William Purnell, 17951871 (aged 76 years)

Purnell, William ( 1795-1871)
Name
William Purnell
Given names
William
Surname
Purnell
Birth January 26, 1795 30 32
Christening July 1795 30 32 (aged 5 months)
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Name: William Purnell Residence Place: Berkeley, Gloucester, England Gender: Male Christening Date: 06 Jul 1795 Christening Date (Original): 6 Jul 1795 Christening Place: Berkeley, Gloucester, England Father's Name: Steven Or Stever Purnell Mother's Name: Mary Name: Willm Purnell Gender: Male Christening Date: 26 Jul 1795 Christening Date (Original): 26 JUL 1795 Christening Place: BERKELEY, GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND Father's Name: Stephen Purnell

Birth of a brotherEsau Purnell
about 1800 (aged 4 years)
Baptism of a brotherEsau Purnell
March 23, 1800 (aged 5 years)
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Name: Esau Purnell Residence Place: Berkeley, Gloucester, England Gender: Male Christening Date: 23 Mar 1800 Christening Date (Original): 23 Mar 1800 Christening Place: Berkeley, Gloucester, England Father's Name: Stephen Purnell

Birth of a brotherRobert Purnell
about 1802 (aged 6 years)
Baptism of a brotherRobert Purnell
March 28, 1802 (aged 7 years)
Note: Father's name Stephen, abode, The Heath (Berkeley Heath).
Immigration November 22, 1817 (aged 22 years)
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William's trial took place at the Gloucestershire Quarter Sessions on 15th October, 1816 in England. He was 21. He was convicted of larcency and sentenced to 7 years. Another record exists for a William Purnell being tried a year earlier at the Gloucester Summer Assizes of 1815 for larceny and being found not guilty. William Purnell, being a reasonably common name at that time, it is not known whether this record refers to the same William.

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Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser Saturday 22 Nov 1817

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'SHIP NEWS. This day arrived from England the ship Larkens, Captain WILKINSON, with 248 male prisoners, having lost two by death on the passage; which was accomplished in sixteen weeks, having touched no where.'

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When William was 22, the ship "Larkins' sailed from Portsmouth, England on 20 July 1817 with 250 male convicts on board. On arrival in Sydney on 22 Nov 1817, 248 convicts embarked. The journey took 125 days. The master of the ship was Henry R. Wilkinson and the ship's surgeon was William McDonald. William was listed as 22 years of age, 5ft 9 inches in height, sallow complexion, dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He was described as a rough carpenter.

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William was received on to the hulk 'Justita' on 11 Dec 1816. He was described as age 22, and had been convicted for stealing pigs at Gloucester Assizes on 15 Oct 1816.

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William Purnell, one of 250 convicts transported on the Larkins, 24 July 1817. Details: Sentence details: Convicted at Gloucester Quarter Sessions for a term of 7 years on 15 October 1816. Vessel: Larkins. Date of Departure: 24 July 1817. Place of Arrival: New South Wales. Source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 359 (181)

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Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Thu 19 Sep 1816 p. 3

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Committed to Gloucester Gaol - William Purnell, charged with stealing three pigs from Jos. parker, of Dursley...

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Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Thu 24 Oct 1816 p. 2

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At Gloucester, Wm. Purnell, for stealing three pigs, the property of Jos. Packer, of Dursley, was sentenced to be transported for seven years.

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p. 340

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The ship Larkins (1), master Wilkinson arrived in NSW 22 Nov 1817

Occupation
Convict
December 2, 1817 (aged 22 years)
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William was forwarded to Parramatta for distribution and was assigned to work for William Lawson, the explorer, on 4 Dec 1817. William was working there in 1819.

Census 1820 (aged 24 years)
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New South Wales Male L-Y 1820

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Purnell, William, Nov 1817, Larkins, master Wilkinson, convicted Gloucester Oct 1816, 7 years, servant to Wm Lawson, in the colony

Census 1821 (aged 25 years)
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William Purnell, Larkins, 7 years, master W. Lawson

Census 1822 (aged 26 years)
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In the General Muster of 1822 William was shown as having his Ticket of Leave and was described as a labourer at Parramatta, no employer shown.

MarriageBridget MurrayView this family
Type: Common
June 1823 (aged 28 years)

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Bridget and William co-habited and did not marry. Bridget was already married to Felix O'Hare. Bridget's husband Felix was serving time in gaol between June to 15 August 1823 and this is likely to be the period for the commencement of co-habitation between William and Bridget.

Petition September 6, 1824 (aged 29 years)
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Memorials To The Governor, 1810-1826

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"To His Excellency Sir Thomas Brisbane H.C.B., Captain General Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Territory of New South Wales, and its Dependencies etc. etc. etc. 6th September, 1824, The Humble Petition of William Purnell Sheweth, That petitioner arrived in this Colony by the ship, Larkins, Wilkinson, Master, in the year 1817, under sentence of transportation for seven years, obtained his Certificate of Freedom in October 1823 and is now in the service of Mr Jonathon Hassell in the District of Cooke. That Petitioner being desirous of remaining in the Colony and having four head of horned cattle and no place to depasture them, humbly solicits your Excellency to take his case into your favourable consideration and be pleased to extend to him the indulgence of a Grant of Land, where Petitioner will settle on and cultivate as in your Excellency’s superior wisdom may deem ….. And Petitioner as in (Signature) Duty bound will ever pray, [I do not know anything for the injustice of Petitioners character. (Signature)]

Census 1825 (aged 29 years)
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William Purnell is shown as free by servitude and employed by J. Hassall of Bringelly. Bridget is free by servitude and listed as 'living with Purnell' at Bringelly. Felix O'Hara, Bridget's husband, was described as a landholder of Parramatta, living with his three sons all colony born, John 6, Thomas 4 and Felix 2, each shown as 'son of Felix O'Hara'.

Occupation
Labourer
March 22, 1825 (aged 30 years)
Source: unknown
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At age 30, William was still listed as working for with Mr Hassall. He had five head of cattle of his own and was able to support a Government man to help. He petitioned again for a grant of land. On 22 March 1825, William was on a list of persons who had received grants of land. He was allocated 50 acres at Maitland.

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Copies of Letters Sent Within The Colony, 1814-1827

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"Your application for a Grant of Land having been submitted to the Governor, I have been honoured with this Instruction, that fifty acres to be allowed to you. By His Excellency's Command (signed) F. Goulburn Colonial Secretary's Office 22nd March 1825 Same to William Purnell (w. J. Hassall)

Birth of a daughterMary Purnell
1825 (aged 29 years)
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Name: Mary Purnell Birth Date: 1825 Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1825 Registration Place: Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia Father: William Purnell Mother: Pritchett Welsh Volume Number: V18257117 IB

