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Re: William Bradbury - Transported to Australia 1788
Posted by: Barbara Baxter (ID *****7034) Date: June 09, 2012 at 18:09:44
In Reply to: Re: William Bradbury - Transported to Australia 1788 by Douglas Hartley of 979

Hi I know this is an old post
William is believed NOT to have perished in the bush.
My Gt Grand Aunt Annie HAWES married Robert BRADBURY who is thought to be a descendent of William

Entry for convict 322 Sex M Also known as Born 1760 at Baptised at Died Abt 1792 at Lost in the bush Buried at


Conviction Details Status on arrival Convict Ship Scarborough 1788 Crime Steal a pocketbook containing £30 and 5 guineas Tried at Old Bailey Trial Date 3 July 1782 Sentence Death commuted to Life


11 January 1783 - Sent to the Hulks
12 August 1783 - Ordered to the transport 'Swift'. This ship was involved in a convict mutiny and was brought to shore near Rye in Sussex. William escaped and was recaptured on 1 September.
10 September 1783 - William had again been sentenced to death but this was commuted to transportation for life on 16 September
4 October 1783 - Received on board the 'Censor' hulk, aged 23
24 February 1787 - Transported to Portsmouth where he was embarked on the 'Scarborough' on the 27th February
13 February 1788 - Signed as a witness to the wedding of Joseph DUNNNAGE and Sarah PARRY at Sydney Cove
7 August 1789 - Given a position in the Night Watch at Port Jackson
December 1790 - Put to work in a gang following the assault, with two others, on two seamen from the 'Supply'
December 1791 - established a 30 acre farm at The Ponds, Parramatta. William was in a partnership with John (Thomas) BROWN and William MOULD at the ponds. Between them they held 120 acres - 30 of these being BRADBURY's.
William BRADBURY absconded (as noted by Watkin TENCH). Tench stated that "This man had been allowed to settle, on a belief from his own assurance, that his term of transportation had expired, but it was discovered that he had been cast for Life . . . he declared that he would rather perish . . . than remain as a convict."
William BRADBURY was not seen again and it was assumed that he had died in the bush.

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