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Benjamin Barratt

Benjamin Barratt, one of 184 convicts transported on the Woodford, 29 April 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Benjamin Barratt
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Cotton carder
Date of Death: 11th August, 1889
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Woodford
Departure date: 29th April, 1828
Arrival date: 25th August, 1828
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 183 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 381 (192)
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

Anonymous on 14th May, 2012 wrote:

Benjamin was assigned to a Mr J Sharland.  After much insolence and many unauthorised absences, he was transferred to Port Arthur to complete public works assignments in 1835.

He received a Ticket of Leave in 1841 and later married a young child, Mary Thompson Greig, who was aboard the Woodford during his transportation.  He transferred to Victoria in 1846 and worked as a sawyer and charcoal burner in Steiglitz until his death in 1889.  He was father to 11 children.

Jenny Barrett on 27th February, 2013 wrote:

The previous entry by anonymous stated that he married a “Child-Bride’ . However my records show that Mary Greig was 21 when she married Benjamin 26/12/1842 at Oatlands, Tasmania.

Donna Barchiesi on 21st August, 2014 wrote:

Convicted at age 18, on 21 January 1828.  His father, John, solicits mercy of the Secretary of State to no avail.  Whilst he had worked as a cotton carder at Ancoats Hall prior to his conviction, he was not working at the time of his conviction.  He is reported for poor conduct on many occasions, receiving a total of 350 lashes throughout his incarceration.  At the age of 25 he is transferred to Port Arthur for hard labour.  In 1839 he is granted a Ticket of Leave and marries free settler, Mary Thompson Greig, in 1842 whilst working as a sawyer.  A conditional pardon is granted in 1843 and the couple and their 2 children leave Hobart for Port Phillip.  The couple settle in Steiglitz, Victoria and have a total of 11 children.  In 1889, at 79 years of age, he dies of exposure and exhaustion in the woods whilst working as a charcoal burner.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 14th May, 2012 made the following changes:

date of death 1889-08-11, gender m

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