Occupation
Prisoner
July 21, 1826 (aged 31 years)
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Jonathan Hassall against William Purnell A case against William for receiving stolen goods belonging to Jonathan Hassall on 15 Jul 1826, was heard at the Court of Magistracy, Bringelly on 21 Jul 1826. William applied for bail and was ordered to appear at the next Parramatta Quarter Sessions. A fine of one hundred pounds was to be levied if he defaulted on his appearance at the Quarter Sessions. William's case was tried at the Parramatta Quarter sessions on 3 Oct 1826 and he was found guilty. The sentence was that he was to be imprisioned and 'kept to hard labor in the House of Correction Twelve Calendar Months'. Witnesses for the prosecution were: Jonathan Hassall Robert Smith Michael Hindmarsh (The following transcript has been paragraphed to make for easier reading). Court of Magistracy, Bringelly on 21 Jul 1826: 'Before Robert Lowe Esquire J.P. William Purnell and Elizabeth Berry both free by servitude apprehended and brought forward on the following charge. Mr Jonathan Hassell being duly sworn saith that tools to a considerable amount having been stolen from his Farm, and latterly _ _____ the Steel Mile, and having suspicions they were concealed on the premises of the prisoners in Court who live on his Farm he applied for a Warrant to search their premises. that he this Deponent was present with the Constables upon said search. that in Elizabeth Berry's hut the crosscut saw now produced in Court was found, and in an out building between her dwelling and Purnell's was found a Canvas bag, both of which deponent positively swears to be his property. that on searching Purnell's hut a quantity of Tools were found part of which are now produced in Court, deponent swears the handsaw to be his property, there was also found a Vice a plane, a Bevil, and a turnscrew which deponent recognised by particular marks (which he stated to the Constable at the time) to be his property, the remainder of the tools deponent cannot swear to but has produced in Court a chisel which is a fellow to the same set. the whole of the said Tools were given in charge to Constable Smith. deponent further swears that a pair of traces now produced in Court are also his property, and he the deponent did not lend any part of the said property, to the prisoners Purnell and Berry. signed Janathan Hassell. Robert Smith District Constable of Bringelly being duly sworn deposeth that he received a Warrant to search for stolen property on the premises occupied by Purnell and Berry, that on Saturday morning last the 15th instant deponent assisted by another Constable, Mr Jonathan Hassell, and his overseer, went to Berry's hut and on searching it we found part of some Harness and a broken Crosscut Saw, and in an out building between her dwelling and Purnell's the Canvas bag was found the Saw the prisoner Berry stated had been borrowed from Purnell, Mr Hassell claimed them as his property, deponent took them in charge and proceeded to search Purnell's hut where we found a quantity of Carpenters tools part only of which are now produced in Court, as a handsaw, a plane, a bevil and a turnscrew are missing. The deponent gave in charge these latter mentioned tools (as well as those produced in Court) to John Donally Mr Hassall's acting Constable and which time the said tools were tied up in the Canvas bag. This deponent then went to Mr Wentworth’s Farm to make further search and on our way home this deponent called at said Donnelly’s and took the prisoners and the canvas bag containing the said tools away with him, upon this deponent arriving at his house he put the said bag in a secure place and this deponent is confident that none of the tools could be removed from the said bag, but that what are missing must have been taken from the bag while under charge of the said Donnelly - Deponent further states that the following morning assisted by some Natives he proceeded to search about the premises of Purnell, that at the back part of Purnell's hut a pair of traces now produced in Court were found concealed under ground in a small bag about eight yards from Purnell's hut, deponent took charge of the said traces, and upon shewing them to Mr Hassell he (Mr Hassell) claimed them as his property shewing this deponent his?(Mr Hassall's) private mark upon them. Signed Robert Smith Edmund Bath a Constable of Cooke being duly sworn corroborates the testimony of last deponent and further saith That on his return to Donnally’s hut from the Wentworth Farm he (Donnally) informed deponent that during his absence he had been up to Mr Hassall's house, and this deponent suspects that the missing tools were taken from the bag (during Donnally's secure) by Purnell. Signed Edmund Bath Campbelltown Mr Michael Hindmarsh duly sworn saith he was lately overseer to Mr Jonathan Hassell during which period sundry articles were stolen from the Farm; deponent positively swears that a pair of traces, a Crosscut saw the handsaw and the Canvas bag (part of the articles now produced) are the property of Mr Jonathan Hassell. Questioned by Purnell Did you see the handsaw now produced in Mr Hassall's possession since I left his service Answer No signed Michael Hindmarsh Elisabeth Berry in her defense states that the Crosscut saw found in her hut was left there by Purnell, and she has no knowledge how the bag came into the out building. William Purnell in his defense states the Crosscut saw produced is his property. that he purchased it from one Joseph Billshaw with some Malerings and Wedges, saith that the remainder of the tools were lent him by Mr Hassell that he knows nothing of either the bag or traces - - There not being sufficient evidence to Convict Elisabeth Berry she is discharged. William Purnell has entered into Bail for his appearance at the ensuing Quarter Sessions to be holden at Parramatta there to answer for the feloniously receiving knowing the same to have been stolen, one Crosscut saw, one hand-saw, one pair of traces, one Canvas bag, one hand Vice, one plane, one Bevil, Seven chisels, and one turnscrew, the property of Mr Jonathan Hassell of the district of Cooke Robert Lowe JP New South Wales Cumberland to Wit Be it remembered that on this 21st day of July 1826 William Purnell of the district of Cooke in the said Country Husbandman and Richard Leonard of the said District Husbandman, and Thomas Bates of the said District Husbandman, came before me Robert Lowe Esquire one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the said Territory And severally acknowledge themselves to owe to said Sovereign Lord the King, that is to say, the said William Purnell one hundred Pounds, and the said Richard Leonard, and the said Thomas Bates Fifty pounds each, to respectively levied on their Goods and Chattels, Lands and tenements, if the said William Purnell shall make default in the performance of the Conditions underwritten. Robert Lowe JP. The Condition of this recognizance is such that if the within bound William Purnell shall personally appear the before the Justices of our said Lord the King assigned to keep the peace within the said County at the next General Quarter Sessions of the Peace to be holden at Parramatta in the said County there and then to answer to our Sovereign Lord the King for, and concering the feloniously receiving, knowing the same to have been stolen, one crosscut Saw, one Hand Saw, one pair of Traces, one Canvas bag, one hand Vice, one plane, one Bevil, seven chisels and one turnscrew, the property of Mr Jonathan Hassall of the District of Cooke, whereof the said William Purnell stands charged before the said Justice, and to do and to receive what shall by the Court be then and there en___ed him and shall not depart the Court without ____ then the within ___ recognizance sall be said - -'. Parramatta Quarter sessions on 3 Oct 1826: 'New South Wales to wit. The jurors of our Lord the King upon their oath present that William Purnell late of the District of Cooke in the Colony of New South Wales Labourer, being a person of evil name and fame and of dishonest conversation and ___ _____ ___ and receiver of stolen Goods on the Fifteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundered and twenty six with force and arms in the District aforesaid in the colony aforesaid one crosscut Saw, one handwaw, one pair of Traces, one canvas Bag, one hand Vice, one plane, one Bevil, seven chisels and one turnscrew of the Value of Five Pounds -.- of the Goods and Chattels of one Jonathan Hassall, by a certain evil disposed person to the Jurors aforesaid, yet unknown then lately before feloniously stolen, of the same evil disposed person, unlawfully, unjustly and for the sake of Wicked Gain did receive and have, he the said William Purnell, then and there well knowing the said Goods and chattels to have been feloniously stolen. To the great Damage of the said Jonathan Hassall, against the form of the Statute that ___ made and provided, and agsinst the Peace of our said Lord the King, his Crown and Dignity -.-'

Birth of a daughterSarah Purnell
October 18, 1826 (aged 31 years)
Address: Marson's Farm
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Name: Sarah Purnell Birth Date: 1826 Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1826 Registration Place: Cobbitty, Narellan, New South Wales, Australia Father: William Purnell Mother: Bridget Welsh Volume Number: V1826464 II

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Name: Sarah Purnell Gender: Female Baptism Age: 0 Birth Date: 18 Oct 1826 Baptism Date: 15 Apr 1827 Baptism Place: Narellan, New South Wales, Australia Residence Date: 1826 Residence Place: New South Wales, Australia Father: William Purnell Mother: Bridget Welsh FHL Film Number: 993950

Christening of a daughterSarah Purnell
April 15, 1827 (aged 32 years)
Source: unknown
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The baptism record shows that William was a labourer living on Marson's Farm, District of Cooke. Mother shown as Bridget Welsh. The delay between birth and baptism was probably because William was in goal.

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Name: Sarah Purnell Gender: Female Baptism Age: 0 Birth Date: 18 Oct 1826 Baptism Date: 15 Apr 1827 Baptism Place: Narellan, New South Wales, Australia Residence Date: 1826 Residence Place: New South Wales, Australia Father: William Purnell Mother: Bridget Welsh FHL Film Number: 993950

Census 1828 (aged 32 years)
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Counted at Clarence Street Sydney were:

  • William Purnell age 38 free by servitude, Larkins 1817, 7 years, Protestant
  • Mary Purnell age 4 born in the colony, Catholic
  • Sarah Purnell aged 2 and a half, Catholic
Death of a fatherStephen Purnell
March 1828 (aged 33 years)
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[see burial below]

Burial of a fatherStephen Purnell
March 9, 1828 (aged 33 years)
Cemetery: St Marys Church Cemetery
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Berkeley 1813 - 1840

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Stephen Purnell of Berkeley heath buried 9 Mar 1828 aged 61

Birth of a sonStephen Purnell
about 1829 (aged 33 years)
Death of a motherMary Gainer
March 1830 (aged 35 years)
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[see burial below]

