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Item: 46001
Surname: Grainger
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: -
Date: 1824 13 August
Place: Wallis Plains
Source: CSI
Details: Allowed to pass from Windsor to Wallis Plains


 
Item: 61213
Surname: Grainger
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: -
Date: 1811 1 June
Place: -
Source: SG
Details: Reprimanded for being out after hours (Sydney)


 
Item: 61324
Surname: Grainger
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: -
Date: 1813 31 July
Place: Newcastle
Source: SG
Details: Miner at Newcastle


 
Item: 63015
Surname: Grainger
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: -
Date: 1825 28 November
Place: Wallis Plains
Source: SG
Details: Daniel Leary found guilty of robbing Benjamin and intent to commit a rape on his wife Mary Grainger


 
Item: 71206
Surname: Grainger
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: -
Date: 1819 Oct - Dec
Place: Newcastle
Source: Convict Settlement
Details: Overseer, miners at Newcastle settlement


 
Item: 108355
Surname: Grainger
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: -
Date: 1824 13 August
Place: Wallis Plains
Source: CSI
Details: Assigned servant George Stone per 'Fortune' permissed to pass from Windsor to Wallis Plains the cattle


 
Item: 162328
Surname: Grainger
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: -
Date: 23 January 1820
Place: Newcastle
Source: The Evidence Before Commissioner J.T. Bigge
Details: EVIDENCE OF BENJAMIN GRAINGER,SUPERINTENDENT OF COAL MINES 23 JANUARY, 1820. 1. How long have you been employed in superintending the coal mine at Hunter's River? Seven years and upwards. 2. Did you acquire your knowledge of mining in England? I did, in Staffordshire. 3. Did you sink the colliery at Hunter's River? 1 did about two years and a half ago, 4. Where did you get coals before and how? Down by the sea shore at the bottom of the cliff, by a drift made at the level of the shore, where the seam of coal appeared at the day, [i.e., when the coal seam was exposed].^ 5. Is it the same seam that you are now working? It is. 6. What is the depth of the seam? Three foot and an inch, [hence the name. Yard Seam]. 7. What is the depth of the present shaft? Thirty seven yards. 8. Is there much water in it? There is, but we make a dam for it. and bucket the water into the drift [mine workings] by which it is,carried to the sea. 139 9. Is it the same seam of coal that appears on the coast? It is. 10. Which way does it dip? Southwest from the coast and about half a mile to the southward it appears at its old level. 11. Which way are you now working the seam? About west in the direction of the church. 12. Do you prop up the roof as you proceed? we do at certain distances. 13. What quantity of coal do you raise in a day? We raise twenty tons when all hands, viz., 27 men, A 3 are employed. 14. How much is each hewer required to do? Each hewer gets two ton and a half. 15. Can they finish their task before evening? They can by working hard finish it at noon and formerly they used to go home after that but for the last three or four months they remain at the pit's mouth with nothing to do. 16. Why are they not allowed to go home after they have finished their work? For fear of plundering the houses of those who are at work. 17. The miners are allowed an extra ration? Eight of them are who are hewers [i.e., those who 140 remove the coal from the seam]. 18. Do you think that their healths suffer by coal mining? I think they do on account of the wet and remaining in their wet clothes after they come up from the pit. They suffer also from want of a change of clothes. 19. How far have you worked from the bottom of the pit? About a hundred yards in a south west direction.


 
Item: 176588
Surname: Grainger
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: Anne 1810
Date: 1824
Place: Newcastle district
Source: Newcastle (Hunter River) Population Book, 1824 - Ancestry
Details: Residing with his wife, employed as a labourer by Mary Hunt


 
Item: 104735
Surname: Grainger (Granger)
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: Anne 1810
Date: Burial 1827 October
Place: From Newcastle
Source: Register Book of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle . Burials p.4
Details: Age 43: Occupation: Victualler


 
Item: 100753
Surname: Grainger (Granger)
First Name: Benjamin & Mary
Ship: -
Date: 1827
Place: -
Source: Register Book of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle
Details: Victualler of Wallis Plains. Witnesses at the marriage of Thomas Prentice and Martha O Donnell


 
Item: 61878
Surname: Granger (Grainger)
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: -
Date: 1817 16 August
Place: Newcastle
Source: SG
Details: Miner. Paid 5 pounds from Police Fund


 
Item: 67174
Surname: Granger (Grainger)
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: -
Date: 1838 11 July
Place: Branxton, Anvil Creek
Source: GG
Details: Granted 50 acres land by Gov. Brisbane 21 April 1825. Allegedly sold to Thomas Hunt who sold to Hughes & Hosking. Wife Mary applied to Gov. Darling in 1828 for the land


 
Item: 77448
Surname: Granger (Grainger)
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: -
Date: 1814 30 April
Place: Newcastle
Source: SG
Details: Paid 20 pounds from the Police Fund for his work as a miner at Newcastle


 
Item: 91756
Surname: Granger (Grainger)
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: -
Date: 1827
Place: Wallis Plains
Source: Register Book of Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle
Details: Witness at marriage of Thomas Prentice and MarthaO'Donnell


 
Item: 160698
Surname: Granger (Grainger)
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: -
Date: 12 August 1822
Place: Church of England, Newcastle
Source: Church of England Marriage Register Book 1818 - 1825. University of Newcastle
Details: No. 24. Marriage of Benjamin Granger to Mary Arthursway, both of Newcastle. Witness Thomas Acton. Minister Rev. G.A. Middleton


 
Item: 17143
Surname: Granger (Grainger)
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: Anne 1810
Date: 1812
Place: Newcastle
Source: CSI
Details: Sent to Newcastle to assist in opening of new mine. Overseer


 
Item: 17144
Surname: Granger (Grainger)
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: Anne 1810
Date: 1822
Place: Newcastle
Source: CSI
Details: Resigned due to ill health


 
Item: 46002
Surname: Granger (Grainger)
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: Anne 1810
Date: 1812 21 December
Place: Newcastle
Source: CSI
Details: Sent to Newcastle to assist in opening of new mines


 
Item: 184775
Surname: Granger (Grainger)
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: Anne 1810
Date: -
Place: -
Source: Convict Indent. State Archives NSW; Series: NRS 12188; Item: [4/4004]; Microfiche: 632. Ancestry
Details: Benjamin Granger tried at Stafford 27 July 1807 and sentenced to transportation for life


 
Item: 184779
Surname: Granger (Grainger)
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: Anne 1810
Date: -
Place: Captivity Hulk
Source: UK Prison Hulk Registers. Ancestry
Details: Benjamin Granger age 22 tried at Stafford 27 July 1807 and found guilty of horse stealing and sentenced to transportation for life. Admitted to the Captivity Hulk from Stafford 12 September 1808 and transferred to the convict ship Anne on 16 August 1809



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