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Robert Beavis

Robert Beavis, one of 192 convicts transported on the Burrell, 22 July 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Beavis
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1809
Occupation: Ploughman
Date of Death: 2nd April, 1883
Age: 74 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 Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Dorset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Burrell
Departure date: 22nd July, 1830
Arrival date: 31st December, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 191 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 446
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

Carol Axton-Thompson on 2nd August, 2014 wrote:

Robert Beavis was convicted at Dorset 12/03/1830 for sheep stealing. Life sentence. Transported to New South Wales, Australia on the ‘Burrell’ arriving Dec 1830.

Native place - Guernsey

Assigned to the Australian Agricultural Co., NSW upon arrival.

19/03/1839: Granted Ticket of Leave. Port Stephens district, NSW.

D Wong on 3rd August, 2014 wrote:

Robert was the son of John Beavis and Mary White who married in 1807 in Lyme Regis.Robert was born c1809 in Guernsey, Channel Islands. He was a single
Protestant, he could read but not write.

Robert was 5’6” tall with hazel/grey eyes, light brown hair and a ruddy complexion. 
He had served 6 months in gaol for a previous conviction, and had a small scar in the middle of his upper lip.

1837: was assigned to the Australian Agricultural Company at Port Stephens.

1839: TOL Port Stephens.
1845: Recommended for a CP

22/4/1840: Married Elizabeth McKenzie at Scots Church, Windsor . They had 9 children.
The first two were born in Windsor and Ebenezer.  They then moved to the Marsfield area, then later to Paddington. By then Robert’s brother Jacob had arrived in the colony as a free man, and became an agent in the Belmore Markets in Campbell Street, Haymarket.

In 1874 their son, Jacob, aged 21, died of Phthisis, a form of consumption/tuberculosis. He was tended by his mother, Elizabeth. He died March 18, 1874. Then a few months, later, Robert, aged 24, died of Brain Congestion. Robert was ill for only 14 hours and died 18 October 1874.
Elizabeth herself also died of Phthisis, only two years later, on 12 December 1876. Her death certificate states she had been ailing for two years.

2/4/1883: Robert died in Paddington, Sydney.

Elizabeth, her husband Robert and sons Jacob and Robert, are buried together in Rookwood Cemetery.

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 2nd August, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1819 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 3rd August, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1809 (prev. 1819), date of death: 2nd April, 1883 (prev. 0000)

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