Residence 1834 (aged 38 years)
Note: The New South Wales Calendar and General Post Office Directory 1834 and again in 1835 has an entry for a 'Purnell, William' at Bathurst Street, Sydney.
Property April 25, 1836 (aged 41 years)
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February, 1834 Surveyor Generals Office 4th February 1834 Sir, I have the honor to submit for the consideration of His Excellency the Governor an application from Mr William Parnell for the deeds of grant of his fifty acres of land at Maitland, a description of which for the purpose of insertion on the deeds is transmitted herewith. I have the honor to be Sir Your most obedient Servant ?? Mitchell S.G. Application of description enclosed. The Honorable The Colonial Secretary 9th August, 1834 Sir, In referring to Government Notice respecting Grants of Land dated 1st July, 1834 I have to request that my name may according to that notice be corrected in lieu of William Parnell it should be William Purnell and the name intended for the farm is Botanic Garden. I have the honor to be Your obedient humble Servant William Purnell To the Honorable Alexander McLeay Colonial Secretary. Re-advertise this correctly with the first Lot – 3 months. Advertised 17th November, 1835 Deed Executed 30th March, 1836 Dispatched 25th April 1836 Description of Land Willaim Purnell – 50 acres – 22nd March, 1825 – Sir Thomas Brisbane Situation Boundaries: County of the Cumberland Parish of Maitland Bounded by the north by part of Houston Mitchell’s grant called “Walka”- commencing at the lagoon and running east thirty seven chains to Hunter’s River; on the east by the said river thirteen chains; on the south by a line west thirty chains and twenty five links to the lagoon, and on the west by the lagoon to the north west corner. Conditions: Whether conditions have been fully completed with or to what extent. Remarks: This description has been amended on conformity with a recent description and measurement of Mr Houston Mitchell’s grant by Mr G.B.White, the same having been transmitted to the secretary for Deeds – the description is dated 6th October, 1833 and was sent to the Secretary at the end of 1833 in A33/743 Advertised 1st July, 1834, Deed prepared. Surveyor General’s Office Sydney 5th February, 1834. It was advertised 17 November 1835. The Deed was executed 30 March 1836 and Dispatched 25 April 1836.

Property January 1837 (aged 41 years)
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Registrar General, Deeds Registration Branch Registers of Memorials 1822-1837

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Jan 1837 Nature of Instument Lease and rebate Daniel McBride to William Purnell Description of Land: All that and those 50 acres of land situated in the County of Cumberland, parish of Cowan bounded on the south-east by a line bearing north thirty degrees east thirty chains and on all other sides by Boroura [sic] Creek being the --- as lot seventeen in pursuance of the advertisement of the twelfth day of March 1833 with all the appurtenances. Consideration - Two hundred pounds sterling cash paid.

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Registrar General, Deeds Registration Branch Registers of Memorials 1822-1837

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Date of instument: 4 Jan 1837 Nature of instrument: Surrender of a term of one thousand years as granted in Mortgage from David McBride to George Murphy dated 25 day of October 1836 Names of Parties: George Murphy to William Purnell Witnesses: John Dillon and Michael Gaynor. Description of land: All that and those 50 acres of land situated in the County of Cumberland Parish of Cowan bounded on the south wast by a line bearing north thirty degrees east, thirty chains and on all other sides by Berowra Creek being the land sold as Lot 17 in pursuance of the advertisement of the twelfth day of March 1833 will all the appurtenances therewith belonging.

Occupation
Farmer
December 28, 1838 (aged 43 years)
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William was listed as a settler at South Colo, Barowra (Berowra) New South Wales. He was mentioned as a farmer of industrious habits and possessed 50 acres of land at South Colo which supported himself and his family. He applied to have the adjoining 12 acres of land sold to him by the Government Regulations to add to his property. He was advised that the land could only be sold at public auction: 28 Dec.1838. To his Excellency Sir George Gipps H.C.B. Captain General Governor and Commander in Chief in and over Her Majestys Colony of New South Wales and its dependacies etc. etc. etc. The Humble Memorial of William Purnell Of Barowra, South Colo, Settler (Berowra) Respectfully sets forth That your memorialist is a farmer of industrious habits and to seized and possessed of fifty acres of land situate at South Colo and supports himself and family of the proceeds arising from the same. That adjoining such your memorialists fifty acres of land there is a portion of about twelve acres of ground which has never been located and being of so small a quantity no person would ask for the same, but as such would much enhance and assist your memorialist, he is desirous of having the same sold to him under the usual terms of the Government Regulations by such way and manner they may be pleased to order. And your memorialist most humbly prays your Excellency will be pleased to direct he be at liberty to purchase the same to add to his original farm. And your Memorialist As in Duty bound will ever Pray etc. William Purnell South Colo There is no sufficient ground stated why the 12 acres in question should not be sold according to Regulation. Dec 29 Inform him the land can only be sold by public auction. Dec 29. G.G.

MarriageMary McCallumView this family
February 16, 1839 (aged 44 years)
Address: Sydney New South Wales, Australia
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Name: William Purnell Spouse Name: Mary Mccallum Marriage Date: 1839 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales Registration Year: 1839 Volume Number: V A

Marriage of a childJames Errol BoydMary PurnellView this family
May 16, 1842 (aged 47 years)
Address: Church of England
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Name: James Boyd Spouse Name: Mary Parnell Marriage Date: 1842 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Hunters Hill, New South Wales Registration Year: 1842 Volume Number: V C

Marriage of a childGeorge Frederick DixonSarah PurnellView this family
May 5, 1845 (aged 50 years)
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Queanbeyan Age Thursday 8 Jul 1869 p. 2

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MARRIED. DIXON-PURNELL. - On the 5th May, 1845, at Sydney, by banns, by the Rev. Mr Garvey, M.A., GEORGE FREDERICK DIXON, native of Yorkshire, to SARAH, youngest daughter of WILLIAM PURNELL, farmer.

Death of a wifeBridget Murray
January 2, 1852 (aged 56 years)
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This is possibly our Bridget's death date, but under column for Ship Name it had Native (i.e. born in the Colony).

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Name: Bridget Hare Death Date: 1852 Death Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1852 Registration Place: Mulgoa, Penrith, New South Wales Volume Number: V18521236 118

Marriage of a childStephen PurnellRosetta MouldsView this family
February 14, 1854 (aged 59 years)
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Rosetta's name recorded as 'Moulds'. Stephen was described as a bachelor of Castle Hill and Rosetta a spinster of Castle Hill. Witnesses were George Skinner and Ann Skinner of Dural who made ther X marks. Stephen and Rosetta also signed with their X marks. The minister was William F. Gore.

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Stephen PURNELL married Rosetta MOULDS in 1854 in the Parish of Marsfield, County of Cumberland, New South Wales by the Rev. William F. Gore in the presence of George and Ann SKINNER nee MOULD/S (sister of Rosetta). They had 10 children born at Dural and Colo New South Wales. They also reared Archibald Robert ALLER sometimes known as PURNELL (son of their 16 year old daughter) and included in both Stephen and Rosetta's Wills. Stephen PURNELL was an Orchardist at Galston New South Wales. In 1867 the Post Office Directory of New South Wales listed Stephen PURNELL as one of the successful pioneers and orchardists in the Galston-Dural Disticts. In 1876 Dural was described as an agricultural district devoted to the cultivation of fruit. Orchards, orangeries and vineyards were numerous and the population was steadily growing. Stephen was said to be a tall sandy haired man who chewed boiled lollies all the time and had beautiful white teeth. He had a very strong accent and the young ones had trouble understanding him speak. Rosetta was a big stern lady who frightened the young grandchildren. Stephen died in Galston in 1912 and was buried in Dural Cemetery. Rosetta died in 1913 at Galston and was also buried in Dural Cemetery. The eldest of their two sons, William Purnell, married Elizabeth Catherine Warwick, the great grand daughter of Andrew Fisburn, the 'First Fleeter'. They had 11 children - nine boys and two girls. William Purnell was listed as a farmer and orchardist. He also had a contract for the delivery of mail from Galston to Arcadia. The mail was carried by buggy, six times a week, for the sum of 36 pounds per annum. The mail arrived about midday at the Arcadia Post Office which was a slab building with a bark roof. Then the return trip was made to Galston. The boys in the family were all involved with horse racing, trotting and greyhounds. A good friend of theirs was the well known jockey of the 20's and 30's Billy COOK. The family also had a lovely pony called 'Slogger' that won many Prize Ribbons and their mother stitched them together and made a blanket for Slogger. When the children were in their teens their house in the Galston valley burned to the ground and they lost everything. It was thought that the boys left a candle too close to the curtains. A neighbour in the valley took up a collection and a little house was built beside the bus station, with a store attached where their mother ran the shop selling sweets and drinks.

