The village of Ilfracombe when John Bowen lived in England

 

The Mercury

Tuesday 30 December 2003, page 10


December 30,  1803
It is reported to Lieutenant Bowen that a few convicts, with the connivance of a soldier on sentry duty (a John Maguire) have robbed the public store, a serious offence as the settlement depended totally for its survival on the contents of this store, such as food and powder, to hunt wildlife. Bowen puts the soldier and the convicts into confinement and begins to ponder the punishment to be meted out to them.