SALMON Alfred Charles

Name Alfred Charles SALMON
Country Of Origin England
Born 1803
Died unknown
Birth/Baptism Bapt. Alfred Salmon, 21 August 1803, St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Leyton, Essex, London, England
Parents William Henry (watchmaker) and Jane Salmon
Apprenticeship Likely with his father
Skills Watchmaker, Watch Finisher, Jeweller
Work Locations Hobart, Launceston
Street Address
Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Liverpool Street, Hobart
Brisbane Street, Launceston
Charles Street, Launceston
Murray Street, Hobart
Wellington Street, Launceston
Marriage/Spouse Wife and daughter in England
Trial 19 August 1844, Central Criminal Court, London
Sentence Seven years transportation for three charges:
1. Stealing one watch and one watch movement (value £13), the property of his master John Thomas Church, London clock and watchmaker.
2. Stealing and pawnbroking one pair of sheets, one tablecloth, two salt cellars, and one printed book, the property of his landlord, David Evans.
And one other charge.London newspaper, The Sun, of 16 August 1844, described Charles as a watch finisher and capital workman, but a very dishonest one.
Arrival 17 June 1845 on the convict ship, Mount Stewart Elphinstone (1).
Convict watchmaker Francis Abbott arrived on the same ship, and was sentenced on the same day and location.
Police Number 15765
Convict Assignment Approx. 1846: James Robe, watchmaker, then his son William Robe, Hobart.
Approx. 1847: William Cole, watchmaker, Liverpool Street, Hobart.
Approx. late 1848: Archibald Simpson, clock and watchmaker, Launceston.
Approx. 1849: James Matthews, watchmaker, Launceston.
Approx. 1851: William Lloyd Jones, watchmaker and engraver, Launceston.
Approx. 1852-1853: Francis Abbott, watchmaker, Murray Street, Hobart.
Ticket of Leave
Conditional Pardon
Other Alias James Barber and Charles Patterson.

1834: Charged and acquitted of stealing a gold watch, the property of Ellis Casper, watchmaker.
1841: Employers, Mr John Thomas Church, watchmaker, Westminster Road, and Mr Turpin, watchmaker, Banner Street, London.

1841 England Census:
Recorded as Alfred Salmon, 35-year-old watchmaker, with 35-year-old Elizabeth Salmon and 7-year-old Caroline Salmon, of Norton Folgate Liberty, Middlesex, London.

Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania):
June 1845-June 1846: Probation period, Oyster Cove, southeast Tasmania.
November 1846: Absconded and punished with three months in prison.
Approx. 1847: Brief partnership with William Robe, son of watchmaker James Robe. Charged with stealing and pawning watches from Mr Robe junior, he was acquitted and returned to the government as it was proven a co-partnership existed.
February 1848: Charged with being under the influence of alcohol and described in newspaper reports as a probationer, formerly of the firm Robe and Salmon.
Approx. late 1848: Existing sentence extended by twelve months for absconding.
2 September 1852: Free Certificate

April 1853: Advertised as a watch and clockmaker, Wellington Street, Launceston (two doors from Mr Knight’s Firework Manufactory), with 30 years of experience and ‘late foreman to Messrs. Nadauld and Jackson, Lombard Street, London.’

The Argus, 28 September 1853:
‘Alfred Charles Salmon. If this meets the eye of Charles Salmon, he is requested to address a letter to his wife, care of F Abbott and Son, Watchmakers, Hobart Town.’

21 November 1854, Geelong, Victoria:
Sentenced to three years hard labour on the roads (Pentridge Stockade), for ‘stealing in a dwelling.’
21 March 1856: Ticket of leave.

By 1857, Charles was in Goulburn, New South Wales where he continued to have run-ins with the law, often relating to watches. In December 1858, he was found guilty of forging a character reference and spent three months in Darlinghurst Gaol. Charles absconded from his employment in December 1860 at Shoalhaven, taking four watches with him. In October 1861, detectives searched for Mr A Salmon in Launceston, Melbourne, and Sydney.

September 1862: Beechworth, Victoria – Known as Charley and alias James Barber, and a watchmaker from Chiltern, Charles was charged with stealing a gold watch.
Jeweller and silversmith Joseph Forrester gave evidence that he had known Salmon from years ago and stated he didn’t purchase the watch when Charles offered it to him. Despite the outcome of being dismissed, Charles was arrested outside the Court afterward on other charges.

September 1863: Following his release from gaol, the law again wanted Charles, this time for underhandedly acquiring watches and brooches.

August 1868: Under the alias of Charles Patterson – sentenced to nine months imprisonment in the Melbourne Gaol for stealing a watch.

December 1872: Sentenced to three months hard labour in Kilmore Gaol for keeping a double cased silver verge watch unlawfully in Yea. His prison record stated he had a broken left hip, no upper teeth, scars on his nose and throat, and ‘walks lame’.

29 April 1873: Freedom

Death unknown
Douglas Wilkie to Sallie Mulligan, Hands of Time, March 2023.
TAHO: CON33/1/66, CON18/1/45, CON30/1/2, CON14/1/21, CON13/1/9, CON28/1/2.
Web: Ancestry: England, Select Births & Christenings 1803; London, England, Newgate Calendar of Prisoners 1834; 1841 England Census; Old Bailey Online, Reference No. T18440819-2039, 1844.
Findmypast, Victorian Prison Register, 1854-1856 & 1872.
The Sun (London) 16 August 1844 [British Newspaper Archives]; Hobarton Guardian or True Friend of Tasmania 29 December 1847, 5 February 1848; Hobart Town Advertiser 11 January 1848; Cornwall Chronicle 30 April 1853; Argus 28 September 1853, 10 October 1861; Goulburn Herald & County of Argyle Advertiser 11 July 1857, 18 July 1857, 17 October 1857, 17 November 1857; Empire 16 August 1858, 20 August 1858; Sydney Morning Herald 27 October 1858, 7 December 1858, 7 July 1860, 14 July 1860; Ovens & Murray Advertiser 2 September 1862; New South Wales Police Gazette & Weekly Record of Crime 23 September 1863; Gippsland Times 18 August 1868.