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Parramatta North All Saints Composite 05 March 1844 - 24 December 1870

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Stephen Purnell of the parish of Castle Hill a bachelor and Rosetta Moulds of the parish of Castle Hill a spinster were married in this church by banns this 14th day of Feb 1854 Stephen and Rosetta both made their X marks in the register in the presence of George Skinner and Anne Skinner both of Dooral who made their X marks in the register

Death of a brotherThomas Purnell
May 1861 (aged 66 years) Age: 70
Burial of a brotherThomas Purnell
May 12, 1861 (aged 66 years)
Note: Thomas was aged 70 of Berkeley Heath
Death of a wifeMary McCallum
October 20, 1866 (aged 71 years)
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Sydney Morning Herald Monday 22 Oct 1866

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DEATHS On the 20th instant, at her residence, Lane Cove, MARY, the beloved wife of WILLIAM PURNELL, aged 66 years.

Will June 10, 1867 (aged 72 years)
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Photocopy of will

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This is the last Will and Testament of me William Purnell of Lane Cove Road in the Colony of New South Wales Farmer. I hereby revoke all other Wills and Codicils made by me at any time heretofore And after payment of my funeral and Testamentary Expenses I Give devise and bequeath unto my dearly beloved children Mary Boyd wife of James Boyd of Lane Cove in the Colony aforesaid Farmer Sarah Dixon (wife of George Frederick Dixon of Canberra Plain in the Colony aforesaid Farmer) and Stephen Purnell of Dural in the Colony aforesaid Farmer All my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever I may be seized, possessed interested in or entitled to at the time of my decease in equal shares and share alike To have and To Hold the same for the sole separate and absolute use and benefit of each or either of them the aforesaid Mary Boyd, Sarah Dixon and Stephen Purnell and I hereby expressly Will and declare that the present or any future husband of the said Mary Boyd and Sarah Dixon shall not have any claim or control whatsoever on any of my real or personal estate bequeathed unto them as aforesaid by this my Will. I hereby appoint James Boyd Junior of Fort Street in the City of Sydney in the Colony aforesaid Writing Clerk and John Nicholas Wallace of Saint Leonards near the city of Sydney in the Colony aforesaid Compositor to be executors of this my Will In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this Tenth day of June in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven [signature of William Purnell] Signed and declared by the above named William Purnell as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who being present at the same time in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto [signatures of Wm. Byrne and James Byrne]

Residence 1869 (aged 73 years)
Note: The 1869/70 electoral roll for the Municipality of St. Leonards has an entry for William showing his residence at Lane Cove Road.
Death December 6, 1871 (aged 76 years)
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Sydney Morning Herald Tues 12 Dec 1871 p. 1

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DEATHS... On the 6th instant, at his residence, Lane Cove Road, MR WILLIAM PURNELL, in the 78th year of his age.

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Heart disease and dropsy

Burial December 6, 1871 (aged 76 years)
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Buried St Thomas cemetery, West Street, North Sydney. An Act of Parliament in 1967 designated the area as 'community land' and the Cemetery was handed over to North Sydney Council. The conversion of the Cemetery to Rest Park in the early 1970s was the Council's first heritage project and the Rest Park was reopened in 1974. William's gravestone was not found on personal inspection of the cemetery in 2005. The park is mostly grassed over and very few headstone remain.

Probate December 27, 1871 (21 days after death)

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Photocopy of probate packet

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In the Supreme Court of New South Wales Ecclesiastical Division, In the Will of William Purnell late of Lane Cove Road near Sydney farmer, deceased. Petition filed 27 Dec 1871. 27 December 1871. This day upon Petition Probate of the last Will and Testament of William Purnell deceased was granted to James Boyd the Younger and John Nicholas Wallace the Executors in the said Will named. Testator died the 6th day of December 1871. Goods sworn at £20. Probate dated the same day as granted.

Property
Lane Cove, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
January 11, 1872 (1 month after death)

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Sydney Morning Herald Thursday 11 Jan 1872

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POSITIVE SALE. BY ORDER OF "THE" MORTGAGEE. CHOICE LITTLE ORCHARD PROPERTY, on the LANE COVE ROAD, about 5 miles from Milson's Point, close to Mr. Bryson's, and well known as the, property of the late Mr. PURNELL. Title-Apply to John Dawson, Esq., Solicitor, Pitt-street,Terms at Sale. RAYNES, TREEVE and CO. have ' received instructions to sell by public auction, at Morits Rooms, Pitt-street, at 11 o'clock, on WEDNESDAY, 17th January, that valuable little orchard property, situate on the LANE COVE ROAD, close to the BUSH MISSION CHAPEL, containing between 4 and 5 acres of land, enclosed with fencing. A portion of the land is planted with fruit trees, and there is a 4-roomed cottage on it. This property is in the market for POSITIVE SALE, in consequence of the death of the proprietor, Mr. Purnell. By any one on the look-out for a desirable in- vestment of the kind this opportunity should not be lost.

Family with parents
father
17651828
Birth: estimated January 1765 34 27England, United Kingdom
Death: March 1828Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
mother
17631830
Birth: estimated 1763 28Heathfield, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: March 1830Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Marriage
Marriage: October 25, 1784Stone, Gloucester, England, United Kingdom
4 years
elder brother
1788
Birth: April 1788 23 25Woodford, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death:
3 years
elder brother
17901861
Birth: about 1790 25 27Swanley, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: May 1861Berkeley Heath, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
5 years
himself
Purnell, William ( 1795-1871)
17951871
Birth: January 26, 1795 30 32Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: December 6, 1871Lane Cove, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
6 years
younger brother
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Birth: about 1800 35 37Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: April 1876Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
3 years
younger brother
18021872
Birth: about 1802 37 39Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: March 1872Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Family with Bridget Murray
himself
Purnell, William ( 1795-1871)
17951871
Birth: January 26, 1795 30 32Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: December 6, 1871Lane Cove, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
wife
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Birth: about 1797Dublin, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Death: January 2, 1852Emu Plains, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: June 1823
3 years
daughter
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Birth: 1825 29 28Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 12, 1878Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
22 months
daughter
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Birth: October 18, 1826 31 29Cobbitty, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 31, 1902Goulburn, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
Purnell, Stephen (1829-1912)
18291912
Birth: about 1829 33 32New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 16, 1912Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Mary McCallum
himself
Purnell, William ( 1795-1871)
17951871
Birth: January 26, 1795 30 32Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: December 6, 1871Lane Cove, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
wife
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Birth: about 1802Campbelltown, Argyllshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: October 20, 1866Lane Cove, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: February 16, 1839Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
James L A Welsh + Bridget Murray
partner’s partner
wife
17971852
Birth: about 1797Dublin, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Death: January 2, 1852Emu Plains, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: before 1817
-6 years
step-son
1810
Birth: about 1810 13Ireland?
Death:
8 years
step-daughter
Welsh, Bridget (abt 1817-1889)
18171889
Birth: 1817 20Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 23, 1889Camperdown, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Felix O'Hare + Bridget Murray
partner’s partner
17941876
Birth: about 1794Armagh, Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Death: June 4, 1876Camden, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
wife
17971852
Birth: about 1797Dublin, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Death: January 2, 1852Emu Plains, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: June 29, 1818Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
18 months
step-son
3 years
step-son
18211876
Birth: 1821 27 24
Death: after 1876
3 years
step-son
18231907
Birth: 1823 29 26Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 25, 1907The Oaks, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
John McKinnon + Mary McCallum
partner’s partner
1800
Birth: Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death:
wife
18021866
Birth: about 1802Campbelltown, Argyllshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: October 20, 1866Lane Cove, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland, United Kingdom
step-daughter
18231878
Birth: January 17, 1823 22 21Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: September 9, 1878Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
step-son
18261879
Birth: March 9, 1826 25 24
Death: December 15, 1879Liverpool, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
step-daughter
1828
Birth: about 1828 27 26
Death:
Henry Pope + Mary McCallum
partner’s partner
wife
18021866
Birth: about 1802Campbelltown, Argyllshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: October 20, 1866Lane Cove, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: about 1831
20 months
step-son
1832
Birth: August 18, 1832 30Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
BirthWebsite - Scribe's Alcove
ChristeningChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Familysearch. [database on-line]: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 2008
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Name: William Purnell Residence Place: Berkeley, Gloucester, England Gender: Male Christening Date: 06 Jul 1795 Christening Date (Original): 6 Jul 1795 Christening Place: Berkeley, Gloucester, England Father's Name: Steven Or Stever Purnell Mother's Name: Mary Name: Willm Purnell Gender: Male Christening Date: 26 Jul 1795 Christening Date (Original): 26 JUL 1795 Christening Place: BERKELEY, GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND Father's Name: Stephen Purnell

ImmigrationAncestry.com. 'England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892' [database on-line].
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William's trial took place at the Gloucestershire Quarter Sessions on 15th October, 1816 in England. He was 21. He was convicted of larcency and sentenced to 7 years. Another record exists for a William Purnell being tried a year earlier at the Gloucester Summer Assizes of 1815 for larceny and being found not guilty. William Purnell, being a reasonably common name at that time, it is not known whether this record refers to the same William.

