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SHEEP-STEALING PRISONERS

 

Extracts from the Campbell Street Gate-book 

1873ó1890 

Compiled by Laurie Moody

 

Between the years 1874 and 1890 a total of twenty-nine men and one female were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment in Campbell Street Gaol for sheep-stealing.  Seventeen were sentenced at the Hobart Supreme Court; nine at Launceston Supreme Court; one at Launceston General Sessions; two at the Police Office Swansea; one Police Office Hobart and one unknown.  Goal terms varied from three months to ten years.

 

A search of BDM records was undertaken for each person mentioned with numerous results.

 

Abbreviations:

 

Van Diemenís Land is shown as VDL, Campbell Street Gaol is shown as CSG, LSC as Launceston Supreme Court, LGS as Launceston General Sessions and POH as Police Office Hobart or police offices where specified. 

Acknowledgements & Thanks: 

Archives Office of Tasmania for Births, Deaths and Marriages, Leonie Mickleborough, Sue Guinan and Linda McKenzie. 

 

ADAMS; John G.

Gate-book records show native-born John was found guilty at LSC, 21 August 1884 of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Three Years.  His warrant number 15459.  He arrived at CSG 27 August when shown as 27 years-old, a farm labourer, Catholic with no prior convictions and literate. John was released 19 February 1887 with remission.A search of BDM records show a person of this name married an Elizabeth Austin at Launceston, 7 November 1876.  He is shown as 22 years-old and Elizabeth, 23 years-old.  There is no further information.

ADAMSON; George

Convict shipping records show George arrived in VDL, 12 October 1843 aboard the Forfarshire from Spithead.  On 13 July 1875 he was found guilty at POH of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Two Years.  His warrant number 11118.  He arrived at CSG a week later when shown as 57 years-old, a drover, Catholic with three or more prior convictions and literate. George was transferred 14 June 1876 to Cascades Depot, South Hobart.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name married a Catherine Brennan at Hobart, 14 January 1856.  He is shown as 36 years-old and Catherine 21 years-old.  A death is also shown for a George Adamson at Hobart; 16 February 1887 aged 69 years. There is no further information.

BROWN; Peter

Gate-book records unfortunately show little information about Peter as the page containing most of his particulars is missing.  Despite this, it does show that Peter was native-born and convicted of Sheep-stealing on 23 July 1878.  He arrived at CSG, 26 July.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name born at Brighton, 10 October 1852 and another at Hobart, 19 June 1855.  There is no further information.

BUCKLAND; John

Convict shipping records show John arrived in VDL, 3 July 1852 aboard the Fairlie from Plymouth.  On 15 September 1874 he was found guilty at HSC of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Three Years.  His warrant number 10706.  He arrived at CSG two days later when shown as 64 years-old, a labourer, Protestant with three or more prior convictions and illiterate. John was released 21 February 1877 presumably with remission.

A search of BDM records show marriages for two persons of this name.  However, their ages are not compatible with the person shown above. There is no further information. 

CHILCOTT; Alfred E.

Gate-book records show native-born Alfred was found guilty at LSC, 14 June 1888 of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Three Years.  His warrant number 17214.  He arrived at CSG 20 June when shown as 35 years-old, a labourer, Protestant with no prior convictions and literate. Alfred was released 13 December 1890 with remission.

A search of BDM records show an Alfred Edmund Chilcott born Longford, 14 September 1852.  He is shown as marrying a Christina Page Fox at Longford, 18 April 1881.  He is shown as 27 years-old and Elizabeth, 18 years-old.  There is no further information.

CHILCOTT; Archibald

Gate-book records show native-born Archibald was found guilty at SCL, 14 June 1888 of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Three Years.  His warrant number also 17214.  He arrived at CSG 20 June when shown as 28 years-old, a farmer, Protestant with three or more prior convictions and literate. Archibald is shown as absconding 12 October 1888.  No information regarding his eventual recapture is shown in the gate-book.

A search of BDM records show an Archibald Edwin Chilcott born Morven, 31 July 1857.  He is shown as marrying an Elizabeth Emma Deane at Launceston, 24 October 1886.  Both are shown as 28 years-old.

It is quite possible Alfred and Archibald were brothers. There is no further information.

