Status: Complete

33/1992 - 14th March 1833


His Excellency

Major General Richard Bourke

&c &c &c &c

The Petition of John Grayston
per (Shipley 1) a prisoner for life

Most humbly sheweth.

That your Petitioner was convicted
of Street-robbery at the Crim: Court Sydney
3rd October 1826. and sentenced 7 years.

That your Petitioner arrived at Moreton
Bay 28th December 1826 and has since
continued to conduct himself with propriety,
which he trusts the accompanying testimonial
will confirm; and his special good behaviour
for 6 years on the settlement will induce
Your Excellency to grant him a remission
of Colonial sentence agreeable to the
Penal Settlement Regulations dated
1st December 1831 and your Petitioner
will even pray &c

[signed] John Graystone

Moreton Bay 28 Feb. 1833

[Written to the left]

Schedule 121/33

16 March 33

Notes and Questions

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John Graston came out on Shipley 1 in 1817 for life. Could be him.


@Les I thought we weren't supposed to add HTML to indicate highlighting or underlining etc.


Yes Tapestry I plead innocence.


I delete them if I find them.

Bruce Laidlaw

I read somewhere here (can't find it immed.) not to worry about underlining etc, because the final reviewer can add them... I'll search some more...

Bruce Laidlaw

I believe we should be lavish with new lines between things. An ordinary 'Enter' after a line will give us a final result like: "Sir / your most respectful and obedient humble Servant [Signature] Wm. Ross"
Whereas a double 'Enter' between lines will give us more like:
'Sir /
your most respectful and obedient
humble Servant
[Signature] Wm. Ross

Here's confirmation from the Help Page: "For example, you can create separate lines where the HTR transcript has combined separate blocks of text like the signature of the author and name of recipient."


@Bruce Laidlaw
Thank you. I did not know that. I would love a 1-page cheat-sheet of editing hints.
Up until now I have been concentrating on the first pass of initial transcription and setting up tables, but not any other formatting. I would do more editing if I knew how.
I figure someone is always going to be checking my work.


Hi all,
I can confirm that we aren't adding HTML to indicate formatting and if you do see it, please delete it. The completed letters are exported as plain text files and HTML coding comes across exactly as it is typed and does not generate formatting.
Expanding on these exported plain text files of the completed letters, I have been advised that there is no need to add extra lines by pressing 'Enter'. We are not trying to replicate the exact format of the letter because any one using these transcribed letters in the future will also be able to see original scanned letter beside the transcription, similar to what we see here. Our transcription work is creating a searchable digital file which is representative of the content. I hope that helps.

Bruce Laidlaw

Thank you Belinda,

People will mostly be searching for names, so it would be good to have a list of all the principal characters, if possible. There are all sorts of guesses at names and initials.

Can you clarify underlining and other things. too? Sometimes people mark [underlined] and note every little set of initials in the margin [written diagonally on bottom left], often just their best guess. Sometimes (signed) is added beside a signature.

Can we omit any of these? Ignore the underlining? Ignore the initials in the margin?


Hi @Bruce Laidlaw,
I think your idea of a source with a list of the principal characters is a good idea. I will make a start on creating such a list to help make things easier. I will let everyone know when this list is available.
For underlining, I think we should continue to denote it by adding [underlined] after the underlined word or phrase.
For best practice and consistency we can omit including [signed] beside a signature.
Re notes in the margin, we should include them at the end of the text of the letter. I suggest we put [Marginal note: type whatever the margin notes say]. I don't believe we need to include the location of the margin notes, for example "written diagonally on the bottom left". Any one using the transcriptions will be able to see the original letter as well and can ascertain for themselves where the margin notes are located on the page.


@Belinda Thanks for this.


Thanks @Belinda this is very helpful.

Bruce Laidlaw

There is a useful Name Index of Police in Sydney on P 140 of this document: