Bails, Robert
Entry 175 Sex: M Alias:
Born: Abt 1766 at : Yorkshire, England
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Died: at:
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Conviction Details

Status on Arrival: Convict Ship: Alexander - 1788
Crime: 2 Charges of Highway Robbery Sentence: Death commuted to 14 years
Tried at: Reading, Berkshire Trial Date: 28 February 1785

Parent Details

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Physical Description

Literacy Religion Trade/Calling School Master
Visage Build Stout Native Place Yorkshire, England
Complexion pock pitted Hair Lank Eyes Height
Distinguishing Marks: - Thick lips, stout build


No of Marriages/Partners 1 No of Children 1
Entry Partners Name Marriage Date Marriage Place FGS
SU Metcalf, Priscilla ?

Description from Police Record - Nearly 6' tall, wears lank hair, complexion pitted with the smallpox, thick lips, stout build. Had been discharged from the 2nd Battalion of the 1st Regiment of Guards prior to his arrest. Robert was one of 12 prisoners who escaped from Reading Gaol on 30 November 1784. A £10 reward was offered for his capture. He was found hiding with another escapee in a barn near Shinfield, Berkshire (reported in the Reading Mercury on 6th December 1784.
Robert BAILS was held on the 'Ceres' hulk until his transfer to the 'Alexander' on 27 February 1787.
30 April 1788 - Charged with three others with the theft of meat and was required to pay the value of the stolen property even though in his defence he insisted that he had been bringing in shingles all day.
October 1789 - Sentenced to 25 lashes for insolence to John Palmer, the purser of the 'Sirius'
1801 - Bails was listed as an emancipist settler at Port Jackson.
1806 - Listed as a Schoolmaster and again noted in 1820 as a teacher with 25 pupils.

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