Source: Morning Post [Lnodon], 25 October 1831
Source: Old Bailey Proceedings Online
Source: Boston Library
Emanuel AntonioLast Name
Manuel AntonioArrival in Queensland
20 March 1843Date of Birth
ca. 1797Place of Birth
Bombay (Mumbai), IndiaPlace of residence in Queensland
Ann CrickardDate of Marriage
29 January 1853Place Married
Seaman, house servant, convict
In October 1831, 34-year-old Emanuel Antonio and 28-year-old Enacoe Caetano, mariners born in Bombay, were arrested in London, England and charged with ‘maliciously cutting’ Jacob George ‘with intent to do him grievous bodily harm’. Both defendants were described as a ‘Man of Colour’. Antonio and Caetano were lodgers at Gould’s Barracks, Ratcliffe Highway in Middlesex, which provided accommodation for Indian-born people and foreign seamen. Jacob George, the victim, gave evidence during the trial at the Old Bailey that he was a seaman born in Calcutta but that his father was an Englishman. All three men spoke Portuguese.
During an altercation between Antonio, Caetano and George at the barracks, Antonio stabbed George four times, though a surgeon gave evidence that they were ‘mere flesh wounds’. Despite this, Antonio was convicted of the capital crime of cutting and maiming and sentenced to death, which was respited to transportation for life. He was transported to New South Wales on the Clyde, arriving in Sydney in 1832.
The ship’s indent listed Antonio’s native place as Bombay and stated that he was a widower aged 34. No children were listed. He was also described as a seaman and house servant who could not read or write. Antonio was 5 feet 8 inches tall and had no distinguishing scars, marks or tattoos. His complexion and eyes were ‘black’ and his hair was ‘black and woolly’. The physical description suggests that Antonio was of African ancestry. Given the fact that he also spoke Portuguese, this raises the intriguing possibility that Antonio was born a slave or descended from slaves.
In October 1840, after eight years in New South Wales, Emanuel Antonio was granted a ticket of leave for Maitland. In March 1843, the ticket was 'Altered to Moreton Bay'. Antonio must have arrived in Queensland fairly soon afterwards as he was admitted to the Moreton Bay Hospital in July 1843 suffering 'Catarrhus'. After ten days in hospital, he was discharged.
In March 1848 Antonio was granted a conditional pardon, a stipulation of which was that he could not return to the United Kingdom where he had been sentenced to transportation. In May 1849 he was again admitted to the Moreton Bay Hospital.
On 29 January 1853, Emanuel Antoni [sic] married Anne Crickard in Brisbane. Anne was a 29-year-old emigrant who arrived in Brisbane on the ship America in January 1852. She was described in the ship's indent as a laundress from County Down, Ireland. There are no records of any children born to Emanuel and Ann Antonio, nor is there any other positive trace of the couple in Queensland records or elsewhere in Australia.
Researcher and author: Jan Richardson, Harry Gentle Resource Centre.
Date of publication: 20 May 2022.
'Stabbing with intent to murder', Morning Post [London], 25 October 1831.
Trial of Emanuel Antonio and Enacoe Caetano, 20 Oct 1831, Ref. No. t18311020-11, Old Bailey Proceedings Online.
'Old Bailey' by Thomas Rowlandson in "Microcosm of London or London in Miniature", 1809. Courtesy of Boston Public Library.
Emanuel Antonio per Clyde (1832).
Emanuel Antonio per Clyde (1832), Ticket of leave no. 40/2183, dated 8 Oct 1840, 'Altered to Moreton Bay 20th March 1843'.
Emanuel Antony [sic], admitted 11 Jul 1843, p. 188.
Emanuel Antonio per Clyde (1832), Pardon No. 48/615, 1 March 1848.
Ann [sic] Crickard per America, arrived Moreton Bay 15 Jan 1832 aged 29.
Manuel [sic] Antonio, admitted 25 May 1849, pp. 49, 52.
Morning Post [London]
25 Oct 1831
26 Oct 1831
Online ResourcesTrial of Emanuel Antonio and Enacoe Caetano, 20 Oct 1831, Ref. No. t18311020-11, Old Bailey Proceedings Online.
Qld Reg BDMs, Marriage registration, Emanuel Antoni [sic] and Anne Crickard, 29 Jan 1853, Brisbane, Reg. No. 1854/BMA/506.
Digital Panopticon, entry for Emanuel Antonio per Clyde (1832).