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Benjamin Bright, one of 292 convicts transported on the Pestonjee Bomanjee, 16 April 1852
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||18th September, 1861
life span was 58 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 10 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 404. Tasmanian Archives.
||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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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: