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# Surname First Name Ship Date Place Source
36270 Cheers John - 1823 8 February Newcastle CSI
Permitted to proceed to Newcastle

64430 Cheers John - 1830 9 July Phillip St. Sydney Australian
Obtained publican's license for 'Plume of Feathers' public house

148386 Cheers John - - - The Bicentenary Pioneer Register, Second Edition, Volume 111
Married Elizabeth Hickey, daughter of John Hickey, in Newcastle 10 March 1823

160710 Cheers John - 10 March 1823 Church of England, Newcastle Church of England Marriage Register Book 1818 - 1825. University of Newcastle
No. 27. Marriage of John Cheers of Sydney to Elizabeth Ann Hickey, daughter of John Hickey of the same place. Witnesses William Hickey and Richard Binder. Minister Rev. G.A. Middleton

175348 Cheers John - 14 September 1834 Newcastle SR NSW Archive Reel: 1583; Series: 12992; Description: Registers of Memorials for Land 1825-1842
Conveyance of land - John Cheers to James Munn - All that piece or parcel of land containing by admeasurement half an acre more or less situated and being in the township of Newcastle, bounded on the west by Pacific street, (formerly known as Macquarie street) two chains or thereabouts on the north by one hundred and ninety four allotment belonging to Mr. Smith one chain or thereabouts on the east by number two allotment given to Mr. Bingle and by him sold to Mr. Bettington two chains or thereabouts and on the south by number three allotment (now contracted to be sold by John Cheers to James Munn, one chain or thereabouts and which piece or parcel thereby granted and released is known as number one allotment given to Isaac Elliott and by him sold to the said John Cheers together with the messuage and dwelling house and outbuildings thereon and also with all other houses etc

181990 Cheers John - 22 July 1826 Newcastle NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825, 1826-1827 (Ancestry)
Bernard Malone per ship Ann and Amelia, in government service, charged with having a cheese in his possession which had been stolen from the house of Mr. John Cheers. John Flynn states - I am Mr. Cheers servant. My master is at Sydney; the day before yesterday the prisoner was at my masters drinking; there were others with him - soon after he went away my mistresses mother missed a cheese; there had been two placed on the counter for sale that morning, but neither of them had been disposed of; I was immediately sent to inform the Chief Constable of the cheese being taken; the two cheeses now before the court I believe to be those which were pot out for sale. Mr. Muir, chief constable states - on being apprised the day before yesterday that a cheese had been taken from Mr. Cheers house, I went there to ascertain who had been in the house immediately previous to the cheese being missed. After a few enquires I came away and brought the other cheese with me. In the street at a little distance from Cheers house, I saw two men standing together, the prisoner stood with his back to me, as I approached I heard him speaking about a cheese. I thereupon took him into custody and searched him and found on his person under his jacket a cheese precisely like the other; He told me he had the cheese sent to him by a woman who resides at Wallis Plains. James Brady states - the day before yesterday I met the prisoner in the street near Mr. Cheers house. He told me he had a cheese for sale, and that if I would not buy it myself he wished me to sell it for him. He told me he had got it from a man at Pattersons Plains. The prisoner states in his defence - I got the cheese from a servant of Mr. Corys who resides at Pattersons Plains. I dont know the mans name. I gave him a pair of trousers and seven pence for the cheese. No person has seen the cheese in my possession til Mr. Muir took it from me. As soon as I get it I hid it in some long grass till I got it to sell. Bernard Malone sentenced to 50 lashes

182007 Cheers John - 31 July 1826 Newcastle NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825, 1826-1827 (Ancestry)
Matthew Fox, in government service, charged with drunkenness and making an improper use of two commissariat bags....Chief Constable George Muir states - Last night a little after nine, I discovered the prisoner lying near Mr. Cheers house in a state of beastly intoxication. I had received previous information from Mr. Cheers that he had good reason to believe that Fox had taken away an axe from his house upon which I sent a constable to search Foxes quarters and there the two commissariat bags were found; they had been removed from the Superintendents paling. Constable Peter Riley states - I was last night directed by the chief constable to search the prisoner s lodgings for an axe which had been taken from Cheers. I found at his lodgings two bags bearing the Kings mark. I brought them away - they are those now before the court. The prisoner states in his defence - I took the bags from the superintendents paling to fetch grass for the government horses which I work at the mine; I admit having been drunk last night and throw myself on the mercy of the court. Matthew Fox sentenced to 50 lashes

