Australian English Genealogy

 Descendants of Charles Armytage


1. Joseph Aarons

Convict arrived 'Princess Royal' 1823. Wife Rachel arrived 'Mary' same year.

AARONS-On the 4th December, Mr. Joseph Aarons, sen., at his residence 472, Elizabeth-street South an old and respected colonist, aged 80 years.

Source: Empire 6 Dec 1865

Rachel Schlesinger

Obtained certificate of freedom in 1830

Receiving Stolen Property.-The Court of adjourned Quarter Sessions, at present sitting at the New Court House, Woolloomooloo, was engaged yesterday from two till seven p.m., hearing the case of Joseph Aarons, for receiving stolen property. It will be in the recollection of our readers that a Mrs. Aarons, who acted as a sick nurse to many of the respectable Hebrew families in Sydney, was detected stealing sundry articles from the show room of Mr. Isaac Levey, of George-street ; also that she was afterwards committed, and at the last sittings of the General Court of Quarter Sessions found guilty, and sentenced to be confined in the Female Factory for that offence. While proceedings were going on against Rachael Aarons, circumstances were disclosed which led to the apprehension of her husband, Joseph Aarons. He was taken on warrant between Sydney and Windsor, with some of Mr. Levey's goods in his possession, and failing to account for them to the satisfaction of the Sydney Bench, was committed for trial ; but there being several mitigatory circumstances evinced in the case he was allowed bail, which he obtained, and was liberated. Soon after his obtaining bail, some of the officers of the Sydney Police succeeded in discovering that stolen property, to the amount of nearly £100, had been secreted by the said Joseph Aarons. Within a few days after this discovery was made, Aarons absconded from his bail, and was only retaken after the most strenuous exertions of his bailsmen, the police, and those who had suffered by the system which he and Mrs. Aarons had been carrying on. When the case came on for hearing, yesterday afternoon, Messrs. Callaghan und Nichols apppeared as counsel for the prosecution, and Mr. T. Lipscomb, as attorney ; and for the defence, Messrs. Michie and Purefoy as counsel, and Mr. J. R. Brenan, attorney. The principal evidence against the prisoner was Mrs. Izzard, from Windsor, who proved that after Sarah Aarons had been taken into custody, the prisoner came to her with two bundles of valuable soft goods to sell, when she bought two shawls and a gown-piece - the shawls for l0s. each, and the gown-piece for 6s. 6d -from the prisoner. After the sale had been closed, he said to the witness, I have heard some unpleasant news, and cannot go to Sydney directly, and made her a present of a dozen of stay-laces, at the same time informing her that he had a favour to ask, which was, to allow him to leave his bundles with her for a few days ; he did so, and from what she (Mrs. Izzard) soon after heard, she considered it her duty to inform Shirley, the chief constable of Windsor, of the bundles being in her possession. This information was given to Shirley after the bundles had been about a fortnight in Mrs. Izzard's possession. Shirley corroborated the evidence of Mrs. Izzard, and a number of witnesses identified the goods found in Aaron's bundles as being part of the property stolen from Mr. Levey's premises. After the case had been closed and the Chairman had put it before the Jury, they retired for about fifteen minutes and returned a verdict of Guilty against the prisoner, who was remanded till Saturday for sentence. The above case appeared to excite considerable interest among the old residents in Sydney, from the circumstance of the prisoner being generally known and respected, and never before suspected of dishonesty.
Source: The SMH 1 May 1845

4. Louisa Aarons

You may recollect a man named Kinchela, who was sentenced to nine month's imprisonment for the abduction of Mr Gill's daughter. The sentence he completed a few weeks ago, and he was this morning brought up at the police office, charged with a similar offence with regard to a young girl under fifteen years of age, the daughter of a person named Aarons. On the case being called on this morning , the prosecutor (the father of the girl) did not appear, but Captain Innes said he did not feel justified in dismissing such a case, and he should therefore remand it for a week, holding the prisoner to bail.
Source: The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser 27 Jan 1849

THE LOVE CHAOS.–The drama, written by James Kinchela, Esq., the principal part of which was filled by Miss Louisa Aarons, her first and (let us hope) last appearance in that character, was concluded yesterday at the George-street theatre. The curtain rose to the monotonous tone of the deposition clerk, who, as a sort of chorus, told the audience how James, being of high extraction, did take or cause to be taken away on the first of January, from her father's humble roof, the sweet Louisa, at the tender age of fourteen years and nine months ; and how James did deposit her in a most notorious house of ill-fame, and did–contrary to the form of the statute in such case made and provided. Then the old father, Joseph Aarons, related how the lordly James came on New Year's day and asked the gentle Louisa to decorate the Draper's races with her presence ; and how she left her home for this scene of gaiety to return no more–until he fetched her. Here, however, the curtain was compelled to fall, as no other actors in the drama appeared to give their testimony in support of Joseph ; but the presiding judge, who always punishes vice and protects virtue, as in duty bound, soothed the injured sire by these words : " The case must be dismissed for want of witnesses ; but you can open it again, whenever you like." To which the prudent critic remarked, "Pray don't."
Source: Bell's Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer 3 Fen 1849