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Following is a list of some of the Australian Agricultural Company employees and servants in Newcastle, NSW in 1830's and 1840's. Most were employed in the mines. *This is not a complete list of all miners employed by the Company

More information about the Australian Agricultural Company workers can be found HERE

 
Name -  Ship  - Place of Trial -  Notes
Andrews, James   Nithsdale 1830   Chester   1835 - Employed as overseer. Witness in court case of Joseph Emmerson. Charged with robbing Sarah Sharrod. Discharged from Court. Granted Ticket of Leave for district of Newcastle 1838  
Archer, John   Portland 1832   Tipperary   1843 charged with disorderly conduct and with being drunk in the street. Sentenced to 7 days solitary confinement.  
Armitage, James   Exmouth 1831   Leeds   1842 - Obtained Ticket of leave for Newcastle District;  1844 - Ticket of Leave cancelled for larceny.  
Armstrong, Thomas   Isabella 1832    Durham    Miner assigned to Company 1832; In December 1835 Charged with robbing Sarah Sharrod at Newcastle. Discharged from Court; In Feb 1836 Charged with drunkenness and disorderly conduct at Newcastle. Arrested by Constable Rouse and sentenced to 50 lashes. Died in Newcastle in 1844.  
Barber, John (/Jacob)   Minstrel   Chester   Miner assigned to A. A. Co in Port Stephens. At the hospital, Newcastle in 1828.  
Barker, John   Isabella 1832   Durham   1837 Assigned to A. A. Co. in Newcastle. Witness in Campbell / Grayson court case; Ticket of leave holder 1844  
Bate, Joseph   Assigned to A. A. company 1837  
Bawdon (Bowden), Samuel   Neva 1833   Cornwall    January 1838 - Charged with neglect of work when he left the pit after getting only 7 skips of coal; Aged 25. Tried Cornwall. 5' 1/4", brown complexion; brown hair, hazel eyes, blue ring middle finger hand. Absconded from A. A. Co. Newcastle . Sentenced to 2mths on treadmill in Sydney for absconding; 1843 Assigned to Australian Agricultural Co. Convicted of drunkenness and disorderly conduct at Church muster. Sentenced 10 days confinement in cells. 1845 Granted Ticket of leave  
Beard, David   Prince George 1837   Chester   Assigned to A. A. company in Newcastle 1837  
Bellingham, Edward  Lloyds 1837  Salop  June 1842   Prisoner assigned to A. A. Company assaulted Robert Greenwood. Sentence 6mths in irons; October 1843 Assigned to Australian Agricultural Co. Convicted of drunkenness and disorderly conduct at Church muster. Sentenced 10 days confinement in cells. 1847 Obtained ticket of leave for Newcastle district 
Bennett, William   John 1837   Lancaster   December 1841 Assigned to Australian .Agricultural Co mine. Charged by Superintendent with being drunk at Sunday Muster 7 days confinement  
Bewick, Thomas   Bengal Merchant 1835   Durham   Assigned to A. A. company in Newcastle. Ticket of leave Port Stephens 1845  
Birrell, James,   Richard Webb   From Scotland. Employed by A. A. Co as miner. Promoted to Assistant Overman however in conflict with company in 1840's.(45)  
Blainey (Blayney), William   Susan 1834   Hull Citadel CM   1837 Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Charged with disobedience of orders and insolence; On light duties on order of Doctor. Sentenced to 28 days in cells after he refused to go to the pit as ordered  
Bluitt, Patrick   Brampton 1823   Waterford City   Assigned to A. A. company Newcastle. Ticket of leave 1843 for Newcastle  
Bond, Robert   Marquis of Huntley 1830    Preston   1833 - Charged by Mr. Henderson with ill treating a fellow servant in the mine. Admonished and discharged; 1835 - Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Charged with drunkenness with Jack Meredith and John Dunivan. Sentenced to 28 days in the cells  
Bradley, Richard   1841 - Attached to Australian Agricultural mine. Charged with refusing to work. (Oil wheels of wagons). Sentenced 14 days in cells  
Brennan, Martin   Java 1833   Kilkenny   Apprehended after absconding from A. A. Company. Sentenced to 50 lashes for absconding. Obtained ticket of leave for Newcastle district 1845  
Bridges, Luke or Thomas   America 1829   Maidstone    1833 - Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Charged with being on premises of Rev. Wilton after hours. Of 'good character'. Discharged  
Brien, William   1843 -Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Charged with disorderly conduct. Sentenced to 2 months hard labour; 1844 Assigned to Aust Agricultural Co. charged with insolence to A. Brown. Sentenced to 10 days solitary confinement  
Bryant, William   Hive 1834   Gloucester   1837 - Probably the same person as the above William Brien. Coal miner aged 24. Tried Gloucestershire. Ruddy compl., brown hair, hazel eyes. Absconded from A. A. Company twice in 1838  
Britton, William   Hive 1834   Gloucester   Coal miner aged 29. . Absconded from A. A. Company since August 6  
