Van Diemen's Land – List of Prisoners Executed at Hobart Town – 1 January 1823 to 1 January 1827

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Van Diemen’s Land – List of Prisoners Executed at Hobart Town – 1 January 1823 to 1 January 1827

List of prisoners tried, found guilty and executed, at Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land, from the 1st of January 1823, to the 1st of January1827:—

13 April 1823

James Smith, sheep-stealing.

14 April 1823

George Richardson,  sheep-stealing.

Robert Oldham,  sheep-stealing.

William Davis,  sheep-stealing.

Ralph Churlton,  sheep-stealing.

19 July 1824

Alexander Pearce, murder.

22 July 1824

Thomas Butler, sheep-stealing.

Patrick Connolly, bush-ranging and robberies.

James Tierney, bush-ranging and robberies.

Isaac Walker, bush-ranging and robberies.

John Thomson, bush-ranging and robberies.

28 January 1825

Thomas Hudson, murder.

William Allen, murder.

Francis Oates, murder.

25 February 1825

Henry McConnell, robbery.

Jeremiah Ryan, murder and robbery.

Charles Ryder, murder and robbery.

James Bryant, murder and robbery.

John Logan, attempting to shoot Mr. Shoobridge.

Musquito (Aboriginal Native), murder.

Jack Roberts (Aboriginal Native),  murder.

Peter Thackery, bush-ranging and robberies.

26 Feburary 1825

Samuel T. Fielding, sheep-stealing.

James Chamberlaine, sheep-stealing.

Stephen Lear, burglary at the Surveyor General’s.

Henry Fry, burglary at the Surveyor General’s.

31 August 1825

John Reid Riddle, murder.

Thomas Peacock, murder.

William Buckley, bush-ranging and robberies.

Joseph Broadhead, bush-ranging and roberies.

John Everiss, bush-ranging and robberies.

7 September 1825

John Godliman, murder.

12 December 1825

Jonas Dobson, murder of his overseer.

6 January 1826

John Johnson, burglary at Mr. F. Barnes’s.

Samuel Longman, burglary.

Charles Wigley, burglary.

James Major, burglary and stealing an ox.

William Pollock, sheep-stealing.

George Harden, sheep-stealing.

William Preece, bush-ranging and robberies.

James McCabe, bush-ranging, robberies, and murder.

7 January 1826

Richard Brown, sheep-stealing.

James Brown, sheep-stealing.

John Green, sheep-stealing.

Thomas Bosworth, burglary and stealing a boat.

Richard Miller, burglary and stealing a boat.

William Craven, burglary and stealing a boat.

4 May 1826

Matthew Brady, bush-ranging, murder, and robberies.

Patrick Bryant, bush-ranging, murder, and robberies.

Thomas Jeffries, bush-ranging, murder, and robberies.

John Perry, bush-ranging, murder, and robberies.

John Thompson, murder of Mary Smith.

5 May 1826

James McKenney, bush-ranging, murder, and robberies.

John Gregory, bush-ranging, murder, and robberies.

William Brown, bush-ranging, murder, and robberies.

John Tilley, bush-ranging, murder, and robberies.

James Goodwin, bush-ranging, murder, and robberies.

Samuel Hodgetts, bush-ranging, murder, and robberies.

13 September 1826

Thomas Dunnings, murder of Mr. Simpson, of Pitt-water.

Edward Everitt, murder of Mr. Simpson, of Pitt-water.

William Smith, murder of Mr. Simpson, of Pitt-water.

John Taylor, absconding from Macquarie Harbour and robbing soldiers of their arms.

George Watters, absconding from Macquarie Harbour and robbing soldiers of their arms.

Jack (Aboriginal Native), murder of Thomas Colley.

Dick (Aboriginal Native), murder of Thomas Colley.

15 September 1826

James Edwards, absconding into the woods, and robbing Mr. Holdship.

John McFarlane, absconding into the woods, and robbing Mr. Holdship.

Thomas Balfour, absconding into the woods, and robbing Mr. Holdship.

John Clark, burglary.

John Dadd, burglary.

Patrick Brown, sheep-stealing.

George Brace, bush-ranging and robberies.

18 September 1826

John Penson, burglary at Richard Worley’s.

James Rowles, robbing Mr. John Dunn.

Timothy Swinscow, robbing Mrs. Till.

William Wickens, robbing Mrs. Till.

Robert Cable, sheep-stealing.

John Davis, sheep-stealing.

John Cruit, sheep-stealing.

Thomas Savell, sheep-stealing.

George Farquharson, sheep-stealing.

It will appear from the foregoing list, that from the 13th April, 1823, until the 19th of July, 1824, (a period of fifteen months) only five persons were executed — all of whom were for sheep stealing. Since which period (not  three years) seventy-six! have suffered; most of whom for murder, and other very daring offences. This statement however does not include the number of unfortunate men who have forfeited their lives at Launceston; which we believe to be about thirty; therefore the total is upwards of One Hundred.

Source: Executions (1827, January 5). Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser (Hobart, Tas. : 1825 – 1827), p. 4.

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