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Nicholas Butterley

Nicholas Butterley, one of 180 convicts transported on the Chapman, 06 April 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Nicholas Butterley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Tailor
Date of Death: 3rd November, 1861
Age: 60 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Desertion from army
Convicted at: Dublin Court Martial
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Chapman
Departure date: 6th April, 1824
Arrival date: 27th July, 1824
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 179 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 147 (75)
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

Christine Perkins on 5th July, 2018 wrote:

Nicholas was a young tailor conscripted into the British Army in Dublin. In 1820/21 he was tried for desertion and sentenced to 600 lashes. He deserted again in 1823 and on 7 May was tried by court martial and sentenced to 14 years in Van Dieman’s Land. During his 14 years in Tasmania he received a number punishments for insolence,neglect of duty, absconding, being drunk and disorderly but received his free certificate on 30th May 1837. On 30th September 1838 he married Bridget O’Connell at the Cameron St Catholic Chapel in Launceston. Nicholas and Bridget had 4 children in Launceston between 1839 and 1844. On Oct 22nd 1844 Nicholas was unsuccessful in applying for the position of Post Master in Perth, Tasmania. The family moved to Melbourne where 2 more children were born in 1848 and 1850. The family lived in Little Bourke St and Nicholas’ occupation was tailor. The family again moved in the early 1850’s to Bendigo where Nicholas is recorded in the 1856 electoral roll as a miner of Poor Man’s Gully. Nicholas died at Quarry Hill, Bendigo on 3rd November 1861 aged 60 years.

Convict Changes History

Christine Perkins on 5th July, 2018 made the following changes:

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

Iris Dunne on 5th July, 2018 made the following changes:

date of death: 3rd November, 1861 (prev. 0000)

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