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Richard Brook

Richard Brook, one of 250 convicts transported on the London, 15 March 1844

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Brook
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Weaver
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Perjury
Convicted at: Yorkshire Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: London
Departure date: 15th March, 1844
Arrival date: 9th July, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 249 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 48
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

Annalies Nutley on 30th December, 2017 wrote:

Richard was baptised in Walkeringham, Nottinhamshire on 15 Oct 1812, his parents were Richard Brook and Mary Saundby.  Richard and Mary were married in Saundby, Nottinghamshire on 19 Jan 1804.  Richard had one other sibling, a sister named Mary, born in 1807 (Richard’s first brother was born in 1805 and named Richard yet he died the following year, hence Richard was renamed as such in 1812).

The Brook family, or at least Richard jr, moved north east to the village of Baildon in Yorkshire and here Richard became a stuff weaver (weaver of worsted).  In 1832 he married Ann Worthington and they went on to have at least 3 children (maybe a fourth born and died prior to 1841).  Their 3 children as listed in the 1841 census were David, Carini and Athaliah.  Three years after the census Richard was transported to Tasmania, leaving his wife Ann and three children behind.  Ann remarried in 1847 to John Padgett in the All Saints Church in Otley.  They went on to have their own children and in the 1851 census (listed under Paget) you will see that John was also a worsted weaver, specifically a “powerloom weaver worsted”.
In Australia, after serving his sentence of 7 years, Richard travelled to Victoria aboard the ship “City of Melbourne” in 1851 and in 1853 married Maria Whorwell in St Paul’s Church in Melbourne.  They went on to have a large family of nine children, Richard became a carpenter settling in Kangaroo Ground north of Melbourne, for many years.  They eventually moved to Avenel and here Richard died from pneumonia in 1880.

Convict Changes History

Annalies Nutley on 30th December, 2017 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

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