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Agnes Caunter

Agnes Caunter, one of 161 convicts transported on the Elizabeth, 20 June 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Agnes Caunter
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 16th March, 1821
Occupation: Farm servant
Date of Death: 13th October, 1905
Age: 84 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Arson
Convicted at: Devon Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Elizabeth
Departure date: 20th June, 1836
Arrival date: 12th October, 1836
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 160 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 298
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

D Wong on 27th March, 2015 wrote:

Agnes was 16 years old on arrival.

Woolmer’s Exeter and Plymouth Gazette 26th March 1836:
Case of Arson Agnes Caunter stand indicted with wilfully setting fire on the night of 19th Feb. to certain premises the property of William Venning Harris by which horses and harness and 3 calves were destroyed. The prisoner pleaded guilty on account of her youth she being only 16 years of age was not senteenced : it being saved for His Majesty’s Privy Council to determine the manner in which she shall be dealt with.

Parents: Richard Caunter and Mary Wilcocks.

26/10/1843: Married George Biddle Plantar 1832) at St Johns, Parramatta – they had 7 children.

George Biddle died 27/9/1861.
Agnes then married Robert Whittaker and had 1 child, Ann Elizabeth b 4/8/1864.
Robert died 22/2/1867.

14/12/1867: Agnes married Claus Dieacksn at Glen Innes, NSW.

13/10/1905: Agnes died at Glen Innes, NSW of senile decay and heart failure.

Convict Changes History

Karen Stevens on 27th March, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 16th March, 1821 (prev. 0000), date of death: 13th October, 1905 (prev. 0000), gender: f

D Wong on 27th March, 2015 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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