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Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser Saturday 22 Nov 1817

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'SHIP NEWS. This day arrived from England the ship Larkens, Captain WILKINSON, with 248 male prisoners, having lost two by death on the passage; which was accomplished in sixteen weeks, having touched no where.'

ImmigrationThe National Archives [database on-line]
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When William was 22, the ship "Larkins' sailed from Portsmouth, England on 20 July 1817 with 250 male convicts on board. On arrival in Sydney on 22 Nov 1817, 248 convicts embarked. The journey took 125 days. The master of the ship was Henry R. Wilkinson and the ship's surgeon was William McDonald. William was listed as 22 years of age, 5ft 9 inches in height, sallow complexion, dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He was described as a rough carpenter.

ImmigrationAncestry.com. UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
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William was received on to the hulk 'Justita' on 11 Dec 1816. He was described as age 22, and had been convicted for stealing pigs at Gloucester Assizes on 15 Oct 1816.

ImmigrationState Library of Queensland. Convict Transportation Registers Database 1787-1867 [database on-line].
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William Purnell, one of 250 convicts transported on the Larkins, 24 July 1817. Details: Sentence details: Convicted at Gloucester Quarter Sessions for a term of 7 years on 15 October 1816. Vessel: Larkins. Date of Departure: 24 July 1817. Place of Arrival: New South Wales. Source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 359 (181)

ImmigrationBritish Newspaper Archive [database online]
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Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Thu 19 Sep 1816 p. 3

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Committed to Gloucester Gaol - William Purnell, charged with stealing three pigs from Jos. parker, of Dursley...

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Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Thu 24 Oct 1816 p. 2

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At Gloucester, Wm. Purnell, for stealing three pigs, the property of Jos. Packer, of Dursley, was sentenced to be transported for seven years.

ImmigrationBateson, Charles. The convict ships 1787-1868. 2nd ed. Glasgow : Brown, Son & Ferguson Ltd., 1985 ie 1969
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p. 340

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The ship Larkins (1), master Wilkinson arrived in NSW 22 Nov 1817

OccupationNew South Wales. State Records Office. Colonial Secretary's Index 1788-1825 [on-line]
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William was forwarded to Parramatta for distribution and was assigned to work for William Lawson, the explorer, on 4 Dec 1817. William was working there in 1819.

CensusAncestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists, 1787-1834 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
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New South Wales Male L-Y 1820

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Purnell, William, Nov 1817, Larkins, master Wilkinson, convicted Gloucester Oct 1816, 7 years, servant to Wm Lawson, in the colony

CensusAncestry.com. New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists, 1787-1834 [database on-line].
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William Purnell, Larkins, 7 years, master W. Lawson

CensusAncestry.com. New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
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In the General Muster of 1822 William was shown as having his Ticket of Leave and was described as a labourer at Parramatta, no employer shown.

MarriagePurnell, Marion (editor), - comment
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Bridget and William co-habited and did not marry. Bridget was already married to Felix O'Hare. Bridget's husband Felix was serving time in gaol between June to 15 August 1823 and this is likely to be the period for the commencement of co-habitation between William and Bridget.

PetitionAncestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2010.
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Memorials To The Governor, 1810-1826

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"To His Excellency Sir Thomas Brisbane H.C.B., Captain General Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Territory of New South Wales, and its Dependencies etc. etc. etc. 6th September, 1824, The Humble Petition of William Purnell Sheweth, That petitioner arrived in this Colony by the ship, Larkins, Wilkinson, Master, in the year 1817, under sentence of transportation for seven years, obtained his Certificate of Freedom in October 1823 and is now in the service of Mr Jonathon Hassell in the District of Cooke. That Petitioner being desirous of remaining in the Colony and having four head of horned cattle and no place to depasture them, humbly solicits your Excellency to take his case into your favourable consideration and be pleased to extend to him the indulgence of a Grant of Land, where Petitioner will settle on and cultivate as in your Excellency’s superior wisdom may deem ….. And Petitioner as in (Signature) Duty bound will ever pray, [I do not know anything for the injustice of Petitioners character. (Signature)]

CensusAncestry.com. New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
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William Purnell is shown as free by servitude and employed by J. Hassall of Bringelly. Bridget is free by servitude and listed as 'living with Purnell' at Bringelly. Felix O'Hara, Bridget's husband, was described as a landholder of Parramatta, living with his three sons all colony born, John 6, Thomas 4 and Felix 2, each shown as 'son of Felix O'Hara'.

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At age 30, William was still listed as working for with Mr Hassall. He had five head of cattle of his own and was able to support a Government man to help. He petitioned again for a grant of land. On 22 March 1825, William was on a list of persons who had received grants of land. He was allocated 50 acres at Maitland.

OccupationAncestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2010.
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Copies of Letters Sent Within The Colony, 1814-1827

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"Your application for a Grant of Land having been submitted to the Governor, I have been honoured with this Instruction, that fifty acres to be allowed to you. By His Excellency's Command (signed) F. Goulburn Colonial Secretary's Office 22nd March 1825 Same to William Purnell (w. J. Hassall)

