Source 3

List of convicts embarked on the Elphinstone for Van Diemen’s Land 1842 (PC 1/2717)

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No.
Name
Age
Crime
Convicted Where
Convicted When
Sentence
Married or Single
Read or Write
Trade
Gaoler's Report
Character on board the hulk
3997 Henry Bolam15 Steal[in]g a peice of Velveteen Worcester 30 Dec 1839
7 yrs"R"
Convicted & twice Whipp[e]d a common thief Good
4020James Campbell 14 Theft Glasgow9 Sept 1840
7 ""R"Often Convicted. Bad Character
In
4124


Jerty Johnston15Larceny & prev conv[iction] Cen[tra]l Cr[imina[l] C[our]t1 Feb 184110 ""N"Before Convicted
Ditto
4127

Frederick Schweder15Larceny Cen[tra]l Cr[imina[l] C[our]t 1 Feb 18417 ""B"2 Mo[nth]s & 2 weeks H[ard] L[abour]
Good
4128 Richard Taylor15Larceny by a Serv[an]tCen[tra]l Cr[imina[l] C[our]t1 Feb 1841
7 ""B"Not knownDitto
4166
Tho[ma]s Garrell14Larceny by a Serv[an]t
Cen[tra]l Cr[imina[l] C[our]t1 Mar 1841
7 ""B"DittoDitto
4167
George Hambley16Larceny Cen[tra]l Cr[imina[l] C[our]t1 Mar 1841
7 ""B"DittoIndiff
[eren]t
4185 John Hillesley15Stealing a Coat

Kingston on Thames29 Mar 18417 ""N"In prison
before
Good
4191Job Parkinson
13Larceny Grantham2 April 1841
7 ""N"Bad Charact[e]r co[?] poor but honestDitto
4217


William Shaw16Larceny Cen[tra]l Cr[imina[l] C[our]t10 May 18417 ""B"3 Months H[ard] L[abour]
In
4218

Richard Pinnuck15Ho[use] break[in]g & LarcenyCen[tra]l Cr[imina[l] C[our]t 10 ~"~ ~"~10 ""N"Not knownGood
4220 Henry Hooper
14Larceny Cen[tra]l Cr[imina[l] C[our]t10 May 1841
7 ""B"DittoIn
4221 Josh[ua] Mood
15Larceny form[e]r conv[ictio]n
Cen[tra]l Cr[imina[l] C[our]t10 ~"~ ~"~
7 ""B"Before
Convicted
In
4222James Jerrome13Larceny Cen[tra]l Cr[imina[l] C[our]t10 ~"~ ~"~
7 ""B"Not knownIn
4223 Joseph Williamson14Larceny from personCen[tra]l Cr[imina[l] C[our]t10 ~"~ ~"~
10 ""B"1 M[onth] H[ard] L[abour[
In
4224 Thomas Harper13Larceny & prior conv[ictio]nCen[tra]l Cr[imina[l] C[our]t10 ~"~ ~"~
7 ""B"Before Convicted H[ard] L[abour] often
Bad
4225
William Jones14Larceny Cen[tra]l Cr[imina[l] C[our]t10 ~"~ ~"~
7 ""B"Bridewell 21 days
Bad
4226

Nathan Hant15Steal[in]g a watch & former conv[ictio]nPontefract 5 April ~"~7 ""B"Character very bad 11 times in prison
Indif
4229


John Linsley16Steal[in]g a pair of boots Kingston on Hull12 April 18417 ""B"2nd Conv[ictio]n. bad character very disorderly
Good
4231

George Dubber142 Indict[ment]s 7 years each New Sarum 1 March 1841
7 7=14 ""R"2nd Conv[ictio[n very bad character
Ditto
4235
Leslie Robertson14Theft Aberdeen 21 April 18417 ""B"Conv[icte]d before. Very bad character
Ind
4236
William Brown14Theft Aberdeen 23 ~"~ ~"~
7 ""B"Bad Character quite dishonest
In
4237
Cha[rle]s McDonald14DittoDitto23 ~"~ ~"~
7 ""B"ditto ditto disorderly
Good
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3. Look at Source 3. Another form of Victorian punishment was transportation to a penal colony in a different country.

  • What is the average age of these convicts who are being transported?
  • What are the crimes that most of them have been convicted of? (Hint : Larceny means theft)
  • How long is the average sentence?
  • Do you think they were allowed to come home at the end of their sentence?
  • Which of the following words do you think describes conditions at the penal colony? Explain why
    • hard
    • easy
    • frightening
    • simple
    • tough
    • boring
    • interesting