I am trying to connect my Australian Burnell's to UK family members. My great-great grandfather was Charles Burnell born (1826 circa) who had committed a petty crime in London and was sentenced to 7 years transportation to Van Diemans Land. At age 20 years he arrived on the 'Anna Maria' on 7th June 1848. His convict records indicated that he was a labourer, but he left behind a family in England, who never saw him again. No mention of his fathers name. A mother named Mary Burnell (maiden name unknown) Brothers... James, Tom, John, George Burnell Sisters ... Mary, Julia, Esther Burnell
Charles eventually married Eliazabeth Goldsmith in Hobart, Tasmania and brought up his family in a respectable manner.
If any names are familiar with you, I'd appreciate your feedback. My website als tells more about the history of the Burnell's in Australia.www.royburnell.com