Brown, Michael   Recovery 1836   Jamaica   1838 Assigned to A. A. Company. Sentenced to 50 lashes for refusing to do his work; Ticket of leave 1847  
Burkill, (Burkitt) John   Royal Admiral 1830   Warwick   Brick maker, miner. Assigned to A. A. Co. Married Mary Collins; Lived in Bolton Street in 1841  
Burns, John   1844 - Free by servitude. Committed on charge of stealing coal from William Latham and A. A. Co. Indicted for stealing bag of coal from William Latham. Sentenced 12mths Newcastle gaol  
Caines, Samuel   Mary 1833   Gloucester    Coal miner assigned to A. A. Co in 1833  
Camfield, Lawrence   1835  Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Witness in court case / Simon Simcox  
Carter (Cawser), Thomas   Westmoreland 1835   Stafford   1836 Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Charged with stealing oil from the Company. Sentenced to 25 lashes  
Chadwick, John   probably John Chadwick who arrived on the Mermaid in 1830. Assigned to Company 1837.  
Chandler, John   Probably arrived on the Strathfieldsaye. 1843 - Drowned in the well near the engine of the old coal pit. Assigned servant of Australian Agricultural Company  
Chainey (Cheyney), Charles   Prince George 1837   Kent 1835   Assigned to A. A. Company. Charged with disobedience of orders and refusing to work. Afraid to go down the pit as he had never been before. James Steele and Alex Brown offered to go down the pit with Charles Cheyney before they charged him with refusing to work. Cheyney admonished and discharged  
Clish, John   Bengal Merchant 1835   Durham   October 1844 - Elderly. Ticket of leave holder in employ of Aust. Agricultural Co. charged with being drunk and assaulting William Barker with a stone. 14 days bread and water and cancel T of L; December 1844 Seriously injured when he was entering the pit and a pick fell from above  
Clerk, Charles   1844 - Assigned to A. A Co.. Charged with drunkenness. 14 days solitary confinement on bread & water.  
Colclough, William   Westmoreland 1835   Stafford   1835 - Sentenced to 1 week in solitary confinement for drunkenness1837 - Sentenced to 2mths in Sydney gaol for absconding. 1837 - Charged with feigning sickness. Sentenced to 50 lashes. Dr. George Brooks witne1843 - Charged with disorderly conduct and with being drunk in the street. Sentenced to 10 days solitary confinement 1843 - . Charged with committing perjury. Remanded. 1844 - Charged with gross disorderly conduct after being found with 'black gin' at back of public house. 28 days solitary confinement  
Cook, Joseph   Bengal Merchant 1836   Salop 1836    1837 - Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Charged with James Skelton and William Noble with absconding. Sentenced to 50 lashes.  1837 - Tried for house robbery. Assigned to A.A. Co. Died 21st October 1838. Buried in Christ Church Burial Ground    
Curtis, John1847 - Alias the Fiddler. Assigned to the Australian Agricultural Co. Charged with disorderly conduct in a public house  
Dales, John  1843 -  Sentenced to 14 days solitary for drunkenness  
Dunivan, John  Albion  John Dunivan per 'Albion' assigned servant.  Sentenced to 7 days in the cells for drunkenness. Arrested by Constable Rouse Sentenced to 28 days in the cells for drunkenness   Charged with stealing a goose belonging to James Reid  
Earl,   Joseph Butler  Earl St Vincent 1820  London Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Charged with robbing Sarah Sharrod. Discharged from Court  
Ecclestone, Isaac  Isabella 1832  Durham  Aged 24 -   Miner assigned to A. A. Company in Port Stephens in 1832. Married Ann Clark (Came free per Agnes Ewing) in 1843.  
Emerson, Joseph   Lloyds 1833   Gloucester1845 - Charged with conveying an iron pot from barracks with intent to steal. Admonished and discharged. 1847 - Ticket of leave cancelled for disorderly conduct  
Farmer, Henry   Florentia 1830   Stafford   1838 - Labourer aged 23. . 4'111/4"; ruddy and pockpitted compl., light brown hair, grey eyes; Absconded from A. A. Company since July 30; 1846 - Ticket of leave cancelled for immoral conduct  
Fletcher, Mark   Minerva 1824   York   1835 - Assigned to Australian Agricultural company. Sentenced to 75 lashes for drunkenness; 1838 - Sentenced to 2 months on treadmill at Sydney for being absent without leave. Assigned to A.A. Company  
Giles, Joseph Hoskin   Royal Sovereign 1835   Cornwall    Assigned to A. A. Company, Newcastle. Ticket of Leave 1840  
Graham, William   1844 - Overseer for Aust Agricultural Co. pits  
Greenwood, Robert   Henry Tanner 1834   Lancaster   1842 -Assigned to A. A. Company assaulted by Edward Bellingham  
Hargrave, William   John Barry 1839   Lancaster   1842 - Absented himself without permission. 3 mths on treadmill.1843 - Sentenced to work in irons 6mths after being charged with a misdemeanor. 1847 - Ticket of leave cancelled for assault and robbery  
