Between 1788 and 1868, about 162,000 convicts were transported from Britain and Ireland to various penal colonies in Australia. The British Government began transporting convicts overseas to American colonies in the early 18th century.
My Great Great Grandfather on my paternal side was sentenced in Edinburgh and transported to Australia in the 1850. At the time of his sentence he was seventeen and living in tenements in Blair Street with his brother in what is now known as Edinburgh old town. Cramped, poorly lit, under ventilated, and usually without indoor plumbing, the tenements were hotbeds of vermin and disease, and were frequently swept by cholera, typhus, and tuberculosis.
James was convicted for house breaking and sentenced to ten years. Records reveal that he was transported to Australia on the Rodney Convict Ship.
James went on to serve his sentence, marry and receive a ticket of leave in 1855. He and his wife changed their names, moved to Victoria and raised a substantial family. The lived a law abiding life and contributed significantly to the colony.
Convict Ship – Rodney (1)
Male convicts on board
|Departure Port:||Portland (Dorset)||Departure Date:||23 Aug 1850|
|Arrival Port:||Hobart||Arrival Date:||28 Nov 1850|
Convicts landed: 308
Died on board:
Archives Office of Tasmania, Guide to Convict Records by Ship Reference.
Bateson, Charles, The Convict Ships 1787-1868, Brown, Son & Ferguson Ltd 1985.
Broxam, Graeme, Shipping Arrivals and Departures, Tasmania, 1843-1850, Roebuck, 1998, p227.
Phillips, Margaret E., Australian Joint Copying Project, Handbook Part 7, Public Records Office Admiralty Records, National Library of Australia 1993, pp 75-77.
Archives Office of Tasmania, Convict Department, Registers of Convict’s Deaths, 10 Jun 1840-31 Mar 1846, 25 Nov 1845-5 Jul 1874, (Ref: CON 63).
Convicts on board listed by Researchers
GOODWIN Joseph aka STEWART
ROBSON John Boyd
Non-convicts on board listed by Researchers
TYNAN Andrew – Military Pensioner
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