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Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander, one of 190 convicts transported on the Guildford, 04 April 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Peter Alexander
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 10th June, 1839
Age: 34 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 4th April, 1822
Arrival date: 15th July, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 190 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 166
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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Denis Pember on 18th April, 2016 wrote:

Caledonian Mercury Thu 7 Jun 1821 p.3…...
...Peter Alexander was next placed at the bar, charged with breaking into the house of Mr. John Gellatly, situated in Commercial Place, Leith, on the 16th March last, and stealing curtains and women’s apparel. The prisoner pleaded not guilty.
The circumstances of the robbery were stated by Isabella Macqueen, servant to Mr. Gellatly, who was removing from the upper fat of a house to the one below, during which the former premises were entered by a false key, and the articles libelled or carried off, which were missed about nine o’clock. Witness examined the articles then in Court, and identified them as those stolen from the master’s house. She closed the door on leaving the house, and is certain it was fastened by the pass-lock.
William Wilson, a seaman, was standing by his mother’s door, and observed the prisoner and another carrying a bundle one night in March; on challenging them, the prisoner, uttering an oath, threw down the bundle, when witness seized him, and conveyed him to the Police Office.
[The witness was highly commended by the Court for the propriety of his conduct in apprehending the prisoner under such suspicious circumstances.]
The declaration of the prisoner was read, in which he denied the crimes alleged against him, and stated that he was following the person carrying the bundle when he was apprehended, but whom he did not know.
The Solicitor General shortly addressed the Jury on the conclusive nature of the evidence as to the guilt of the prisoner, for whom Mr Maclachlan did not think it necessary to trouble them at length. The Learned Gentleman thought he might mention, that at one time he was of opinion that the evidence did not bear out the charge of housebreaking; he believed the witness (Isabella Macqueen) did mean to speak the truth, but he left it to the jury to determine whether it was not possible, in the hurry consequent on removal, that she might have drawn to the door without fastening it. He did not mean to press this doubt, but if the jury felt it entitled to any weight, he trusted they would give the prisoner the benefit of it, and find the aggravation of housebreaking not proven.
The Jury, after retiring for a short time, returned an unanimous verdict of Guilty, and the Solicitor-General, on account of the youth of the prisoner, restricted the libel to an arbitrary punishment.
Lord Pulmilly, in proposing the measure of punishment, animadverted severely on the conduct of the prisoner, who, by denying the crimes of which he had been convicted, and thus daring the laws of his country, had afforded such full proof of his guilt that his Lordship felt he could not do less than propose that he should be transported for life, which sentence, after a few concurring observations from Lord Meadowbank, was passed by the Lord Justice Clerk.

Denis Pember on 18th April, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 31…
[Ref A0194] Alexander, Peter, 23, government servant, Guildford, 1921, life, Protestant, labourer to Mary Shea, Lower Portland Head.

In 1838, aged 33, Peter married Frances Izzard.
1 Aug 1838 -
Peter Alexander age 33, Guildford, Ticket of leave.
Francis [sic] Izzard 17 native free.
Approved Henry Stiles Windsor.
However, they only had the one child, William, born 1839, because Peter was accidentally drowned; inquest held 10th July 1839.
Frances subsequently married Joseph Plunkett and had a further 8 children.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 18th April, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 10th June, 1839 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Denis Pember on 18th April, 2016 made the following changes:


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