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Item: 62472
Surname: Brooks
First Name: James
Ship: -
Date: 1822 8 March
Place: -
Source: SG
Details: Sentenced to 7 yrs transportation for stealing from the King's Wharf, goods belonging to Gregory Blaxland


 
Item: 126705
Surname: Brooks
First Name: James
Ship: Hive 1835
Date: 1840 5 August
Place: Port Stephens
Source: GG
Details: Granted Ticket of Leave


 
Item: 34154
Surname: Brooks
First Name: James
Ship: Mangles 1820
Date: 1822 20 March
Place: Newcastle
Source: CSI
Details: On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per Elizabeth Henrietta


 
Item: 181161
Surname: Brooks
First Name: James
Ship: Mangles 1820
Date: 13 April 1825
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825 (Ancestry)
Details: William Fisher per Asia, Michael McCormick per Ocean and James Bohan per Earl St. Vincent, all in service to James Reid, charged with theft of maize belonging to their master. James Brooks per Mangles charged with receiving the same knowing it to be stolen. Mr. James Reid, states....I bought yesterday from my farm to the wharf about 58 bushels of maize. On moving it and re measuring it at HM. Store, it only turned out 53 bushels. I had a private intimation my servant had robbed me which I communicated to the Chief Constable. William Turvey, a constable states....I was directed to search amongst the prisoners houses for maize. At John Bentleys house I found the grain now produced. It was also ascertained that Brooks had sold some maize yesterday to one or two persons in the town. John Bentley states...Fisher brought about a bushel of maize to my house yesterday. McCormick came also and asked me to let him bake a cake at my fire which I permitted. Bohan came also. He bought a bag of provision. Brooks came in and at the request of Fisher took the maize away to sell. When Brooks returned we all went except Bohan to a public house and drank some beer. Fisher is the man who brought the maize to my house. James Brooks states in his defence - I got the corn I sold from the three men. I cannot say precisely from which. They told me their master had given it to them for extra work. I sold the maize at 4 shillings per bushel and gave the money to Fisher. When the constable asked me where I had obtained the maize I told him the same story I now tell. I had no reason to disguise it. The other prisoners deny having committed the theft and state they know nothing of the corn before the court. Sentence - William Fisher and Michael McCormick 50 lashes each and to be transported to Port Macquarie for two years. James Bohan acquitted. James Brooks - remanded and discharged 14th April 1825


 
Item: 121126
Surname: Brooks
First Name: James N
Ship: -
Date: 1864
Place: Wollombi
Source: Australian Almanac
Details: Clerk of Petty Sessions


 
Item: 121295
Surname: Brooks
First Name: James Norton
Ship: -
Date: 1864
Place: Wollombi
Source: Australian Almanac
Details: Clerk of Petty Sessions



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