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Mary Abberton wed John Lysaght in 1846 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Thomas Abbey 25 came on the Sir Thomas Arbuthnot in May 1847 with 338
Bessy Abbington 20 (Single woman 04) House servant RC neither Tipperary arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Thetis Bounty Immigrant
Andrew Abbot 28 (single man 1) Labourer Prot both Kings Co, came 21 Jan 1841 on the Sir Charles Forbes
Andrew Abbott in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 29 April 1843
Mr A Abbott cleared on 23 Sep 1844 and sailed from Melbourne for Launceston arrived 27 Sep Shamrock, source local newspapers
Charlotte/Elizabeth Abbott 15 (single woman 2) Housemaid, RC both, Rosmarrer, came 1 May 1840 on the China
Edward Abbott 28 (single man 01) Labourer Prot both Lincoln, employed by Daniel Jennings Melbourne arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
Frederick Abbott in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 Aug 1843
George Abbott, and Ellen baptised Ellenor 1840, Nancy 1842 #13055, at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Moonee Pnd
George Abbott carter Bourke-street Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
George Abbott and Eleanor christened Elizabeth 1843, Margaret Jane 1846 ;
George Abbott in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843
George Abbott, letter at Geelong Post Office 30 Dec 1843. Source - Geelong Advertiser 1 Jan 1844
George Abbott, Insolvent assets to be sold. Source - Port Phillip Herald 4 Oct 1844
George Abbott, farmer of Moonie Ponds applying for an Insolvency Certificate. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 24 Jan 1845
Letters at Post Office Jan 1847,
George Abbott farmer Bushy Park near Clowe's station, Source - 1847 Directory
Harriett Abbott 23 (single woman 1) House Servant Prot reads Bristol, came 16 Dec 1841 on the Ward Chapman
Harriet Abbott wed William Walt Collier in 1844 at Church of England St James Melbourne
John Abbot 18 (single man 2) Labourer Prot Kings Co, came 21 Jan 1841 on the Sir Charles Forbes
Dr John Abbott - Surg Supt (Staff 2 ), came 24 Dec 1841 on the Gilmore
John Abbot, awaiting trial for robbery and shotting at John Buchanan found Guilty by Supreme Court Fri 17 May 1844. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 20 April 1844
John Abbott, Licensed to depasture stock at Gipps Land District August 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 29 Sep 1845
John Abbott settler Gipps Land, Source - 1847 Directory
Maria Abbot 18 (single woman 1) House Servant RC reads Tipperary, came 3 Dec 1841 on the Branken Moor
Maria Carden Abbott was born at 'Jockey Hall' which was about half a mile south of Templemore,
and on maps of the area the Jockey Hall site was surrounded by a 30 acre area of land.
Maria's mother, Elizabeth Carden and her father William Abbot were probably ostracised by members of the other Carden Families, who all lived in and around the area of Templemore, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Maria was a Catholic and her Catholic religion would have been intolerable and unacceptable to them, as the families of Carden did not appear to recognise a Catholic marriage as legitimate. (It is unknown when this family took on the Catholic faith, it could possibly have been with either her parents or her grand-father.)
