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John Amey, from Dorset to Gippsland

convicts assigned to settlers: After his arrival in 183 on the ship Aurora John Amey was assigned as a groom to the Rev. Thomas Hassall, in the County of Cooke District of Campbelltown. Rev. Thomas Hassall of 'Denbigh' at 421 The Northern Road, Cobbitty in the Parish of Cooke in the County of Cumberland. He employed between 12 and 20 convict servants who worked from early morning until sundown. Wheat and hay was grown, and horses sold . The convicts were supervised by a Scottish overseer who called them to work in the morning by sounding a bullock horn. Rev. Thomas' parish was a large one reaching from Cabramatta to Goulburn, this enabled him to follow his father's footsteps - breeding and selling fine horses. Thomas rode his horses throughout the vast area of his Parish. In 1822 Rev. Thomas married Anne Marsden, the daughter of Rev. Samuel Marsden who was nicknamed 'The Flogging Parson'. The nickname of Thomas became 'The Galloping Parson'. "....always highly regarded Thomas epitomised the best qualities of a generous and pious man" [Hassall Family Website] John Amey's occupation in Dorset was as a groom and kitchen gardener. His crime in 1832 resulted in transportation for stealing hay. This could be the reason for the assignment to the Rev. Hassall where he was still assigned on the Convict Muster of 1838 as a Ticket of Leave holder. He obtained his Certificate of Freedom in 1842 and settled in the region of Gippsland in Victoria

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