182051 Cheers John - 24 August 1826 Newcastle NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825, 1826-1827 (Ancestry)
John Flynn, per ship Isabella, in the service of John Cheers, charged with frequent insolence and drunkenness. Mr. John Cheers states - Flynn was sent yesterday to fetch a cask of water from the well and was absent as my wife informed me more than two hours. On his return Mrs. Cheers asked him why he had remained away so long. He replied he had not been away long and that he did not like my service and would not remain with me. He has often told me so and I have frequent reason to complain of his insolence. He also often gets drunk when he is unable to do his work about the house. The prisoner states - I cannot agree with my master. His temper is so violent it is impossible to live with him. John Flynn ordered to be sent to the road gang for three months

182135 Cheers John - 2 - 3 October 1826 Newcastle NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825, 1826-1827 (Ancestry)
James Kearns, per ship Earl St. Vincent, in government service, charged with theft...Mr. John Cheers states - a little after nine on Saturday night last, I missed a box of candles from my house, which I immediately reported to the Chief Constable. I saw a man resembling the prisoner on the following morning early at the Hill at the back of my house, he was looking about without any visible business. As soon as my household affairs would permit me I went on the hill; the man was gone, but I discovered marks of tallow on the sand. Mr. Muir, Chief Constable states - in consequence of Mr. Cheers having informed me of the robbery at his house on Saturday night, I directed the constables to be on the alert the next morning at day break and I gave them the names of several whom I suspected, the prisoner being one of them. He was the first they met in the morning. He crouched as he walked along and was dressed in an old dirty pair of trousers, no covering on his head, an old grey jacket, just as Mr. Cheers has described the man to have worn whom he had that morning seen on the hill at the back of his house. I accompanied Mr. Cheers to the hill and having searched about we came to a place where the sand appeared disturbed and several pieces of candles were scattered about. There was a naked footstep which I measured. A few yards from that spot with the assistance of a dog, we found the box of candles before the court, I then went in search of the prisoner. He was found dressed with clean trousers over those he had on in the morning. He had two waistcoats on and wore a hairy cap; on taking him to the watch house I examined his hands, between each of his fingers there was sand as if he had been digging with his hands. The length of his foot agrees exactly with the measure I had taken of that in the sand. The prisoner is not allowed to sleep out of barracks but on Saturday night he was absent and he told me he had slept on the hill. The prisoner in his defence states - I was drinking at Mr. Cheers Hill about 7 o clock on Saturday evening. I then went to my work at the mines, which having done, I returned and instead of going to barracks, I slept on the Hill. The clean clothes I had on I got from a fellow prisoner who was a stranger in the town to take care of - he gave them to me on Saturday evening when I immediately put them on. The sand got on my hands after I was in the watch house. When I was seen in the morning by the constables I had the same dress on as when Mr. Muir took me into custody. Remanded for another hearing.....The Bench are of opinion there is not sufficient evidence to convict the prisoner and he is discharged

182208 Cheers John - 6 November 1826 Newcastle NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825, 1826-1827 (Ancestry)
James Wilkins, per ship Asia, overseer of the gaol gang, charged with taking his gang to a public house on the Sabbath. Chief Constable George Muir states - I was informed yesterday that some of the gaol gang were at Cheers Public House drinking. I sent some constables to ascertain the truth of the report; they returned informing me that they had found Wilkins and one of his gang drinking at the public house and the rest of the gang straggling about in the lumber yard. Constable Francis McNamara states - I went yesterday with some constables by order of Mr. Muir to Cheers House; I found Thomas Welsh, one of the gaol gang there drinking. His overseer was with him; the overseer went away as we entered. Welsh at first refused to leave the house saying he had the overseers leave to be there. Wilkins admits taking Welsh to the public house and that he drank two glasses of spirits with him. James Wilkins to be dismissed from his situation and to work in the mines.

