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Convict petition by Samuel Brotherson

Samuel Brotherson was born in Kent, England in 1814. On 11 March 1833 he was convicted of stealing a watch and sentenced to death, later commuted to life. He was transported to NSW on the Lord Lyndoch. In May 1835 Brotherson again found himself in trouble with the law when he and eight others were found guilty of highway robbery. Brotherson maintained his innocence, claiming he was just part of the work gang when the robbery took place. He was sentenced to death again, but this was later commuted to a life sentence and hard labour in chains on Norfolk Island. This one page petition is unusual as it is addressed to Lady Gipps. Overleaf from the petition (not shown) is a recommendation for clemency by Alexander Maconochie, Commandant of Norfolk Island. Samuel received a Ticket of Leave (46/1190) for the district of Maitland and then a Conditional Pardon (51/42). He married Mary Moy in Maitland in 1847 and they went on to have at least five children, dying in Parramatta, Sydney in 1883. NRS 905, Colonial Secretary Main Series of correspondence, 42/6159 [4/2566]
Convict petition by Samuel Brotherson
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