She wed 31 July 1842 to John MacDonald at St. Francis Catholic Church Melbourne
Mary Abbot / Ablett 25 (single woman 1) Dairy maid RC neither Leith, came 23 Jul 1841 on the George Fyfe
Mary Abbott wed Henry Watt in 1841 at Roman Catholic Melbourne & Geelong
Mr Abbott Departed from Launceston 9 Feb 1836 for Port Phillip and the Mauritius, on the Maria
Mrs Abbott Departed from Sydney on 21 Apr 1839 for Port Phillip on the John Barry
Mr Abbott Departed from Sydney on 6 Oct 1839 for Port Phillip on the Mary Ann
Mr and Mrs Abbott and 4 chn Departed from Sydney on 6 Oct 1839 for Port Phillip on the Mary Ann
Mr Abbott / Abbott (Cabin 8) Cabin, came 24 Dec 1841 and cleared from Port Phillip on 18 Jan 1842 for Sydney - on the Gilmore source Port Phillip Herald - Fri 21st Jan 1842
Richard Abbott, No 11, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 3 Dec 1845
Sarah Abbott laundress Collins street, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr W Abbott Departed from Hobart on 1 April 1839 for Port Phillip on the Agnes
Mr W Abbott came 28 Apr 1839 on the coastal ship John Barry
Mr W Abbott sailed 26-Feb 1840 for South Australia. on the Mary Ridgeway
William Abbott in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 March 1843
William Abbott, No 7, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 5 Aug 1845
William Abbotts - Abbott Letters at Post Office Jan 1847
His Honor William. A'Beckett - Abeckett Directory 1847 Resident Judge, Her Majesty's Judges Page 91, 22nd March, 1847.,
William A'Beckett (1806-1869), chief justice, was born on 28 July 1806 in London, eldest son of William Beckett, solicitor, and his wife Sarah, ne Abbott. On 1 October 1832 at St Pancras, London, he married Emily, daughter of Edward Hayley who was his first cousin. Possibly because of lack of success at the Bar Beckett migrated with his wife and three sons, Willie (William Arthur Callendar, known by his initials as W. A. C.), who was three when they left London, Malwyn, just two years old, and the baby Edward. his mother-in-law and two more of her daughters, and in May 1837 in the City of Edinburgh arrived at Sydney, where Emily Beckett died on 1 June 1841, not long after the birth of their fourth son Reginald. They went to Port Phillip in 1846, with their father and Emily's mother and sisters. On 30 October 1849 Beckett married Matilda Hayley, the youngest of the family. This marriage to a deceased wife's sister would have been void in England under Lord Lyndhurst's Act of 1835, but Acts of the British parliament passed after 1828 did not apply in New South Wales and the marriage was therefore 'voidable only by sentence of an Ecclesiastical Court'.
Soon after the new state of Victoria was created in 1851 Beckett was appointed first Chief Justice of its Supreme Court. A year later, having lobbied shamelessly for the honour, he became the first Victorian colonist to win a knighthood.
William A'Beckett Resident Judge Collins street, Source - 1847 Directory
Mrs Aberline Departed from Launceston 31 Oct 1837 for Port Philip on the Domain
Mary Abelan 26 (young woman 73) Dairymaid RC neither Tipperary, came 15 Jan 1841 on the Fergusson
Mr Abercrombie departed 19 Oct 1841 from Sydney for Port Phillip on the Sea Horse
Mr Abercombie, with 147 men, was presented to Sir George Gipps at a Levee, Mon 25 Oct 1841 in his honour. Source - Port Phillip Herald, 26 Oct 1841
Abraham Abrahams merchant Lonsdale Street Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Abraham Abrahams Jury for May 3 source Port Phillip Herald Fri 6th May 1842
A Abrahams List No 10, 31 Oct 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
Abraham Abrahams merchant Bourke street, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr and Mrs Charles Abrahams Steerage arrived 22 Jan 1843 on the Statesman
Miss Adelaide Abrahams, Miss Amelia Abrahams, Miss Caroline Abrahams Steerage arrived 22 Jan 1843 on the Statesman
Miss Elizabeth Abrahams Steerage arrived 22 Jan 1843 on the Statesman
Eliza Abrahams wed William Pyke in 1846 at Church of England St James, Melbourne ; Page 32 letters at Post Office, 3 Feb 1847,
Mr J Abrahams arrived 16 Sep 1840 on the Jewess
Joseph Abrahams plasterer Little Bourke street, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr Abraham Departed from Sydney on 25 Nov 1839 for Port Phillip on the Australasian Packet
Mrs Abrahams arrived 21-Mar 1840 from Sydney 6 Mar on the Caroline
Mr and Mrs Abrahams and family arrived 13-Jun 1840 from Sydney on 9 June on the Caroline
Mr Abrahams arrived 28-Sep 1840 from Sydney 14 Sep on the Jewess
Miss Abraham at Melbourne arrived 3 Apr 1841, from Hobart town on the Caroline
