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Benjamin Catling

Benjamin Catling, one of 200 convicts transported on the Planter, 13 June 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Benjamin Catling
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1807
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: Theft~simple larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Planter
Departure date: 13th June, 1832
Arrival date: 15th October, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 344
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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D Wong on 24th August, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey:
WILLIAM BERRY, JOHN BERRY, WILLIAM TAYLOR, BENJAMIN CATLING, Theft > simple larceny, 16th February 1832.

Offence: Theft > simple larceny
Verdict: Guilty; Guilty; Guilty; Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

WILLIAM BERRY , JOHN BERRY , WILLIAM TAYLOR , and BENJAMIN CATLING were indicted for stealing, on the 6th of February , 16 bushels of wheat, value 5l. , the goods of William Boards.

William Berry ‘s Defence. When the constable came to me, he asked where my hat was, and I showed him the one I have now in my hand; it is the one I have always worn when I have carried a fish basket; but I have, for the last three weeks, been working on the road; Lambert is my brother-in-law - he rushed into my house three months before and cut my neck with a knife; he has used my sister very ill - he has said he would do me an injury, and hang me if he could.

John Berry ‘s Defence. I never saw that hat in my life - I know nothing about it.
Taylor’s Defence. The wheat found in my house was only a bushel and a half.
Catling’s Defence. The wheat found at my house ‘I had from my sister Hannah Fuller, and I thought it would be more good to me when my wife was confined than before.
HANNAH FULLER . I am Catling’s sister. His wife, my brother, and I, gleaned some wheat, and Catling had it about a week before from my house in Silver-street.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. When did you glean it? A. In August last, about Edmonton - we gleaned sometimes in three or four fields in a day; this was mixed wheat - we gleaned some of Mr. Boards’ and some of Mr. Knight’s.
COURT. Q. Did you permit the small wheat to remain with it? A. We cleaned it ourselves in a little sieve on a sheet - I put the chaff on a little piece of ground before my garden; I know my sister had two chaff pillows given to her.
JURY to MR. BOARDS. Q. Did the chaff you found buried appear to be fresh buried? A. It was not matted as chaff usually is, which has been in a pillow or a bed.

W. BERRY - GUILTY . Aged 33.
J. BERRY - GUILTY . Aged 32.
TAYLOR - GUILTY . Aged 32.
Transported for Seven Years .
(William Berry and John Berry were on board the ‘York’  1832 to VDL)
(No ship locate for William Taylor as yet).

Sick List of the Planter 1832:
Benjamin Catling, aged 25, convict; disease or hurt, catarrhus. Put on sick list, 19 September 1832. Discharged 24 September 1832 cured.

13/11/1840: COF

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 24th August, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1807 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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