Thomas Eddington

William Henry Eddington

was sentenced to transportation for 7 years on 5 or 6 July 1785 at the Berkshire, Summer Assizes.  Tried as Thomas Heddington (sic) late of the parish of Bray in the county of Berkshire Labourer on the 23rd day of March, with force and arms in the parish aforesaid, 2 silver Tablespoons of the value of 12s.  One Wooden Dish of the value of one penny four copper farthings of the value of one penny 20 copper halfpence of the value of 10d and six pounds in monies numbered of the goods and monies of Continue Reading »

James Morrisby

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was sentenced to seven years transportation at the Old Bailey on 7 July 1784 for theft of a ten pound iron bar, value 10d, and for wrenching it from the house.  He was a blacksmith and said to have served for ten years in the guards.  On 6 September 1784 he was received on the Censor hulk and three years later sent by wagon for embarkation on the Scarborough.  Following the Fleets arrival James was sent by Sirius to Norfolk Island and took up farming.  In June 1794 he was living with Ann Brooks Continue Reading »

Thomas Lucas

1918 Christmas Card (courtesy R Rolton)

was a private marine 23rd (Portsmouth) Company arriving at Port Jackson aboard Scarborough and there served in the company of Captain John Shea.  Thomas also worked in the colony as a glazier, being his former profession.  On 29 December 1791 a son by Ann Howard (Lady Juliana) was born and in December 1792 he enlisted in the NSW Corps and left for Norfolk Island.  In April 1797 he was discharged from the corps and received a grant of 60 acres.  On the Island he worked as a glazier and painter.  Continue Reading »

Nathaniel Lucas : Olivia Gascoigne

Geoffrey Raymond Archer

Nathaniel Lucas was sentenced at the Old Bailey on 7 July 1784 to transportation for seven years for theft of a few items of clothing.  Said to be a carpenter and joiner, he spent time in the Ceres and Censor hulks before being sent to Scarborough on 27 February 1787.  On 14 February 1788 after the Fleet’s arrival, Lucas was sent to Norfolk Island with the group to settle the island, and making himself a valuable assert as a carpenter in the new community.  Amongst the group sent to Norfolk Continue Reading »

Thomas Kidner

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THOMAS KIDNER was committed to Newgate prison for feloniously stealing four pieces of Irish Linen valued at £6, the property of Mr Wm Overend, in the parish of St John, Bristol.  Sentenced to seven years transportation on 30 October 1782, he spent time on the Censor hulk before being transferred to the Alexander on 6 January 1787. Thomas was sent to Norfolk Island by Supply and at 11 July 1791 he was subsisting himself on a Sydney Town lot and was sharing a sow, which produced a litter of four. Continue Reading »

Edward Miles

Miles in uniform, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW

Sentenced as Edward Moyle, to seven years transportation at Launceston Cornwall on 19 March 1785 for theft of two cloth coats, value 50s and other goods value 17s 8d, from the dwelling house of Benjamin Barrett.   Moyle and his partner John Rowe, were found guilty of stealing the goods, but not guilty of breaking and entering the house in the day. Moyle was on the Dunkirk hulk early in 1786 before embarking aboard Charlotte, but later transferred on 6 April 1787 to Scarborough, a month before Continue Reading »

Susannah Gough

Convict chains as displayed in the heritage Cabmans Cottage, The Rocks, Sydney NSW (C Timbury)

SUSANNAH’S STORY Susannah GARTH/GRAH/GRATES/GOUGH Born c.1763, died June 1841, Hobart, Tasmania.Her Crime Feloniously stealing, on the 19th day of August 1783, nine guineas, value 91. 9s. and one half guinea, value 10s. and sixpence.Susannah was drinking with Elizabeth Dudgeon and a man thought to be a seaman who had just returned from Plymouth, possibly with his wages in his pocket. The man, William Waterhouse was warned to be more moderate, but replied “I mean to be gay”. Some of Continue Reading »

George Guest

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(1757-1841) born in Prestbury, Gloucester, was sentenced to death at Gloucester Lenten Assizes on 24 March 1784 on two counts of theft for stealing ten live pigs and a chestnut mare.  The sentence was reduced to seven years transportation to America.  Initially the 17 year old was taken to the hulk Censor where he stayed for 3 years and at the end of February 1787 transferred to the Alexander to leave for New South Wales with the First Fleet.  After almost a year at Sydney Cove, George Guest was Continue Reading »

William Broughton

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made the voyage to Sydney Cove on Charlotte as servant to Surgeon John White.  Following his arrival he was appointed store-keeper at Parramatta, and received a 30 acre grant at Concord.  In 1795 William and three NSW Corps privates were jointly granted 100 acres at North Bush in the Field of Mars district and it is assumed he took full control of the property naming in Chatham Farm.  By 1800 he had sown wheat and was grazing live stock.  He also purchased a house in Summer Row Sydney and in Continue Reading »

Thomas Lucas : Thomas O’Brien : Stephen Lucas

Albert Atkinson, Regimental Aid Post France c1918 (courtesy J Trott)

Thomas Lucas was a private marine 23rd (Portsmouth) Company arriving at Port Jackson aboard Scarborough and there served in the company of Captain John Shea.  Thomas also worked in the colony as a glazier, being his former profession.  On 29 December 1791 a son by Ann Howard (Lady Juliana) was born and in December 1792 he enlisted in the NSW Corps and left for Norfolk Island.  In April 1797 he was discharged from the corps and received a grant of 60 acres.  On the Island he worked as a glazier Continue Reading »