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Item: 34115
Surname: Briggs
First Name: John
Ship: Baring 1815
Date: 1818 9 June
Place: Newcastle
Source: CSI
Details: Capt. Wallis, Commandant at Newcastle informed that Briggs was a dangerous and desperate character to be wrought in double irons and strictly watched


 
Item: 34116
Surname: Briggs
First Name: John
Ship: Baring 1815
Date: 1819 April
Place: Newcastle
Source: CSI
Details: On monthly returns of prisoners punished at Newcastle


 
Item: 61959
Surname: Briggs
First Name: John
Ship: Baring 1815
Date: 1820 24 June
Place: -
Source: SG
Details: Aged 50. Piratically stole a boat at Newcastle and was chased into Rushcutters Bay by pursuers


 
Item: 62121
Surname: Briggs
First Name: John
Ship: Baring 1815
Date: 1820 30 December
Place: Newcastle
Source: SG
Details: On list of prisoners who made their escape from the Colony in an open boat on the night of the 25th or early on the morning of the 26th December 1820. Aged 45. Seaman, native of Bermuda, 5ft 9in, light complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, came per ship Baring. His right hand is much disabled by a wound; he had previously run from the Newcastle settlement with a boat and was chased into Rushcutter's Bay by the boats from that settlement


 
Item: 68581
Surname: Briggs
First Name: John
Ship: Baring 1815
Date: 1819 3 April
Place: Newcastle
Source: Convict Settlement
Details: Punished for attempt at cutting out a boat


 
Item: 116008
Surname: Briggs
First Name: John
Ship: Baring 1815
Date: 1818 6 June
Place: Hobart
Source: SG
Details: Sentenced to 200 lashes and five years at Newcastle penal settlement for seizing the Government launch at Hobart with intent to escape


 
Item: 116009
Surname: Briggs
First Name: John
Ship: Baring 1815
Date: 1818 9 May
Place: VDL
Source: Hobart Town Gazette
Details: One of seven prisoners who attempted to escape in a government vessel. 5'7" Sallow complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes, 46 years of age. Seaman by trade. Sentenced for Life in Bermuda. Crippled in both hands. Tried in VDL for stealing and burning four cart wheels belonging to Mr. Peters


 
Item: 116014
Surname: Briggs
First Name: John
Ship: Baring 1815
Date: 1821 6 January
Place: ?
Source: SG
Details: On list of prisoners supposed to have made their escape from the colony in an open boat on 25th or 26th December. Seaman aged 45 from Bermuda; 5'9"; light complexion, brown hair, grey eyes. Right hand much disabled by a wound. Lately ran from Newcastle in a boat



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