Harpur (Harper), George   Earl Grey 1838   Stafford   1843 - Pleaded guilty to charge of burglariously entering house of A. Flood and stealing a knife. To work in irons 3 years.  
Harrison, John   Clyde 1832   Lancaster   Miner employed by company, Port Stephens  
Harvey, John   Dunvegan Castle    1832 assigned to James Adair at Paterson. 1838 - Assigned to A.A. company, Newcastle. 1838Ticket of leave cancelled for improper conduct  
Henderson, John   Australia 1826   Australian Agricultural Company mine manager . Died at Newcastle on 19th April.  
Harrison, John   Clyde 1832   Lancaster   Miner assigned to Australian Agricultural co in 1832  
Hudson, Joseph   Isabella 1832    Durham   Miner employed by A. A. Co.1832; July 1835 -  Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Charged with neglect of duty. Sentenced to 50 lashes; Accused Robert Bond of striking him. November 1838 -  Miner aged 29. Tried Durham. Dark sallow, pockpitted compl; nearly bald; absconded from A. A. Co at Upper Williams River district since Nov14. Died in Newcastle in 1841 after accidentally falling off a cliff.  
Hyde, James   Prince George 1837   Salop 1836   1844 - Charged with drunkenness. 14 days solitary confinement on bread & water. Ticket of Leave 1847  
Jacques, David   Lady Kennaway 1835   Dublin Barracks CM   1835 - Charged with being on Govt. works with iron gang against orders. Admonished and discharged; 1836 - Apprehended after absconding from the service of Australian Agricultural company  
James, John   John Barry 1836   Monmouth   1843 - In service to A. A. Co. Threatened with an axe by William Hargraves 1844 - Obtained Ticket of Leave  
Jebson, Joseph   Prince George 1837   Derby   1837 - Charged with disobedience and refusing to work. Stated that he had rheumatism and that the water of the mine hurt him. Sentenced to 25 lashes  
Johnson, David   Isabella 1832   Durham   Miner assigned to A.A. Company; 1835 - Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Remanded for further evidence after being charged with robbing Sarah Sharrod while in Church at Newcastle; 1843 Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Sentenced to 2 mths hard labour for disorderly conduct in Newcastle Obtained ticket of leave for district of Newcastle 1847;  
Kelly, John   Phoenix 1826    1835 - Charged with drunkenness and being absent after hours. Sentenced to 7 days in the cells  
Lamb, Thomas   1843 - Sentenced to 2mths hard labour for being out after hours  
Lane, Thomas   Aurora   Shropshire   Sentenced to 50 lashes in February when he refused orders to have a lamp fitted to go down the mine. Find out more here  
Latham, William   1837 - Overseer at Australian Agricultural Company works. Witness at court case of Thomas Thomas. 1845 - License for the Union Inn, Newcastle transferred from Mrs. Sarah Tighe to William Latham  
Lear, William   Mellish 1829   Stafford   1836 - Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Witness in Farley/Murray court case  
Lee, John   Isabella 1832   Stafford   Miner assigned to A. A. co in 1832; Died in Newcastle in 1833 aged 45  
Lindsay   1849 - Overseer employed by Australian Agricultural Co. Wife Ellen died from burns from an explosion  
MacNamara, Francis   Eliza 1832   'Frank the Poet' Assigned to the Company at Peel River and transferred to the coal mines at Newcastle 1838  
Malowney, John    Westmoreland 1838   1843 - Described as a notoriously depraved character. Charged with assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm on John Parry. Also known as 'Bull pup'. Charged with assault on John Parry. Guilty. 2 years in irons. 1846 - Sentenced to 14 days on bread and water after being charged with disorderly conduct. Assigned to A. A. Company before being assigned to the steam dredge  
McCormick, Denis   Mangles 1822   Limerick   1832 - Soldier assigned to George Townshend1833 - Aged 40. Labourer from Limerick. Absconded from the service of G. Townsend. Apprehended.  5'6", grey eyes, brown hair sallow complexion  
McGuire, John      Morley 1828    Armagh   'a working hand'. Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Charged with absconding. Sentenced to 50 lashes  
Meredith, Jack (Zaccariah)   Camden 1832   Shropshire   1835 - Charged with drunkenness with Robert Bond and John Dunivan. Sentenced to 28 days in the cells  
Mottram (?Peter)   Mermaid 1830 (?)   Engaged as night watchman at A. A. Co Pit. Killed after falling down the coal pit mouth  
Newton, William   Surry 1831   Oxford   Assigned to A. A. Co., Newcastle. Ticket of leave cancelled 1841 for fabricating  
Nightingale, Robert   Dunvegan Castle 1830   Stafford   1835 - Assigned to Australian Agricultural company. Witness in court case of Joseph Emmerson. Stated that Emmerson took iron pot to the vessel 'Caroline'  
Noble, William   Norfolk 1829   Manchester   1837 - Charged with James Skelton and Joseph Cook with absconding. Sentenced to 50 lashes  