182232 Cheers John - 7 November 1826 Newcastle NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825, 1826-1827 (Ancestry)
William Foster, in government service charged with theft. John Cheers states - I was away from my house yesterday evening walking on the beach, when I met the prisoner with a cross cut saw in his possession which I immediately recognised to be my own property; it is that before the court. On my claiming it he surrendered it quietly merely saying - Take it - He had been at my house previously and had taken particular notice of the saw which was on the tye beam, to his companion. The saw was safe yesterday morning. The prisoner had been at my house about ten minutes before I met him on the beach. The prisoner states in his defence - I found the saw in the street near the superintendent s house and was taking it to my quarters when I met Mr. Cheers. Sentenced to 3 years to a penal settlement

182300 Cheers John - 20 December 1826 Newcastle NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825, 1826-1827 (Ancestry)
Henry Lewis per ship Guildford, in Mr. J. Newton s service and Michael Lane per ship Daphne in government service, charged with theft. Charles Quin, soldier in the Buffs, states - I was at Mr. Cheers House the night before last. I had been drinking and had taken too much. When I got sober I missed some money from my pocket. I found that the fob in which my money was had been cut; the money was knotted up in an old black silk stocking. There were about 1 pound 13 shillings in English shillings. The piece of the fob and the silk stocking ow before the court are my property and are those taken from me when I was robbed of my money. John Neale a free man states - I was at Mr. Cheers house on Monday night about 7 o clock. I saw Quin there in a state of intoxication. The prisoners were drinking at a little distance from him. I saw Lewis put his hand to Quins watch pocket and take something which I supposed was his watch. Lewis made off immediately. I followed him and laid hold of his jacket pocket in which I felt a lump, which I still thought to be a watch. I told Lewis he had better return the property he had taken to the owner of it but he rushed away in doing which he pulled me to the ground on my knees. I got on my legs and followed him calling aloud for assistance. He was met near the Chief constables house by some constables who stopt him; I told the chief constable all I have now stated and that I was sure he had robbed the soldier of something. I never lost sight of Lewis from the time he meddled with the soldier until he was stopt by the constables .The following morning I accompanied the constables to search for the money which it had been ascertained had been stolen from the soldier. We were a good while looking for it without success. I was at a little distance from the other constables when looking over the paling of Mr. Muirs yard I saw some money scattered about and the stocking lying near. I called the constables who picked up the money. George Muir states - On Monday evening immediately after I had attended the Barrack muster, I heard an exclamation of stop thief. On approaching the place form whence the noise came, which was close to my house I found three or four persons assembled who accompanied me to the rear of my premises where we met Lewis who appeared to have come from the Gully which is close by. I searched him but did not find anything suspicious. I ordered the constable of the night to keep a good look out on the spot where I had stopt Lewis and the next morning the money etc were brought to me by Constable riley. Neale was close to Lewis when he was taken and accused him of having robbed a soldier at Mr. Cheers house. Constable Peter Riley states - I was present on Monday night when Lewis was taken as described by the last witness. I was the constable of the night and kept a particular look out on the spot to see that no one came there during the night. The next morning a search was made for the stolen property. Neale saw the money through the paling and I went and picket it up; it was quite near the place where Lewis was taken the night before. He must have passed close to it as he came along the Gully. The prisoner states in his defence - I was drinking at Cheers house on Monday evening. On leaving it to go to my lodgings I was followed by Neale who stopt me on the outside and demanded his regulars. I told him I did not understand what he meant and I pushed him away and proceeded on towards my lodging when I was stopt by the constables; I had no reason for going by the unfrequented path I did in the rear of Mr. Muirs house; I know nothing of the robbery; when Neale stopt me at Cheers and accused me of having robbed the soldier of his watch, another soldier came to the door and said that the watch had not been stolen. Henry Lewis sentenced to 3 years to a penal settlement. Lane acquitted.

33932 Cheers John Born in the colony 1828 Newcastle 1828 Census
Born in the Colony. Publican. Aged 26

33935 Cheers John Born in the Colony 1828 Newcastle 1828 Census
Age 4 in 1828

104670 Cheers John and Elizabeth - Baptism 1827 May From Newcastle Register Book of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle . Baptisms p3
Baptism of Elizabeth, daughter of John and Elizabeth Cheers of Newcastle (occ. Victualler)

167154 Cheers John and Elizabeth - 1823 Newcastle Colonial Secretary's Papers. State Records of NSW Special Bundles
Baptism of the son of John and Elizabeth Cheers born 29 April 1823