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 Grayson Hartley - Map3


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Grayson Hartley was born in May 1807, the second son of Thomas Hartley of Giltfoot, Whitehaven.

He arrived in the colony with another young man, Joseph Rookin on the Medway in December 1829, having departed Liverpool on 28 June. The two men formed a partnership and probably had high hopes for the future. Both were granted land on in the Williams River district but neither of them were destined for a long life.

Grayson Hartley resided at Minchinbury. On 19th December 1830, he and Francis Watkins were robbed while travelling by gig to Parramatta. Two men rushed from the bushes with fire arms at the ready and robbed them of money and other belongings. The bushrangers were William Webber and John Walmsley, former companions of the notorious Bold Jack Donohue. While Donohue had been shot and killed in 1830, these two had escaped and continued with their robberies. This was not a violent robbery and there was quite a conversation between the two bushrangers and their victims.

Francis Watkins when interviewed later as a witness at the trial of Webber stated that when they found out who Mr. Hartley was, they would not have stopped them, but would have let them pass by unmolested. He then returned Mr. Hartley's watch and other articles which he had previously taken, although he kept the money. When asked by Watkins what induced him to lead such a life, Webber replied that starvation and tyranny were the cause in the first instance, which caused him to take to the bush and that it was then too late to retire. (Walmsley was sent to Van Diemen's Land in 1832).Webber was later hanged for his crimes.

Grayson Hartley married Sophia Peash in April 1835 and by 1837 had moved to Maitland. He was robbed by his former assigned servant James Kelly during the night of 25th June 1837. For his crime, Kelly received a sentence of death recorded with a recommendation that the sentence by commuted to transportation for seven years.

Grayson Hartley died on 1st October 1838 at Maitland and was buried in the Old Glebe cemetery. He was about twenty-nine years of age.  


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The following convicts were assigned to Grayson Hartley:

Name Vessel
Thomas Montgomery Hercules 1830
Michael Cahill Edward 1831
Charles Coff Fairlie 1834
John Jones England 1835
George Farrow Hercules 1832
William Palmer Royal Sovereign 1835
John Reed Dunvegan Castle 1830
Daniel Richards Florentia 1830
Samuel Turner Edward 1831
 

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