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Jonathan Hassall against William Purnell A case against William for receiving stolen goods belonging to Jonathan Hassall on 15 Jul 1826, was heard at the Court of Magistracy, Bringelly on 21 Jul 1826. William applied for bail and was ordered to appear at the next Parramatta Quarter Sessions. A fine of one hundred pounds was to be levied if he defaulted on his appearance at the Quarter Sessions. William's case was tried at the Parramatta Quarter sessions on 3 Oct 1826 and he was found guilty. The sentence was that he was to be imprisioned and 'kept to hard labor in the House of Correction Twelve Calendar Months'. Witnesses for the prosecution were: Jonathan Hassall Robert Smith Michael Hindmarsh (The following transcript has been paragraphed to make for easier reading). Court of Magistracy, Bringelly on 21 Jul 1826: 'Before Robert Lowe Esquire J.P. William Purnell and Elizabeth Berry both free by servitude apprehended and brought forward on the following charge. Mr Jonathan Hassell being duly sworn saith that tools to a considerable amount having been stolen from his Farm, and latterly _ _____ the Steel Mile, and having suspicions they were concealed on the premises of the prisoners in Court who live on his Farm he applied for a Warrant to search their premises. that he this Deponent was present with the Constables upon said search. that in Elizabeth Berry's hut the crosscut saw now produced in Court was found, and in an out building between her dwelling and Purnell's was found a Canvas bag, both of which deponent positively swears to be his property. that on searching Purnell's hut a quantity of Tools were found part of which are now produced in Court, deponent swears the handsaw to be his property, there was also found a Vice a plane, a Bevil, and a turnscrew which deponent recognised by particular marks (which he stated to the Constable at the time) to be his property, the remainder of the tools deponent cannot swear to but has produced in Court a chisel which is a fellow to the same set. the whole of the said Tools were given in charge to Constable Smith. deponent further swears that a pair of traces now produced in Court are also his property, and he the deponent did not lend any part of the said property, to the prisoners Purnell and Berry. signed Janathan Hassell. Robert Smith District Constable of Bringelly being duly sworn deposeth that he received a Warrant to search for stolen property on the premises occupied by Purnell and Berry, that on Saturday morning last the 15th instant deponent assisted by another Constable, Mr Jonathan Hassell, and his overseer, went to Berry's hut and on searching it we found part of some Harness and a broken Crosscut Saw, and in an out building between her dwelling and Purnell's the Canvas bag was found the Saw the prisoner Berry stated had been borrowed from Purnell, Mr Hassell claimed them as his property, deponent took them in charge and proceeded to search Purnell's hut where we found a quantity of Carpenters tools part only of which are now produced in Court, as a handsaw, a plane, a bevil and a turnscrew are missing. The deponent gave in charge these latter mentioned tools (as well as those produced in Court) to John Donally Mr Hassall's acting Constable and which time the said tools were tied up in the Canvas bag. This deponent then went to Mr Wentworth’s Farm to make further search and on our way home this deponent called at said Donnelly’s and took the prisoners and the canvas bag containing the said tools away with him, upon this deponent arriving at his house he put the said bag in a secure place and this deponent is confident that none of the tools could be removed from the said bag, but that what are missing must have been taken from the bag while under charge of the said Donnelly - Deponent further states that the following morning assisted by some Natives he proceeded to search about the premises of Purnell, that at the back part of Purnell's hut a pair of traces now produced in Court were found concealed under ground in a small bag about eight yards from Purnell's hut, deponent took charge of the said traces, and upon shewing them to Mr Hassell he (Mr Hassell) claimed them as his property shewing this deponent his?(Mr Hassall's) private mark upon them. Signed Robert Smith Edmund Bath a Constable of Cooke being duly sworn corroborates the testimony of last deponent and further saith That on his return to Donnally’s hut from the Wentworth Farm he (Donnally) informed deponent that during his absence he had been up to Mr Hassall's house, and this deponent suspects that the missing tools were taken from the bag (during Donnally's secure) by Purnell. Signed Edmund Bath Campbelltown Mr Michael Hindmarsh duly sworn saith he was lately overseer to Mr Jonathan Hassell during which period sundry articles were stolen from the Farm; deponent positively swears that a pair of traces, a Crosscut saw the handsaw and the Canvas bag (part of the articles now produced) are the property of Mr Jonathan Hassell. Questioned by Purnell Did you see the handsaw now produced in Mr Hassall's possession since I left his service Answer No signed Michael Hindmarsh Elisabeth Berry in her defense states that the Crosscut saw found in her hut was left there by Purnell, and she has no knowledge how the bag came into the out building. William Purnell in his defense states the Crosscut saw produced is his property. that he purchased it from one Joseph Billshaw with some Malerings and Wedges, saith that the remainder of the tools were lent him by Mr Hassell that he knows nothing of either the bag or traces - - There not being sufficient evidence to Convict Elisabeth Berry she is discharged. William Purnell has entered into Bail for his appearance at the ensuing Quarter Sessions to be holden at Parramatta there to answer for the feloniously receiving knowing the same to have been stolen, one Crosscut saw, one hand-saw, one pair of traces, one Canvas bag, one hand Vice, one plane, one Bevil, Seven chisels, and one turnscrew, the property of Mr Jonathan Hassell of the district of Cooke Robert Lowe JP New South Wales Cumberland to Wit Be it remembered that on this 21st day of July 1826 William Purnell of the district of Cooke in the said Country Husbandman and Richard Leonard of the said District Husbandman, and Thomas Bates of the said District Husbandman, came before me Robert Lowe Esquire one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the said Territory And severally acknowledge themselves to owe to said Sovereign Lord the King, that is to say, the said William Purnell one hundred Pounds, and the said Richard Leonard, and the said Thomas Bates Fifty pounds each, to respectively levied on their Goods and Chattels, Lands and tenements, if the said William Purnell shall make default in the performance of the Conditions underwritten. Robert Lowe JP. The Condition of this recognizance is such that if the within bound William Purnell shall personally appear the before the Justices of our said Lord the King assigned to keep the peace within the said County at the next General Quarter Sessions of the Peace to be holden at Parramatta in the said County there and then to answer to our Sovereign Lord the King for, and concering the feloniously receiving, knowing the same to have been stolen, one crosscut Saw, one Hand Saw, one pair of Traces, one Canvas bag, one hand Vice, one plane, one Bevil, seven chisels and one turnscrew, the property of Mr Jonathan Hassall of the District of Cooke, whereof the said William Purnell stands charged before the said Justice, and to do and to receive what shall by the Court be then and there en___ed him and shall not depart the Court without ____ then the within ___ recognizance sall be said - -'. Parramatta Quarter sessions on 3 Oct 1826: 'New South Wales to wit. The jurors of our Lord the King upon their oath present that William Purnell late of the District of Cooke in the Colony of New South Wales Labourer, being a person of evil name and fame and of dishonest conversation and ___ _____ ___ and receiver of stolen Goods on the Fifteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundered and twenty six with force and arms in the District aforesaid in the colony aforesaid one crosscut Saw, one handwaw, one pair of Traces, one canvas Bag, one hand Vice, one plane, one Bevil, seven chisels and one turnscrew of the Value of Five Pounds -.- of the Goods and Chattels of one Jonathan Hassall, by a certain evil disposed person to the Jurors aforesaid, yet unknown then lately before feloniously stolen, of the same evil disposed person, unlawfully, unjustly and for the sake of Wicked Gain did receive and have, he the said William Purnell, then and there well knowing the said Goods and chattels to have been feloniously stolen. To the great Damage of the said Jonathan Hassall, against the form of the Statute that ___ made and provided, and agsinst the Peace of our said Lord the King, his Crown and Dignity -.-'

CensusAncestry.com. 1828 New South Wales, Australia Census (TNA Copy) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
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Counted at Clarence Street Sydney were:

  • William Purnell age 38 free by servitude, Larkins 1817, 7 years, Protestant
  • Mary Purnell age 4 born in the colony, Catholic
  • Sarah Purnell aged 2 and a half, Catholic
PropertyPurnell, Marion (editor), - comment
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February, 1834 Surveyor Generals Office 4th February 1834 Sir, I have the honor to submit for the consideration of His Excellency the Governor an application from Mr William Parnell for the deeds of grant of his fifty acres of land at Maitland, a description of which for the purpose of insertion on the deeds is transmitted herewith. I have the honor to be Sir Your most obedient Servant ?? Mitchell S.G. Application of description enclosed. The Honorable The Colonial Secretary 9th August, 1834 Sir, In referring to Government Notice respecting Grants of Land dated 1st July, 1834 I have to request that my name may according to that notice be corrected in lieu of William Parnell it should be William Purnell and the name intended for the farm is Botanic Garden. I have the honor to be Your obedient humble Servant William Purnell To the Honorable Alexander McLeay Colonial Secretary. Re-advertise this correctly with the first Lot – 3 months. Advertised 17th November, 1835 Deed Executed 30th March, 1836 Dispatched 25th April 1836 Description of Land Willaim Purnell – 50 acres – 22nd March, 1825 – Sir Thomas Brisbane Situation Boundaries: County of the Cumberland Parish of Maitland Bounded by the north by part of Houston Mitchell’s grant called “Walka”- commencing at the lagoon and running east thirty seven chains to Hunter’s River; on the east by the said river thirteen chains; on the south by a line west thirty chains and twenty five links to the lagoon, and on the west by the lagoon to the north west corner. Conditions: Whether conditions have been fully completed with or to what extent. Remarks: This description has been amended on conformity with a recent description and measurement of Mr Houston Mitchell’s grant by Mr G.B.White, the same having been transmitted to the secretary for Deeds – the description is dated 6th October, 1833 and was sent to the Secretary at the end of 1833 in A33/743 Advertised 1st July, 1834, Deed prepared. Surveyor General’s Office Sydney 5th February, 1834. It was advertised 17 November 1835. The Deed was executed 30 March 1836 and Dispatched 25 April 1836.

PropertyAncestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Land Grants and Leases, 1792-1867 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
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Registrar General, Deeds Registration Branch Registers of Memorials 1822-1837

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Jan 1837 Nature of Instument Lease and rebate Daniel McBride to William Purnell Description of Land: All that and those 50 acres of land situated in the County of Cumberland, parish of Cowan bounded on the south-east by a line bearing north thirty degrees east thirty chains and on all other sides by Boroura [sic] Creek being the --- as lot seventeen in pursuance of the advertisement of the twelfth day of March 1833 with all the appurtenances. Consideration - Two hundred pounds sterling cash paid.

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Registrar General, Deeds Registration Branch Registers of Memorials 1822-1837

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Date of instument: 4 Jan 1837 Nature of instrument: Surrender of a term of one thousand years as granted in Mortgage from David McBride to George Murphy dated 25 day of October 1836 Names of Parties: George Murphy to William Purnell Witnesses: John Dillon and Michael Gaynor. Description of land: All that and those 50 acres of land situated in the County of Cumberland Parish of Cowan bounded on the south wast by a line bearing north thirty degrees east, thirty chains and on all other sides by Berowra Creek being the land sold as Lot 17 in pursuance of the advertisement of the twelfth day of March 1833 will all the appurtenances therewith belonging.

