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Richard Austin

Richard Austin, one of 297 convicts transported on the Bangalore, 01 January 1850

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Austin
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1828
Occupation: Shearman
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Stafford. Stafford Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Bangalore
Departure date: 1st January, 1850
Arrival date: 30th April, 1850
Place of arrival Moreton Bay
Passenger manifest Travelled with 301 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/16, Page Number 159 (81)
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

A. Follower on 28th November, 2019 wrote:

c1828 Year of birth. Stated aged 21, in 1849 Quarterly list in prisons and on hulks.

11-May-1850 Employed Freill & Sandeman, Burnett District, Qld.

[The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861) Page 2. - 20 September 1856 ]

28-Jan-1851 Ticket of Leave 50/0278; On the recommendation of the Commissioner of Crown Lands Burnett.

[NSW Archives: Tickets of Leave Passports, 1835-1869 [4/4277; Reel 980]]

1856 Married Mary Ann Prendergast Ipswich Qld. [NSW BDM 1459/1856] [Qld BDM 1859 C61]

6-Jun-1856 Shearer, living with wife at Red Cow Inn, Ipswich, Qld, when searched by Police.

21-Jun-1856 Charged with theft of jewellery.

16-Sep-1856 Sentenced to be worked for 3 years on the roads of the colony.

3-Aug-1861 Taken into custody on suspicion of theft. Reported as being ‘well known’ in this area, Toowoomba, Qld.

5-Aug-1861 Alleged Peter Gentle, also Bangalore, offered £50 to Constable to let Richard go free.

6-Sep-1861 Committed for trial of being feloniously in possession of goods, the property of John Watts Esq. of Eton Vale. Bail refused.

7-Sep-1861 Escaped whilst under police escort to Brisbane Goal, Gatton Creek, Qld.

[Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861 - 1864), Page 2. - 14 September 1861]

11-Sep-1861 Reward of £30 for information leading to apprehension. Description: aged 36, 5’7” height, dark complexion, long black wavy hair beginning to turn grey, getting bald on top but very long behind, long nose, small mouth with thin lips, large blue eyes, broad face and high cheek bones, a slight scar between nether lip and chin, had his beard and whiskers closely shaven, has appearance of Italian but is Englishman, stout make, square shoulders, had on moleskin trousers, a red crimson shirt and panama hat.

12-Oct-1864 Wife, Mary Ann Austin, placed notice in newspaper about Richard Austin having left his family. If my husband, RICHARD AUSTIN, who has left his home and neglected his family for the last three years, does not return to it within two months from this date, I shall consider he has no further legal claim upon me as his wife, and will act accordingly.

Also reference:

HARRISON, J., & SHAW, B., “Brisbane: schemes and dreams nineteenth century arrivals.”, Kelvin Grove, Qld : Brisbane History Group ; Salisbury Qld. Boolarong Press, Moorooka, Qld. : Boolarong Press, 2014. 2014. ©2014, Chapter 4, Page 50. – 1850

The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861), p.2 20-Sep-1861, p.4 21-Jun-1856

The North Australian, Ipswich and General Advertiser (Ipswich, Qld. : 1856 - 1862), p.3 23-Sep-1856

Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861 - 1864) p.3 6-Aug-1861, p.3 27-Aug-1861, p.2 14-Sep-1861
The Darling Downs Gazette and General Advertiser (Toowoomba Qld. : 1858 - 1880) 15-Aug-1861, 20-Oct-1864

The Toowoomba Chronicle and Queensland Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1875) p.3 12- Sep-1861

Convict Changes History

A. Follower on 28th November, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1828 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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