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Item: 15825
Surname: Skulthorpe (Sculthorpe)
First Name: Joseph
Ship: -
Date: 1845 5 April
Place: -
Source: MM
Details: Committed for trial for stealing wool belonging to Messrs Armitage


 
Item: 40389
Surname: Thorpe
First Name: Joseph
Ship: -
Date: 1828
Place: Hunter River
Source: 1828 Census
Details: Isaac Sampson per 'Grenada' assigned servant


 
Item: 181370
Surname: Thorpe
First Name: Joseph
Ship: -
Date: 5 July 1825
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825 (Ancestry)
Details: Joseph Thorpe and Henry Threlfo both in government service charged with robbery....Mary Ann Stewart states...I was robbed last night of every article of wearing apparel which I possess. I went out in the evening and left my trunk in the care of Thomas Strattles. On my return I found the lock had been forced and everything had gone. I am certain Strattles would not rob me as I am living with him. Amongst other things stolen was the making of a shift which I had cut out, the Gusset and I am positive is part of the shift. Thomas Strattles states Mary Stewart left her box in my charge. Thorpe came into the room...I wanted to go out for a few minutes and asked him to stop whilst I was away. He consented and I left him. The box was then locked and everything safe; on my return Thorpe was gone and the box had been forced and emptied. I gave the alarm to the Chief Constable and told I had no doubt but that Thorpe had committed the robbery. The Chief Constable states...I caused Thorpe to be taken into custody last night by Perrott the Constable. This morning I searched the premises in the occupation of John May who carries on the trade of currier and shoemaker when not employed as a barber which is his government duty, in an apartment of the house in which Henry Threlfo sleeps, who works in the mines, but who is a currier by trade. I discovered a large hole about four feet deep very artfully covered over and there is no doubt but this hole has been many years in existence and used for the sole purpose of secreting stolen property. The house is notorious for a considerable time past for harbouring the worst characters on the settlement. In the hole I found some grains of wheat and maize quite fresh; a young cabbage plant which could not have been out of the ground many hours and the gusset of a shift which Mary Stewart recognises. Isaac Perrott states....I took Thorpe into custody last night, I told him it was for robbing Mary Stewart and advised him to bring the things to light; He told me he knew where they were and would go and get them. I suffered him to go and in about a quarter of an hour he returned and told me he had been asking himself a few questions which had caused him to alter his mind....The prisoners severally deny any knowledge of or participation in the robbery. Sentence: Joseph Thorpe 50 lashes and three years to a penal settlement. Henry Threlfo two years at a penal settlement.


 
Item: 108524
Surname: Thorpe
First Name: Joseph
Ship: Mangles 1820
Date: 1822 7 May
Place: Newcastle
Source: CSI
Details: On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per "Elizabeth Henrietta"


 
Item: 179072
Surname: Thorpe
First Name: Joseph
Ship: Mangles 1820
Date: 7 April 1838
Place: Newcastle gaol
Source: Newcastle Gaol Entrance Book. State Archives NSW. Roll 136
Details: Labourer from Manchester. Admitted to Newcastle gaol from Invermein. To be forwarded to Hyde Park Barracks



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