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Charlotte Badger

Charlotte Badger, one of 296 convicts transported on the Earl Cornwallis, August 1800

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charlotte Badger
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1778
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Housebreaking
Convicted at: Worcester Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Earl Cornwallis
Departure date: August, 1800
Arrival date: 12th June, 1801
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 294 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 287 (143)
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

Lavinia on 17th June, 2012 wrote:

Australia’s only woman pirate, she participated in the forceful stealing of a colonial brig called the ‘Venus’, in June 1806 from Port Dalrymple and set sail to New Zealand. In the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser on 20 July 1806 Charlotte was described as very corpulent, with full face, thick lips, and light hair; had an infant child.

D Wong on 7th December, 2014 wrote:

Charlotte Badger was baptized (July 31, 1778) at Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, and was originally sent to Port Jackson in New South Wales as a convict aboard the Earl Cornwallis (1801) having been sentenced to seven years for housebreaking. She was sent to the Parramatta Female Factory (1806 – 1808) and her illegitimate daughter was born there. She was then sent to Hobart as a domestic servant aboard the Venus, but the ship’s crew mutinied and took control of the ship. According to varying accounts Charlotte then dressed in male attire, armed herself with a pistol and flogged the captain, and had urged the male convicts to rebel. They group sailed to Rangihoua Bay in the Bay of Island in New Zealand, where Charlotte Badger became one of the earliest recorded white women in New Zealand. Charlotte and her child appear to have been accepted by the local Maori population, and despite two offers of return to Port Jackson, she preferred to remain at Rangihoua. However, relations with the Maoris later became untenable, though the reason remains unclear. Finally Charlotte and her daughter escaped by sea and settled in Tonga, and were living there in 1826.

Convict Changes History

Lavinia on 17th June, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1778-00-00, gender f

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