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AnnCardiff Report 4 Jul 2008 09:47

just seen this - sorry, wasn't being rude! Have no idea of the name of the ship - just have a copy of the court proceedings and the fact that he was sentenced to 14 years, along with his friend David Prior - all from West Hanney in Berkshire. It does seem a harsh sentence but apparently it was at a time of some riots in Berkshire - Robert and David were ag.labs and their boss was paying peanuts so they allegedly sent him a threatening letter - that was the extent of their crime!

~Summer Scribe~

~Summer Scribe~ Report 3 Jul 2008 17:01

Ann, maybe he did a runner and got away before the boat sailed? ;-) (or won an appeal/court changed mind) Seems a harsh sentence for such a small 'crime'

Brenda from Wales

Brenda from Wales Report 3 Jul 2008 16:51

Do you know which ship he was on?I recently found another of my convicts (the first was on the 1st fleet)who was sent around the same time as yours,but he died soon after getting to Oz.
You can get a web-site with all the names on each ship...or most of them...and trawl through,and it is such an unusual name.
Brenda x


AnnCardiff Report 3 Jul 2008 16:15

A lovely guy on Records offered look-ups for Australia so I took him up on the offer and asked him if he could find out what happened to a rellie of mine - one Robert Breakspear - transported to Oz in 1833 with another guy for sending a threatening letter to their employer. He's just come back to me to say no record whatever of them being transported. I have a copy of the actual court proceedings so know he was sentenced. We can only assume therefore that he and his co-conspirator died en route. No record either of any Breakspears in Oz now. Very sad