Mr Abrahams, Steerage arrived 2 May 1842 from Liverpool on the Hopkinson
Mr Abrahams cleared out 21 May 1842 and Sailed 23 May 1842 for Sydney with part of original cargo on the Hopkinson source Port Phillip Herald Tue 24th May 1842
Mr Abrahams arrived 24 Sep 1842 from Sydney on the Thomas Lord source Port Phillip Herald Tue 27th September 1842
Mrs Abrahams and 7 dau and one son cleared from Port Phillip 13 Feb 1843 for Sydney Statesman
Miss Rachell Abrahams Steerage arrived 22 Jan 1843 on the Statesman
Miss Rosa Abrahams Steerage arrived 22 Jan 1843 on the Statesman
Miss Sarah Abrahams Steerage arrived 22 Jan 1843 on the Statesman
William Abrahams wed Mary Gibbs in 1846 at Church of England St James, Melbourne ;
William Abraham, letter at Geelong Post Office 20 May 1844 also 29 Aug 1844. Source - Geelong Advertiser 29 Aug 1844
Page 32 letters lying in this Post Office,
William Abrahams carpenter Queen street, Source - 1847 Directory
John Absolem and wife Departed from Hobart on 4 March 1839 for Port Phillip, on the Bandicoot
Mr and Mrs Absolem Departed from Hobart on 4 March 1839 for Port Phillip, on the Blossom
Margaret Absolom wed William Hancock in 1844 at Roman Catholic St Francis Melbourne
Maria Abtil, wed John Mcdonell 1842 #280 Roman Catholic Melbourne & Geelong
Lawrence Ackerley wed Esther Watson in 1840 at Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Catherine Achison / Atkeson 18 dau of Mathew (single woman 2) Housemaid Prot Tipperary, came 1 Mar 1841 on the Argyle
Ellen Achison / Atkeson 16 dau of Mathew (single woman 1) Housemaid Prot both Tipperary, came 1 Mar 1841 on the Argyle
John Acheson 29 (single man 02) Labourer Prot both CoDerry arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Robert Benn Bounty immigrant
Matthew Achison / Atkeson 39 hus (family 1) Carpenter Prot both Tipperary, came 1 Mar 1841 on the Argyle
Catherine Achison / Atkeson 38 wife of Mathew (family 1) Dairymaid both Tipperary, came 1 Mar 1841 on the Argyle
Jane Achison / Atkeson 7 dau of Mathew (family 1) Tipperary, came 1 Mar 1841 on the Argyle
Mathew Achison, licensed to cut timber County of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 21 Sept 1844
Matthew Acheson Directory 1847 carpenter, William street Collingwood,
Samuel Achison / Atchison 30 hus (went to Sydney 2) Farmer, Prot 2 to Sydney, Co Tyrone, came 10 July 1840 on the Coromandel
Rebecca Achison 28 wife of Samuel (went to Sydney 3) House keeper, 3 to Sydney, do, came 10 July 1840 on the Coromandel
Catherine Achison 6 and Isabella Achison 4 dau of Samuel (went to Sydney 5 ), 5 to Sydney, came 10 July 1840 on the Coromandel
Samuel Acheson 19, Carpenter, Prot both Co Derry, arrived 26 Jan 1842 from Greenock on the Robert Benn
Samuel Acheson wed Sarah Jones in 1847 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Samuel Acheson, letter at Geelong Post Office 25 Mar 1844. Source - Geelong Advertiser 25 Mar 1844
Samuel Atchison Page 197 List of Letters lying in this Office, 30th June 1847,
See also Samuel Atchison
Fred G Ackbell came on the Sir Thomas Arbuthnot in May 1847 with 338
James Lawrence Ackerley, and Esther baptised James Mark at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 #12709, also christened Benjamin John 1843
Samuel Ackerley and Mary christened Mary Ann 1846
John Ackers, male wed Susannah Clifford 1842 #4587 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
John Acker brickmaker South Yarra, Source - 1847 Directory
John Acheson 29 (single man 02) Labourer Prot both CoDerry arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Robert Benn Bounty immigrant
James Acheson in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 June 1843
Mr Achora native of Bengal Sailed from Sydney 16 Oct 1838 for Port Phillip on the Paul Pye
Mrs Achorne cleared out from Port Phillip 26 August 1843 for Launceston arrived 29 Aug Shamrock
Esther Acklay wed Charles Brown in 1845 at Presbyterian
Emanuel Ackman Owned Property Corio St Geelong - House & Land
John Ackman convict came on the Moffat now Free Nominal List of Ticket of Leave page 37 - 2 granted ticket-of-leave 21 Jun 1841
no match in convict database
Shem Acksfon / Acksford 34 hus (family 1) Farmservant, Prot reads, Somerset, came 24 June 1840 on the Andromache
M Anne Acksfon / Acksford 26 wife of Shem (family 1) Laundress, Prot reads, Somerset, came 24 June 1840 on the Andromache
James Acksfon / Acksford 1 son of Shem (family 1 ), Prot, Somerset, came 24 June 1840 on the Andromache
'Somerset Years' lists him as Shem, son of Jonathan and Betty Axford, wed Mary Ann Hurben/Hurlen. He died 1881 leaving 7 colonial-born children
Kept a market garden first by the Yarra at Abbotsford and later at Mooroolbark.
