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Convicted to tasmania

Postby c.thorman » Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:12 pm

If on 8th January 1836 you was convicted to Tasmania (Van diemen’s land) on the vessel Lady Nugent which set sail on 12 July 1836 for 14 years could you be released early and how would you get back to English soils
What work would you do out there
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Re: Convicted to tasmania

Postby Templ4r » Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:10 am

Have a look at the Ann Ried WDYTYA episode. Her ancestor was sent there. It explains it pretty well as to what happened.

My step fathers ancestor Joshua and brother Robert Stevens were sent there for 14 years for damaging threshing machines. Joshua died in a few months but after the usual couple of years Robert was sent out to work for a farmer. He was given his freedom and married (he still had a wife in Chedworth, Gloucestershire) and had a successful life.
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