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David Champ

David Champ, one of 224 convicts transported on the Eliza, 02 February 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: David Champ
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1808
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 5th May, 1892
Age: 84 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Machine breaking
Convicted at: Southampton Special Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Eliza
Departure date: 2nd February, 1831
Arrival date: 29th May, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 223 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 5
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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Norma Barrett on 9th August, 2014 wrote:

why was he transported

D Wong on 9th August, 2014 wrote:

The Swing Riots were a widespread uprising by agricultural workers; it began with the destruction of threshing machines in the Elham Valley area of East Kent in the summer of 1830, and by early December had spread throughout the whole of southern England and East Anglia.

As well as the attacks on the popularly hated, labour-displacing, threshing machines the protesters reinforced their demands with wage and tithe riots and by the destruction of objects of perceived oppression, such as workhouses and tithe barns, and also with the more surreptitious rick-burning, and cattle-maiming.[1] The first threshing machine was destroyed on Saturday night, 28 August 1830, and by the third week of October more than 100 threshing machines had been destroyed in East Kent.

The anger of the rioters was directed at three targets that were seen as the prime source of their misery: the tithe system, the Poor Law guardians, and the rich tenant farmers who had been progressively lowering wages while introducing agricultural machinery. If caught, the protesters faced charges of arson, robbery, riot, machine breaking and assault. Those convicted faced imprisonment, transportation, and ultimately execution.

David Champ was 22 years old on arrival in VDL and was transported for “Felonies – Machine breaking.”

He was born in Micheldever, Hampshire, England.

David was 5’5” tall, brown hair, grey eyes, single, dark complexion. anchor Mermaid D.C. on rt. arm D.G H A M P * anchor mermaid & anchor on left arm ring on every finger left hand.

3/2/1836: Free Pardon
1846: Free Certificate

1840: Married Dorcas Rosanna Smith at Avoca.  They had no children listed and Dorcas died 6/9/1857.

1858: Married Mary Ann Harvey at Brighton, Tasmania and they had 10 children.  David was 49.
Mary Ann died 28 Aug 1899 in Hobart, Tasmania.

6/5/1892 The Mercury, Hobart:
CHAMP.-On May 5, 1892,  at his late residence, 231, Bathurst-street, David Champ in tho 83rd year of his age. Funeral will leave his late residence on Saturday Afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Andrea Burt on 26th July, 2015 wrote:

David’s wife Mary Ann Champ (nee Harvey) died 21/12/1917, aged 81. The Mary Ann Champ who died in 1899 was David Champ junior’s wife, Mary Ann nee Flack

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 9th August, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1808 (prev. 0000), date of death: 5th May, 1892 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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