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Anthony Rope

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Anthony Rope
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1759
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 20th April, 1843
Age: 84 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Essex, Chelmsford Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Alexander
Departure date: 1787
Arrival date: 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales [Port Phillip]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 12 other convicts

References

Primary source: Gillen, Mollie; The Founders of Australia, A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet. Cobley, John; The Crimes of the First Fleet Convicts. Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales.
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Denis Pember on 24th September, 2015 wrote:

Anthony was tried at Essex Lent Assizes which began at Chelmsford on Mon 7 Mar 1785.
He was tried on Thurs morning 10 Mar 1785. “Anthony Rope late of the parish of Rochford in the co. of Essex labourer”: Burglary by breaking and entering the house of Robert Gosling “about 7 in the forenoon” on 2 Sep 1784, and stealing:
2 printed cotton gowns of the value of 20 shillings
one petticoat made of silk and worsted of the value of 5 shillings.
one silk neck handkerchief of the value of 18d.
one pair of women’s leather shoes of the value of one shilling.
one pair of metal buckles plated with silver of the value of 6d.
one man’s hat of the value of 6 shillings.
one fustian frock of the value of 5 shillings.
one pair of men’s leather shoes of the value of 2 shillings.
one pair of metal silver plated buckles of the value of 1s.
one hempen sack of the value of 6d.
Of the goods and chattels of the said Robert Gosling.
one pair of men’s leather shoes of the value of 5 shillings
one pair of silver plated buckles value of 3 shillings
One cotton waistcoat of the value of 2 shillings.
one linen shirt of the value of 6d.
2 silk handkerchiefs of the value of 2 shillings.
one piece of silver coin of the proper coin of this realm called an Half Crown of the value of two shillings and sixpence.
one piece of the proper silver coin of this realm called a Shilling.
Of the goods and monies of Robert Bradley in the same dwelling house”.
He was found not guilty of breaking and entering, guilty of stealing goods to the value of 35s. No Chattels. The sentence was seven years transportation. He was transported aboard the ship ‘Alexander’.

Denis Pember on 24th September, 2015 wrote:

Anthony married Elizabeth Pulley (First Fleet Convict, Friendship/Prince of Wales, 1788). They married at Port Jackson May 19 1788.
They had a long lasting marriage and had 8 children born between 1788 and 1808.

Denis Pember on 24th September, 2015 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales: [Ref R1329] Rope, Anthony, 65, FS, Alexander, 1788, 7 yr, Farmer at Evan, 11 acres all cleared and cultivated, 5 cattle.
# Also [Ref R1330] Rope, Elizabeth, 64, FS, Prince of Wales, 1788.
[Ref R1331] Rope, William, 24, BC. (This would be their yougest son, born 1805).
[Ref R1332] Rope, James, 6, BC (This may be a grandchild)

Also located on the census at Evan is another son, Rope John, 32, BC, included with his own family.  The daughters are presumably all married and with their own families.

Phil Hands on 20th July, 2017 wrote:

Anthony was baptised on 1st August 1755, at St Marys, Norton Subcourse, Norfolk, England.
He was illiterate and a labourer. Anthony came from a family of Carpenters and Brickmakers, handy skills which he brought with him to Sydney Cove. He was tried at Chelmsford on 10th March 1785 he was found guilty of stealing clothing and coin to the value of 35 shillings from Robert Gosling and Robert Bradley; he was sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
Left England on 13th May 1787.
Ship:- the ‘Alexander’, before she left Portsmouth, a fever broke out on board that killed 16 convicts. She left carrying 195 male convicts, 15 more convicts died on the journey, the most for any ship in the first fleet.
Arrived on 26th January 1788.

Upon the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove, all the convicts were put to work in various jobs necessary to build shelter and feed all the people. Anthony Rope was sent to work in the brickfields, which were located near what is now Central Station in Sydney. In Anthony’s small amount of spare time he built a hut there for himself and this was finished by May 1788. Elizabeth, along with other women, would have been put to work sewing, cleaning, washing and cooking.
Anthony and Elizabeth met on the first night that the women of the Fleet were set down at Sydney Cove on 6th February 1788. They were married on 19th May 1788 by the Reverend Richard Johnson, celebrating with meat from a goat that one naval officer reported as missing. They had 8 children between 1788-1808, their son Robert Rope was possibly one of the first children conceived and born in the settlement.
Anthony was given a grant of land at The Ponds which is now part of the Sydney suburb of Dundas, but this later had to be sold to repay debt. Farming was very harsh and the settlers were constantly deluged by floods and ravaged by fires and droughts.
The family moved to various farms out in the west of Sydney as they looked for land that would safely grow crops. It should be noted that although the farms were granted to the owners, Anthony was the first settler at all of the farms he moved to, so he first had to clear the land before he could put crops in. He also had to build the family home every time they moved.
Anthony did extra jobs to make money along the way. At one stage he was employed to build a dwelling for the workers on Elizabeth King’s farm Dunheved in 1807.

Recent research by Rope family historians has identified at least five sites where the family lived as they moved from leasehold to leasehold: Rope’s Farm at The Ponds, now Dundas; a farm at Toongabbie; Tumbledown Barn at Mulgrave Place, now Riverstone, near Windsor; Badgery’s Farm on the Nepean River near Richmond; and Jordan Hill in what is now Llandilo, on the west bank of South Creek. The stretch of land leading to this leasehold was known as Rope’s Paddock for many years. The new suburb, Ropes Crossing, has been named after him as it lies near where the family farmed at Jordan Hill.

Elizabeth died on 9th August 1837 at Castlereagh, Greater Sydney aged 75 years.
Anthony died on 20th April 1843 aged 88 years. Both are buried at Castlereagh.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 24th September, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Gillen, Mollie; The Founders of Australia, A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet. Cobley, John; The Crimes of the First Fleet Convicts. Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales. (prev. ), firstna

Denis Pember on 24th September, 2015 made the following changes:

date of death: 1st April, 1843 (prev. April, 1843)

Denis Pember on 24th September, 2015 made the following changes:

date of death: 20th April, 1843 (prev. 1st April, 1843)

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