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Betty Bowker

Betty Bowker, one of 88 convicts transported on the Grenada, 01 September 1826

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Betty Bowker
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: House servant
Date of Death: 25th December, 1868
Age: 72 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Lancaster, Liverpool Borough Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Grenada
Departure date: 1st September, 1826
Arrival date: 23rd January, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 87 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 69 (36)
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 30th December, 2019 wrote:

Betty Bowker was sent to Moreton Bay following a Colonial Sentence.

Moreton Bay Convict Record.
Betty Bowker, Grenada 4, Lancaster Q.S. 17 Jul 1826, House breaking, 7 years. House servant. Colonaial Sentence: Summy. Jurisn. Sydney, 14 Feb 1831. Stealing, 3 years. To Sydney 13 Feb 1834. Native of Manchester, age 32, 4 ft 11 ½ in; dark comp., brown hair, hazle eyes, religion-P.

Maureen Withey on 30th December, 2019 wrote:

Betty Bowker, 32, for stealing fender and a coal box; Manchester Courier,5 Aug 1826.

Ticket of Leave Cancelled.
Grenada 4 - Betty Bowker, for stealing in a dwelling house.
Sydney Gazette, 10 Mar 1831.

On Christmas Day an inmate of Hyde Park Ayslum, in Sydney, named Betty Bowker, attained the advanced age of 103 years. With the exception of being bed-
ridden,” says the HeraId, “she exhibits no exceeding infirmity, can read with the aid of spectacles, is still vigorous in mind, and converses freely on topics and incidents which have long been matters of history. She is a pious, grateful, and strictly truthful woman.
Betty was born in Liverpool, England, in the year 1765, when George III had reigned five years. When only nineteen she married a carpenter, by whom she had five sons, the eldest of whom was forty years
of age when she left England-forty-five years since. She came out in the Grenada, commanded by Captain Richardson, surgeon, Dr. Nesbitt ; and states that a Bible containing an authenticated certificate of her baptism is now in possession of a resident at the North Shore, where she also lived for some time.”
The Argus (Melbourne), 4 Jan 1869.

D Wong on 30th December, 2019 wrote:

5/8/1826 Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser Lancashire, England:
Betty Bowker, 32, for stealing a fender and a coal box.

8/11/1830: TOL - At the Female Factory, Sydney.

6/1/1831: TOL - Granted in pursuance of the Govt order of 17/3/1829 and for good conduct in Factory - Sydney bench.  -  In Lieu of No 30/702, 8/11/1830 returned mutilated and cancelled.
Betty was described as 5’0” tall, dark and a little pock pitted complexion, dark brown to grey hair, brown eyes.  Birth Date of 1797.

Ancestry Convict Indent:
Aged 30 on arrival, protestant, reads, married with 1 child, Cotton Spinner/House Servant.
Assigned to Judge Stephen on arrival.

Maureen Withey on 30th December, 2019 wrote:

NSW 1828 Census.
Government Factory at Parramatta;
Elizh. Bowker, age 31, Ship Grenada, arrived 1827, sentence 7 years, protestant.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 30th December, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: f, occupation, crime

Maureen Withey on 30th December, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 25th December, 1868 (prev. 0000)

D Wong on 30th December, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1796 (prev. 0000)

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