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Peter Bowers

Peter Bowers, one of 190 convicts transported on the Mangles, 29 March 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Peter Bowers
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 24th March, 1879
Age: 81 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Murder
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Mangles
Departure date: 29th March, 1820
Arrival date: 7th August, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 191 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 283 (143)
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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Maureen Withey on 15th February, 2020 wrote:

HIGH COURT OF JUSTICIARY.-This morning, Peter Bowers, from Haddington, was brought to the bar, accused of murder, and pleaded Not Guilty; the trial, is going on.
Caledonian Mercury 14 June 1819.
We understand the Jury on the trial of Peter Bowers, on Monday last, for the murder of John Sandilands, gave their allowance of L.7 17s. 6d. to the widow and family of the deceased.
Caledonian Mercury, 19 June 1819.

Yesterday morning the Magistrates, received in a respite for Peter Bowers, now under sentence of death in the jail of Edinburgh,. for the murder of John Sandiland, at Coalston toll-house
Caledonian Mercury, 10 July 1819.

The sentence of death passed upon Peter Bowers, for killing a man with an axe near Haddington, has been commuted to transportation for life. The behaviour of Bowers since his e condemnation has been marked by the greatest patience and mildness. He was confined in the same cell with Whiteford, who was executed on Wednesday last, and his conversation seemed to have a considerable effect on the latter in reconciling him to his fate.
The Caledonian 23 Aug 1819.

1828 census at Liverpool, in household of John Horsley, Coroner.
Peter Bowers, 28, F.S. Mangles 1st,1820, employed as Millwright.

Maureen Withey on 15th February, 2020 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Index.

BOWERS, Peter. Per “Mangles”, 1820

1821 Sep 8 - Wheelwright. On list of all persons victualled from H.M. Magazines (Reel 6016; 4/5781 p.74)

1822 Feb 22 - Referred to in evidence before the Board of Enquiry into the Engineer Department (Reel 6053; 4/1754 p.101)

1823 Jun 17 - Millwright employed in the alterations and additions of the Tread Wheel at Carters Barracks (Reel 6057; 4/1767 p.75)

1825 Feb 19 - On list of convicts transported to Port Macquarie per “Amity” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.504-5)

Certificate of Freedom during the last week.
Peter Bowers, - Mangles 1.
The Gleaner, 12 April 1827.

Peter Bower was called as a witness and gave evidence in a trial over a land dispute in 1831:

Peter Bower.-I am a mill-wright ; I was doing some work for Mr. Girard at his mill at Woollmooloo-hill, on the latter end of October; when saw a gentleman of the name of White come up with some constables; I saw Mr. Jilks and the young man come to the mill-door in a gig, and other constables along with them; they went over a fence across Mr. Girard’s ground to a paddock called Mr. Bowen’s paddock, and they commenced knocking the fence down with axes or tomahawk; it was a two-rail’d fence paled all round; a considerable quantity of the paling was broke. The pales were nailed to both rails; it took a good deal of hammering to break is down; it was about half acre of ground, which the fence surrounded on three sides, the fourth be longed to Mr. Barker, and there they stopped; Mr. Gerard was in possession of the land at this time, but I can’t say how long before; I had been working there twelve months and he had possession all that time ; the constables did not knock the fence down, but some labouring men; the constables were superintending; a considerable deal of the paling were broke.
Sydney Monitor, 5 Feb 1831.

BOWERS.—March 24, 1879, at Armidale, Mr. Peter Bowers, aged 83.
Australian Town and Country Journal, 5 April 1879.

Convict Changes History

Sharon Mills on 9th September, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1798-00-00, date of death 1879-03-24, gender m

Maureen Withey on 15th February, 2020 made the following changes:


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