OccupationPurnell, Marion (editor), - comment
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William was listed as a settler at South Colo, Barowra (Berowra) New South Wales. He was mentioned as a farmer of industrious habits and possessed 50 acres of land at South Colo which supported himself and his family. He applied to have the adjoining 12 acres of land sold to him by the Government Regulations to add to his property. He was advised that the land could only be sold at public auction: 28 Dec.1838. To his Excellency Sir George Gipps H.C.B. Captain General Governor and Commander in Chief in and over Her Majestys Colony of New South Wales and its dependacies etc. etc. etc. The Humble Memorial of William Purnell Of Barowra, South Colo, Settler (Berowra) Respectfully sets forth That your memorialist is a farmer of industrious habits and to seized and possessed of fifty acres of land situate at South Colo and supports himself and family of the proceeds arising from the same. That adjoining such your memorialists fifty acres of land there is a portion of about twelve acres of ground which has never been located and being of so small a quantity no person would ask for the same, but as such would much enhance and assist your memorialist, he is desirous of having the same sold to him under the usual terms of the Government Regulations by such way and manner they may be pleased to order. And your memorialist most humbly prays your Excellency will be pleased to direct he be at liberty to purchase the same to add to his original farm. And your Memorialist As in Duty bound will ever Pray etc. William Purnell South Colo There is no sufficient ground stated why the 12 acres in question should not be sold according to Regulation. Dec 29 Inform him the land can only be sold by public auction. Dec 29. G.G.

MarriageAncestry.com. Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
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Name: William Purnell Spouse Name: Mary Mccallum Marriage Date: 1839 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales Registration Year: 1839 Volume Number: V A

WillPurnell, Marion (editor), - comment
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Photocopy of will

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This is the last Will and Testament of me William Purnell of Lane Cove Road in the Colony of New South Wales Farmer. I hereby revoke all other Wills and Codicils made by me at any time heretofore And after payment of my funeral and Testamentary Expenses I Give devise and bequeath unto my dearly beloved children Mary Boyd wife of James Boyd of Lane Cove in the Colony aforesaid Farmer Sarah Dixon (wife of George Frederick Dixon of Canberra Plain in the Colony aforesaid Farmer) and Stephen Purnell of Dural in the Colony aforesaid Farmer All my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever I may be seized, possessed interested in or entitled to at the time of my decease in equal shares and share alike To have and To Hold the same for the sole separate and absolute use and benefit of each or either of them the aforesaid Mary Boyd, Sarah Dixon and Stephen Purnell and I hereby expressly Will and declare that the present or any future husband of the said Mary Boyd and Sarah Dixon shall not have any claim or control whatsoever on any of my real or personal estate bequeathed unto them as aforesaid by this my Will. I hereby appoint James Boyd Junior of Fort Street in the City of Sydney in the Colony aforesaid Writing Clerk and John Nicholas Wallace of Saint Leonards near the city of Sydney in the Colony aforesaid Compositor to be executors of this my Will In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this Tenth day of June in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven [signature of William Purnell] Signed and declared by the above named William Purnell as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who being present at the same time in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto [signatures of Wm. Byrne and James Byrne]

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Sydney Morning Herald Tues 12 Dec 1871 p. 1

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DEATHS... On the 6th instant, at his residence, Lane Cove Road, MR WILLIAM PURNELL, in the 78th year of his age.

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Heart disease and dropsy

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Buried St Thomas cemetery, West Street, North Sydney. An Act of Parliament in 1967 designated the area as 'community land' and the Cemetery was handed over to North Sydney Council. The conversion of the Cemetery to Rest Park in the early 1970s was the Council's first heritage project and the Rest Park was reopened in 1974. William's gravestone was not found on personal inspection of the cemetery in 2005. The park is mostly grassed over and very few headstone remain.

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Photocopy of probate packet

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In the Supreme Court of New South Wales Ecclesiastical Division, In the Will of William Purnell late of Lane Cove Road near Sydney farmer, deceased. Petition filed 27 Dec 1871. 27 December 1871. This day upon Petition Probate of the last Will and Testament of William Purnell deceased was granted to James Boyd the Younger and John Nicholas Wallace the Executors in the said Will named. Testator died the 6th day of December 1871. Goods sworn at £20. Probate dated the same day as granted.

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Sydney Morning Herald Thursday 11 Jan 1872

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POSITIVE SALE. BY ORDER OF "THE" MORTGAGEE. CHOICE LITTLE ORCHARD PROPERTY, on the LANE COVE ROAD, about 5 miles from Milson's Point, close to Mr. Bryson's, and well known as the, property of the late Mr. PURNELL. Title-Apply to John Dawson, Esq., Solicitor, Pitt-street,Terms at Sale. RAYNES, TREEVE and CO. have ' received instructions to sell by public auction, at Morits Rooms, Pitt-street, at 11 o'clock, on WEDNESDAY, 17th January, that valuable little orchard property, situate on the LANE COVE ROAD, close to the BUSH MISSION CHAPEL, containing between 4 and 5 acres of land, enclosed with fencing. A portion of the land is planted with fruit trees, and there is a 4-roomed cottage on it. This property is in the market for POSITIVE SALE, in consequence of the death of the proprietor, Mr. Purnell. By any one on the look-out for a desirable in- vestment of the kind this opportunity should not be lost.

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Residence

The New South Wales Calendar and General Post Office Directory 1834 and again in 1835 has an entry for a 'Purnell, William' at Bathurst Street, Sydney.

Residence

The 1869/70 electoral roll for the Municipality of St. Leonards has an entry for William showing his residence at Lane Cove Road.

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A short biography of William Purnell and Bridget Murray and their families by Marion Purnell

William Purnell was born on 26 Jan 1795 at Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England. William was found guilty of committing a crime but we don't know what that crime was. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment and transported to New South Wales. The convict ship 'Larkins' sailed from Portsmouth, England in July 1817 with 250 male convicts on board including William. On arrival in Sydney in Nov 1817, 247 convicts embarked. Three had perished on the voyage. The journey took 125 days. William was listed as 22 years of age, 5ft 9 inches in height, sallow complexion, dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He was described as a carpenter. On arrival in Sydney, William was forwarded to Parramatta for distribution and was assigned to work for William Lawson on a selection near Camden.

Bridget Murray was born in Dublin in about 1795. She was convicted of stealing stockings in Dublin City in October 1815, sentenced to seven years and transported to New South Wales. Bridget arrived in Sydney on the convict ship 'Canada' in March 1817. She had a 6 year old son called Edward Welsh with her and she must have been pregnant because her daughter Bridget Welsh was born in early 1818 at the Female Factory at Parramatta. Bridget was about 22. The Female Factory was the destination of all convict women transported to the colony before most were assigned to settlers to work as 'domestic servants' or married off to male convicts.

Bridget and Felix Hare/O'Hare, another convict who arrived from Ireland in the ship 'Fanny' in 1816, were married in June 1818 by the Rev. Samuel Marsden in St. John's Church, Parramatta with other convict couples whose marriages he arranged. Besides being known as the 'flogging parson' because even by the standards of his day, he inflicted severe punishments, the Rev. Samuel Marsden was also known as the 'marrying parson' because he would go to the female factory and choose six of the most presentable prisoners, put them in a line-up and have single male convicts walk up and down in front of them and choose one to marry. This was done by the man dropping a scarf or handkerchief at the feet of the woman of his choice. If she picked it up, the marriage was virtually immediate. That way they got rid of prisoners early and got the convict men off the Government lists for supply of foodstuffs because they gave the couple a bit of land and left them to their own devices in the hope that they would become self-sufficient.

In January 1819, two years after arriving in Sydney, Bridget applied to place Edward Welsh her son in the Orphan School at Liverpool because she was by then married to Felix Hare and had her baby daughter Bridget Welsh to care for. Edward would have been about 8 or 9.

Bridget then gave birth to John Hare in 1819 and Thomas Hare in 1821. On the 1822 muster, Felix O'Harra (convict ship 'Fanny') is shown as being a landowner at Parramatta with 3 children - Bridget Welsh, John Hare and Thomas Hare.

