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Christopher Briggs

Christopher Briggs, one of 224 convicts transported on the Gilmore, 31 October 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Christopher Briggs
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 1885
Age: 84 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: Larceny
Convicted at: York, Doncaster Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Gilmore
Departure date: 31st October, 1831
Arrival date: 22nd March, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 224 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 215 (110)
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

Ellen Spiro on 19th July, 2021 wrote:

Christopher Briggs was trialed & sentenced in the sake court as his 2 brothers Charles (Born abt. 1800) and James (Born abt. 1809). All three were held on the hulk ;Retribution’ and transported together on the ‘Gilmore’.

See STOREY at https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/177355369/person/232308849519/hints?usePUBJs=true

On 9th January 1831 brothers, Charles and James attacked William Lyall on the King’s Highway near Hatfield and were committed for trial on 13th January.  Both were found guilty and were sentenced to death, commuted to transportation for life.
On 25 August 1831 Charles and James were “received” from York, onto the convict hulk “Retribution”, which was moored at Woolwich, London.  Also on board was their brother, Christopher, who had arrived from York on 4th February 1831.
Charles (together with his brothers Christopher and James) was transported to the ship ‘Gilmore’ which set sail from London on 27th November 1831.  The voyage took 116 days to reach Hobart Town.  Conditions aboard the ship appear to be tolerable, as of the 224 convicts aboard, there is only one death listed.  Arrived in Van Diemans Land on 22 March 1832.

Convict Changes History

Alison Briggs on 6th July, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1885 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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