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Robert Bourke

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Bourke
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Cotton spinner
Date of Death: 10th July, 1829
Age: 28 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Ireland, Dublin
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Bencoolen
Departure date: 24th April, 1819
Arrival date: 25th August, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 84 other convicts


Primary source: Tasmanian Archives - convicts
Source description:

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Community Contributions

Nell Murphy on 19th September, 2016 wrote:

Robert BOURKE was convicted at Dublin in Sept 1818. 7yr transportation sentence. Sent to New South Wales, Australia per the ‘Bencoolen’ then transferred to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ‘Admiral Cockburn’ arriving 1819.
Ship Surgeon’s Report: well behaved

Aged 18yrs; cotton spinner; 5’5”; Hazel eyes; dark hair; fair complexion.
Native place - Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Assignments in Colony of VDL:
1 July 1820: Losing a quantity of sheep belonging to his Master, D. Sutherland. To work in irons for 3 mths.
29 July 1820: Refusing to work. 25 lashes.
13 Dec 1822: Insult Mr. Ralph Compton. 50 lashes.
13 Sept 1823: Disobedience of orders and insolent to Mr. Compton. 25 lashes.
2 Oct 1823: Disobedience of orders. 2mths Gaol Gang, at George Town.
5 Aug 1824: Absent himself public works. To work for 14 days.
14 Oct 1824: Steal a sow pig & 5 fowls, the property of Mr. Thomas Palmer, Launceston. Committed for trial to Supreme Court.
20 Nov 1824: Disorderly conduct in Launceston gaol. 14 days on bread & water.
5 Oct 1825: Abscond into woods. 100 lashes & to work in irons.
21 Sept 1826: Neglect of duty & insolence to overseer. 18 lashes.
12 March 1829: Being a felon at large. Committed for trial. Also committed for trial for stealing a boat at Macquarie Harbour (penal settlement).
Guilty. Death sentence.
12 July 1829 - Executed.

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 19th September, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Tasmanian Archives - convicts (prev. ), firstname: Robert, surname: Bourke, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1801, date of death: 10th July, 1829, gender: m, occupation, crime

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