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Sylvester Lush (convict, England to Australia)
Posted by: R Loosemore (ID *****3803) Date: June 11, 2002 at 16:55:56
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If anyone's interested to know more about this fellow (he's my g-g-g-g-g-grandfather), this info might prove helpful:

"Sylvester Lush (c.1774-1839). Labourer, aged 28, of Cuckleton, near Wincanton, Somerset, married; 5' 7", brown hair, fair complexion, hazel eyes, lusty (!), old bruise on the left side under the jaw near ear. Literate.

Tried at Dorset Spring Assizes (Dorchester G.D.) 18 March 1802 for stealing sheep, together with James Ware, from Edward Hawkins of Gillingham, yeoman. Sentenced to death by Justice Sir Simon Le Blanc. Reprieved and sentenced to transportation for life. Gaoled at county gaol, Dorchester and employed at hat-making. Behaviour there somewhat disorderly. Transferred to the Captivity hulk at Portsmouth. His wife did not accompany him. [So he was married before being transported.]

Lush attended the Hobart musters in 1811, 1819, 1823, a Macquarie Harbour convict muster in 1825 and Hobart convict muster in 1833. He had received a conditional pardon in January 1814 and absolute pardon soon afterwards, but was in further trouble in 1824. He received a 30-acre land grant from Gov. Macquarie at Glenorchy adjoining the farms of Austin and Earle and was growing varied crops in 1819. He had acquired four mares, 50 ewes and employed a government servant. He supplied wheat to the Commissariat and subscribed to the Bible Society.

Early in his career in Hobart he had appeared before the Court of Criminal Jurisdictions in Sydney on a charge of stealing one wether sheep from John Downes at New Town on 4 December 1806. He was sent in the Estramina but absconded and there appears to be no record of any punishment. On his return to Hobart he kept out of trouble for many years.

On 8 December 1812, in Hobart, he married Ann Burrows, a 12 year old daughter of Elizabeth Cole [First Fleeter from Devon, not to be confused with FF Elizabeth Cole from London, and Richard Burrows] from Norfolk Island. They had at least four daughters, two of whom might have died before 1824 when they indicated a wish to educate two younger ones who both knew their letters.

In February 1822, Lush was charged with assaulting and beating up his wife. He was bound to keep the peace on bonds of 50 pounds and two of 25 pounds. He transferred the farm to her name and she left him later in the year to live with John Vale, an assigned servant. In June 1824, he was charged with having received 36 ewes (value 36 pounds) knowing them to have been stolen from William Walkinshaw and received a sentence of fourteen years at Macquarie Harbour. A repentant Ann Lush petitioned for his return which was effected in 1829 when a report on his good conduct allowed him to return to Hobart assigned to his wife. In the meantime, the property had been sold by the Sheriff Beaumont under an execution for private debt. He received a ticket of leave in 1832.

Buried 17 July 1839, St David's, Hobart, a free settler, aged 74 (?)"

Taken from Convicts Unbound by Marjorie Tipping, Penguin Books Aust., 1988

As a postscript, Ann Lush later married servant John Vale.


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