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Robert Beams

Robert Beams, one of 338 convicts transported on the Coromandel and Experiment, November 1803

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Beams
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1781
Occupation: Shop man
Date of Death: 1861
Age: 80 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Coromandel and Experiment
Departure date: November, 1803
Arrival date: 7th May, 1804
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 337 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 356
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 30th March, 2012 wrote:

Robert and his brother Thomas both were sentenced together to 7 years for stealing.

Anonymous on 23rd April, 2012 wrote:

Robert Beams was transported for stealing 56 handkerchiefs, value 8 pounds 8 shillings, the property of William Philpot, a linen draper, in Holborn, St. Giles.  He was a shopman and worked for Philpot for about 4 months.

Robert was born in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire and came from a well to do family that had fallen on hard times.  He was well educated.

His brother Thomas was on trial at the same time was cleared of the charge, but was transported for another crime.

Robert was sent with a group of 74 convicts from the Coromandel to Port Dalrymple with Lieutenent Colonel Paterson to found a settlement in the northern part of Van Diemen’s Land.

Issued land grants in VDL.
18/2/1809: Employed in Brickmaking in Launceston.
April 1809: Received a grant of 30 acres at Port Dalrymple.
25/6/1812: On lists of persons residing in Port Dalrymple whom the Government had promised grants of land.

4/6/1806: CP

4/3/1811: Married Susannah Brelsford, at St. John’s Launceston.

27/4/1820: Robert Beams of Norfolk Plains was listed as town constable, Launceston.

Robert worked at brickmaking and farming. He was joined by his brother Thomas.

12/1/1861: Robert died at Westbury, Tasmania, of natural decay, aged 81.

More info. on his life can be seen on freepages.family.rootsweb.

Lisa on 15th March, 2016 wrote:

Robert married fellow convict Sussanah Brelsford at St John’s, Launceston on the 4th of March 1811.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 23rd April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1781-00-00, date of death 1861-00-00, gender m

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