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Bartholomew Stephenson

Bartholomew Stephenson, one of 224 convicts transported on the Isabella, 22 November 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Bartholomew Stephenson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Miner
Date of Death: 24th April, 1894
Age: 81 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 Life

Crime: Housebreaking
Convicted at: Durham and Sadberge Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Isabella
Departure date: 22nd November, 1831
Arrival date: 15th March, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 225 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 235 (120)
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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Community Contributions

D Wong on 20th January, 2018 wrote:

30/7/1831: Newcastle Courant Tyne and Wear, England:

Thos. Armstrong, aged 23, John Stewart, 26, John Barker, 25, John Smith, 26 David Johnson, 25 Bartholomew Stephenson, 18, and Isaac Ecclestone, 28, pitmen, were severally charged with having feloniously entered the house of Thomas Jewitt, at Hedworth, on the 28th of April last, demanded money and meat, assaulted him, and stolen two guns, his property.  The facts were clearly proved against the prisoners, who appeared to have acted with considerable violence.  Judgement of death was recorded, and it was intimated to the prisoners that they would be transported for 7 years.

All were on board the Isabella.

1832: Bartholomew Stephenson age 23, Assigned to the A.A. Company, Newcastle.
5/7/1832: Miner assigned to Aust. Agricultural Co, Port Stephens

18/5/1844: TOL, Newcastle.

30/7/1847: CP.

1855: Married Christian Melville at St. Andrew’s, Sydney.

18/3/1871 Sydney Morning Herald:
On the 17th instant, at Ryde, CHRISTIAN, the beloved wife of BARTHOLOMEW STEPHENSON, aged 60 years.

6/6/1879 Sydney Morning Herald:
STEPHENSON—MELVELL—May 13, at St. John’s, Newcastle, Bartholomew Stephenson, to Mary Melvell.

24/4/1894: Bartholomew Stephenson died at Ryde, Sydney, and was buried at the Church of England Cemetery, Ryde.

25/4/1894 The Maitland Daily Mercury, NSW:
Bartholomew Stephenson, one of the pioneers of
the Newcastle district, died yesterday morning at
Ryde. He arrived in Newcastle over half a century ago, and worked for the A. A. Company for
many years as blacksmith, etc., which position is now occupied by his nephew, John Stephenson. The
deceased was uncle by marriage of the Chairman
of Committees.

Pamela Siegel on 27th August, 2019 wrote:

Ticket of Leave 44/1503 14 May 1844
Recommended Conditional Pardon 1846
Conditional Pardon 47/811 30 July 1847

Height 5 feet 3 3/4 inches
Complexion Sallow
Hair Brown
Eyes Grey
Marks or scars - Woman, anchor, J C B S on lower right arm, woman and anchor on lower left arm.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 20th January, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1813 (prev. 0000), date of death: 24th April, 1894 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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