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Benjamin Bright

Benjamin Bright, one of 292 convicts transported on the Pestonjee Bomanjee, 16 April 1852

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Benjamin Bright
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1795
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 18th September, 1861
Age: 66 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Stealing a sheep
Convicted at: Hertford. Hertford Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Pestonjee Bomanjee
Departure date: 16th April, 1852
Arrival date: 31st July, 1852
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 291 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 404. Tasmanian Archives.
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

Nell Murphy on 17th July, 2019 wrote:

Benjamin BRIGHT was convicted at Hertford, England on 3 Jan 1848 for stealing a sheep. Previously convicted for poaching.  10 yr transportation sentence. Gaol report: “very good”.  Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘Pestonjee Bomanjee’ arriving 31 July 1852.

Married man, children; aged 57yrs; shepherd & farm labourer; 5’4” height; Church of England; not literate; dark complexion; black/grey hair; sandy whiskers; dark eyes.
Native place of birth: Burley, England. (ref. as recorded on convict record)
Wife: Mary (ref. as recorded on convict record)
Brothers: William, Henry & Joseph
Sisters: Martha & Molly (or Milly(

Colony of VDL:
Granted Pass Holder status on arrival, 1852.
Probation period 2yrs, less 6 mths.
27 Sept 1853: Ticket of Leave granted.
17 Feb 1854: at Pontville - absent without leave, neglect of duty & drunk. 1 week solitary confinement.
14 Aug 1855: Conditional Pardon approved.
4 Jan 1858: Free Certificate issued.

18 Sept 1861: Death of Benjamin Bright, born Hereford, Engand, at the Govt. Hospital, Hobart. Cause - senilis.  Age 60 yrs.  (ref. 35/1/6 no. 2993)

(N.B. There is another Benjamin Bright, a convict in the Colony, but transported 20 yrs prior & from Cornwall.)

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 17th July, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 404. Tasmanian Archives. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 404), date of birth:

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