Hi Guest!
Contribute to this record

Charles Belcher

Charles Belcher, one of 270 convicts transported on the Eden, 08 July 1840

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Belcher
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1809
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: 15th June, 1864
Age: 55 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: Stealing
Convicted at: Oxford (City) Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Eden
Departure date: 8th July, 1840
Arrival date: 18th November, 1840
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 270 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 205 (104)
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.

Did you find the person you were looking for?

If Charles Belcher was the person you were looking for, you may be able to discover more about them by looking at our resources page.

If you have more hunting to do, try a new search or browse the convict records.

Know more about Charles Belcher?

Contribute to this record

Community Contributions

Anonymous on 18th February, 2012 wrote:

Possibly born about 1809, Oxford England.
Buried St Pauls, Church of England cemetery, Paterson, NSW. Gravesite unmarked.
Probably married Ann Rawlings(Rawlins)Oxford, St Peters 17th Dec 1827.
Children of this marriage appear to be John, 1828 (dec’d 1828)
William 1830 and
Charles 1833.
Not known what happened to this family.
After completing his 7 years he was allowed to remain in the Paterson district. He did not apply for his Certificate of Freedom before he died in 1864
Married Mary Humbles 1854 at St Marys, Allyn Rv. NSW
They had 7 children Mary Jane (born and died) 1855, Harriett 1856, Charles 1858, James and Thomas 1869 (both died very young)James 1863 and William 1864.

D Wong on 31st January, 2014 wrote:

Charles Belcher was 31 years old when transported for “Stealing from a dwelling house.

Before this Charles had been sentenced to transportation for 7 years for poaching. Character bad, connections very bad. I could’nt find Charles arriving as a convict for this conviction so perhaps he served out his time in the hulks.

15/5/1865: Mary married Jacob Hackstadt at Patterson after Charles died.

Louise Gallagher on 28th June, 2020 wrote:

I believe Charles Belcher married Elizabeth Savage in the church at Woolvercott (or Wolvercote) in the Parish of Oxford, on 23 August 1838. I have a copy of the marriage certificate, on which the groom’s occupation is listed as ‘blacksmith’, which was indeed his occupation. My mother told me he was a blacksmith (from family knowledge passed down), and blacksmith is listed as his occupation on several documents. He may well also have married a different woman prior to that, but I haven’t checked on that.

He was not 55 when transported, but 31.

Louise Gallagher on 28th June, 2020 wrote:

Charles Belcher did indeed serve his time in the hulk Justitia after his first sentence to transportation, without actually being transported, as another contributor has surmised. He was pardoned and released after 4 years (in 1837).

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 18th February, 2012 made the following changes:

date of death 1864-06-15, gender m

D Wong on 31st January, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1809 (prev. 0000)

This record was discovered and printed on ConvictRecords.com.au