In April 1823, Bridget's husband Felix Hare was tried and acquitted of highway robbery, but was convicted of assault and gaoled. While Felix was in gaol, Bridget was ill in Parramatta Hospital awaiting the birth of their third child Felix Jr. and, in August 1823 petitioned the Government to place her daughter Bridget Welsh into the Orphan School stating that she herself was ill in hospital and her husband in gaol. Her daughter Bridget would have been about 6 years old. This document is the only one that gives the name of the supposed father of her daughter Bridget Welsh (father James L. A. Welsh). Bridget Welsh must have been conceived in Ireland, or on the voyage to Australia. At least Bridget Murray she was consistent in naming her first two children with the same surname which she herself used later on occasions, along with Hare, O'Hare, Welsh, Walsh and Purnell. Bridget Welsh would have been trained at the Orphan School in domestic service, and remained there for 7 years until 1830 when she was assigned to a Mr Weiss, a missionary.

After Bridget recovered from the birth of Felix Jnr and after she had put her daughter Bridget in the Orphan School, and while her husband Felix was still languishing in gaol, she moved in with William Purnell. In April 1823 Bridget was granted her Ticket of Freedom. William received his Ticket of Freedom in March 1824.

The 1825 muster shows Bridget Murray, convict ex 'Canada' living with William Purnell at Bringelly near Camden. William was now listed as free and employed by Jonathan Hassell on the selection called 'Bringelly'' near Camden. William was substantially improved in circumstance. He had five head of cattle of his own and was able to support a Government man to help. He petitioned again for a grant of land and on 22 March 1825, received his land grant.

William and Bridget did not marry. Bridget was still married to Felix O'Hare at the time.

In June 1825, Bridget and William had a daughter Mary Purnell (Simon Peter's aunt) who was baptised at St. Peter's Anglican Church Campbelltown.

In July 1826, William was charged with the theft of tools from his employer Jonathan Hassell and sent to prison. Meanwhile, after 7 years, Bridget's first son Edward was discharged from the Orphan School in August 1826 into the employ of Jones and Walker, two Sydney businessmen who, among other things they did, ran whaling ships.

And once again, while her partner was locked up, Bridget was pregnant and gave birth in October 1826 to another daughter Sarah Purnell (Simon Peter's aunt). Bridget was about 31 years old. She was using the name Welsh at the time.

While Bridget was living with William Purnell at Bringelly, her husband Felix O'Hare was living at Prospect and missing his wife. In Jan 1827 he petitioned the Archdeacon to make her return to her marital home. He drew the Archdeacon's attention to the fact that Bridget was also petitioning him to have William Purnell released from prison. Felix pointed out that "William Purnell is living in adultery with my wife Bridget Murray or Hare after bearing three children to me, two of whom I keep at school at Prospect, the other one she keeps against my inclination with her. We were married more than eight years ago by the Rev. Mr. Marsden at Parramatta."

His petition goes on to say "Sir she has also two children by said Purnell and is continually with him in the prison which is contrary to all laws, Human and Divine that such adulterous intercourse should be permitted. She and he now reside thirty miles from where I reside so that the inhabitants of the Cowpastures who signed her Memorial thought her to be his wife. I beg of your honour to command her to show her marriage lines wherein you will find what I say to be true, which I pray you make known to His Excellency. I am, Sir with great respect, your obedient servant, FELIX HARE. Prospect, January 22 1827."

William was listed in the census of 1828 at Clarence Street Sydney with his daughters Mary Purnell and Sarah Purnell aged about 3 and 2. Bridget Murray was not listed. Whether William was living there or just visiting is not known. (His son Stephen Purnell (Simon Peter's father) was born in about 1829).

In 1830, Bridget Murray (calling herself Bridget Welsh) petitioned The Honourable Archdeacon Broughton as follows:

"The Humble memorial of Bridget Welsh showed that your memorialist arrived in the colony under transportation for seven years, but who is now free, and that on her arrival, being unable to support her family availed herself of the indulgence granted to her in putting one in the Orphan School who has been subsequently assigned from thence to a Mr. Weiss of Sydney. That your Memorialist is now in circumstances capable of maintaining her child and Mr Weiss to whom she has been assigned, is willing, provided the sanction of the public authorities be obtained to part with her. That therefore your memorialist most humbly and respectfully exhorts this indulgence may be granted to her and for which she will as ...duly bound over pray, BRIDGET WELSH" (her mark).

Bridget Murray claimed to be in favourable circumstances and able to look after her child Bridget Welsh then aged 13. We don't know exactly what those circumstances were. We do know that by then she had six children to care for between the ages of 11 and one (John, Thomas and Felix Jr. O'Hare and Mary, Sarah and Stephen Purnell. Perhaps she thought that Bridget Welsh could be useful an extra hand in caring for the children. Bridget was granted her request and her daughter Bridget Welsh was released into her care and went on to no doubt assist with bringing up her younger siblings and at age 17, married another convict - Daniel Fowler in 1835.

Bridget Murray did not stay in favourable circumstances for long because in December 1831 she was committed for trial for assault on Judith Doyle, who resided near Market Wharf. Judith Doyle swore in court that she was sweeping at her front door when Bridget Welsh commenced abusing her in a gross manner. She stated that she took no notice of Bridget and was about to enter her home carrying her child when Bridget threw a piece of wood at her which nearly knocked her down and then followed her into her house and pushed her down and she and her child fell to the ground.

Judith Doyle alleged that Bridget then tore her dress and tore her hair out and this assault took place without the slightest provocation. Bridget also threw a knife at her and broke nearly all the glass in the windows of her house. It certainly sounded like Bridget went on a rampage, probably fueled by alcohol, and so of course she was put in Darlinghurst gaol where the records show she was from 20 December 1831 until 20 July 1837. So we assume that she was still in gaol and missed the wedding of her daughter Bridget Welsh to Daniel Fowler in 1835.

Bridget Welsh's husband, Daniel Fowler was himself a convict who was tried for burglary and passing counterfeit coin in Taunton Somerset in March 1831. The original sentence was 'to be hanged'. The charge of passing counterfeit coins seems to have been dropped and the judgment passed on the charge of breaking, entering and stealing. He was sentenced to 'life' in August 1831. He arrived in Australia on the ship 'Isabella' in 1832 aged 24 and was sent to work with Frederick Guilding of Sydney. He had a de facto relationship with Mary Gunny, an Irish orphan who was 17 when she sailed to Sydney on the ship 'Red Rover' arriving in August 1832. The ship was full of young Irish women from orphanages who were brought out to fill the shortage of suitable brides for the convict men. Daniel and Mary had a son Daniel Gunny, born in 1835.

In 1835 after Mary Gunny's relationship with Daniel Fowler ended, she took up with another convict, Denis Lynch. She changed her son Daniel Gunny's name to Denis Lynch after the 'new' father. Daniel Gunny/Denis Lynch died in 1895 aged 59 as a result of a fracture to base of skull after a fall from a horse. Daniel Fowler married Bridget Welsh in 1835. Daniel's life sentence was pardoned in December 1847. Daniel and Bridget had 9 children between 1837 and 1856. Daniel died in 1855. Bridget married again in 1862, this time to Robert Grimwood who lived only until 1863. Bridget and Robert had 6 months together.

Bridget Welsh/Fowler/Grimwood never married again and died alone in 1889 at Camperdown of breast cancer. Photograph of Bridget Welsh above. It is interesting to note that Bridget Welsh never once during her life on any official document, acknowledged that Bridget Murray was her mother. I suppose after reading labour Bridget Murray's life, one can sympathise with her. And convict ancestry was not something to be proud of in those days. Bridget Murray and William Purnell's last child, Stephen (Simon Peter's father) was born in about 1829. Some time after this, William and Bridget Murray parted company. We can surmise that Bridget's extended period of 6 years between 1831 and 1837 in gaol might have been a contributing factor in their separation. We don't know what happened to Bridget after she and William separated. Because a lot of the records of this early phase of settlement do not contain much detail, and because Bridget Murray was a common name, we have not been able to find out when Bridget Murray died but we did find one death certificate that could be hers - in 1852 a Bridget Hare, a Catholic aged 70 died at Emu Plains so we think, because her only legal marriage was to Felix Hare, that this could have been her.

In Dec 1838 William was listed as a settler at South Colo, Barowra (Berowra). He was mentioned as a farmer of industrious habits and possessed 50 acres of land which supported himself and his family. We don't know who exactly was in this family. He applied to have the adjoining 12 acres of land sold to him by the Government Regulations to add to his property.

At age 44, William married Mary McCallum/McKinnon in 16 February 1839. William and Mary had no children. On 6 December 1871 at age 76, William died at the house of his daughter Mary and son in law James Errol Boyd at Lane Cove from heart disease and dropsy. NOTE: CEME St. Thomas Church of England Cemetery