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BURKE John Blacksmith 1819: John Burke, blacksmith. John arrived in 1819 on the ship ‘TYNE’. He was sentenced for 7 years for stealing. He lived in Cambridge St Sydney. Married in 1827 and died 1859. He was also a policeman. Listed in the Blacksmiths of Australia and the Fingersmiths Indexes. Contact Liz by.
DENNY Cornelius Blacksmith & Springmaker 1831: Cornelius Denny, blacksmith, springmaker. Convict, born England 1831 – died Perth 1903. Trial held in 1857 and Cornelius arrived on the "Palmerston". He married under the alias of Denison Mathew Lincelles. During the early 1870's Cornelius was a blacksmith in Bridgetown, Western Australia and may have been employed by Abraham Moulton (Mr. Moulton advertised blacksmith tools and good will for sale 1880). In 1873, Cornelius Denny was charged with being on the Bridgetown premises of John Blechynden; found in an article in the "Perth Gazette dated 4th July 1873 " Cornelius is listed in both the Blacksmiths of Australia and Fingersmiths Index. See also surname Lincelles. Contact Bernice by
FINCH & HOPKINS Joseph Blacksmith 1819: Joseph Finch (Hopkins). As told by Anne Devereaux (Perth WA). Joseph was a worker in tin utensils for dairies. He was Convicted for stealing (pickpocketing), sentenced at The Old Bailey and transported to Tasmania for 7years(some records say for life). He is mentioned on the Old Bailey website (alias Finch). He's also in the Historical Records of Australia Series 111 Vol.111 p.819 Sept 25 to Oct 24 (1819) ...For blacksmith work for Government. 19˝ lbs. Sugar... and on p.719 16 Dec 1816 ...Joseph Hopkins and Thomas Legg, Blacksmiths, were ordered by the Government to form part of a road making gang between this station (George Town) and Launceston. Joseph drowned in December 1819 but before that he had married another convict, Sarah Smith. They had 2 or 3 children (and THAT's another story!!??). Also listed under HOPKINS aka FINCH.
GROUNDS John Blacksmith 1824: John Grounds, born 1824, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. Cumberland Times & Western Advertiser, Saturday, January 10th 1846-page 2: Highway Robbery with Fire Arms - John Grounds and John Good were indicted for having with force of arms, on the 12th October, robbed one Sarah Smith,of the sum of 5 pounds 11s. etc. found guilty and sentenced 15 years transportation. From Colonial Secretary's Letters 1827-1853: Tried: Quarter Sessions Parramatta 6 Jan 1846 15 years. Robbery being armed. Probationary gang. Transported 09/04/1846 from Sydney to Van Diemens Land on the "Louisa" From Tasmanian Records: John Grounds was a blacksmith at the time of the offence, aged 26. Sentence was for 15 years. Protestant. Can read. Single. 5'3 3/4"". Fair complexion. Sandy hair. Light blue eyes. Marks: pockpitted, long scar. Contact Gail by.
HOPKINS aka FINCH Joseph Blacksmith 1819:Joseph Hopkins (Finch). As told by Anne Devereaux (Perth WA). Joseph was a worker in tin utensils for dairies. He was Convicted for stealing (pickpocketing), sentenced at The Old Bailey and transported to Tasmania for 7years(some records say for life). He is mentioned on the Old Bailey website (alias Finch). He's also in the Historical Records of Australia Series 111 Vol.111 p.819 Sept 25 to Oct 24 (1819) ...For blacksmith work for Government. 19˝ lbs. Sugar... and on p.719 16 Dec 1816 ...Joseph Hopkins and Thomas Legg, Blacksmiths, were ordered by the Government to form part of a road making gang between this station (George Town) and Launceston. Joseph drowned in December 1819 but before that he had married another convict, Sarah Smith. They had 2 or 3 children (and THAT's another story!!??).
