Winners, Losers and Also-rans

1.0 Long Bridge West Maitland

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1.01 Edward Hawkins - Principal Overseer and Wooden Bridge Builder

This article provides a history of the life of Edward Hawkins. Hawkins was sent to the colony in New South Wales for stealing in 1819. Hawkins was listed as an Overseer of a Road Gang in 1829 and supervised the building of bridges. He received a Ticket of Leave in 1830, but after facing charges for Neglect of Duty, this was cancelled. He married in 1834 and later had ten children. He later received a Conditional Pardon and gained a licence for the Thistle Inn.

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1.02 Patrick Doolan: Innkeeper

This article outlines the life of Patrick James Doolan who was transported to New South Wales after being convicted for 7 years. His assignments were not recorded but he married Euphemia Burnett in 1821. In 1827 Doolan was appointed an Ordinary Constable and after some struggles, was granted land by the Governor. The article continues with the correspondences in relation to Doolan’s application for a licence.

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1.03 Rising Sun Inn

Artists impression of the Rising Sun Inn, Millfield.

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1.04 John McDougall: From Convict to Landholder

This article is about John McDougall, who rose from the position of convict to become a man of wealth with a great amount of land and belongings. Legend deals unkindly with his memory, though nothing of this has been proved. This is a detailed article about his story.

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1.05 Convict Cooking Pot

Image and a short decsription of a convict cooking pot.

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1.06 A Bunch of Losers

This article outlines the lives of five young convicts, Michael Byrne, Christopher Creighton (Clayton), John Carr, James McAnaly and William Quinlan. All five of these men died whilst working in the Road Gangs and were all under thirty.

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1.07 Daniel Holland, Convict (c1798 - 1886)

Daniel Holland was convicted of stealing in 1821 and sent to New South Wales at the start of the following year. Holland absconded from a Road Party he was assigned to, but within months he was recaptured or possibly returned after realising the harsh reality that he could not support himself. In 1844 he settled in Windsor and opened a drapery store. It is believed he had eight children, and Holland died in 1886.

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1.08 Profiling Convict Workers

This article contains three profiles from the convict database research. The men outlined are Andrew Anderson, Henry Burns and Richard Lowe. All three men were convicted of crimes and sent as convicts to New South Wales to serve their punishment. They all married in the colony and later settled down. The lives of these men have been tracked through the records available.

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