A Free Pardon was granted to the bushranger Owen Suffolk in return for his commitment to return to England and never return to the colony of Australia.
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By his excellency The Honourable Sir John Henry Thomas
Manners Sutton, Knight Commander of the Most Honourable
Order of the Bath, Govenor and Commander-In-Chief in and over
the Colony of Victoria &c, &c, &c.
'Whereas Owen Suffolk alias Charles Vernon was in the Year One Thousand Eight Hundred and fifty eight tried and convicted in the Colony of Victoria of Horse Stealing and received two cumulative Sentences of Five and Seven Years respectively Hard Labor on the Roads of the said Colony. And whereas on the fourth day of July now last past a Ticket of Leave was granted unto the said Owen Suffolk alias Charles Vernon And Whereas it has been deemed expedient by me to pardon the said Owen Suffolk alias Charles Vernon. Allow Therefore in pursuance of the power and authority in one vested, I the Governor aforesaid do hereby grant to the said Owen Suffolk alias Charles Vernon a Free Pardon for the Crime of which he has been so convicted in the said Colony of Victoria.'
29 Aug 1866, Melbourne, Victoria.
Departed from Australia: 17 Sep 1866
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