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10496 Steele James - 1841 Newcastle District 1841 Census Index
Town, Newcastle 104

14088 Steele James - 1837 Patrick Plains ABGR
William Beresford assigned servant

52516 Steele James - 1836 20 December Newcastle BB
Witnessed Thomas Cawser with stolen oil in possession. Witness in court case

53990 Steele James - 1837 3 January Newcastle BB
Mary Hunt per 'Edward' sentenced to 14 days in the cells for insolence and disorderly conduct

55241 Steele James - 1837 30 June Newcastle BB
Witness in court when Thomas Thomas was charged with absconding

55244 Steele James - 1837 30 June Newcastle BB
Witness in court when John Scholes was charged with refusing to work

55282 Steele James - 1837 14 July Newcastle BB
Offered to go down the pit with assigned servant Charles Chainey who was afraid to go down as he had never been before

174478 Steele James - 1855 Dwelling house. Address near A.A. Co. pits NMH
On a list of electors in the police district of Newcastle who had the right to vote for elections in the county of Northumberland in 1855. Printed in the Newcastle Morning Herald 1 November 1911

174635 Steele James - 1855 Freehold. King St. Newcastle NMH
On a list of electors in the police district of Newcastle who had the right to vote for elections in the county of Northumberland in 1855. Printed in the Newcastle Morning Herald 19 July 1911

178908 Steele James - 6 January 1838 Newcastle Newcastle Gaol Entrance Book. State Archives NSW. Roll 136
Catherine McCarthy per Sir Charles Forbes assigned to James Steele at Newcastle

180438 Steele James - 14 July 1835 Newcastle Newcastle Court of Petty Sessions, Bench Books, 1833-1836 (Ancestry)
Joseph Hudson per Isabella, assigned to the A.A. Company. Charged with obtaining liquor under false pretences....Simon Kemp, publican, testified...Last Friday or Thursday the prisoner came to my house and asked me for a pint of rum for Mr. Steele. He brought a bottle and told me he had just come from Mr. Steele at the pit. He told me that Mr. Steel was in the pit at work and he would give me the order when he came up. I gave it to him. I saw Mr. Steele on Saturday morning when he told me it was not correct.....James Steele testified....I never ordered the prisoner to get rum for me at Mr. Kemp s house without an order or at any time at all. I never sent him for rum. Guilty. Sentenced to 100 lashes

180544 Steele James - 29 September 1835 Newcastle Newcastle Court of Petty Sessions, Bench Books, 1833-1836 (Ancestry)
Francis Shooter, per Bengal Merchant, assigned to the A.A. Company charged with neglect of duty and disobedience of orders.....William Latham testified....The prisoners work in the pit is to wheel from twenty four to thirty skips of coal. This morning he went to his work at the usual time. He had some altercation with the men in the pit about the wagon he formerly did his work with. He told the underground overseer he would not do his work unless he had the wagon. The wagon did not belong to him, he was sent up from the pit by the overseer to Mr. Steele. Mr. Steele gave him his choice of five other waggons. He positively refused to go down into the pit to do his work. He left the works and went to the barracks. Mr. Steele ordered me to send him to court. I was present when Mr. Steele offered him the other waggons and heard him refuse Mr. Steele. Three out of the five waggons were whole and fit for work. Guilty. Sentenced to 50 lashes