Samuel Acheson 19 (single man 01) Carpenter Prot both CoDerry arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Robert Benn Bounty immigrant
Samuel Acheson 26 Mar 1844 unclaimed letter at Geelong post office
Samuel Ackson Police Court Mon 30 May charged with being drunk and charged by the Master of the cutter 'John' with insolence fined five shillings source Melbourne Times - Sat 4 June 1842, page 3
Samuel Ackerly arrived 27 Sep 1844 at Melbourne from Hobart on 21 Sep Lillias, source local newspapers
Charles Acold arrived 2-Apr 1840 fron Sydney on 15 March on the Bessy
Thomas Acorn shop porter Little Collins street, Source - 1847 Directory
Miss M Acre, arrived 7 Nov 1842 from Glasgow on the Ellen
Abraham Adams and Helen came on the Brilliant in Jul 1841 with 39 christened Charles Abraham 1846 ;
Directory 1847 merchant, Bourke street,
Abraham Adams, letter at Geelong Post Office 30 Dec 1843. Source - Geelong Advertiser 1 Jan 1844
Benjamin Adams 48 hus (Steerage ), came 17 July 1841 on the England
Wife Adams 38 wife of Benjamin (Steerage ), came 17 July 1841 on the England
Miss Adams - dau of Benjamin (Cabin 5 ), came 17 July 1841 on the England
Mr A Adams arrived 5 July 1844 at Melbourne from Sydney on 24 June Hawk, source local newspapers
Benjamin Adams 29 hus (family 1) Farm Servant Prot both Yorkshire, came 17 July 1841 on the England
Sarah Adams 32 wife of Benjamin (family 1) Farm Servant Prot both Yorkshire, came 17 July 1841 on the England
Maria Adams 1 and England Jones Adams 10 weeks son of Benjamin born April on board (family 1 ), came 17 July 1841 on the England
Benjamin Adams, and Sarah baptised Thomas at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 #12962
Benjamin Adams and Sarah christened James 1844 died, Edward 1845, William Fleming 1847
Benjamin Adams List No 4, 30 Apr 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
Benjamin Adams in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 June 1843
Benjamin Adams, List 4, 30 Apr 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
Benjamin Adams laborer lane off Bourke street, Source - 1847 Directory
Captain Adam master Departed Sydney on 24 Dec 1836 for Port Phillip, on the Swallow
Charles Adams 30 hus (family 1) Labourer Prot both Gloucestershire, came 16 Dec 1841 on the Ward Chapman
Jane Adams 25 wife of Charles (family 1) House Servant, came 16 Dec 1841 on the Ward Chapman
Mary Adams 9, Daniel Adams 7 sand Eliza Adams 6 dau of Charles (family 1 ), came 16 Dec 1841 on the Ward Chapman
Charles Adams, and Jane baptised William at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 #12776
Charles Adams and Jane christened Eliza 1843, Sarah Ann 1845, Charles 1847
Dr Adams, surgeon cabin arrived 5 Apr 1842 from Liverpool and Departed May 1842 for Sydney on the Two Sisters
Edward Boyd Adams, Surg Supt, came 16 Sep 1843 on the Lord Keane;
Edward Bod Adams, surgeon quarrelled with Richard Walker Sutton merchant. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 29 June 1844
Edward Boyd Adams surgeon Brighton C. of Bourke, Source - 1847 Directory
George Adams 30 hus (family 1 ), Shepherd Prot Both Hampshire, came 24 Dec 1841 on the Alexander
Anne Adams 28 wife of George (family 1 ), House keeper Prot Both, came 24 Dec 1841 on the Alexander
George Adams 2 son of George (family 1 ), Prot Both, came 24 Dec 1841 on the Alexander
George Edward Adams, and Thomasin Ann baptised William Thomas at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 #12815