CONNORS; Stephen

Gate-book records show Stephen arrived in VDL aboard the Hyderabad (3).   However, a search of convict shipping records failed to confirm this information.  The records did show a person of this name arrived in VDL on 2 January 1849 aboard the Pestongee Bomangee (3) from Dublin.  On 15 December 1885 Stephen was found guilty at SCH of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Six Months.  His warrant number 15993.  He arrived at CSG the same day when shown as 71 years-old, a labourer, Protestant with three or more prior convictions and literate. Stephen was released 15 June 1886. There is no further information.

COWMEADOW; James

Gate-book records show native-born James was found guilty at SCH, 10 December 1878 of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Two Years.  His warrant number 12661.  He arrived at CSG three days later when shown as 20 years-old, a splitter, Protestant with one prior conviction and illiterate. James was released 21 September 1880 with remission.  There is no further information.

 

DEAN; Thomas

Gate-book records show Thomas arrived in VDL, 18 December 1850 aboard the Hyderabad (3) from Queenstown, Ireland.  On 26 November 1872 he was found guilty at SCH of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Eight Years.  His warrant number 10381.  He arrived at CSG 9 January 1874 from Port Arthur when shown as 47 years-old, a farm labourer, Catholic with one prior conviction and literate. Thomas was released 28 October 1878 presumably with remission.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name died at Hobart; 3 October 1884 aged 60 years. There is no further information.

FISHER; John

Gate-book records show native-born John was found guilty at SCH, 10 December 1878 of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Three Months.  His warrant number 12660.  He arrived at CSG three days later when shown as 23 years-old, a splitter, Protestant with no prior convictions and illiterate. John was released 8 March 1879.

A search of BDM records show a John Henry Fisher born Hobart, 20 October 1855.  He is shown as marrying a Jane Halloran at Hobart, 19 September 1885.  He is shown as 28 years-old and Jane, 19 years-old.  There is no further information.

FORBES; James

Gate-book records show native-born James was found guilty at SCL, 11 January 1876 of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Ten Years.  His warrant number 11306.  He arrived at CSG two days later when shown as 25 years-old, a labourer, Catholic with no prior convictions and literate. James was released 12 January 1881 with remission.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name born Horton, 17 March 1851.  A person of this name is shown as marrying an Emma Leslie at Launceston, 14 April 1875.  He is shown as 24 years-old and Emma, 18 years-old.  A possibility of further marriages around this time could be pursued.  There is no further information.

JENNINGS; Catherine

Gate-book records show Catherine arrived in VDL aboard the Rodney (date unknown).   However, a search of convict shipping records failed to confirm this information.  On 10 December 1890 she was found guilty at Police Office Swansea of Sheep-stealing and remanded in custody.  Her warrant number 18660.  Catherine arrived at CSG a week later when shown as 62 years-old, a widow, Protestant with no prior convictions and illiterate. Catherine was released to bail, 24 December.  As the gate-book ended at the end of 1890 no release date is shown.

A search of BDM records did show a person of this name died at Glamorgan, 1 March 1899, aged 78 years. 

JONES; Philip

Gate-book records show native-born Philip was found guilty at SCH, 19 May 1874 of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Four Years.  His warrant number 10575.  He arrived at CSG two days later when shown as 36 years-old, a farm labourer, Protestant with no prior convictions and literate. Philip was released 6 June 1876 with remission.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name married a Sarah Anne Frances Oakley at Oatlands, 21 April 1860.  He is shown as 20 years-old and Sarah, 18 years-old.  There is no further information.

JORDAN; Joseph

Gate-book records show native-born Joseph was found guilty at SCL, 12 June 1890 of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Two Years.  His warrant number 18349.  He arrived at CSG six days later when shown as 37 years-old, a farmer, Protestant with one prior conviction and literate. His release date is not shown as the gate-book finished at the end of 1890.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name born Westbury, 21 July 1851.  A person of this name is shown as marrying an Amelia Ritter at Deloraine, 4 July 1878.  He is shown as 25 years-old and Amelia, 16 years-old.  There is no further information.

KETTLE; William

Gate-book records show native-born William was found guilty at SCL, 31 January 1888 of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Two Years.  His warrant number 17093.  He arrived at CSG 8 February when shown as 65 years-old, a labourer, Protestant with no prior convictions and illiterate. William was released 11 December 1889 with remission.

