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Offline srp123au

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Hi
I have written out the convict record for George Burrows. I have skipped the top section and transcribed the section underneath Offences & Sentences and the right hand side column.

There is a pattern of repetition and things I do not understand and have looked at some convict abbreviation websites... specifically for W.T.N and cannot figure out what this means. It is copied below also have added a link to the google doc of which you can edit and a link to the original record. Parts in bold I either do not understand the abbreviation or cannot decipher the writing.

The link to the google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mJhAdiJ1AVp3-Cl-OI6qWnfsPc9obktl_sugioh_Skg/edit?usp=sharing

The link to the original record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON33-1-11$init=CON33-1-11p23

Here is a copy:

20 May 1842 Probation R. H. Misconduct - In having flour in his possession for which v?, Existing tw? Of probation. Recommendation? To be extended 1 month. W.T.N Application, bide L.G D.
18 September 1842 Probation R.H Disobey of orders in making a shoe, 25 lashes (J.H)

5 April 1843 Probation R.H Misconduct pilfering potatoes from the mens messes.
Existing perd? of pounds labour. Recommended To be extended 1 month.

W.T. N Applied bide L.G D. 21 April 1843.

21 June 1843 R.H Misconduct making tobacco for a passenger and having tobacco in his possession. Existing perd of brim lab. Recommended to be extended 3 months.

W.T.N Applied.bide? L.G.D 30 June 1843

20 December 1843 per R.H Misconduct in having a quantity of shoemakers hemp in his possession. Existing perd of probation recommended to be extended 3 months. W.T.N Applied bide L.G D 29 December 1843.

Released from 1st stage of Probation 29th October 1844

20 September 1847? Stanfield. K. Point. Mislead to the D (deputy?) constable and being under the influence of liquor. Two months imprisonment and hard labour.

F.T.N Applied. Unreadable. 24 9? 1847

18 April 1848 Stanfield K. Point Assaulting his ? (marter?). Existing sentence of transportation extended 18 months. PHKS. C.S & T.W. Applied 12 ? probation. C Mines 21 April 1848.

13 November 1849 Ticket of Leave

May 1850 Hobart Drunk and out after hours. Seven days solitary. W.W.

18 August 1850  Hobart Disturbing the public peace. Fined 5 / ?

12 October 1852 or 1853 K P 7 T. L Drunk Fined 5 /

28 June 1856 Conditional Pardon Applied

Ash himself 19th June 1856



On the right hand side
Remarks
Good 3/1842 4/ Good L. 5/42 good 6/42 fair ?/42 shoemaker 7/42 Mid. L.
8/42 good 9/42 very ? 10/42 m?d 11/42 very good 12/42 good
1/44 good 2/44 good

21/1/1846 ?
26/3/1846 C? Possession of lying
30/08/1846 ?
21/12/1846 Stanfield
Clarence Plains ?
20/09/1847 P.B means prisoner barracks
P.B prisoner barracks Cl a u
Sic. c 13/10/47 R.E. ?
U.U 21/11/47 Ret.
M Stanfield 4/48
1/6/48 C.M 2/8/48 P.A
24/4/49 P.B (prisoner barracks) Ho. N. Pettard
Elizabeth 4/5/50 T.B
18/4/48 Transported 18 months
13/5/50 Ticket of Leave
24/08/52 Recommended for a Conditional Pardon

Any help is much appreciated.
Kind regards
Stephanie.



HOLLENSEN (Denmark=> Victoria, Australia)
CREELAN(D) (Antrim, Ireland => Victoria, Australia)
KELLY (Kent, England => New South Wales, Australia)
HORNE (Norfolk, England => New South Wales, Australia)
DEE (Berkshire-Surrey, England => Stroud, NSW, Australia)
BUGG (Suffolk, England => Stroud, NSW, Australia)
CLOSE (Down, Ireland => Tasmania, Australia =>  NSW, Australia)
LEECH (Norfolk, England => Victoria, Australia => NSW, Australia)

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Re: Help to decipher abbrevations and writing on convict record of George Burrows
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 18 August 20 05:06 BST (UK) »
I'm a bit short of time but have looked at the early entries and have some answers as below.  Some of these you already have.

probn = probation

Misconct = Misconduct

possn = possession

tm = term

recomd = recommended

extd = extended

perd of primy labr = period of primary labour

NOTE:  I'm not sure about the primary here - others may be able to confirm or refute.  My convict was under the Assignment system. so I'm less familiar with Probation System terminology.

I think the word you have as bide is the Latin vide, meaning see or consult (this other reference or thing).

Note also the misconduct was in ...asking tobacco f(ro)m a passenger...

The initials such as /W.T.N./ usually identify the Police Magistrate who handled the case.

Use the Trove newspapers website or Government Gazettes for lists of Police Magistrate appointments.

The Appd may be Appeared, unless there's a Police District which matches that abbreviation.  I'm not sure about this one.

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Re: Help to decipher abbrevations and writing on convict record of George Burrows
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 18 August 20 05:12 BST (UK) »
One other quick one:  ...Insolence to the P(olice) Constable...

ADDED:

...Assaulting his mas=
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Re: Help to decipher abbrevations and writing on convict record of George Burrows
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 18 August 20 06:18 BST (UK) »
A couple more:

Disobce of orders... = Disobedience...

Messes is correct.

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Re: Help to decipher abbrevations and writing on convict record of George Burrows
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 18 August 20 08:02 BST (UK) »
LGD = Lieutenant Governor's Decision

K Point would be Kangaroo Point

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Re: Help to decipher abbrevations and writing on convict record of George Burrows
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 11 October 20 09:44 BST (UK) »
Hi everyone,
Just going over this again.
Thanks for all your help especially Matthew with LGD because that's one that's in a lot of places on the indent :)
Stephanie
HOLLENSEN (Denmark=> Victoria, Australia)
CREELAN(D) (Antrim, Ireland => Victoria, Australia)
KELLY (Kent, England => New South Wales, Australia)
HORNE (Norfolk, England => New South Wales, Australia)
DEE (Berkshire-Surrey, England => Stroud, NSW, Australia)
BUGG (Suffolk, England => Stroud, NSW, Australia)
CLOSE (Down, Ireland => Tasmania, Australia =>  NSW, Australia)
LEECH (Norfolk, England => Victoria, Australia => NSW, Australia)

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Re: Help to decipher abbrevations and writing on convict record of George Burrows
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 11 October 20 10:10 BST (UK) »
Ref "pounds of labour"..... we visited Bodmin Gaol last week.
During the 18th & 19th centuries, convicts were often given non productive labour designed to break the spirit. 
There was a wheel to be walked for hours on end and a machine called The Crank.
This was a handle which was to be turned, and a beating plus "loss of privileges" if the convicts stopped turning the handle to rest.
It was possible for the tension in the crank to be changed to make the resistance weight of the handle alter, which possibly explains "pounds of labour".

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