George Edward Adams Page 153 letters at Post Office, 31st May 1847,
James Adams Convict came 1839 on the William Jardine assigned to Captain Davison
James Adams convict came on the William Jardine 1839 assigned to Captain Davidson Assigned Servants page 3 - 5 granted ticket-of-leave
No match with ship, 8 came as a convict before 1840
James Adams Surgeon, with Mrs Adams and 2 chn, Cabin passenger arrived 6 Dec 1839 from Leith on the St Mango
James J Adams father came 6 Dec 1839 on the St Mango
James Adams 1st Mate (Staff 3 ), came 1 Mar 1841 on the Argyle
James Adams, 22 both was Carpenter, trained as Carpenter single Obtaining money under false pretenses 7 years convicted 3 Jan 1843 at Chelmsford received 30 Jan 1843 Springfield became an Exile and received a Royal Pardon 10 Oct 1844, arrived at Geelong 18 March 1845 on the Sir George Seymour, and was employed by Charles Hayden, Corio - List a001 and a27
James Adams wed Francess Burns in 1845 at Roman Catholic
James Smith Adams Correspondence Western Port Balla Balla 13 94 Transferred from Henry Jennings
John Adams witness to wedding 25 Feb 1839 of William Murphy by Rev James Forbes Presbyterian
John Adams sponsor for John Connaughty baptised 30 Jun 1839 at St Francis Roman Catholic church
John Adams wed Hannah Barrett in 1840 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong christened John Henry 1843
John Adams wed Mary Ann Hardie in 1840 at Church Of England St James, Melbourne
John Adams 27 (single man 1) Labourer Prot Both Antrim, came 8 Jun 1841 on the Frankfield
John Adams Page 153 letters at Post Office, 31st May 1847,
John Adams 19 came on the Sir Thomas Arbuthnot in May 1847 with 338

From on Wednesday, 24 February, 2010

Great site. I have just found out that my ggg/f (John Adams) most likely arrived in Melbourne on the (Sir) Thomas Arbuthnot in May 1847. He is not on your list. I have to prove this. Unfortunately, for me, there are no additional details of his charges etc., in the "Index to Convict Exiles, 1846-50". I have just discovered this today - I just don't know where to go from here?
Regards, Pat.
My answer Hi,
Do you think this is your ancestor? What do you know of his life?
John Adams 16 Central Criminal Court 18 Sep 1843 burglary 15y Retrained as a carpenter; refer - 'HO 11/15 p140; COD 115'
The columns are
aa Surname aa Christian Name(s) Age Trial Place Offence Comments Term
Try Old Bailey - Hey - that makes me sit up - I do not always get a hit here
Searched for all offences where surname matches 'Adams', given name matches 'John' and offence category is burglary, between August 1843 and October 1843.
Got - John Adams, Theft -> burglary; William Adams, Theft -> burglary, 18th September 1843. 2638. John Adams and William Adams were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Joseph Sowerby and another, at St. Marylebone, about one o'clock in the night of the 17th of September, with intent to steal, and stealing therei...
Also Ozships has ship - use date of arrival to find the name, then you get a list of officials/crew.
Joseph Adams 24 (single male 02) Carpenter Prot both London arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Samuel Boddington Bounty immigrant

Joseph Adams, 24 single man Carpenter Prot both London arrived 13 Jan 1842 from London and Cork on the Samuel Boddington

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