A search of BDM records shows a person of this name christened Launceston, 15 May 1829.  A person of this name is shown as marrying a Mary Ann Hardman at Launceston, 30 April 1851.  He is shown as 27 years-old and Mary, 25 years-old.  There is no further information.

LANE; George

Gate-book records show native-born George was found guilty at SCH, 4 March 1879 of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Four Years.  His warrant number 12796.  He arrived at CSG eight days later when shown as 36 years-old, a farmer, Protestant with no prior convictions and illiterate. George was released 3 May 1882 with remission.  There is no further information.

 LLOYD; Edward

Gate-book records show Edward arrived in VDL aboard the William Jardine.   However, a search of convict shipping records failed to confirm this information.  The shipping records did show three other persons of this name.  One arrived in VDL on 13 February 1835 aboard the Lady Kennaway (1) from Cork.  The second arrived 21 July 1842 aboard the Candahar from Spithead and lastly, from London aboard the Sir Robert Peel on 26 December 1844.  On 29 March 1887 this person was found guilty at SCH of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Two Years.  His warrant number 16715.  He arrived at CSG eight days later when shown as 59 years-old, a labourer, Protestant with one prior conviction and literate. Edward was released 1 March 1889.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name married a Fanny Stacey at Sorell, 4 November 1873.  He is shown as 46 years-old and Fanny, 36 years-old.  A death is also recorded for an Edward Lloyd at Sorell on 5 May 1892 aged 72 years. There is no further information.

McGLONE; William

Gate-book records show native-born William was found guilty at SCL, 17 June 1880 of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Two Years.  His warrant number 13481.  He arrived at CSG eight days later when shown as 20 years-old, a labourer, Catholic with no prior convictions and illiterate. William was released 16 March 1882 with remission.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name born Westbury, 26 November 1859.  There is no further information.

McKAY; Angus (transported as MACKAY)

Convict shipping records show Angus arrived, 26 May 1853 aboard the last convict ship to VDL, the St. Vincent from London.  On 16 June 1881 he was found guilty at SCL of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Four Years.  His warrant number 13924.  He arrived at CSG eight days later when shown as 45 years-old, a labourer, Protestant with one prior conviction and literate. Angus was released 16 August 1884 with remission.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name possibly married a Sarah Hall at Campbell Town, 13 August 1855.  He is shown as 20 years-old and Sarah, 19 years-old. There is no further information.

MORGAN; Frederick

Gate-book records show Frederick arrived in VDL aboard the vessel Mary (date unknown), as a free convict.  On 1 December 1874 he was found guilty at SCH of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Four Years.  His warrant number 10824.  He arrived at CSG three days later when shown as 52 years-old, a labourer, Protestant with no prior convictions and illiterate.  Frederick was transferred to Port Arthur, 8 July 1876.

It appears Frederick was returned to CSG with most of the remaining Port Arthur convicts, 17 April 1877.  He was eventually released on 8 March 1878 presumably with remission.  There is no further information.

NICHOLS; Walter Thomas

Gate-book records show native-born Walter was found guilty at SCH, 27 November 1877 of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Two Years.  His warrant number 12160.  He arrived at CSG three days later when shown as 33 years-old, a farm labourer, Protestant with no prior convictions and literate. Walter was released 17 April 1879 with remission.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name married an Elizabeth Hollis at Brighton, 23 May 1871.  Both are shown as adults.  There is no further information.

OLIVER; James A.

Gate-book records show native-born James was found guilty at SCH, 18 May 1880 of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Two Years.  His warrant number not shown.  He arrived at CSG two days later when shown as 15 years-old, a labourer, Protestant with no prior convictions and literate.  James was released 17 February 1881 with remission.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name born Brighton, 17 October 1863.  A person of this name also married an Elizabeth Davis at Launceston, 8 May 1886.  Both are shown as adults.  There is no further information.

