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Henry Rosetta

Henry Rosetta, one of 224 convicts transported on the Gilmore, 31 October 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Rosetta
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1816
Occupation: Sawyer
Date of Death: 9th December, 1863
Age: 47 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Pickpocket
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Gilmore
Departure date: 31st October, 1831
Arrival date: 22nd March, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 224 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 211 (108)
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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Anonymous on 20th April, 2012 wrote:

Henry Rosetta was 13 years old when convicted of pickpocketing a hankerchief, value 1s., from a person unknown.  He was in the company of James Gilmore, aged 18.  Both were sentenced to transportation for 7 years.

He was 4’5 1/2" tall, sallow complexion, brown hair, oval face, medium forehead sloping back, brown eyebrows, light grey eyes, medium large nose, mouth rather wide, underlip stuck, small dimpled chin, slightly pockpitted face.

10/2/1834: Jillett/Disobeyance of orders - 48 hours Solitary confinement on bread and water.
1834: Jillett/Assult of Thomas Jillett - Recourse to be sent to a road party.
July: Neglect of duty and insolence - 1 month grafs, Tree Hill Road party.

10/5/1845: Colonial Times, Hobart - Port of Hobart, May 8th - Arrived per schooner Sylvarus from Port Albert - Henry Rosetta.

16/9/1848:Moreton Bay Courier: TO EMPLOYERS - HENRY ROSETTA Persons are cautioned against hiring Henry Rosetta, my hired servant, who has absconded and left a flock of Ewes on the Run, on the 31/8/1848. Age, about 35 years, height about 5’4", sallow complexion: Signed Francis Clarke, Kerry, Albert River.

23/5/1851: The Argus (Melbourne, Victforia) ASSUALT A man named Henry Rosetta was Wednesday charged with attempting the life of a servant girl of the Rev.Mr. Odell.  From some cause the gfirl refused to prosecute and the charge therefore fell to the ground, but as Mr.Odell appeared and stated the case to the magistrates, tthe prisoner was cautioned that if he again appeared before the bench for any assault on the girl he would be very severely dealt with.

2/10/1858: Drunk & Disorderly charge in Brisbane, He used the b_____ word twice in Queen St.  Fined 40s.

1854: Married Mary ann Bowers/Sparks, she had been married previously and had 4 children.  Henry and Mary had 3 children, Henry Charles 1854-1924, Edward George 1856-1935, and Christmas Gift (some records say a son, some a daughter)1859-1864, aged 5 years and 5 months.
Mary ann died in 1898.

Henry went on to be the licensee of the Freemasons Hall in Albert Street and when he died he living in Fortitude Valley which was later sub-divided after his death.

10/12/1863 The Courier, Brisbane -Death Notice - On Wednesday the 9th inst, at his residence, Fortitude Valley, after a long illness, Henry Rosetta, Age 47 years.

Kathleen Felton on 1st December, 2013 wrote:

I am the granddaughter of Henry Charles Rosetta (5 times removed).  I also have a photo which I believe may be of him and Christmas Gift.

He was initially convicted of stealing a silk handkerchief on 30 May 1829 in company with James Gilmore, near the Furnival Inn, Holborn (records of Central Criminal Court,Old Bailey, London.)

On 20 July 1842, he is recorded as marrying Mary Ann Treadway St James Melbourne.  He is recorded as being a ‘widower’ at this time(Vic BDM#11415309).  No record found of divorce or death of Mary Ann in Australia.  A Marian Treadway aged 19, general servant arrived Sydney aboard the Himalaya on 30 September 1840 as a bounty immigrant. Also a letter for Mary Ann Treadway at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 2 Jan 1840.

James Barry was indicted on 30 July 1852 for stealing a cheque of 10 pounds and 14 shillings from Henry Rosetta at Ipswich Qld (The Sydney Morning Herald 2 December 1952.)

Henry married Mary Ann Bowers on 25 May 1852 at St John’s Brisbane (reg#1854/BM157 Rosetta)

Occupation of ‘sawyer’ is entered as ‘father’s occupation’ on the birth certificate of his first son, Charles Henry who was born 7 June 1983.

His second son Edward George was born 28 March 1856. And Christmas Gift Rosetta was born on 26 December 1858.

In 1859 Henry Rosetta was one of the 200 petitioners on Brisbane becoming a municipality and Qld separating from NSW.
In 1859 He was fined in company for allowing horses to stray on public streets Brisbane (Moreton Bay Courier 2 October 1859)

11 May 1859 gains liquor licence for a new house the Freemasons Hotel (Moreton Bay Courier 11 May 1859)
1959 Opens Freemasons HOTEL Albert St Brisbane. This is where the Freemasons first met in the Lodge Room Brisbane (Freemasons Brisbane).

Henry Charles Rosetta dies on 9 December 1963 after a long illness - (Moreton Bay Courier)He was buried in the old cemetery at Petrie Tce/Paddington Brisbane.
“It would appear as if one early settler was somewhat of a humorist, with regard to names. That was Henry Rosetta, who died on December 9, 1863, aged 49. Beside him lies a six year old son, whom he had named “Christmas Gift,” and who died June 23, 1864. This is the Rosetta who gave his name to “Rosetta Swamp” of the present day, the notorious quagmire out of which Dr. Ham has ordered the City Council to expel all microbes without delay” Note: I think Christmas Gift is a female.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 15th April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1816-00-00, date of death 1863-12-09, gender m

Kathleen Felton on 1st December, 2013 made the following changes:


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