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Robert Ryan

Robert Ryan, one of 176 convicts transported on the Manlius, 16 July 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Ryan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 23rd September, 1834
Age: 30 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Manlius
Departure date: 16th July, 1828
Arrival date: 9th November, 1828
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 175 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 448
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th June, 2020 wrote:

1804 - Born
1828 - In hulk
1828 - Imprisoned
1828 - Petitioned
1828 - 10 January

Name: Robert Ryan. Death Date: 1834
Death Place: New South Wales. Registration Year: 1834
Registration Place: Norfolk Island, New South Wales
Volume Number: V18342288 18.

Ship Manlius 1828.
New South Wales, Australia, Convict Records, 1810-1891
Name: Robert Ryan. Date: 22 Jul 1834
Place: New South Wales, Australia
Category: Norfolk Island
Title: Norfolk Island: Returns of Prisoners Tried, 1833-1844
Volume Number: X48
Offence - Present and aiding in a HIghway Robbery - Guilty
Sentence of Death Passed
Supreme Court - Hobart Town 13/12/1832
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842)  Sat 23 Aug 1834 Page 2 Sydney Gazette.
July 10.-Robert Douglass was indicted for a highway robbery on James Pearson; and Henry Drummond, James Bell, John Butler, James Brady, and Patrick Glennie, as present aiding and abetting,
Sec; and John Geeson, Michael Anderson, Law. Renee Duggan, William Groves, and Henry Knowles, as accessories before the fact. The first seven were found guilty, and sentence of death passed upon them ; the last four acquitted.

Old Bailey Proceedings On line (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 12 June 2020), January 1828, trial of ROBERT RYAN (t18280110-8).
ROBERT RYAN, Theft > housebreaking, 10th January 1828.
Before Mr. Justice Littledale.

264. ROBERT RYAN was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Charlotte Taylor , at St. Paul, Shadwell, on the 24th of December , and stealing 1 gown, value 5s. , her property.

CHARLOTTE TAYLOR. I live at No. 1, Sun Tavern-gardens, in the parish of St. Paul, Shadwell , and rent the house; nobody but me occupies it. On the 24th of December, about one o’clock, I went out, I locked the street door; there is no back door; all the windows were fastened - I left nobody in the house - I returned in about ten minutes, unlocked the door with the key, and saw dirty foot marks inside the house, which were not there when I went out - I have one room down stairs, and one up - I saw dirty foot marks on the stairs - I went up into my bed-room, and saw the prisoner standing by the side of my bed, with my gown in his hand, which I had left hanging on the foot of the bed; he was at the head of the bed with it; the lid of a box in my room had been opened, and a looking-glass moved off the top of it, and put on a chair - I had never seen the prisoner before - I am sure he is the man - I screamed, “Oh! my God, here is a thief!” I ran down stairs, and tried to shut the street door, but could not - I held the door with my hand, to keep him in, but he seized me by the throat, struck me on the breast, and with the blow and a kick, which he gave me on the legs, I fell out of the door into the yard; as soon as I could get my breath I called Stop thief! and Cundle, my next door neighbour, ran after him - I went with Cundle afterwards to the watch-house, saw the prisoner there, and knew him again - I swear he is the man; my gown is certainly worth 5s.

Prisoner. Q. Did you see me with the gown in my possession? A. It was in his hand - I swore so at the office.

JOHN CUNDLE . I live next door to Taylor. On the 24th of December, about half-past one o’clock, I had returned from the Police-office, and had not been in my house long, before I was alarmed with the cry of Stop thief! and Murder! - I instantly ran out, without my hat, and pursued the prisoner down to Market-hill; he was running before me. I did not know him before; Walker and Scott endeavoured to stop him at the bottom of the hill; he slipped on one side. I pursued him the back way, through the Three Compasses public-house, and lost sight of him for two or three minutes - I got sight of him again, and sang out to some watermen to stop him, but they did not - I pursued him into Dean-street, cried Stop thief! and one of them stopped him - I came up and collared him; he then said, “Don’t stop me, it is only a lark, a piece of fun;” he wished to get from me - I, with great difficulty, got him to the watch-house, and gave him in charge - Deverell, thenight-beadle, came and searched him, and found on him the duplicate of a waistcoat; two skeleton-keys were produced - I got them off the bar of the Three Compasses - Mrs. Dean, the mistress of the house was there; nobody gave them to me - I went with Deverell to Mrs. Taylor’s house; he applied one of the keys to her street door, which it opened very easily; he locked it, and unlocked it again.

Prisoner. Q. You swore to the Magistrate, that you lost sight of me for twenty minutes, and the Magistrate said, “See what a long time one minute is?” A. I did not, nor did the Magistrate say so to me.

JOHN SCOTT . On the 24th of December, between one and two o’clock, I was near Griffin-street, and heard a cry of Stop thief! turned round, and saw the prisoner running towards me - Walker was with me, and as the prisoner advanced, he had something in his hand, which he seemed anxious to get rid of, and when he got within three yards of me, I observed the handles of two keys; he turned up a passage. I, being lame, desired Walker to pursue.

JOHN WALKER . On the 24th of December, between one and two o’clock, I heard the cry of Stop thief! in Griffin-street; the prisoner was running towards me - I put my hands out to stop him; he turned up into the Three Compasses - I went after him, and saw him drop two keys - I picked them up, and gave them to Mrs. Dean, the landlady, desiring her to give them to nobody but a watchman or officer - I should know the keys again.

Prisoner. Q. Will you swear you saw me drop the keys, and pick them up, for a lad at the office swore he saw me drop them, and picked them up? A. On my oath, I saw him drop them, and picked them up myself; no lad picked them up - I saw no lad, and heard nobody else say they had picked them up.

GEORGE DEVERELL . I am beadle of Shadwell. The prosecutrix’s house is in the parish of St. Paul, Shadwell. The prisoner was brought to the watch-house, about two o’clock, by the three witnesses - Taylor charged him with entering her dwelling-house; he said, “How could you say it was me? you before said it was a man with a red handkerchief;” she said, “You are the person” - I searched him, and only found an old duplicate of a waistcoat on him - I asked where he lived; he said he did not choose to tell me, that his friends were respectable, and he did not wish it to come to their ears - Cundle delivered me two skeleton-keys, which I tried to Taylor’s street door; one of them opened it very easy, and the other would not open it; it is a spring lock, and locks itself; if a person went into the house, they could fasten the door without using the key again; here is the gown which Taylor gave me - I have had it ever since.

CHARLOTTE TAYLOR. This gown is mine, and is the one I saw in the prisoner’s hand - I know it by the make; the lock fastens inside, without a key, but requires a key to open it outside - I opened the door with a key.

JOHN WALKER . The keys produced by Cundle are the same that I picked up, and which the prisoner dropped.

JOHN SCOTT . I only saw the two keys in the prisoner’s hand, and cannot identify them; there was nobody but Walker within forty yards of him, when he turned up the passage.

Prisoner. I throw myself entirely on the mercy of the Court, as my friends do not know my trial is come on today.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 24.

Recommended to Mercy by the Prosecutrix, having an aged mother .

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th June, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1804 (prev. 0000), date of death: 23rd September, 1834 (prev. 0000), gender: m

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