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Charles Armytage

Charles Armitage, one of 306 convicts transported on the Fortune and Alexander, January 1806

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Armytage
Aliases: Armitage
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1773
Occupation: Baker
Date of Death: 29th April, 1822
Age: 49 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 14 years

Crime: Bad notes
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Fortune and Alexander
Departure date: January, 1806
Arrival date: 12th July, 1806
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 308 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 375 (187)
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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Beth Kebblewhite on 27th October, 2013 wrote:


12 July 1806 -  Charles Armytage (recorded as Armitage) arrived in Sydney on this date on the ship Fortune as a convict with a 14 year term, tried Middlesex Gaol Delivery 24 October 1804., after leaving Falmouth England on the 28th January 1806. The ship’s Master was Henry Moore. His Absolute Pardon number was listed as #57.
1806 to 1807 - Charles was assigned (as a convict) to work for Mr. John Palmer. (Source: SRNSW Col Sec Papers - Reel 6056; 4/1765; p182)
1 December 1809 - Charles ARMYTAGE received an absolute pardon. (Source: SRNSW - 4/4427; COD 18; Reel 601, p136-7)
13 December 1810 – Charles married Jane nee MORRIS (1794-1871) in Sydney. The couple had 3 children; Charles Alexander, Jane Ann, and George James.
16 March 1811 - Armytage was one of 40 people to receive a spirit licence. His address was Pitt St. (Source: SRNSW Col Sec Papers - Reel 6038; SZ758; p182 & “Sydney Gazette”, 16 March 1811)
May 1812 - There was a High Court of Appeals case involving Charles Armytage & Gregory Blaxland (famous explorer) and a sum of money in promissory notes. (Source: SRNSW Col Sec Papers - High Court of Appeals; Reel 6042; 4/1724; pp63, 68, 74)
5 June 1813 - Charles granted Power of Attorney to his wife Jane of Pitt Street, Sydney. She would oversee her husband’s affairs while he was absent from the Colony, in England. (Source: NSW Land Titles Office Old Register Book 5 page 233;No.1004)
3 July 1813 - Hannibal Macarthur wrote a letter from Sydney to his uncle John Macarthur in London. [John was in England to answer charges from the Rum Rebellion & the overflow of Gov. Bligh] “….Two men (Armytage and Colless) whom you will remember in low circumstances. The latter was a Collector of Insects and commonly called Butterfly Jack, go home in the “Armistice” with what ready money they have (said to be £4,000) for the purpose of buying a Vessel and Cargo to return thither. Their arrangements may interfere with you but should an opportuning (?) offer of making a Shipment or freight, the List I am now enclosing will be of Service.The Carriage I understood you had purchased and intended to send me would be very useful and you will oblige me by sending it, as in the event of my not wanting it - It will pay the expenses on being sold.The Barouche is entirely worn out and you should not fail to bring a Carriage for my Aunt who is much inconvenienced for want of it. You kindly undertook to settle my Account with Simon(?) Kyle(?) a supply of cloaths (sic) agreeable to the amount left with them would be very acceptable. - Maria unites with me in kindest Love to Yourself and our Dear Cousins and I remain as ever, .My Dear Uncle, Your affect. Nephew, H H Macarthur. Sydney July 3rd 1813. The Box is directed for Jas. Brosdin(?) Esq MP one of the Rt Hon Lord Commissioners of HM Treasury Whitehall London” (Source: ML Manuscript - Reel CY1782, HH Macarthur to John Macarthur. Macarthur Papers Vol. 5. A2901, p47)
12 August 1815 - Charles Armytage was listed as a passenger on the ship “Hebe”. The ship had just arrived in Sydney “from England, the last day of February, with a valuable & various investment”. (Source: “Sydney Gazette”, 12 August 1815)
5 April 1816 - Armytage was one of 50 people to receive a spirit licence. His address was Pitt St. (Source: SRNSW Col Sec Papers - Reel 6038; SZ759; p192)
19 November 1819 -  Evidence was given to the Bigge Report by D’Arcy Wentworth. He spoke about a Mr Rose, a publican, who had been refused a publican’s licence because he was involved in a petition sent to London against Governor Macquarie.
“Q.  Do you recollect any other Publicans whose Licences were refused on the same Grounds as that of the Roses?
A. I think Mr Armytage of Pitt Street, and Charles Thompson (sic) of Hunter Street were refused on the same Grounds. Armytage was the first person who ever recd. A free Pardon from the Governor. He went to England, returned and then set up a Public House. I gave the same advice to the Governor as I did in the Case of Rose & on the same Grounds.
Q.  Were Armytage & Thompson respectable men?
A.  Thompson certainly was & Armytage was then reckoned a man of substance & thriving but of little Consideration.” (Source: The Evidence of the Bigge Report. Volume 1 The Oral Evidence, ed. John Ritchie, p52)
Sept. 1820 - Charles purchased 70 acres of land in the district of Richmond Hill from Wm. Brady. Draft of indenture. (Source: ML Manuscript Card Index - AT (or AR) 64)
1820 to 1821 - Charles was a baker in Pitt St, (Source: ML Manuscript - Bigge Report Appendix; BT Box 12, p277)
1821 - According to the NSW Government Gazette in 1834, Charles had been promised 100 acres of land in the Parish of Goulburn, by Governor Macquarie. His son Charles finally received the grant in 1834. (Source: 1834 Government Gazette, p386)
18 Feb. 1822 - Charles ARMYTAGE of Pitt Street Sydney was issued a spirit licence.
(Source: “Sydney Gazette”, 22 March 1822)
30 April 1822 - “Charles Armytage, Free, aged 48 years, deceased 29 April, Interred 30 April”. St Phillips Church Sydney. (Source: NSW Church Parish Register V1822-684-8)

Convict Changes History

ADELE WHITMORE on 9th December, 2012 made the following changes:

surname Armytage (prev. Armitage)

Carol Axton-Thompson on 10th December, 2012 made the following changes:


Beth Kebblewhite on 27th October, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1773, date of death 29th April, 1822, gender, occupation, crime

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