Name Adam MOORE
Country Of Origin Ireland
Born Approx. 1795-1800
Died unknown
Birth/Baptism Born approx. 1795-1800, possibly Cork, Ireland
Parents unknown
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Clockmaker, Watchmaker, Jeweller, Engraver
Work Locations Launceston, Westbury
Street Address
St John Street, Launceston
Brisbane Street, Launceston
Wellington Street, Launceston
Marriage/Spouse Wife Jane and five children
Trial 5 August 1824, Maryborough, Laois, Queen’s County, Ireland.
3 May 1836, Hobart Supreme Court.
January 1837, Launceston Quarter Sessions.
25 November 1844, Launceston Quarter Sessions.
Sentence 1824: Seven years transportation for stealing and pawning a watch.
1836: Forged a Commercial Bank cheque for £58. Verdict, pardoned.
1837: Seven years transportation for stealing a watch.
1844: One-year imprisonment for pawning a watch to watchmaker Mr Duchene, Launceston.
Arrival 21 February 1825, New South Wales, on the convict ship Asia.

early 1832, Van Diemen’s Land, from Sydney, New South Wales.

 Police Number 1405
Ticket of Leave October 1840, cancelled in 1842.
Other The Dublin Evening Mail 9 February 1824:
Reward of £27 5s/. 6d. Whereas, a person calling himself Adam Moore, by trade, a watchmaker, did abscond from Rathdowney, in the Queen’s County, on Wednesday, the 28th day of January; and, under fraudulent pretences, did get into his possession, about twenty watches, and has not since been heard of: Now, in order to bring the said Adam Moore to punishment, we, whose names are hereunto subscribed, do hereby offer a reward of the several sums affixed to our names, to any person of persons who shall, within six calendar months from the date hereof, apprehend, and lodge in any of his Majesty’s Gaols in Ireland, the said Adam Moore.
One of the watches – a gold Lever, plain dial plate, capped and jewelled, with P.P. in cypher, on the plate where the maker’s name is engraved; a gold seal, W.D., in cypher.
Another double-case silver hunting watch with a crystal, capped. Maker’s name, L’Estrange, Dame Street, Dublin, with J.H.O. in cypher on the front of the outside case – a seal appendant, red Cornelian – crest, lion rampant, cypher, J.H.O.
A double-cased silver hunting watch. Maker’s name, J Johnstone, Liverpool, No. 40018, capped, with second hand, for medical use, &c. &c.
A plain silver watch, with a landscape painted on the dial-plate, with a seaview and a ship approaching the shore, made in Liverpool.
The other watches cannot be accurately described but could be identified. A gold seal to one of them, with “Jane” engraved.
The said Adam Moore is about 5 feet 11 inches high; very large black whiskers, very dark hair, long aquiline nose, small bad teeth, the two front teeth in the the upper jaw very far asunder, and very remarkable thin visage, though manly; of rather genteel address. He wore a very dark bottle green surtout, with velvet collar, a striped waistcoat, and blue trowers [sic] – his whole appearance, shabby genteel. He represented himself as a native of the County of Cork, from near Kanturk, his accent English and Munster …’

5 August 1824: Trial, Queen’s County, Ireland – sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing and pawning a watch.
A local Irish newspaper described Adam as a sleek, pious-looking travelling watchmender who preached himself into the good graces of the faithful.29 October 1824: Departed Cork on the ship, Asia.
21 February 1825: Arrived, New South Wales, Australia, recorded as a watchmaker and clerk.
August 1831: Certificate of Freedom, New South Wales.

Relocated to Van Diemen’s Land in early 1832, and advertised starting a clock and watchmaking business in St John Street, Launceston (premises of shopkeeper Mr John Dunn) in July 1832.

December 1832: Adam wrote to Colonel George Arthur, Lieutenant Governor, to request financial assistance for his wife’s hospital expenses. Adam said his wife had become deranged, and he could not continue running his business. On a doctor’s recommendation, she had been admitted to an asylum in Hobart, where the cost was two shillings a day. Arthur denied the request based on the opinion and advice of Police Magistrate William Lyttleton, who stated Adam Moore was ‘of bad character.’ He was under suspicion of consigning property from Sydney, with the expectation that a warrant for his arrest would be issued.

By January 1833: Moved business to Brisbane Street, Launceston.

September 1834: Purchased the Black Swan Inn, corner of Brisbane and Wellington Streets, Launceston.
January 1835: Advertised transferring the Black Swan Inn license and his intention to open a General Store in Launceston.

September 1835: Discharged from the Debtor’s Gaol and recommenced clock and watchmaking business in his former Brisbane Street premises.

By January 1836: Business location, Wellington Street, Launceston. Thieves stole ten silver watches from the shop window.

1837: Seven year sentence for stealing a watch.
1842: Assigned to Town Surveyor’s Gang, Hobart, and House of Correction Hobart.

January 1844: Certificate of Freedom.
November 1844: One year imprisonment for pawning a watch.

May 1845: The New Norfolk Police Office advertised unclaimed property consisting of watchmaker’s tools, stolen from Adam Moore, a prisoner of the Crown in 1842, would be sold by auction if not claimed before 30 May.

By approx. 1848: Returned to New South Wales.

Death unknown
TAHO: CON35/1/1 p384, CON32/1/2, CON16/1/1.
Web: Ancestry: New South Wales & Tasmania, Australia, Convict Muster 1841.
Cornwall Chronicle 26 September 1835, 30 January 1836, 5 January 1848; Launceston Advertiser 21 August 1832, 9 February 1835, 29 November 1844; Independent 6 September 1834; Colonial Times 9 October 1838, 9 January 1844; The Courier Hobart 6 October 1840, 11 November 1842; The Examiner (Launceston) 27 November 1844, 1 January 1848.