The Australian Aborigines think they were hard done by when Australia was settled by the British. My great, great, grandfather was given 25 lashes when he was accused of not wanting to work as was one of the following convicts. But note the crimes which could result in being sent half way around the world to Australia.
Mary Jones Age 16. Nurse girl from Greenock. Tried in Glasgow 7th September 1830 and sentenced to 14 years transportation for stealing a parasol. 1 prior conviction. Assigned to W.G. Barker in Prince St. Sydney on arrival in Port Jackson in April 1831.
Thomas Jaques who arrived in Sydney on the General Stewart 1818 was Assigned to Mr. T. Winder. Sentenced by Magistrates Henry Gillman and E.C. Close to 100 lashes for frequent cruelty and ill treatment of his master’s bullocks and refusing work in April 1824.
James Johnson who also arrived on the General Stewart 1818 was Assigned to V. Bloomfield. Sentenced to 25 lashes for neglect of work and idling in August 1824.
Mary Ann Allen Age 27. House Maid from London. Tried in London 8 July 1830 and sentenced to 7 years Transportation for stealing a watch. Assigned to Mr. Milson at the North Shore on arrival at Port Jackson in April 1831.
Matilda Britton Age 20. Married. Native of Sunderland. House maid and nursery maid. Tried at Newgate 16 September 1830 and sentenced to 14 years transportation for stealing a shawl. Arrived at Port Jackson in April 1831.
Elizabeth CollinsAge 28. Married with 2 children. Native of Shrewsbury. Laundress. Sentenced at Newgate 16 September 1830 and sentenced to 14 years Transportation for stealing a watch. Assigned to Mrs. Fisk in Kent Street, Sydney on arrival. Accidentally killed on the Parramatta Road.
Jean Gray Age 32. Married with 4 children. Occupation – All work in a lodging house. Native of Boness. Tried in Perth, Scotland, 9th September 1830 and sentenced to 7 years transportation for stealing whiskey. Assigned to Mrs. Panton in Sydney on arrival at Port Jackson in April, 1831.