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Item: 31620
Surname: Brown
First Name: John
Ship: Morley 1817
Date: 1828
Place: Newcastle
Source: 1828 Census
Details: Barracks


 
Item: 128864
Surname: Brown
First Name: John
Ship: Morley 1817
Date: 1823 11 August
Place: Newcastle
Source: Archives Office of NSW. Colonial Secretary: Misc records (4/4570D)pp1-88
Details: On list of assigned convicts who are not mechanics. Assigned to Lt. James Reid


 
Item: 147555
Surname: Brown
First Name: John
Ship: Morley 1817
Date: 1825 14 July
Place: Newcastle
Source: SG
Details: Age 33. Native of Yorkshire. 5ft 8 1/4in, grey eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion. Escaped from escort from Newcastle to Sydney


 
Item: 166593
Surname: Brown
First Name: John
Ship: Morley 1817
Date: 1st to 28th February 1823
Place: Newcastle
Source: Colonial Secretary's Papers. Monthly return of Corporal Punishments
Details: Sentenced to 25 lashes for having stolen property in his possession


 
Item: 180805
Surname: Browne
First Name: John
Ship: Morley 1817
Date: 10 February 1824
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825 (Ancestry)
Details: John Browne per Morley, assigned servant to Alexander Shand charged with insolence to his master and refusing to work....James Reid, a free settler states....I was present when the prisoner refused to go to his work. He made us of the most abusive and insulting language to Mr. Shand and on being ordered to the boat to proceed to Newcastle he refused. His conduct throughout was violent and insubordinate in the extreme. Dr. Radford states...I was present and witnessed the whole of the conduct of the prisoner as related by Mr. Reid..Prisoner admits having refused to work. States in his defence .....I had a task assigned me to perform within a given time. I accomplished it in a less time. My Master wanted me to go to work before the time of the task as expired which I refused. Sentenced to hard labour in the mines until further orders.


 
Item: 181255
Surname: Browne
First Name: John
Ship: Morley 1817
Date: 9 June 1825
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825 (Ancestry)
Details: John Brown per Morley in service of government charged with frequent disobedience of orders and insolent conduct....The principal superintendent states....The prisoner is an obstinate man and in the habit of disobeying any orders I may think it necessary to give and will not do any work unless it be such as he likes. I yesterday directed him to go in a boat up the river. He replied he certainly would to but that he was a sawyer by trade and could not be expected to pull and oar - but he can pull very well when he likes. He went into the boat but when she pushed off from the wharf he refused to pull and I was obliged to replace him with another man. The prisoner is the most troublesome man in the lumber yard. He is quite unmanageable. The prisoner states that he did not like to quit the town therefore objected to go up the river. Sentence: to be removed from the sawyers gang and to be placed at hard labour until an opportunity offered to send him to Sydney accompanied by a full statement of misconduct recommending him as a proper subject for Norfolk Island



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