THE MAYDA – ONE LETTER SHORT OF AN S.O.S.

THE MAYDA - ONE LETTER SHORT OF AN S.O.S.

LONDON – On August 19 1845 the Morning Post reported that the convict transport Mayda was lying at Woolwich, with 197 prisoners on board. They had been brought down the Thames from the Millbank Penitentiary and were to be taken to Norfolk Island, the harshest penal colony

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Convict John Mortlock – The story of a disputed will

Convict John Mortlock - The story of a disputed will

 My interest in John Mortlock was aroused when I discovered that his journey as a convict paralleled that of my own relatives, the Shadbolts. WHERE THERE’S A WILL…… John Frederick Mortlock was born in Cambridge on August 8, 1809.  His father, Frederick Cheetham Mortlock,  had been a

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The Exoneration of Solomon Shadbolt….Convict

The Exoneration of Solomon Shadbolt....Convict

A STORY ABOUT MY G-G-G-GRANDFATHER When  Australian author Kate Grenville was researching  her convict ancestor for the novel  Secret River, she admitted to feeling slightly anxious about the nature of his crime. Theft was one thing, but what if he had  been transported for something really serious;

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