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Richard Batterson

Richard Batterson, one of 180 convicts transported on the Sir Godfrey Webster, 04 August 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Batterson
Aliases: Bettison
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Wheelwright
Date of Death: 15th September, 1889
Age: 88 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Felony
Convicted at: Surrey Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Sir Godfrey Webster
Departure date: 4th August, 1823
Arrival date: 30th December, 1823
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 102. Tasmanian Archives - convicts http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON31-1-1,433,274,L,80. Tasmanian Archives - Permission to Marry 52/1/1 586/1840 37/1 page 21. http://digital.statelibrary.tas.gov.au
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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Anonymous on 1st April, 2012 wrote:

Richard Batterson (Bettison) was my great great grandfather. He was born in Dartford UK not been able to find out the reason he was transported as yet. He absconded about 14 times, received numerous lashings, spent time in gaol in Hobart, and on various chain gangs, he was due to go to Port Arthur, but they have no record of him there, likewise with Maria Island.He married Jane Anderson from Scotland who came out to Tasmania on first free settler boat of women "The Princess Royal" They married in Hobart in 1840 My great grandmother his daughter was born in Tasmania, he got his ticket of leave and went to Victoria to live,  had two more children and he died aged 88 and is buried in Coburg Cemetary Melbourne

Anonymous on 2nd April, 2012 wrote:

Jane Henderson-also known as Anderson arrived Tas 1832 Princess Royal.age 20. Character from England"she was not from taint but her friends thought her not vicious & with herself were anxious she should go abroad. Cabin 72.Married 7 april 1840 Trinity Church Hobart Town died 1875 Vic. Married to Richard Battison who died 1889 Eltham. Jane Henderson was listed by the Ladies Committee in Hobart Town as…bad and expelled for bad conduct.They also reported that she was..sleeping out and believed to be living with some man in the country in an improper way. On marriage Richard was listed as wheel-wright.He was born Dartford.At age 21 he was tried for felony on 31 march 1823 in Surrey and recieved a life sentence of transportation,arrived dec 1823 on Sir Godfey Webster. Absent from masters place several times b/w 1824-26. 29 aug-21 sep 1828 absconded into the woods.Tried and sent Maria Island but again absconded giving himself up to Mr Anstey in dec 1828.Sent to Hobert town for sentencing by Captain Smith.1831 and 1834 again absconded.Sentenced to hard labour and removed to Port Arthur.Ticket of Leave 1839. Jane and Richard had 5? issue.Baby girl born 30 march Prosser Plains Tas.,father as wheel-wright.Son RichaRD BORN C1845,DIED eLTHAM,vIC 1897 AGE 54.edward betterson(SIC)BAPTISED holy trinity,pentridge,coburg 1852,mary ann born 1856-died 1856 age 2. A John Bettison died Vic age 18 in 1853,death cert.states born Van Diemen’s Land and father=Richard. When Jane died 1875 age 59 recorded as being born Glasgow,father’s name Anderson and mother was Jane. Richard Jnr married Emily Clutten 1867.Edward married Annie Elizabeth Greenwood in 1873…Chez. Ref =Book THE PRINCESS ROYAL GIRLS by THELMA MCKAY.

S on 16th December, 2012 wrote:

I have only just recently come across this record of Richard Bettison and wondered what became of him. Richard was the brother of my 2x g. grandfather Edward Bettison born Lambeth London.
“anonymous” you can view my tree on Ancestry under Wordley Family Tree, if you would like to make contact.
Thanks for the info on Richard.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 17th December, 2012 wrote:

Convict Record research notes: (page 274)
Richard Batterson. Convict no. 3733. Police No. 701B.
Surrey Assizes 31/03/1823 Felony (no details given) - Life Sentence.
Transported on the ‘Sir Godfrey Webster’, 120 day voyage from London to Van Diemens Land (Tasmania). Ship’s Master - John Rennoldson. Ship’s Surgeon - Charles Carter.
Gaol Report: in gaol before (drunk)
Hulk Report: Orderly.

Father: East Street, Lambeth. A wheelwright.
Last worked for Worrall Coachmaker, Kerrington Common (unclear if this is for Richard or his father).

Van Diemens Land, on arrival: 21yrs of age; single; lt brown eyes; dk brown hair; 5’8”.

11/05/1824: Absent from 5/5 to 11/5 - 25 lashes & 3rd class prisoner.
17/07/1826: Absent from lodging at 10pm - Reprimand & discharged.
18/10/1826: Absent from Church Muster on Sunday - Reprimand.
30/09/182..:Chain Gang: Abscond from Oatlands C.G on 29/08 and remain illegally in woods until apprehended on 21inst. - recommended to go to Maria Island (off East Coast) 2yrs.
24/06/1828: Govt. Farm: Offering 2 pounds to compound a felony - 12mths Chain Gang.
15/12/1828: A runaway from a penal settlement who gave himself up to S. Ansley - to be sent to Hobart Town pursuant to his sentence passed on him by Capt. Smith.
17/12/1828: Having absconded from Chain Gang at Launceston - to be forwarded to that place.
11/06/1829: Felony
20/06/1829: Escaped from gaol at Oatlands. Charged with felony.
18/02/1830: Chain Gang: accessory to felony - detained as an evidence for the Crown.
26/06/1830: Suspected of felony - discharged and sent to Launceston.
17/12/1830: Public Works - Abscond from Public Works - 3mths hard labour.
14/04/1831: Public Works - Abscond - 3mths imprisonment & hard labour.
20/02/1834: Absent without leave - 50 lashes.
15/04/1834: On loan to J. Griffiths: Absent from Barracks at night - 1mth imprisonment and hard labour or Launceston Chain Gang recommended.
24/04/1834: Griffiths - neglect of work - 20 lashes.
08/1834: Repeatedly abscond - 3 yrs imprisonment and hard labour and to be removed to Port Arthur during period.

Ticket of Leave granted 1839

Permission to marry by Richard Batterson (Sir Godfrey Webster) to Jane Henderson (free) 15/02/1840 - Approved.

Conditional Pardon no. 590 23/08/1843

(Researcher only, not related.)

Alan Sheehan on 6th November, 2015 wrote:

Richard is buried at Eltham Cemetery 17 Sept 1889. 5 other Bettison’s buried there, including son’s Richard and Edward and Edwards wife Annie Elizabeth nee Greenwood
(I am researching the early history of Eltham.

Karen Hall on 2nd December, 2016 wrote:

Richard Battison was my great, great grandfather on paternal side.  Believe he was born in Dartford UK, in either 1801 or 02. He married Jane Henderson who was born in Glasgow Scotland, she came out to Australia on first free female Immigrant ship “The Princess Royal”, they married in Hobart.

His daughter was born in Prosser’s Plains, (now known as Buckland, Tasmania)They then went to Melbourne Victoria where they had two more children and after he died he was buried in Coburg Cemetery

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 1st April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1801-00-00, date of death 1889-09-15, gender m

Carol Axton-Thompson on 17th December, 2012 made the following changes:

source, alias1, crime

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