HUGHES Thomas Blacksmith 1779: Thomas Hughes, blacksmith, convict, flogger, executionist. Born about 1779 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. Parents: Thomas Hughes & Mary nee Cox. He was convicted at the Warwick Assizes in 1801 of theft and sentenced to transportation to Sydney in 1801 for theft. Later he was given life and arrived in the colony in 1802 on the ‘Perseus’. He had a colourful life, hated by the populous because he became Sydney’s flogger and later executioner from 1804- he died in 1835. He had only 1 living daughter, Amelia Hughes b. 1815 to Convict Susannah Smith and I am descended from Amelia and her husband Richard Puckeridge ( Richard son of convict Joseph Puckeridge). He is listed in the Fingersmiths Index + Blacksmiths of Warwickshire + Blacksmiths of Australia. I have studied Thomas over the years and have put it into a booklet form. If you have any information to share please contact Dorothy (in NSW) by
IREDALE Lancelot Blacksmith & Ironmonger 1789: Lancelot Iredale, born 21st Apr 1789, at Jesmond Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England. Baptised 17th May 1789 at St Mary's, Gateshead, Durham, England. Died 16th June 1848 at his home, Auburn Cottage, Bourke St, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW. Buried 18th June 1848 at Sandhills (aka Devonshire St) and transferred to the Pioneer Cemetery at Botany when Central Station was built on the site of the cemetery. Lancelot arrived in Port Jackson(Sydney) as a convict aboard the Mariner 11 June 1816. Also listed in the Iron Workers Index & the Blacksmiths of Northumberland Index. For more of the story & contact email address, see the LINK on the Home Page "Interesting Stories"
LINCELLES Denison Mathew Blacksmith & Springmaker 1831: Denison Mathew Lincelles aka Cornelius Denny. See entry for Cornelius Denny, blacksmith, springmaker. Contact Bernice by
MIDDLETON Benjamin Blacksmith 1808: Benjamin Middleton, blacksmith. Born 1808 in Hodnet , Shropshire, England. In 1833 Ben stole 3 ducks, tea caddy and other goods from a deceased persons property, sentenced to 7 years transportation, to NSW Australia, 1836. Arrived after being in a hulk the Justitia for 2 years, worked for the Government as a blacksmith, received his Ticket of Leave and Certificate of Freedom, 1846 returned to Yorkshire, set up a Blacksmith Business, 1856 Immigrated back to NSW Australia, worked as a blacksmith in Pyrmont NSW until he died.1872. Listed in Blacksmiths of Australia, Shropshire,Yorkshire and Fingersmiths Indexes. Benjamin adopted one child James. Contact Kaye by.
MOSS John Farrier 1764: John Moss, farrier. Born 1764 in East Ham, Essex, England The farriers in the Moss family started back in the 1780's with John and then on up to my GG grandfather Henry Moss born 1825. Henry became a veterinarian surgeon and his boys all became farriers, including my great grandfather who gave it up to become a drunk and murderer!!!! See the Fingersmiths Index for our black sheep. Contact Dorothy by.
STEEL Thomas Blacksmith 1770: Thomas Steel was a blacksmith in the town of Coleford. In 1826, he was convicted at Gloucester Assizes of stealing a piece of timber from the Forest of Dean, and sentenced to seven years transportation. However, it appears that he served his time on the prison hulks and never left the country. Died in 1846 and is buried at Newland.Also listed in the Blacksmiths of Gloucestershire. Contact David by.
TIPPER John Blacksmith,Coachsmith 1817: John Tipper, blacksmith, Coachsmith. Born about 1817 in England and died 1874 at Deloraine (Tasmanian BDM). John came from a wheelwrighting family in Rogate, Sussex, England. He was apprenticed to master blacksmith James Toop, of Rogate. The 1841 UK Census shows John was employed as a coachsmith in Petworth, Sussex. Transported to Tasmania in 1844, where he practiced as a blacksmith. (Tasmanian convict indents). Listed in Blacksmiths of Sussex and Australia & Cartwrights & Fingersmiths Indexes. Contact Jacquie by
TYAS William Thomas Watchmaker, Silversmith & Jeweller. 1796: William Thomas Tyas, Watchmaker, Silversmith & Jeweller. Born circa 1796, St Giles Cripplegate London. Convicted for robbery (the Old Bailey) listed also in the Fingersmiths Index. Contact Jeremy at
WILCOCK James Blacksmith 1804: James Wilcock, blacksmith. Born 1804 & Christened 14 Oct 1804 at St Mary’s Kennington, Kent, England. He married Charlotte Hart on 15 May 1826. Children: James born 3rd September 1826 and George born 6th September 1829. James (Snr) was convicted of stealing "fowls" and sentenced at Faversham on 22nd April 1829 to 7 years, transported to Sydney Australia from Sherness, Kent on 9th April 1830 aboard the "Marquis of Hastings" arriving in Sydney 21 August 1830. He was sent to the Dept. of Public Works as a blacksmith on arrival in Sydney. He was made the overseer of blacksmith at Dept. of Public Works. Given an early Ticket of Leave he first went to Windsor, NSW and then to Penrith. Issued Certificate of Freedom 7th July 1838. He had "married" Margaret Kelley and had a further 5 children James born 1834, Sarah Anne born 1837, Edward born 20th March 1843, John Thomas born 15th July 1845 and Mary Ann born 27th October 1848. James died 29th Aug 1860 at Regentville, NSW. Australia. His children in Australia changed the surname spelling to either Wilcox or Willcox. James is listed in the Blacksmiths of Kent & Australia plus in the Fingersmiths Index. Contact Pat by
WINTON James Wheelwright & Carpenter 1793: James Winton, carpenter and wheelwright. Born in Kent, some time between 1793 and 1801, in the neighbourhood of Tonbridge or Tunbridge Wells. Three charges were brought against James at the Lent Assizes at Maidstone in Kent on 17 March 1817. The jury decided that James was guilty and he was sentenced to be "hanged by the neck until he is dead". He was reprieved and sentenced to transportation for fourteen years. Arriving in NSW as a convict aboard the ship "Larkins" , James went on to live a useful and productive life in Wilberforce NSW as a carpenter and wheelwright. See him listed in both the Wheelwrights Index and the Fingersmiths Index. An interesting and informative account of his life has been compiled by his great great granddaughter. Contact Pamela by and Christine by.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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