Pownall, Thomas   Bengal Merchant 1836   Chester   1844 - Ticket of leave Port Stephens. 1837 - Charged with refusing to work. Sentenced to 2mths hard labour in Sydney. 1847 - Ticket of Leave cancelled for having been committed to take his trial for stealing  
Prendergast, Richard   St. Vincent 1837   Cork City   1837 - Charged with robbery of board the steamer Sophia Jane. Remanded  
Rawson, James   Asia 1825   Stafford   1826 - Indicted for pirating the brig 'Garnet'. The brig was cut from moorings and then abandoned 1/2 mile from Newcastle after men were unable to manage her. Acquitted; 1828 - Barracks, Newcastle; 1835 - Overseer at Australian Agricultural company pit. Witness in Court case of Simon Simcox. 1836 -Obtained ticket of leave for district of Newcastle;   
Redmond, Andrew   Westmoreland 1838   Queens Co.   1847 - charged with drunkenness; obtained ticket of leave for Newcastle district 1848  
Richards, John   Royal Sovereign 1835   Cornwall   1842 - Sentenced to 14 days in cells for absenting himself without permission. 1837 - Charged with absconding from Australian Agricultural Company by William Croasdill. Sentenced to 14 days in Newcastle gaol. 1838 - Charged with preferring a frivolous and vexatious charge against his employers A. A. Company. Guilty. Sentenced to 28 days solitary confinement  
Ridley, Robert   Isabella 1832   Durham     Miner assigned to A. A. Co in 1832. Died in Sydney General Hospital in 1844  
Riley, John   Phoenix 1828   London   183 - Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Charged with drunkenness and insolence to Barracks master  
Rodehouse, John   Clyde 1832   Yorkshire   Miner assigned to A. A. co in 1832  
Sanderson, John   Lady Nugent 1833   Yorkshire   February 1837 - With Thomas Paul and Francis Shuter, charged with disorderly conduct. No evidence. Case dismissed; April 1837 - Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Charged with absconding and sentenced to 50 lashes; January 1838 - 5' 4 1/2"; ruddy; brown hair, hazel eyes; lost front upper tooth, nose a little cocked; woman MS on upper, flower pot, two birds inside lowr (l) arm; top of middle finger (l) hand contracted; woman 4 birds etc on lwr (r) arm; Absconded from A. A. Company. Apprehended after absconding.  
Schofield (Scholfield, Edward   John 1837   Lancaster   1837 Assigned to A. A. Company. Charged with absconding. 2nd offence. Remanded; Discharged from Newcastle gaol in 1837; December 1838 - Coal miner aged 22. Tried Lancashire. Absconded from service to A. A. Co. since Dec 4; In 1847 T/L holder. Charged with drunkenness, however after having seizure in Court was discharged  
Scholes, John   Lady Kennaway 1836   Lancaster   Miner assigned to A. A. company; 13 June 1837 Sentenced to 7 days solitary confinement; 30 June Assigned to A. A. Company. charged with refusing to work. Sentenced to 50 lashes, 25 of which to be inflicted on the breech. James Steele witness  
Sheldon (Skelton) , James   Royal Charlotte 1825   Worcester   1837 - Charged with Joseph Cook and William Noble with absconding. Sentenced to 50 lashes. 1838 - Sentenced to 50 lashes for being drunk and striking a constable with a stone  
Shelton, John   1843 - Assigned to Australian Agricultural company. Sentenced to 7 days in solitary for drunkenness  
Simcox, Simon   Camden 1833   Shropshire   1833 Miner assigned to A. A. Company; November 1835 - Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company at Newcastle. Charged with neglect of work after he left the pit before he finished his work Sentenced to 50 lashes;   In 1845. Employed by E. Turner (Maitland) Witness in Court case of W. Bossley; 1845 - Ticket of leave cancelled for prevarication; 1846 - Obtained ticket of leave for district of Maitland; Married  17 yr old Mary Trimby in Maitland in 1846.  
Smith, John   Isabella 1832   Durham   Miner assigned to A. A. Company in 1832. January 1835 Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Charged with disorderly conduct at Newcastle; December 1835 Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company -  Sentenced to 75 lashes for drunkenness  
Standing, John   Portland 1832   Lancaster   Sentenced to transportation for life.- Miner assigned to A A Company. Died in Newcastle in 1840.Francis Suttor (Shutor), per  Bengal Merchant 1835 - Coal miner aged 22. Tried Staffordshire. 5'4"; ruddy, sallow; light sandy hair; absconded from A. A. Company at Newcastle Feb7 1838. Apprehended.  
Stephenson, Bartholomew   Isabella 1832   Durham   Miner assigned to A. A. Co in 1832. Ticket of leave granted for district of Newcastle in 1844John Stewart; Isabella 1832 -  Tried in Durham in 1831. Miner assigned to A. A. Company in 1832James Walker per Florentia 1830;  December 1835 - Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company. Charged with drunkenness and sentenced to 50 lashes  

