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Postby toby65 » Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:06 am

[font="trebuchet ms"]In 1841, my Great-Great Grandfather, James Brett recieved his freedom in New South Wales, Australia, after serving his seven year sentence. He was sent there in 1834 aboard the convict ship, The Hive. On arriving, he was sent to work in chains on Goat Island, breaking sandstone. He was sent there because he stole a scythe from a man in rattlesden, suffolk. Having previously served 9 months in bury gaol, for Larceny, this time he was transported to NSW.[/font]
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[font="trebuchet ms"]I dont know what happened to him, or where he settled after his sentence[/font]
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[font="trebuchet ms"]I'd be grateful for any helpful guidance on how to find out where he went.[/font]
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RE: 1841

Postby FamilyHistoryAddict » Fri Nov 02, 2007 3:10 am

Hi Toby65,

Firstly I suggest you listen to this programme (use the Listen Again feature). I took part in this programme and the last section deals with transportation to Australia.

[link=http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/tracingyourroots.shtml]http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/tracingyourroots.shtml[/link]

Suggest you email these people to see if they know what happened to your relative:

[link=http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/staterecords/]http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/staterecords/[/link]

Also check this website to see if you can find any marriage or death for your relative.

[link=http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/]http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/[/link]

Was he married when he went out there? If so, his wife may have joined him in NSW.

Cheers, FHA

I see on Ancestry that he appears on Pardons 1838 - 1841.
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RE: 1841

Postby FamilyHistoryAddict » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:50 am

Hi Toby,

I've just visited the Claim a Convict website and looked up James Brett on it - there is an email address associated with his name - of course it could be you!

Thought I'd let you know anyway.

The website is here:

[link=http://users.bigpond.net.au/convicts/page2.html]http://users.bigpond.net.au/convicts/page2.html[/link]

Cheers, FHA
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RE: 1841

Postby toby65 » Sun Nov 04, 2007 1:33 am

Thanks for the replies. Regarding Claim-a-Convict, that IS my email address, but thanks anyway!

Regarding James Brett, He was married with a young son when he got transported, but they never joined him in Australia. His wife, Eliza re-married in 1841 ( although i have never found the marriage on the indexes ) and had another family. She took the other man's surname, but the first child they had together had the surnames Brett-Stiff on her birth certificate. I had been in touch with NSW records office and got copies of his freedom certificate and a bank warrant for 1843, two years after his release and will be contacting them again to see if they can help me with the place he was living.

I found the programme on radio 4 very interesting! I visited Bury St Edmunds records office and got the information on both his court appearances in the Norwich and Bury post newspapers. I will go again and see if there is any information on his time in prison in Bury gaol.

Hope to speak to you soon, Toby
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RE: 1841

Postby FamilyHistoryAddict » Sun Nov 04, 2007 1:33 am

Hi Toby,

Maybe Mrs James Brett just lived with this chap and didn't marry him because she had a husband still living in Australia?

Did you not find a death for your James Brett on the NSW BMD index? That would have been useful if you had.

Glad you enjoyed the programme Tracing Your Roots! [:)]

Let us know if you find out anything else about James Brett in Australia.

Cheers, FHA
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Re: 1841

Postby smithwheezy » Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:37 pm

Hello there

Found your post whilst searching for info on the Hive, my ancestor Thomas Bowskill was also on the Hive in 1834, he was transported for life. He was convicted at Notts. Assizes in 1833, I believe for Highway Robbery. I believe the Hive sank in the following year. Not found out much else about Thomas yet, I wonder if the Notts. court records are still around?
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Re: 1841

Postby lindad » Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:13 pm

Toby, Don't know if you have found it yet but I have Eliza's marriage to Joseph Stiff in Jun qtr 1844 Bury St Edmunds, he's written as Steff. James Brett was also my 3x gt grandfather. I believe James received his cert. of freedom in Australia in 1841.
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