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Robert Adams

Robert Adams, one of 200 convicts transported on the Prince Regent, 17 August 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Adams
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 29th September, 1811
Occupation: Silkwinder
Date of Death: 20th October, 1884
Age: 73 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Chester Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Prince Regent
Departure date: 17th August, 1829
Arrival date: 10th January, 1830
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 154
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Berenice Dunston on 28th March, 2016 wrote:

Robert Adams was born on the 29th September 1811 at Prestbury, Cheshire, England to Robert and Sarah Adams. Robert Jnr and his father worked as “Silk Throwster” for the Soho factory at Maccelsfield. In April 1829 Robert Jnr was arrested for stealing 70 lbs of iron worth 2 shillings and sentenced on the 13th July 1829 to 7 years transportation to Van Diemens Land. He sailed on the “Prince Regent” on the 4th August 1829 and arrived in January 1830.  Robert served five different masters and was not known as a model prisoner. He earned his ticket of leave and was freed into servitude to John Pascoe Fawkner in April 1836 and came back to Melbourne with him.  When he had served his time with Fawkner, he went to work for the Learmonth bothers on a Sheep station at Buninyon, near Ballarat in Victoria.
Robert then worked with Joseph Hawdon and Charles bonney and took the first herd of cattle to Adelaide, arriving in April 1838. Monuments can be located on the trail that the party took.  Robert settled in South Australia and married Mary Ann O’Connell in Adelaide on the 20th May 1839. May Ann came from Ireland to Adelaide as a servant in July 1838 on the “Henry Porcher”. She was born at sea about 1820, her father being a yeoman by trade on the ships. It is likely her parents were Martin and Eliza O’Connell. ?Robert could read and write, which in those days which was the exception indicating you were of the gentry or at least well bred.?
Robert and Mary Ann had eleven Children: Samuel (1840 -1909); James (1841-1894);? Charles (1842-1921);? Alfred John (1844-1906);? Sarah Ann (1845-1927); ?Ruben (1846 - );? David (1848-1892);? Catherine (1850-1928);? Henry (1851-1911);? Mary (1853-1932);? Robert John (1856 - ).?
Robert Snr worked as Manager of “Fairview” Station near Lucindale, South Australia for about 9 years. In 1856 they moved to Robe where he worked as a Carrier. Robert Snr then brought land and farmed until 1865 when he built the “Six Mile Inn” at Peeweena near Mt Gambier in South Australia and was a publican until his retirement in 1874. ?
Robert Snr died on the 20th October 1884 at Mt Gambier South Australia and Mary Ann died at Casterton, Victoria on the 9th October 1891 and was buried at Mt Gambier.

Bev adams on 5th August, 2018 wrote:

He was born in macclesfield cheshire.england.sentenced for stealing 60 pounds of iron worth 2/6d

Bev adams on 13th March, 2019 wrote:

Martin and elizabeth oconnell were not mary ann oconnells parents

Convict Changes History

Berenice Dunston on 28th March, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1811 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1884 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Bev adams on 5th August, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 29th September, 1811 (prev. 1811), date of death: 20th October, 1884 (prev. 1884), crime

Bev adams on 13th March, 2019 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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