180653 Steele James - 2 November1835 Newcastle Newcastle Court of Petty Sessions, Bench Books, 1833-1836 (Ancestry)
James Kendall per Parmelia, assigned to A.W. Scott. William Lear per Mellish, Thomas Bagley per Nithsdale assigned to the A.A. Company, all charged with disorderly conduct and being out of barracks after hours. Thomas Armstrong per Isabella, James Armitage per Exmouth, Robert Ridley per Isabella and John Clish per Bengal Merchant, assigned to the Company, charged with disorderly conduct......Constable Anthony testified....On Saturday night about twelve oclock, we heard a noise as we were passing Mr. Scotts cottage. We looked at the door to see who it was. Mr. Scotts man was playing the fiddle and Bagley and Lear were inside before the fire there was a bottle and some rum in it the bottle produced we took Bagley and Lear on going to the watch house we met the other four prisoners on the flat going towards the cottage. We brought them all to the watch house. Hannell was with me at the time....Constable Hannell testified.....On Saturday night last between twelve and one oclock I heard some singing and noise in Mr. Scotts Cottage. We knocked at the door. They admitted us. There was a bottle before Kendall on the floor. We took the two Company men in charge. In going towards the town we met the other four prisoners, none of them was disorderly. They were making no noise. James Rawson testified....I was at the mens barracks about half past eight on Saturday night when William Latham mustered the men. They were all present. I have not seen any of the prisoners from that time till now. There was a fight amongst the men late on that night inside on the Flats. I know no reason why the prisoners should not have gone to their beds that night....Mr. James Steele, Engineer, testified....At the hour of eleven I desired all the men to go to their beds including the prisoners. I cannot say that any of the men was drunk. I believe Bagley had been drinking. Clish has been with the Company nearly twelve months and I have had no trouble with him. All the prisoners are generally well behaved.....A.W. Scott testified....I do not remember ever giving the prisoner Kendall any positive orders that he should not admit any person into the cottage, but it is my impression that the prisoner must have known that it is against my orders and that he knows that some of my men have been punished for the same offence.....Sentence...Bagnal, Ridley, Armstrong 25 lashes each. Kendall 75 lashes

173916 Steele James Australia 1826 10 May 1902 Newcastle NMH
Many years ago two young men were employed at a colliery in the North of England where they worked as mates in tending the pit machinery. One of them, George Stephenson, was destined to become famous as the pioneer of the locomotive engine and railways while the second Mr. James Steele was to be associated with the development of the coal industry at Newcastle NSW. When the Australian Agricultural Company were looking for experienced men to control their coal getting operation the choice fell upon Mr. Steele who was selected as engineer and Mr. John Henderson who was appointed colliery viewer. These two gentlemen embarked on board the ship Australia owned by A.W. Scott of Ash Island and arrived in 1826. In the early days the whole of the work at the various collieries was performed by prison labour many hundreds being under the personal direction of Mr. Steele. he was a general favourite with them and never had a serious difficulty in managing them. Many a little concession received at his hands out of pure kindness made an impression on their minds and as a result his orders were cheerfully obeyed. Sometimes when work was finished, the men would be allowed to assemble on the green for an hour and play quoits. Nothing pleased the veteran manager better than to watch the men enjoying themselves and forgetting for a time at least the realities of their positions....In about 1836 Mr. Steele built a house n Brown street or what is Brown St now for at that time it was a beautiful green hill, sloping down towards the harbour. At that time there was no other dwelling westward of Wolfe street or southward of Church street. Around the house was a large garden and there as many as two hundred convicts have been working at a time. Frequently there would not be employement for all the companys assigned servants and as the order of the day was keep them employed, they were temporarily transformed into gardeners..

173917 Steele James Australia 1826 10 May 1902 Christ Church Burial Ground, Newcastle NMH
Mr. James Steele was among those buried in the old churchyard and when his wife died in 1890 the remains were removed to Sandgate where husband and wife lie side by side. Mr. Steele was twice married. There were four children by the first marriage including Mr. Michael Steele, who came out with his father to be blacksmith for the A.A. Co, Mr. Joseph Steele, Mr. Alexander Brown and Mr.s Ihnen, the wife of Captain Ihnen. The second family are Messrs James William, Michael Robert, Ralph and Alexander Steele, Mrs. Hutchinson and Mrs. Captain Jewell and Mrs. Firth, wife of Captain Firth.

178713 Steele James (?) - October 1837 Newcastle Newcastle Gaol Entrance Book. State Archives NSW. Roll 137
Mary Finnegan per Surry assigned to Mr. Steele at Newcastle on release from gaol