Convicts, Prison

A Convict Legacy

Over the past week, I have released the story of George Brand: A Convict Success Story.  If you missed this series, you can read about him at the following links.  For those of you who have already read them, I really hope you enjoyed hearing about George and the Australia convict system that he became…

George Brand Death Notice, Buggy Accident, Greenough

George Brand: A Convict Success Story – Part 5

Freedom or Something Like It On 3 April 1856 George received his Ticket of Leave, after only 11 months in the Swan Settlement, and he went to work for Charles Crowther in the Greenough area.,,,,  The below register shows the money that came to George on his release to start the next stage of his…

Fremantle Prison, Convict Establishment, Australian Convicts

George Brand: A Convict Success Story – Part 4

A Western Australian Convict On 2 February 1855 George departed for Western Australia with 224 other convicts onboard the “Stag”, which sailed from London with Surgeon Superintendent Caldwell on board.,,,  They arrived in Fremantle on 23 May 1855, the fourteenth convict ship to arrive on its shores. ,, The Swan River Settlement in Western Australia…

Millbank Prison, Australian Convict, George Brand

George Brand: A Convict Success Story – Part 3

George Brand in Prison The first records of imprisonment that can be found are of George being sent from Edinburgh Prison, Scotland to Millbank Prison, Middlesex, England on the 13 September 1852.,  Millbank Prison was opened in 1816 as the national penitentiary but the design was so poor that even the guards would get lost., …

Scottish Railway, Larbert, Stirlingshire, Falkirk

George Brand: A Convict Success Story – Part 2

George Brand and His Crimes In 1851 George again found himself before the courts for theft.  A total of seven charges were put to him of numerous thefts from goods trains and trucks.  At the time of these charges his occupation was listed as a potato dealer so it would seem that he used his…

Convicts, Australian, Ploughing

George Brand: A Convict Success Story – Part 1

Introducing George Brand Australia was built on the backbone of convicts and the stories of these men and women are as vast and varied as the lives they left behind.  Whilst some of these people failed to ever get out of the system, many others went on to establish a successful life in Australia.  One…

Convict, Prison, Australian Convicts

Shhhhhh…..There is a Convict in the Family

Today I decided to veer away from the “Stories Under the Tree” that I have posted over the past week and tell you about my convict ancestor, George Brand.  During the Diploma of Family History I have undertaken there has been two Units on convicts – Convict Ancestors and Convicts in Context.  The first unit…

The Epiphany Jonah Walker

The Epiphany

Jonah sat with his head in his hands. He had no idea how he was to continue. It was bad enough that young Sarah and George had to die but why did God have to take his Henney as well? How could he do it all ­ raise the remaining children and work? “Dad do you…

The Police Henry Stokes Harriet Stokes

The Police

“I’ll have to be going.  I promised Fanny I wouldn’t be long.  I can’t believe the baby will be here so soon” said Samuel. Harriet smiled as she gently put her youngest son William in his cradle “I know son, I cannot wait for my first grandchild. ” As Harriet opened the door she looked…

Kalgoorlie Express, Western Australia

The Kalgoorlie Express

“Tom, sit still!” chastised Clara. She’d been tasked with the care of Tom on this trip to Kalgoorlie. “He’s just excited,” her mother said as she fed baby Ruth. “I know, but if he just wouldn’t wiggle so.” “Look, look we’re in the forest,” screamed Tom. Clara smiled. Tom turned to Clara, “Tell me about…