Chapman Valley History

Charles Eastough/Eastaugh convict number 3011 was 33, when he and William Edwards, aged 18, were charged with stealing a sheep, the property of Mr. William Bush of Bishop Stortford. They were also charged with stealing two smock-frocks, the property of Thomas Chipperfield, a shepherd. For his crime, Charles was transported to Western Australia for 14 years. Edwards received 6 months imprisonment and a whipping.
Charles arrived in Fremantle on board the convict ship Ramillies 7th August 1854. There were 30 pensioner guards with their wives and children and 277 convicts.
Very soon after his arrival, on the 22nd August 1854, Charles received his Ticket of Leave. The following year, 15th December 1855 he was granted a Conditional Pardon. He worked at Lynton Hiring Depot as a carpenter and blacksmith, serving the teamsters who were engaged in lead carting to Geraldton from the mining areas of Northampton, back loading equipment and stores. (At one stage he was paying licences on 45 carts of 2 wheels).
It was while he was working at Lynton that he met and married Bridget Cornelly nee O’Loughlin in 1857, the widow of pensioner guard Farrell Cornelly who died at the Lynton Hiring Depot in 1856. Soon after he worked for a time at Tibradden, which was established by John Sydney Davis. Charles received the Certificate of Freedom in January 1865.
As the days of horse teams to Northampton passed, following the construction of the first railway in Western Australia, Charles and his wife turned their attention to agriculture. Their property was located between White Peak and the Fig Tree or Sherwins’ Crossing on the Chapman River and it was here that he died in 1885.

Source: Sue White; Di Evans; Christine Roberts; Kay Eastough; Chapman Valley Pioneers by P. A. McDonnell; Eastough Family History at Chapman Valley Historical Society Museum, Nanson