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Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander, one of 160 convicts transported on the Royal George, 22 August 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Alexander
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 9th April, 1807
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 25th January, 1864
Age: 56 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Southampton Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Royal George
Departure date: 22nd August, 1828
Arrival date: 24th December, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 471 (237)
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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Community Contributions

D Wong on 20th September, 2014 wrote:

Robert was the seventh of eight children born to John Alexander, an agricultural labourer and his wife, Mary Ann, he was baptised on 17 May 1807 at St Mary’s in Michelmersh.

Robert, (life) along with Joseph Collins )(7 years) used force to rob a Mr George Scammel of silver coins totalling 19 shillings.

Robert was 5’6” tall, ruddy complexion, brown hair and grey eyes, tattoos on his right arm, a heart with the initials E.H. inside and the year 1828 and a woman underneath, on the underside of his left arm was tattooed another woman, he also had a scar on the front of his chin and another across the middle fingers of his right hand.

1829: Robert was assigned to William Turney Morris, a free settler who arrived in the colony in July 1828 aboard ‘Ship of Australia’.

1836: TOL Bungonia bench.
28/2/1837: TOL St Vincent
30/3/1841 TOL:  “ln lieu 37/411 dated 28 February 1837, deposed to be lost”.

14/4/1837: at the Church of England Chapel at Sutton Forest, Robert Alexander married Mary Theresa McCarthy, the witnesses to this marriage were Joseph Collins, Robert’s partner in crime, and his wife Ellen Eliza Collins.  They had 7 children

Mary Theresa McCarthy: born on 7 September 1812, in Ireland, had lived in a convent in Cork and trained as a nursing sister.  Mary came to Australia as a free settler aboard the ‘Duchess of Northumberland’ which sailed from Cork in Ireland.

At the time of their marriage, Robert was living at Bateman’s Bay, as was Mary, after their marriage they lived at Morris’s new property ‘Gundary’ near Moruya.

1/5/1843: CP

25/1/1864: Robert Alexander died at Genoa from cancer aged 56 years, he was buried in the Eden Cemetery on 27 January 1864.

Mary, in her later years lived at the Catholic Settlement at Kiah, where she died on 31 August 1879 from bronchitis.

The full story of Robert Alexander can be found at :http://www.towambavalleyhistory.bravepages.com/alexanderfamily.htm

Convict Changes History

Kym Meteyard on 19th September, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1807 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1864 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

D Wong on 20th September, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 9th April, 1807 (prev. 1807), date of death: 25th January, 1864 (prev. 1864), gender: m

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