269)
1825 Apr 22
Constable at Patricks Plains. On return of persons on Police Establishment for the Counties of Northumberland and Durham who are entitled to salaries (Reel 6068; 4/1812 p.51)
1825 May 18
Bush constable at Patricks Plains. On return of constables for the counties of Northumberland and Durham (Fiche 3302; 4/7419.1 p.16)


HIS EXCELLENCY the GOVERNOR has been pleased to approve of the following Alterations in the Police of the Colony; viz.
Patrick’s Plains—Isaac Perrett, holding a Ticket of Leave, to be District Constable, in the Room of John Hunt, resigned ; Robert Smith, free, to be Constable, in the Room of Isaac Perret, promoted;
Sydney Gazette, 17 Mar 1828.


Hunter’s River, Oc. 10, 1830.
I wish through your Paper to lay the following before the Authorities generally, but hope it will catch the eye of his Excellency.
William Adams, fencer, a freed man, agreed to fence in some land for a ticket-of-leave man, named Isaac Parrot, a constable of St. Patrick’s Plains. Adams had himself been a constable lately, and on the day fixed by his Excellency he went to Maitland to receive arrears of his salary.  He was away five days. Ticket-constable Parrot considered five days too long, and on the morning of Adams’s return home, he appeared at the door of a settler named Roper, armed with a cutlass, accompanied by a constable named M’Innis, and a scourger, a convict, John Calderwood, the two latter armed with loaded pistols. He directed Adams to surrender and go with him to the watch-house at Darlington, on the ground; that by his absence for five days he had left his work, and thereby committed a breach of his agreement with him (Parrot). Adams told Parrot he ought not to act in his own cause. Parrot said, he was the best judge of his own conduct.  Adams then agreed to go with him. Parrot said he must be hand-cuffed. Adams resisted. They threw him on the floor and hand-cuffed him. After he was handcuffed, and had got up, Parrot threw his sword aside, and doubling his fist, struck Adams twice or three times, and knocked him down on a sofa. Adams told him he was a d—-d coward for doing so. Parrot replied, that if he got no other satisfaction, he at all events had got that. They took him to the watch-house. This was on a Saturday. On the Monday Mr. Glennie, the Magistrate, held a court.  Adams finding he was not going up, requested to be taken up. Parrot said, that that Monday was not the regular court day, and he should not go up till the regular day, which was that day fortnight.
Adams replied, it did not lie with him to imprison him at his pleasure. Parrot said he knew his duty, and would not take him up.
Adams stayed in the watch-house the fortnight. His own hut was near the watch house, and he had a bed and blanket in it, but Parrot nailed up the door, and would not allow him to have them. After five days, a friend stole the bed out, and gave it him, but Parrot took the blanket, and kept it.
On the Monday fortnight he was taken before Mr. Glennie. Parrot made his complaint. He produced no written agreement, nor did he bring any witness to prove that any agreement had ever been entered into between them. Adams therefore demanded his discharge, but Mr. Glennie, considering his having been at work proof sufficient of an agreement of some kind, sentenced Adams to two months imprisonment for breach of the same. Adams then complained of being hand-cuffed by the constable, and that he had acted in his own cause. Mr. Glennie said, that his warrant entitled Parrot to hand-cuff him. Adams then complained of Parrot knocking him down, after his hands were in the hand-cuffs. Mr. Glennie said, he ought not to have resisted, and then Parrot would not have struck him.
Before he was taken away, Parrot told Mr. Glennie, he did not wish Adams to go to prison, only to pay him the sum of fifty shillings which he owed him? Mr. Glennie said, he must recover the debt in the Court of Requests.
On returning to the watch-house, Parrot told Adams if he would pay him the fifty shillings, he would let him out.  Adams said he would; if he could borrow the sum. Parrot sent M’Innis, the constable, round with Adams (out of hand cuffs now), and he borrowed the money, and was discharged by Parrot, the latter never consulting Mr. Glennie.
Three weeks afterwards, Mr. Glennie learnt, that Parrot had released him. He seemed surprised, but expressed no displeasure, nor directed further proceedings.
Ticket Parrot is in the habit of taking assigned servants & run-a-ways in his custody, and compelling them to work, for which he gives them some food beyond their gaol allowance. He also employs the constables in ploughing and driving his teams, when they ought to be looking after bushrangers and other various duties which are much neglected. If Mr. R. Scott were here, this would not be allowed; but neither Mr. G. nor a neighbouring Magistrate take pleasure in their official duties. The first leaves all to Parrot, and the last to his wife. In short, Sir, the state of the Magistracy at Hunter’s River is deplorable.
Parrot cultivates a piece of Government land of about six acres. It was put into wheat by prisoners in custody and by the constables. He is not at the expense of employing servants. He has taken a piece of land of Mr. Macdougal, and intends putting it in corn this season.  He sold last season a large quantity of corn to Mr. Glennie, and took his note at six months. Parrot has lodged it with the Greenman, who sells grog without a license, and his very best customer is this Parrot. When the Greenman’s bill comes up to a couple or three pounds, Parrot draws on Mr. Glennie thus:
Mr. Glennie—Sir,. please pay the Greenman, or bearer, two pounds eight shillings and sevenpence, on my account.
These bills Mr. G. pays in transactions which he has with the Greenman.
The Greenman is a ticket-of-leave man.  His name is Smith. He keeps a concubine. -
I am sorry to be obliged to mention these things, as far as Mr. Glennie is concerned, for a kinder-hearted man there is not in New South Wales; and if ever he is severe, it is because he is misled.  No Coroner is appointed at Hunter’s River, notwithstanding the great extent of the farms and population. There may be one at Newcastle, but I do not know him, if there is. Two men were lately punished at Darlington, with fifty lashes each. They were punished after sundown. After their punishment, they requested to be taken to the watch-house, as the river was rising, and they were afraid to cross it. They were refused.  They attempted to cross it. One was drowned, and the other lost his clothes.  No inquest was held on the body. But the Corporation Schoolmaster read prayers over the body.
Sydney Monitor, 23 Oct 1830.

ISAAC PERRET having a few head of fat Cattle on hand, beg to inform the Inhabitants of Patrick’s Plains and its vicinity, that he will supply Beef at the following reduced prices:
Fresh Beef by the quarter, per pound, 2 ¾ d.
Ditto by the joint, ditto. 3
Ditto steaks, 8 ½
Ditto salted, ditto,  3 ½. 
Six months credit will be given to responsible persons.
Patrick’s Plains
May 31, 1837.
Sydney Herald, 8 Jun 1837.


TWENTY POUNDS REWARD.  Whereas, some Person or Persons did, on the 16th January last, at Liverpool Plains, cut one ear, mane, and tail off my Horse - also the mane and tail off a black Mare, the property of William Hamlet; I will pay the above Reward to any Person who will prosecute the Parties to conviction.
Sydney Herald, 21 Feb 1840.


Patrick’s Plain, February 13, 1840.
Married By Special Licence, at Patrick’s Plains, Thomas Taylor, Esquire, of West Maitland, to Mrs. Perritt, widow of the late Isaac Perritt, Esquire, of Patrick’s Plains ; the happy pair proceeded immediately to Moreton Bay, to spend the honey moon.
New South Wales Examiner, 2 April 1842.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 31st January, 2016 made the following changes:

alias1: Isaac Pettett, date of birth: 1794 (prev. 0000), date of death: 11th January, 1841 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Maureen Withey on 14th August, 2021 made the following changes:

alias2: Parrot

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