Stewart (Stuart), Edward  
Lady Kennaway 1836   Northumberland   1837 - Charged with feigning sickness. Sentenced to 2mths hard labour in Sydney then returned to employment  
Still, James   1835 - Engineer at Australian Agricultural Company pit. Witness in court case of Simon Simcox  
Sykes, William   Lady Nugent 1834   Lancaster   Charged with absconding. 2nd time. Put in the lock up at Newc 30th Dec. Apprehended at Patrick Plains 8th Feb. Remanded  
Thomas. Thomas   Exmouth 1831   Carmarthon   1837 - Charged with absconding. Sentenced to 14 days in solitary; 1837 - 2nd offence for absconding. James Steele witness in court; Ticket of leave for Newcastle district 1844.  
Thompson, James   Portland 1832   Lancaster   Miner and collier assigned to A. A. company, Port Stephens. Died in Dungog in 1848. Ticket of leave holder.  
Toohey, D.   1841 - Charged by Superintendent with being drunk at Sunday Muster 14 days confinement  
Walker, Emanuel   Lady Kennaway 1836   Lancaster   Admonished and discharged on a charge of disobedience of orders and appearing at muster in a filthy state  
Walker, James   Prince Regent 1827   Yorkshire    5'5", ruddy compl. Brown hair, dark brown eyes; absconded from A. A. Company since May 9. Apprehended.  
Wellwood, William   1844 - Charged with drunkenness. 14 days solitary confinement on bread & water.1844 - Assigned servant of Aust. Agricultural Co. committed to trial for robbing dray of Charles MacDonald  
Wilmott, Joseph   Royal Sovereign 1835   Wiltshire   Coal miner from Gloucester;  Assigned to A. A. Company at Newcastle; Married Mary Rice in Newcastle. Died in Newcastle 1856. 

 

 

 

 





 

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