MATHEw BrADY 1799 - 1826



(Verb) Escape from a liquid as bubbles;


Like our sparkling ciders, we think that Mathew Brady was ADVENTUROUS AND ALWAYS SEEKING TO ESCAPE.

Mathew Brady (a.k.a. Matthew Bready) was one of 160 convicts transported on the Juliana on the 3rd September 1820 to Van Diemen's Land (now known as Tasmania).

Born of Irish parents at Manchester, where many Irish people went to work..  He had been quite well educated and wrote a good hand.    He was employed as a groom in a gentleman's establishment and was known to be an excellent rider.  


He was known to have a keen sense of humour and seems to have been treated almost as one of his employer's family until becoming involved in theft whereby he stole a basket, a firkin of butter, a twelve-pound flitch of bacon, thirty pounds of sugar and two of rice.  The total value of which goods was five shillings and the recipients of which were two nineteen year old girls, both single, of that town.   He was sentenced to seven years transportation.

Brady became a bushranger, although he had been consigned on his arrival to a family who treated him well.  
Brady ran away and hid on a ship that was bound for England, but was discovered before the ship sailed and was taken ashore in irons to jail.   He was let out again and by way of further punishment was assigned to a hard master.  However he managed to stow away again and was discovered and then sent to Macquarie Harbour, where it was said from which there was no escape.

Brady served down at Macquarie Island on Sarah Island for over two years before finally managing to escape by boat.   From 1824, Brady and his followers were on the run.   They committed many audacious crimes including the taking of the Sorell gaol, however Brady was known as the 'Prince of Thieves' due to his gentle and respectful treatment of women.   Eventually the bushrangers contemplated their means of escape from the Colony at the Tamar.  

Brady went to a hill (now known as Brady's Lookout) to view a position of a ship known as the "Glory" to seek escape out to sea, but again this was not to be.  After 21 months free in Van Diemen's Land, Brady was betrayed by an ex-convict for a pardon.  Brady escaped the ensuing gun battle with serious injuries but was captured soon after by the bounty hunter John Batman. 

At his trial, the court was crowded with sympathising ladies, who wept at the recital of his sufferings and the enormity of his crimes.  His chivalrous behaviour to females had won their esteem and the brilliant feats of his career had excited many imaginations.    Petition after petition was received by the Governor to seek a reprieve from hanging.
His cell was besieged with visitors and his table flowers.    However a reprieve was not to be and he was hanged in 1826.


Discover for yourself and visit Brady's Lookout State Reserve.

Our labels incorporate the colours of flora and fauna located at Brady's Lookout.


Source:  Convict Records
Bonwick, J., 1967, The Bushrangers; illustrating the early days of Van Diemen's Land.  A facsimile of the original edition published in 1856, Fullers Bookshop, Hobart.

Calder, J., 1873, Brady, McCabe, Dunne, Bryan, Crawford, Murphy, Bird, McKenney, Goodwin, Pawley, Bryant, Cody, Hodgetts Gregory, Tilley, Ryan Williams and their Associates:  Bushrangers in Van Diemen's Land 1824-1827 from James Calder's text of 1873 together with newly discovered manuscripts, edited by Eustace Fitzsymonds, Sullivans Cove 1979

Von Stieglitz, K.R.,  1964, Matthew Brady Van Diemen's Land Bushranger, Fullers Book Shop, Hobart