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George Betton

George Betton, one of 320 convicts transported on the John Barry, 12 November 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Betton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 10th November, 1812
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 15th May, 1888
Age: 75 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Stafford Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: John Barry
Departure date: 12th November, 1838
Arrival date: 22nd March, 1839
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 319 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 382
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

D Wong on 19th July, 2014 wrote:

George Betton was baptized 06/12/1812 at Wolstanton, Staffordshire – he was the son of Edward Betton/Ann Wade – and the cousin of Daniel Betton who was transported to VDL (for the same crime) per ‘Gilmore’1838.

1846: TOL

8/3/1852: Unclaimned letter at Geelong.

No records on NSW BDM.

Carol Brunt on 19th July, 2014 wrote:

George was transported for breaking and entering and stealing along with his uncle Daniel Betton. Whilst Daniel was transported to Van Diemans Land, George’s destination was New South Wales.

George went on to gain a ticket of leave and a pardon 16 Mar 1846. 

Unfortunatley George was suspected of a second crime and on 23 Mar 1847 he was convicted of murdering a man named “Kelly” who was found dead by the side of a road. George was transported to Van Diemens Land on ship named Water Lily on the 12 Apr 1847. Sometime in 1848 George was transferred to Norfolk Island on the ship Water Lily and went on to gain his second conditional pardon 29 September 1857.

George died in New South Wales in 1888.

Carol Brunt on 3rd June, 2017 wrote:

10 Mar 1838 • New South Wales - - Cutilage Breaking - convicted with his uncle Daniel Betton b1790 - stealing fowl and wood

Iris Dunne on 3rd June, 2017 wrote:

Birth: 10 November 1812 - FHL Film No.873648
Death: 15 May 1888 - named George Bitton - NSW BDM 7582/1888 Braidwood

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 19th July, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1812 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Carol Brunt on 19th July, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 0000 (prev. 1812), date of death: 1888 (prev. 0000)

Iris Dunne on 3rd June, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 10th November, 1812 (prev. 0000), date of death: 15th May, 1888 (prev. 1888)

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