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Samuel Browne
b. 1796 Ireland - d. 28 November 1844 Sydney.
© 1998-1999 Submitted by Heather Brownett

  Samuel Browne born in 1796 in Belfast Ireland, was convicted of house breaking in Antrim Ireland in July 1820 and was sentenced to seven years and transportation to the Colony. Samuel was described at the time as being 23 years old, 5ft 8 ½ins tall, florid complexion (flushed with redness)otherwise pale, light brown hair, hazel eyes, pocked marked face and his occupation as Sailmaker.

He arrived in the Colony on February 19th 1821 onboard the Lord Sidmouth II which left Cork in November 1820. He was assigned to John Guard, incorrectly shown as Girard in the 1828 Census) to serve as a convict servant at Guard’s address, Cambridge Street Sydney. He was granted his “Ticket of Leave” (27/264) on 28 April 1827 and his “Certificate of Freedom” (27/615) on the 17 July 1827, in Sydney.

It was whilst he was assigned to John Guard as a convict servant that he met Charlotte Pugh. Although they never married they had a son Samuel Browne born 6 August 1822 in Sydney. Samuel Browne later married Mary Thorn on 2 April 1825 (Vol. 3 #3539). There appears there were no children to this marriage.

In the Census of 1828 Samuel Browne is shown as being “Free by Servitude” and residing at Princes Street Sydney along with his wife Mary Thorn. Samuel Browne (convict) died of heart failure in Sydney on 28 November 1844 aged 48 years. An inquest was held and the following article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, 29 November 1844, page 2: -
Between five and six o’clock yesterday morning, Mr Samuel Browne, Sailmaker, of 113 Prince Street, left his house as usual to take a walk in the Domain and returned about seven o’clock complaining of a pain in his breast; he lay down for a short time in bed and had breakfast and about ten o’clock rose and lay down on the sofa; his wife perceiving that he was very cold, administered some stimulants to restore the natural warmth to the body without success. On observing symptoms of insensibility, Mrs Browne sent for Dr Mackellar; but before he arrived Mr Browne had expired. An inquest was held on the body in the afternoon, when the above facts being given in evidence, a verdict of “died by visitation of God” was recorded. The deceased was an old inhabitant of the city, having resided in the same house where he died upwards of nineteen years. 

It is unknown where Samuel Browne (convict) is buried but the burial ceremony was performed in the Church of England Church, Parish of the Holy Trinity, County of Cumberland by Rev. W H Walsh on the 29 November 1844. Burial number 445 Vol. 29.

© 1998-1999 Heather Brownett

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