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Christopher Balderstone

Christopher Balderstone, one of 224 convicts transported on the Waterloo, 18 November 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Christopher Balderstone
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1797
Occupation: Ploughman
Date of Death: 1873
Age: 76 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Pig stealing
Convicted at: Suffolk Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Waterloo
Departure date: 18th November, 1834
Arrival date: 3rd March, 1835
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 225 other convicts


Primary source: Bendigo Advertiser 22 Sep 1865
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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Paula on 1st January, 2014 wrote:

Wife Elizabeth died in 1851 just before children sailed out of England to meet their father in Adelaide. He remarried Josephine Robinson in Adelaide.

D Wong on 1st January, 2014 wrote:

Christopher was 37 years old on arrival in VDL.  He was transported along with Robert Palfrey (also onboard Waterloo) for stealing pigs.

Christopher had once been in gaol for 1 month for leaving his family. 

Christopher was 5’5 3/4” tall, blue eyes, light brown hair, married with 8 children, wife Elizabeth at native place near Stowmarket.  Christopher was born near Stowmarket.

1835: Assigned to Samuel Horton.
15/3/1839: TOL
14/7/1841: CP
1841: Free Certificate.

5/1/1846: Passenger per “Julia” George Town to Adelaide.

1865: Married Josephine in Adelaide

1873: Christopher died in Adelaide.

Craig Baulderstone on 3rd September, 2014 wrote:

I visited Whickam Skeith when working in the UK 2000/2001, viewed the location where they had lived in mud huts and visited the village historian that described how poor the family would have been and that the church assisted their passage because that was better than trying to feed them. Christopher’s wife Elizabeth was described as a widow and a pauper and I had assumed Christopher had died, only recently discovering the convict link. His son Christopher jnr was born in 1835 and so I assume he would have seen him for the first time when they arrived on the Sultana in Adelaide in 1851. My direct ancestor Thomas (his son) married Charlotte in Whickam Skeith and I saw their marriage certificate that was signed with crosses. In census data Thomas was described as a bricklayer, but on shipping records as an agricultural labourer. With this background I was surprised that he purchased a farm in Goodwood (Section 3

Craig Baulderstone on 3rd September, 2014 wrote:

(I understand this will be manually - please feel free to edit if I am saying too much - just trying to share the info I have learnt)- and I think I must have accidentally hit the contribute tab.

In 1953 Thomas purchased a farm - Sec 3 Goodwood Road in Adelaide, subdividing into 4 for his sons in 1905 (http://www.mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=1380) This seemed improbable to me but didn’t realise Christopher had been in Adelaide since 1846. Their bricklaying experience would have been sought after at a time when building in Adelaide was booming and descendants continued to be builders into modern times.

Would be good to know more of the activities of Christopher in the 10 years from 1841 to 1851.

D Wong on 4th September, 2014 wrote:

9/5/1850 South Australian Register:

POLICE COURT.Wednesday. 9th May.
John Freeman and John Tanner pleaded guilty to the charge of drunkenness and were each fined 6*.Thomas Buttle, nightman, was charged with removing night-soil between the hours of 6 and 7 o’clock, whereby he incurred a penalty of £5 under the 49th section of the Police Act, and further with casting night-soil into the River Torrens, whereby he incurred a penalty not exceeding£5, under sec. 28 of the Police Act . The prisoner pleaded not guilty.

Christopher Balderstone, water-carrier, stated that, on going to the river between 6 and 7 o’clock that morning. He perceived the prisoner before him. He had a box cart with two casks in it. He emptied what appeared to witness to be night soil from one of the casks into the water at the very spot where the water carts ate filled.  As the stuff had a most horrible smell, he (witness) told the prisoner be had no business to throw it there; upon that he became very abusive, called witness bad names, and wanted to have around or two with him. Witness declined the invitation to fight, but said he would report the matter to the police.

The prisoner then emptied the second cask into the river; it, like the first one, was about half full of night-soil. Witness went directly to the station-house, and afterwards accompanied the police to the river side, and saw the prisoner taken into custody. The prisoner said ‘‘it would do him (witness) no good. The spot referred to was a little to the left of the ruins of the City Bridge.  By the prisoner— I saw a broom in your hands when I returned with the police.

11/12/1851 South Australian Register:

Edward Bayfield, of Gilles Plains, licensed victualler, appeared to the summons Christopher Balderstone, for12s. 11d., balance of wages.
The defendant having put in a receipt signed by the complainant, for his full amount of wages, the summons was dismissed. 

There was also another Christopher Balderstone, living in Adelaide, who married Maria, they then moved to Red Jacket Gully, Sandhurst, Bendigo.  He was a miner.

Also in 1884 Josephine Balderstone married John Berriman.

Ken Baulderstone on 5th April, 2016 wrote:

Further to contribution by D Wong on 4 Sep 2014, the following is news reports refers to Christopher b. 1834, son of Christopher b. 1797 and married to Maria, born Bryson,
INQUEST AND COMMITTAL FOR MANSLAUGHTER. -At the inquest held yesterday at the Red Lion Hotel, Sydney Flat, on the body of the child Rebecca Balderstone, aged four weeks, found dead in her bed on Sunday night last, evidence was adduced to show that the child had been most grossly neglected by the mother for two days previous to her death, she (the mother) having been drinking during that time, and also that both parents were in a state of intoxication when they went to bed with the child on the night of her death. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased was suffocated whilst in bed with her parents, Christopher and Maria Balderstone, and they found that she came by her death through the culpable neglect of her parents, especially that of her mother, both being in an intoxicated state on the night she died. After the verdict had been given, both parents were committed on the coroner’s warrant for trial at the next Circuit Court. The depositions of the witnesses will be found in another column.
Red Jacket Gully, Sandhurst, Victoria
Sep 22 1865

Bendigo Advertiser – 26.9.1865 - NEGLECTED CHILDREN.-William, Mary Ann, Christian, and Frederick Balderstone were brought before the Bench as destitute children. Their father and mother were committed to gaol to be tried for manslaughter, they having smothered an infant in bed, while in a state of drunkenness. Remanded for eight days.
Bendigo, Victoria
Sep 26 1865

Bendigo Advertiser – 5.6.1866 - EAGLEHAWK POLICE COURT. - Monday, 4th June. (Before His Worship the Mayor and Mr McLachlan, P.M.) - NEGLECTING to Support a Child— Christopher Balderstone was brought before the Court on remand to answer a charge preferred against him of neglecting to support a child. It appeared from evidence previously adduced that Christopher Balderstone was not the father of the child, which was, however, the offspring of his wife, and therefore he was responsible for its support. The child was sent to the Industrial School for a period of seven years, an order being made on Balderstone for the payment of 5s per week for the first twelve months.
Bendigo, Vic.

Convict Changes History

Paula on 1st January, 2014 made the following changes:

gender, crime

D Wong on 1st January, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth 1797, date of death 1873, occupation

Ken Baulderstone on 5th April, 2016 made the following changes:

source: Bendigo Advertiser 22 Sep 1865 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 469 (236))

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