OLIVER; William

Convict shipping records show William arrived in VDL, 2 May 1844 aboard the Equestrian (1) from London.  On 18 May 1880 he was found guilty at SCH of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Six Years.  His warrant number not shown.  He arrived at CSG two days later when shown as 55 years-old, a shipwright, Protestant with three or more prior convictions and literate.  William was released 1 October 1884 with remission. It appears that William was possibly the father of James. A search of BDM records show a person of this name possibly married a Mary Parker at Brighton, 7 February 1848.  He is shown as 22 years-old and Sarah, 24 years-old.  Recent information (28/2/2011) states William Oliver in fact married a Julia McCarthy.  A death is also recorded for a person of this name at Hobart; 17 September 1892 aged 66 years.  There is no further information.

PIGGOTT; Richard (transported as PIGOTT)

Convict shipping records show Richard arrived in VDL, 21 November 1843 aboard the Orator from Dublin. On 18 February 1873 he was found guilty at SCH of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Four Years at Port Arthur.  His warrant number 10347.  He was transferred to CSG arriving 30 December 1873 when shown as 65 years-old, a farm labourer, Catholic with one prior conviction and literate. Richard was released 6 June 1876 with remission.  There is no further information.

 

REGAN; Frank

Gate-book records show native-born Frank was found guilty at Police Office Swansea, 11 December 1890 of Sheep-stealing and remanded in custody.  His warrant number 18661.  He arrived at CSG six days later when shown as 18 years-old, a labourer, Protestant with no prior convictions and literate.  As the gate-book ended at the end of 1890 no release date is shown.

Note:  It appears that Catherine Jennings could have been an aunt of Frank Regan as his motherís maiden name was Jennings.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name born Glamorgan, 10 February 1873.  There is no further information. 

SANDERS; William

Gate-book records show native-born William was found guilty at SCH, 19 May 1874 of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Four Years.  His warrant number 10576.  He arrived at CSG two days later when shown as 36 years-old, a labourer, Protestant with no prior convictions and could only read.  William was released 19 July 1876 with remission.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name married a Milbah (Melba?) Harrex at Hamilton, 30 August 1861.  He is shown as 23 years-old and Milbah, 18 years-old.  There is no further information.

SANDERSON; John

Convict shipping records show John arrived in VDL, 21 August 1841 aboard the Asia (6) from Portsmouth.  On 18 December 1877 he was found guilty at LGS of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Five Years.  His warrant number 12243.  He arrived at CSG a week later when shown as 64 years-old, a sawyer, Protestant with three or more prior convictions and literate.  John was released 19 December 1881 with remission.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name married a Janet Monaghan at Hobart, 1 November 1850.  He is shown as 32 years-old and Janet, 24 years-old.  There is no further information.

 

SIMMONS; Edmund

Convict shipping records show Edmund arrived in VDL, 4 October 1841 aboard the David Clarke from Plymouth.  On 26 November 1872 he was found guilty at SCH of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Six Years at Port Arthur.  His warrant number 11005.  He was transferred to CSG arriving 19 March 1875 when shown as 76 years-old, a shoemaker, Protestant with three or more prior convictions and illiterate.  Edmund was released 2 June 1877 with remission.  There is no further information.

SWAIN; John (transported as SWAINE)

Convict shipping records show John arrived in VDL, 4 February 1844 aboard the HMS Anson from Plymouth.  On 26 November 1872 he was found guilty at SCH of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Eight Years at Port Arthur.  His warrant number 10380.  He was transferred to CSG arriving 9 January 1874 when shown as 54 years-old, a farmer, Protestant with three or more prior convictions and illiterate.  John was released 27 August 1878 with remission.

Note:  Both Edmund Simmons and John Swain were convicted on the same date and were possibly charged together.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name married an Elizabeth Williams at Launceston, 14 December 1896.  He is shown as 76 years-old and Elizabeth, 45 years-old.  There is no further information. 

WILLIAMS; Richard

Gate-book records show Richard arrived in VDL aboard the Duchess of Northumberland, 6 December 1854 as a free settler.  On 27 September 1881 he was found guilty at SCH of Sheep-stealing and sentenced to Two Years.  His warrant number 14026.  He arrived at CSG the following day when shown as 25 years-old, a labourer, Protestant with no prior convictions and illiterate.  Richard was released 28 July 1883 with remission.

A search of BDM records show a person of this name married an Emma Geale at George Town, 14 July 1881.  He is shown as an adult and Emma, a minor.   There is no further information.

 

 

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